Playing Sports isn’t for Me

I really dislike playing sports. I gave it a shot when I was younger, but it just never worked out. I remember some rather hilarious and somewhat embarrassing episodes.

Let’s start with kickball. That should be a rather easy sport to play, right? Not so. I just couldn’t figure out how to kick that ball. “How do I kick it?” I would ask in exasperation. “Just kick it,” they’d reply. “How? With the tip of my shoe? With the side?”  I was so confused. I put all my effort into trying to figure out how to actually make contact with the ball, but nobody would give me a sufficient answer. Eventually, the gym class gave me up as a lost cause. If I did actually kick the ball it went directly to the pitcher and I ended up striking out. To this day, I still can’t kick a ball.

There was also basketball in high school gym class. I didn’t mind that sport, but I just could not catch a pass if the ball was headed my way. One day, the class had a various number of basketballs out there and we were in groups. So, it was rather noisy and balls were everywhere. I heard a girl shout “watch out!” coming from somewhere behind me. I turned to look and smack it was too little too late. Where in the world did that ball come from to be coming straight down upon my head!? I still remember how I really wanted to faint from the extreme force. Of course I fell down and while it was funny to an onlooker, I didn’t think it was funny at all. It hurt so much I couldn’t help crying. I heard someone say, “You must have a hard head”. I figured it was part compliment and part lack of consideration. To this day, I cringe, close my eyes, and cover my head whenever I see a ball headed my way.

Maybe worst of all was when I tried to do a cartwheel when I was in fifth grade. I liked gymnastics so I was good with doing that. However, I couldn’t do a pull-up to save my life. Still can’t. So, the teacher had set up an obstacle course and everyone took a turn going through it. So, for some reason, the other students were doing cartwheels at the end. I refused to do one because my better judgement was telling me not to. But everyone, including the teacher, wanted me to try one. I knew I shouldn’t, but I did. So, what happened?  My shirt ended up over my head and I had fallen on top of the teacher. I heard a gasp go through the class as I/we fell in a heap.

I had to try to do sports all throughout my school years because of required gym classes. However, they all ended up in some kind of tragedy or embarrassing event. So, I stopped participating the last few years of high school. Even today, I avoid playing any kind of sport. I know they aren’t for me unless I’m looking for a funny story idea. 🙂

One day, I do want to learn how to swim. However, my past experiences are making me hesitant to try this out. I have to decide whether the embarrassment of the process is worth learning how to swim.

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Some Art by Other Artists that I Like

These are some pieces of art that I, in particular, liked at a current art show that I went to. If you like art, you might want to take a look at these.

I liked this one because of the way the broken bits of sunglasses reflected the light in its environment. Those bits of lighter portions everywhere are reflections of light in the room. Otherwise, it would be total black.

Artist: Ichiro Irie Title: Refracture Made with Broken Sunglasses

Artist: Ichiro Irie
Title: Refracture
Made with Broken Sunglasses

This is a close-up. You can see the light reflections and the texture a little better. I actually met the artist. These are rather average in size: 25″ x 25″ and 12″ x 12″.

Artist: Ichiro Irie Title: Refracture Made with Broken Sunglasses

Artist: Ichiro Irie
Title: Refracture
Made with Broken Sunglasses

I also really liked this dark colored one on the left. It mimics the color of night time and it is relaxing to look at. For me anyways. 🙂 I met with the artist and she said that most people don’t like the red one but are more drawn towards the brighter colors of the green one. Evidently, I was the exception. 🙂

Artist: Maggie Tennesen Title of Red one: Eternal Dialogues, 2013 Title of Green one: Rent Time, 2009 Materials are Acrylic on Canvas

Artist: Maggie Tennesen
Title of Red one: Eternal Dialogues, 2013
Title of Green one: Rent Time, 2009
Materials are Acrylic on Canvas

Another view of the same art pieces. I took all the pictures with my Nikon D3200.

These are rather large. They are 48″ x 48″ and 72″ x 48″.

Artist: Maggie Tennesen Title of Red one: Eternal Dialogues, 2013 Title of Green one: Rent Time, 2009 Materials are Acrylic on Canvas

Artist: Maggie Tennesen
Title of Red one: Eternal Dialogues, 2013
Title of Green one: Rent Time, 2009
Materials are Acrylic on Canvas

This one is really interesting also. It originally had ice in the empty spaces between the frame and the containers. However, I didn’t have my camera at the time. So, this is a picture of the art display after the ice had melted. You can see evidence of the melted ice in the brownish residue beneath the sculpture on the right. As the ice melted, it dripped and some of it collected into the containers.

This is rather small. It is 7″ x 7″ x 5″. I was told that the artist sculpted the containers.

Artist: Robert Miller Title: Untitled, 2015 Composed of Ceramics, Green Tea Ice, and Wood Frame

Artist: Robert Miller
Title: Untitled, 2015
Composed of Ceramics, Green Tea Ice, and Wood Frame

There were lots of other exhibits, but these are the ones I liked the most.

Writers Helping Writers by G. M. Barlean

This is worth reading whether or not you are an author. 🙂

Self-Published Authors Helping Other Authors

I’m only going to quote some of this post.  You can read the whole thing here.

My intro: My two cents (for what it’s worth) is that one misconception there seems to be in the writing community is that we are competing with each other.  The truth is, we’re not.  Just as I can listen to a song by one artist and enjoy another song by another artist, readers enjoy books by a variety of authors.  Readers don’t confine themselves to only one author.  So this idea that if the reader buys another author’s book, that reader won’t buy mine is false.  The truth is, readers can buy my books and books by other authors.  That is why writers helping writers is such a great post.

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Without further ado, here it is…

Writers Helping Writers by G. M. Barlean

Last Saturday, my good friend…

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Giveaway…..Enter Now

I am doing a giveaway that corresponds to my children’s book.

I am giving away a bookmark and a postcard to the first 10 people to message me through my Facebook page or my email address.

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My email address is 2kathleenivan@gmail.com

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You have till May 15 to contact me. That’s not a long time…..so get going. 🙂

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