Christmas Volunteering Opportunities

Friday, 1st December 2017

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How’s it shakin’, bacon?

 

So, it’s December and that means we’re well on our way to Christmas. I want to start off by giving a link to a television commercial for the Saint Vincent De Paul (sorry!). There are far too many people who don’t have the bare minimum – don’t have a home, or who don’t know when they’ll get to eat next, can’t heat their home or have no electricity – ultimately people who can’t look after their physiological needs. I know I’m guilty of forgetting this. I’m in a fortunate position – I have everything I need and more – and not everyone is as lucky.

 

I feel like at this time of year it’s so easy to forget others – and I’m so guilty of this. I want this year to be different, I want to remember that there are so many people around who can’t afford to heat their house – and many who don’t have a home at all. There are people sleeping rough, in the cold of winter. You might be wondering: what can I do about this?

 

This time of year a lot of charities are under pressure to provide for the most vulnerable people in our society. People, I have often forgotten. I want this post to be a reminder to people that people are homeless. Sorry to start off the month on a relatively depressing topic. But I feel this is an important place to start because we can make a difference to someone. By giving time. Maybe by visiting a lonely neighbour, giving a meal to someone who wouldn’t otherwise have one, giving time or money to a charity, giving toys to children or assistance buying Christmas presents to a family who would otherwise miss out. There are so many ways to help people this Christmas.

 

So, this Christmas (and hopefully beyond) I want to find a way to actively help others. My big question is: who’s with me?

 

Until next time,

Morgenstern

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Short Story Review: The Damned Thing By Ambrose Bierce

Friday, 3rd November 2017

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Story Title: The Damned Thing

Author: Ambrose Bierce

Date of Publication: 7th December 1893

 

 

The Damned Thing is a short story written by Ambrose Bierce in December 1983. It opens in a small room in a cabin in a remote area (which is never specified) with 8 men, one of whom is dead. The purpose of the gathering is to determine the cause of death of the… well… dead man. The coroner shows the body, with all it’s gruesome injuries, and questions at witness in front of a jury. Ultimately the jury determine the death was caused by a mountain Lion. However, the dead man’s journal reveals killer was something else…

 

I’m going to include a link for a free pdf of the story, click here.

 

What did I like?

I like the element of mystery in it. Towards the end of the story we discover that whatever killed the deceased wasn’t a Mountain Lion and all we have to go on is the speculation of a man’s journal and his speculations. There’s no conclusive answer as to what killed him and in a way it’s left to the imagination of the reader.

 

I think it was interesting that there was some ambiguity as to location. I think when reading it, it’s fairly certain it’s the Western US, but not once does it explicitly say. Like the implied location there are things about the story that seem to be implied or suggest

 

What didn’t I like?

There isn’t much I could say I really disliked about the story. I could argue it isn’t particularly ‘action packed’ in a way I’d be expecting or perhaps used to, especially from a more horror-esque text. It does follow tropes of the genre (as would be expected from any story or movie in any genre.

 

I would say that describing away the killer as something we can’t see or hear because we’ve limited senses at the very end of the story as potentially rushed. Bierce, arguably, may not have considered what had killed the man until the end. Maybe he realised he had to add in something like this for closure or maybe this was the plan all along. It was somewhat underwhelming though. It felt almost like a ‘oh, yeah, we will never know what killed this fella because… because… we can’t perceive it with our limited senses… yeah… that…’ (Though I do like the notion that there’s more to this world of ours than we could ever possibly imagine. Sort of gives a spark of intrigue to life, I think.)

 

Am I being nit picky? Yeah, probably.

 

Would I recommend it?

Yes, I would definitely recommend it. It’s a very interesting story and is short. It is well worth the short amount of time it takes to read it.

 

My Personal Rating: 4/5

 

Until next time,

Warm hugs

Morgenstern!

 

P.S: hopefully next time will be much sooner. Sorry!

Going back to College!!!

Friday, 8th September 2017

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How’s it shakin’ bacon?

 

So, I am going back to college. Yay! Officially start on the 18th of this month. I’m hoping that if I’m able to balance my time right I’ll be able to have, maybe a weekly update about progress through the course.

 

I applied for a Higher Diploma in English sometime in July (I think) or maybe early August because at that point in time I was getting so few hours at work I was beginning to wonder if I still had a job anymore. So, I decided, what the heck, send in an application – the worst that can happen is they’ll say no and I’ll have to wait until next year. Anyway, time passes and I’d essentially forgotten about the application. I get an email to check my application because the status changed (it’s one of those online things for applying) and what do you know, they offered me a place – so I accepted immediately. I was impatiently waiting for emails about when I’d start etc. and trying to some bit of my own research.

 

I met with the course co-ordinater on Wednesday gone and made my subject choices today. I like to think they’re quite broad, like: Old English, Medieval and Renaissance Drama, European Cinema, modules about Irish literature and Victorian Literature. If this course goes well, I’ll be apply for Masters courses for next year. Hopefully the next few months will be interesting enough to warrant a weekly blog post about it.

 

Until next time, warm hugs

Morgenstern!!!

Howdy!

Friday, 1st September 2017

 

How is it September already? I’m certain my laziness has reached new heights! On the plus side should anyone need a professional procrastinator, I’m your woman! Or am I? Would I end up procrastinating my way out of it? Hmm… *shrugs*

 

I’ve been thinking a lot about what sort of topics I want to cover here, or if I want to focus on something in particular. I want to avoid being preachy in posts. How do I begin to express thoughts or opinions that matter to me? Can I do it in a rational and educated manner? How do I express thoughts and opinions in a clear concise form? Does anything on this small, irrelevant blog from this irrelevant person mean anything? Then I just start feeling like I’ve been sucked into a very dark place – just imagining what I could or, even, should be doing, things I’m not doing and my own irrational, yet wholly crushing, fears.

 

Does any in this short existence we have really matter? I don’t know, but I hope so. I hope that in whatever time I can do something. I doubt I’ll ever do something great, or big – but no matter how small it is, I hope I can do some bit of good. Somehow? I don’t know if I can achieve anything – but, one can hope right?

 

That got much deeper than I had anticipated! Sorry! And for all I know, this post will make no sense.

 

Until next time!
Morgenstern

Bucket List!

Tursday, 25th May 2017

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How’s it shakin’ bacon?

 

I feel like everyone has some sort of bucket list, whether or not it’s intentional or not. We all want to do things and have experiences to look back on, right? So I thought why not make my own little official bucket list. A small one.

 

  1. Travel – I have a giant list of places I want to travel to. I think it probably deserves a post of it’s own. Haha!
  2. Live outside Ireland for at least one year
  3. Swim with dolphins
  4. Rock climbing – actual rock climbing
  5. Feed sharks
  6. Go skydiving – as terrifying as this sounds it’d really be quite the adventure (and a good story too!)
  7. Zip lining
  8. Go on a date
  9. Donate Clothing
  10. See a ‘play’ on Broadway
  11. Write & Publish a Novel
  12. Learn to use Chopsticks
  13. See a ballet
  14. Get a tattoo
  15. Participate in a 5K race
  16. Go to an aquarium
  17. Visit a pyramid
  18. Go on a Road Trip
  19. Be an extra in a movie
  20. Attend a Masquerade

 

Is any of this even achievable? I guess we’ll see! Any suggested additions? What’s on your bucket list?

 

Until next time, warm hugs!
Morgenstern!

Release Day!!!

Tuesday, 23rd of May 2017

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Today, Lord of Shadows (Cassandra Clare) has been released! I’m super excited to get my hands of a copy of the book and to sink my teeth into the series (I’ve yet to read Lady Midnight). If you’re interested in purchasing a copy (if you’ve not done so already) Book Depository have it in stock, just click here. I’ve just ordered a copy of the book.

 

  1. Lady Midnight – here
  2. The Infernal Devices – here
  3. The Mortal Instruments – here
  4. Magisterium – here

 

Enough of the shameless linking, I am super excited to get back into reading Cassandra Clare’s work. She is quite possibly definitely my favorite writer… ever and I think she sparked my interest in stories and reading and I want to share that with you.

 

Until next time, warm hugs

Morgenstern

Book Depository

12th of May 2017

How’s it shakin’ bacon?

 

I’ve recently become an affiliate with Book Depository. Book Depository is an online store where one can buy books… So call me Captain Obvious! Anyway, I use this site quite regularly. They’ve a huge selection of books to buy from, I find their prices are lower than in a bookshop, delivery (to most places is free) and they send you a free book mark. (How’s my awesome salesmanship going?) I, often, buy books in relative bulk and it’s my go to place for such a purchase. If you want to check out this online store, click here. I have a feeling you won’t regret it.

 

I want to make one thing clear – I wouldn’t make a decision and discuss it as such if I didn’t really believe it. I felt as someone who is a Book Depository customer normally, this could be a good opportunity to pass on this information to you and if you choose to browse the site and/or buy anything let me know what you bought. I shall be back later with a post about my escapades at Fota Wildlife Park later on, just felt this update/information was worth providing now.

 

Until next time, warm hugs

Morgenstern!