Just Keep Swimming!
You just gotta love Dory! I'm swimming right now, in the midst of doing taxes and also working on class stuff. The module this week in Humanities - Kantian and utilitarian ethics. According to Kant, motive is the operating force and actions are based upon what you think you ought to do based on a sense of duty versus the right or moral thing to do. Pity or compassion doesn't play a role. Utilitarianism is the ethical concept that says what is right or good is what brings the most happiness. When faced with a choice, take the one that will make the most amount of people happy. For example: Given the choice to save one person or five people from being hit by a train, save the five and let the one die. Or if there is one person you can throw in front of the train further up the tracks that will save them all, do it.
So right now I'm contemplating the question: "consider Kant's requirement that other people be considered as ends in themselves and not as means to an end. Can you think of any cultural or economic practices that might seem to violate this principle?" Fun huh!
Also started working on the taxes. Yes, I know. Should have started long before now. I have excuses. Discovered the version of Quickbooks we have at the shop, doesn't want to work on my windows 7 laptop for whatever reason. Figured, no problem..... installed turbo tax at work to import the quickbooks file into it. Something screwy there too. Didn't want to do it. Que the violin music, please. Just have to do it the old fashion way, and printed off all the reports needed and will manually enter the information. So...... that's what I'll be working on for the next few days.
In the midst of all this, re-evaluating the first quarter of home school curriculum, making some changes and refreshing myself on how to be a better mentor to my 5th grader. I've had a decided lack of patience lately, which doesn't fair well, when trying to teach my wonderful child. Which is one reason I decided to reread Thomas Jefferson Education.
I'm continuing to write everyday and making progress. Getting a little bit closer to that final scene of Red Thief. The morning pages are going well and helping me work some frustrations out on the page. I'm in week 7 of The Artist's Way - recovering a sense of connection. One of the tasks is make a collage. Collect 10 magazines, set yourself a time limit and go through, cut out images that reflect your life and interests. Make sort of a pictorial autobiography. Shouldn't be too difficult, right. Unless all you have is Writer's Digest, Writer, Bookmarks, Air and Space and Reader's Digest. *facepalm* As a result, I kind of went on a subscription bing of magazines I've been wanting, but never got around to it. Subscribed to Poets and Writers, Sunset, Coastal living, Smithsonian, Conde Nast Traveler, and Old schoolhouse. Happy Happy Joy Joy!
I haven't had a whole lot of time to write any reviews. Heck, I haven't had a whole lot of time to read for pleasure. However, I just started "Heart of Deception" by M.L. Malcolm for TLC Book Tour coming up on April 4th.
Speaking of reviews, you may have already seen this, but if you haven't, you should. It's a great reminder to authors of how NOT to respond to a negative review. This author melted down, telling commentors and the blogger to 'f' off twice when he refused to delete the review and in my opinion just killed her career as it were. Amazingly unprofessional but educational for the rest of us.
Sometimes God calms the storm. At other times, he calms the sailor. And sometimes he makes us swim. ~Author Unknown
Just keep swimming!