A Nest Of Love

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A Nest Of Love

Most nests are made so they are hard to crawl out of, mother birds are very intelligent that way they don’t want their precious little hatchlings to crawl over the side and go tumbling to the ground where they become some prowling, nocturnal cat snack. My mother bird puts our nest together snug and warm, in a similar fashion. I am just the opposite though, the older I get the harder I find it is to crawl over the edge. Many times I will just lie in bed for hours. I realize when I do go over the edge, I won’t be flying I will be making a zig-zag dizzy patterned walk to the restroom.

The stories of young adults leaving the nest, or not, could be material for one or two novels.

We had a wood duck build her nest in one of our old chimneys, it wasn’t being used. I never did see her coming or going but she had her babies hatched inside of that chimney. She carried a whole bunch of straw to make her nest. The straw was down inside, about a foot below the chimney top. When her babies hatched they had to crawl up to the top of that chimney, without flying feathers. The cute little baby ducks rolled down the roof, out of the drain pipe then landed on the ground by our kitchen window.

A big; wise old mother cat was smiling like she thought she was getting snacks from cat heaven delivered right to her. She had one duckling in her mouth and was trying to grab another one when I ran around the corner. I managed to scoop up 6 little babies, then tried to carry them to a pond that was about a block away from our house. It’s hard to carry six little squirming ducks. I would drop two, pick up one, drop another all the way to the pond, while the other cats thought I was dropping ducks for them, there must have been at least ten starting the race.

I have always thought I understood what a nest was, then at my advanced age find out, I don’t know my Nest from a hole in the ground. That is why I have decided to share the following information about nests.

“A nest is a structure built by certain animals to hold eggs, offspring, and, occasionally, the animal itself. Although nests are most closely associated with birds, members of all classes of vertebrates and some invertebrates construct nests. They may be composed of organic material such as twigs, grass, and leaves, or maybe a simple depression in the ground, or a hole in a rock, tree, or building. Human-made materials, such as string, plastic, cloth, or paper, may also be used. Nests can be found in all types of habitat.
Nest building is driven by a biological urge known as the nesting instinct in birds and mammals. Generally, each species has a distinctive style of nest. Nest complexity is roughly correlated with the level of parental care by adults. Nest building is considered a key adaptive advantage among birds, and they exhibit the most variation in their nests ranging from simple holes in the ground to elaborate communal nests hosting hundreds of individuals. Nests of prairie dogs and several social insects can host millions of individuals.” Nest



An Original Neophyte


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An Original Neophyte

“Before his conversion, Paul, then known as Saul, was a “zealot”, a Pharisee of Pharisees”, who “intensely persecuted” the followers of Jesus.”
“The conversion of Paul the Apostle, was, according to the New Testament, an event in the life of Paul the Apostle that led him to cease persecuting, he was blind, then he saw. Paul became an early Religious Neophyte, He quickly learned, Jesus would guide his religious path.”


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Neophyte Novel Writer

I recently became a Novel Writing Neophyte. My only hope is that the Holy Spirit shines an extremely bright light, deep into my writing eyes, clearing a pathway to a doubting mind. I need a more clear vision of the right words to write. I must prove the naysayers wrong. Right?


The Faint Novel Goal



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The Faint Novel Goal

The meaning of faint: To lose consciousness for a short time because of a temporarily insufficient supply of oxygen to the brain.

I believe I have only felt faint one other time in my life and that was marching with a full pack during boot camp. It was a 20-mile forced march shortly after receiving a smallpox vaccination. The trail we were marching on starting to resemble a steep, downward spiraling, staircase and I ended up face down in the mud with my backpack on top of me.

I experienced a similar feeling a little over a week ago when I signed up for NANOWRIMO which stands for National Novel Writing Month which is November. I didn’t really feel faint until I started contemplating writing 50000 words in 30 days. The barely perceptible smell was from fear of failure which soon became overpowering, fainted again.

Another meaning of faint: (of a sight, smell, or sound) barely perceptible.

Please check back into my blog sometime around Christmas or next Fourth of July or sometime within the next decade and see how my novel is taking shape. Thank you very much for visiting My Mixed Blog.

  • Take this dare from 8th grade Young Writers Program participant Hajar: “I dare you to start with a blank document and write about whatever comes to mind. If something out-of-nowhere comes up, try to incorporate that with the story you’re already writing.”
  • Here is a link for Hajar to use.
  • https://lghoelson.wordpress.com/2017/11/07/the-faint-novel-goal/



Proxy Servers



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Proxy Servers

Computer proxy: How many do you need? If you are doing well, not getting access denied errors, or running 2-3 tasks without any problem, then you don’t need to use proxies. If your firewall allows, it’s better to use 1 proxy for each account, but you can still use 2 accounts per proxy.

Note: Shareholders in corporations may designate a proxy to represent them at stockholders’ meetings and vote their shares. If you want someone to sell your 45 million shares of sow bellies stock, be sure you get the right proxy. “Pork bellies were traded in the futures market, as they are important components of meat products, such as bacon. Trading in pork bellies futures began in 1961 on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), and allowed meat packers to hedge the volatile pig market.”

“In computer networks, a proxy server is a server (a computer system or an application) that acts as an intermediary for requests from clients seeking resources from other servers. A client connects to the proxy server, requesting some service, such as a file, connection, web page, or other resources available from a different server and the proxy server evaluates the request as a way to simplify and control its complexity. Proxies were invented to add structure and encapsulation to distributed systems. Today, most proxies are web proxies, facilitating access to content on the World Wide Web, providing anonymity and may be used to bypass IP address blocking.”