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The last post I drafted was my 100th consecutive weekly posting.

Ironically, my annual beach vacation started a week ago today, and I promptly missed drafting a weekly post last Sunday.  Therefore, today’s post, my 101th, will be a “double post,” featuring two, unrelated topics that you will hopefully find somewhat interesting:

Topic 1:  Gertrude Stein

Why Gertrude?  Well, have you ever said or thought something and wondered if you were the true originator of those specific words or thoughts?  That’s what happened to me recently with Gertrude Stein.

Though we haven’t visited Paris together yet and even though my husband’s family originates from Galicia, Spain, he and I have often happily spoken these words to each other, “North Carolina is where we live, but Paris is our home.”

For a few years now, I’ve been thinking that the expression was “our little saying,” but, I recently began questioning that thinking after glimpsing a scene from The Devil Wears Prada movie that was re-airing on TV.

During the scene, I heard a voice say that Gertrude Stein once stated, “America is my country, and Paris is my hometown.”  Upon hearing the statement, I asked myself the question, “Didn’t I already think of that?” and then came to the conclusion that “our little saying” wasn’t solely ours.  Again, what about you?  Have you ever caught yourself questioning whether your statements and/or thoughts are original ideas?

Topic 2:  Reverse Butt Calls

In this age of mobile computing, you may have heard about or experienced butt calls, but are you aware of reverse butt calls?

A teenager recently educated me about both terms and the difference between the two – the former being an unintentional dialing instance and the latter being an intentional call action taken by a caller who wants to deliver a particular message to the dialed recipient but wants the dialed recipient to believe that the call and message were delivered unintentionally.

I remember making a few prank phone calls with friends using a good old rotary dial phone back during my teenage days, but the idea of reverse butt calling someone seems a bit more complicated and a bit less fun.  Would you agree?

If so, I would bet your chronological age is well beyond those fun, challenging and unforgettable year numbers between 13 and 19.

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I have been told before that I look at the world through rose-colored glasses.

What about you?  Have you paused lately to consider your particular view of the world?  If so, do you think that you’re seeing things clearly or clouded?

If the adage, “your perception is your reality,” is true, then shouldn’t we all take some time, from time to time, to consider the things that inform our individual perceptions, perspectives and, thus, our realities?

Music has often helped to inform my worldview over the years.  For example, every time I hear Édith Piaf ‘s version of the French tune, “La Vie En Rose,” played, the song seems to reinforce a certain romantic view that I hold related to the city of Paris and the country of France.

Where did that romantic view of France originate?

Apart from any news stories that I may have heard about France on television or radio during the 70s or 80s, my perspective on France really began while taking French language courses in high school and college.  During class, we not only studied the language, but we also studied the history of France and its people.  And, during class, everything I heard and learned about France seemed exotic and romantic.

Looking back, since two of my French teachers were American and the other was from Belgium, I now realize that my perception of France was formed in the majority through “hearsay” and the statements of others who were not natives of France.  Yes, until I actually visited France and gathered firsthand experience that further informed my perspective about the French and their country, I was relying on others to inform my views.

So, people, like music, have the ability to inform our perspectives.  And, the true reality is this:  we’re only given a finite amount of time to have firsthand life experience, so we ultimately must rely on secondhand knowledge, the words that others speak or write or sing, if we want to stretch our experience of the world while we’re here to the maximum degree.

Again, what about you and your view of the world?  How much of your outlook has been formulated by first or secondhand experience?

Which color are your worldview glasses?

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