Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover

http://www.thegoodenoughproject.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/don_t_judge_a_book_by_its_cover.jpgFor the past few days, I have given thoughts to the topic of “critical thinking”. I learned it, in my college years. In fact, it was a mandatory class for incoming freshmen. From what I recall, Professor Josh Cabot centered the class around a couple of plays.

It was a fun class and I’ve never given it, much thought. From this class, I would learn a simple lesson, “Ask questions about what you’re reading and don’t settle for surface reading.” As we were reading a play on “Dracula”; I don’t think logic or analytical thinking would be of much help. Would you? Continue reading

How Am I, Religious?

notreligiousHow am I religious? I am often amazed when I hear someone say, “You must be religious.” Do such people know me? Are they expecting a disapproving stare or something? Do they expect a finger pointing or some old fashioned hellfire and brimstone?

What are you expecting, when you visit Inspiration Point? Did any of the above questions come to mind? How about God, who loves you? I would love to get some comments, from the many passersby.  How am I religious? Do you smell a story coming? Continue reading

Let’s Play The Game of Hint!

http://pad1.whstatic.com/images/thumb/3/3a/Tell-if-Your-Wife-Is-Cheating-Step-8.jpg/670px-Tell-if-Your-Wife-Is-Cheating-Step-8.jpgWhat is the Game of Hints? It is a game of intrigue and mystery. It’s a game that will always leave you hanging; as you piece together the clues left by other participants. The game is full  of perplexing riddles.

Am I talking about the Game of Thrones? Is it a modern version of the classic game of Clue? Did I mention that the game is free and anyone can play? The game can take place, anywhere and any time. You don’t even need a computer.

Guess what? You are probably already playing it. The Game of Thrones and Clue are actual games; the Game of Hints is not a real game. What is meant by the Game of Hints? What am I talking about? Continue reading

New Visitors: Please Take Survey!!

There is one thing that I’ve learned from some friends; it helps to ask an important question. How am I doing? Such a question can help a blog site to grow and improve.  If I want my site to grow and thrive, then I better get a clue about what my visitors think.

Some time ago, I moved my site back to WordPress.com. It was done for financial reason. Since December 2014, I have been monitoring the site traffic of Inspiration Point with the help of Statscounter.com. One of my biggest concerns has been the length of stay by first time visitors.

Because I have a vision impairment, my reading speed is slower than a person with good eyesight. For me, it is difficult to assess what’s a normal reading speed looks like.

As of late, I have been writing longer blog posts than my normal 800 words. Before this, I thought the 5 to 10 second visits was normal. With the new longer blog stories, I am still seeing the same length of stay. Clearly there is a problem. It’s time to take a survey! Continue reading

Would You Like To Help With A Book?

http://www.how-to-write-a-book-now.com/images/Softwareforwriters.jpgWould you like to help, with a book that I’m writing? Some time ago, I talked about writing an anthology of stories and it was to be my first book. Guess what? I am not talking about it; rather, I am doing it. :)

I am working on the first draft for a chapter based on a story that I wrote, for this blog.  What’s the name of the story? On January 2014, I wrote a blog post called “A Lesser Human? Really?”  You will have to read the old blog story and find out what it is about.

As a typical chapter is a lot bigger than your average blog post; you can guess the amount of details that I need to add. Here is where you can help! What should I put in that chapter? What details would be better suited for chapter two?

If you read that blog story, then you’re going to discover a second blog story and it’s called “A Summer of Hell“. This blog story is definitely an emotionally rough story; as it deals with dramatic emotional and physical abuse.  Should this be a second chapter?

My overall theme is overcoming depression and a low self-worth. I am asking for comments on what I could add. I am tentatively considering two other chapters and they have to deal with a healthy self-image.

One chapter is based on a story that I wrote called “The Builder“. It’s about how God, the Father sees us; as opposed to Man. The other one is tentatively called “Come Out of Your Hidey Hole” and it’s about building confidence.

Any ideas? I’d love to hear from you.

Dealing With Cyber Bullies

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/6d/92/a0/6d92a0dc66fbb160fae37891658394d0.jpgFor the past few days, I’ve listened to stories of cyber bullying. One friend tells of a young girl, with Autism.  One day, she is asked “Would you like to go to the prom, with me?”

She accepted the date and they had a wonderful time; however, a tragedy occurred.  At one point,they are surrounded by a pack of wolves.

They thought it acceptable to harass and mock the young couple. To add insult, someone recorded it and posted it on the Internet.  It saddens my heart to hear such a story.

With the sadness, I felt a rising sense of anger.  It should not be this way! I could give out names; however, I am not going to go down such a dark path. How do I know?  I am no stranger to bullying.

The sad reality is, bullying has been going on, for centuries. Truly, there is nothing new under the sun; this includes cyber bullying.  What can be done? There is another way. Continue reading

A Spiritual Journey

TheRoadIt’s a dangerous thing to step outside your door. For once you place your feet upon the road; you never know where it will take you. Though I have not visited anyplace nearly fantastic as Rivendale or Gondor; I can certainly agree with that wise old hobbit, Bilbo Baggins.

If you missed it, the above is a partial quote from Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien. Like Bilbo and Frodo, I’ve been on a journey for the past few months. Like Bilbo, I am far from dead.  Where have I been to? Let’s put it this way. It certainly wasn’t to Mordor or anything like that. Continue reading