5 Things: Happy 2021!


Happy Friday! Hopefully, you all had a wonderful set of holidays and are easing into the new year with the promise of new beginnings. As I write this, 2021 is off to a bit of a rocky start (first major understatement of the decade). I am prayerful, though, that we can all come together to make the best versions of ourselves and our world in the coming year. 

Well, and… Surprise! You may have noticed something a little different around here. (Wink, wink!) After about 10 years with the same design, it was time to spruce up the place. So, let me know what you think!

Anyway, without further ado, I present to you the first \”5 Things\” of 2021. Enjoy!

1) Check out one of Andrea Bocelli\’s latest videos \”Dolce e Sentire\” sung from the gorgeous Basilica di San Francesco in Assisi. It\’s a beautiful, calming piece to counteract a chaotic world.

2) One of the trends that I\’ve come across recently on YouTube is \”scambaiting.\” There is a whole community of web security folks who make it their job to waste the time of scammers (or shut them down entirely). These scammers prey upon the elderly or anyone not technologically savvy enough to realize what\’s happening. If you know anyone who could be susceptible to falling for a scam, I\’d highly recommend passing along some of these videos. Most people are far too embarrassed to ask for help either feeling foolish or genuinely concerned about financial or legal troubles. Better to raise awareness before they encounter one of these scammers.

3) The website Classicfm.com claims to be able to guess when you were born based on your classical music tastes. I\’m a sucker for internet quizzes so I gave it a try. Their guess: 1987. Not correct but closer than I expected. What was your quiz result?

4) In an interesting piece of news: The Gothenburg Film Festival wants to conduct a \”pandemic experiment\” by having someone watch films alone in a lighthouse (in Sweden, no less) for seven days. The grand total is 60 film premiers in all! (Whoa!) At first, I thought \”Heck yes!\” because being totally isolated is nothing new. Then I saw the number of films (averaging about eight films per day). That seemed a bit like overkill. Even this Netflix binger only gets through two films on a Saturday. I\’d definitely need a treadmill and a Pilates machine as a part of the package to avoid going stir-crazy. Do you think that you could hack it watching films in a lighthouse alone for a week?

5) Speaking of films, have you watched Home Alone, lately? The Christmas comedy really stands the test of time as evidenced by the fact that my family (several generations, mind you) has been quoting it for at least the last three weeks. Who cares if Christmas has come and gone? We all need a good chuckle right about now. The original Home Alone and sequels are currently available on Disney+ as part of your subscription or rentable on platforms like Vudu and Amazon for a fee. \”Keep the change, you filthy animal!\” (Note: Using the Amazon link helps keep The Ajennda afloat.)

Okay, that\’s all for now. Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Published by Jenn R

I write stuff and pretend to be good at crafting. Check out my first novel on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3nAxiZ4

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