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Lisa Haneberg
Lexington, KY and Galveston, TX
Writer and Adventurer. Lover of contrasts.
Interests: Humor, mystery, hiking, writing, poetry, biking, WFPB.
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The Broken Windows Theory is, in summary, the notion that small visible "broken" things, like windows, may lead to other/additional broken things (say, peeling paint), and can create downward momentum (the neighborhood in decline). Also, that replacing or fixing small visible features can create positive momentum. Basically, it's the Butterfly... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Misadventurous Life
As I watched a story on the CBS Sunday Morning show about Suleika Jaouad's challenge to move forward from leukemia, a Susan Sontag quote she shared stuck with me. Here's the quote: “Illness is the night side of life, a more onerous citizenship. Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2021 at Misadventurous Life
We've been swirling in the covid pandemic neutral zone for a year. It's draining, right? And here comes another holiday dreamt up by marketers (my money is on jewelry stores or florists). Why not try something different? Here are a few fun and covid-compliant ways to celebrate with your bestie... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2021 at Misadventurous Life
I had to laugh. In my editor's comments about my latest novel, STIFF LIZARD, he mentioned that my protagonist seems to put her hands on her hips a lot. Which was not the case in the last three novels that featured the same leading lady. Why the difference? Why the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2021 at Misadventurous Life
Today's vibe. "Jane's Getting Serious" by Jon Astley circa 1987. I remember standing with a couple of pals at the crowded bar at Malarkey's in Bethesda, MD, when I first heard this song. As soon as I heard it, I blurted, "It's the ketchup song!" A Heinz commercial featuring Matt... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2021 at Misadventurous Life
I believe in the power of the butterfly effect (from chaos theory, small changes can make a big difference) and that everything we do reverberates. Kind and helpful acts reverberate and so do mean and unhelpful ones. Everything we do is more than the sum of its parts. Nothing is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2021 at Misadventurous Life
I'm taking a class from Lit Reactor called, Short Story Mechanics, which is taught by Richard Thomas. Today's homework was to write five hooks (four first lines and one first paragraph) for five different potential stories. I just posted the hooks into the online classroom portal (also below). Richard will... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2021 at Misadventurous Life
This is a post about organizing for possibility. I watched the movie 8 Mile, which stars rapper Eminem and is loosely based on his early life. The movie features rap competitions where rappers battle each other with words. There are several rounds, and during each challenge the loser is eliminated... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2021 at Misadventurous Life
I don't claim to be a good poet, but this we ditty seemed appropriate for the day. Where the Sun Shines The sun doesn't shine everywhere On everyone All the time Even on a clear day There are shadows And colder dark spots The warm rays penetrate When our arms... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2020 at Misadventurous Life
Here's a fun video of a dog dancing with a young boy. Or is the dog scratching his behind on the concrete wall? Either way, he looks happy and I hope you are, too. Happy New Year! Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2020 at Misadventurous Life
Caveat* I acknowledge that some are not comforted by the idea of planning when faced with uncertainty. But I am. It's December 31st, and I've got my new Panda Planner set up and ready to use tomorrow morning. I've taped my 2021 plan (it's flexible and might change) into the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2020 at Misadventurous Life
I've written about how we live in the future. We anticipate and prepare for what we think is going to happen. Whether that be a terrific vacation or dreadful 4-day zoom conference with presenters who will read from their busy Powerpoint slides. It's a bit of self-fulfilling prophecy and a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2020 at Misadventurous Life
I like this piece written by Alastair Humphreys for Outside Magazine called, 8 Principles for Living a More Adventurous Life. In particular, I love the idea of microadventures (and mini-misadventures, which I've written about). Humphreys wrote that the secret sauce seems to be: "Simple + short + local + cheap... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2020 at Misadventurous Life
I love jigsaw puzzles. They're my zen jam because I'm present and focused when looking for pieces. Puzzles also serve my need for immediate positive reinforcement. Each piece found and placed is a mini-win. And because I've bought a few puzzles online, I get a lot of ads in my... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2020 at Misadventurous Life
I've been working on my plan for the year. Here are the elements. Identify major thrusts/fuels that will be at my core. Reflect on and define ONE area that I want to AMP UP and TWO practices/habits I'd like to reduce. I reminded myself of my decision filter (I wrote... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2020 at Misadventurous Life
I'll be taking the next two-three weeks to create my 2021 plan. I look forward to generating Big Hairy Audacious Agile Goals BHAAGS (extra "A" intentional) and a scenario plan story that make the hairs on the back of my neck stand and tingle. There's no downside to thinking big,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2020 at Misadventurous Life
Yesterday I blogged about how, during a transition/change, we can be more creative while in the messy, ambiguous, neutral zone. But I also mentioned how the neutral zone can be draining and frustrating, because things are fuzzy and in flux. One of the ways to lessen the negative impacts of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2020 at Misadventurous Life
I've not blogged much the last two weeks because I'm channeling my writing energy into FINALLY finishing my 4th mystery, STIFF LIZARD. It was supposed to come out earlier this year. Here's the cover. - I delayed the book because I was going to have to have surgery. - Then... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2020 at Misadventurous Life
November 1st is almost here, and I've thought about the mindset that will serve writers well as they launch into #NaNoWriMo. The mindset has a few elements that are reinforced by recent blog posts (linked): #1: Time is precious; choose wisely. I blogged about my Decision Filter here. I'm still... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2020 at Misadventurous Life
Bob was a bit anxious about going to a shrink but promised Sandy he'd try a session in hopes it would help him cope with his diagnosis. His mind swirled and stomach churned as he waited for Dr. Bono. A nurse opened the door to the lobby. “Mr. Devine?" “Yes,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2020 at Misadventurous Life
I was watching a video where the owner of Murder By the Book in Houston interviewed authors Jasper Fforde and Matt Haig about their new books. Watch the video here. Something that Jasper said struck a chord with me and I've thought about it several times since seeing the video.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2020 at Misadventurous Life
I had few health challenges until I was 35. Then the chaos-theory-reverberation-making-proverbial-shit-hit-the-fan. But this is not a woe is me post. It's a reflection on the circuitous path we have to walk/run/dance/jump when trying to investigate what ails us. Wait, Lisa. Isn't that what doctors are for? If I could... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2020 at Misadventurous Life
2020 has ushered in some heavy shit. We had a lot going on before - global warming, healthcare, inequities, high chocolate prices - and now we've lomped on a global pandemic, high unemployment, and a divisive election. And murder hornets. And a record number of wildfires, floods, and hurricanes. None... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2020 at Misadventurous Life
Pic credit In the last post, I offered a modification to the popular BHAG - a BHAAG, adding AGILE with a nod to our current times. The major idea being that we should not wait to plan until things return to normal, that goals can be motivating and helpful... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2020 at Misadventurous Life
Many of us have put off planning because, for the last six months, we've had to cancel or modify everything we intended to do. Jobs, vacations, and get togethers have gone by the wayside. It may have been draining, devastating, or depressing. Or all three! And with the pandemic far... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2020 at Misadventurous Life