Fighting has seldom moved the needle for a happier life. It has muddied the waters for my well-being. So once again, I encourage us to sing, dance, paint, write, laugh, exercise, and whatever celebrates goodness, joy, happiness and love within our own circumstances, within our own ability to allow the goodness and fun of life.
If you are looking for a great bedtime adventure for your kids, here’s your chance to pick up a free audio book. A short review on Audible.com would be appreciated. No matter what, I hope your kids will enjoy and fall asleep before the chapter is over! Happy Wishing!
Let me know where I can send your code and Audible instructions, here. Audible supplied limited codes, so if you are interested, please act on it right away. Thank you!
Here’s some interesting facts about the word “googol” which is unlike the company “Google” we are all so familiar with.
A googol is the number 10100 (or 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000). The word googol was first used by 9-year-old Milton Sirotta, nephew of U.S. mathematician Edward Kasner. Sirotta made this word in 1938, for the number represented by the numeral 1 followed by 100 zeros. It is said that the word “googol” was chosen to represent this number because it sounded like baby talk. The company Google was named after the number “googol”. It was named this because it was said that not only did google sound like googol, but Google had a googol search results.
Sounds like some strange animal or a creature from outer space, doesn’t it? But it’s neither of them. A googol is a number, a very large number. You are probably familiar with numbers such as: 1 + 6 zeroes = 1,000,000, one million 1 + 9 zeroes = 1,000,000,000, one billion 1 + 12 zeroes = 1,000,000,000,000, one trillion 1 + 15 zeroes = 1,000,000,000,000,000, one quadrillion. But did you know that there are names for numbers larger than these? 1 + 18 zeroes = 1,000,000,000,000,000,000, one quintillion 1 + 21 zeroes = 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, one sextillion 1 + 24 zeroes = 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, one septillion 1 + 27 zeroes = 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, one octillion 1 + 30 zeroes = 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, one nonillion. The largest number with a name, however, is a 1 followed by 100 zeroes. That is a googol. It was named by the 9-year old nephew of a mathematician, who was explaining to the boy what that 1 with 100 zeroes after it looked like. When he asked the boy what that number should be called, the boy answered, a “googol.” And that name stuck! This is what a googol looks like. 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.
William Pardon Tankerfield the Third was mighty smart, wishing for a Googol of Wishes! Or did he have another thought in mind? How do you think this turns out? This is a fun bedtime adventure for kids, parents and grandparents alike.
In a bit I will play for you the great Oliver Hunt rendition of this beautiful book. There has been lovely snow outside my door since Sunday and we are expecting more tomorrow. It is a dreamy type of existence I am living in right now.
I love this picture of William Pardon Tankerfield the Third. Yes, I drew this picture, but what surprises me is who is looking back at me. I see the eyes of my husband, my son, the eyes of my grandsons, my daughter-in-law, my brothers and sister, and friends. I am beginning to understand that the person who I am now aware of is myself. It surprises, delights and surprises me again.
Here’s what I see: Fun. A little bit of mischief, but loving mischief. Delight to be here. Confidence that all is well. Mainly love. All you need is love.
The book was written as a way to think about and teach my then-10-year-old son about believing in dreams. I wanted him to know he has everything at his disposal to live the kind of life he wishes for. All you need is love.
As I said, I am in a dreamy sort of life today. Touching the magical ideas of happiness. I am grateful. I am love.
So here’s my promise: presenting Oliver Hunt @oliverthereader
Here’s a link to Audible and the first few pages of the adventure. Enjoy.