Does life hold that for everyone?  Leisure while Working? If not – it should!

I been reading a non-fiction narrative called Crafting the Personal Essay by Dinty W. Moore, and in this essay, the author points out how work, leisure, and humor can conbine into a very “rich” experience. He questions the art of work and that of leisure; arguing that there are many pleasures to be found through, maybe not enjoying the job you have, but how you admire your ability at doing that particular task. The message sent is: to admire your body and mental control of the feats you do, and find pride in your physical stealth to accomplish a job of quality whether its digging a ditch, cleaning laundry, building a structure or office work. All feats of achievement should add a bit of leisure through the pride you hold within yourself.

I, like most others, do the everyday tasks with some haste and less then 100% need for perfection. I find, I’ll except less quality from myself to gain time for leisure. Moore suggests live a bit of mental leisure in-lue of chastising yourself while doing something your not exactly ‘excited” about. The end product of the job may be the same, but you may feel differant … better, more alive, maybe a little spark of added energy … may be worth a try.

I like getting a little “extra” perspectives of life’s treasures.

They help!!

Thanks for stopping bye!!

G.

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I do, but not so much anymore. But, ya know, I was reading a narrative essay by Anne Lamott, a published instructor of writing, and she was saying:”getting published is not the point, getting published shows that you have arrived. It gives you purpose.” What a good perspective.

I, of course, am new at the “writing for publication” world and realize I need to tune my craft a bit more, which I might add is ok with me. As I go back and edit some of the work I’ve sent out … I’m not sure if I would publish it either. That being said, it makes me a better writer, listener and critical reader.

I applaud people who can sit down and just draft and redraft, then use a bit of “air brush” and they’re narrative or whatever is look’n good. Thats not me yet … BUT, I will persevere.

I also have no thoughts of ever making a living at writing. I’m retired. Already made my living, now I get to do what I couldn’t all those years in the “industry of the employed”.  Chase after things that are fun to chase, mysteries with worth. Write essays of memoir, personal issues and just what delights me.

To read the great, and not-so-great, authors of the 18th, 19th, and 20th century. To relish over a new published writer with stories to tell. So little time, so much to read.

I started going to the library in I believe 1951, give or take a year or two. All children should be library seasoned. Whether it be: paperback, on-line, or all the really neat “reader-gadgets” out there. What a world of literary information is open to every one of every age and it should not go unexplored.

Oh well, I’ve had my say.

Thank you for stopping bye and be well.

I have over stepped me mental ability to cope. The academic paperchase has become a molten mass of “gue”; an unstoppable, insatiable, monstorous evergrowing heap of ” the blob” that is at this moment attacking my psyche.        Oh MAMA!!! … What do I do now??

The read’n, the writ’n, the rithmatic … Oh MAMA!!!! The storm approachs and there be no safe harbor in site.   

Bale out … never. We will fight to the last body can breath a morsel of air.

Rally! … Rally! Let the cry go out! I may hafta look up one of them “support” groups  … a study tri-athlon specializ’n in academic mental emergencies. I know … I’ll rest for a minute.

……….1 min……….    OK, I’m back!!

Now!! … life at university has been a bit more of a challenge than usual. On the other hand, we were endowed with the opportunity to have an established poet come and do a Q&A session and have a reading presentation of his work.

So … here is my query!!!!

Is it necessary to have the “F” word infused in today’s literature? Some people claim its part of their artistic style; others refer to it as just a general form of slang. I personally find it unnecessary. Why can’t a writer, especially an established, published author find a differant word to portray the image his psyche feels the need to bring forward? Why would a writer of excellent, sonnet poetry break the mood and rythm of  meaning  and wonderful verse by injecting the “F” word.

Is society getting so “lost” that people accept any form of language no matter how insulting it may be to others. Just to clear the air, I’m 64 and I have been “around the block a few times” and I used language I shouldn’t have in public.  Looking back on time, a great deal of what I’ve said has probably did more harm than good. I also believe theres a time and place for everything, I’m just not so sure that our lack of dignity isn’t getting out of control. I walk around campus and eat in the student cafes and listen to some of the language used; but to my knowledge, I don’t believe any of my professors prefer I use vulgar language in any of my research, essay, free verse or anything else I turn in for summation.

Maybe … its true what a person said to me years ago. “To improve a child, you must start with their grandmother.”

The truth can be a cruel master!!

Thanks for reading and I hope all has a greatdae!!      🙂

… A fresh new semester takes off at GSU. For those enticed in the genre of academia stimulus, an assault on the five senses is about to get underway. I was riding my bike around campus today just to get an air of expectancy to charge my “batteries”. Some of the student shops were open: The Bagel Shop, General Store, Starbucks and a few of the other eateries. A few students and some parents were meandering about; taking the opportunity before the frantic “paper chase” begins.

I have never doubted my return  to University wasn’t the right choice for me. What a great opportunity I have … I shall not squander it! Even though I only go part-time (nine hours per semester), I feel I wouldn’t want it to get in the way of my main passion … that would be Bass fish’n. But, what would the world of nature be if I couldn’t acquaint it through themes of literary and prose. I believe my interest in the scholastics would definitely suffer. Would my creative writing and the many uses of the metaphor be in distress? In my Engl lit classes, would my dramatic prose I write on Hemingway fall flat. I have great professors that soar with passions unbounded; I seek the same fire!!!!!

This semester, I’m indulging myself with the prose of: Irving, Poe, Hawthorne, Faulkner, Salinger and Steinbeck to name a few. A creative writing course in line with the best of non-fiction. And lastly, I’ll take a historic romp with that willy, old fox … Theodore Roosevelt.

Charge on!! I say. Charge On!!

Live life … its good 4ya!!      G.  🙂

… a genuine appealing quality to it. Ah, the bliss of being mentally numb!

I have to admit, I like to give my gray matter a rest. But, you know, time doesn’t stand still; its like a runaway train and its up to me if I want to ride or not. I’m glad I feel the need to jump right back on. Times-ah-waste’n! I really feel it’ll be a great year. Last semester at school really inspired me to look forward to learning new things, meeting new people and applying myself in directions I’ve never been before. Maybe I’ll do a  poem to get a good start.

Striving For Self:

Oh … look at us go; some fast, some slow.

What you thought you’d captured when young,

Your mind only tells you … theres still farther to go.

You knell on knees,trying to find the songs to be sung.

Your out-stretched hands just within reach,

But, … never quit touching!

Before I leave this blog, I’d like to share something with everyone. At Georgia Southern University, we, like most other outstanding institutes of higher learning, have a great writing program. Aligned with GSU is a very good literary journel, The Clapboard House, which is linked to WordPress.com: http://clapboardhouse.wordpress.com . If anyone is into creative writing fiction, poetry or other literary interests … check it out.

Thanks and have a greatdae.  George

Remember:  Live life … it’s good 4ya!!