University starts back for the spring semester (although, spring weather has been tough to come by lately….Burrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr rabbit! 

I’ve managed to get a lot done over the break: poetry and some non-fiction published – Yippee, yard beautification project done, lotsa reading on world religions, a biography on Virgina Woolf, a new novella that I have the pleasure of discussing at the Sigma Tua Delta Symposium this spring in Savannah Ga.,and my most important…. learning to bake a better loaf of bread (that has been a feat in itself).

But, I must say …. Life is good!

I’m trying to stick to my one and only “new years resolution”… that being: be better to myself  and so far – it seems to be working. (I probably should have done this a long time ago; but, time just fliessssssssssssssssss by.

Now if I could just get the rivers to go below flood-stage…. I might could go fish’nnnnn.

Well, that be about all for now. Next week I’ll be back try’n to learn how to be “as smart as a fifth grader;” fat chance of that happen’n any time soon.

Be well and remember…………. NO TEXT”N & DRIV’N!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Best,

G.

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“Summertime … and the liv’n is easy””

Bye! Bye! till fall!!!

Have a good one all.

G.

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.

… 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.  🙂

… age

OR                              … beauty?????

Man … I’ll tell-ya, thats a lot-o-competition; especially, when beauty has brains too!

A new semester is upon me. January 17th, and it’s every student for themself (unless …of course, I need help … which happens ..  Oh-kasionally). What fun I have … to go up against “smarter than smart” students; under-grads and pre-master young folks that take their writing and literary worlds very seriously. It’s definitely … “no slack for the weary”. I like to challenge the class (which always includes the instructor who did her Doctorial on the exact thesis which is under discussion) with one of my ideas of the whats right or wrong (HAH!) about a particular premise … sometimes I get to be the HERO; and then again, it’s … “here, take that me boy and go to your corner … and no whimper’n allowed”. But playing the devil’s advocate, a role I love , doesn’t allow you to sit and lick your wounds long. It’s grab a handful of band aides and jump right back  into the “fray”.

Never let’m c-ya sweat!!!!!

Live life … Its good 4ya!!!