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I ask you …. is there really any truth in opinions … or is it all just a fantasy of someone elses ego? If you look back to the time of the great philosophers, Aristotle, and the like,  one  would think that the charge of independent thought without any qualifing evidence  is just a brash outburst of  a small spoiled  child..

Hummmm …. maybe there is some truth in that.

Oddly enough, I just finished a product review on Amazon  which  has to do with a digital download of a book to my Kindle device.  I found the content and information given very good; however, the grammar and structural errors made me wonder if the booklet had been proof-read .

It was very distracting.

I did include that I realized the problems with downloading printed formating to digital sometime has its problems. I’ve had pieces published that either had formating “hick-ups,” or the editors just decided to do it their way. 

*That, of course, is just my opinion. 

best to all,

G.

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When I was but a wee child enrolled in a small, rural schoolhouse, we had a book mobile that would visit , if I recall rightly, once every week or maybe two. I remember when the book-mobile was scheduled, recess was immediately called, and the whole of the student population (all 23 or so of us along with the one schoolmarm) would be allowed to plunder the book rows seeking a literary adventure.

That was the spark!

The fire has never been extinguished.

My book titles have grown up a bit; I’ve moved from Uncle Arthur’s “Bedtime Stories” > J.R.R. Tolkien >Justin Torres’ “We The Animals,” and everywhere in between.. Signifcant is my passion for the authors of the Romantic  &  Modernistic Era’s.

So, you may ask, what the heck has this got to do with anything.

I would like to think that the  youth of Generation “Z” will suffer the same passions as I.

Look at the commercials: cell-phones for 8 year olds …. really? On the bright side: there is an app for book downlods, audio books, and more information on the WEB then all the hardback “Encyclopedias” I could have ever purchased. All my books that I have retained, possessed, given-away, thrown- away, and thought of, but never obtained, can now be held in the palm of my hand. I must say – that is impressive..

I do have to admit: it just doesn’t sound the same … about “snuggling up with a good ipad.”

It’s a brave new world out there.

Happie New Year Everyone!

best,

g.

I stand amazed at times how much my life experiences hold interest to my much younger student peers. Since my first academic go-around in the early 70’s was no “cake-walk,” and life that followed was “difficult.” And, it took another fifteen years or so to really come into my own;  it’s complex to make people understand that just because they get a diploma – life can be a very ungainly path to walk.

Of course, I didn’t start a college setting till I was twenty-two; the military came before that, and I really continue to feel that gave me an edge … but, not much of one. I believe learning to stand on your own feet is as an important lesson as any I know of to help you get through what life is bound to throw at you. That’s the knowledge I try to pass on.

I’ve not known too many folks that have really “come-of-age” within themselves that the “school-of-hardknocks” hasn’t played a significant role in true identity. 

I try to relate my story to that of Homer’s “Odyssey;” the trek to get home is long and filled with quagmires.

I pray they listen!

As always,

Best,

G.  

That may not be a big deal to some folks, but, 2 me, I believe it’s a rare and opportune moment in my life.  This marvel of my ability started in 1973; I was a freshman at GSU. Just back from the wars and ready to party. College, that’s what Georgia Southern University was at that time, a small home-town college. But, the beer was cold, weed was flowing and the women were well “playful.”

I flunked out in my second quarter. That didn’t take long ….. did it?

 So that was the start of a life long search, …. kind of “quest in search of the golden goose.” Little did I know then, this search would take me full circle right back to GSU – forty years later. Now, I’ve finally made it to within 20 semester hrs of gaining that piece of paper that tells “me … I am officially EDUCATED.” 

For what that’s worth?

Well, for me, it’s a goal long sought after. Fortunately, I didn’t need that “parchment” to make a relatively good living in this country I call home. Would I have been better off having gained a degree in my 20’s and then taken on the world …. that, nobody will ever know. The one really great thing about this country we live in: Everyone has the potential to become financially prosperous or “homeless.”

I was having a conversation with a young lady at the university – her being in the student advisement dept and all – about this exact subject: If I should have turned “right” instead of “left” way back then. All I know is if I had maybe I wouldn’t be here today, going to university and having the ability to form and project my own scholarships to help financially the students I go to class with everyday.

Odd – how things work out!!

That’s about it! If you have time,  please visit my website “linked” to this webpage there at the top. It’s called “George K. Brannen English Scholars Fund. org,” and you can get to it via this page or the web. If you would care to help me with it … me and all the students it represents would appreciate you. If you feel that’s not right for you, then maybe it will inspire you to do something on your own. It really doesn’t take a great deal of $ (just a commitment on your part) to create a scholarship, and most colleges and universities are more that happy help with matching funds or whatever and for you join them in their mission. Especially now, with the financial situational cut-backs from Congress; those folks have really put our educational system in a bind.

Bye for now!     

G.

Maybe my parents felt that way about me; and their parents, them. As a student/ senior citizen/ late voter in the 2012 presidential campaign/ general consumer, etc; I’m starting to wonder about the young peoples of today that will someday run this nation. When I was my university peer group’s age, the era was 1968 thru 1970’s; an epoc of time that was one of the most sociallly controversial of our nation next to our War of Independence. The “hippies and political junkies” of then … ended up … running this nation … now.

How scary is that?

Everywhere I look now, people are constantly “plugged in.” Whether it’s cell, texting, Facebook, Skype, and many other electrical, wizardly wonders of the techno-world; one things for sure, … we are growing a culture that may have no need of a “vocal” language.  The computer I’m printing this on can change this English “font” into most any language at the touch of a key-stroke. What a wonder that is. We as a culture have defeated the Tower of Bable. At what stage do we take on the etheral – or maybe we already are!

Pardon, I wander in my argument.

I wonder about the halls of University – that hallowed ground. “Most all” students are plugged in. Their eyes are pointed on nothing, they’re lips move w/out saying anything. They walk in a predetermined fashion to an understood point. They acknowledge their friends by a nod or smile; at times, they stop to talk – the ear buds remain in place.

I go to visiting speakers, individuals that have made an impack within their life’s mission. The PAC (The Center for Performing ), a very large university setting – the accustics are excellent.  At the height of a speaker’s auditory – a “musical ringtone goes off. I mean really, how rude can you be? 

Can people NOT live “plugged-in” for 1-2 hours?

And, what do I say when I watch a patrolman, in his patrol car, set through a green light … texting?

Everyone have a greatdae!

G.

***P.S.   Be sure to look both ways when crossing they street, it’s getting dangerous out there.