December 28, 2014
Writing is such a personal venture; yet it acclaims suffrage on so many levels. I had a visiting author tell me once: “Nobody likes to write, they just like it after it’s done..
Hummmm, I wonder if that’s true?
I, myself, write lots of different stuff > for different reasons> in different genres; and , I agree I do like it when I’m done.
But, sometimes, just banging on these keys: words flying, mental disorder abounding, a locutional discharge at such a rate I’m barely maintaining control.. The stimulus, at times, far outweighing the meaning.
-But not today!
Today, my rationale is: Why write at all?
To look back over my half-century plus and remember the starts and stops of this passion for me along the way; it, my writing, tells a story about me. Not so much an autobiography told in letters and photos; but, a history told in “bread-crumbs” dropped along the way; more like a trail so my path will remain visible as I wonder the greater uncertainties that lie ahead.
Writing is like that – a synonym for life lived.
I always think of Justin Torres’ novella, We the Animals. In it, his narrator says about life: ” We wanted more. We wanted much more.”
A keyboard to me: that “silver-tongued devil” that feeds my psyche and the lives of so many others.
Have a blessed New Year!!!!!!!!
December 20, 2014
AFTER 43 YEARS … I have finally achieved being “educated.” Or, have I??????????????
what I mean by this is …. it is my understanding by “unsourced” definitions in today’s society, anyone who has achieved a bachelor’s degree from an institution of higher learning has officially joined the ranks of the educated. So, at the ripe young age of 67, I have finally gained enough university credits to graduate with a B.A.
That being said, and to be brutally honest, this “paper chase” has, in reality, become just a part of the life I have and am currently living. To that I will add: What a great experience it has been and continues to be.
I stand amazed at the truth held by that statement for me.
I have worked, as have many others, to achieve academia … I thought there would be more of a mental “fire-storm” experienced. It seems possible the exhilaration expected has been dulled by the time spent chasing.
I believe though, I’m missing the bigger picture.
To live this long and achieve what I’ve done in my life …. I have been blessed.
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!
January 10, 2014
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!