This blog is a workspace for my reading and writing. I’m gathering books and advice and experience and piecing them together into words and thoughts and bits of prose. Someday, I hope to publish stories and books that I enjoy and that other people might like to read.
My ABOUT page morphs periodically. It changes like the Objective statement in a resume, tailored to the moment, dynamic, not static – open minded, ready to embrace new ideas and beliefs. My watchwords: hope, lovingkindness, perseverance, determination – sometimes hard won, but always my aim.
One last thing you should know about me, I have a love-hate relationship with technology. I have little patience for spending the time it takes to learn to use it, but once I know how, I adore it. You will see evidence of my impatience below and in other posts where the formatting is crap. All those tildes below were added to retain spaces that, otherwise, would absolutely NOT stay unless something was typed in them. And, when you see that some are indented (precisely and uniformly 12 spaces) and some are lined up along the left margin (despite also being indented 12 spaces), you’ll know when I decided to cut my losses and stop trying. Which just goes to show that perseverance and determination must be applied in a practical way. This bothers my somewhat OCD psyche, but eventually, I will forget how messy this looks. And hopefully, the formatting will not detract from the spirit of the words.
Here are some bits of verse that resonate with me.
I expect to pass through this world but once.
Any good thing, therefore, that I can do
or any kindness I can show to any creature,
let me do it now.
Let me not defer or neglect it,
for I shall not pass this way again.
~~ Stephen Grellet
On the breezes of the sky,
And you ask “What if I fall?”
Oh but my darling,
What if you fly?
~~ Erin Hanson
~~ Robert Frost
~~ Emily Dickinson