Friday, July 3, 2015

The Present Relevance of Our Past

Why can't I 'just' post something 'simple' and keep it moving?

Answer: Because no one cares for the okey-doke, and so now here we go...

Every time I hear someone say something to the tune of “forget the past,” I see engineers crumbling up blueprints for building houses, cars, airplanes, ships, you-name-the-object, and tossing them in waste bins to pull ideas from out of nowhere, to start from scratch on a clean slate.

Frequently I wish not to see what I see, but be it as it is, the foundation of our present comes from the past. Homes, cars, planes, ships and similar artifacts are not built out of thin air. They come from somewhere. And so do those things we're led to think we should put behind us.

Now I do realize this is construed as "thinking way too deeply on the matter.” Most that speak of “forgetting the past” are simply referring to moving past regrets, and slights, and abuses, and oh, here’s one... those old dances. Although dancing is centuries old, some dances like the Cabbage Patch and the Bump and the Slow Grind, and others that came in one season, you’d look like an old fool out on the dance floor doing in this season.

I do ‘get it’, in the same way I get the importance of taking respectful stock of our present born out of our past.

...Such as ‘saying grace, or blessing the table or food’ before eating. Where did that come from, and how long has it been around?

Eating to survive is another one. The concept, nothing to minimize, reminds me of Sean Kenniff's book, Être the Cow.  (Frankly, Must Read this Parable).

And how about walking head up…or let’s say, upright. That hasn’t changed; though perhaps one day an invention will change this.

We still must breathe, and currently the preferred infusion is oxygen.

And though that popular saying declares, “the only thing for certain is taxes and death,” there is a possibility that taxes might one day become a relic of the past.

Which brings to mind one physiological need often overlooked. Civilization! This is a very basic need that brought us out of the ‘so-called’ Dark Ages... to our Present, which I’m convinced that a thorough deep look into ‘this part’ of our past, will help us better appreciate the causes men and women have worked towards, that promises to maintain civility for as many more years to come.

With that, (and admittedly since I hadn’t read past the second sentence), I revisited The Declaration of Independence.

Happy 4th of July Independence Day!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Reading versus Reading

It wasn’t easy getting my arms (so-to-speak) around readers focused on plucking grammatical things like repeated words out of a story, so I held off on blogging my thoughts on the matter. In a way it appeared to be a major cue that the reader was not reading (for comprehension). In that same lane, a writer focused on ‘word shopping’, OVER storytelling, not only maims a story’s darlings, but kills the story.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Reading Between the Lines: Understanding vs. Agreeing

This post was prompted after reading Janet Given’s memoir, “At Home on the Kazakh Steppe”. My thoughts about the book are posted on Goodreads, Amazon and my review blog. Here however, I’m answering one of the discussion questions (at the back of the book). “How did ‘my’ experience living in another culture compare?”

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Got Mad Respect & Love for My Great Daddies!

Apparently it is not only I who is fortunate enough to have a bevy of Fatherhood tales to tell. But rather than repeat myself here, here, and here (previously posted pieces on my great love for men, fathers, and my father specifically), enjoy an updated book list below of my all-time highly recommended favorite Father’s Day reads.

Books written by Fathers about Fatherhood

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

That Tetchy, Touchy, Testy Topic – Book Reviews

It has come to my attention that it is time to update readers and writers on my book review process... So please, find a comfy chair... because this might take more than a moment.

There are several ways to look at book reviews.

From a historical perspective book reviews were most respected when published, or blurbed by literary professionals, either inside literary publications or somewhere in/on the book (cover) itself. Almost every writer, if not e-v-e-r-y single writer, kowtowed to have a lit maven of the Boston Globe, you-name-the-best-selling-author merit, praise his or her book.