Posts Tagged ‘literature’


Hello did that first line make any sense at all to you? It may have and if it did that is totally awesome, but as I was typing it I felt confused and overwhelmed. Let me help you with the first line.


Even adding the pipes there can still be some ambiguity. The power of the pause and punctuation. I have forever been an e e Cummings fan. His poetry is, for me a most excellent treat. I love reading the poems. What first attracted me to his work though, was his lack of good punctuation. I love how he played with the format of the poetry. Doing this is an art and tricky. For|example|one|can|read|this, more easily thanthistypeofwriting.

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The missing spaces make reading really confusing and hard. I am not sure about you, but when I read, or type, or write something down, I sometimes develop a sort of, inner monologue, or an internal dictation happens. I can hear what I am reading or writing. I know medicine may be needed, but when I see something that lacks spaces I get overwhelmed. The inner voices don’t know what to do and another level of complexity is added to my experience. I find my self experiencing some frustration and the usually enjoyable experience is not much fun at all.

Sometimes in life, we need spaces, or we need to pause. Quiet the mind, get away from the distractions and just be.

“You are where you need to be. Just take a deep breath.”

― Lana Parrilla

If you have children under the age of 10 you have heard stories. The stories are often told to you in quick anxious dialogue. You can see the excited child get more excited as he or she speaks to you. Sometimes the child may even stammer and stutter. We remind our children to “stop, relax and take a breath.” They know what they want to say and how to say. A deep breath and pause helps them focus.

Your life can get busy and you may feel yourself getting anxious. Stop take a breath and pause. You know what needs to happen and how to do it.




“Love what you do and do what you love. Don’t listen to anyone else who tells you not to do it. You do what you want, what you love. Imagination should be the center of your life” –Ray Bradbury

I absolutely loved and still love “Fahrenheit 451” I read the book at a break neck pace. I went with my brother in law to the local library book club. At the book club I listened and spoke with others who also loved this book. If you have never read this book you should. Ray Bradbury has a list of works that have spanned decades and been amazing.  It is something to note that this accomplished man puts so much weight into imagination.

Another accomplished man does the same:

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Albert Einstein

Imagination is  is the ability to form new images and sensations that are not perceived through sight, hearing, or other senses.  Imagination is definitely “thinking outside the box”.

With imagination man has found cures for the incurable, tamed the wild and will find the answers to all the other things life throws at him.

Today is a Monday and you may come up against some situations that seem impossible. Whatever it is know that it isn’t impossible, you may just need to use your imagination.



Good morning afternoon or evening. I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July yesterday, and celebrated the United States freedom from the British oppression in a grand way! I enjoyed the day off a holiday. This morning I woke up and while awaiting my departure for work read an article on the internet, ( isn’t that were everyone gets their news now?)  which outlined 10 great movies in which the heroes are doomed.  I read the article because I love movies and I also love lists. Doesn’t everyone love these things?

The article does a great job of showing how even after the heroes triumph at the end of the well-known movies there is so much more unanswered and harrowing circumstances to their existence that one can only assume that the heroes are doomed. When you get the chance you should click the link and read the article, it is really good. The good article got me to thinking about the movies, the heroes aftermath, my life and a very cheap paperback I read in middle school. The paperback was titled “after the fireworks”. Now I am not sure what religion you adhere to or practice but I was raised Baptist and despite the older generations staunch objections there are many in the Baptist faith who use charismatic approaches to religious events. The book spoke to what happened after the event was over. When the fireworks burned out, post honey moon. There is a lot of life which is not a chaotic crescendo pitting good and evil. A lot of life in which we as the protagonist can seem doomed, however I am convinced that 90 % of our reality is based on our perspective of that reality and if we can find some way to cultivate a positive perspective on our life we will be just fine.

I am not worried about our protagonists in any of the 10 movies mentioned because they understand that life is  a gift, a journey and they embrace it.

Embrace it




Hey goal setter

Posted: June 25, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Just yesterday, I checked my e – mail account and read an e-mail from the day zero project. The day zero project is a community of world wide challenge based goal setters. If you find yourself with some of that coveted and illusive spare time, do yourself a favor and cruise on over to and set up a goal list for yourself.

Setting goals writing them down helps make them real. This website and project helps do that for you. Go on, when you get the chance set the goals and then do something crazy, accomplish them.

I have my list, as short as it may be and I am actually crossing one item off of the list this weekend. Writing down goals can seem petty and small but I think maybe, what is truly petty and small in those cases could be the goals themselves and not writing them down. when you write down your goal and see it in black and white it can help you gain perspective on what is important.

So set the goal write it down and then do it. The year is half over, so let’s finish up the back nine by moving everything from our to do list to our to done it list.




Ok so if you said Warren Beatty you get the gold star. In the 1967 movie Bonnie and Clyde Warren makes this insightful quote “Ain’t life Grand”. If you have just read the first line and are very confused please see my post from Friday.

The first statement, if you haven’t read my post from Friday can be a little confusing, it could be compared to opening a 200 page book up to page eighty and starting to read. You would be confused and lost. Much of the plot develops quickly in novels, of course being the sharp tack and bright bulb that you are, you would quickly understand what is going on, developed your own back story and have finished the book by lunch time. I am of course assuming you are reading this book on one of your days off. Even though you would figure out the book starting at the beginning of our imaginary book would make it easier to understand and maybe a little more of an enjoyable read.

When I was in the Army one of my drill sergeants would always make mention of being on the same sheet of music. Have you ever seen sheet music? I have it can look quite complicated. I have not yet learned to read music. I like singing in church the older hymn but the only instrument I have learned to play so far has been the radio. I have however been exposed to sheet music. My sister played the violin, my daughter the clarinet and I have seen the paino player at churchs sheet music. Some sheet music will have words and two different sets of notes on them. I can totally imagine the confusion if you were to turn the page to early, while you were part of some orchestra.


Sometimes at home and at work we can feel out of “it”. Usually after we get back from a vacation or have just recovered from being sick. There are routines in social structures that develop a mature over time and if we have not been there for some time we will not be accustomed to or even know some of the nuances of these routine. It is important to, relax, take a deep breath and remember, what Christopher Robin told Winnie the Pooh when something different happened to him.

“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. Christopher Robin to Pooh”. 



As a child growing up in the eighties and nineties I became obsessed with things and accomplishments. In little league I wanted to win trophies, in karate I wanted to earn belts, in school I wanted A on my report cards. There is nothing wrong with success and benchmarks for success, however I was told by my grandmother to slow down and enjoy life. She was right. It is important to keep in mind the immortal words of the great Ralph Waldo Emerson.. “Life is a journey, not a destination.” 


At work there is a bulletin board. Being the fun guy I am I like to put up some famous quotes and have people guess each week who the author of the quote is. This weeks quote is not Ralphs but one from another famous author, one of my most favorite authors. This weeks quote is “Don’t cry because it is over, smile because it happened”  Dr. Seuss.   The quote is from a different author but dealt with almost the same thing. We should stop and realize that life is a very precious gift all of it even the parts we don’t like and if we focus to much on the end we could miss the best part and really the only part, the now.

So my thanks for today go out to the good Dr. and Mr. Emerson. Thanks guys. Thanks for reminding us through your words that life is really grand. PS who said “ain’t life grand” ?

(I will tell you on Monday)



There is a new and alarming trend among teens in the UK and the United States. The name of the trend is illicit and I don’t want to retype it here. If you want more information follow this link. Basically peers use social media to encourage other peers to stop being and dressing as a promiscuous teenager, however as with almost all unsolicited advice this has become a huge form of bullying. When reading the story in the UK’s Telegraph I immediately thought two things one this is sad and two is this our generations “Scarlet Letter“.  The Scarlet Letter is a romantic novel written by Nathaniel  Hawthorne. In the book the hero is a woman with a husband a country away became pregnant. She is forced by the authority in the town to wear a Scarlet A on all her clothes and becomes a social outcast. Another part of her punishment for her sin is to report to the town square where the town ridicules her for her transactions. The baby is born and the reader realizes who the father is (it is a big twist in the book I will not give it away).

More than just a romantic novel this book should serve as a lesson for the overzealous who wish to force their morals onto a population that may or may not want it. I am not a fan of sexual promiscuity. STD’s unwanted pregnancy and abusive relationships can form because of it. However because of puritanical views on sex and draconian enforcement teenagers brought up in this environment are more likely to engage in clandestine sexual promiscuity, less sexual activity but clandestine and shameful sex.

The jury is out on sex and it is a personal decision formed at an early age. It is best to keep sex personal and not public. If you are attempting to shame a person into becoming more prudent, you are a bully and wrong this I am sure off.  I have kids and they are different ages and I find myself correcting them quite often for all kinds of infractions. One infraction that seems to happen often is correcting the children for correcting their peers. I may be somewhat of a smart-alec (and I know shame on me for it), so I ask them “are you their mother?”

I don’t want to spoil the Scarlet Letter, but I will tell you this the book did not end well. Anytime we bully someone it will not end well and unsolicited advice is bullying, unless of course you are their mother than it is law!


Next time we decide to “fix” someone who does not share our same view about anything we would do well to remember some wise words from the author of “Women are from Venus Men are from Mars. ” To offer a man unsolicited advice is to presume that he doesn’t know what to do or how to do it. Generally, speaking when a woman offers unsolicited advice or tries to help a man, she has no idea of how critical or unloving she may sound to him.” John Gray speaks to the pitfalls of offering unsolicited advice between partners in a marriage, however it seems unsolicitied advice can and is toxic in any relationship dynamic. See the scarlet letter.

The best piece of advice when we are tempted to “fix” someone with advice is probably that of  the new queen of daytime television. “Don’t give advice. It will come back and bite you in the [butt]. Don’t take anyone’s advice. So, my advice to you is to be true to yourself and everything will be fine.”  Ellen DeGeneres, Tulane Commencement Speech, 2009