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Beautiful Exiles

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Beautiful Exiles

I’m currently reading Meg Waite Clayton’s, Beautiful Exiles, a novel about Ernest Hemingway and his third wife, Martha Gellhorn. Gellhorn, also an American novelist, travel writer, and journalist is considered one of the great war correspondents of the 20th century. She reported on virtually every major world conflict that took place during her 60-year career.

I’m paraphrasing the following from a passage in the book, simply because it rings so true to me. Especially regarding my autobiography, Just A Boy: When a writer, more so if he’s an amateur like me, lets go of a book, he does so, knowing all the wrong in it will forever be wrong. And even the bits—and it truly seems it’s only bits—that are good and right leave your soul ripped out of your chest and placed on the page to be examined by anyone who cares to read them.

This—to me anyway—rings even more true today than it did in the days of Hemingway and Gellhorn. Thanks mostly to the Internet, which has given license to “perform” to anyone—me included—who dares take their shot at writing, singing, comedy, art, et al. It’s a good thing but also a very bad thing. Good, in the sense we can take our shot, but bad in the sense that so can millions of others, and the odds of being “shot down” are high.

I’m not complaining, or excusing my lack of success, I’m merely trying to convey how this feels—this writing thing. I’ve often said that to write, one must be either very intelligent or somewhat insane. I’ve decided I’m just smart enough… to be fool enough… to write.

Here’s a list of links to my published works:

Just A Boy

Just A Man

Be Still



The Devil’s Dust

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Figments Of My E-magination

old guy computerIt’s kind of weird having friends you’ve never laid eyes on. Same is true for all the old friends from the past. Haven’t seen some of them in 50 years, but it’s almost like you’ve spent your whole life with them. Except when they post their picture… THAT changes everything! Read the rest of this entry »

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Let’s Face It

The world has changed a bit. Some things have changed for the good, and some for the not so good. It’s always been that way; a steady moving on kind of thing that occasionally slows, but never stops. You can’t stop progress, ya know. Read the rest of this entry »

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Here Lies the Truth


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Growing up I was told, “A person is innocent until proven guilty.” It appears, this notion has been reversed, and I’m of the opinion a good portion of the blame—maybe most of it—can be directed at the Internet. Read the rest of this entry »

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What Did He Say?!?!

Our society has evolved into something we could not have imagined when we were teenagers. It is staggering what technology has brought to our lives, but it is also alarming to see how we’ve become so dependent on gadgets and gizmos. Read the rest of this entry »

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Growing up I heard more than once, “A person is innocent until proven guilty.” It seems to me , somewhere along the line, this notion has been reversed, and I think part of the blame—maybe most of it—can be placed on the Internet.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the Internet, and can’t imagine not having it. But! I believe there is such a thing as too much “information”. And to illustrate, I point out two key words in that last statement: “I believe.”

Most people—I’m definitely one of them—are pretty set in their ways, and have already made up their minds about the subjects most important to them. Politics, and religion, are two that come immediately to mind, and if you really want to get someone up on their soapbox, combine the two.

Getting back to the Internet and its roll in the debate/argument, I notice an ever increasing plethora of information being posted on social networking sites that is often untrue, or at the least, tells only a portion of the story. In either case, the person posting the information is pointing an accusing finger at the subject person and/or idea in the post, and, declaring (simply by posting it, or with a lead-in statement) their information to be true.

We have many huge issues in our country today, and some of them are very important to me, but the overload of information we receive on a daily basis can be confusing and, all too often, misleading. I’m trying (it’s not easy to do) to be more open-minded about things, and instead of taking each and every article—many of which I immediately agree with—as truth, doing research on it, to confirm whether it’s true, half true, or neither.

It’s not my business to teach or preach, and I have no desire to change your mind about anything. I’m simply encouraging you to take what you read or hear with a grain of salt, and find out if it’s true before you spread it around.

The truth matters.


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It’s Awfully Quiet in Here

Charles the chazinator is hosting dVerse Poets Pub’s, Meeting the Bar: Critique and Craft this evening, and he’s invited us to write a poem that references in some way the technological or machine spirit of our time. I have a feeling the route I’ve taken might be a bit crowded, but nonetheless, down that path I went. I hope you enjoy it! Read the rest of this entry »

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