Modern Censorship is Running Amok

I understand the idea about pulling down statues, burning books, and trying to change how history is viewed, but I am concerned about censorship.

Changing a point of view can be done without destruction, like burning books, toppling statues, defacing graves, and so on. People don’t need to destroy things in order to change perspective.

The people in history had a different perspective, a different lifestyle.… Read the rest

There are Times in Life When you Just Have to Kill your Babies

This quote is about the break between having the dream and living with it. But, you can read so much into a few words.

I’m a fan of writer Ann Patchett, whose book, Truth and Beauty, is one of my favourites. This week, thanks to the website, Brain Pickings, I came across a fantastic Patchett quotation that hit very close to home, especially the last line:

“The journey from the head to hand is perilous and lined with bodies.

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Make Space for Yourself in Your Life – Get Rid of Too Much Stuff

Moderation in all things, is still great advice, if you can stick to it. We are spoiled for choice. So many options, so many choices, and it ends up filling up our lives with stuff we don’t really need or use, or even want. But, it gets hard to make a decision about what to keep and what to do once we manage to make a decision.… Read the rest

Dressing Like a Man Won’t Make you a Better Woman

Behind every successful woman is a suit of men’s clothing? There seems to be a trend for women to dress as men in order to feel successful, confident, professional – the ideal stereotypical man. It’s sad for women and unfair to men. Its letting stereotypes continue to thrive when we should be changing them, not ourselves.… Read the rest

The Fear of Human Contamination

People are beginning to prefer no human contact, it seems to me. Not just the mobile phone thing, but the germophobe stuff and choosing to send a text rather than risk catching someone actually live on their mobile phone.

The germophobe thing is odd enough. When did we become so prissy about germs? I think it is based on the lack of actually touching anything.… Read the rest

Arranged Marriages via Online Dating?

Not so long ago young women of my generation were thinking how awful an arranged marriage would be. Marrying (or even dating) someone chosen for you by someone else. A blind date with the expectations of changing your life for you.

Now we give this power to online dating sites. Match us up with their algorithms and theory of personalities and data of interests… is it really any different than an arranged marriage?… Read the rest

Speculative Fiction merging Non-fiction, History and Horror

Create a story, with some element of horror. An even that would give you nightmares, if it happened to you.

Don’t start with a family photograph. I think that would be a bit creepy, for you and your family. Find an old photograph, black and white works well for the dramatic effect. Also, anyone in the photograph is likely no longer living, if it really is an old photo.… Read the rest

Bill Murray’s Personal Philosophy

Found this on an old blog post, one I had made in a blog I kept in mothballs.

I think the only reason I’ve had the career life that I’ve had is that someone told me some secrets early on about living. You can do the very best you can when you’re very, very relaxed, no matter what it is or what your job is, the more relaxed you are the better you are.

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