Saturday, January 24, 2015

Martin Luther's Legacy

Well, time certainly flies like a bird or maybe a jet plane - a rocket ship? Anyway, Martin Luther King's day just passed, and I thought I'd make a comment. When I was going to Hunter College in the early 1960's, I started attending in the evenings and that year, (I'm not sure whether it was 1958, 59 or 60) the evening newspaper staff including yours truly, hired an ancient bus and trucked on down to Washington DC to support Martin Luther King's march. I'm not sure if that was the march where he gave his famous speech or not, but I do remember walking with the others in neat, orderly groups. We were all dressed as though we had come from work, our usual garments.

Our old bus had broken down on the way so I think it took us about 10 hours from NY to get there, but get there, we did. I'll never forget the faces of those African American riders on the bus - we were a mixed group. They were so grateful for the support, because in those days, it was a time of real racial inequality, unlike the manufactured riots of today, which are political stunts on the backs of people in real misery.

Peaceful protest - it was a beautiful thing. I just wish we had more leaders like Martin Luther. I think he would have tears in his eyes today at how the progress he started has been damaged. But I know there ARE many community leaders who are like Martin Luther King, who work tirelessly to make things right in a peaceful way. They just aren't out there on the news or the Internet promoting themselves for gain.

I hope people ask themselves, when they see these individuals, who benefits? Who are the real leaders?

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year!

I have missed a few posts due to various things. We walked in the Turkey Trot again. It was snowing on us and that was a cold walk indeed - but it did stop and we got back to have the traditional dinner. Kelly helped out by doing the turkey and everyone brought something. I produced a pumpkin pie but forgot to put sugar in it, which apparently really confused our Mexican guests who didn't know what to put on it. (I threw mine out and so did everybody else.) Well, we had apple pie and cookies anyway.
Unfortunately, Art did something to his back while putting the leaf in the table and has been in pain ever since. The problem is that at our age, it is dangerous to move at all! To prove this theory, I slid down a driveway doing a corkscrew motion and thus also became a casualty with a strained/broken foot.
Anyway, we are dealing with it and it didn't stop us from having a very nice time at Ed's where we gave the kids their Christmas gifts. It was a little early as it had to be held on December 13th. However, I guess the kids don't care when they get gifts!
It feels a little odd, though, to have our Christmas over already while everybody else is running around and Christmas carols are still playing. At least I don't have to shop for presents - something that, at this time of year in the stores, must be like the running of the bulls at Pamplona. Hallelulja.
We will have a Christmas dinner, though. Then, on into 2015.
I've been studying meanwhile with a group under Michael Hiebert and Yvonne Rupert, two writers who are sharing their expertise on the Writers Village University. So much to learn! I hope I can really put it to use. It's easy to say you know something and totally different to use it. Come on, brain, wake up!


Sunday, October 5, 2014

The Zombies are coming

Well, I mean the Halloween zombies. I think they are having a parade in Flemington and will be appearing in a race before their big event on Oct 31st when they will be going door to door. They do get around for people who are actually dead! Blame it on Michael Jackson who sang that wonderful song about them. We once had that as our music for a Zumba class. I was disappointed that it was only once that that happened. Imitating a zombie walk is quite easy for someone of my age. We usually had salsa type music which, if you have ever tried it, really shakes your booty and other parts.
OK, now we plunge into the pre-holiday race to the end of the year. I am taking on a writing course while (naturally) working on something else fairly intensive. And actually wondering if I can fit in NanoWrimo. I'm not sure what makes me do these kinds of things. I don't think I was always like this. But everybody else these days is multi-tasking like mad so I would feel left out if I didn't at least try to exhaust myself and have a nervous breakdown.
We also usually participate in the Turkey Trot, a local run for charity. We walk, of course, since running is far, far in my past. Not that I ever actually got the chance to run except for one little race at my school, which I won. And that was the end of my racing career. Might as well go out on a big finish.
Do people ever get to sit around anymore and just chill out? I'm not sure. We live in an area where there are many McMansions which have lovely front porches. I've never seen anyone sitting on them. I imagine the people are sitting on planes commuting and sitting in cubicles somewhere afraid to leave early because the boss is still there working late. Such is life today.
Anyway, I'd rather be busy myself rather than doing nothing. So bring it on, Holidays, Zombies, Turkeys and whatnot. I'm getting ready.


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Summer is Gone....Almost

I haven't posted here in a while. My new laptop is running Windows 8.1 and I am running from 8.1. I think it takes a bigger brain than mine to handle it. I could not get into this blog to post anything. Don't ask me why....many things seem to happen and I have no explanation for them. I only hope to just go on.

Anyhoo, as somebody said, here it is Labor Day weekend. It is rather strange weather - both hot and cold. More like Cape Cod, when the sea winds kick up in the evening. Wish I was there but haven't been able to go this year. I'll count my blessings, anyway. We are planning a Florida trip next year again so our vacations seem to be transitioning from summer to Winter, due to Art's aversion to the cold.

As for writing, I have things to work on but finding time to do it is becoming critical. I simply can't be in several places at once and it's really starting to bug me! Anybody got that space / time thing solved yet? Let me know if you do. I always fantasized about having a robotic twin who could enjoy doing mundane chores for me. One way to multiply yourself. And who knows, maybe the limited robots of today will in the future achieve this. I really miss the Star Trek episodes - they had that thing down pat.

I do hope to allocate writing time some way. I always want to have the perfect setting, quiet and me in the mood. But I need to get over that if I'm going to write anything. There is no perfect time - get over it and just BICHOK, which I am told, means "butt in chair, hands on keyboard.". That's all you need. Well, this seems to have turned into a pep talk...for me. I need to get back to poor Zee, still making his way through the forest and still to meet the challenges of his lifetime.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Summer is here

The first hurricane of the year (at least that made the news) is Arthur and has brought a little rain and a little wind, going out to sea. This weekend is supposed to be very nice, following this. Today is July 4th. Happy Birthday, USA!
I see I haven't posted anything since April. I am working on a continuation of the Skydean story because it seems there is still more to that. I was wondering if I should write a prequel but there were some difficulties to that, once I thought about it. More consideration might provide an answer. I'm not sure how well prequels work, anyway. I don't think the Star Wars ones were any way as good as the original, not that I'm comparing myself to them! Once time goes by, as it did in that case, things change. The audience changes, too.
I'm very aware of the changes that time bring right now. That's what happens when you get older, I suppose. I now see new generations discovering the same things, making the same mistakes, and hoping the same hopes. Learning the same old things that the previous generation spent years learning. Too bad we can't know these things earlier. If we closely studied history, maybe. But I digress and am getting farther from the point. If I have any point!
For me, wondering what to write about is a big deal. I understand that some people have hundreds of ideas swirling in their brains and they just need the time to put them all down on paper. How I envy them! But there must be lots of us who just slog along and hope to get somewhere some day. I think the slogging is the important part, really.I am not going to get anywhere by studying the dust on my computer keys, am I?
There was a saying during WWII - a song, I think, that the singer was coming home "On a Wing and a Prayer." That sort of describes writing.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

It's Done!

Last year, I was enrolled in a writing class given by Michael Hiebert, himself a noted novelist. It was a journey for all of us, an experiment and voyage into uncharted territory. And it was worth it.
Now, the result is "The Way Back," a book of stories all involving a journey of some kind. Not necessarily actual journeys. Some were about people who discovered and achieved something about their own characters. We studied the "Hero's Journey ", a concept that is an age old way to tell a story.
So, my own story is included in this book, now available on Amazon as a paperback book. The link to it is

http://www.amazon.com/Way-Back-heroism-bravery-courage/dp/1927600073/ref=sr_1_10?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1398209741&sr=1-10&keywords=the+way+back

If you are looking for some creative stories on this topic, you might consider our humble efforts.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Spring arrives

I don't know of any other year when Spring was so eagerly awaited. Our "Polar Vortex" has been with us most of the winter. As far as I know, this term was invented by the weather forecasters to describe the extremely cold weather we have been having here on the East Coast.
So, finally, I was able to shed my outer coat today. Unfortunately, I spent most of the day indoors and tomorrow it's supposed to rain again. But we have to look on the bright side. Spring is here and as far as I know it will stay that way. It is now April 3rd. One year long ago, we did have a whale of a snowstorm on April 7th. The schools were closed. However, so far, so good.
I haven't written anything lately but am contemplating some old work and wondering if I can finish it. I do have a story in an anthology that is going to press and when it is ready, I'll provide a link here. I think, if you buy this book, you will have an enjoyable read. The stories were all part of an advanced class where all the students worked together but separately to create them. Each one is entirely different but based upon the idea of a journey. The journey is not an actual trip but rather is the idea of becoming something more. I'm looking forward to actually reading their finished form myself.
Well, it's been a long day today and I wanted to just set something down.

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started." Mark Twain