I became insane with long intervals of horrible sanity.
Edgar Allen Poe
The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.
- H. L. Mencken
Many people would sooner die than think; In fact, they do so
What I have been telling you, from alpha to omega, what is the one great thing the sigil taught me โ that everything in life is miraculous. For the sigil taught me that it rests within the power of each of us to awaken at will from a dragging nightmare of life made up of unimportant tasks and tedious useless little habits, to see life as it really is, and to rejoice in its exquisite wonderfulness. If the sigil were proved to be the top of a tomato-can, it would not alter that big fact, nor my fixed faith. No Harrowby, the common names we call things by do not matter โ except to show how very dull we are ...
-James Branch Cabell
May 01, 2013 - 9:56 a.m.
I'm starting this before 9:00. I'm supposed to do that every day but hardly ever do. Now if I only had something to write about.
I didn't do anything yesterday. That makes it tougher. I have been trying to spend as much time as possible in bed while my legs recover. They are still very sore with arthritis in the knees and edema. I bought compression socks but they don't seem to do any good. I just found out that Honor played last night and I missed it. That I would have gone out for.
I was at a social gathering where someone commented on how professionally diverse the host's friend were. Every person I talked to was a doctor except for one accountant. Perhaps he meant different medical specialist. Otherwise I was the diversity. That led me to think about how professionally diverse my friends are, I'm going to try and make a list of their professions. I know I'll forget tons of them for the usual reason, I'm an idiot.
So you need anything I gotta guy. Sometimes the guy is a woman.
If I were in charge of the WfUV question of the day I'd put in a temporary ban on songs released from 1960 1980. Three quarters of what is suggested is from that era.
My therapist said that she's like me to spend less time on telling the back story and more discussing what I felt at the crisis. I find that difficult. Telling stories is what I do. It's been bothering me that I've gotten this far in this entry and haven't told a story. When I was young I admired story tellers. I used to listen to Jean Shepherd tell stories every day on the radio. When I was younger my father told me a story every night before I went to sleep. Then I found that I became a storyteller. Now most of my writing is story telling. This one isn't and it's still bothering me. I want to be telling a story
Storytelling is at the heart of being human. When chimps socialize what do they do? Pick parasites off each other. People talk to each other. Somewhere at the beginning of language someone sitting around the fire told the story of the hunt, how they got the dinner they were eating. Then someone more creative told about the one that got away and fiction was born. I was just a short walk till someone told a story about where everything came from and religion was born. The story of civilization is the story of stories.
And I still don't havfe a story to tell you. So I'll fulfill another basic need, food. I'll have to do something interesting today so I have a story to tell you tomorrow.
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