Welcome to Something to Say.
I have always been aware of feeling it might be presumptuous and even a tad arrogant to publish my writing as if what I have to say is worthy of the time it takes to read it. Even so, we all have something to say, and, when we say (write) it, it shapes and brings to light just who we are and what we believe. So having something to say, even when it turns out to be for our benefit alone, is always worth the effort to say it. Having said that, I share my particular stories, thoughts, and ideas because they somehow reflect the struggle to make sense of my life and the so-called human condition, that binds us to one another. The quest for meaning is reflected in most, if not all, of what I write including my books, A YORKIE’S TALE, THE BLACK FOX OF BECKHAM, and NATHANIEL’S GOT THE BLUES. All books are available through your favorite online bookseller.
I have spent more time writing short pieces lately, and less on preparing another book. So, if you have not visited the blog in a while, or are new to it altogether, I do hope you’ll have a look around.
Most recently, the focus of my writing has been preoccupied with extracting meaning from the day to day experiences so often taken for granted. I am a big fan of Annie Dillard, especially her PILGRIM AT TINKER CREEK. She tells a sweet story from her childhood in which she hides a penny among the roots at the base of a tree. She would then invite a lucky passer by to participate in a treasure hunt, of sorts. She drew arrows in chalk along the sidewalk with the tantalizing teaser “Free money this way!” If you followed the arrows, you would be rewarded with the hidden penny. Her insightful reflection has to do with the lack of excitement most all of us feel about the discovery of a penny. She goes on to suggest that most of our day to day experiences are much like the penny hidden under the tree; hardly worth the effort to bend over and pick up. We disregard and pass by these small treasures never allowing them to offer us even the small reward that experience provides. Her point is we miss so many of the critical lessons life has to offer because it’s only a penny. And yet, life is mostly comprised of pennies. We miss so much because we mistakenly dismiss the unspectacular as possessing little value. I have tried to write pieces that ask you to consider discovering the profound in the mundane; discovering the value hidden in life’s small treasures.
If, by chance you have read or might wish to read, NATHANIEL’S GOT THE BLUES, the wise old possum Mr. Leach drives home this point to Nathaniel. Understanding the unique meaning of our life requires us to wrest it from our own unique experiences. You cannot discover your life’s meaning through vicarious participation in other’s epiphanies, Leach instructs.
Finally, Soren Kierkegaard left us this gem. “We understand life backwards but must live it forwards”. Meaning and understanding are discovered in the excavation of the experiences that lay behind us, so we might live more fully through the encounters ahead.
I do hope you take some time to dip into some of the writing and as always, I am grateful for your comments, and, of course, honored by your ‘likes’, and ‘follows’.