I added a couple of new pages packed full of resources for those who love to read and write. I hope to keep them continually updated. I’d love feedback!
I’d never heard of author Harry Bernstein until today. He passed away at age 101 and was first published at age 96. Despite spending most of his professional life as a movie script reader for MGM and as an editor of a trade magazine, he didn’t begin writing until age 93. He even claimed that his 90s were the most productive years of his life.
What an inspiration! I guess you really are never too old to fulfill your dreams. From the description in the obituary above, his books sound exactly like something I’d love to read. I just requested them from the library today. I can’t wait!
The post I discovered above gets to the heart of why I feel compelled to write. There is something universal to be shared in most meaningful experiences. It takes one talented writer to make it work on the page. Many writers try to capture the universal; only a few do it well.
American Thinker is one of my favorite websites as of late. The variety of essays, commentaries, and commentators is refreshing. Included below is one of the most intriguing articles of the past week. It describes how a self-described “brain-dead” liberal began to study the conservative viewpoint. He later becomes a conservative himself.
In the article it mentions a phenomenon I’ve noticed for some time. The Democratic Party is increasingly led by the far left, or progressive, wing of the party. It amazes me how ignorant some people are to what is currently happening right before their eyes. I’m going to have to check out some of the books mentioned in the article.
While I didn’t watch “Roseanne” during its original run, I watched most episodes in reruns. I don’t particularly care for the way Roseanne chose to get her message across, and I certainly don’t always agree with her political message. I do, however, love that she chose to be so bold and so unafraid. I also think that the ending she chose for her TV series is severely underrated. The article above highlights much of what I believe to be wrong with society, not just the TV industry. Roseanne, of course, just had to be herself. She should have been a writer all along.
The cost of honesty is still too damn high.
Osama bin Laden‘s death a month ago caused at least a few people to reflect on the last ten years of the War on Terror. I think Lindsay Maddox at Silly Mom Thoughts got it right (see post above). Lindsay is approximately my age. She is right to say that our early adulthood was shaped and overshadowed by 9/11. It is still hard for me to believe that 9/11 happened nearly 10 years ago. At the time I was a 20 year-old student at Michigan State University spending a semester studying Spanish in Quito, Ecuador at la Universidad San Francisco de Quito. I’d only been in Quito for two weeks. I’ll never forget the feeling of helplessness, disconnect, and uncertainty.
I can only hope that we can finally move on as a country. There are countless ways in which we haven’t. The issues that were glaringly apparent that horrible have yet to be addressed. We all have to admit that we are a little less free. It is time to move on.