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There is only one great tragedy in life. And it happens to all of us. Sooner or later, whether we want it or not, we understand, in our own different way and at our own pace, that we are temporary. We are going to die, it’s our ineffable destiny. There’s nothing more frightening than realizing that one day you are going to die.  After that life feels like an absurd struggle, some kind of stupid mime or insipid play carried on by bad actors. [READ MORE]

  E-book vs. Print

Imagine reading a book, imagine the solitude that the act requires, imagine the questions and the answers. And then there’s that certain empathy, the link that an author establishes with his reader. It’s a fascinating process, to be able to see into another person’s mind, to find another human being functioning in a different way than you are, to compare, to absorb ideals and beliefs in such an organic way. The best of books are not read like books. As cheesy as it sounds, they transfigure their medium, they become much more than just words. [READ MORE]

The First Draft

So writing is as simple as this: you write one word. You stare at it for a while – it’s kind of lonely there on your computer screen – so you write another one. One word at a time, one word after another until you have a sentence. Then you write another sentence, then magic happens: sentences form paragraphs, paragraphs form chapters, and then you have a finished first draft. [READ MORE]
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4 comments on “Cool Stuff

  1. Jixi Fox says:

    i respect how far you have grown in your blog in which is now a website…kudos. we work super hard. a tilt my hat to you.

  2. I like how mature your site looks.

  3. kristy mapp says:

    Just read “Memento Mori”. Great work, and very profound. I used to be consumed with the thought of death, and even of taking my own life to avoid whatever disaster would eventually befall me. One night as I lay in my bed I talked about death with my husband. He was so sure that he would never see hell and I didn’t understand. He quoted this passage to me from Jesus: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. 17 At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’
    “But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’
    “Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’
    “Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’
    “The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’
    “‘Sir,’ the servant said, ‘what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.’
    “Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full. I tell you, not one of those who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.’”

    After hearing those words my life changed. Something inside me awakened. It felt like my heart had been ripped out and replaced with a new one. Life has never been the same. I’m sure you have learned much since this first story, and I hope you will stay in touch. Prayers for you friend.

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