What to Write About…

Well, my dears, what do I have to teach the youngest generation because my daughter is like 29, so at 66, I must be ancient. I have crotchety old joints, I think rather lugubriously, I read just what I want to read when I read. I’d rather be writing than reading. My left hand has less sensation than my right hand and for that reason, my right-hand hurts because I do most of my typing with my right hand. Moral, don’t do stuff when you are young that you will regret when you are old especially if you want to be a writer. If you go to a Bob Dylan concert, don’t expect a 16-year-old kid to know who Bob Dylan is. When a child goes missing, don’t expect the government to care about it. If you plan to go to a four-year college, plan to pay for it for at least half of your adult life unless your parents are rich or you are very smart, and even if you are smart, you may pay for 15 years like my daughter. Two-year colleges that actually teach skills, take it from experience, are a better choice than four-year colleges in liberal arts. How does one learn to think? through a combination of reading and experience. If I had the choice between growing up poor or growing up rich or middle-class, I’d pick poor any day, though I hated it at the time, because it will teach you to appreciate a meal from Dairy Queen if it includes a Blizzard.

This is just a tiny, ting fraction of the stuff I know, but I know you won’t remember a thing I’ve told you! Neither did I when older folks told me different stuff. SO, learn to ask questions and to listen very hard. And, you probably won’t remember that


Published by elgwynone

I was a University and community college instructor before retiring. I also worked in fast food restaurants, and retail stores. I am an ordinary man writing for because I want to write and because my education prepared me to write; BA English lit, MA English, EdS higher education, and MFA creative writing, free verse poetry and essays. Blogs are an answer to high-priced self-publishing. Walt Whitman had to self-publish his first 1000 copies of the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass because in 1855 poetry did not sell. Most poets make a living in other ways than writing. Wallace Stevens was an insurance executive, and TS Eliot was a banker. Many writers teach, and always there have been writers who have written because they needed to express their thoughts and feelings. They wrote not necessarily to make money but to express "the old universal truths of the human heart" according to Faulkner. Here I reach a wider audience I missed than by self-publishing, and I stand a better chance to reach a wider audience for less expense than self-publishing. I self-published my first books, Winter from Spring, and Meditations on Gratitude; poetry and photo books which were easier to self-publish than to seek a not to seek a publisher company. This blog allows me to write for an interested audience because I write poetry and personal essays. I write for a friendly audience and present to you a slice of my writing. Perhaps you will enjoy what you read.

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