Tuesday, May 31, 2011

More Things

I believe that it is important to remember all of those men and women who served our country (or continue to serve right now) every day - not just when it's dictated by a date on the calendar.  Too many have given up so much on battlefields all over the world so we can enjoy the freedom to drink our Budweisers and eat our bar-b-que while offering opinions that don't really matter a whole lot in the overall scheme of things.  Freedom is something that should never be taken for granted; and the same way we owe a debt of gratitude for the sacrifices that so many of these soldiers have made for us, we to need to appreciate what they have given us. 

Thank you to everyone and anyone who gave of themselves. 

Happy Memorial Day.

Friday, May 6, 2011

More Beliefs

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at more of my personal beliefs.  A little too much time seems to pass between these posts – I’d offer an apology but sometimes too many half-assed “I’m sorry’s” sound like the poor excuses third graders use when they forget to hand in their homework assignments.  I believe there is not enough accountability and personal responsibility in the world today.  Too many people are not willing to stand up, accept the blame, take the heat, and own up to their mistakes.  It’s much easier to point the finger at someone else and make excuses.  With that in mind, it’s time to admit that it was me who threw that eraser in Mr. Sussman’s 6th grade class, even though my buddy Mark got blamed for it.  I believe that nobody writes better dialogue than Elmore Leonard, although Robert Parker, Michael Connelly, and Lawrence Block come close.  Sa,e with Pete Dexter.  I believe it’s impossible to look at a star-lit sky or feel the cool breeze off the ocean on a warm summer’s day and not believe in God, no matter what science says.  Same thing with children laughing and experiencing the birth of your own children.  Hard to believe that the beauty in the things we see and touch evolved from a random explosion of matter billions of years ago.  I believe that Graham Parker, Elvis Costello, and Rockpile don’t get enough credit for their contributions to rock and roll.  Same with the Kinks.  On the other hand, Black Sabbath just doesn’t do it for me (sorry Ozzy).  I believe that every writer just starting out should read Stephen King’s: On Writing from cover to cover, and that no matter how many years you have been writing, you can’t stop trying to improve (readers can tell when you just phone it in).  I believe that no matter how hard I try, I will never understand nor finish David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest.  I believe that a little bit of nostalgia can be a good thing, but too much living in the past can impede  any progress and growth we hope to achieve.  And finally, for those of us still lucky enough to have our moms, I believe “thank you” doesn’t say nearly as much or enough as it should, and we shouldn’t wait for the second Saturday in May every year to say it.  Thanks again for stopping by – hope to see you soon!