Let Us Celebrate Thomas Paine Day!

Thank you, Professor French for letting us remember Thomas Paine. A remarkable thinker, Thomas Paine, whom without him and others, we may not have had the democracy we now enjoy, that is presently under great stress. It seems as though we might be moving toward a theocracy managed by a plutocracy.

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January 29 is Thomas Paine Day, which is a time to remember one of the most important, but often forgotten, writers of the American Revolution. His pamphlet Common Sense was one of the main reasons that the majority of colonists came to support the revolution against England and for independence.

He was born and raised in Britain, and he became embroiled in legal problems for advocating the abolition of royalty. Afterwards, he would support the French Revolution, and he also ran into problems there, only to be imprisoned. He was later released because of influence by the American government.

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He was a revolutionary thinker and a representative of the Romantic movement, in which individual rights and revolution in all aspects of life and society were encouraged.

Paine went on to write several other important works, including Rights Of Man and The Age of Reason. If you have…

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Quotations on Teaching

I love these quotes and there is nothing better to do than to share knowledge. Writers share knowledge on a wide range of topics and it opens worlds of knowledge to those who may never have considered that artists, poets, fiction and non-fiction writers, I think, are in fact, teachers.

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“Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach.”

                                                                             Aristotle

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“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.”

                                                                            Malala Yousafzai

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“Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.”

                                                                            Dalai Lama XIV

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THOUGHTS ON POETRY

What is poetry and its place in the human psyche? Poetry and prose, I believe, magically transports the reader to visualize vividly a very personal place in time, bringing to life every possible emotion seared into the psyche that the reader may have experienced in real life, wished for, dreamed of, or feared.

This is what makes poetry so emotionally beautiful and painfully true. We get it and it can be transforming. But, where does poetry fit in, in the whole scheme of our human experience. Poetry reflects our romantic inclinations, our troubled history, our social truths, politics, and the most beautiful of all philosophies – who and what are we anyway, in the scope of all there is under Heaven and Earth.

Poetry is romantic. The great writer and poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley said, “Poetry is a sword of lightning, ever unsheathed, which consumes the scabbard that would contain it.”  It is, also, I believe, as Robert Frost wrote, “when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.”

Poetry is more than a history of human desires. “Hence poetry”, wrote Aristotle, “is something more philosophic and of graver import than history, since its statements are rather of the nature of universals, whereas those of history are singulars.”

Poetry is often compared to the ultimate in what is truth. “Poetry, wrote Joseph Roux, “is truth in its Sunday clothes.”  Leonardo da Vinci, believed that, “Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.” John Ciardi wrote, “Poetry lies its way to the truth.”

Poetry is political. “All poets, all writers are political”, writes Sonia Sanchez, “they either maintain the status quo, or they say, ’Something’s wrong, let’s change it for the better.”

Poetry is also philosophical. John Lennon believed that, “my role in society, or any artist or poet’s role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.”

However, even though all the above quotes bare witness to the impact of poetry and prose on the human psyche, yet, no one has described and defined poetry and prose as beautifully as William Shakespeare, who wrote that poetry is,  “The poet’s eye, in a fine frenzy rolling, doth glance from heaven to Earth, from Earth to heaven; and as imagination bodies forth the forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen turns them to shape, and gives to airy nothing a local habitation and a name; such tricks hath strong imagination.”

Poetry and prose, I believe, represent the wonder of human imagination and all that lies between heaven and earth as we struggle to understand what it means to be human in a world that is constantly changing the definition of what is humanity and what it is not.

by K. D. Dowdall

January 28th, 2018

 

A Good Review is Hard to Find – Part 3

For writers, this is a great post and for those who want to understand the writing process please read. !

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I apologize for taking so long to get to part 3. Part 4 will be posted by Jan.30th or sooner.

In 1917 The Inland Press printed “Mark Twain’s 3 Rules For Writing.” The article said the first was write. The second was write and the third was write. One of the most well-known quotes on writing by Stephen King is this one. “If you want to be a good writer you must do two things above all else: read a lot and write a lot.”

This is good advice and a great foundation but it is practically impossible to become a great writer in a vacuum. At some point, we all need feedback on our writing because it’s difficult to look at our own work objectively.

Too many times I have read writers lamenting the difficulty of getting thorough, in-depth, thoughtful, and helpful reviews. Many of these writers send out…

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Writing: 7 Ways to Cure the Dumbs

This is a Ping Back… I’m trying to stay up with new jargon. I love this post, because I can relate in a big way. Reading this post was meant to be for me and 7 is my lucky number. So, I am going to follow all 7 of these great suggestions and report back to J. A. Allen. Thank you J. A.

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Recently I’ve been experiencing a pretty extreme case of the dumbs. man-869215_1920People battling the dumbs often have a difficult time performing ordinary tasks: like replying to emails, speaking in full sentences, or remembering that their spouse asked them to pick up that thing at that place for an immediately forgotten but very, very important reason.

Writing has been painful this month. And, when I say painful, I mean that writing has been like pulling teeth. If the teeth were attached to my eyeballs, and my eyeballs were on fire, and I was being dipped slowly into piranha infested lava.

Despite the leaps and bounds made in today’s technological age, the dumbs are hitting people harder than ever. Information is readily available. Forget the name of your hellion’s teacher? Look it up on the school website. Want to learn how to cook the perfect scrambles eggs? Watch a Gordon Ramsey…

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Submit A Guest Post!

Didi’s Guest Post is a wonderful way to share your writing and promote your work!

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I’m so excited to be accepting guest posts! My door is officially open. If you’re a writer who has anything helpful to share about your personal journey and/or career, be it encouragement or even writing tips and tricks, then please… be my guest!

I’m also a big fan of general inspiration!  If your story tugs at my heart strings and contains a message that can be helpful and inspiring to the readers of this blog, then please allow me to share it!

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Submit your post pitch as well as a short sample to my  CONTACT page.  

All guest posts that are selected and featured are encouraged to contain purchase links and promos to personal works at the bottom of posts!!! Once live, each post will be neatly organized and linked in on the main ‘Guest Post’ page, as well as findable in the drop down below it.

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