Excerpt: Y'know... I do write children's stories, but mostly poems, some short stories, and last year flash. Most of what I write is 13+ or lower. Most do not deal with taboos. I seldom use 'bad language'. Except when I blog. Blogging for me is not an exercise in fantasy. I do have two blogs where I stash most of my poetry and prose. But Blogville, like JAFBG, allows me to deal with ongoing 'emotional assault' by a culture that doesn't want me to exist. I feel it here as well. When I do speak up I'm shunned (it does no good to name names).
Maybe lowering the blog ratings to 13+ will help. Maybe making the ratings on every entry clear will help as well. Most are no more than 13+ as is. Maybe "depression alert" or "anger alert" will help. Shutting up is suicidal so I need to find other ways to connect.
Which topic do I tackle first? (Vote? Read the entire blog entry?) [edited]
1. Unlike Emperor Hirohito who graciously accepted defeat, ending all hostilities between the US and Japan in 1945, President Trump refused to accept the will of the American public, creating havoc for two months culminating in the Insurrection of January 6th, 2021, the first attack on the Capitol since 1814. Notwithstanding the evidence he continues to stir up attacks on democracy months later, based on lies and hubris. Where is his Honor?
2. Pissing off France, our very first ally in our War for Independence. Was this wise or necessary? "France recalls ambassador from Washington 'without delay' as Macron rages at Biden" Washington Examiner headline.
3. The militaristic apocalyptic vision of those obsessed with the God-Wars of the Old Testament nations and the End of Times. How tightly is xenophobia, bigotry, pro-doom (and anti-science) intertwined in the psyche of some descendants of Abraham.
4. Bad words are taboo at WDC. If a G-rated poem is kept in my 18+ p-blog will it be read by contest owners? Will they be linked in the 13+ newsletters. I swear that they are NOT even being read or quickly dismissed. Do we need an 18+ newsletter for mature writers who are handcuffed by the policy of "we don't want to offend anyone" "think of the children".
5. Blogging is perceived as high-school 6th period writing exercises. Why is it so difficult to get writers to write about what they experience, think, believe? Is sharing verboten? Is commenting too much trouble? Do people really want raffles, games, fantasy to the point that they abandon essays, non-fiction, biography, journalism, research. Can a multi-cultural blogging community be resurrected or is blogging and any semblance of reality passé among writers at WDC?
There's nothing to write about that pertains to me. My life has been boring for such a long time.
But the rice is cooking, so... I made a mix of rice and lentils, added lemon pepper, garlic parsley, and the onion and green beans I had boiled with lavender. I try not to cook the same thing twice. I use whatever mix of spices comes to mind. Or whatever's suggested by googling. ...
The coins minted the year I was born are scratched, discolored, worn, the copper tarnished, the nickel dulled and whatever was silver melted down long ago. No bills remain that aren't tattered, torn. What was once of some use in exchange for a cookie or a glass of milk, is now deemed worthless and tossed in a jar or abused, flattened on tracks as trains pass or stretched and molded into trinkets at a hot tourist spot (now closed).
Shouldn't we [poets] be writing about cellphones, IT, Uber Eats, the Great Die-Off (of cash, conversation and cafes), the thousand masks we wear...
Once I was a gardener. I doubt most urban young people know the names of flowers and trees. They are concrete objects, but unknown and thereby devoid of any emotional response. Even smells... how many can relate to eau-de-outhouse? Or even a rotten egg. Who buys eggs? Not those ordering out everyday for lunch.
Without shared experiences we have difficulty communicating across divides of geography, religion, social class or generations.
Maybe instead reliving a 20 year old trauma Americans should ask, "Where were you on January 6th when Americans tried to overthrow their own government?" If there is a problem this coming week on the 18th what will be your response? Many have stayed silent this past year because it's a difficult reality to face. On September 11th that's a legitimate question to ask.
My non-fluffy (200 word) blog entry for today. An excerpt:
"The response and an accusation: The US government at that time did little to nothing to reassure the public that this was an isolated event. Instead, every day was yellow-orange-red alerts which kept the public fearful and on edge. They then used this fear to provoke a war in Iraq, diverting the blame from others, including themselves."
An entry about being 21 in the 70s. I'd rather forget. I can't.
...I arrived in Costa Rica and was placed with a well-to-do family. I wasn't used to having a brother or a maid. There was so much to learn. Different customs, different culture. I loved trees and gardens growing up. I had loved the beauty of the campus in Kansas. I was shocked by the ugliness of San Jose. Few trees and flowers meant few birds. The fragrance of diesel belching from the buses was overwhelming. It was fairly quiet except at intersections where the rare driver honked their horn because there were no stop signs. My family was one of the few with a car, a '58 Rambler.
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