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Have you ever eaten any of these?
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Taboo words are marked with warning signs in dictionaries, but never some other good words that have started gathering the dust of being synonymous with negative attributes.

I like being a writer because it gives me the rare privilege to say what some would not; do not think I always enjoy it. I am going to say one of those now; it had to be discussed publicly.

Words like African, South American, Communist, Christian, etc are good words. Even if you do not know the negative synonyms all they have become, you do know at least one of them.

We write about some of these people, and sometimes we try to remove the dust from our own characters. We for instance try to make the African intelligent, or say some nice things we would not have bothered saying about him or her if things were different.

We try to make the South American more acceptable to those who think that Western culture is all there should be.

We might even call some Liu Cheng a good man who is a Communist, if that is convenient.

What thinks you on this scary matter? πŸ™‚
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How much of your self-taught lessons remain in your memory?

I remembered this poem today "A Farmer's Picture

Good morning.
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Nice poem.

My self taught lessons help me for a day or two. Then, they randomly come to my memory when needed.
Some. Depends on how often I subsequently use what I learnt.
Prior to 6 years ago: nearly everything. Not quite photographic, but good enough to recall where info was in a book within a few pages (I work better from printed materials when learning).

Now, I'm lucky to remember what I had for breakfast yesterday.
Did Romeo and Juliet look real to you?
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Andreevich Krylov's collection of fables fell into my hand by the hands of those who rid the library of books they thought were read no more.

I was surprised at the sort of things he wrote, and the nice illustrations. It was then I tried to write fables for the first time.

I still write them, but I still have to refine my art πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‚

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The more you try to explain what you mean, the more you might make people think what they will.

Ever feared people might misunderstand why you wrote a certain piece? 😬
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As a horror writer - yes. So many read deeper meanings into my stories than actually exist. (Who am i really killing? What does the monster really represent? etc.) I detest themes being thrown in the face, and allegories of any sort, and yet I get accused of including both.

But, then again, the 'death of the author' line of thinking indicates that once a piece is in the public sphere, it no longer belongs solely to the author and interpretations other than what the author meant become par for the course. The best-known example is JRR Tolkien who wrote that he hates allegories and yet Lord Of the Rings is constantly referred to as an allegory for World War 2.

You can't win, so I ignore.
To understand the top, understand the bottom. Even artists learn to draw clothed people by understanding their anatomy. Every real building starts from the floor.
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It's true. I learned how to draw eyes with the help of an anatomy book. Made a huge difference in understanding how the pieces fit together.
So true.

When it comes to writing, too many beginner writers want to start their career by writing the 10-book fantasy series set on a brand new world with made up languages and creatures instead of, you know, honing their craft by learning how to write properly first and learning what makes a story...

Or is that just me? Maybe I'm the odd one here for wanting to be a decent writer before tackling the big projects? Certainly seems that way sometimes...
What's your opinion about Harper Lee? πŸ™ƒ
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Meh.

Her writing was okay (I've read To Kill A Mockingbird and started that belated alleged other book - but which was apparently the first version of TKAM cleaned up), but the story didn't resonate with me. I was forced to read it in high school, and it actually influenced me for a while - it made me think of every white United Etatian as a racist bigot.

I was not as enamoured with the book as many, but maybe that's because we had different racism-based issues in Australia.
Thanks for sharing, Steven. I've been wondering what people thought of her works.

I have no knowledge of the Australian history, but I have heard about the β€˜aborigines’, though.

One thing I admire about her is guts. She was an amazing woman. πŸ˜‚
Be Unpredictable πŸ™€
Chess teaches one that your beginning matters. Make the right decisions from the beginning and make them count through the end.

Happy New Week. 😁
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My Morning Couplet To You 😊

Dawn's footsteps sound aft the cool, still night.
Loud cock crows say, β€˜All will soon be bright’.
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The one that controls how words are used controls what can be said.

In what ways do you think language can be controlled? 😁
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Actually, North Korea is the best example.

I lived and worked as an engineer in the Soviet Union for 2 years and I found most of the people I knew sneered at authority. They obeyed, they had to, but everyone I knew pushed on the system and did anything they could get away with. Mostly I worked with engineers and scientists, the better educated, and they knew the score, but they pushed.

There was little violence, I never feared being hurt, but being picked up by the KGB was always a threat. A lot of alcohol was consumed, they even had vending machines on the street that dispensed beer. Russian Pivo (beer) was not a connoisseurs delight and each machine had a single glass that everyone shared.

An interesting time
Methinks there is this sort of control everywhere.

I just wonder how they are carried out apart from denying help to dissidents and painting them black with mass media πŸ˜‚
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Baby: Dad, can you find Mum? I feel sleepy.
Dad: (stretches his hands)Come, let me carry you.
Baby: (dreamily as she scratches her nape) No, Mum's laps are softer and warmer. I'll wait till she gets back.
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Shakespeare: Ol' Dickens, thou still must learn the art of wooing the love of the world with your written words.

Dickens: When reality leaves the pages of books like ours (which thing you like doing) we have a market littered with written opium.

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The fire of adversities roasts the heart till it dries and cracks. A soft heart is folly to one and wisdom to another, but people usually mock the latter.

Despite the fake, lip love world organizations parade, greed and envy still lurk in the dark places of their hearts.

What thinks you? πŸ™‚
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Of course, otherwise those places in the heart wouldn't be called dark. *Laugh*
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