On Writing#9 July 4, 2012

Happy Independence Day!

Do something today to celebrate the freedoms you enjoy living in America.  At the rate we are giving up our freedoms, it won’t be long before we are celebrating “Remembrance of Independence Day.”  Be sure to thank a soldier for whatever freedoms we have left.

Today’s writing quote is an encouragement to do some journaling for posterity’s sake and pass along some wisdom and insights for future generations; much like many of the founding fathers did.  Their writings and correspondence reveal much about the world in which they lived.  We can do that for our future generations also.  Though it may seem very ordinary to simply write down our thoughts, it may prove invaluable to future generations, or at the very least, interesting reading.

“Write down the thoughts of the moment.  Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable.” – Bacon

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Judy’s writing journey began at the ripe old age of 8 when her very first poem was published in the regional publication of the American Library Association.

Her mother was the town librarian and Judy spent many hours hanging out among the books after school. It was there she found her true love . . . words.

Her inborn gift for writing began to blossom and was fueled by her love of reading. Her parents were writers, as well as her grandfather and great grandfather. The little poem she had published was entitled, ‘My Dog’ and vividly described in rhyme, the relationship between young Judy and her dog. However, when asked the name of her dog by the paper’s editor, she reluctantly admitted, “Well . . . I don’t actually have a REAL dog,” and thus began her imaginative journey with pen and paper.

Comments

  1. Thanks Tony, great comment; I agree wholeheartedly. The recording of history should be done by those observing it as well as those attempting to make it.

    ‘Hope you’re having a great Independence Day. Thanks for your comment.

  2. Good point. Many great quotes were not said by men who sat down to think up something profound to say, they simply verbalized or wrote down their feelings. If we leave the recording of history up to those currently in offices of power future generations will have no concept of what America truly was. Probably the most relevant quote today would be that of Benjamin Franklin: “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

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