Thanks for posting this, Chris.
Robert Louis Stevenson in A Child’s Garden of Verses wrote a two line poem, “The world is so full of a number of things/ I ’m sure we should all be as happy as kings…” But to believe this we have to remain as curious as we were when we were children and everything was new and exciting.
Later, Einstein said, “The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”
Though the current state of the world is certainly not conducive to general happiness, maintaining an interest in our surroundings, our friends and acquaintances as well as a desire to learn new things can make our old age as full and rewarding a period in our lives as any other. If we become involved with other people to “make”, advocate for, or do things about which we feel passionate, we have less time to…
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I’ve been trying for more than a week to tidy up and sort out my document files and decided yesterday that I was no more successful at it than I am in sorting socks and putting them away in pairs. Indeed, I became obsessed with a mental image of a chest; its drawers hanging open because so overstocked with apparel, stuffed into them apparently at random. However, there are some advantages to being incompetent. I had to open many files to find out what was in them and there were surprises!
Thanks, Chris, for posting this.
Something to remember.
Getting old has advantages as well as disadvantages. it may mean that you are freed from obligations – work, bringing up children, looking after older relatives – that left you little time or energy for writing. If so, that new freedom could stimulate your creativity.
Whether you write fiction or non-fiction, your writing will be informed by your own life experiences – work, leisure, travel, friendships, relationships, love, loss…you name it. The older you gte the more life experiences you have to draw om.
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The Fortunate Isle?
Take a trip there with Ronald Mackay.
An intriguing title is only one of the delights to be found in Fortunate Isle: A Memoir of Tenerife (Plashmill Press, 2017)by Ronald Mackay.
Ronald recently wrote an article introducing himself to readers of the Story Reading Ape’s blog, describing his life, travelling and teaching behind the Iron Curtain, in Mexico, England and Canada. Later he specialized in the design, management and evaluation of development projects which again took him across the globe. His latest memoir tells of a year he spent in the Canary Islands as a young man with everything to learn about the world and himself. The islands have often been called the Fortunate Isles, and yet another alluring name for the largest, Tenerife, is Island of Eternal Spring.
Mackay left home in Scotland at 18, after failing to win the University place he hoped…
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Thanks for posting this Chris, the Story Reading Ape!
As I toiled upstairs one morning in my grandparents’ house, a rumbling angry voice broke the silence. I couldn’t make out the words, but the emotion couldn’t be misread, even by an eight-year-old. I hesitated, but my need to pee made a visit to the lavatory imperative. Luckily the volcanic tirade, punctuated by the popping of the gas water heater, was coming from behind the closed bathroom door. I crept past and shut myself into the separate toilet. But then–a new problem—if I pulled the chain and released the water the noise would certainly alert my grandfather to my presence. And what about washing my hands? In the event, I chose secrecy over training and cleanliness and scurried away to the safety of downstairs and escape to school.
Born in 1875, Grandfather had grown up in the reign of Victoria and by the 1940’s was elderly not only in the…
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