And now for something...
...mostly different. This month I'm taking
advantange (in both senses of the phrase) of
the 'bully pulpit' I have as Keeper of the Blender,
and turning this month's Ramble slight away
from topics of Romance. I'd like to share
a mini-website I created a few months ago
on a topic that's been on my mind: mortality.
(If I continue the pattern set by graduating high school
in 1992 and college in 1996, this summer marks
my commencement from my first degree from the
"school of not-sohard-knocks", and I'd like to
as my thesis statement.)
Now the last time I really messed with the scope
of the Blender, the result (in retrospect) was
kind of embarrassing, a very worried
Warning about Y2K.
(To be fair, it was only 1998, and the reassuring 'Critical
Dates' of 1999 hasn't yet happened.)
And this month's ramble also has its roots in some
anxiety attacks that I've experienced. Still, I
think that I've come up with some comforting
thoughts and philosophies that others may find helpful;
especially people who aren't convinced they have
any kind of hereafter waiting to welcome them.
So, unless you're convinced that your best coping strategy
is not to think about, read
this month's Ramble, but don't neglect this month's selections.
As we approach a million frontpage hits we become the home of
more and more terrific works.
Front Page Picks
- Many Loves Ago
By Angel firstname.lastname@example.org.
- A Memory
By Paul Dillon email@example.com.
- I think these three works all tie in nicely to the
theme of this month's Ramble, exploring concepts of time and aging.
- Explicit Thrills
By 8 BALL WIZARD firstname.lastname@example.org.
A bit raunchy, but well done.
- Writers Block (SPF 15)
By Eric, email@example.com.
I think Eric does better when he loses the rambling quality, as he does
in this piece.
- your nonlinear craziness i love
By christopher lake.
- I'm not crazy about the title, but the part about the airplanes
- Seven Hours Later
By Jenna Holland (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Few slices of life need so few words.
- What I Would Do
A pastoral scene, and seen.
By Michael (everything zen).
Michael is another writer who sometimes writes with
a lot of words, but also knows how to wield just a few.
- twisting fate
By sarah email@example.com.
A night out.
Deevaa describes this as "nothing flash", but she seems to think that's
a bad thing...
By lydia wilson.
A topic on a view of boys; a little slow to get started but the final sentences are great.
- why i'm in love with lester:
By Jesselee Whitson; Ollymarie@AOL.com.
I'm knocked over by the sound this work creates.
- You're Still Here
By Alexander Newfield.
A prose piece that comes to life in its details.
Another prose piece; it's often tough to put words to the
details of our beloved.
- fieldtrip to dark
- the heart of ambiguity
To finish, two by the guppy. I think that the first
shows why we write poetry, and the second explains why sometimes we should not.
Heart on Sleeve Corner
- All the remaining heartsongs sent to the Blender last month.