Today I’m posting over at hipdiggs.com about a simple, but dirty job.
If you haven’t been over to Hip Diggs, I encourage you to come take a look. If you or someone you know has knowledge about homeownership, real estate, home loans, home improvement, or anything else “homey,” I offer an open invitation to contribute to the blog and the discussion.
Sometimes home ownership is a dirty job, but someone has to do it. Come on over to hipdiggs.com. Home is the journey.
“I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering.”
- Robert Frost
This is something I love about writing. It’s a journey. It’s discovery. Robert Frost’s quote is directed at poetry and I agree 100%. As you know, I write a lot of poetry. But I believe that writing in general has this same mysterious quality.
Even as a Master’s student I thought I knew exactly where my thesis on Woody Guthrie would lead, but I really didn’t discover the end until I got there.
Writing is a journey. Each time we sit down to write we start out on an unexplored trail. We might follow that trail or we may veer off onto another trail. But we never know exactly where any trail will lead.
I can write a post about the same topic twice and wind up with completely different perspectives and takeaways. It’s awesome. So if you want some true adventure in life, keep writing. You’ll discover new territory each day.
Here’s the fourth song from my book A Train Called Forgiveness. In this song, the main character, Andy Burden, a.k.a., me, is revisiting his first love. Andy was the child victim of a cult and was socially inept after his escape, unable to tell his first love how he felt. It’s a beautiful but sad song with an angry bridge. Listen!
Recalling the nights ‘neath the bright neon lights
When I was a kid we used to go camping each summer. I remember the place well, Mighty Joe Campground in New Hampshire, like it was yesterday. I have great memories of camping, hiking, swimming, and sitting by the campfire at night.
In my early adult years, I went for a long stretch without taking many vacations. But after my daughter Annie was born in 2005, I decided to get back into the habit of taking regular vacations. Vacations are great for everybody, but especially us writerly type. Here’s why:
One of my favorite bands in recent history is The Avett Brothers. They’re a great acoustic-driven band from North Carolina. They defy genre. Although this song sounds like traditional folk/country/bluegrass, many of their songs have pop, rock, and punk influences as well. One of the last times I spent with my dad was when he and Annie and I went to an Avett Brother’s show at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. Great memories.
I often listen to music for inspiration or when I write. The Avett Brothers are in my top ten artists to write by.
Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what would you recommend as music to write by?
I’m posting over at my other site today. Today’s post discusses an important aspect of being a homeowner: Buyer beware!
In particular, I’m looking at furnace scams. They are plenty of scammers out there. Unfortunately, it happened to me. I don’t want it to happen to you. To read more about these scams visit hipdiggs.com.