I’m just not in love with forewords to books.
I want to read the book itself not what someone I don’t even know thinks about it.
This might mean I’m not intellectual enough. But sometimes having someone dissect a work of art just seems condescending as if I won’t get it just by the author’s words. Might be insulting to the writer in a way.
If it needs a foreword, is it because the writer didn’t make things clear in the book?
I might like an “afterword” especially if I don’t feel like finishing a book that I’m not wild about and I want a summary of it. Or if it’s so great I want to have a conversation about it–even a remote one.
Sometimes I’ll read the foreword after i read the book–if it draws me in. I usually try reading the foreword up to the point I become exasperated. That tends to happen if it’s a long ordeal: write your own damn book why doncha’ ?
That’s my two cents!
Anyway…. I wonder what other people think about forewords? Helpful? What do you say, other people?
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According to Merriam-Webster:
Ipse dixit is an assertion made but not proved
..or a dogmatic expression of opinion.
According to me (perhaps proving that the definitions are accurate!):
Lot of ipse dixit
goin’ on round the world
and I’m gettin’ a little weary
of hearing all the spins and spurious platitudes
that pose as reason and empathy
Oh happy day
We are about to be spun around into a better
frame of mind
as soon as everybody sticks it
to this crazy ipse dixit
Winter has hit
Snow takes its place in the air and on the ground
I do not object
to the season
But is there really any reason
That it has to go on and on and on for months at a time?
Maybe it will be lovely all winter long
My attitude is in need of an upgrade
My daughter is 41 years old!!!
Which, by my calculations,
makes me a touch older,
truth be told.
It seems unlikely….and yet…there it is —
I am in a new age category, and gee whiz
though I feel grateful as I write this text
because I like seeing what will happen next
I’m also kind of a ‘fraidy cat
so I peek around the corner to see where I’m at
and although nothing is ever quite crystal clear
it turns out I’m standing, still standing right here
in the middle
of the beginning
of the rest of my life
A good place to be
Today I wonder if I will ever just relax
I wake up in the morning feeling tired
Go to bed feeling the same way.
I ain’t nuthin’ but tired. Yeah, I’m just tired and bored with myself. Hey there baby I could use. just a little help
Wait, I just lapsed into a Bruce Springsteen song.
Meanwhile, I dreamed I had to maneuver through lot of obstacles to get somewhere — rocky stuff and hills that a person could easily fall off of and I seem to have made it through; but what was the point? I do not know.
Maybe it was that you can make it through the things you see as trouble.
You are strong. It’s not that the obstacles won’t be there. It’s that you will handle it.
Maybe it was a psychic thing — a few months after that dream, I broke my wrist on Mount Vesuvius! And I handled it! Coincidence? Non lo so.
The spice of life…..
can be risky
and even scary
and even worth it
… most of the thyme!
Playing around with paints on a tile
Takes my mind completely off of me for awhile
This little bird looks a tiny bit shy
something in the shape and the look of the eye
it turned out that way and I don’t know why
On a winter’s day
Lost in the perpendicular peripherals
Tripping over clutter and chaos
and finding my way back to the center
Looking forward to being in the moment.
I wonder if retiring in the winter was such a good idea as a little cabin fever is creeping in. Maybe it’s okay, though. It is definitely a time to lay low and relax a bit….and a time to recuperate from a cold. And maybe more importantly, a time to recuperate from the somewhat unnecessary scramble to wrap things up at work while preparing things for the transition from me to my replacement; all of which was actually stressful and difficult. I allowed other people’s poor planning to become my problem. I won’t miss facing that particular situation.
I wonder if I learned anything from that experience. I feel a certain disappointment that my recommendations went unheeded…would have been a smoother transition, I do believe. Ah, well…..it is what it is and they are what they are and I am what I am.
I wonder if I will pursue a part-time job in this retirement phase. Ah, honey, I do not know.
I wonder if I will get started now with more “arty” pursuits. I received a gift certificate for the Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts …. so I can take a class sooner or later. Meanwhile, time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’ into the future….which means spring is on the way and that is a good thing to anticipate.
I wonder if I will be okay, be okay, be okay. I say it could happen!
(“So many things I wonder.” — part of a song from Mixed Nuts movie)