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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

A Pleasure & A Privilege

(Originally published on Facebook on June 25, 2012)
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It's a big world, and there are lots of people in it.
Some of the people I know are having the time of their lives. Others are going through hardships I can barely imagine.
And all I can do is share in it, and I'm thankful even for that.
We really are in this together, you know, even if it sometimes feels like we're playing on opposing teams.
So, whoever you are, thanks for letting me share in a bit of what you're going through, even if it's just through these Facebook posts.
It's a pleasure and a privilege, and I really appreciate it.
Have a good night!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

A CONVERSATION I'M ALWAYS HAVING (At Least In My Head)

Random Person to Me: “I hate artist/craftsman/musician/actor x! Why are they even alive?!”


Me: “Why do you hate them?”


Random Person: “Their work sucks!”


Me: “Are you an artist or craftsman? What do you create?”


Random Person: “Me? No! I don’t create things. I’m just a consumer.”


Me: “And how do you make a living?”


Random Person: “I’m an employee.”


Me: “Oh, so not only do you not create anything, and so are unfamiliar with all the contingencies that complicate any creative endeavor, you also have no understanding of the courage & perseverance it takes to pursue a craft or art as a means to feed yourself.”


Random Person: “Well, no.”


Me: “So please don’t be offended if I’m a little skeptical of your aesthetic opinion, especially its severity that borders on violence. I suggest that you spend your time & energy focused on what you love rather than on what you purportedly hate. I, for one, am glad that the world is big enough to harbor successful art that is beyond my appreciation or understanding."