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We Lie

posted Nov 14, 2018, 3:10 PM by David Alan Binder   [ updated ]

We Lie

 

People lie, and have lied for a long, long period of time.  The Monarchs lie, the commoners lie, the gentry lie, the craftspeople lie.  All people lie.

 

Both sides lie, about the most important things and also about the most frivolous things.  The lies are getting more atrocious and outrageous even 

when we have the internet and media to verify the facts, people lie. 

 

Worse than the lies, are the “if I say it is so, then it is so” type of people whom has always exist and are faring very well if not out rightly accepted 

as a way of life by certain types.

 

What are we learning in the country where you live, in the localities around you?  We are learning to lie.  Obviously, someone was lying in a recent 

Supreme Court nomination.  Both of them could not be telling the truth so one was lying.  I really don’t know who lied or why.  It doesn’t matter, 

what matters is that one or both did and the liar got away with it.

 

There were no winners or losers when people lie, and getting caught happens; however, nowadays, it seems to me that there are no 

consequences to lying.  THAT IS A CHILLING FACT!  Scarier than most monsters lurking about.

 

Do everyone a favor and tell the truth.

 

Maybe you will start a new trend or maybe the deluge of lying will drown us out.  I don’t know.

 

A Think Piece by David Alan Binder

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Donna Huston Murray interview with David Alan Binder

posted Nov 8, 2018, 5:27 PM by David Alan Binder

Donna Huston Murray interview with David Alan Binder

Her bio from her website:

Both novels in Donna Huston Murray’s new mystery/crime series were awarded Honorable Mention in genre fiction by Writer’s Digest, and her eighth cozy mystery FOR BETTER OR WORSE is shortlisted for the Chanticleer International Mystery & Mayhem Book Award. FINAL ARRANGEMENTS, set at Philadelphia’s world famous flower show, achieved #1 on the Kindle-store list for Mysteries and Female Sleuths.

Website: https://www.donnahustonmurray.com

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1. How would you describe the types of books you write?

My mysteries are meant to be a vacation from whatever is going on in your life. The Ginger Barnes Cozy mysteries are lighter, the new Lauren Beck mystery/crime novels more complex. Both of my main characters take crime seriously, but never themselves. 

2. I actually live on Philadelphia’s “Main Line,” which refers to the branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad once used by executives to travel to their estates after work. The long strip of real estate still has lots of beautiful old homes, but now there are lots of modest ones, too. Just like my first series’ character Ginger Barnes, we moved here when my husband became head of a small private school. Gin’s first cozy mystery is called, THE MAIN LINE IS MURDER.

3. Stubbornness is a virtue. 

4. My sense of humor must be very much my own. This is both good, and bad, and neither. Early on I experimented with a few funny articles but quickly realized humor is like pepper. A sprinkling now and then adds interest, but it doesn’t substitute for steak. I decided to let my characters be themselves, which is to say ME, but the main focus of each book is always a solid mystery. I dare you to guess the ending, and if you laugh a little along the way, that’s a bonus.

5. FINAL ARRANGEMENTS attracted an agent, and he secured my first contract with St. Martin’s Press. After 7 books with them, I took a break to “write a bigger book,” which one of my editors had suggested. Turns out, I don’t change voices very easily, so that experiment took years, with a couple of easier books slipped in between. The agent I had when WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU was finally ready wasn’t a good match, so rather than delay any longer, I published the book myself. Fast-forward: I love being an Indie author, and I’m happy to report that WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU won Honorable Mention in the 23rd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. Just recently (2018), the second in the series, GUILT TRIP, won the same award.

6. For an Indie writing genre fiction, eBooks are the way to go. My mysteries are meant to be pleasant distractions, so the less trouble it is for the reader to access them the better. Fewer people insist on paperbacks each year, and fewer still require hardbacks. Even the Big 5 publishers are catching on. When I do a paperback version of my books, it’s mainly to gift reviewers, sell at book signings, or use as contest prizes. I also kinda like having them around. 

As for conventional publishing vs. independent, authors do the heavy lifting in the publicity department either way, so why not go for the bigger royalties we deserve? The drawbacks? The competition is tough, the workload endless, the learning curve steep, and you need to invest in yourself up front. Yet that’s what being in business for yourself is like, and no corporation could possibly care about my work as much as I do.

7. Advice for getting a book published? Learn your craft, then learn to self-edit. Writing groups are helpful in the beginning because you’re forced to figure out which comments are accurate and which are just bad guesses. 

8. Research to find agents who sell what you write. Then follow their submission instructions perfectly. Be professional. Don’t brag. Wait a reasonable amount of time before you follow up, and follow up politely. 

9. Listen to your own thoughts. If you pay attention to what you’re actually thinking, you’ll have access to no end of material. Readers—and editors—want to hear your voice, to learn what makes you unique. Sharing yourself (selectively) is probably the best reason to write in the first place. Nobody else will see the world through your eyes or have identical experiences. Why not make the most of it?

10. Even when I was “pre-published,” writing enriched my life every day. I’ve always been curious about other people’s passions—horseracing, rock climbing, the Philadelphia Flower Show, lure coursing (dogs), NFL Films, Oriental rugs. Research gives me the perfect excuse to find out what fun I’ve been missing. Or, put another way, it’s the grown-up version of asking why, as in, “Why would anybody want to do that?”

Also, (this is no surprise), practicing how to express yourself accurately helps you with everything from ordering lunch to finding the words to tell your son the sad news about his hamster.

11. I’ve published 11 books. There are a few more in the garage.

13. Speaking at a conference, Stephen Cannell pointed out that when you don’t know what your main character should do next, ask yourself what the antagonist is doing in response to whatever is going on. Since I write first person, being reminded to come at the plot from another direction helped me a lot.

14. Voice again. Personal perspective. The more you sound like you, the better your work will be received. Also, if you’re an independent author/publisher, be sure your books look and read as if they came out of New York. 

16. I think if my editors at St. Martin’s Press had been harder on me when they had the chance, it would have shortened my education. But then again, readiness is everything.


Empowering Beliefs v Limiting Beliefs

posted Nov 6, 2018, 3:36 PM by David Alan Binder

Empowering Beliefs v Limiting Beliefs

 

Ever seen a tiny wire around a herd of cows.  That wire used to have to be electrified but now it is not. 

 

The cows think it is electrified but will not check to see if it currently is.  Many things change over time.  Batteries wear out, connections that were tight loosen, limbs fall on other parts of wire and 

ground it out.  Many things change the electrification but the cows stay within that boundary.

This is an example of limiting belief.  Every time you say “I can’t do that” and “that is impossible” or think “someone else can do that but I can’t” that limits you so severely that sometime you’ll 

never overcome that obstacle that only exists in your mind.

 

On the other hand, we also have empowering beliefs.

 

Beliefs such as “if that person can do that then I can”.  Of course, it took one or more people to really break the barrier and you took advantage of that break, so that is a good thing.  It means your 

beliefs are still growing and overcoming self-imposed boundaries.

Other empowering beliefs are the ability to say no.  Some people are afraid to say no, or don’t want to let another person down before asking themselves is this a good thing for me.  If it is a good 

thing for both of you then maybe the answer is yes, if you will feel good about it.  This is the first step in ensuring that your needs are taken care of as well.

 

At this time, I do not have more examples of empowering beliefs but I’ll think about it and let you know.  If you can think of any, I’d be happy to hear about them and include them in a later article.

 

The world is your petri dish, make sure you experiment and find out for yourself.  Someone else may not have conducted the experiment correctly and is giving you bogus answers.


A Think Piece by David Alan Binder

 

Blank Responsibly

posted Nov 4, 2018, 9:16 AM by David Alan Binder

Blank Responsibly

 

Have you noticed that there are commercials that say somewhere near the end to “blank” responsibly or products that have imprinted on them “blank” responsibly?

 

Like lottery tickets, play responsibly.  Or liquor, drink responsibly.  Do cigarettes say, smoke responsibly?  Or how about a book, read responsibly.  How about a cell phone, talk responsibly?

 

Any tool, a hammer, a saw, a drill could say use responsibly.

Do these statements absolve or limit any liability of the manufacturer or maker?  Shouldn’t they be responsible?  Pay a decent wage responsibly?  Give your employees benefits responsibly?  

Be responsible in hiring, no nepotism or favoritism or any isms.  We all know that will never happen, so what happened to companies’ responsibility? 

Do banks, bank responsibly?  Do grocery stores sell responsibly?  Maybe or maybe not depending on how fresh or out of date the items they are selling are on the label.  I had a friend that 

recently bought a half pie from a store a week or so ago.  The date actually said, 07-29-05.

There is no way that date was a good date, even if 07 is 2007 or 05 is 2005 that is a very old pie.

 

I think the real point is that, do we all have to be told to do whatever responsibly?  Are we children? 

 

Yes, there are laws and they are sort of enforced but white collar crimes or let us say acts that skirt the law but may not be out and out crimes are done all the time.  What is the penalty?  A 

few hundred, thousand, million or billion in fines.  So what?  These companies put in their “this is not admission of guilt, or shame, or whatever.  They just go on making more piles of money 

that will be used to line their pockets and hide the next mistake or misstep.

 

How about we all make a commitment to live responsibly and then we can eliminate those silly statements?

 

A Think Piece by David Alan Binder

Lisa Morton interview with David Alan Binder

posted Nov 1, 2018, 3:37 PM by David Alan Binder

Lisa Morton interview with David Alan Binder

 

BIO: Lisa Morton is a screenwriter, author of non-fiction books, award-winning prose writer, and Halloween expert whose work was described by the American Library Association’s Readers’ Advisory Guide to Horror as “consistently dark, unsettling, and frightening”.  Her work – which includes three nonfiction books on Halloween, four novels, and more than 130 short stories – has been translated into eight languages and received six Bram Stoker Awards®, a Black Quill Award, and the Halloween Book Festival Grand Prize. She co-edited (with Ellen Datlow) the anthology Haunted Nights, which received a starred review in Publishers Weekly; other recent releases include Ghosts: A Haunted History and The Samhanach and Other Halloween Treats. Lisa lives in the San Fernando Valley and online at www.lisamorton.com.

Link to hi-res photo (if possible, please credit Seth Ryan): http://www.lisamorton.com/graphics/headshot1.jpg

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lisa.morton.165

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Lisa-Morton/e/B001JRZ8NC?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1540755597&sr=8-1

 

1.     Where are you currently living?

I’m a native Los Angeleno, now living in the hills at the north end of the San Fernando Valley.

 

2.     What is the most important thing that you have learned in your writing experience, so far?

Never give up. There are times, especially in the beginning of every writer’s career, where it might seem like no one is listening, but that’s exactly the time when you have to write even more. Just be prepared to accept that it’s going to take years to build your name, that there’s no such thing as overnight success, and that it’s unlikely to ever make you rich.

 

3.     What would you say is your most interesting writing, publishing, editing or illustrating quirk?

I don’t really think of myself as a particularly quirky writer (sometimes I wish I was quirkier, in fact!), but I suppose I could say that I really love to use my hometown in my work. Los Angeles has more history than most people realize – and I’m talking way before the arrival of the film industry – and it’s also got a rich melting pot of diverse cultures to draw from.

 

4.     Tell us your insights on self-publish or use a publisher?

 

a.      Who is the name of your publisher and in what city are they located?

 

There are advantages and disadvantages to both. If you’re going to self-publish, you need to make sure you understand the ins and outs of marketing and are prepared to put a tremendous amount of time into it. I have friends who are very successful at self-publishing, and the amount time they put into marketing and promotion every day is mind-blowing!

I’m just not that good at the whole marketing thing, so going the traditional publishing route works best for me. I write mainly short fiction (I’ve published nearly 150 short stories) and non-fiction, so I’ve worked with dozens of publishers, everything from the major New York houses to micropresses. One of the things I love about working with publishers is the collaborative editing process. That’s something you don’t get in self-publishing (unless you pay an editor, as many indie writers do), and I’d miss it if I moved to self-publishing.

 

5.     Any insights eBooks vs. print books and alternative vs. conventional publishing?

Personally, I read both eBooks and print books, although I prefer print books (partly because I love well-designed books, especially if they’re illustrated). For years the media tried to hype eBooks and suggest that printed books were on the way out, but that’s just not happening, and I’m glad because I think there’s more than enough room for all kinds of books!

 

6.     Do you have any secret tips for writers on getting a book published?

If there was a secret tip, I’d be selling it! Succeeding as a writer is like getting ahead in any other field: you start by learning the craft (which means reading, reading, reading), you stick with it, you dedicate yourself to constantly improving, and eventually you succeed. I will suggest that getting out to meet other writers is very beneficial, especially if you can also connect with some publishers, editors, and agents. Go to horror conventions, join the Horror Writers Association and hang out with the local chapter, even just join conversations on social media. That can pay off in surprising ways sometimes.

 

7.     How did you or would you suggest acquire an agent?  Any tips for new writers on getting one?

Most writers will tell you that acquiring an agent is one of the hardest things any writer will go through. I have extraordinarily talented and award-winning writer friends who’ve never had agents, and I’ve had other friends who talk ten years to get their first agent (that’s close to my experience). The best tip I’ve heard is to pick up published books that are similar to yours and turn to the Acknowledgments page because writers almost always thank their agents. Once you’ve got some names, research those agents online and see who is open to new submissions, study some effective query letters, and then start sending your own queries out…and be prepared for a long haul with lots of rejection.

 

8.     Do you have any suggestions or helps for new writers (please be so specific that this most likely will not have been seen elsewhere)?

In addition to what I’ve mentioned above, I’m going to say something that I’ve said before: FOLLOW GUIDELINES. It’s amazing that this needs to be said over and over, but it does. Talk to any editor, and they will tell you that at least 70% of the submissions they see do not follow their clearly-stated guidelines; this applies equally to both novel and short story submissions. Some of this is pretty obvious – for example, if you’re submitting to an anthology about werewolves, don’t send them a story with no werewolves. Some of it’s a little less obvious – formatting your manuscript can be surprisingly difficult. Most guidelines will specify no space between paragraphs, but Microsoft Word’s default setting is to put a space between paragraphs. If you don’t know how to fix that, you need to look it up online and get that straightened out before you send in your manuscript, because YES, editors DO notice these things and may reject your manuscript unread if they realize you haven’t followed their guidelines.

9.     What was one of the most surprising things you learned with your creative process with your books, editing, publishing or illustrating?

I write a lot of non-fiction, which means I’m constantly researching learning surprising new things. It’s like a treasure hunt to me, which is why I love doing it. Among the most surprising things I’ve learned were how many common misconceptions there are about Halloween. You always hear things like, “Trick or treating goes back to the ancient Celts,” or, “Halloween is based on the worship of Samhain, a Celtic Lord of Death,” and so many of these things simply aren’t true. It’s kind of fun to demolish bad myths!

10.                         How many books have you written?

I’m asked this question a lot, and I truthfully don’t know, mainly because I’m not sure if I should count every anthology I’ve had a piece in, and every new edition of an older book. Let’s just say I’ve had four novels published, three books about the history of Halloween, two film biographies, a book about the history of ghosts, a non-fiction graphic novel, ten novellas, two collections, two anthologies, and a whole lot of shorter stuff.

 

11.                         Do you have any tricks or tips to help others become a better writer (please be so specific that this most likely will not have been seen elsewhere)?

READ. Read all the time. Read within your genre, of course, but also read outside of the genre. Make sure you have a good working knowledge of the classics in your genre – every horror writer, for example, should have read Dracula, Frankenstein, Tales of Mystery and Imagination, The Haunting of Hill House, and some Barker, Rice, Bradbury, and King, just to start with.

 

12.                         Do you have any suggestions for providing twists in a good story?

There’s a little mental game I play with my own work: when I think I’ve reached the end of a story, I ask myself, “But what if this isn’t the end? What if the story keeps going?” I’ve come up with some of my best twists using that method.

13.                         What makes your or any book stand out from the crowd?

The classics stand out because they investigate original concepts with carefully-crafted language and skill. I’d like to think that some of my books stand out for those reasons, but I think that’s for readers to decide, not me.

 

14.                         What is one unusual way in which you promote your work?

I don’t know if it’s unusual, but I love putting together a monthly newsletter. I try to make it as entertaining as possible, and I also love including a giveaway with every issue.

 

15.                          What is the one thing you would do differently now (concerning writing or editing or publishing or illustrating) and why?

In my own very peculiar case, I wish I’d started writing prose earlier. I spent ten years working exclusively on screenplays. It wasn’t until I actually had some movies produced (they were mostly very bad movies!) that I realized I really was a prose writer.

 

16.                         What saying or mantra do you live by?

Persevere (this word actually appears on my family crest!).

 

17.                         Anything else you would like to say?

Thank you!

Caroline Taylor interview with David Alan Binder

posted Oct 30, 2018, 4:29 PM by David Alan Binder

Caroline Taylor interview with David Alan Binder

 

Her bio from her website:  I wrote my first novel as a spoof of the hard-boiled pulp fiction that I so enjoy. I gave it a chick-lit twist in the form of P.J. Smythe, who inhabits What Are Friends For? and makes a second appearance in Jewelry from a Grave.

 

Loose Ends is my first thriller. I had so much fun writing it, I decided to follow it up with The Typist. Both of these are set in Washington, D.C., in the Sixties and Seventies—almost historical fiction, but not quite.

 

When struggling with the occasional bout of writer’s block, I find that short stories are a great antidote (see SHORT STORIES). Several of these appear in Enough! Thirty Stories of Fielding Life’s Little Curve Balls.

 

I am a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and the North Carolina Writers' Network.

 

Website: https://www.carolinestories.com/

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Caroline-Taylor/e/B001KHAWQY/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1540656641&sr=1-2-ent

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6983367.Caroline_Taylor

 

 

  1. Where are you currently living?

I live in North Carolina.

 

  1. What is the most important thing that you have learned in your writing experience, so far?

When you are absolutely certain you have polished the manuscript to the point that it is ready to submit to your agent or a publisher, first ask someone with an eye for detail (an editor or another author, for example) to read through it. You’ll be surprised how many things they catch that you overlooked.

 

  1. What would you say is your most interesting writing, publishing, editing or illustrating quirk?

Repetitive language is my bête noire.

 

  1. Tell us your insights on self-publish or use a publisher?

I prefer to use a publisher because I believe the imprint signals to readers, “This book has been vetted by professionals who consider it worthy of your attention and money.” Authors who self-publish must be more than good writers. They must also be excellent at publicity and marketing.

    1. Who is the name of your publisher and in what city are they located?

 

I have had several publishers for my books. My latest, The Typist, is published by Black Rose Writing of Castroville, Texas. Black Rose will also be publishing my next novel, Death in Delmarva.

 

  1. Do you have any secret tips for writers on getting a book published?          

By all means, try to find an agent. But remember they tend to be inundated with queries and can become quite jaded, not to mention overworked. Many publishers, especially the independents, accept unagented manuscripts. Be persistent and understand that rejection of your work does not necessarily mean the work is unpublishable.

 

 

  1. Do you have any suggestions or helps for new writers (please be so specific that this most likely will not have been seen elsewhere)?

Pay attention to grammar and spelling. Most publishers today do not employ editors to catch these things and might not be inclined to accept manuscripts that require heavy editing.

  1. What was one of the most surprising things you learned with your creative process with your books, editing, publishing or illustrating?

With my first novel, What Are Friends For?, I was surprised to discover that the thorough, meticulous edit I had been expecting no longer exists in the publishing world. I thought it was because I’d submitted a flawless manuscript until I noticed typos and errors in some of the best-sellers I like to read.

  1. How many books have you written?

I have had six books published to date. The seventh is forthcoming in March 2019.

 

  1. Do you have any tricks or tips to help others become a better writer (please be so specific that this most likely will not have been seen elsewhere)?

If you’re not making much headway at your computer, try writing some scenes in longhand. I did this with my thriller, Loose Ends, and found that the story took on a life of its own. Somehow, the action of pen on paper seems to engage a different part of the brain that ignites the creative spark.

 

  1. Do you have any suggestions for providing twists in a good story?

Listen to your characters. They might be wholly creatures of your imagination, but they have strong opinions about where the story needs to go.

  1. What makes your or any book stand out from the crowd?

The cover. It should grab a book buyer’s attention enough that he or she will read the cover copy, which should also be carefully crafted to entice readers.

 

  1.  What is the one thing you would do differently now (concerning writing or editing or publishing or illustrating) and why?

I would be a lot more firm about the cover design and readability of cover text because these elements are absolutely vital to the book’s success. Even though publishers often have the final say on design, the author must be satisfied that the book’s cover clearly and vividly conveys its content.

 

  1. What saying or mantra do you live by?

Keep on writing until it’s no longer fun.

 

  1. Are your books pure works of the imagination, or are they based on personal experience?

They are a mix. The two P.J. Smythe mysteries were based in Annapolis, a charming town that I knew as a tourist. Loose Ends takes an experience I had while living abroad and turns it into something much darker. The Typist shows how a naïve young woman who can type like the dickens (personal experience) might wind up in deep trouble in the big bad city (fiction). Several of the short stories in Enough! Thirty Stories of Fielding Life’s Little Curve Balls are riffs on experiences I’ve had in the workplace or while traveling; but many of the stories are also pure figments of my imagination.

Who is your god?

posted Oct 28, 2018, 10:17 AM by David Alan Binder

Who is your god?

 

This is a tongue in cheek question.  I am being both serious and at the same time questioning our society.

 

If you have too much of anything then your priorities change.

 

I recently heard on some show that I was watching, that billionaires do not want money they want power.  So with all that money they purchase influence and therefore purchase power over people, media, politicians, laws, etc.

 

So I am establishing that too much of one thing is not good.

 

Too much sugar results in cavities and diabetes maybe other health risks.

We need sugar and fat and carbs and protein but if you eat too many carrots one can turn orange; well, not orange but change your skin color.  (We accidently did that with our first child.  He loved baby food carrots and so the wife fed them to him very often.  He started turning yellowish.  He did not get to orange but we found out that the beta-carotenes was changing his color.)

 

Look at the directions of your life.  Is there some activity that is overwhelming the rest of your life?  If so then that is your “god”.  This is what I mean by, who or what is your “god”.  I am NOT referring to religion or the supreme being by whatever name you would use.

 

If you were to see, lots of people take a piece of paper out of their pocket every time they have a little spare time.  Like at a stop light, waiting in line to purchase tickets or groceries.  At the dentist, doctor, walking down the street.  Then you’d think, wow, that piece of paper is really important, wonder what is written on it that they are always referring to it?

 

You can see where I am going with this.  Lots of people are full blown addicts to their smartphone.  Constantly connected to the internet or social media.  That is becoming our children’s “god”.

 

It is a crisis of biblical proportion (meaning it is extremely large not religious).

 

The endorphins and brain waves are constantly being conditioned by social media and connectivity.

 

I was not born with that but I have learned it in my adult years.  Sometimes it is difficult to put it down.  And if I have learned that behavior later in life then you can imagine how automatic it is for children raised on tablets, interactive games (even learning games), cell phones, etc.

 

This is where you put your own conclusion and think about the influences in your life and if one influence or another is overriding the other parts of your life.

 

A Think Piece by David Alan Binder

 

Some Interesting Facts plus more

posted Oct 25, 2018, 8:05 PM by David Alan Binder

Some Interesting Facts plus more

 

73.5 million pigs (33.2 million born between March to May 2018) in Iowa, 3.146 million people in Iowa

The people population is Iowa is .04%.

That is 23.353 million pigs to one person ratio.

 

Just interesting facts, I think.

 

Bet you can find a great pork chop in Iowa.  Bet you can find a great pork tenderloin in Iowa (yes, some of the best)!

 

I used to live in Iowa and if you get near a pig farm, you can smell it.  Some say it is the smell of money; it is just really reeking bad.

 

I had a pig (in Illinois where I grew up) that won second place in a 4 H County Fair.

 

Silly little facts but facts make your characters ring true.  Ensure that you know your facts, the details and the intricacies of your characters’ lives.

 

Facts and details, details and facts.  It brings depth and dimension to everyone.

 

A Think Piece by David Alan Binder

 

Knowledge

posted Oct 23, 2018, 3:27 PM by David Alan Binder

Knowledge

 

Rhythm has no vowels, I thought, then I found out that “Y” is considered a vowel.  Maybe I already knew that and just relearned it.

 

It is amazing how much a writer doesn’t know.  Sometimes it is overwhelming.

 

If you take a tiny, match, light it, and hold it up in the pitch dark that shows how much you as one human in this universe knows.  If we all light a match then more light is produced and the human knowledge grows by billions.

 

College was like that for me.  It exposed just how tiny the tip of the iceberg of my knowledge was.

 

Knowledge goes deep.  Very deep!

 

The reason I pick up any change on the ground, even pennies is that it adds to my wealth.  Sure it is small but small can make a difference.

 

The same goes with knowledge.  I’ve read books that I thought, “wow, I wasted my time reading that” but you know it did increase my knowledge somewhat.  And that part never hurts.  You can never know too much.

 

Even though it sometimes feels like it your brain will not explode from absorbing facts and knowledge.

 

One of those useless facts may eventually save your life or the life of someone you love.

 

It is amazing how many times, I or my wife have read something and then one of our children (now grown) have asked about that particular thing we just read about.  Truly amazing.  So we strive to learn more and increase and stretch our minds around a lot of different things.

 

Keep learning and keep growing and keep writing and adding to the knowledge base of the world.

 

No thought ever is wasted.

 

A Think Piece by David Alan Binder

 

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Connecting or Isolating

posted Oct 21, 2018, 9:14 AM by David Alan Binder

Connecting or Isolating

You clicked a few or several clicks to get here.

 

Are you connecting or are you isolating yourself?

 

You immerse yourself in content provided by others.

 

Should you be creating some content instead of consuming content?

 

The answers vary depending upon you and your purpose and what you are trying to achieve.

 

It is a twofold approach.  It requires us to be thoughtful, even mindful, even judicious and very careful.

 

Enlightenment is too close to entertainment in this age we live in.

 

I intend only to enlighten you.  Sometimes that enlightenment is entertaining sometimes it is not.

 

I try to play at it with a light hand even being mirthful at times, but usually serious.

 

What we are doing is serious.  Careful not to take ourselves too seriously.

The world does not need us.  We need the world.  However, the inverse is really true when you think about it.  Take enough of us out of the world and it starts to yaw and skew and then no longer resembles the world that was.

 

The world needs us.  Each of us.  We need some of the world but not all of the world.

 

I have so much to learn I’ll leave chemistry, physics and polynomials to those who love it and teach it and breathe it.

 

I love and teach and breathe other topics.  We all do and that versatility combined with diversity combined with each of us doing our own thing means that we form a well rounded world.

 

Thank you world for teaching me. 

 

I depend on each of you and hopefully in some way (some more than others) each of you depend on me.

 

As always I am here to bounce your ideas off of if you’d like.

 

I look forward to hearing from each and every one of you.  Let’s make our world even more fantastic.

 

A Think Piece by David Alan Binder

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