This and That
March 19, 2016
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As far as I’m concerned, the people who have turned up the notch on protests of Donald Trump are making a massive strategic mistake. I totally get their frustration and desire to shut him down, but doing so the way the protesters are creates a desire in others to support him. I believe the better approach is to let him speak and have the power of his stupid ideas be revealed. It is better to know how evil sounds than to completely squelch it.
I’d like to know how some people have cannons for arms and others don’t. I’m talking baseball here. I played little league as a kid and slow pitch softball for a few years as an adult. Coached my kids in baseball as well. I never had a strong arm and on those rare occasions when I decided to try to throw it far, my accuracy was completely shot. No telling where the ball would go if I tried to throw it hard. But there are these people out there who can throw the ball for what seems like miles, on a line, right to their target. My brother played a few years of slow pitch softball also. A friend of his played left field and at least once every game there was an opportunity to see magic. Somebody would hit the ball over his head. He would run the ball down and then turn towards home plate and unleash a rocket that stayed on a straight line until it got to home plate. And the same things happen in the Major Leagues. There are outfielders who can barely get the ball back to the infield and others who turn and fire those rockets to home plate. I want to know how they do it.
Here’s a picture for you…
I woke up this morning from a dream, which rarely happens. And the event in the dream that woke me up was a bit of a shocker. Within a couple of minutes of waking up, I was convinced that event would form the basis for a great short story. A little later I went for a run and started thinking about it. Identifying some scenes and ideas about how to pull the story along. Now, a few hours later, as I sit down and ponder writing it … I’m already bored with the idea. And that, in a nutshell, describes the difficulties I’m having with writing these days.
So, I’ll soldier on. I’ve decided to take a painting class.