i saw (poem)

This is a special repost for Susannah Bianchi, who posts on WordPress marvelous observations of every day New York City life; and, BTW, she likes Walt Whitman’s freestyle poetry.


Building Blocks (“I love”)

love-bbToday’s Building Block continues the theme of the last Building Block, Licenses.  Let’s look at a verbal expression possibly impersonating actual reality: “I love.”  Over the course of our lives, and those of our characters, we ‘fall in love’ with ideas and non-human things. For example, in 1966, teenager Steve was attending the 90th Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York City.  I ‘fell in love’ with two things. First, having been raised around the Fox Terrier dog show world, and even though a Fox Terrier won Best in Show, I ‘fell in love’ with the idea of winning Westminster with an English Setter.  Sadly, I have never fulfilled that dream.

While the Westminster show itself is still a yearly event, the second thing I ‘fell in love’ with is now history.  At 11:30 pm on Saturday night, I was introduced to a truly world class club sandwich in the Hotel Taft Tap Room; between 50th and 51st Street and Seventh Avenue, just north of Times Square.  Interestingly, in October 2012, when I mentioned the Hotel Taft and their club sandwich in a comment to a fellow WordPress blogger and author Susannah Bianchi (athingirldotcom), who lives in New York City and frequently dines out, (at the time, the Carlyle), she did not remember the Taft.  How strange?  Then I remembered that the Taft closed in the early 1980s.  Sadly the Hotel Taft and their fabulous club sandwich, which I had on several later occasions, are now a memory.  The building is now occupied by the Michelangelo Hotel.  While  ‘Michelangelo’ is an artistic name, the Taft club sandwich was truly, ‘loving’ art.

Wiki has a good definition of love: Love is a variety of different feelings, states, and attitudes that ranges from interpersonal affection (“I love my mother”), to pleasure (“I loved that meal”).  It can refer to an emotion of a strong attraction and personal attachment.  It can also be a virtue representing human kindness, compassion, and affection, i.e. “the unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another”.  It may also describe compassionate and affectionate actions towards other humans, one’s self, or animals.

Think about what the following sayings say about your characters:
– “I (I’d) love to go with you.”
– “Love is a many splendid thing.”
– (Hopefully you, or your character, has not literally ) “fallen head over heels in love.”
– “I love it when…(I hear, I see, I dream, I go to, etc.)”

Think about your ‘building blocks’; we can not write without them.

And a P.S.: I did not realize when I wrote this and decided to post it today, February 13th, that this year’s Westminster Dog Show is February 11-14.

The times they are a changing…

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Here’s a ‘musical note’ on editors 🙂

Professionally, I had to write comprehensive papers on a wide range of topics for senior government decision makers. The most difficult papers to place in the ‘out box’ were the ones that went through publication editors.  At times, editors do not ‘speak’ in a language that the ‘human’ reader can quickly grasp.

About five years ago, Steve, being in a sarcastic mood (bet, you’re surprised) posted this picture near his desk.  And yes, not everyone was amused; and sadly, some coworkers in the Washington, D.C. 50+ age group did not even know who, or what, it was about.

Bob Dylan

As writers we must always remember “The times move (on), and we too move (along) in them.”

This post was thought of thanks to a nice comment by Thom Hickey on my June 6 Building Blocks (Thank You Linda Ronstadt) post, and my visit to his blog The Immortal Jukebox, A Blog about Music and Popular Culture.  Please visit his blog.