“Spreading your wings” in a perplexing world
August, 2016 James Hurd
- New blog article: Get Thee Behind Me Satan—and Push!
- Writer’s Word of the Week
- Book and Film reviews
- Favorite quotes
- E-zine subscription information
- How to purchase Wingspread: Of Faith and Flying
New blog article: Get Thee Behind Me Satan—and Push!
You’re kidding yourself! No—really. We all are. What to do?
In self-deception you’re both the deceiver and the deceived—you talk yourself into a lie. But SD is so frequent that you don’t even notice it.
Examples abound. I tell myself I can indulge my lust and still have high morals. Although I’m all for good nutrition, I tell myself it’s OK to eat lots of sugars and fats. (Anyway, next week I’ll start my diet.) When I was a pilot, I convinced myself I could beat the odds and fly through bad weather–a practice I condemned in other pilots….
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Writers’ Word of the Week: Forward Lean
Forward lean means that your writing keeps the reader reading—it pulls the reader onward by tension, unanswered questions, puzzles, unsupplied information. Be a good writer—use forward lean.
Book and Film Reviews
Ecclesiastes: The meaning of your life. Hea Sun Kim and Mary Lou Blakeman. How understand the most realistic, but pessimistic book of the Bible? Kim and Blakeman help us unravel the writings of Qohelet and his observations on “life under the sun.” 1995. 129 pp.
Tender Mercies: Some thoughts on faith. Another gem by Ann Lamott. Honest, transparent, memoir-ish. Makes you love her, and gives you faith to face the craziness of life. Anchor Books, 1999. 272 pp.
Key Largo. A historic black-and-white Bogey film with army veteran Frank McCloud (Humphrey Bogart) and war-widow Nora Temple (Lauren Bacall), set in hurricane season in the Florida Keys. Bad guys have taken over the hotel. The hurricane comes. Will Bogart again save the day? 1948 1 hr 41m
♫ If you want good answers, you must learn to ask good questions.
♫ I hate it when I go to the kitchen looking for food and all I find are ingredients.
♫ I was so sick of semicolons that I lapsed into a comma. Lynn Truss
♫ Ah synonym rolls! Just like grammar used to make.
♫ Quote about Amish life: “If you admire our faith, strengthen yours. If you admire our sense of commitment, deepen yours. If you admire our community spirit, build your own. If you admire the simple life, cut back. If you admire deep character and enduring values, live them yourself.”
♫ “With age comes wisdom, but sometimes age comes alone.” Oscar Wilde
[I hear you, Oscar!]
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