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normalisokaytoo 51M  
77 posts
6/18/2021 12:43 pm
One of us

's Friday and I should be writing my " Friday Fill in the Blank " ( on another site ), and should also wrap-up a story about " Bridges and Staircases " ... the suspense is slingshot worthy.

Instead, I write unto you. I am your humble servant. I'm always looking; hoping I'll find the one intellectual that can tie-in.

Building on a previous post of my own, I think about the reading skills ( and the reading habits ) of a post-virus society.
No. that. A post-internet society.

Here's some good news: someone is out reading.
I thank the tiny handful of my readers. Encourage others. And the commenters will receive the greatest gifts of words.

Where did the words go?
Must one be over the age of 40 t o understand the written word?

I sent this on a personal . But I think should be PROCLAIMED.


" Her smile had in it something of the intoxication of parched earth after a sudden and furious downpour " -- Henry Miller The Colossus of Maroussi. I sure wish I could write like that!


HAMONMAN 62M
12914 posts
6/18/2021 6:43 pm

that guy was me

except for the last part of course


Humanity peaked during the 20th century.
We can't even make a decent starter solenoid any longer.


normalisokaytoo replies on 6/20/2021 9:40 am:
I haven't been inside a Starbucks for over ten years.

oldbstrd55 64M
3215 posts
6/18/2021 8:27 pm

A rare sight for sure.


normalisokaytoo replies on 6/20/2021 9:41 am:
Hi! Thanks for visiting my tiny corner.

author51 58F  
126156 posts
6/18/2021 11:13 pm

I am one of those who just sits there and drinks coffee while reading a Book...As sane as they come too....lol. xoxo


normalisokaytoo replies on 6/20/2021 9:46 am:
I wonder who voted " disagree " to your friendly comment.

Regardless, I agree a book looks,feels, even SMELLS better than devices.

Curious as to what book you might be reading just now.

normalisokaytoo 51M  
55 posts
6/20/2021 9:43 am

No less than eleven words were removed by the powers-that-be.

WTF is up with that??

" Her smile had in it something of the intoxication of parched earth after a sudden and furious downpour " -- Henry Miller The Colossus of Maroussi. I sure wish I could write like that!


CL_Love 49M/48F
374 posts
7/26/2021 1:29 pm

I find it fairly painful to read some of the awful grammar on the internet. These are obviously folks that grew up using the internet to "fake" their way through AP English papers (back in my day we only had cliff notes and they were so crappy you had better have read the actual book). I'm ashamed that I caught my daughter in this the other day. Was given the entire summer to read two novels and write literally like two long paragraphs about a quote from these classics that moved her. She read 100 pages of "1984" then used a quote from page 28 and some crap off the internet. Ugh! They use funny emojis and filters and acronyms I have to constantly look up. Even the bright kids just don't see the point of good literature and being well read. It is sad. Maybe I am just becoming a bit of a curmudgeon as I approach my 48th birthday.


normalisokaytoo 51M  
55 posts
7/26/2021 4:54 pm

    Quoting CL_Love:
    I find it fairly painful to read some of the awful grammar on the internet. These are obviously folks that grew up using the internet to "fake" their way through AP English papers (back in my day we only had cliff notes and they were so crappy you had better have read the actual book). I'm ashamed that I caught my daughter in this the other day. Was given the entire summer to read two novels and write literally like two long paragraphs about a quote from these classics that moved her. She read 100 pages of "1984" then used a quote from page 28 and some crap off the internet. Ugh! They use funny emojis and filters and acronyms I have to constantly look up. Even the bright kids just don't see the point of good literature and being well read. It is sad. Maybe I am just becoming a bit of a curmudgeon as I approach my 48th birthday.
I can't imagine my life being what it is without reading 1984. So many other books that never got ruined by the movies. My list of favorites and desert island selections is quite long.

I was so depressed when the libraries closed due to the pandemic. Then most of the bookstores closed, too. Tragedy!

That was almost HALF of my " me " time removed from my agenda in a mere instant.

Call me a geek, but I would read the Cliff's Notes AFTER reading the assigned book. There were some interesting take-aways in some of the margins. I wonder if they still exist? Since the internet, it would seem such a product would go the way of most newsprint and magazines.

48 is still pretty young. And " curmudgeon " is kinda harsh. Try "old-fashioned "... I think it rings a bit better. If there weren't any "good-ol'-days", we wouldn't have the current "present" that our offspring take for granted. My youngest daughter doesn't believe me when I tell her that phones used to be mounted on walls with coiled cables and thinks that a typewriter is about as real as Santa Clause. Luckily, she is an avid reader of books : )

" Her smile had in it something of the intoxication of parched earth after a sudden and furious downpour " -- Henry Miller The Colossus of Maroussi. I sure wish I could write like that!


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