Thoughts on a Snowy Night, Just Hours from Spring

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“Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self,” so said Cyril Connolley, the British intellectual literary critic and writer.

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That sentence got me thinking.  I heard it by chance today while on the elliptical machine. during the last minutes of an episode of Criminal Minds.  All their stories get summed up with a pertinent quote.  This one stuck.   Tonight, I took his words to the streets for a walk in the falling snow.

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Why write; why do my artist friends create; why do actors and musicians perform, I wondered.  Why go down that road of lonely exploration if not to glean some morsel of wisdom through the process, a beautiful vision, a new interpretation of sound, a good story, a revelation in one’s philosophy, and last but not least, the feeling that one is alive and connected to the divine through creative expression?

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Must you give up your self  and integrity to communicate to others?   I always come back to this conclusion: I write to explore the layers of language and because it helps make sense out of chaos.  I write because it’s an expression of humanity.

IMG_4079At the end of the evening’s excursion, with a head heavy from snow, glistening and remembering, I write to connect to you.

2 thoughts on “Thoughts on a Snowy Night, Just Hours from Spring

  1. This is SO inspiring, magical and creative – visual magic and provocative for the mind and spirit…Thank you!

  2. That is incredible and so beautifully said! I love the amazing photographs and even more the brilliant truth that resonates from your words. I think in life we have to do what we do for love first and foremost.

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