I have nothing to declare but my Genius.


People often ask me, what’s the theme of my blog – a blog’s gotta have a theme.

Wouldn’t it be nice if life were that simple? I think I’ll have a theme for my life today. I mean, there have been folks in history with themed sorts of lives: Jesus, Buddha, Gandhi, Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, Jack-the-Ripper. No disrespect meant to any individual, just observation. Even your average-Joe sort of people have themed lives. Average Joe, and Joe Six-Pack are two very different people, although both are seemingly themed. I have lots of friends who write this, or that because it fits the theme of what they are writing. And I don’t get it. I appreciate it, but cannot apply it in my own life.

The theme of my life, year, month, day, minute, second, sometimes millisecond is a shifting sea of sand. I can outline it, but not necessarily give it any one name:

Family

  • Parent
  • Partner
  • Children (all four)
  • Grandchildren (six, yes six)
  • Siblings, nieces
  • Pets (too many to count)
  • Parrots
  • Chickens
  • Horses
  • Cats
  • Dogs
  • Friends
  • Relationships with all of the above

Work

  • Teaching
  • Administration
  • Hiring
  • Firing
  • Managing
  • Education in more general terms, which I suppose could also be a subcategory of politics.
  • SAT/ACT

And there are things I have to think about, like my health (RA, herniated disks), my bills, dinner, groceries. Just stuff that fill the edges of life that are completely necessary components to who we are. Or at least to who I am. My mood is going to be radically altered if I have had a burger for dinner rather than a salad or chicken breast. If my mood is altered, so is my writing.

And there are things about which I am passionate (in no particular order)…

Reading and Writing

  • Nonfiction
  • Fiction
  • Sci-Fi-Fantasy (Elves and wizards over vampires and zombies)
  • Journals
  • Poetry
  • The news

Music

  • Classic R&R
  • Folk
  • Jazz
  • Country
  • Blues
  • Classical
  • New Age
  • Folk…yes I know I said that already, I like it a lot.

Gadgetry

  • Computers, Mac and PC
  • Zune (see music, above)
  • Android phone
  • Airave
  • Kindle
  • iPad
  • Cordless phones, printers, Facebook, TVs, modems, routers, DVD, VCR, air conditioners, fans, Twitter, GPS, Fax, digital frames…
  • Politics and religion, I have strong opinions on both.

I have opinions. Things to say. I have topics that fascinate me. Raptors, genealogy, country living vs. city, liberal vs. conservative. History, geography, photography, art, literature, movies (but not TV), cooking. Things Irish. The Red Sox.

It’s dizzying. Sure, sure, things overlap. Intersect. You know, I live with a semi-conservative man who grew up in the country, whereas I am a liberal who grew up in semi-urban Northeast. He’s a musician, I’m a writer. He listens to vastly different music than I do. He has British ancestors, I’m Irish. I read my books on my iPad, or Kindle—no matter the genre. I take pictures with my phone…

Really it’s dizzying, but not themed. I tag most of my posts with My Life, because, well, that’s what it is. It is madness. I try to find the humor, or the conundrum, or the amazing contradiction in it all. But never the theme.

And I don’t think I am that different or unique. I think people read because, my life isn’t the only one filled with chaos, madness, too much stuff and not enough time. Opinions.

And at the end of the day, it all fits together. I work in my writing to find the connections in my disparate points of view, vantage points. I have opened an account on Open Salon, because the thing to do is attract more readers. And that’s really what started this conversation, do I need a theme?

Life doesn’t have a theme, it is chaotic madness. And I think, I’ll continue to take small slices of it and record them for my readers, blog convention be damned! Because, I really believe everyone’s life is like that.

Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead! I’m just going to keep on keeping on, saying what I think and Open Salon (once I figure out how to use it) will just have to deal with that. It’s my birthright, I’m Irish. Yeah, me and Oscar Wilde… I have nothing to declare but my genius. Surviving the madness is genius, damn it.

That’s it! I will write what I write and forge ahead, undeterred. So there.

Someday, I am going to write a blog post about the blue underlining that now appears as part of the “corrections” in text documents. Really? Whereas is too complex?

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2 thoughts on “I have nothing to declare but my Genius.

  1. I like the way you say what you mean and mean what you say! p.s. I’m half Irish. My dad was from Waterford. Anyway, just to say I enjoyed reading that 🙂

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