What is in a word? How does it make you feel? My intent with this opener is to entice you to read further by exploring my catalogue of postings about words; now over 250 personal essays banked in the WordPress archives. Think of this page as a prologue. Imagine a book of essays examining the way I think about a specific word. The word ‘world’ can be reduced by one letter to make ‘word’ and thusly a world of thought can be contained in a reflection of one single word. Catch my drift?
I search for meaning in the words I examine. I’d like you to consider my words and their definitions and apply them to yourself; does my definition match? As you read my reflections do your’s travel the same path or diverge in another direction. Does the word on display trigger memories of wonder, empathy, growth, enlightenment?
The English language is my mother tongue and through schooling, reading and art I continue to learn: I learn something new everyday about oral, expressive or written communication. My historical experience will not be yours, even my reflection on a word’s meaning may not be your interpretation, but I invite you to use your own imagination and past experience as you read the thoughts that spill out from my brain. I’ve kept the essays to about 500 words. I view Montaigne as an ancient mentor: He would be someone I would love to have as a guest for dinner. I continue to be fascinated by the people I meet. Let’s explore together. Writing is one of the art forms I can use to bring meaning to my existence. I feel lucky to have been published in traditional media, now I faithfully post a new page in this format every Monday.
All writers know this; a writer feels compelled to write. Seeing my work published is a bonus, especially if it can inspire others, yet I can relate to J.D. Salinger’s thinking from this New York Times article of 1974: “There is a marvellous peace in not publishing. It’s peaceful. Still. Publishing is a terrible invasion of my privacy. I like to write. I love to write. But I write just for myself and my own pleasure.” Despite my introversion I can gain a relaxed sense of community and belonging through these postings and other social media. Get my posts through your email if that’s convenient. Leave me a comment at the bottom of the blog page or find me on Twitter @wh0n0z. I look forward to your reactions.