The Penultimate Heartbeat

The Penultimate Heartbeat

When the penultimate heartbeat occurs, one journey is about to end and another journey is about to begin.

It’s natural for us to want someone to listen to what we have to say, to feel some empathy for our story, to appreciate the things that we appreciate. It’s unfortunate that the human race can’t seem to understand and agree on that simple principle.

Every generation creates, and lives in, its own culture. A generation consists of approximately twenty years – it is at about age twenty that people start to think about what it would be like to create their own family.

Children and parents live simultaneously in two different cultures because they are from two different decades (themes, fashions, heroes, etc.) mixed together. This mishmash of two different cultures makes it difficult to establish a common ground around which there can be true understanding and, ultimately, equal justice for each individual. These differences are inevitable and can not be denied.

Children and grandparents live in two very different cultures but they are so clearly defined that it is easy to know where the boundaries are and readily navigate them – it’s like yin and yang, which creates a balance. The traffic jam of middle age does not exist here. As youth and old age converge, they gradually trade places, revealing what was obscured and obscuring what was revealed. Winter becomes Spring… and so on.

Everyone has a finite amount of time to strut and fret their hour upon the stage and when the curtain comes down, the act is over… but not the tour. The tour and the play will go on again at another time and place.

I’m not trained in Martial Arts but I do know Crazy and I’m not afraid to use it.  <>z<>.

Stay tuned, the Phantom will return right after this message:

How to write good…

  1. Avoid alliteration.  Always.
  2. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
  3. Avoid clichés like the plague (They’re old hat.)
  4. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc..
  5. One should never generalize.
  6. Comparisons are as bad as clichés.
  7. Be more or less specific.
  8. Sentence fragments?  Eliminate.
  9. Exaggeration is a billion times worse that understatement.


Saturday Morning Doodles  

Saturday has the word “turd” in it – you will never look at it again without thinking of this.

<>z<>.        Just sayin’.


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