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September 11, 2015

How I Failed to #NeverForget

Filed under: Personal — R @ 4:45 pm
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Please be aware right now: This post is in regards to September 11th, 2001. I am not an expert in anything except my own opinion. At no point am I intending to offend anyone, or diminish the tragedy that happened. I’m just trying to understand my own position, and perhaps those around me.

I’m going against my own personal rules for this. I swore I wasn’t going to write yet another September 11th memorial thing. But something that came up in my social media earlier today made me think of this, and now I’ve got this blog in my head and I can’t get it out.

Ah well. Best laid plans.

Because here’s the thing: I have forgotten. Because I never really knew in the first place.

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August 13, 2014

Inspiration Wednesday – Those Who Go Before

This is a bit of a solemn topic, and it’s less direct inspiration and something a little less tangible. I’ve talked about using other writers as inspiration, and books we love, but as I’ve pushed to make clear, I believe that inspiration for writing doesn’t have to come only from books. I believe a good movie or a gripping TV show can be just as inspiring. I was never more driven to understand politics (a field which I absolutely hate) than when I was watching The West Wing. I never understood the gravity of a wartime hospital than when I was watching M*A*S*H. And some of my favorite movies are the ones which could grab you with a good story and fascinating characters, even when the topic was solemn…and you could still laugh at parts.

I watched a movie like this with my parents the other day, called The Descendants, starring George Clooney. (With added Shailene Woodley for extra awesome!) But the movies I’m thinking about here are Dead Poets Society and What Dreams May Come, with the spellbinding Robin Williams at its forefront.

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