Thursday, November 18, 2004

In April, Maya Angelou was interviewed by Oprah (on her show) for Dr. Angelou's 74th birthday. Oprah asked her what she thought of growing older. And, there on television, she said it was "exciting." Regarding body changes, she said there were many, occurring every day... like her breasts. They seem to be in a race to see which will reach her waist first, she said. The audience laughed so hard they cried. Dr. Angelou also aid: "I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life. I've learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as making a "life." I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one. I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I've learned that I still have a lot to learn. I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

1949, from post- + modern. Originally in architecture writing; specific sense in the arts emerged 1960s. Postmodernism defined by Terry Eagleton as "the contemporary movement of thought which rejects ... the possibility of objective knowledge" and is therefore "skeptical of truth, unity, and progress."

from the Online Etymology Dictionary

It's simply amazing how many blogs there are these days. And how many more there could be. There are still people out there who do not know what a blog is. If they did, there'd be more blogs. Not that we need more blogs.

This trend, or new use of technology, must say something about the state of the world. Do so many people feel the need to "publish"? Do they have no one in their lives to share the story with? Do they have so much time on their hands that they can fritter it away in a narcissitic effort of broadcasting their thoughts to the world? Do they imagine anyone really cares about their thoughts?

Fact is, I know more folks who do not blog than do. In fact, I am not sure that I know anyone in my group of friends who has a blog. And many of them do not know what a blog is. They've never read my blog. They don't know I have a blog. They've never read anyone's blog.

I can't say I want them to read my blog. The blogs I read are by people I don't know, personally. Wouldn't recognize them if I met them on the street. Nor would they know me.

Curious, though, the number of blogs all written by people who don't know one another and will never meet, probably, and by people who read other people's blogs daily, usually, but will never meet them in person.

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