..and when the sun rises again tomorrow, we'll see how far we've come ...

..and when the sun rises again tomorrow, we'll see how far we've come ...

... just to remind myself why I'm doing this ...

Depending on our personalities, the world can be a crowded place or a very lonely one. For those who seek comfort in numbers, there is no shortage of hangers on, but for those who avoid that circus, keeping thier own counsel can leave them feeling quite alone and disengaged from the mad place we call home. Life is a trade off and most of us choose how we live it.

For me, I'd rather work things out as best I can, using my own thoughts and feelings to sort things out. Following the crowd has never been a temptation to me, but that has its price, one that I'm totally comfortable with every day I get to stand up and be the person I aspire to be. When I sometimes lose track of who that is, I come here to remember, to reconnect and to resume my quest.

These posts are a reflection of some of what matters to me and it's a privilege to have the opportunity to collect these thoughts as they form in my head, as they prepare the way for my life, as it evolves from one day to the next. They re-inspire me when things seem to be floating about, with no particular aim or purpose, and it does happen from time to time.

So, today I had these thoughts that I think are worth writing down for the future me to look back on when I need to ...

Monday, September 19, 2016

my response to Wally's comments on Cobourg News Sep 19 '16

Wally said "Actually Frenchy, ever since I have know manfred, he has always announced his contempt towards my poetic imagination. He would never think I was sharp; quite the opposite. But that is the way he is."

To this day Wally, I have not the first clue as to why you say this, as you have several times before. To the best of my recollection, I've never passed judgment on your work nor your imagination. I possess no qualifications that would let me do so with any conscience or authority. I have no cause or interest in speaking badly of your work. I have not seen or read your work so I have nothing to say about it, of any sort. These are all facts.

Any comments I make that are about or to you, stem from your comments in the comments section of Cobourg News. Those comments are there for all to see and to respond to if they so wish. Everyone's comments there, including yours and mine, are open to public scrutiny and subject to approval or disapproval as well.

I do recall one time when I wrote something to the effect that something you had written in that comment section amounted to jibberish and accompanied that with a number of negative comments about it as well. The fact that my comments were directed at your comments only, with no suggestion that they applied to anything beyond that, is the key thing here. As I said, I have no opinion of your work because I'm not familiar with it. I'm of the opinion that your comments are not to be construed as being part of your work. This I feel may be the source of your misapprehensions.

As far as your comments of the time go, I maintain my characterizations of them. If I didn't, I'd consider myself a hypocrite. Again, I don't assume your comments to be part of your work so any criticism of them is unrelated to your work. In that context I also feel that your tinkering with words when commenting is, in my single view, rather childish and gives me a sense of something either forced or contrived, and something that just doesn't translate well into a display of genuine originality which I suspect to be your intent. As a writer yourself, I doubt that you use such tactics in your work so you probably use them only in your comments, which are the only object of my criticism. As an aside, while I've been told that I write very well, more times than I can recall and something I don't dwell on, I will not, do not and never have considered myself as a writer of any sort, but I do like to use enough words to express myself as clearly and completely as I can when I have something to say. I'll never turn to twitter or any similar social media to express my thoughts on anything I consider to be of substance to me. I know full well that the beauty of that is the fact that whoever may be reading my words can stop at any point and not think about whatever else might be on the page and beyond.

As far as me having called you a "friend", I stand by that as well, even though you consider yourself merely as an acquaintance (Burd Report, many moons ago). I have no reason or wish to reduce my perceived relationship to you as I have only good things to connect to you and none that are significantly negative to turn my back to you. You are always welcome to talk and share ideas and opinions with me, as we have done in the past. Good discussions need some heated elements in them to bring out the essence of the thing, the way I see it anyway. Not the sole pervue of anger, raised voices also release the passions we hold for things we find important or take under consideration from time to time.

This is my first and perhaps somewhat rambling response to your comments and may be followed by more in the future, if I feel so inclined. Time will tell. I do check the comments section here once in a while so if you do read this and if you do make a comment, I'll see it when I do. One thing is for sure, I won't banter about on Cobourg News because I feel that to be an abuse of John's effort to provide a much needed and appreciated service to the people of Cobourg.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Wally's world is ...

For me, a trip (maybe more of a stumble), into Wally's world is what I imagine a turn at finding my way through a house of mirrors to be.

Now Wally is a long-time friend of mine, going back to the time I was about 8 or 9. He finds it necessary to argue with what I characterize as "friend" so "acquaintance" is the word I'm using in its place. My first transgression into the murky realm of pranksterhood was at Wally's house. We, either he or I, dialed a random telephone number and let it ring until it was answered, only to shout something and then hang up with a bang. We were daring accomplices. While it's kindof cute, it really has nothing to do with the banter, sometimes friendly and sometimes antagonistic, we get into from time to time, particularly on John Draper's exceptionally informative blog about everything Cobourg does, is and wants to be. I've let myself get sucked into these bouts from time to time but I just don't think it's right or good form for me to argue or 'discuss' whatever Wally wants to dredge up from time to time, on that public forum. Therefore, I'll relegate my responses to Wally's challenges to this blog, my own space, and anyone who wants to, can follow along or check in from time to time, or just plain ignore us, which I think is the most likely scenario. I extend my welcome to any and all who wish to drop in, and better yet, perhaps take a deeper look into the thoughts that tumble around inside my head until I make the time to deposit them here in my space. It might to some degree explain who manfred s is to those who might be a bit curious. If you wander in, have fun, and _'read' carefully.

Now, down to business. Wally, you seem to have this burr up yer ass about me having maligned you in some way with respect to your talents. You being one who himself expects proof of such claims, bring me the proof of what you claim and let's get it out onto the table so we can see what it is that has you so vexed. If I remember correctly, I've tried to get to the bottom of this before but you didn't respond. This is your chance to get some resolution, if that's what you actually want. I, "on the other hand", think that it's more about being in the public eye, and the centre of some curious attention, but we'll see what's what, if you go down this road with me.

If you choose to continue the banter on John's blog, I'll simply respond with a note directing you to my responses here and you will do as you wish, I'm sure. But, I'll do my 'splainin, if there's any to be 'splained, right here, and only here. So, dems de rules from now on.