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Nevertheless ...You Have to Start Somewhere

Nevertheless, "I think, therefore I am...I think." A corollary to Rene Descartes in Blog uno.

Nevertheless, you have to start a blog somewhere. But where?

Great prose master Herman Melville started "Moby Dick" with “Call me Ishmael.” But, I suppose he went thru a whole list of names like “Call me Bob,” “Call me Larry,” "Call me Bubba, "or “Call me Irresistible” before he settled on the Ishmael one.

Charles Dickens used “Marley was dead; to begin with” in a "Christmas Carol" and “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” in "A Tale of Two Cities." Abe Lincoln had his “Four score and seven years ago” as the beginning of his "Gettysburg Address" and the Bible has “In the beginning was the Word.”

After those openers, what’s left?

Even “There was an old hermit named Dave” is gone. But, as they say, “The longest journey starts with a single step.” Just so true and just so useless to be reminded of that.  

So, “nevertheless” works as well as anything for the first word I write. It gives a sense of the lost pearls of past wisdom, the virtue of the present noble effort and slight tease of more good things to come.  So, “nevertheless” is my choice as a career-beginner. It is surely a lot better than the whiney Andy Rooney approach of “Did you ever stop to think that…” –like in, “Did you ever stop to think that all the cards in the Christmas mail with licked stamps have spit on them?”

However, others have put me up to this. They said I should start writing. It is kind of like when everyone says, “Gee, Aunt Agnes, you can really cook! You ought to open up a restaurant!” So, she spends her life savings and within 18 months, she is broke and alone with everyone from the landlord to the assistant. Vice Toady from asset recovery at the friendly, neighborhood bank is chasing sweet Auntie Ag for money.

Fortunately, for me, I don't have to make an investment of much more than anything other than my computer and your time, nevertheless.

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Kevin Parks May 06, 2011 at 07:31 PM
Neverthe less... Love it!

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