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Matriculated from: School of Hard Knocks and Diablo Valley College (AA in Communications Tech.) Done all kinds of things for work. Painted sidewalk curb address numbers, sold shoes, USAF Radio Electronics Tech, Semiconductor Tech for AMD, Intel & SEEQ Technologies, worked at Stanford Linear Accelerator upgrading motherboards for Beam Current Magnet Control, IBM building "Industrial Strength" Voice Activated Dialing networks, server systems and intranets, sold greeting cards, nuts, grapes, newspapers and found pets, janitored, worked in fast foods, pizza and data entry. I even clerked at a 7-11 and also ran a big searchlight for those events at night. Also worked at a zoo, where I pretty much did everything you can do at a zoo other than be eaten. Some of those critters do bite. I write and have been since 1972. I have written poetry, fantasy, science fiction and horror stories. I also have come to enjoy essays relating to human experience, the future and being good stewards of this planet. I believe I'm funny sometimes, so chuckle occasionally at my weird jokes and allusions. Very into science and technology, love logic and reason. For some reason, though, I am also a certified Shaman. I can cast horoscopes and read Tarot cards as well (from the expressions on people's faces and their responses, I am apparently quite accurate most of the time.) Love photography: You can find me here: http://s52.photobucket.com/albums/g31/dunniteowl/ and here: http://www.viewbug.com/my-account/photos (if those don't work properly, just go to the main pages and do a search for 'dunniteowl' I am the only one on the internet as far as I know.) I also love game design, starting with board wargames, card games and RPGs. Please comment if you feel like it. I don't care about being "tipped" and don't even really understand it as a function. I signed up on Open Salon so I could have a wider outlet for my writing and hope that you find it of interest at all. This bio is a reflection of things to come, so be prepared.

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SEPTEMBER 29, 2011 1:09PM

The Beginning

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Smoke, in the haze of memory:

It is only time.

Time is the only medication

That has, as it’s cause, forgetfulness;

Healing through time,

Working to heal, through loss, the pain.

Yet, it is the individual that forgets

That will repeat the same mistakes

In blissfully unaware health.

 

     And those pained souls that do not –

     The steps taken to maintain self-preservation!

     For, although those that forgive also forget,

     Those that do not; do not.

     There are some that forget, but do not forgive –

     They live in fear.

 

There are others that do not forget, but forgive.

They live with their fear.

They master their fear and become strong.

They are brave.

     For what is bravery if not being afraid –

     And doing it anyway?

     So, my advice is this:

          “Do not forget and say,

          ‘Forget it.’ ”

          Do not say, “I fear nothing.”

          Say, instead, “I am afraid,

          But not too afraid

          To overcome my fears.”

 

Do not hide your fear, for then

Fear becomes your master.

Master it by acknowledging it

Without giving it control of you.

     That is the beginning of wisdom.

     It is the beginning of self-trust.

               Combined – these are the beginnings

                         Of love.

 

  

                                                  21/12/1988

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Thanks for these words about not letting fear take charge.
I thought you were already my fave.. but I redid it..

Fear becomes your master.

Master it by acknowledging it

Now this my friend is really hard
HUGGGGGGGGGGG
Thanks Mary and Lisa!

You know, there *can* be positive aspects to having one's heart broken. It causes soul searching. It makes you wonder, starting with you and your place in it. Then you start listening. To your heart, mind and soul; to others; then the world.

The Moody Blues say it better than I ever can:

And he thought of those he angered,
For he was not a violent man,
And he thought of those he hurt
For he was not a cruel man
And he thought of those he frightened
For he was not an evil man,
And he understood.
He understood himself.

Upon this he saw that when he was of anger or knew hurt or felt fear,
It was because he was not understanding,
And he learned, compassion.

And with his eye of compassion.
He saw his enemies like unto himself,
And he learned love.
Then, he was answered.


You could say that's pretty much what happened to me and it was a lifechanging moment for me. I'm so glad I was only 16 when it happened. I've had so much time to practice writing it down and telling people that soon, at least I hope so, I might actually be heard.

[Sorry, I'm oddly joyful and maudlin at the same time today.]
"Courage isn't an absence of fear. It's doing what you are afraid to do. It's having the power to let go of the familiar and forge ahead into new territory."
~John Maxwell

I love Google~~
Well, i love the Moody Blues as much as the next mystic,
but they couldnt write
'Time is the only medication

That has, as it’s cause, forgetfulness;'
or




And those pained souls that do not –



“There are some that forget, but do not forgive –

They live in fear.”
or


“There are others that do not forget, but forgive.
They live with their fear.
They master their fear and become strong.”


This is an a very nice pulling apart of such a damn trite
familiar phrase, forgive & forget.
Well, i love the Moody Blues as much as the next mystic,
but they couldnt write
'Time is the only medication

That has, as it’s cause, forgetfulness;'
or




And those pained souls that do not –



“There are some that forget, but do not forgive –

They live in fear.”
or


“There are others that do not forget, but forgive.
They live with their fear.
They master their fear and become strong.”


This is an a very nice pulling apart of such a damn trite
familiar phrase, forgive & forget.
Well, i love the Moody Blues as much as the next mystic,
but they couldnt write
'Time is the only medication

That has, as it’s cause, forgetfulness;'
or




And those pained souls that do not –



“There are some that forget, but do not forgive –

They live in fear.”
or


“There are others that do not forget, but forgive.
They live with their fear.
They master their fear and become strong.”


This is an a very nice pulling apart of such a damn trite
familiar phrase, forgive & forget.
I can see I'm not the only one plagued with multiple posts from OSs idiosyncrasies.

Thanks James, I consider that high praise.
Interesting post - but to each his/her own I guess. I am not fearfully forgiving or forgetting love. Rated with a Jali Smile. :-) Just one little request I have is for you to write something that you feel the next time you post. Merci.
Jali : Beg pardon? I'm not following you. Write what I feel? In the next poem, the next message, the next essay, what? And what feelings must I have to make it more interesting? Or how passionately must they be displayed?

I am confunded by what you mean when you say that.