SPEAKING OF CURTAILING – Marilyn Armstrong

Curtailment without elimination is a process

In difficult times, some people go on the stump. They give speeches. They carry signs. They march. They sign petitions and attend meetings.

I write.

Of all the things I can do, writing is on top of my personal list. I never know (does anyone?) if the stuff I write reaches anyone. Speaks to anyone. Changes anything, but I like to think it does. Sometimes. Maybe, now and again, I get someone to think about something they otherwise would have ignored.

Always writing has a “reaching out” quality in it. For me. I know there are a lot of writers who seem to spend their words exploring their inner selves and I respect that, but that ain’t me. I need to reach out.

Moreover, I don’t write because “blogging is fun.”

I started writing as soon as I could hold a pencil and form words. I wanted to write from the moment I knew there was such a thing in the world and I haven’t changed my opinion since. If I didn’t blog, what else would I do? I’m not a novel writer — I’ve proved that repeatedly.

Regardless, my need to write is powerful. These days, I write a blog, but I always wrote something. I need to find a balance where I can be friends, write, and also have a non-computer life. I just have to figure out how to leave a little time and space to get other things done. I suspect this was easier when connecting wasn’t as easy as it is now — and we didn’t have the power of the universe in our keyboard.

By the way, I also give excellent driving direction, just in case you are planning to visit.



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  1. Writing has become increasingly important to me. As a shut-in, reaching out to others here, Marilyn, Martha, angloswiss, swo8 and several others, has become important to me. I enjoy so many, and as Marilyn wrote earlier, there isn’t enough time in a day to explore all I would wish and still write and and and. Still, we’re here, Marilyn. When you can be, you will. We enjoy you. Plain and simple. 🙂 Oh and Garry too! I still can’t get over that “dead” pic. the tongue hanging out was the bomb! I actually roared with laughter. I’m sure everyone thought I was nuts, but it really was delightfully funny!

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  2. I am planning, but it will remain a plan. I write, but have to make sure it does not take charge of my life. Time becomes so precious as you grow older I find. Facebook – I can take it or leave it, and basically just repost my blogs. When some golden oldies are only interested in telling everyone where and what they are doing all day, I must admit I feel sorry for them.

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    • I’m not trying to quit, but I am going to have to cut back, at least for a while. Especially while Garry gets himself put back together. I don’t WANT to quit … but I need a little more time to just do whatever I feel like doing. You are right. At a certain point, time gets very precious and I want to own a little more of it.

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  3. The pen is mightier than the sword, Marilyn. There’s a lot of power there.
    Leslie

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  4. yes, you give excellent driving directions. I know where you live.

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