New Poem

As I am reading my books on debt this month I am inspired to write about the subject. Here is a poem I wrote not necessarily on debt but inflation. They are related.

 

Inflation’s Siren Song

oh, that sweet honey of a song

how it’s tune is loud and long

tempting nation after nation

into the clutches of inflation

the consequences seem to be economic catastrophe

for wealth and money are not synonymous you see

an increased money supply

and prices absolutely multiply

the effect is a dollar’s value drops

and sound currency flops

the printing of money is no solution

but rather a dilution

policies resulting in dust and ash

the waiting of an economic crash

inflation’s siren song

how it’s hymn is wicked and wrong!

 

 

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February Reading

Debt!

Debt is a word you hear on a regular basis. It happens to be a word that sometimes conjures trepidation and has people shrinking away from fiscal responsibility and awareness. It is also a word and concept that is greatly misunderstood as people mistakenly look at the tree and not the forest. These happen to be reasons why I like learning about all things debt as I enjoy those things most people shy away from.

Debt is what I am mostly reading this month but with a particular focus on national debt. You hear a lot of talk about national debt in this country. How much do you really know about national debt? Do you swallow and repeat the talking points you’ve heard on national debt without any in-depth reading and research on the subject?

If, for example, anyone tells you that the national debt is just like personal debt and that it should be paid down and balanced just like your household budget then they either know nothing about debt, or are misleading you to go along with their specific agenda.

National debt is not the same thing as your personal debt.

In order to understand why you need to do some reading. One of the quickest routes to knowing what the national debt is and why it is in existence is to look at the differences between Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson.

Hamilton’s Blessing: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Our National Debt by John Steele Gordon is a brief book, not discovered by enough, that takes what could be a dull topic and details the life of our national debt. He illustrates how a national debt “properly funded and serviced, can be a potent instrument of national policy.” He shows the history of our national debt from its birth up to the year 1997 when the book was published. As he proceeds from it’s birth up to more recent times, John Steele Gordon covers the pro’s and con’s of a national debt and how it has deviated from Hamilton’s original workings. It is a nice overview of the subject.

For more on the national debt you will have to dig deeper but a look at Hamilton is an excellent start.

Until next time, good reading.

 

 

Writing Prompt

The blogger Cubby (https://reowr.com/2019/02/06/prompt-laughter/#comment-12361 ) asked her readers to produce a poem from two lines she started with her writing prompt: laughter. I had never attempted a writing prompt before but found it fun. Here is what I created from her first two lines:

 

“You laughed the stars

into the sky”

and cried the rivers

into the earth

beauty falls from your tongue

like a snowflake to the ground

you are

the ember behind every inferno

the synapse of Gaia

rage on!

 

 

Waiting to be Read

I love the library. It’s like mecca for me. Some of the material can have a lasting impact on your life. The library acquaints me with the wonders of Lenny Bruce, Ray Bradbury, Paulo Coelho, Henry Miller, Carl Sagan, and so many others. No trip to the library is taken for granted and because of that I wrote this fallen word in the style of one of my phantasmagorisms as an ode to the time I have spent in these wondrous monuments.

 

Waiting to be Read (Devoured)

books line the library shelves / they lean on one another like vultures on a branch / preying on eager minds / volumes of time / pages of knowledge for the taking / titles on the spine are predatory eyes / they shine at you / getting your attention / letting you know they are there for the devouring

 

 

How to Read Non Fiction: An Example

Awhile back I created a post on how to read which you can find here https://penciledmargins.wordpress.com/2018/05/12/how-to-read-extracting-the-riches-of-information/

Now I thought I would share a real world example of a non-fiction book which illustrates just why you don’t need to read certain non-fiction from cover to cover in order. The book in example here is The Liberty Amendments by Mark Levin. The reason I read this book is because I have heard rumors and talk about certain self-interest groups wanting to re-write the United States Constitution and this book being a guide for what these groups have in mind. So, I wanted to know the how and why behind something so important as ratifying and changing the Constitution. I am not here to review the book or give my opinion as you can find that plenty of other places. I am using the book as an example of how to read non-fiction.

So, first things first with this book. I read the synopsis on the dust jacket. This is what I call an early primer on what you’re about to read. Next I read the introduction which introduces you to the book, it’s concepts, and what lies ahead. Then instead of jumping into the first chapter I skip to the appendix. Why? Well because it is non-fiction and by reading the introduction first you now know which parts will hold the most interest to you. And, with this particular book the author included the actual Amendments in full in the appendix. This is great as it gives the reader the ability to preview and review the author’s purpose and final offering.

Next, after having read the appendix I went to the chapter that appealed to me most and this instance it happened to be the first chapter. In this book, the start of each chapter lays out the proposed amendment before getting into the body of the chapter. This is how non-fiction works as the main points will be repeated over and over. After revealing his proposed Amendment at the start of the chapter, the author gets to the body of the chapter where he argues his point for needed amendment. Then at the finish of each chapter he again repeats the amendment but in his own non-constitutional words.

From here, you can proceed to go from chapter to chapter in order or jump around to the chapters that most appeal to you. You don’t have to read non-fiction like a sheep or member of a herd of cattle being led this way or that. Take your own route and do your own thinking. The important thing is to grasp and comprehend the material and get the major points of the book which authors usually repeat multiple times. And, lastly, don’t forget to have fun. Reading should be enjoyable.

There you have it. How to read non-fiction. I apologize if such a post seems elementary or even condescending, but there are people who have never thought to read a book any other way than cover to cover.

Until next time, good reading.

 

 

Zero

Sometimes nothing is working and everything is going wrong and for that I wrote this piece.

Zero

zero and zero

is me

a loser

failure crowds in on me

my helplessness

is dense and dark

my despair

is heavy like the press of soil

buried alive by inability

 

 

My List of Anticipated Books for 2019

It’s a new year and that means new books. I usually like to spontaneously find my next read but I do also keep a working TO READ list on hand. This list helps me to remember certain titles and authors and assists me whenever I don’t randomly come across any material that piques my interest. I have two up and coming books on my list right now. They are:

  • King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo. Release date January 29, 2019. This looks to be a continuation of the world she created in her last fantasy novels, so you may want to check out the Shadow and Bone trilogy first. Her real treasure so far was the Six of Crows duology. It was an imaginative page turner filled with wonderful characters that can appeal to readers of many different genres. It should be interesting to see where her imagination and skill takes us with King of Scars.

 

  • White by Bret Easton Ellis. Release date April 16, 2019. The author of Less Than Zero and American Psycho has his first book out in nearly a decade and it is non-fiction. It supposedly is a collection of essays and the title alone hints at controversy and outrage as people try to guess what it means or implies. Maybe he is already successful in the title alone, a precursor to what lies ahead as people lose themselves over petty social and political distractions in today’s climate. Let’s see it Bret.

Well, that is the list so far. Maybe it leaves you wanting to read one or both. If you have any books you are excited for this year please leave them in the comments section below. Until next time, good reading.

 

 

 

Forsaken

I have been trying to write as much as I read lately. So here is some more of my fallen word.

Forsaken

confused as to how I fell

but sure my destination is hell

a black – that grows with every passing night

forsaken – all of your light

my mistakes – will endure far beyond the grave

dreams – the only place I get to be brave

crucified to my reality

good and bad an eroded duality

spear to the side

a place for horrors to deeply hide

every beat of my heart is a detonation of guilt

remorse – builds the melancholic garden where I hideously wilt

the bell has been rung,

my song has been sung,

my own heart I have wrung

 

 

Schadenfreude

I really enjoy books. In relation, I also enjoy a good word. Schadenfreude is such a word. It means pleasure derived by someone from someone else’s misfortune. You are likely to run into someone who does this in life. I wrote this piece because of people I have seen relish in the misfortune of others.

Schadenfreude

her presence is poison

her mind ill

ignorant running mouth

never ending opinion

breathing disturbance

causing headache

infectious babble

she rots the present

and damages the past

the almighty disintegration

the static to your picture

the nightmare to your sleep

crushing ripe visions

rotting all sweetness

the misery she loves to create

her joy is bringing others down

 

 

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