History Is So Cool

Social Media Detox Project: Day 21

Multiple people throughout history had the foresight to record what was going on in their present.

Whether or not it was intentional, much of what they wrote can be seen as life lessons; what to do and what not to do.

All they managed to accomplish, even without all the resources we currently possess, still fascinate us to this day:

The cities they built;

The ideas they wrote down;

The beliefs they shared;

And the wars they fought.

Through their stories we learn what daily life was like in those long ago days, and remember how much we take for granted.

What I Did Today

Novel writing


Posted my first AuthorTube video on YouTube

Recorded a new video

Something I Read Today

“The one who pays the piper, carries the tune.” -From Fires of the Faithful by Naomi Kritzer

Something I Learned Today

That I need to continue doing things that my “lizard brain” tells me not to.

Honor and Real Love

Social Media Detox Project: Day 18

Honor is about self-respect, self-love and caring for everything in one’s life.

George Washington was big on honor. When he felt disrespected by British imperialism, he saw it as a reflection of everything else that was happening in the fledgling U.S., which was still becoming united.

I think that the current administration is a reflection of a much lower level of honor.

Because the members of the administration don’t love themselves enough or those around them. Not really. Whatever it is, it isn’t real love.

Washington loved himself, though. And because of that, he was able to truly love those around him and realize that the value inherent in independence was one of the greatest gifts a person could receive. Washington recognized the value in that freedom.

Liberties, rights, freedom from tyranny. It’s something I’ve always taken for granted. I don’t know anything else but that privileged life.

But…if my rights were stripped away, would I maintain my honor? In my personal belief in the value of those rights?

Would I play it safe and bow to authoritarianism?

Would I stand up, step forward and risk my life?

I’d like to say that I would risk it all, but it’s hard to say, for sure. I hope that I never have to find out.

History, for the most part, paints a rosy-colored picture of Washington; I know he wasn’t perfect. No one is.

But he did a lot of really cool shit. He stood for something.

He was a stand-up guy; a prime example of someone with character and an attitude I wish to emulate.

If I can turn out to be a fraction of the person he was, I will be able to say that I’m a success.

What I Did Today

Novel writing

Blog writing

Played a show with my band

Something I Read Today

“I am now embarked on a tempestuous Ocean from whense, perhaps no friendly harbor is to be found…it is an honor I wished to avoid…I can answer but for three things, a firm belief in the justice of our Cause–close attention to the prosecution of it–and the strictest integrity–if these cannot supply the places of Ability and Experience the cause will suffer & more than probably my character along with it, as reputation derives it’s principle support from success.” –Words of George Washington, from The Quartet by Joseph J. Ellis

Something I Learned Today

It’s really easy to slip into a state of complacency about our rights and liberties in the States.

The History of Things

Social Media Detox Project: Day 14

History, the stories of how societies and nations evolve over long periods of time, is unusual. Growing up, I always took for granted the things they taught me in school. Now that I’m an old man, I’m absolutely riveted by history. It’s like entering into another world, yet this isn’t fantasy. These are events that actually happened. These were people that really existed. Their decisions shaped the way our world is now.

We take the term “The United States” for granted, but during the long, tumultuous birth of our nation, such a thing did not exist. Imagine how weird it would be if each state was its own independent nation–how different history would have been shaped.

Strange to think about…

What I Did Today

Worked on novel

Shot a bunch of videos in the park

Family time

Band practice

Freelance writing

Something I Read Today

“By rejecting proportional representation, the architects of the Articles were making a clear statement that they did not intend the Confederation Congress to function as a national government once the war was won. The closest approximation in our time is the European Union.” –The Quartet:: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, by Joseph J. Ellis

Something I Learned Today

Not related to history, but random thoughts about how marketing and branding really relies heavily on emotion.

Some of the things successful brands do is make their message reach into people’s emotions and mess ’em around a bit.

It’s interesting how we all buy into it.