A Stone's Throw From Opinionsville

Weather, A Safe Topic

Songwriter Keith Curtis wrote his songs as he lived them. He has a B.M.I. repertoire of sixty–five songs, of which more than half are based on a lifetime of travel. Some of his traveling could be categorized as exotic while other destinations were seemingly tame.

He filled his down time at hotels worldwide feet up with a legal pad writing emotive versions of experiences to music coming from seemingly nowhere.

An awkward phone conversation with someone in Los Angeles turned toward the topic of weather when little else was to say.

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In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Enough Is Enough.”

There’s a towel in every damned day that goes by when I keep trying until I won’t fail.

But for every day of perceived failure, I succeed in learning something new. When that happens, I get up from my self–imposed retreat on the comfy sofa where I hope to read myself to death or re–awaken with a new appetite for what I think I was cut out to do oh so many years ago.

If not for the giant wet blanket, I would probably not need one towel, much less several gross of spares. Asking someone for advice as to how to deal with it gets an answer something like this: Deal with it; work your way through it; it takes intestinal fortitude… Platitudes!

My secret way of dealing with it is to come apart in big ways when nobody is around to experience this dramatic thing: I get up, stalk the length and width of my writing space, slathering and roaring out creative expeletives. The benefits outweigh the risks in that I breathe heavily, which is something I forget to do while working.

If there is a final towel to throw in, it won’t be done by me. That’s some comfort in itself.

Voices from the old thieves of whimsy ring from the past, “You should study science so you can get a real job.”
Shoo! voices, shoo!

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