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Abraham Lincoln’s Faith

Posted in Faith, faith, Lincoln, Lincoln Raw, Religion, religion, Research, Themes by DLFowler on April 14, 2014

Abraham Lincoln’s faith is best summarized by his response Connecticut Congressman H.C. Deming during the Civil War, just a few years before his death. The congressman asked Lincoln why he had never joined a church. Lincoln answered, “When any church will inscribe over its altar as its sole qualification for membership the Savior’s condensed statement of both the Law and the Gospel, ‘Thou shall love the Lord with all thy heart, with all thy souls and with all they mind, and thy neighbor as thyself,’ that church will I join with all my heart and all my soul.”

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Vampire Hunter – Abraham Lincoln?

So it’s time for me to weigh in on the latest commercialization of our revered 16th President – I believe that Seth Grahame-Smith is an absolute …

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SYWS – You Have the Right …

Posted in Inside a Writer's Head, SYWS, Writing by DLFowler on November 27, 2011

In America we have rights. We have the right to express ourselves freely. And we have the right to remain silent. I guess there’s a time and place for everything, because rights have consequences. So, if you can’t bear the consequences, don’t exercise the right.

I just read a great story in a lousy book. The story kept me wanting to know what happens next. The writing screamed, I don’t care if you can’t decipher the story. Okay, but if that’s the way you feel, then I have the right to think you should tell your stories around a campfire, but not in a book. In fact, I look forward to an invite to your next camp out. I just don’t want to buy your next book – unless you give it to a competent editor first.

With the flood of poorly edited books these days, maybe every book should include the editor’s name and email address. That would be an appropriate exercise of free speech.

Do you have thoughts on rights and responsibilities? Chime in with a comment.

SYWS – Do Your Own Homework

Posted in Inside a Writer's Head, Psychology, Research, SYWS by DLFowler on November 13, 2011

Here’s the difference between an argument and a discussion – in the latter all participants did their own homework. Arguments turn into yelling matches because at least one person is defending a position they don’t fully understand, something unsupported by facts and rooted in emotion. 

I think (I call this speculation, but if I get too vested before I research the notion, I’ve got good fodder for an argument) the problem became pervasive with the invention of objective questions – multiple choice, fill in the blank, true/false. From there it evolved to don’t explain the problem, just give me the answer. 

At one point we got all our opinions from the liberal media. Today both sides get brainwashed (thank you ‘fair & balanced plus talk radio for evening the playing field in a game where everyone still loses.) Hey, if a talking head can mold my brain, why do I have to put out the effort to think?

So the risk in arguing is that everyone could be wrong. But in a discussion there’s value added by each contribution.

So the next time some one wants to think for you, just say no (okay, ‘no thank you’ if your mother’s tuned in.) After all, that simplistic slogan won the war on drugs, right. 

SYWS – Give and Take

Posted in Inside a Writer's Head, Psychology, SYWS by DLFowler on November 6, 2011

You know you want to. But you just eat your words and let the moment pass. Maybe that’s because you don’t know how to say it, or you think showing self restraint is polite. In either case, I’ll be devoting my Sunday morning blog post to Stuff You Want to Say (SYWS). Feel free to use my words. You can memorize them and play them back to end your weekend on a powerful note, or you can print them out and slip them onto a co-worker’s desk to show him/her you’re locked and loaded to survive the work week.

So here’s my next offering.

There are two kinds of people in the world. Givers and takers. Tell givers they can’t give enough to satisfy a taker. If you know one, tell them to practice discretion. I’m not talking about setting boundaries with takers. The only boundaries they understand are things like moats, rings of fire and the like. You have to avoid them like the plague. They don’t really get that their behavior is just plain wrong.

Takers. Do you know one of them? They’re the ones whose core value is: What’s mine is mine and what’s yours might has well be mine ‘cause I’m going to use you until you’re worn out. Another way to phrase it is: Use them then lose them. So what do you tell them? Start by realizing their going to be offended by anything you say other than “You want it? Okay. You can have it.”

Here’s how you handle a taker. Demand quid pro quo. Tell them it’ll cost something. After they have their little tantrum, they’ll move on to their next victim.

SYWS – Death Has it’s Upside

Posted in Inside a Writer's Head, Lincoln, Lincoln's Diary, Lincoln's Psychology, SYWS by DLFowler on October 16, 2011

You know you want to. But you just eat your words and let the moment pass. Maybe that’s because you don’t know how to say it, or you think showing self-restraint is polite. In either case, I’ll be devoting my Sunday morning blog post to Stuff You Want to Say (SYWS). Feel free to use my words. You can memorize them and play them back to end your weekend on a powerful note, or you can print them out and slip them onto a co-worker’s desk to show him/her you’re locked and loaded to survive the work week.

So here’s my next offering.

If you have any takes on this subject, feel free to share with a comment.

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SYWS – Different is not Deficient

Posted in Inside a Writer's Head, Psychology, SYWS by DLFowler on October 9, 2011

Someone says to you, “They’re not listening to me.” What do you say back?

Well just in case you’ve lost your tongue, I’ve got an idea for you. If you want to use it, just print it out and slip it on ‘Someone’s’ desk.  (more…)

SYWS – I’m Not a Genius, I’m More Curious

Posted in Inside a Writer's Head, Psychology, SYWS by DLFowler on September 25, 2011

I don’t know if it drives you up a wall to hear someone say, “Well … I wish I was that smart.” Or how about, “Gee … my little brain can just handle so much.”  OK, let me translate that – but first here’s a fact: We humans don’t use 20% of our brains, so if someone seems to be twice as smart, you only have to use 40% of your brain to catch up!

Now the translation: “Thinking make me tired.” 

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Stuff You Want to Say (SYWS)

Posted in Inside a Writer's Head, Inspiration, Psychology, Psychopaths, SYWS by DLFowler on September 18, 2011

You know you want to. But you just eat your words and let the moment pass. Maybe that’s because you don’t know how to say it, or you think showing self restraint is polite. In either case, I’ll be devoting my Sunday morning blog post to Stuff You Want to Say (SYWS). Feel free to use my words. You can memorize them and play them back to end your weekend on a powerful note, or you can print them out and slip them onto a co-worker’s desk to show him/her you’re locked and loaded to survive the work week. 

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(Part 2) How writing is like practicing Jungian psychology … or …

Posted in Carl Jung, Characters, Inside a Writer's Head, Psychology, Ripples, Writing by DLFowler on September 7, 2011

It’s not writer’s block. Two characters are arguing in my head and I’m waiting for them to finish.

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