Comedy and Woke Culture

HI there. I’m coming out of  temporary slumber to present this video which appeared in my you tube feed recently which I thought was very engaging. It is a piece by radical feminist and socialist Tatiana McGrath written by Andrew Boyle.

This parody reminded me of Chris Lilley’s fantastic Australian comedy series ‘We Can Be Heroes’ and ‘Summer Heights High’ where he played a girl’s private school student Ja’ime King:

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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37 comments on “Comedy and Woke Culture
  1. selizabryangmailcom says:

    Haha, glad I saw this. The post was buried in a sea of emails! Titiana is very funny, especially with her work overseas with the less fortunate, lol. But Ja’mie takes the prize. LOL Hilarious. “Supposed to be a kid but looks like he’s in his 40s”
    Did you ever see the series Baskets? Then you know how Louis plays his mother. Men that do that well crack me up!

    • Hey Stacey! I’m glad you enjoyed the videos Stacey. Chis Lilley portays six characters in the mockumentaries ‘Australian of the Year’ and ‘Summer Heights High’. He is enormously talented and of course very funny.

      I’m feeling very tired today. You see, when I was reading Don Quixote it would send me to sleep after 1 or 2 pages. But last night my head was swimming in the mind of a certain vampiress named Rae. Well at least I think she’s a vampire. I’m on the home-stretch of your wickedly funny book. Thoroughly enjoyable and I can’t tell you what a timely relief it has been to read that style of book after slogging it through so much classical literature! I really love the characters and their interactions.
      I’ll definitely finish it tonight since I can’t wait to see how it ends.

      Oh by the way, my blog resumes next Monday. I just finished two articles today and will hopefully keep doing two articles daily so I can keep well ahead until I travel. I feel content that I’m doing something productive again.
      How’s your sequal coming along or have you already finished it. Forgive me if you have already told me.

      Cheers Stacey.

  2. Oh I forgot to mention I looked at a couple of clips of that series Baskets you mentioned. Looks really funny.
    By the way I just watched the first episode of season 10 of Curb Your Enthusiasm. I think it’s one of the best episodes in the entire series. Can’t wait for the remainder. Have you seen it yet?

  3. selizabryangmailcom says:

    Damn it, no! Haven’t seen it yet, partially because hubby’s not a big fan. He kinda likes Larry David but not like I do. So I’ve gotta sweet talk him into recording them for me….(I have yet to figure out how the remote works; Can I figure it out? Yes. But I don’t want to!) But anyway, thanks for reminding me about Curb Your Enthusiasm.

    Hahaha, very funny about the book. Don Quixote put you to sleep but you stayed up late with Rae and the gang, huh? Your words are extremely encouraging, and I appreciate it, Matthew! A lot because the story and style is NOT for everyone, and because it deals with lots of female perspective, men might (rightfully) get bored, so…I’m thrilled that you’ve gotten a few laughs and actually want to see how it ends, lol !!

    If you find the time, could you leave a review on Goodreads or Amazon? I also appreciate any questions, concerns, or criticisms, ’cause it’ll only help me with the last two books.
    Like for instance, you said you were struggling with the first two chapters–maybe you could tell me in an email (if you had time in the future) why that’s so and if I could have explained things differently or better organized. Have we written in the email yet? I don’t remember! But my email is my handle: selizabryan@gmail.com.

    Anyway, yeah, book II is already at the publisher’s awaiting edits, but I’m just now organizing III and IV. There WERE going to be 5, but I combined the last one so there’s only 2 more, ’cause even though I enjoy writing this series and think I have a great ending, I do want to end it and get into something a little more serious. I have to write at least ONE serious book before I die ! ! ! !

    Can’t wait for next Monday’s posts!
    Have a nice day and talk soon…………… 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • I’ll be definitely watching that 1st Curb episode again in these upcoming days. The issues the show raises are just so current. I was chuckling remembering certain scenes when I was doing yoga for godsake!

      I didn’t read your book with a critical mind set. I just wanted to enjoy it and allow it to be breezy. I’ve done book reviews / analysis before as a freelancer, but I read them differently. If I think of anything I’ll send you an email. I’ll definitely put a review of the book in your Amazon page.

      I thought I remembered you saying it was at the publishers. Fantastic. When do you expect it to be published give or take? I get what you mean about writing one serious book. Thanks for your kind words about my future posts. It makes it all worthwhile.

      Talk soon Stacey! Btw I cracked up with that line on page 257 where Rae retorts ‘Playing a bimbo on the -‘ Haha

  4. selizabryangmailcom says:

    Yes, thank you, that’s right! It’s what would be described as a “summer read” and supposed to be light and hopefully just fun. Not sure what’s going on with the publisher lately. They’ve been super slow jumping on things. If I’m lucky, it’ll be out by summer. With a new cover design, I hope!
    And ha ha–thanks for referring to a line that made you laugh. Made my day.
    BTW–where do you travel to? Different places every time? Your travels would definitely make great fodder for the blog, eh…? 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • I finished reading it this afternoon and had a blast. Loved the last 2 chapters especially. It was a gorgeous closure. The last chapter reminded me a lot of a favourite book of mine ‘Breath’.

      I’ll be traveling within Colombia initially and then abroad around South America. I’m not really a travel blog guy, but if I come across anywhere amazing I might do something.

      I already feel sad that Rae is still not about. I miss her. I can’t wait for the sequel. I feel blessed to have read what you wrote. I won’t forget it.

      Talk soon Stace.

    • Hey Stacey, Just thought I’d shoot you a quick message to say I’m listening to a podcast which I thought you would find compelling due to our previous conversations and your personal experiences. I’ll provide the description and link below:

      Unlearning Race:
      A Conversation with Thomas Chatterton Williams

      In this episode of the Making Sense podcast Sam Harris speaks with Thomas Chatterton Williams about the reality and politics of race. They discuss his book Self Portrait in Black and White, race as a social and biological construct, the prospects of achieving a “post-racial” society, interracial marriage, and other topics.

      Thomas Chatterton Williams is the author of Losing My Cool and Self-Portrait in Black and White. He is a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine and American Scholar, and a 2019 New America Fellow. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, the London Review of Books, Harper’s, and other journals.

      https://samharris.org/podcasts/182-unlearning-race/

  5. selizabryangmailcom says:

    Hi, Matthew. Hey, thank you for your positive comments about the book’s end. It’s so nice to hear, so encouraging! (especially from a man, lol !!!) I do appreciate your time spent on it and I’m happy it was evidently, for the most part, time well spent.

    Hey, thanks also for this alluring podcast link. I’ll definitely check it out and give you my reactions to it.

    Meantime, your travel plans sound interesting. When will you be leaving? I can’t imagine what you’ll discover out there. I hope it all feeds your soul and brightens your spirit….(more) 🙂 🙂 Talk soon…………!

    • You’re welcome Stacey.

      I have already traveled a great deal around Colombia, but I still have a few more places I want to see here.

      I’ll be traveling in spurts. So next month I’m off to the La Guajira (Northern most part of Sth America), then in March I’ll go to Eje Cafetero which is the beautiful central coffee region in Colombia. There after I’m still deciding. Probably Chile.

      Have you done much traveling?

      I hope you have a relaxing weekend. Cheers amiga!

  6. selizabryangmailcom says:

    Hi, Matthew! Sorry in advance for the long response. I came back up here after I wrote it to apologize……..:) 🙂 🙂

    Mmm…your travel plans sound intriguing. “The beautiful central coffee region of Colombia” — I can only imagine! You’ve laid your life out well to be able to be in a position to do what you want, more or less, and engage in all this traveling. I’m jealous! Hindsight is 20/20, as they say, lol !! And to answer your question, no, not much. A lot more when I was a kid and still with my family, but all within the US–Denver, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, etc., except for Mexico and one trip to Scotland and England when I was 16.

    I actually can’t stand airplane travel, but I don’t mind car or train travel. You’d think I’d be immune to flying because my parents had us on planes from the time we were very young. But I loathe planes and airports.

    Hey, listened to the podcast for Thomas C. Williams. Interesting stuff, and I’m glad folks are having those conversations. They were sort of preaching to the choir as far as where I’m concerned, but still it was interesting seeing parallels with Thomas, like how he grew up with a black consciousness even though one parents was white, and then later when he realized his kids probably wouldn’t be visually identified as black he had to ask himself about labels and boxes.

    As you know from reading my interview in one of my blogs, my story’s a little more complicated because even though I’m mixed race like him, I was adopted into a purely black family. So I naturally adopted my family’s black consciousness even though I was light-skinned, as they say. But as I got older I moved from, “I’m black” to “I’m mixed race,” because although people knew I wasn’t white, they also didn’t think I was black. I don’t know if I told you the story of my biological mother and what she told the adoption people about me, so I don’t want to repeat myself, but it plays directly into the “one drop” rule they talked about in the podcast and kept me from getting adopted from over a year!

    Anyway, yeah, it’s specifically American, about blackness and how it’s viewed, like how the African woman they were speaking about doesn’t see herself the same way. Of course not! It’s probably so bizarre and creepy for foreign “blacks” who come here and get a whiff of what’s going on. I mean, I can’t remember his name, but a man moved here from Egypt in the 30s or 40s and encountered SO MUCH racism from just being, you know, an Egyptian, he moved back to Egypt and was instrumental in reawakening strict, conservative Muslim practice and thought…which continued to grow and blossom into all the complications related to that mindset today.

    Getting out of the boxes and labels, though, which was Thomas’s push….it’s a nice idea. We need to do that. But I think we’re a long way from that.
    People need to study history more deeply than they do and teach children more deeply from history, because it seems like in the past, although people were “tribal”, it was a cultural, way-of-life thing based on just life together and what your day-to-day existence, likes, dislikes, creations, arguments, and beliefs looked like, which then created your particular brand of jars, farming techniques, beer, ideas on indoor plumbing, architecture, your gods–whatever. Differences were notes and based on these things, not based on skin color. And people shared more and learned more from each other. Everybody’s forgotten that and we need to get back to that. But it’s gonna be a while, I think.

    Thanks again for the podcast, and….have a nice week, amigo!

    • Hi Stacey,

      I hope you are having a good week! That’s interesting how you loathe air travel. Why is that? Is it it do with heights? Oh I would love to visit the states one day. And lucky you! – Scotland and England. My great grandparents and Pop are from there. Now I’m envious of you. Haha How did you like it as a 16 year old lass?

      I’m glad you listened to the podcast. Actually I’ll be upfront with you. I listened to the first 15 minutes of it and I thought, wow this is right up Stacey’s alley. Thereafter I sent you the link. I went back to it and Sam Harris went on his usual race rant which I’ve heard 10 times before. He seems obsessed with race that guy and I’m not insinuating necessarily anything negative. I actually didn’t hear the rest of the podcast. But I’ll resume it if I get time.

      Yes indeed, your story is much more complicated and for that reason the podcast probably didn’t tell you anything you didn’t already know. I don’t think I remember what your biological mother told the adoption agency. Sometimes my memory is like a sieve. Sorry.

      I agree it’s a particularly American issue how race is interpreted and viewed. I can’t really associate with it to be honest. But I’m learning a little bit here and there. And of course Bob Dylan, ML King and 60’s activism was entrenched in it. The movie ‘Mississippi Burning’ really opened up my eyes and of course Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbir’d had a profound impact on me as a lad. One of my best friends at school was aboriginal. He was the only aboriginal at school. The funny thing was I never looked or felt about him any different to anyone else. That’s why I have a hard time understanding why Race is such a contentious issue in the US.

      I respected reading your point about studying history a bit deeper although I admit I don’t exactly understand what you mean. Are you referring to examining history in terms of how people collaborated and ideas were developed – as opposed to what?

      Anyways querida, I hope this message finds you very well. Until next time.

      Cheers YOU!

  7. selizabryangmailcom says:

    Hi, Matthew!
    I was VERY shy when I was 16 going on 17 (like the song, ha ha) but I managed to enjoy London and Scotland in my own way. I was there with my cousin’s dance troupe; I took long walks by myself, drank in the scenery, and even made friends with some kids in a park and ended up being pen pals with a girl for four or five years. And I don’t like planes because of the possibility of crashing and the fact that you’d have many minutes as the plane went down just waiting to meet your maker. No surprise factor like a car accident.

    So yeah, I try NOT to be one of those people who’s obsessed with any one topic and goes on rants and turns people off. The race thing is an important passion of mine which I attempt to keep in check, so that’s why I acknowledge that the US has a special craziness where race is concerned due to its self-righteous, puritanical, and genocidal beginnings that other people and other countries can’t to because they don’t share our personal history.

    Of course you had an aboriginal friend who you never thought of anything except your friend. You know why? Because that’s normal psychology! You weren’t brainwashed to think any other way, thank God! But generations of brainwashing and certain cultural perspectives are just baked into our society and it’ll take a long time for them to disappear.

    As for history, what I mean is we could learn from it–or teach children better–about the difference between tribalism and cultural pride and racial superiority. And not just from history either, but modern countries like yours where you can’t understand what this race stuff is all about. But I do think Americans get cultural pride and racial superiority mixed up, whereas the later should be nowhere in the picture, obviously, and when one looks closely at history, there was oodles of tribal and cultural pride that was not based on skin color or appearance. Skin color came into the picture much later. Is that clearer, or have I just made it worse, lol ??!!!! So yeah….to repeat your last sentence, studying history in terms of how people may have been proud of their roots and their ancestry, but they collaborated and got along better than people today. So inclusiveness as compared to the xenophobia of the US and Westerners in general which has been exported around much of the world.

    Now I’ve written too much, as usual, and will delve into my biological mother another time!
    (“Uggggh,” thought Matthew, “Maybe she’ll forget…”) 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Ciao until next time!

    • Hi Stacey,

      When you mentioned 16 going on 17, I imagined a young and beautiful Stacey Bryan skipping in circles around a glasshouse lol I was also awkwardly shy at that age as well. You could do worse than taking long walks in Scotland and England by yourself. You must have gorgeous memories. And that you made a close friendship as well – how sweet.

      Ok, so you’re afraid about plane crashes. Supposedly the last two years have been the safest on record in terms of air travel. I’m sure you’re aware of the statistics of air travel as opposed to car travel. That was very sad what occurred to Kobe and Gianna Bryant and the other 7 people. I’m more afraid about bus crashes especially here in Colombia because they are so prevalent.

      Thanks for clarifying your concerns regarding how history should be taught and how it seems Americans get cultural pride and racial superiority mixed up. I respect your argument and because you are 50 times more well versed in this topic I consider myself enlightened having read your point of view.

      Have a lovely Sunday Stace! This morning the sun is out in full force and I feel a great day coming on. This morning I have a meeting and this afternoon I’ll tune into the PGA golf and tonight the Superbowl. Oh, by the way yesterday I was working on a post about your book to come out on Wednesday. I hope you don’t mind but I have taken the liberty to take bits and pieces from the aftermath of Rae’s UFO sightings at the beach and her run-in with female cop.

      I meant to ask you whether I can just use this post (and excerpt) to post a review on Amazon. The post opens with how you are friend of mine in blogger space. Or would you prefer the post to be impersonal and just about the book minus excerpt?

      I’ll await your feedback before I post a review on Amazon and Goodreads. Cheers.

      • selizabryangmailcom says:

        Howdy, amigo!

        I think I’m having just as nice a Sunday as you are! It was supposed to rain, but the sun’s out, I packed up my computer and walked to the library and it’s beautiful out. Just beautiful.
        I’m actually here to try to whip III and IV into an outline so I can begin writing III soon…….

        And thanks for your generous comments about my view on race relations. I appreciate it and am glad if I was able to clarify even a little bit what goes on here and why this country’s so twisted, lol ! ! !

        As for the book, I’m honored that you’re taking the time and effort to even mention it at all afterwards! It’s so awesome! I think you should do whatever you want to do, Matthew. I have no limits. It’s fine to mention we’re friends on the blogosphere. I think people may do more harm to authors than good when they mention they’re friends with the author and THEN proceed to kiss the author’s ass like the author’s the second coming of Christ, you know? But you, as a seasoned reviewer, would know how to weave your concerns and critiques in with anything positive you might have to say. So I say thanks a lot, and don’t forget that I AM open to critique, and thanks so much for taking the time, sir!

        PS: Re: planes. Omg, I know, I know. I know it’s actually more likely for me to drive down the street to get some bread and milk and get in a car accident than for a plane to crash. I know this intellectually AND emotionally. But a car crash would be sudden and over. It’s the wait time. The wait time, Matthew, involved in the plane crash! The plane jostling and shaking, taking the sudden downturn, the engines surging, everyone SCREAMING, and still going down and down and down and down…..
        The wait time. You know Waiting for Godot? I see plane crashes as Waiting To Die.

        And on that lovely note, nice talking to you again, lol !!!
        Enjoy the day and the Super Bowl!

      • Hola Stace,

        We have both taken advantage of the sun today. I went for a jog after the meeting this morning and then sunbaked in a park for a while. Life could be worse.

        I hope that outline of yours is progressing well.

        Seasoned reviewer lol I don’t think so. I wouldn’t get too excited about my review. It’s relatively short and just a broadbrush of the story and what I liked about it. It’s in no way a critical analysis.

        I won’t mention our connection on Amazon and Goodreads if it looks like I’m kissing your.. you know what! haha. My concern is you might not like the excerpt since I used snippets of the conversation and not the entirety of what you wrote between Rae and the female cop. For example, you might think, I wish he included Rob Reimer part. Let me know if you would like me to email you the snippets I put together so you can see whether it represents what you would like people to sample of your writing before I post it Wednesday.

        With respect to accidents. I was involved in a serious car accident back in the early 2000’s and I had a lot of waiting time to confirm if I was seriously injured or closing in on death or if the occupants of the other car were dead or like me saved from serios injury by the skin of their teeth. Thankfully like me they walked away relatively unscathed. Both cars were write-offs. It’s truly miraculous none of us were killed.
        I’m not familiar with waiting for Gordot or how you see plane crashes (in particular) as Waiting to Die.
        You see like you, I have ended this conversation on a lovely note haha. Aren’t we are sorry bunch. Lol
        Superbowl’s good so far. I gather you’re not a Superbowl person. Me neither, but I like it on occasion. And they also will have the Latina halftime fiesta.
        Cheers

  8. selizabryangmailcom says:

    You know what? I get excited about EVERYONE’S review, regardless. I think there’s a couple in there that are one or two lines, and as long as someone isn’t saying “This thing is a piece of sh**” I’m thrilled. One lady was mad that I buried Margarite’s dog in the trash can and went on a rant in the review. Although I found her behavior emotionally unstable, since it’s a comedy with fictional characters and not a treatise on how to perform a dog burial that I read to schoolchildren across the country, I now think back and wonder why I didn’t just have them burying the dog in the backyard. It would have been just as easy to do. But my editor didn’t flag it either. So it stayed the way it was. *sigh*

    Anyhoo! Yes, use whatever excepts, lines, etc. that you want, Matthew. I’m not concerned in the least about that and am, as I’ve said, very happy for your efforts!

    Waiting for Godot is the name of a play that I remember from school mainly because i had a crush on the teacher and remember how he was explaining it but also I was intriuged by the idea of these two people, Didi and Gogo, who represented the Id and the Ego, who were waiting for someone who never came. People have theorized that it’s God and many other things, but I think the author never gave a clear answer. But yeah, just trying to be cute there. While they’re Waiting for Godot, I’m on the airplane as it dives toward earth waiting to die.

    PS:Not a Superbowl person, but I saw a headline last night that a team that hasn’t won in 9 years just won, so that must have been very exciting for folks!

    • Hi Stacey,

      I didn’t mean to trivialise my review, rather I didn’t want you to think it was going to be too some ‘antsy fancy’ piece. I of course read the other reviews in good reads and Amazon and I did note the ladies objection regarding the burial of the dog. I didn’t think anything about how it should be buried when I was reading the book. In fact the whole incident was one of my favourite parts of the book.

      Thanks for explaining what ‘Waiting for Gordot’ is. It sure does sound fascinating that story and I can see how it made quite the impression.

      Speaking of making an impression – Shakira and JLo’s did exactly that during last night’s Superbowl half time show. While it’s not my kind of music they seemed to get all the ticks in the boxes from the critics and public alike.

  9. selizabryangmailcom says:

    Haha–that’s funny. The dog incident was one of your favorite parts. LOL
    All Things Thriller just emailed me about the book, having heard from you, O.B. ! ! It posted?! ‘Cause I don’t think I got an email……….! Now I gotta check everywhere, see what I neglected to check off or uncheck or click or god knows what………
    But how nice–already a response from whatever you did.

    I heard something about a “controversial” something something concerning JLo. I’ll have to look it up and see what happened. 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Tranquila. hehe. If you just go to my home page and scroll down a bit, you’ll see it. http://www.observationblogger.com
      I didn’t know you and Pam were buddies. Cool. Pam has a real knack for words too!

      I’m not a big fan of JLo’s to be honest. I saw her recently on a ’roundtable’ with other actresses and she couldn’t help but interject and tell everyone how great she is. She didn’t even belong to that table with the caliber of actresses there.

      • selizabryangmailcom says:

        Yes, ha ha ha, yes, tranquila, tranquila, por favor!!! 🙂 🙂 But it makes no sense why it didn’t how up in the email, you know?!

        Pam and I met through The Inner Circle inviting us to write on his blog. It’s been fun; she definitely knows her noir stuff and loves a mystery.

        Oh, and as for JLo, ha ha, yeah. I know. She’s always trying to go back to the Bronx and claim she’s just “Jenny from the block,” but I don’t think she gets a big reception there. I don’t think she was thought of very highly while she was there and they’re just annoyed when she goes back. And really–acting? Come on! Dancing, singing–sure. Acting?! Come on!

      • Cool, I’ll check out the inner circle.

        Regarding JLo, if you search in you tube ‘JLo Hollywood Reporter’ you’ll see the roundtable. Renee was lovely as were the other ‘actresses’, but JLo – geez Louise! Haha

        I don’t think I’ve ever seen her in a movie.

  10. selizabryangmailcom says:

    Yeah, I need to check it out.
    One thing I’ll say, though: JLo does, at times, have good comedic timing. I’ll say that.
    And that’s being very generous. So, yes, Matthew, as you turn and hurl your breakfast up into a paper bag, I have seen her in at least one movie–a rom-com, I think, lol ! ! !

  11. selizabryangmailcom says:

    Of course they’re not your thing! They’re basically made for and aimed at women. Sorry to sound sexist, but it really is a case of “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus.” I would be suspicious if my boyfriend or husand liked rom-coms, LOL

  12. Haha, you’re funny. That could explain why I don’t have a gf or wife because deep down I never want to see a JLo movie or it could just mean I’m a pain in the rump (or both). At least you’re not suspicious of your bf or husband lol

  13. selizabryangmailcom says:

    But everybody’s a pain in the rump on some level, right? Nobody’s perfect. Nobody’s innocent!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Oh of course, but I don’t seem to be – to me. But I’m biased haha. Oh I meant to ask you if Rae’s old time partner Rex was how you perceived a man who warranted your attention. How did Rex come about? I hope you don’t mind the questions. It just got me thinking while reading it. I understand fully if you don’t want to disclose that. Not a prob.

  14. selizabryangmailcom says:

    Hahaha: you’re biased.

    Hey, I don’t mind questions. It’s nice of you to show interest, actually, Matt.

    Rex is a combination of two separate guys I once knew, so that’s how he kinda came about. I took the height and wry sense of humor and observations from one and the sort of “doesn’t talk much” cool calm from the other. In the end, both were kind of subdued but strong male personalities.

    Giancarlo, on the other hand, is a combination of hubby (lol) and a couple of foreign men I’ve known throughout time. So he’s sort of a very EXAGGERATED mash-up version of hubby and these other guys, a more outwardly male entity on the surface than Rex. Thanks for your curiosity!

    • I really liked the Rex character. You could tell Rae and him went way back. Their deep friendship was reaffirming and enriching. I especially loved that last chapter….. That’s fascinating that Rex was coalesced from two distinct individuals.

      Giancarlo was a smooth operator wasn’t he? He didn’t muck about when he seduced Rae. Charming in that more macho way which you implied.
      Thanks for clarifying the background of these great characters.

  15. selizabryangmailcom says:

    Matt, thank YOU! Your interest is encouraging and, really, it’s very nice of you to engage. (Do you like Matt or Matthew better, btw?)

    I know you’re a man of wide tastes, but the fact that you got even partially into my semi-chick-lit-paranormal comedy was a surprise–a welcome and happy surprise. You definitely seem to follow the motto you have above about living and learning–it seems like you open lots of doors and close very few. How interesting! Did you make yourself become that way over time, or were you that way always, naturally curious about many things?

    I see you’ve written a little more about Mr. Cohen–I’ll have to check that out ASAP, lol !!
    But I’m at work right now, so…..back to it for the moment……(bleh) 🙂

    • No, thank you for your friendship. Actually, I don’t get much of an opportunity to engage with others, so it’s nice to be able to have that with you.

      My blog is really the best of myself in the sense it’s a bit of a veneer. Although I’ve always possessed this natural curiosity to learn, in person I’m quite critical and judgemental of others. That is one of my biggest faults, so I’m trying tackle that issue.

      I had a couple of great mentors in the Navy who motivated me to pursue a lifelong learning approach to everything. Also my grandmother lived and breathed this philosophical mode of being and I always looked up to her.

      Yes, another Cohen song has just been showcased. Today I finished my next Don Quixote literary piece. It’s about a Melo dramatic story called ‘the Curious Impertinent’. I hope you like it, but I warn you it’s quite a lengthy read. It consists of 3 chapters and Chapter 1 is the subject of Wednesday’s post. It left quite an indelible mark on my psyche.

      Hey Stace, I just wanted to say thanks for saying such kind words about my curiosity and openness to appreciate many things. Oh by the way you can call me Matt if you like.

      I hope all goes well with your work tonight. Take care until next time.

  16. selizabryangmailcom says:

    Ah, yes, the veneer we all have, no doubt, in the bloggosphere……. 🙂

    I gotcha. The navy sounds like it was a great experience. But your grandmother…wow. What a great lady, she sounds like.

    Okay, Matt, thanks for lifting the veil a little bit….
    Talk to you soon
    🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Yeh, my grandmother was a classical pianist. She read 5 books a fortnight and loved attending her weekly choir group. With respect to my veneer I point you to the Smiths ‘This Charming Man’. – ‘He knows so much about these things’….

      You, of all people must like the Smiths. If not search ‘William it was really nothing’.

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