“When anybody asks, 'What are you writing about now?' if I try to reply, the book-in-the-works sounds so idiotic to me that I think, 'Why am I trying to write that puerile junk?' So now I give up; if I could talk about it, I wouldn't have to write it."
- Madeleine L'Engle, A Circle of Quiet


Passing Along A "Newspaper" Clipping

Friday, November 03, 2006

Do you remember newspaper clippings? My Grandma used to have newspaper clippings neatly stashed in scrapbooks or between the pages of a book, or hung by magnets from her refrigerator. She would take a pair of scissors and carefully clip out an engagement announcement for a friend's child, or a poem she found inspiring, or an article she wanted to pass along.

I have never been much of a newspaper reader. The Sunday paper we used to get was only used for its coupons and comics, and now we don't even get it anymore. The vast majority of my non-book reading is done online.

Today, as my filler for day 3, I have a clipping for you, which I think is worth passing along. Some parts of it could be a bit controversial to some, but I found myself nodding along to much of it. I appreciate the viewpoint of a man who has been there – who has seen the world as it was, and as it is. I hope you also find some food for thought in this story about a man named Bill Snead.


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