Saturday, September 22, 2007

Introducing Me

I am posting this one last of the four I moved over from my previous blog, so that it will show up at the top and be the first one to which any readers are exposed. Welcome to my life and mind.

Unlike my wife, I lean more toward the "record the things of my spirit" motivation for blogging. I blog primarily to record how I view life, in order to preserve for my posterity my perspective on eternity and the mortal issues that, IMO, influence eternity. Generally, I am not as verbose as my wife - which really says something about her prodigious compilations. Concise, I am not. Furthermore, I have been told my common sentence composition puts Dickens and Hugo to shame - linguistic slackers that they are - not in quality of their vocabulary, but rather in the simplicity of their sentence structure. My mind meanders from point of interest to point of interest, and it takes more exertion than I often am willing to offer to restrict the journey to a straight and narrow path.

Having said that, I am an unrepentant parser. I try to be very clear about what I say, which is one reason I have a hard time writing simple, non-complex sentences - as my tendency to try to avoid confusion and misunderstanding often leads to a type of verbosity that requires slow and careful reading and, by extension, sometimes causes confusion. Such is life. I insist on addressing what others say, not what the reader assumes or thinks they must mean behind the words, since that is a courtesy I request from others.

I am personally conservative in my own lifestyle and, I have been told, quite perplexing in the balance I strive to achieve in my political views. I believe in teaching correct principles and letting people govern themselves - again as a product of believing the Golden Rule. I will request a conversation cease if people are talking past each other, not listening to understand and merely trying to shoutdown the other party; however, I never will request such a cessation simply because of fundamental disagreement - regardless of the intensity of the discussion.

I am a teacher by inclination and initial training, a salesman by trade, a preacher at heart (if not a Mormon, I would live at a pulpit), a musical performer and public speaker by nature and, most importantly, a husband of 20 years and father of 6 kids by choice and grace.

Welcome to my mind and my heart (and my sense of humor that both makes my wife laugh and embarrasses her on a regular basis). I hope you welcome me to yours.

7 comments:

Patty said...

I always enjoy hearing your points of view, especially since I enjoy being able to think of things in a new way. Your style of writing makes sense to me and doesn't come across as lengthy, just comprehensive and thought-provoking! I'll be coming back often!

Papa D said...

Thanks, Patty. You are my first commenter! Yeah!! You now have a special place in my history - although there isn't any other reward. (*grin*)

Robert said...

I enjoy reading your posts as much as I did speaking with you. You are able to express your thoughts in a way I am unable to do and I aplude you for it. (How do you spell aplude anyway? Spelling never was my strong point, just ask my mother)
Crystal

Papa D said...

"applaud" - but I would rather know you as the bad speller you are than have you be a good speller and not the wonderful person you are! (I mean that, sincerely.)

(Suggestion: Whenever you are on the computer and are concerned about the spelling of a word, open another window to "www.dictionary.com" and use it. Generally, as long as you are close, it will give you options if the word is mis-spelled. I use it whenever I'm not sure - when my old brain refuses to find something in my mental spellcheck.)

nico09 said...

blah, blah, blah! i've already read this. :)

Songbird said...

would have been a preacher, uh? Somehow I believe that brother:D.

Brett said...

Good to see you finally entering the bloggy world, pops.

Since it's always fun to plug my new stuff in the midst of your stuff (where I know you'll notice it! : P)

You could check out my blog, obviously, at www.myplasticstars.blogspot.com. : D