Charles Clanton Rogers

Reflections based on poetry, music, visual art, book reviews, history of science, first-person history, philosophical essays and International Blogging

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Divide and Conquer!: I don’t perceive myself as eighty-one but as two sets of forty.

Divide 81 into two sets = 40 X 2 + 1 left over.

[Very old joke: Classified Ad: “Have wife, Forty; will trade for two  Twenties.]

All one requires is

someone to love,

something to do, and

something to hope for.”  Hugh Thomlinson, London, 1970

Nice thoughts:

I don’t ever, again,  have to survive the journey through  adolescence (life’s greatest test)>

The joy of daily Surprises:  People expect me to be declined and mentally fuzzy, and I get to see their surprise to find I am still oriennted, thinking and problem-solving and relishing cogitating and not ruminating & regretting!

I. Study Nietzsche

“He who has a Why can bear almost any How.” 

 Nitzsche

Nietzsche considers the only real antidote to existential dreariness: “No one can build you the bridge on which you, and only you, must cross the river of life. There may be countless trails and bridges and demigods who would gladly carry you across, but only at the price of pawning and forgoing yourself. There is one path in the world that none can walk but you.  Where does it lead? Don’t ask, walk! Frederick Nietzsche, [1]

II. Study Rilke

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“Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act just once, with beauty and courage.   Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet [2]

III. Study Robert Frost

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Robert Frost – “Tuft of Flowers” “Mending Walls.”  “The Road Not Taken” “While Stopping by the Woods.” [3]

http://therogerspost.com/2015/08/25/together/ >http://therogerspost.com/2015/08/26/mending-wall/

IV. Study William Zinsser [4] Writing to Learn

by William Zinsser (Author)  Zinsserth-15

 

VI. Study Pablo Picasso:  Picasso’s proclamation: “to know what you’re going to draw, you have to begin drawing.”  Just do it.

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“Others have seen what is and asked why?. I have seen what could be and asked why not? ”[5]

― Pablo Picasso, Pablo Picasso:  1895-1972

VII. Study Gandhi: “Live as if you were going to die tomorrow; learn as if you are going to live forever”  Mahatma Gandhi   [6]_Gandhi

[7] Study Annie Dillard

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Annie Dillard’s The Writing Life gave me the most help with “the blank page”. See what to write about [7]

http://therogerspost.com/2015/09/29/dillard-writing/

Study Mary Dora Russell

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A current author I would most like to emulate; Russell conveys Truths with historical fiction.  [8]

http://therogerspost.com/2015/09/09/mary-doria-russell/

“Not everything that can be counted counts. Not everything that counts can be counted.” Albert Einstein

“We think we are separate, but we are one” Addy Pross [9]

There is no them; there’s only us.[10]

“Find the good and praise it.” – Alexander Palmer Haley (11 August 1921 – 10 February 1992) was an American writer [11]

“Write every day, as musicians do their scales.”  

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Time Management: Spend at least twice as much time reading as you spend writing. Read Shakespeare. There are more discussable ideas in the works of W.S. than you will ever process!       th-13

Someone to love:

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Charles Clanton Rogers           October 11, 2015

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References

[1] http://therogerspost.com/2015/10/07/religion-evidence/

[2] Letters To A Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke …
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/letters-to-a-young-poet-rainer-maria..

[3].  Robert Frost Poems – Poem Hunter
poemhunter.com › Poets
Robert Lee Frost was an American poet. He is highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech.

[4] Writing to Learn: How to Write–And Think–Clearly about …
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/585474
3.9/550 REVIEWSBY WILLIAM ZINSSER272 PAGES
In one of my recent reads, Writing to Learn, William Zinsser makes the challenge to write about something that is intangible rather than concrete.

[5]  http://therogerspost.com/2015/10/07/religion-evidence/

[6]  Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
2 October 1869
Porbandar, Kathiawar Agency, British India[1]
Died 30 January 1948 (aged 78)
New Delhi, Delhi, India

[7] The Writing Life: Annie Dillard: 9780060919887: …
http://www.amazon.com › … › History & Criticism › Movements & Periods
4.2/5140 REVIEWSBY ANNIE DILLARDPAPERBACK
If someone of Annie Dillard’s stature can write like this while claiming to abhor the whole process, then there’s hope for all of us writers. Writing is a lonely process.

[8]  http://therogerspost.com/2015/09/09/mary-doria-russell/

[9]  http://therogerspost.com/2015/08/05/life-inexplicable/

[10] Rev. Gia Hayes-Martin:, ST. BEDES »Sermon: There’s only us, 20 July 2014 – “There’s a tendency in human nature to divide people into us and them, to classify people as ours or theirs.  The problem is that dividing people into us and them builds walls. It separates people from others who might be remarkably like them.

[11] Alexander Palmer Haley (11 August 1921 – 10 February 1992) was an American writer

8 thoughts on “How to Love Being Eighty-One Years Old

  1. bbnewsab says:

    What a wonderful photo, the last one in your memorable blog post!

    When reading your post I “see” another man, and his book, The Art of Loving, popping up in my mind: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Art_of_Loving .

    In this book, by psychoanalyst and social philosopher Erich Fromm, we learn that the art of loving also include how to love/like oneself.

    If you can’t tolerate/like/love yourself, it becomes very difficult to tolerate/like/love others.

    I also think of the Greek philosopher Heraclitus who insisted that there is, and must be, an ever-present change in life. In fact, change is the fundamental essence of the universe (as stated in Heraclitus’ well-known saying, “No man ever steps in the same river twice”).

    If you want to live, be ready to change. That is also the, maybe, most important “message” conveyed by evolution. Cf. concepts like adaptation.

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    1. clanton1934 says:

      Yes! I might have included Eric Fromm. Thank you . There is so much enriching treasures to be mined. A rhetorical question. Why are the NYT best sellers, the Fifty Shades of Grey – shadows-of-life pulp, so financially explosive? The Eric Froomm’s Thoreau’ and Rilke’s remain obscure?? KK

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  2. clanton1934 says:

    PV, Did you see that Putte Fnask is the Friend of the Day on NETWORKEDBLOGS.COM ?
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  3. Janice Wald says:

    Hi,
    I can’t find the sand image. I need you to resend. Are you awake?
    Janice

    Liked by 1 person

    1. clanton1934 says:

      J,
      Terrific roll-out of International Blogging at

      http://mostlyblogging.com

      Really favorable! Thank you,
      c

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  4. I shall be telling this with a sigh
    Somewhere ages and ages hence:
    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference.

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