Just gonna’ put this part up front for all the stuck-up stickybeaks in the audience:

Outside of “Linus and Lucy” from “A Charlie Brown Christmas” soundtrack, hardly anyone knows of The Vince Guaraldi Trio, which is in itself a great pity. The entire soundtrack is marvelous and something I like listening to every single year, but I am also an avid collector of the troupe’s music and look for it wherever I go when it comes to used CD / music warehouses in my never-ending quest for stuff-I-can’t-buy-online-and-would-rather-buy-myself-thank-you-very-much. The point is: “Linus and Lucy” is a great song, but it’s not everything that Mr. Guaraldi and friends have to offer.

Another of their great tunes is “Cast Your Fate To The Wind”, another wonderful choice for the year’s end and for those days when you are reminiscing or making choices in your near-or-far future. (Note: an extended/remade version from George Winston is a good bet as well.) Piano driven melody that at times is inspiring and soaring, and at times wistful and nearly melancholy. At all times, the instrumental reminds you that while parts of your life that you would love to look back on and reorchestrate mentally are fresh in your memory, they are past, and the future is always ahead, and that better days are coming. A mixture of the high and low notes, quiet reflections and crescendo of various rhythms to a peak before fading away… all good musical metaphors for life in their own time and place.

You reach a point some times that you are tired of the status quo and want to change… the way it always was is no longer good enough, but you also wonder if the Powers That Be where you work are going to be problematic. All to the point that after a long enough spell of time, you just get thirsty for something new, or to re-try something that wasn’t as great as you hoped people would think, if anything just to be able to hone your abilities and put forth into the world what your contribution may be – work of sculpture, blogpost, scientific paper, new cheeseburger recipe – and see where it goes. That’s where I am as I write this: William Faulkner writing his scribblings to see what he can make of them, Julia Child deciding if the world needs an artisan cheeseburger, Michelangelo or Rodin wondering if he wants to inhale any more marble chips in pursuit of the perfect sculpture creation… does the world really need one more person’s opinion, especially when there are so many more powerful (read: loud) ones already having bulit up their level of steam over the last few decades? And, most importantly, would anyone listen to a local meteorologist’s opinion, having more fervent ones to choose from on a daily (nay, hourly) basis across the interwebs.

Why do we climb the mountain? Because it’s there.

Just into a new year, my wife and I were talking about the year ahead after having a quiet lunch with good friends this late New Years Day morning at one of our favorite hangouts. The wife of the couple is a newly-published author and an inspiration to me to get going again on my desire to keep the words flowing, and to see if there is any future in scrambling the words into position for articles or books or papers or columns in my future. The words aren’t going to write themselves, so it is up to me – whether or not anyone is reading is irrelevant, as a writer writes every single day. I have been lazy of late, not willing to put words to paper/screen, but always willing to play one more time-wasting app game on the phone, or one more social media posting, thinking that “I don’t have time to write something significant today” and getting tired of hearing myself give that answer time and again. If I can get 10,001 things posted for my television station social media networks per day, then I can darn sure do at least one post for my own writer’s benefit as necessary. I don’t accept laziness from others, I darned sure shouldn’t accept it from me on a near-daily basis. So, for better or worse, here I go again…

At one point in time, I tried to keep up to date on my Rules For Life, gleaned from various lessons learned, or experiences acquired in time over my last dozens of years on this planet. Going to take up the writer’s pen again (keyboard/dictation microphone/etc.) to see what I can hack out on these pages, to inspire me further. Maybe by the time I hit NaNoWriMo 2020, I might actually be able to finish one of the novels I’ve been working on in between substitute teaching and working on forecasts for the weekend night shifts. Saying it well ahead of time: if you don’t like what I’m writing here, just keep your opinions to yourself and I won’t comment on your comments in return.

New year, and time for renewal of efforts, to remind us that time is limited and there are only so many days to get so many words on screen paper. I can’t guarantee that anything I write will be up to Mr. Faulkner’s level, but that’s not going to stop me from trying. Whatever’s stopping you from doing what you love, maybe you should reeaxamine the barriers you’ve set on yourself as well.

Here’s to the new year. And to all the new opportunities to make our world a better place.

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