Sunday, October 02, 2016

Sunday Stealing: Perceptions

Sunday Stealing: The Perceptions Meme

1. Where did you grow up?

A. About six miles from where I live now, on a farm at the foot of Caldwell mountain in the wilds of the woods, roaming the meadows and fields as I watched the change of seasons.

2. Where do you live now?

A. I live on a farm in the rolling hills of the Blue Ridge, where deer wander and bear roam free, and turkeys gobble hello in the early morning hours, a place where quail occasionally sing and foxes chase mice.

3. What do you think about religion?

A. It is the bane of mankind, a way for those in power to control those who need controlling, a type of brainwashing to keep the lower classes in their proper place. It is also a spiritual need of humanity, because we have knowledge of death, which is such a great unknown that our minds must always create a mythology to explain it, or fear of it would paralyze us. Religion as practiced now is merely another outlet of capitalism, and it has fallen far from what it should be, if it ever reached that point. I have found that most people do not practice religions as they should be practiced; they practice them to suit their own purposes.

4. When did you start online social media?

A. In the early 1990s. I was using bulletin boards (BBS) long before the Internet was "the Internet," and then I was a member of AOL, which in its early years utilized chat rooms and a messenger system. I was also part of the early newsgroup communities in the mid-1990s and actually helped run one for a while, establishing rules and guidelines and working to keep the trolls away. That stuff wasn't called "social media" then but that is what it was. As for Facebook and Twitter, I think I started those around 2006.

5. What did you study to be?

A. I majored in English. I studied to be a writer. I became a writer.

6. How are you at this point of your career?

A. I am, for the most part, retired. I am still writing but currently not publishing.

7. Do you use your real name on a blog?

A. I do not, but it is not hard to find and most people who hunt for me with my real name come across it.

8. Do people you work with read your blog?

A. Yes, they do. Or did. I have about 400 readers a week. I don't know who they all are. I know some of them are local folks who liked my work with the newspaper.

9. Are you on the job market?

A. Not at the moment.

10. If you could go back in time to meet someone famous but now deceased, who would it be?

A.  Mary, Queen of Scots.


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  1. Another English major here! Loved your answers, especially about religion. Amen to that (so to speak ;D) Your home sounds beautiful. And does mIRC chat client count as social media? I'm guessing no. I was using that in the late 90's.

  2. You basically grew up living like the Waltons!
    I didn't mention AOL...I hadn't really thought of it as social media, but I used to spend time in those chat rooms and doing the whole messenger thing.
    As for your answer about religion, I will just say I understand where you are coming from. Man has corrupted it.

  3. We have pretty much the s aame internet history. And I loved your answer on religion.

  4. It is great to study a thing and be able to then follow your dreams. I did. I'm just sorry I chased money instead of staying a DJ.

  5. Such a beautiful description of your locale.

  6. I grew up in the heart of Los Angeles County, in an unincorporated area, and had all that freedom too, well, no trees turned colors. And I was just this morning thinking of the early internet, like IRC and bulletin boards in days gone by. It was, in ways, a lot more fun, and even more personal.

    Religions are big businesses. They have been from the very beginning. Mankind's Greed will ruin everything, if we aren't more careful or if the Earth can outlast it.
    "A Way to Make Money", when the Navajo describe evil, that is their phraseology.

  7. AOL I remember that! I wonder if it still exist until. MIRC too Visiting for Sunday Stealing here's mine


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