Knocking the dust off the pen
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Posted 11/7/14
In life there seem to be surges and lulls in most things, and writing is definitely one that has fit that bill in my life. After letting things slide for a while without any significant works, I decided it was necessary to knock the dust off my pen and make ink flow. Below are a poem that was just penned today, and an opinion article I wrote within the last month without publishing. If anyone has any comments, I will give them serious consideration.

The Glass Half Full
While gazing on the world today, I’m struck by many things,
With varied hardships bearing down, and all the pain it brings,
From friendships born of common ground, and opportunity,
It brings a puzzled question for my mental eye to see,
With life in flux, and many things are ever on the move,
Just how can people get so stuck in such a tiny groove?
Seeing only what they have, or things they never do,
Staring at the window pane, but never looking through,
As if the proverb of the glass is all there’ll ever be,
With half a measure there or gone for all eternity,
I take it now upon myself to flip it on it’s head,
To brush aside the foolish thought that fills a heart with dread,
Then look upon the world of opportunity once more,
And see a glass half full just as the pitcher’s poised to pour.
By: Brian Winkler
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Does fiction or fantasy matter?
Searching for truth in the maelstrom of information and entertainment choices today is a gruelling task of mental sharpness and stamina. Perception is challenged every day, as claims come from all sides that one truth is superior to all others. Yet, the essence of truth doesn't need to remain elusive. Even in the comparison between non-fiction and fiction, there is a plentitude of truth to be found.
In that matter, the comparative value of non-fiction versus fiction has long been a subject of heated debate. Often the point of conflict is focused primarily on the setting, format or genre, while conveniently overlooking the deeper truths that provide the foundation of the story. Directing the conversation in a biased fashion will tend to draw attention away from the fundamental foundations of truth, which make up the majority of the content.
Prime examples of these foundations are historically accurate facts in the case of non-fiction, and the accurate representation of the thoughts, expressions, and behaviors of the people in fiction. If a story is written in a manner that intentionally misrepresents these foundations, it will cast doubt on many other aspects of the subject being presented. To inaccurately present factual evidence and human behavior, or over emphasizes a particular trait to the exclusion of most others, then the believability of the story is diminished.
Since human behavior is one of those fundamental truths that will transcend format, it is more susceptible to being ignored in favor of disputing the feasability of the setting of the story. This can also lead to a dismissal of the entire content based on a prejudice against a particular format or genre. Giving such casual dismissal to truth can occur for a variety of reason, but the act of doing so often presents opportunity for further misunderstanding in the minds of the populous.
Therefore, without making any audacious claims that all truth is equal in strength or value, it still remains that the essence of truth is waiting to be found in many places. Keeping this in mind when observing different styles of presentation will expand the opportunities for learning, understanding, and enjoyment in life. While the familiar is easily recognized, it is the mysterious and unknown that can provide a fresh burst of inspiration. A closed mind sees their reflection in the world, but an open mind looks to see what of the world is reflected in themselves.
By: Brian Winkler
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Posted 11/16/14 , edited 11/16/14

StrangeDreamer wrote:

In life there seem to be surges and lulls in most things, and writing is definitely one that has fit that bill in my life. After letting things slide for a while without any significant works, I decided it was necessary to knock the dust off my pen and make ink flow. Below are a poem that was just penned today, and an opinion article I wrote within the last month without publishing. If anyone has any comments, I will give them serious consideration.

The Glass Half Full
While gazing on the world today, I’m struck by many things,
With varied hardships bearing down, and all the pain it brings,
From friendships born of common ground, and opportunity,
It brings a puzzled question for my mental eye to see,
With life in flux, and many things are ever on the move,
Just how can people get so stuck in such a tiny groove?
Seeing only what they have, or things they never do,
Staring at the window pane, but never looking through,
As if the proverb of the glass is all there’ll ever be,
With half a measure there or gone for all eternity,
I take it now upon myself to flip it on it’s head,
To brush aside the foolish thought that fills a heart with dread,
Then look upon the world of opportunity once more,
And see a glass half full just as the pitcher’s poised to pour.
By: Brian Winkler
Sharing is encouraged.


Does fiction or fantasy matter?
Searching for truth in the maelstrom of information and entertainment choices today is a gruelling task of mental sharpness and stamina. Perception is challenged every day, as claims come from all sides that one truth is superior to all others. Yet, the essence of truth doesn't need to remain elusive. Even in the comparison between non-fiction and fiction, there is a plentitude of truth to be found.
In that matter, the comparative value of non-fiction versus fiction has long been a subject of heated debate. Often the point of conflict is focused primarily on the setting, format or genre, while conveniently overlooking the deeper truths that provide the foundation of the story. Directing the conversation in a biased fashion will tend to draw attention away from the fundamental foundations of truth, which make up the majority of the content.
Prime examples of these foundations are historically accurate facts in the case of non-fiction, and the accurate representation of the thoughts, expressions, and behaviors of the people in fiction. If a story is written in a manner that intentionally misrepresents these foundations, it will cast doubt on many other aspects of the subject being presented. To inaccurately present factual evidence and human behavior, or over emphasizes a particular trait to the exclusion of most others, then the believability of the story is diminished.
Since human behavior is one of those fundamental truths that will transcend format, it is more susceptible to being ignored in favor of disputing the feasability of the setting of the story. This can also lead to a dismissal of the entire content based on a prejudice against a particular format or genre. Giving such casual dismissal to truth can occur for a variety of reason, but the act of doing so often presents opportunity for further misunderstanding in the minds of the populous.
Therefore, without making any audacious claims that all truth is equal in strength or value, it still remains that the essence of truth is waiting to be found in many places. Keeping this in mind when observing different styles of presentation will expand the opportunities for learning, understanding, and enjoyment in life. While the familiar is easily recognized, it is the mysterious and unknown that can provide a fresh burst of inspiration. A closed mind sees their reflection in the world, but an open mind looks to see what of the world is reflected in themselves.
By: Brian Winkler



I really like them both!
Love the flow in the first poem and the concreteness of your ideas in the second one,specially the part on how history is completely taken out of context.
would like to read more!
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