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Conversations with Calliope- Things I know for sure

By Joseph Langen
Feb 18, 2009, 8:57am


(With Carol in the Caribbean)
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JOE: Good morning Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe. Was yesterday as busy as you thought it would be?
JOE: Yes. I spent most of it running around as I thought I would.
CALLIOPE: Did you get to work on your website revisions?
JOE: Not much. I did think about things I know for sure which will be one component.
CALLIOPE: What did you come up with?
JOE; My first realization was that I am loved. I think I will start with that one.
CALLIOPE: Did you come up with any others?
JOE: I tried but couldn't get past the first one. I thought of people who don't feel loved and wonder what life must be like for them.
CALLIOPE: Good point.
JOE: I also wondered how much a part not feeling loved plays in the violence which seems to be increasing or is at least more reported in the news lately.
CALLIOPE: Maybe that will be the first of the life mysteries you plan to include.
JOE: It may well be. I will give this some thought. Talk with you tomorrow.

Conversations with Calliope- Writing and Feelings

By Joseph Langen
Jan 17, 2009, 10:38am

(Butterfly in a museum)

JOE: Good morning Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe. Anything exciting going on today?
JOE: Maybe, but not here. It's a quiet day and cold too. Carol and I did get out for some early morning cross country skiing.
CALLIOPE: Sounds adventurous of you.
JOE: We try to make the best of whatever comes our way. It seemed better to ski than to curse the coldness to paraphrase one of my favorite bible sayings.
CALLIOPE: Can't argue there. What else is going on?
JOE: I had lunch with a fellow Leroy writer yesterday, Bob Fussell.
CALLIOPE: How did that go?
JOE: Quite well. We have a fair amount in common in our life outlooks but have taken different tacks in our approaches to writing.
CALLIOPE: That's what makes life interesting.
JOE: I can't argue there.
CALLIOPE: What are you up to today?
JOE: I wrote an article for a new magazine which is still in the developmental stages.
JOE: As they develop, they are refining their focus. As a result they asked me to refine the piece I wrote for them.
CALLIOPE: How do you feel about that?
JOE: Okay. The longer I write the less sensitive I am to comments and suggestions about refining my writing. I plan to work on it today to see if I can adapt to their needs. They too were interested in my feelings and wanted a more feeling oriented piece. We shall see what emerges. Talk with you on Monday.

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