“For human beings, life is meaningful because it is a story. A story has a sense of a whole, and its arc is determined by significant moments, the ones where something happens. Measurements of people’s minute-by-minute levels of pleasure and pain miss this fundamental aspect of human existence. A seemingly happy life may be empty. A seemingly difficult life may be devoted to a great cause. We have purposes larger than ourselves. Unlike your experiencing self – which is absorbed in the moment – your remembering self is attempting to recognize not only the peaks of joy and valleys of misery but also how the story works out as a whole. That is profoundly affected by how things ultimately turn out. Why would a football fan let a few flubbed minutes at the end of the game ruin three hours of bliss? Because a football game is a story. And in stories, endings matter.
– Atul Gawande in “Being Mortal”
I don’t relate as much of my story as I’d like on this blog. Living the story and striving to have it all work out as best as possible with a good ending use up a lot of time sometimes. It’s hard to tell the whole story of my story. There’s so much more to tell. (I highly recommend the book quoted above!)
“Blogging Sam” is the third incarnation of my blog, not including two brief stints called “Broken Wing” and “Crash Test Monkey.” My first “online journal” – the term “blog” had not been invented yet, probably because the term “weblog,” from which “blog” descends, had not been invented yet – was titled “Continuum…” (The ellipsis is crucial.) My second big show was Heron Flight. There’s a lot of stuff there. 10 year’s worth. (That’s a lot of stuff.) All of the above is now incorporated into this one big, glorious, multi-faceted website. It’s really heavy to lift. Use your legs, not your back.
I thought about listening my interests and such here on the About page. (“Listening my interests…” What a moron. (Ellipses are crucial.) (So are parentheses within parentheses.)) But you’ll just have to go read my stuff. You’ll figure it out quick enough. Enjoy and watch out for sharp objects in there.
If you want to start with my very first post from December 30, 2000, it’s here: “Snow and Chinese Food.”
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