Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Be Forewarned...

When I was a much younger girl, I would write essays. Essays about poems. Essays about stories I read. Essays about movies that affected me. I think I wrote 3 pages when I saw The Dead Poets Society. I wrote at least 7 pages about Dances With Wolves. I didn't ever show anyone my essays; it just made me feel better to talk through my feelings in that way. An essay is also a good place for a self-righteous rant, especially if you don't expect anyone to read it.

I've decided to start writing some of those essays once again and I guess I'll post them here. But I don't want to catch you in a tirade unawares, so if I'm going to write a rant of any kind, the title will say Soapbox: and then whatever it is I'm writing about. I may, for instance, watch Juno again this week and write a post called Soapbox: Juno. I just wanted to give you a heads-up.

I really love having friends who disagree with some of my political and religious views--or most of them. And I love to hear how those views differ as long as they're expressed kindly. There are a lot of really smart people who see the world from a completely different angle than I do. I like to know what their angle is. Seeing as how my day-to-day world is so very small, I really enjoy mind-expanding, viewpoint-enlightening discussions. They can be hard to come by, but they always make my world feel bigger and more interesting. So, whether you agree or not, I'd like to know about it. Thanks.

5 comments:

Jen said...

Don't worry, I will be happy to share my opinion with you of course! (I must be one of those smart people with different views, that you talked about...LOL) THis is your blog dear, you may say whatever you want and as much as you want. I know, sometimes, I can write and write about something, and it would go on and on, and I am sure that people who begin to read it must think I am a complete ninny! But I just have to get it out, not just to let the world know my opinion, but for my own sort of therapy. I actually love to make myself laugh, whether it's gross or just funny, I enjoy what I write way to much to be normal! Like right now, even after I have made my point, I am STILL ranting... Okay, I am done now...

GrowingRopers said...

come on, come on...hurry up with the juno post! i want to hear! :)

Stephanie said...

Jennie, just so you know - I think you are awesome. I'm totally excited to hear some soapbox posts. :)

slambert said...

I can't wait to read your essays! Write on!

Urban Tangerine said...

Hooray for encouraging friends!!! You ladies are awesome. I'm glad you're reading my dear sister's blog. One of my friends said, "I hate blogs. Like I really want to read 'deep thoughts' by all my friends." I didn't post anything for awhile after that. But I guess it's an opt-in program. I'm in! Thanks for encouraging me by example. And P.S. sometimes I like to write new endings when I didn't like the way a story ended or a character disappointed me. Writing is good.