Monday, July 18, 2016

Sky Poetry

I had the occasion to do a lot of traveling lately, which meant being shuffled from airport to airport and being crammed into the microscopic proportions of airplane seats. Yet, in the midst of all of that turmoil, I had a moment of wonder at the beauty of the world...and the poetry flowed.

Photo by A.L.S. Vossler (c) 2016
Sunset at 30,000 Feet 
(c) 2016 A.L.S. Vossler 

am a speck 
in the sky
watching shades
of night

gold fades 
to orange
and orange
to red
into blue
into grey
greying into

flicker on below
bidding farewell 
to the red jewel 
that glimmers
blinks out
on the horizon.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Am I Childish?

It's a question that I ask myself a lot.

So, why is it a question that I ask myself so much? Well...I like a lot of stuff for kids. I mean, a lot of stuff. For example:

I collect My Little Pony toys. I reject the appellation of "Brony," though. Not because I have any kind of disdain for Bronies, but because I am not really that into the Friendship is Magic line, which is what Bronies are primarily into. But when I say that I collect My Little Pony, I don't mean I have a few ponies. I have over 350 of them, not counting duplicates. I constantly scout garage sales, thrift stores, and eBay in hopes of finding G1 or G2 ponies to add to my collection. They are all organized in roughly chronological order of release.

After a rough day at work, I like to unwind by watching SpongeBob SquarePants. Yeah. That's right. I like it because it's cute and innocent (for the most part--there are those occasional adult jokes in there). It's mind-numbing and just a great way to unplug my brain for some silliness.

Most of the shows I am currently watching are for children. Star Wars Rebels, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir are the three main ones. The only show I'm following which is not for kids is Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. And when I watch shows, I get really into them. Like, a lot. I tend to obsess a little bit. Which makes me feel especially childish.

I love a lot of kids' movies. One of the highlights of this year has been going to see Zootopia, which I absolutely loved! I love Kung Fu Panda, I love a lot of Pixar movies, Disney movies, and so on and so forth.

That's a lot of kid stuff for an adult to be into. Furthermore, I enjoy YA fiction quite a bit. Something not exactly aimed at my age group. So, yeah. Does that make me childish? 

A lot of people would say that yes, that does make me childish. Not to stereotype, but most of these people are in the Baby Boomer generation. They see youthful interests as an indication of immaturity. However, I think that immature behavior is an indication of immaturity, not choice of entertainment.

I tell myself that no, I am not childish. I cook my own meals, I clean my own house (sometimes), I show up on time to work and work my butt off once I'm there, and I sit down and do a budget with my husband every pay period. I even stick to that budget--something that took a lot of time and effort to finally convince myself to do. At almost thirty years old, I should hope that I am not childish. I don't have the thought processes of a child, at least.

When I really think about what "childish" means, I think of terms like "selfish," "petty," and "irresponsible." These are characteristics that even the most sophisticated and mature individual displays from time to time, since none of us are perfect. Anyone can have moments of childishness, but being childish means having them more often than not.

So if you're in the same boat as me, wondering if you're childish because of youthful interests, then fear not. You aren't childish.

Neither am I.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Welcome to the New Lamps and Mirrors!

So, you might notice that Lamps and Mirrors is a little different. For example, it is no longer Lamps and Mirrors. Now, it is Literature. Life. 

Why the change? Well, I honestly felt that I had pigeonholed myself with Lamps and Mirrors. I had nothing to write about because I couldn't think of anything sufficiently literary or writing-related. Plus, I have The Lonely Young Writer for stuff about writing, so I thought I would broaden the focus of this blog so that I have more to write about. Things are going to have a bit more of a personal touch to them.

What are the kinds of things you'll see on Literature. Life.?

I'll be blogging about books that I'm reading, cinematic literature, and various things about my life.  So, actually, this blog is now pretty much game for any topic whatsoever. I know "they" say that you're supposed to have a blog with a narrow focus, but obviously I've had a hard time doing that.

There's more material to come, so stay tuned. 

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Overhaul in Progress

So, you may notice that things look a little different around here. If you were looking for Lamps and Mirrors, don't worry! You're still at the right place! Stay tuned for more updates, and in the meantime, enjoy all of my old posts.