Shawn L. Bird

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yes October 9, 2011

Filed under: Pondering — Shawn L. Bird @ 12:20 am
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     I’ve given up on talking to him again today when I feel someone brush past me. At the same time. I hear a word so soft and quiet I wonder if he said it up on the hill and the wind has just now carried it down to me.
     The word is yes.

(Allie Conte in Matched. p. 115)

I read this over a couple of times when I came across it, just to savour it.  All the potential and possibility of a lifetime is wrapped up in that word.

Did you hear the story of John Lennon at the Yoko Ono art exhibition?  One piece was a ladder with a single word mounted on the ceiling.  Lennon mounted the ladder to read the word, and when he saw that it said “yes,” it changed his life.  (Eventually, at least).

Yes opens the door to so much.

Yes. I’ll take this course.

Yes. I’ll go out with you.

Yes. I’ll marry you.

Yes. I eat that.

Yes. I will spend the time to write.

Yes. We love your work.

Yes! Yes! Yes!

Before any venture we have the opportunity to stick with the status quo, to continue to be what we’ve always been and to do what we’ve always done, or to say yes, and to step off into the unknown.

There is risk in the yes.  There may be criticism.  But so what?  Yes opens doors to greater adventures, more possibilities, new opportunities.

Saying yes, embraces a new future.

Say yes.


Review of Matched by Ally Condie September 27, 2011

Filed under: book reviews,Commentary,Reading — Shawn L. Bird @ 12:14 am
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First let me say that I LOVE the cover of this book. I thought it was absolutely fantastic, and although I’m still trying to figure out exactly what the symbolism is (I get the green dress- but why the bubble?), I think it is a very powerful image.

I enjoyed this book. On Goodreads there are a lot of angry statements that it’s a rip off of The Giver.  I appreciate the many comparisons to The Giver, but the oft-repeated statement that it’s a copy are unjust. While there are some similarities, I see more in common with Orwell’s 1984, Atwood’s Oryx and Crake, or the 1970’s move Logan’s Run. It’s dystopian literature. There are only so many ways to interpret the theme! A few concepts are going to overlap. I don’t hold that against Condie.

I like the protagonist, Cassia. I like her feisty nature and her thoughtful approach. She knows she’s good at things, and she isn’t humble about it. I like the logical development of her awareness and her conscience. I do think the impetuousness is going to cause trouble. It’s inevitable, otherwise there wouldn’t be more books coming, right?

I like Xander. I like the strong security of him. I like his unquestioning devotion. I understand the attraction of Ky, with his mysterious past and strange knowledge, but personally, I would say good-bye, think fondly of him, and stick with the steadfast spirit of devotion that Xander provides willingly. (That’s a Bright picking Jim kind of choice, I realise).   I wouldn’t walk into the trouble that Cassia is going to get into because of Ky. But then, I don’t live in a dystopian novel.



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