Shawn L. Bird

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Mnemosyne December 20, 2011

Filed under: Mythology — Shawn L. Bird @ 2:01 pm
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I’ve been thinking about memory.  That’s Mnemosyne’s area of responsibility.  My father is in hospital and when we visit, he is spending a lot of time with her.  Stories are told and re-told.  Stories of youth.  Of working days.  Of love.  Of betrayal.  It’s our stories that reveal what is important about us.

Mnemosyne saves the certain moments for us.  Why?  Do you sometimes savour a moment, specifically for the purpose of holding it?  Do you look at a gathering of loved ones, and feel yourself snapping a mental picture that you know will remain with you forever?  It becomes a picture that only you have.  It will alter, too.  You’ll colour it, crumple it, re-imagine it, until the image serves a purpose you want it for.

Is it a catalyst? A purpose?  A dream? An anchor?

Mnemosyne wraps us in the security of our past, and at her best she strengthens and guides us.

Memories can torture and claw though, as well.  They can hold us back in fear as much as push us forward.

We can mire in nostalgia and lose our present when Mnemosyne has too much power in our lives.



MAGIC September 16, 2011

Filed under: Pondering — Shawn L. Bird @ 8:25 pm
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“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”

-Roald Dahl

and those of us who see magic all around us, will always be full of wonder.


Bird in the hand… July 8, 2011

Filed under: Pondering — Shawn L. Bird @ 11:50 pm
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Do you ever watch Deal or No Deal?  As the competitors decide whether to accept the offer that the bank makes for their suitcase, or to keep raising (or lowering) the stakes by choosing other cases to open, the tension in the studio rises.

Today I ignored the bird in my hand, and I have chosen to wait in a bush for the bird hiding there.  There is no guarantee that the bird will wait around in the bush for me, or that someone else won’t come along and snatch it away from me.  It’s a very nice bird though, and so I’m gambling a bit.  In the last few years most of my gambles have worked out.

So, No Deal!  I’ll ramp  up the tension just a little more.

How about you?  Do you like to stick with the bird in your hand, or do you risk waiting for a bird fluttering out of reach in a bush?


story: iloveross17 (Chapter four) March 18, 2011

Filed under: Commentary,narrative — Shawn L. Bird @ 12:02 am
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log in: Lena

password: iloveross


Lena- hi

Ross- hi

Lena- sorry about Suzanne

Ross- ya

Lena- gang is going 2 movie Fri.  Wanna come?

Ross- maybe


Lena- C U!

log off


 Lena?  wtf?


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