Book Covers and Vegetables

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I know my vegetables because I grew up on a farm that raised them. I planted them, nurtured them, picked them and ate them. A good vegetable has a distinct complexion, aroma, color and appearance that speaks quite eloquently. When I see one I know it, but it is rarely in a grocery store. The grocery store vegetables are bred and judged on qualities that are not natural to a vegetable. A hard, juiceless tomato is a good grocery store tomato because it withstands abuse, and because it is picked and shipped green and then forced ripened it lacks a good tomato’s flavor and vitality. It is an anemic mutant of what a real tomato should be. I won’t eat it. Continue reading

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Print Books or ebooks?

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I am a voracious reader. My preference has always been hardback books.  I even shy away from paperbacks unless they are poetry books which seem perfectly fitted as paperbacks.  I have never been able to read a novel on an electronic device, though I can read poetry and children’s books on my iPad.  I am curious as to whether anyone regularly reads books electronically or if this ebook thing is mere hype and a fad that will pass.
I think I can envision a more robust reading experience on a big screen TV.  You know, kick back in a recliner and read a book in huge print while sipping a craft beer. Continue reading

Connecting

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I like connecting here, but true human connection is hard to replicate in the virtual world. It is like the act of writing where we are alone but choose to create a setting for others to join us vicariously in thought and emotion. I can enjoy fishing by reading about another’s experience of it, but I am not fishing. Fishing is an actual thing, more than anyone could ever put into words. We are learning how to trick the brain and create body responses virtually, and even though it approaches an echo of realism, it lacks the essential quality that life infuses into to flesh. Someday, maybe we will be able to walk into each other’s living space and interact via a plasma suit or body screen, but for now we travel via the soul of our words.
As a result, I will often disappear from WordPress, Facebook and other virtual connections for long stints. So until next time—

GONE FISHING

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Richard Rensberry, Author at QuickTurtle Books®

Complaints

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I’m tired…

tired of breathing

life into things

life into houses

life into cars

life into moving

this to there

and there to here

I’m tired

of going to things

going to work

going to get

going there to here

and there and back

I’m tired

of doing to things

doing the taxes

doing the dishes

doing this to that

and that to this

I’m tired

of way too much

too much noise

too much traffic

too many people

and that horrible

horrible news we make

I’m tired

of my own complaints.

 

Richard Rensberry, Author at QuickTurtle Books™