Wednesday, September 11, 2013

“As I Was Saying...”

American Television Trivia: Angered over persnickety censors, TV host, Jack Paar, walked off NBC’s "The Tonight Show" on February 11, 1960 during a live broadcast. Just over one month later he returned to the show, stood for a moment on stage, and said, "As I was saying before I was interrupted..." The expectant audience roared in laughter. (The video may be on the web somewhere).

Some months ago I went through a career transition, which is never easy, and my chronically unsettled stomach reminds my life is not quite settled yet – but I’m getting there. However, one significant benefit of this life change will be the generous time I now have to devote to writing and blogging. This is a luxury few writers have, and I appreciate my wife for whole-heartedly believing in me and supporting my writing habit (both morally and financially).

Speaking of transition, I searched the web for meaningful quotes about life’s changes, and here some quotes (in no particular order) that resonate with me at present:

"The transition (out of basketball) was difficult. It's hard to stop something that you've enjoyed and that has been very rewarding."
     - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (basketball legend)

"I think that it's the job of the artist to be in transition and constantly learn more."
     - Justin Townes Earle (American folksinger/songwriter)

"A season of loneliness and isolation is when the caterpillar gets its wings. Remember that next time you feel alone."
     - Mandy Hale (in her book, The Single Woman).

"Look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else."
     - Tom Stoppard (in his play, "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead")

"This is your time and it feels normal to you, but really, there is no normal. There's only change and resistance to it and then more change."
     - Meryl Streep (actress, in a 2010 college commencement speech)

"When our first parents were driven out of Paradise, Adam is believed to have remarked to Eve: ‘My dear, we live in an age of transition.’"
     - William Ralph Inge (Anglican priest and dean of St Paul's Cathedral in London)

Thank you all for your patience, dear readers. You shall be hearing from me soon

Yours sincerely,
Don White

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