21 July, 2005

Lyrical language, Question of the Day, Letter from John Kerry

Hey Jeff! I hear you are NOT a nerd!

Lyrical Language
One thing I am pretty sure about is that I can write. I love lyrical language, words that fit together like pieces of a puzzle or star-crossed lovers. I love it when the flow is just right, when the ideas spill all over each other like a litter of puppies charging outside for play time. Sometimes I get there. More often I don't; maybe that is why I have such a hard time maintaining any sort of pace with writing...I want it to show up and be perfect on the screen. I don't know the editing process and so I don't trust it. What if someone else imposes their literary values on my work, changes one word, and messes up the flow of the language and does not respect the integrity of my word choice? And adding words later to make it seem more lyrical seems false - I like to think that the best writing just happens, just flows from fingers to paper or screen with no intervention.

I know it is a naive way to view writing. But it's what I want. Someday I will grow up and realize that writing is hard work. Getting the words down on paper or screen is the first step, not the last.

Question of the Day
What's for lunch?

I have no idea. I want something good and different, but I can't think of anything! Maybe Taco Bell.

Letter from John Kerry
I got this letter from John Kerry yesterday:

Dear Friend,
This much is clear already. Judge Roberts is no Sandra Day O'Connor.
Last night we learned that President Bush wants to replace a woman who voted to uphold Roe V. Wade with a man who argued against Roe v. Wade, and that sends a clear signal that this White House remains bent on opening old wounds and dividing America.
There are big questions that must be answered involving Judge Roberts' judicial philosophy as demonstrated over his short time on the appellate court. The Senate must learn whether he has a clear, consistent commitment to upholding Constitutional standards like civil rights, the right to privacy, and Roe v. Wade. These issues are in serious question if you take even a cursory glance at his record.
We need to ask the tough questions to determine whether John Roberts is the nominee who will give America a Court that is fair, independent, ethical and committed to Constitutional freedoms rather than an ideological agenda, and I promise you I will do everything in my power to assure that no question is sidestepped.
Throughout every step of the confirmation process, I will keep you informed about the questions that need to be asked, the answers we need to demand, and the principles we need to defend. It's impossible to overstate the importance of this moment.
As the U.S. Senate discharges one of its most important responsibilities, I will be active and vigilant. I hope you will do the same, beginning right now. Start by sharing a few words about your personal feelings on the importance of this Supreme Court nomination.
You can submit your comments or questions here:
Thank you,
John Kerry
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