Walt Whitman Teaches Us to Question Everything




I have taught Walt Whitman in several classes, and this excerpt is from his introduction to the 1855 First Edition of Leaves of Grass.



Whitman was one of the greatest American poets and has been called the Bard of Democracy. He challenged the existing views of normalcy in the United States across a wide range of topics. We live in a time, perhaps even more than in the 1800s, when great pressure exists to conform to what society defines normalcy to be. I believe it is crucial for individuals to find out who they are, for what they have passions, and what they believe. With this thought in mind, I want to share this small excerpt:

“re-examine all you have been told at church or school or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem”



Whitman shattered the conventions of his time, and his admonition to us to question everything is as important today as it was in the mid-1800s.



Please, keep Whitman’s idea in mind, and question everything.

Siblinghood of the World Bloggers Award



Thank you to Laura https://todaysdose.wordpress.com/ for nominating me for the Siblinghood of the World Bloggers Award! I am honored to be given this nomination by a blogger who is creative, kind, and whose blog deals with many important and interesting family issues and concerns. Again, thank you!

The Rules:

1.) Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their blog in your post.

2.) Answer the questions that the blogger who nominated you has provided.

3.) Nominate ten other bloggers (or up to 10).

4.) Create ten questions for your nominees, and notify them of their nominations.

My answers:

When did you begin writing for enjoyment?

This is a difficult question because I have been writing in various capacities most of my life, but I committed to being a novelist about 4 years ago, maybe 5, and I love writing fiction.

Who is your favorite philosopher and why?

My favorite philosopher is Socrates, because he believed that questioning everything is the basis of wisdom. I have tried to live my life in the pursuit of knowledge through questioning, and I believe it is crucial for any society to have many people who question the status quos of that society in order to grow and be healthy.

Why do you write?

I write fiction because I have many stories to tell.  I have to keep the newest novels lined up and waiting their turns to be drafted.  I love telling stories, hearing stories, and reading stories. I think it is the one essential art form.

What is hardest part about the writing process for you?

I understand the importance of revision; I am currently working on the 8th draft of my horror novel Evil Lives After, but revision is the hard work of writing.  Drafting the first draft is fun and exciting; revision, which is crucial, is difficult and often tedious.

Do you find you’re bummed out when you finish a good book?

Yes! When I read The Lord of the Rings for the first time, even though it is very long, I wanted it to keep going, because I loved the world of this book and its characters.  Tolkien had me completely drawn in, and I don’t think that I have ever left Middle Earth completely.

My Nominees

*Kate Colby http://katemcolby.com/

Kate is an excellent writer and blogger.  Please check out her site and her new novel: The Cogsmith’s Daughter

*A Not So Jaded Life https://anotsojadedlife.wordpress.com This is a wonderful blog with moving and useful quotations and discussions of writing.

*Prof Mitch https://mitchgoldfarbblog.wordpress.com/

Mitch has an inspirational blog with powerful quotations and questions.

*Never Less Than Everything http://neverlessthan.com/

Tricia and Richard write an impressive blog about autism, autistic rights, and life.

*Zombie Salmon https://zombiesalmonthehorrorcontinues.wordpress.com/

K.C. Redding-Gonzalez has an erudite blog about issues of the writing of horror fiction.

*Bold Blind Beauty http://boldblindbeauty.com/ Stephanae V. McCoy writes an inspiration blog about facing the challenges of life.

*G.P. Cox https://pacificparatrooper.wordpress.com Mr. Cox has an excellent post on the history of the military during the Pacific War.

*Michelle Saul https://mythoughtsonwritingandreading.wordpress.com/

Michelle is a strong writer, and her blog deals with many aspects of writing and reading.

*Tadhg https://askateenageaspie.wordpress.com  This is a wonderful blog by a teenager who is honest and open about being a teenage Aspie.

*Cindy Knoke http://cindyknoke.com/ Cindy’s blog features stunning photography and commentary.

My questions:

1.) What is your favorite book and why?

2.) Do you prefer ebooks or physical books?

3.) What do you enjoy most about blogging?

4.) What is your favorite season of the year?

5.) What is your favorite holiday?

6.) Do you have a favorite quotation about writing or life?

7.) Do you like have pets? If so, what kind?

8.) What is the last book you read?

9.) What are your writing or artistic goals?

10.) What is a perfect day for you?