He is not only the artist, philosopher and writer who can write sensitive prose and fiction, he is an Air Force vet whose pictures portray a no nonsense, military man.
Melanie: I have been dying to ask you this question since I joined Blogcatalog, what does your username actually mean ?
I.M: My user name is a combination of things from many years ago. It is a universal name that I associate with all my online activity. The IYAAYAS stands for “If You Ain’t AMMO You Ain’t Shit” and the Moderator is for all the places of mine I control or moderate. On Blogcatalog people who have... Read More
Many sayings and customs which are still common today originated in the 1500's. For example, most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May. They still smelled relatively clean in June. However, since they were starting to smell, brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide their body odour. The custom continues today with brides carrying a bouquet when getting married.
Where did the phrase, don't throw the baby out with the bath water come from?This saying has a very interesting history.Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house... Read More
Shipwrecked, three sailors killed a fourth dying crew member so that they would survive to take care of their families.At the moment my brain cannot manage to argue for or against Dudley. Even his name sidetracked me because it is comical. Black humour lets me disengage from the horrifying images this story evokes. I admire Dudley's survival instincts and his pragmatism but I simply could not, would not ever kill another human so that I might survive. Nor could I imagine that I could stomach drinking blood and eating human flesh. I think that there is something in our genetic make-up that... Read More
Obviously I would love to write like a pro, not simply short articles like I write now but thick volumes of books that would be called literature. Why? For the simple reason that I love reading allegories. I love loosing myself in an imaginative world created by authors like C.S. Lewis, J.R. R. Tolkien or Rowling. Coleridge called this magical reading experience "the suspension of disbelief".
I suppose I am not ready to write such a masterpiece but I have tasted what it is like to connect to the powerful creative force that flows through all of us. Creativity is addictive. Nothing surpasses... Read More
Outwardly, my life is diametrically opposed to anything I could have imagined as a teenager. Yet this strange life I find myself living has brought me more fulfilment and joy than I ever could have imagined.
At sixteen, I was still an avid reader, who loved school. As expected, I completed an Honours Degree in English Literature. By 23, my life was still on track. I considered continuing my studies as a graduate student because I still loved everything about academia. The relaxed but challenging experience of reading Chaucer and Old English in the original vernacular with only one... Read More
As a child and young adult, my parents taught me that polite people avoid all discussions that involve politics or religion. Most people are passionate about both subjects and discussions often become heated. A well brought up person avoids any topic that is not nice. Only an ill-mannered dolt raises the ire of his friends, relatives and acquaintances by discussing religion or politics with conviction.
I refuse to play games and hid behind a polite mask. If a discussion becomes passionate with someone I barely know, all the better. At least we are real. At least... Read More
Advice from on HighElite writers are never short of advice for the stragglers and strugglers, and new years is the national speaking convention of the successful. I read the other morning that success will come if you "keep working hard and never give up." Damn, if I had just known that 10 years ago I would have made it by now. Not to be pessimistic, but persistence does not equal monetary success or fame in writing.These kinds of generic feel good statements sour my stomach, as I think of the countless hours spent at the keyboard, seemingly in vain, writing to an imaginary, nonexistent audience.... Read More
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