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Sun, Jul 13 2003

Breaking Real Windows

There were kids playing ball in our neighborhood the other day, and their laughter was contagious, for awhile. The sudden sound of breaking glass, and the falling and shattering of more glass broke up the party in a hurry, and the kids got really quiet and waited for a parent to come out of their house and view the damage.

When kids play video games all day in front of a computer, there are no real consequences. You can shoot, spear, punch and mangle those computer-generated characters and never see anything but a general graphic representation of the destruction and blood. If you're "killed" in the course of a game, you simply hit a few buttons and try again.

Maybe it's a good thing when something real gets broken once in awhile in the course of play. The fresh air and exercise are great, and so are the lessons of cause and effect in the real world.

posted at: 17:13 | category: /Playing | link to this entry



Page Fright Abort

The only way to blog is to begin. There are all sorts of these blog things tossed all over the internet these days, and I suppose one more won't hurt. But I'd like to do something a big different from some of the blogs I've read. Somewhere in all the ranting and raving and finger pointing I'd like to deal from the deck some bright bits of kudos, and occasionally, a blazing streak of hope amid all the weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth. Life isn't fair, and life is hard sometimes, but once in awhile a lightning bolt of an aha cracks with the power of truth and a hint of agape love that washes over a person and never lets life look quite the same again. Care to step into the abyss with me?

posted at: 13:25 | category: /Writing Life | link to this entry



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