Today, Ash Wednesday, is a solemn day that calls for distraction from frivolous distractions, you might say.
Entertainment cultures shun solemnity. Ash Wednesday interrupts our flight from the knowledge of our mortality: “You are dust and to dust you shall return.”
Steve Shoemaker, seen here welcoming President Clinton to Champaign-Urbana, shared a poem that leads me a decision Ash Wednesday: plagiarize or leave the page (Views from the Edge) blank?
I HAVE NOTHING I have nothing… nada…zilch…zero… no thoughts, no ideas no inspiration. Worse, only clichés crowd my mind: stock images standard phrases, or remembered words wielded by real writers. Feeling only frustration, tempted by alliteration, or worse, rhyme… Theft? Is it worse to plagiarize than to leave a blank page? — Steve Shoemaker, Feb. 6, 2013
Gordon C. Stewart, Chaska, MN, Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020