After five abortive starts on this week’s blog post, I decided to write fifteen opening sentences instead. Maybe you, Dear Reader, can help me choose which to pursue…
1. Even when snow doesn’t fall, winter can leave you snowblind—lost between landmarks and anxious for traction.
2. It’s unfortunate self-loathing is my great subject, as no one wants to read about it and, of course, I don’t blame them.
3. Those who call blogging the land of confession need to remember it’s also the land of amnesia.
4. People seem surprised when they discover I follow football, and, to be honest, I’m embarrassed. I’m a fan despite myself.
5. Insomnia has taught me all about lonely hours, ones that leave you feeling you’re earth’s last inhabitant.
6. New advertisements on TV beg Catholics to return to the church and, a fallen away Catholic myself, I hear them luring me to the rocks like a Siren song.
7. One of the indignities of aging is how little sympathy it elicits.
8. Emerson said “Imitation is suicide,” but, if it is, it’s the slowest sort. Most of our days are a deliberate imitation of the day before.
9. In my running list of ugly emotions—anger, hopelessness, contempt, and many more—envy is moving to the top of the chart with a bullet.
10. After five years in Chicago, I understand the appeal of urban living. I’m addicted and have trouble even picturing suburban or rural life.
11. Recently I’ve been thinking about Chuang Tzu’s fantasy in which a man dreams of being a butterfly and wakes to wonder which is real, the dream or his life. That’s exactly how I feel about work and home.
12. The body replaces every cell in seven years. My mind replaces memories much faster.
13. The other day someone told me Kafka’s friends found him hilarious. I can’t believe it… but maybe that’s because I don’t understand humor myself.
14. Sometimes I envy people who carry only fatigue home from work.
15. One of my friends has a peculiar gift for being eloquent even when he has nothing to say.
PS. Should YOU want to write a post using one of these openings, please do. Just leave a link in my comments section.