Why A Log?

Happy New Years.  I updated the blog to include a new page explaining Captain’s Log’s intent a bit more.  Essentially, I derive untold amounts of pleasure from writing.  But there’s more to it than just that.  Below is what you’ll read if you were to click on the “Why A Log” button.

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In The Autobiography of Mark Twain, Twain quotes John Hay regarding the imperative to write an autobiography.  Hays says,

And he will tell the truth in spite of himself, for his facts and his fictions will work loyally together for the protection of the reader: each fact and each fiction will be a dab of paint, each will fall in its right place, and together they will paint his portrait; not the portrait he thinks they are painting, but his real portrait, the inside of him, the soul of him, his character (223).

Aircrews recognize that an aircraft doesn’t crash in compartments.  Free time in Iraq allowed me to see that flying is a tremendous–I’d say flawless–metaphor for life.  (You can check out the metaphor in the beginning of this post.)  In short, in life, as with flying, the only way we get where we want to go–the future–is with each other.

By following Captain’s Log, you’ll receive posts that take less than 2-minutes to read Monday through Friday.  They might be creative writings, satirical news stories, “How To” guides, letters I wish I wrote, humorous pieces, book/movie reviews or other types which are more difficult to classify.  The intent of all the posts is to reveal life.

Like Hay said above, the most important thing you’ll find, if you look closely, is me.  And in finding me, you might just find you.

The only way to get there is together.

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Twain, Mark, Harriet Elinor Smith, and Benjamin Griffin. Autobiography of Mark Twain. Vol. 1. Berkeley: University of California, 2010. Print.

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