You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.

You can’t cross the sea merely
by standing and staring at the water.

Clouds come floating into my life,
no longer to carry rain or usher storm,
but to add color to my sunset sky.

Life is given to us, we earn it by giving it.

Rabindranath Tagore.

As to the frequent, and too much used question of;

Why do I Blog?

My response could be the obvious, like why do you eat, or even why do you have blue eyes, or why do you like a certain type of food, or why do you have a mole on your cheek?

And many such answers of the sort, of why you are, who you are, and what’s the stuff that motivate you to have the daring of typing some words, and put them out there for everyone to read.

Motivations can be many, as diverse as us human beings we are, despite of it, we all have our own special reasons why do we write.

I believe I do, because I love reading even at the tender age of five as I just learnt, at school, my father, who was an avid reader gave me my first book to read, nothing too complex, a small book 110 pages long or so, an adventure genre book, by the Italian writer Emilio Salgari, about Sandokan a pirate in Malasya, a very improbable story, but designed to appeal to a young person’s imagination.

Emilio Salgari

Emilio Salgari (Italian pronunciation: [eˈmiːljo salˈɡaːri], but often erroneously pronounced [ˈsalɡari]; 21 August 1862 – 25 April 1911) was an Italian writer of action adventure swashbucklers and a pioneer of science fiction.

In Italy, his extensive body of work was more widely read than that of Dante. Today he is still among the 40 most translated Italian authors. Many of his most popular novels have been adapted as comics, animated series and feature films. He is considered the father of Italian adventure fiction and Italian pop culture, and the “grandfather” of the Spaghetti Western.

Salgari wrote more than 200 adventure stories and novels, setting his tales in exotic locations, with heroes from a wide variety of cultures. He gained inspiration from reading foreign literature and newspapers, travel magazines and encyclopedias, which he used to portray his heroes’ worlds. He wrote four major series: The Pirates of Malaysia; The Black Corsair Saga; The Pirates of Bermuda; and a collection of adventures set in the Old West. Salgari’s heroes were mostly pirates, outlaws and barbarians, fighting against greed, abuse of power, and corruption.

Salgari opposed colonization in his fiction. His most legendary heroes Sandokan, The Tiger of Malaysia, a Bornean prince turned pirate, and his loyal lieutenant Yanez of Gomera, led their men in attacks against the Dutch and British fleets. They declared war on James Brooke, the White Rajah of Sarawak, and tried to force him from his throne. The Black Corsair and Captain Morgan battled against injustice in the Caribbean, while Salgari’s pirates of Bermuda fought for American independence.

His tales had been so popular that soon his publisher hired other writers to develop adventure stories under his name. They added 50 novels to his “canon”. Salgari’s style was imitated by many, but no other Italian adventure writer managed to duplicate his popular success.

Sandokan The Tiger From Malasya

After reading the book completely non stop since midmorning until late afternoon, I returned the book to father, my father thought I had not read the book, so he said to me:

You didn´t like it?

To which I responded:

On the contrary, I love it, and therefore I want the continuation, the book that you gave me has a continuation and I want it immediately!

And so my long years of reading books commenced.


Well, there you have it, in a nutshell, I write because after so much reading figured up it was time for me to put my owns thoughts in writing.
After so much taking in, naturally it was time to give back, as a process of Osmosis.


The process of osmosis over a semi-permeable membrane. The blue dots represent particles driving the osmotic gradient.
Osmosis is the spontaneous net movement of solvent molecules through a selectively permeable membrane into a region of higher solute concentration, in the direction that tends to equalize the solute concentrations on the two sides. It may also be used to describe a physical process in which any solvent moves across a selectively permeable membrane (permeable to the solvent, but not the solute) separating two solutions of different concentrations. Osmosis can be made to do work. Osmotic pressure is defined as the external pressure required to be applied so that there is no net movement of solvent across the membrane. Osmotic pressure is a colligative property, meaning that the osmotic pressure depends on the molar concentration of the solute but not on its identity.

Simply put Osmosis, it’s soaking a rag until it cannot absorb any more liquid, and the process of absorption, it’s reversed and therefore, as when you clean with a rag something you spill on your counter the rag start to release the liquid instead of absorbing it, and you need to bring a new rag, or squeeze dry the one you have, before trying to clean up more the mess left, on the counter.


So it’s my time to give, rather than taking knowledge, not that I stop reading, but naturally feel like sharing what I have absorbed through my reading, and life experience, and that’s why I am here telling you about it.

That, and trying to add the skill of writing, as a complement to my reading, and sharing it with you, are the prime motivations behind my writing, not getting any money from my writing, or even further from my mind, getting to be famous through it, and so far yet, not even writing a book, has come to my mind…

What inspire me to write a particular post, can be as variable, as the weather, one day to another one, as for example, as I sat on my desk and turned the computer on, I didn’t knew what my next post would be all about it, then I read a message, someone wrote me, and bingo!

A friend of mine like to travel constantly, and once I retired figure that I would do the same, but then that was some time ago, before I knew myself better, the fact I am an INFJ, and just cannot be running around here, and there without having my battery easily exhausted, just a trip of four days some days ago made me crash, when I got home, sleep for twelve hours nonstop, when usually do not sleep more than six, a day!

Commenting on that, to another friend I said:
Our friend like to travel through the Oceans frequently, myself I prefer to travel through, as well, but rather the Oceans of Knowledge, within myself, with the help of some books of course, my kind of cup of tea.

Crossing Through the Oceans of Knowledge

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  1. Mike says:

    I like your osmosis metaphor to describe the dynamic linking reading and writing. Well done.

  2. Ben Naga says:

    I’m glad you write. I like reading what you write.

    • theburningheart says:

      Well, you do pretty good, as well, you are like one of those players, who never hit the ball, where, they are expecting it, I like that.
      Thank you. 🙂

      • Ben Naga says:

        Love and hugs, my brother, love and hugs. (And I hold up my hand to INFJ.) As to Salgari; many of of my favourite films and TV series owe him a huge debt though they fail to disclose it. To be charitable it is possible they are not aware.

        As to hitting the ball: if it finds where it is anticipated then why bother? In that case we are both wasting our precious time. Love and hugs, my brother, love and hugs

      • theburningheart says:

        For many years, even if taking the test on several occasions, (they do not disclose the results) for college admission, and a couple of jobs, never knew I was an INFJ, until the mid 90s, it opened a great window to understand my behavior, and consequently my life meaning.

        About Salgari, well, America, it’s a different ballgame, in due credit they translated and published some of his novels, but that was in the late 19th Century and early 20th Century, publishing business in America, it’s based in the common zeitgest Americana, you know discarding the old stuff, and trying to sell you the latest novelty, even if it lacks quality.

        Therefore, generally speaking, as a people we do not know History, if it was not on your life span, you do not know about it, period.

        Ironically, we possess so much information, but we are well known around the World, as naive, and ignorant, lacking in general Culture.

        Yes, the point of the game is to score a hit, and catch them out off base. 🙂

  3. Paula Light says:

    Beautiful explanation

  4. foodinbooks says:

    In other words, you do it because you love it and you have no other choice. I for one am so glad to have come across your blog. I enjoy your literary musings so much.

  5. pjlazos says:

    How is it that I’ve never heard of Emilio Salgari, and me with half Italian ancestry! He sounds very much like the American writer, Zane Grey. Thanks for this informative post!

    • theburningheart says:

      As I mentioned to a friend above, we in America have our own peculiarities, and some of them are not shared well, or even judged positively by many other people around the globe, one of them, it´s our short memory, and contempt, or lack of appreciation, for the old stuff, that we discard for the next novelty, at the drop of a hat, so our memories go so far as our life span, and we do not share the memories of past generations, few of us care to find in depth about it.

      Possibly your grandfather, or great grandfather was well acquainted with Salgari, who died in 1911.

      Thank you for your comment, we appreciate it. 🙂

  6. theburningheart says:

    Thank you Superduque! 🙂

  7. These are all good reasons to blog.
    As somebody who is and has been obsessed with reading, I do understand how writing comes into our life. It’s never so that we agree with everything or we like everything, or it is also so that we cannot keep the excitement only to ourselves, therefore, we want to share whatever ideas we have. Reading widens our horizon enormously, I suppose, that is how the new ideas hit our forehead.
    I think, writing a blog keeps us in a loop and we can always find some related soul and we can always read something we didn’t know before.
    I love your extra interesting blog articles, and I also appreciate your input via comments in my blog. It is a very nice blogging relationship, and I certainly wish you wrote very many new articles and posts. It is worth blogging when somebody has what to say.

    • theburningheart says:

      Yes, you are right Inese, to me, blogging has been an extension of reading, time to share my views, and ideas, good or, not, it´s sort like being in a dance, and not dancing!

      What would be the point?

      Yes, something I love also it´s a good conversation, and I decry the discarding of epistolary relationships, in favor of cell phones, and superficial texting, and any mean less form of communication, that instead of enriching our lives, make it sterile and soulless.

      I would love to post more often, unfortunately, as it is, spend too much time blogging and reading, more posting would mean less time for many other demanding activities, like household work, errands, and social life beyond our walls. .

      Thank you Inese, for your nice comment. 🙂

  8. selizabryangmailcom says:

    “It´s our short memory, and contempt, or lack of appreciation, for the old stuff, that we discard for the next novelty, at the drop of a hat…”
    So sadly true. And not just old stuff–anything, it seems, that doesn’t catch the attention immediately, shine brighter than the sun, and make a lot of noise. Otherwise, boredom sets in immediately, the phone is out, and that’s all she wrote.
    Thank you for your insights on creativity. So happy to be a part of your thoughtful musings.

    • theburningheart says:

      Our consumer taste, and lifestyles, seem to be a lesson, of what we should avoid, and be better about it, unfortunately a sort of cancer growing bigger, within our society.

      Thank you for your accurate insight, and opinion. 🙂

  9. A nice mise en abîme about writting wich is, indeed, often half a surprise too.
    Thank you 🙂

  10. It’s a pleasure to read this post.

  11. sherazade says:

    Scrivere- e soprattutto tenere un blog di scrittura – è quanto di più democratico possa esserci e dunque credo a mio avviso che debba essere una esperienza individuale di espressione.
    ” diligere oportet quem velis deligere”:
    Io prediligo leggerezza e sintesi.

    Quanto a Salgari certamente in Italia soprattutto è un autore molto popolare che potremmo rapportare alla generazione di Harry Potter. Dante è il padre della lingua italiana materia di studio e dunque molto spesso abbandonato come un macigno.

    Forse hai non detto che Salgari scrisse tutti questi suoi romanzi non conoscendo fisicamente i luoghi da lui descritti !

    Questo brano di musica è il soundtrack di una famosissima serie forse degli anni Settanta.


    • theburningheart says:

      Yes, I mention in the post, that Salgari was an armchair, desk, and book explorer, an adventurer, with a pen or typewriter, after all when writing all you need it’s imagination, never read Harry Potter, I guess was already too old for that, however, doubt very much JK Rowling, or even Tolkien had any adventures with Hobbits, Wizards, Gollums on Middle Earth, or Colleges for wizards, the closest I had ever been to a Magical kingdom was when the Harry Potter gift shop opened next door to my work, in Los Angeles, however we beat them to their own game, our Warehouse of the seven sins, was more full of dungeon, and all kind of scary adult, collectible paraphernalia, far more interesting, than the child stuff of the Harry Potter gift shop.

      After two years they moved somewhere else, people would come looking for the Harry Potter store, and walk into our shop instead, after we dispelled their confusion, they will return and shop with us, they remarked:

      Next door it’s children toys, here it’s the real stuff!😀😉

      Grazie per il tuo commento cara Sherazade. 🙂

      • sherazade says:

        La difficoltà della lingua e della pessima traduzione di Google Translator rende difficile la discussione.
        Io stessa non ho letto Harry Potter Certamente per questioni anagrafiche Mi sono appassionata Emilio Salgari e perché no a tutto il ciclo dei Moschettieri dei Dumas padre e figlio sono certa che almeno in Italia esiste in fatto di letture un gap generazionale e lo si può evincere anche nei molti film sulla saga di Harry Potter contro Johnny Depp nel Pirata dei Caraibi neppure di grande successo!
        Have a nice day: herer in Rome is raining hard

        ciao da Roma shera

      • theburningheart says:

        Beh, in fondo stavo dicendo che gli scrittori non devono vivere una vita avventurosa, né Tolkien, né JK Rowling mai messo piede sulla Terra di Mezzo, o in nessun regno magico, né avere a che fare con maghi, hobbit o gollum, ma si sono seduti comodamente sulla loro scrivania con una macchina da scrivere e libri, per la consultazione,
        L’immaginazione, sono affari loro, dello scrittore che non viaggia, o cercano l’avventura, si inventano tutto nella mente.
        Leggi Tolkien, ma non leggere mai Harry Potter.

        Ti racconto anche un aneddoto, che mi è accaduto alcuni anni fa, lavoravo in un posto in cui vendevamo tutti i tipi di oggetti d’antiquariato e accessori bizzarri, per caso un negozio di articoli da regalo di Harry Potter ha aperto un business lontano da noi, il nostro posto aveva un’atmosfera più adatta, nel frattempo il negozio di Harry Potter era in un innocuo frontone non descrittivo, che poteva avere un negozio fermo, o qualsiasi altra attività, niente di magico.

        Nel frattempo, il nostro negozio aveva tutto il fascino di un luogo magico, quindi le persone che cercano la stella di Harry Potter, camminerebbero per sbaglio nel nostro negozio, li informeremo del loro errore, ma torneranno più tardi, dicendo:

        Il negozio di Harry Potter, portano cose per bambini, d’altra parte, tu sei la cosa reale!

        Dopo un paio d’anni si sono trasferiti in un’altra posizione. lontano da noi

        Grazie per la tua comprensione e pazienza, cara Sherazade. 🙂

      • sherazade says:

        Grazie molte a te buona serata.

        Shera 🌷

  12. Thank you so much for your contributions. We always
    look forward to the depth and variety of your posts and
    have learned so much in the process!

  13. I have rearead your post and I agree with you that one should do the things one has passion for! In my life I have also realized that everything has its time. For me travelling was worthwhile the exhaution afterwards, but it has changed in the meantime and I very much enjoyed writing my posts, but now I rather need some quietness. All the same, I think that all these various periods are very precious. In this sense I wish much pleasure in what you do so well!:) Very best regards Martina

    • theburningheart says:

      Thank you Martina, since a child enjoyed writing to family, members, but unfortunately few would write back, writing letters was a dying art, with the advent of the telephone, now totally forgotten.

      Blogging provided me with a platform where I could exercise my skills as a writer, sort like scratching the inner itch of creativity.

      I am in possession of an introverted character, therefore I enjoy working on my mind, rather than dealing with lots of people, and crowds, it drains my energy.

      Take care Martina, we appreciate your comment. 🙂

      • First of all I would like to let you know that I consider it a pity that people don’t write letters or cards anymore; for me it was always a great pleasure to receive one!!
        I am also happy for you that you can in this way realize yourself in this way and I wish you a lot of satisfaction.
        All the best for the future. Martina

      • theburningheart says:

        I guess that writing, as well as reading, has to do more with type of character, introverted people tend to be more likely to love both, meanwhile extroverted types have more facility to deal with the outside world through action, rather than wasting time and knowing through introspection.

        I could see that growing up with my family, being the only introvert character in the middle of extroverts, although my father was an extrovert he loved reading, but never wrote anything, but he loved knowledge.

        My elder brother was a mix, not so much an extrovert, but you could not call him an introvert, he didn’t read as much as I did, but now combines working on his field, and teaching a class in college.

        Anyway, regardless, some of us have the bug of reading and writing, most don´t.

        Thank you Martina. 🙂

      • I completely agree with your very interesting explanation:) but I still feel that in certain periods of life one loves more one thing than the other.
        Have a good writing day! Martina

      • theburningheart says:

        Yes, I understand Martina we all go through different facets in our life, its only natural.

        Thank you Martina. 🙂

  14. Fine piece of journalism, I thought. Writing is hard, really hard. Well done.

  15. Lwbut says:

    Nice to know a little of your ‘motivation’/history Sir! 🙂

    I like your osmosis analogy. Certainly the ‘soaking up’ of information by reading is of little value if we merely retain the knowledge so gained and lock it in ‘storage’. Using it to our benefit would have considerable worth but there surely would come some point, if we live that long, where a ‘reverse pressure’, so as to transmit all of that information back to our environment is felt.

    Thank you for ‘giving in to it’. 😉

    “I am in possession of an introverted character, therefore I enjoy working on my mind, rather than dealing with lots of people, and crowds, it drains my energy.”

    I don’t really think of myself as ‘introverted’ but never having been able to find or hold on to very many people i could call good friends i have certainly spent more than my fair share of time working on my mind, following my own thoughts and reading, trying to learn from what TV i watch and now, more from what i can discover that is of some interest as well as value, on the net. (Such as your blog for instance!)

    I find that in writing i can craft my communication with others better than i can in conversation, where the responses are more immediate and more direct, but the pace is much faster and the distractions more commonplace whereby trains of thought can be interrupted, or more often disrupted entirely! 😉

    One of the few people i describe as a good friend and i used AOL IM to converse virtually daily for ten years and while there was a voice option i preferred typing to her as although slower and sometimes leading to a misunderstanding or two i felt i could say what i wished to say to greater effect than in speaking with her.

    As for blogging, it is my belief that every human being has an inbuilt desire to express themselves, their thoughts and ideas, and ‘comments’ on life, as well as some need for validation or appreciation of them. I like to fool myself that i am saying what i am saying in my blogs to share what i have learned or discovered with others like myself in the vain hope it can be of some use or assistance to whomsoever reads it. As i said this is likely a vanity. 😉

    Vanitas, Vanitatum,… omnia Vanitas. (Ecclesiastes 1:2)

    God is within you, my friend. 🙂

    • theburningheart says:

      Well, i do not know if you are aware of the Myers-Briggs psichological typology.
      The MBTI was constructed by Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers. It is based on the conceptual theory proposed by Carl Jung, who had speculated that humans experience the world using four principal psychological functions – sensation, intuition, feeling, and thinking – and that one of these four functions is dominant for a person most of the time. it’s widely popular and reveal hidden aspect to myself of my personality.
      Thanks to it I understand myself better. if you study your character type it will explain many things, you may know already, but some others you may not, regardless, it may be of some help to you, as well, as for example as you mention:

      “but never having been able to find or hold on to very many people i could call good friends.”

      We can believe that’s just chance, or just the way things are, but usually there’s more to it, and come from our side of the fence. Anyway knowing ourselves better it’s very helpful, regardless if you are an Introvert, or not.

      I agree we all, or at least most of the people wants to communicate, but doing it in writing, actually very few if you consider most people World wide they may know how to read, but few are serious readers, and even less write to communicate, when they just simply use the phone, or do what we now call texting.

      In any case trying to help people, and sharing your thoughts through writing, it’s good, and it’s in your power to do so, as to if we gone be read, or not, well we do not have any control on that, as our friend Epictetus would remind us.

      Now my friend, I like you are a very positive person, and I encourage you of keeping it that way.

      Best regards, and good wishes to you, thank you for caring, and your nice response. 🙂

      • Lwbut says:

        You are most welcome, and my response is as yours. 🙂

        Funny you mentioned Myers Briggs as i woke with the intention of adding a comment to my last one on your post – i wanted to add my test result, INTP-A, that i took some months ago for the first time:

        Personality type: “The Logician” (INTP-A)
        Individual traits: Introverted – 78%, Intuitive – 52%, Thinking – 68%, Prospecting – 56%, Assertive – 60%
        Role: Analyst
        Strategy: Confident Individualism

        Considering your advice and my latent intuition i will endeavour to understand the identification more completely! 🙂

        Thanks again, 🙂


      • theburningheart says:

        Well, now you know why do you behave, the way you do, and this may help you to understand better who you are, given life situations, and interactions with different people.

        Knowledge never hurts.

        Take care Bob. 🙂

  16. I love the idea that writing is an osmosis. I think it’s quite natural—at least for many—that an interest in reading leads to a desire to write. So it certainly is for me. It’s really all about passion, isn’t it.

    • theburningheart says:

      Yes Otto, we have to listen as Socrates did to his Daemon, which it’s the passion you talk about it, and keep it flowing!

      Thank you Otto for your nice comment. 🙂

  17. At once, I understand. And yet, a wink that every one of your Myers-Briggs results is the opposite of my own. But then, I was the person that spent hours in the strange little shop near the Tha Phae Gate to the Old City in Chiang Mai, fascinated by the strange assemblage of both functional and mystical objects collected by its friendly husband-and-wife, Australian ex-pat and Thai Hill-Tribe, proprietors. I even ended up acquiring a few things from them. Indeed, someone has to do the collecting of all those amazing artifacts before their stories can be shared.

    I enjoy this domain as well, for all of its collected wisdom and wide open thought. Thank you for taking the initiative to share your own knowledge, which is admittedly quite divergent from what I might consider to be my own. It’s an illuminating kind of travel.

    • theburningheart says:

      William Cowper’s coined the common heard phrase in his poem:“The Task” (1785)
      “Variety is the very spice of life, That gives it all its flavor.”
      You enjoyed the privilege of being on that little shop in Chiang Mai, I rather seat comfortable on my desk and hear from you, about it.

      But do not believe, my life, it’s a couch potato paradise, as an example, I had my fair share of traveling, today, older, I know myself better, and rather avoid the discomforts you generally experience traveling, as we speak, my friend Bob likes to travel around different places the World over, at least three times a year and being doing so since 1955, he and his wife are close to 90 years of age, and still do that, as we speak, he is in Hanoi, I could join them if I wished so, the fact every time they leave, worry if they are going to make it back safe home. I joke with him one of these trips, they are gone bring him back in the cargo compartment of the plane!

      The other friend I talk in the last paragraph of the post, he is about a three years older than myself, and he leaves at the drop of a hat, everywhere he pleases, he was in Moscow for the Soccer World cup, not to see the games, but to enjoy the party ambiance of the tournament, but that was some months ago, in the meantime, he has been to Italy, and back, and just last month went to China, and Tibet, and Ruben likes as my friend Bob to feel my ears with tales of his travels,now I know both of them, and because Bob’s age, I know his travels are more my style of traveling, he leaves with no plans, to go visit these, or those places, he basically go to two, or three cities, and all he does is go sit at a busy street and sat at a coffee place and read, and talk to whoever wants to talk with him, have dinner at the local restaurants, and do the same at the next day, no museums, or scenic traveling for him and his wife, he basically does the same thing in Los Angeles, and I point the obvious to him, why bother to go half the World away, to do the same thing he does at home? His response is to break the routine and speak to people with different views of the world, to which I remark, you do the same thing here with the stream of tourist you bring to our table. You can see his picture in one of my post of November 2016.

      My friend Ruben I met in college in 1971, and his tales are a little bit more interesting, but when he is in town visiting me for two, or three days, are enough for me to leave me exhausted, spending a month traveling with him, simply put; it would kill me!

      Your tale about that little shop in Chiang Mai it’s very nice, it reminds me a shop I worked in Los Angeles for 16 years, and where I met things, and people from all over the World, and many World wide famous personalities, I sort of smile, since when we tell the tales of that place too many people they listen in wonder, at all the many things I saw, famous people I met, and talked to, people frequently tell us, to other companions who worked at the same place:

      ‘You guys should write a book about it.’

      Maybe one day I will write a post about it.

      My point of the story is, some people travel the World over, to know things, places, and different people, some other; people,like me, by chance, not by merit, the World over, instead, come to visit us. without leaving our usual abodes.

      To know ourselves, and what we like, is wisdom, and in our differences the World it’s a more interesting place. and I respect, and rejoice in what you, and my friends do, it’s just me, I would have a difficult time being in your shoes, or my friends.

      “Be content with what you have;
      rejoice in the way things are.
      When you realize there is nothing lacking,
      the whole world belongs to you.”
      ― Lao Tzu

      Thank you for your nice response, we appreciate it. 😉

  18. Traveling through the Oceans of Knowledge is most probably just as much fun, as traveling through or over the oceans of the world, and certainly a whole lot cheaper. I love your explanation of why you write. I cannot imagine a world without books.

    • theburningheart says:

      Well, not only cheaper, but hassle free, and right on your favorite, comfortable sofa chair, with all sorts of amenities without having to travel too far but your kitchen, or the living room. 😉
      Although I understand the allure of traveling, and did my fair share of it, now, rather than feeling excited about traveling, a sense of facing a disagreeable task, time wasted, and energy consuming, and suffering discomforts ahead invades me. 🤔🤨🙄😒

      Thank you for commenting Jolandi, we appreciate it. 🙂

  19. Christy B says:

    And we hope you keep writing 🙂 😀

  20. draculauren says:

    A pioneer of science fiction and the grandfather of the Spaghetti Western? Sounds like I had better add some Salgari to my reading list. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on why you write. The INFJ is the rarest of personality types from what I recall. Shine on!

  21. theburningheart says:

    Well, my memories of those years when I read the first book ever, may be partial to my inexperience, as a reader, but I read every other book my father possessed of Salgari, thirty at least, and enjoyed them greatly at the young age then, about five years.
    I had doubts you could still find them in English, since he died in 1911, and we are notorious in forgetting old authors, especially those forgotten by time, and never do reprints, but I just checked Amazon, and lo and behold, they have them!

    INFJ, we are a small gang, therefore people get ideas about our peculiarities, regardless, it takes time to discover who you really are, it’s a process that may take a lifetime, and never be completed, the good thing as you age, you dispel the mystery of why you act the way you act, and why people perceive you as they do, and we are capable of being happy with our lot, of who we are without regrets, and doubts. knowing what we are capable of, and staying away from the stuff that doesn’t appeal to us, or just ill prepared for, like in my case spending too much time away from home, and in the company of crowds.

    Thank you Lauren for your commentary, we appreciate it! 🙂

    • draculauren says:

      My parents got me reading early, and sometimes I would dip into their bookshelf. It was mostly Stephen King, some poetry, and self help books. 🙂 All my local library has is Los tigres de Mompracem, all in Spanish. I’m not surprised it’s on the Zon!

      My old boss is an INFJ and one of my favorite people. I have taken the test a few times over the years and still have not strayed from my ISTJ tendencies. I can definitely relate to an aversion to crowds!

      • theburningheart says:

        You may find it in Amazon, I saw a few of them, in English, most in Spanish.

        ISTJ you are someone we can trust.

        Thank you Lauren, we already like you! 🙂

  22. Roy Lando says:

    I love reading this.

  23. natuurfreak2 says:

    Always fine to read your post .May old blog was full.I have a new one.Always welcome

  24. Hi. I’m here to say hello. I hope that all is well. Here is a book recommendation: I Am The Clay, by Chaim Potok. I liked it quite a lot. It’s a novel set in Korea during the Korean War. It’s not so much about warfare, but more about the consequences of warfare. Bye till next time —


  25. Sparkyjen says:

    What a wonderful next step you’ve taken. I ❤️ your use of words. Thanks for your generosity!

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  27. ptero9 says:

    I so enjoyed reading this post as it expresses well my own relationship with books and writing. In my younger days, I kept diaries, but they were very childish. In my 20’s, I began to thirst for ways beyond my immediate senses to understand Being. Everyone seemed able to take their aliveness for granted, but it puzzled me (it still does, lol). I had read Herman Hesse in school, and the bug for reading began there. In the years following school I read and read, but never dared to write. Nothing would come out in my attempts to articulate my understanding of what I had been reading.

    When I started writing for my blog, I still struggled, but I kept at it. Then, I returned to reading James Hillman, one of my favorite authors, and something began to stir in my soul and then into language. I am not a natural writer, and not even at ease using language. The internal thought stream seems to be layered under, or beyond language. Through practice, and tons of editing, I began to feel more at ease with writing and with language in general. It has even helped me to speak with more ease as well.

    My wish for others is that they know the joy that writing and reading can bring, and especially, as you point out, for those of us who struggle a bit more with being social for more than short periods of time. It seems to me that enhancing my language skills has also enhanced the pool of thoughts in that place beyond language. There have been untold gifts from taking up writing as a practice and it’s equally enjoyable to find kindred spirits here on WordPress.

    Cheers to all of the writers here!

    • theburningheart says:

      As I mentioned above to me writing has just become the corollary of reading, as explained on my analogy with the process of Osmosis.
      I should add also its not only reading, but to communicate some way the uncommunicative, that of Spiritual experience.
      Where we can only hint at it, but not to transmit, since each person has to live his own experience, accordingly to their own development.
      But like in everything you got to be aware, where the juiciest morsels are, rather than remaining on the fringes of a good meal, and filling yourself with snacks.
      Like I listened to Mr. Cheetham lecture about Corbin, and find out Mr. Michael Lerner making more the appropriated questions, and coming to conclusions that Mr. Cheetham, was as Jung, too much concerned with keeping their scholar, and scientist reputation upfront, if you listen to the recording I find Mr. Learner more to my liking, Cheetham made emphasis Corbin was a Theologian, not a scientist, therefore free to express things as he saw them, without worrying himself too much about his reputation.

      Maybe why Jung didn’t want his Red Book published after quite some years after his death.
      Then at the end of the talk the questions, some people arguing about images rather than words, and others words as images, real fun, to listen to.

      It brought somewhat to my memory, the conversation between Ibn Arabi as a young men with Ibn Rushd (Averroes) the old philosopher, here its the anecdote maybe you will enjoy it were he pronounced his famous words:

      “Yes and no. Between the Yea and the Nay the spirits take their flight beyond matter, and the necks detach themselves from their bodies.”

      “I spent the day in Cordoba at the house of Abu al-Walid Ibn Rushd. He had expressed a desire to meet me in person, since he had heard of certain revelations I had received while in retreat and had shown considerable astonishment concerning them. In consequence my father, who was one of his closest friends, took me with him on the pretext of business, in order to give Ibn Rushd the opportunity of making my acquaintance.
      “I was at the time a beardless youth. As I entered the house, the philosopher rose to greet me with all the signs of friendliness and affection, and embraced me. Then he said to me “Yes”, and showed pleasure on seeing that I had understood him. I, on the other hand, being aware of the motive for his pleasure, replied “No”. Upon this Ibn Rushd drew back from me, his colour changed and he seemed to doubt what he had thought of me. He then put to me the following question, “What solution have you found as a result of mystical illumination and divine inspiration? Does it coincide with what is arrived at by speculative thought?” I replied “Yes and no. Between the Yea and the Nay the spirits take their flight beyond matter, and the necks detach themselves from their bodies.
      At this Ibn Rushd became pale, and I saw him tremble as he muttered the formula ‘there is no power save from God’. This was because he understood my allusion… After that he sought from my father to meet me in order to present what he himself had understood: he wanted to know if it conformed with or was different from what I had. He was one of the great masters of reflection and rational consideration. He thanked God that in his own time he had seen someone who had entered into the retreat ignorant and had come out like this – without study, discussion, investigation or reading.”

      Ibn ‘Arabi was neither unworldly nor unlettered in any orthodox sense. (Note: The real ‘unlettered’ person, Ibn ‘Arabi says, is someone who “does not use rational proofs to attain to the knowledge of divine things.” (Futuhat I. 644)). He was extremely well-versed in the philosophical thinking of his time, and many of his books deal quite specifically with philosophical problems. The real difference lies in the way in which knowledge is reached, whether by reflective thinking or by mystical insight.

      But at the time of his vision, he was very young, and he acquired his learned ways later on his life’s Journey.

      Vision its superior to worldly understanding as of reading, however Knowledge, and Vision bring forward more beauty, as one of Ibn Arabi’s works was titled, The Bezels of Wisdom= Fusus al-Hikam.
      To set the Jewel of Wisdom in a proper, and dignified setting.

      Thank you Debra for your comment. 🙂

      • ptero9 says:

        Yes, I do agree that Michael Lerner is a very probing interviewer. I enjoy his perspective in which he seems to not be afraid to ask the heart questions.

        Thank you for sharing the analogy about the in-between. Something happens, sometimes, when I am reading and writing where an opening appears to allow insights to pour in. There is a sense that my identity is not the normal me. It’s not automatic writing, but not coming from the rational intellect either. I can’t say that I know for sure what mystical states are, but something different does seem to come over me from time to time.

        Either way, I am learning continually, and agree that a certain amount of grounding is necessary for actions to spring from the heart. I am no saint, and am subject to fiery emotions, reacting from the ego and being blind to both mine and other’s needs and behaviors. In some ways, my ongoing difficulties with relationships, and a disappointment in both my deficits in trying to get along in a world that is too hurried for me to keep up, leads me to turn away from the world.

        I question if bowing out of a certain amount of social interactions is the right choice. What is the difference between choosing out of fear, and choosing out of a preference for not feeling comfortable playing by the rules of a culture that emphasizes getting along with the status quo, when the status quo seems to be going off the cliff? How can one be sure of what motivates them? These are my questions of late. 🙂

        My hope for you is that you get the opportunity to access and read all of the Ibn Arabi books that you long to read! Blessings to you!

      • theburningheart says:

        Sorry for my lateness, of years in answering you this comment seems escaped my attention.
        We individuals are motivated by many different reasons, and we all have moments of doubt, and self-reflection, after we do something, or just before doing it, we are not strange to regret about doing, or saying something afterwards, confessions, can be shameful, or liberating, I guess depending in how we feel about it later, and the reason why we overthink an issue before acting on it.
        No wonder Prudence it’s a virtue! 🙂

      • ptero9 says:

        Your reflection here reminds me of how it is that certain ideals seem to have a hold on us, with little knowledge of their source, or so it seems. Yes, even though we acknowledge that ideals and virtues come to us from others, where do the others receive them from? Putting aside circular reasoning, I’d say their source is a curiosity, but also something that drives us through time to greater depths of meaning and understanding, and ultimately towards love, which is perhaps the ultimate goal of all we suffer and ultimately lack.

      • theburningheart says:

        Life it’s a quest to find who we are? And in all the multiple dimensions this question may arise, as when asked commonly what do you do for a living? Different from, if they ask you, what do you like? Or, can you tell me about your family? And so other many different questions, to which you may have specific, or vague answers, as just a few minutes ago, answered what I was doing when I heard JFK was killed, I was only ten years of age at the time, my point we have not only an Ontological need to find who we are, but an existential multi-faceted temporal dimensions, who in their totality it’s the sum of who we are, and are individually qualified, to know about ourselves, in the course of our life’s, by the circumstances of who we just happen to be, regardless of attraction, or repulsion, by happenstance, fate, or by design, beyond our powers, the existential quest, or problem from being humanly conscious, from our particular individuality.

        Best wishes to you Debra. 🙂

      • ptero9 says:

        Very well said, Brigido! And there isn’t anything to compare this life, this human being, in all of its joys, sorrows and strangeness, to.

        Yes, the Kennedy question seems to be the mark of our generation. I was five and at school when he was shot. They let us out early. I clearly remember how sad and somber the mood was.
        Best to you too! 🙂

  28. Thank you for sharing your story. My reasons for blogging are very like your own. 🙂

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