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Inspiration is a spark. A flash of light. Ignition. But without the proper mixture of oxygen and fuel, inspiration both lives and dies in the same instant. My life, my experiences, my research; these things are fertile soil for the great blog posts hidden within me. I carry them always and they are present when I sit down to do my work.

But all too often, it’s a struggle. The raw material is there, but the inspiration is not. The oxygen is abundant, but the fuel is scarce. And I’m left wondering, “How?”

How do I harvest? How do I sift and pan? How do I mine the caverns within me for intellectual and emotional gems? How do I… write?

Or perhaps a better question is, how do you? Yes, you, my kindred blog reader. Surely, you are similar. Surely, you’ve wrestled the Great Muse down to the dusty earth, and won.

I know this: it starts before I sit down to type. Great posts begin with significant life challenges. With weighty problems to solve. With an urgent need or a mature discontent with the way things are today. Yes, I think all great posts begin before words are written.

So get up, reader. Walk away from your keyboard, and live.

Only then can you give life… to words.

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I know not of this “Great Muse?” It don’t sound that bad to me though, try and wrestle “The Great Pumpkin” to the ground, not only are you not winning, you’re going for the ride of your life. And don’t call me Shirley 🙂

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Charlie Brown says:

Testing Level 2 comment, my question is, do I need to change the color scheme for the threaded comments that fall under the even numbered post or just leave them the same as the odd numbered comments?

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Anonymous says:

Testing level 3.
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“It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.” - Mark Twain

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Dean says:

More level 3 testing!

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Anonymous says:

A stitch in time will save the time/space continuum.

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Anonymous says:

In the words of the Great Jackie Gleason…Norton would you hit the ball!

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JayByrd says:

@JayBryd FYI; Norton was a uncouth sewer worker and in his terminology it would be, “Either sh*t or get off the pot.”
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Dean says:

Note, I have threaded comments enabled to three levels. Might have to work on the color scheme.
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