Wednesday, 18 May 2022

K.I.S.S.

The few who read this blog have noticed my absence. A few reasons: 1.) I’ve been busy editing footnotes and a bibliography for a doctoral dissertation; 2.) I’ve been on the road lately; 3.) I’ve been uninspired; 4.) I’ve been lazy.

Laziness manifests itself in trying to avoid the amount of time it takes to write a blog. As you know, I start with a basic thought and then expand it via the technique called stream of consciousness. This is all well and good, but my mind took me into more research than is necessary. So, many of the earlier blogs turned out to be essays a la term paper.

One reader responded to my blog about the television show, What’s My Line. I liked what he said and was more so pleased that someone read it, thought about it and responded. Another kind and observant reader responds from time to time, letting me know about the nostalgia I may have piqued. I also appreciate this type of comment. One reader simply commented that she prefers whimsical stories and those about my day-to-day life.

These comments made me think that I need to, as is said, ‘shake it up.’ So, my theme today, and I shall be brief, is K.I.S.S. This is a doctrine.

A couple of vignettes come to mind as I apply this doctrine to the past. The first is from years ago, when I had become too verbose in a written exam. Instead of slashing out in red ink that which was not necessary to what I wrote, the teacher wrote on the paper (Not even in the margin!), “Just say it!” Close to this experience was the time I concocted a flowery and lengthy answer in a theology course exam. The teacher wrote, “This is a beautiful answer, but it has nothing to do with my question.” Wow!

In those days, I don’t think that K.I.S.S. meant anything aside from bi-labial to bi-labial communication. But now I know what it means and plan to add it to my writing critique. I think I did well.

Published by Thomas

Retired from active priestly ministry in the Catholic Church; former Benedictine monk; francophile; Holocaust researcher; Delta One Million Miler; Ex-Patriated American to the Republic of Panama

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