About “JustSayingIsAll” & Ridge

Updated: Apr 24

I am a serious writer, but I’ve read enough to know that I’m not “a writer”, and I don’t have any illusions about the impact or significance of my work.

The process is cathartic and helps me divine how I really feel about things that keep poking at me. It also pushes me to explore alternative points of view, previously uncontemplated, which proffer new insights that alter my perceptions and improve my mindfulness.

JustSayingIsAll celebrates independent thinking. Topics include relevant issues of the day, mindfulness, golf, photography, vintage vinyl records, piety, poetry, and politics.

I am perceived to be a self-indulgent thoughtful fair friendly cautious quiet prepared plain spoken linear bottom-line self-educated introvert with sensibilities about gratuitous sex, language, and willful ignorance who presents his point of view or emotion with an economy of words so my posts are not usually drawn out with superfluous dribble like this. I also get pontifical at times, no apologies.

I keep editing to a minimum due to its destructive tendencies. Passion, emotion, perfect grammar, and punctuation don’t always play well together.

I have a broad and abiding regard for the imperative to embrace diversity in all things, the import of the phrase “you do you” and a practical (pun intended) appreciation for the premise “I’m Ok, You’re Ok” and the precept “Do no harm”.

I usually only write when something is poking at me. It’s my backwoods vernacular for anything that inspires me to express an emotion, vent, or rant.

When I write poetry without attempting to rhyme the process is so fast that it robs me of a thorough understanding of my thoughts and feelings about the subject and the impetus (what’s poking me) for the work. The rhyming process takes longer and the more time I spend with it helps my understand it.

I started writing as a way to gain a complete understanding of my thoughts and feelings so I would have confidence in my convictions. Prior to 2015, even though I was a “senior citizen”, I became aware that I didn’t really have convictions or dare to voice opinions because I was afraid, if pressed, that I couldn’t back them up. I really hate looking stupid or unjustly arrogant when I’m being pontifical. :-)

Between 2015 and 2020 I wrote mostly rant articles about political shenanigans for which there was mountains of material. I had never before had reason to care much about politics but that all changed to an overwhelming need to express my dismay with our newly elected president and the sycophants he installed to run our country.

My writing desk during the Trump administration :-)

Then during the Covid lockdown I developed a taste for poetry as a more enlightened expression of my emotions. I posted my earliest poems on AllPoetry.com after researching candidate sites but I soon lost interest due to their requirement to critique other poets’ work before you could post your own. Symptoms of my AADD made that difficult at times and being a new poet myself I didn’t feel qualified for the job. Still don’t.

So, my writing is a self-indulgent need to know or at least believe I know what I’m about. It forces me to do my mental due diligence on the stuff that’s pokin’ at me and at the same time provides a sense of satisfaction and more than a little enjoyment. Because I won’t do it without the fun part. I know me pretty well and I’m ok with it. “I own it,” as Oprah told Dr Phil to say.

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Tempt enlightenment, explore alternative points of view…. Just Saying Is All !

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