Resolution, Revolution

Burt Kempner

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I have oftentoo oftenfelt like a tourist in my own life, pausing long enough to take a snapshot or buy a tacky souvenir, but not to see or do or learn anything memorable or enduring. I dressed the part, too. In my youth, my passport to the unexamined life bore many, many stamps.”—Burt Kempner

Pinhead Angel 

By Burt Kempner

Frozen soap bubble.

Frozen soap bubble. (Photo: Pablo Zaruska.)

Burt Kempner

GAINESVILLE Florida—(Weekly Hubris)—January 2020—I have oftentoo oftenfelt like a tourist in my own life, pausing long enough to take a snapshot or buy a tacky souvenir, but not to see or do or learn anything memorable or enduring. I dressed the part, too. In my youth, my passport to the unexamined life bore many, many stamps.

I have been battling this tendency as I’ve gotten older, and I’m declaring 2020 as the year of quiet revolution: in consciousness, creation, and manifestation. Like a true traveler, I aim to give as much of myself as I take from others. 

A woman once screamed at me: “Stop looking into my soul!” She reached across the table, picked up a salt shaker and hefted it in her hands, weighing whether to throw it at me. I hadn’t looked into her soul. I made her do it to herself. But that was then. Now I’ve pledged to shapeshift from observer to participant.

Outside my window right now, there’s an imaginary blanket of snow, a pristine new year unsullied by disagreements, mistakes, or disappointments, throbbing with promise and possibility, and I’m in here writing stories. Enough, people. I’m tired of sitting here with a lump in my throat the size of life itself. What are we waiting around for? Let’s make some tracks already.

A very happy new year to you all.

Burt Kempner

About Burt Kempner

Burt Kempner has worked as a scriptwriter in New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and Florida. His work has won numerous major awards, and has been seen by groups ranging in size from a national television audience in the United States to a half-dozen Maori chieftains in New Zealand. His documentaries have appeared on PBS, the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, CNBC, and European and Asian TV networks. He has two dogs, a cat, a wife and a son and is randomly kind to them all. More recently, Kempner has written three rather subversive books for children: Larry the Lazy Blue Whale, Monty the Movie Star Moose and The Five Fierce Tigers of Rosa Martinez. Visit his Amazon author page: amazon.com/author/burtkempner
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