What Alger Wrote about Silence

By the time he died in 1899, Horatio Alger Jr. was the author of about a hundred volumes.1   His popularity had dwindled, although his writing received favourable comments and a resurgence following his death.  Walter Sherwood’s Probation says, “There are times when silence is golden, and one of those times is at hand.”2  All of Alger’s novels rework the same plot:  a boy struggles to escape poverty.3

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It’s not the age of silence.  It’s only with a lack of luck that a forthcoming individual lacks a voice by which he’s known.  If one has any luck, he has a voice, with which to speak.  The Internet intertwines individual voices, and at times the roar is as one and other times it is dissident and singular sentiments are spoken.

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We should not shy away from our opportunities to speak. Humility’s not always to our advantage, and we should come forward with something we have in mind to say. The adjoining of human lives is extremely advantageous as the like-minded can and do join in solidarity to reside among the voice of the collective. When the human voice is silenced, it is the sound of silence, but not nearly as golden a silence as the failing Horatio Alger Jr. posited.

If you’re already proudly speaking, and your words are from the heart, let them sound aloud and share your true sentiments with those who are supportive. Don’t be inhibited by what is unkind luck and, therefore, misfortune. Reading this is the opportunity to come forward with speech, so avail yourself of this possibility that your words are worth it and reach home. Never hesitate when the iron is hot to be forward with this venture, and have a heart and be true. Feel welcome with your words.

If you’re of the mind to “like” this post or “follow” my blog, that’s great. You’re welcome to comment as well. This is my chance to say a little with my own voice.

 

Works Cited:

1www.revolvy.com/main/index.php?s=Horatio%20Alger,%20Jr.&item_type=topic

2en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horatio_Alger

3dictionary.sensagent.com/horatio%20alger%20jr/en-en/

A Simple, Elegant Victory

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“It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.” -Charles Darwin

The theme of victory rings true for all. This week’s Photo Challenge for WordPress is entitled Victory. It is available here: photo challenges/victory

Coming of age in my late twenties was for me a victory.

The theme of victory reminds me how I felt in the mid 2000s (the years). There was a certain time in my life when I was making decisions that would have a significant impact on my future. A few years shy of thirty, I was grappling with both an onset of personal maturity and also mysteries solved about what I believed to be true. Like it or not, these beliefs were about famous literature and music. Perhaps I was becoming an artist. Definitely speaking, however, I was gaining insight into what had interested me in my relative youth to how I was at the time of which I am now writing.

A number of famous persons for whom I held enormous respect were celebrated certainly in their own right.

The photo is of a home stereo which a very good friend to me helped me install in my home. I am able to enjoy a good deal of audio, whether radio, Internet, or disc, and I remember what it was like when I as yet lived with my mom and dad and was continuing to find comfort and escape with very specific ideals made poignant by famous figures.

There was a strong pull surrounding events connected to these victories which steered me.

The theme of victory is interesting to celebrate. I’m not sure these defined the times, whether a top-selling album’s reissue with new songs, a recording artist’s return to form, or a novel’s adaptation for film. I suspect, honestly, they didn’t. However, for me, and for many others, I know, the times were at the least heralded by what had been done by some dear, favourite pop icons.

The WordPress Photo Challenge this week illustrates the theme of victory. If you want to join in this week’s Victory Photo Challenge, by all means, surf photo challenges/victory and participate. Otherwise, if you enjoyed this post, you can “Like” and “Follow” to acknowledge me. Thank you for reading.

Intriguing overseas interview with sly music blogger @toomanyblogs

An articulate and favourite blog site of mine belongs to Manchester, England’s James Hughes, on Twitter as @toomanyblogs and I follow him. James chiefly reviews gigs and artists, and is a student pursuing music in academia.

With @toomanyblogs Manchester, England’s James Hughes takes photos and writes posts which are quite interesting. I had an opportunity to interview him by e-mail Wednesday and Thursday.manchester pinned map

My interest in @toomanyblogs arises from a passing interest in Manchester, England’s James Hughes’ topic of discussion. James clearly takes more than just a passing interest.

Here goes:

1. Who designs your site’s layout? As much as I’d love for the site to be fine tuned to my liking, it’s actually just a wordpress theme. There’s a lot that I’d like to change about it but for now, it’ll do.

2. Did you know starting your blog that you would thrive? How has your reception been? I started the blog as a means of trying to get a foot into the door of the music world. I wasn’t enjoying my career in retail and wanted to try and follow my passion. It was something I was going to try for a year and see what became of it. Reception wise, I mean, I don’t get much feedback what so ever. I’m happy that I’ve managed to avoid any kind of negative feedback but I appreciate any kind of feedback, however it comes. I strive to become better and write in a way that people want to read. I don’t enjoy a lot of music journalism because I feel it focuses too much on trying to sound like an English Literature essay, rather than actually tell me about the band/show/record. Views and visitors are continuously growing though but with no others to compare them to, I’m not sure if it’s in a good place or not.

3. Would you say you’re showcasing UK artists, or artists from your specific region, or are you more simply trusting in the strength of your personal tastes? Region doesn’t come into the question for me. If I like it, I’ll write about it, go and see it and listen to it. If they’re from the UK or from Manchester, well then that’s just a bonus.

4. Are you pleased with the response you get from artists at gigs? Do you mean from if I manage to get to speak to them at a show? I’ve only spoken to three artists so far (in an interview sense) and all three were lovely. Getting time with these people is hard work though, especially as nobody within the online world. Artists that I get to speak to for a couple of moments generally seem interested when I mention I run a blog, but I cant exactly be asking them questions off the bat in that situation. The smaller bands are always really nice. The Barr Brothers come to mind as Brad Barr (the vocalist) agreed right there and then to sit down with me when they’re back in January. I liked that.

5. Is there a specific reason you gave up informing in your site’s “Forgotten Hits” page? Forgotten Hits was ditched because it wasn’t really getting many views from people. I did begin the feature right at the start of the blogs life though and that is possibly why. I won’t remove it just yet because people do sometimes still click through and I’m not sure if I’ll ever bring it back.

6. What do you think the rest of the year holds for @toomanyblogs? The rest of the year is actually going to be a little quiet I guess, we only have two months left and other than a few gigs I don’t have much else planned. I’m actually in university now, studying Music Business, so that will be taking up more and more of my time. Just keep on doing what I’m doing for now I guess. There won’t be any drastic changes just yet.

toomanyblogs_websitethemeManchester, England’s James Hughes: http://toomanyblogs.co.uk/contact-me/