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Self Doubts and Life’s Stories May 8, 2014

Posted by michaelnjohns in Uncategorized.

I love the thought that sometimes our best jokes turn into our life’s stories, and turn out to have been our best ideas.  When I was in High School, I used to laugh when people said things and then their lives turned on an axis and they had to eat their words, in good ways.  Well, my own life’s story and direction has taken one or two of those amusing turns, too.  My miraculous marriage, my beautiful kids, my aspirations.  I joked about all of these at one point or another in my life, cynical in my perspective, doubting it all.  I doubted that a person like me would ever find and win the heart of a woman, and then she came along and won mine, held in still-willing thrall for more than 20 years.  I doubted that I would ever be a father. She has given me two children.  And frequently in high school I lamented how I hated the craft of writing.  Now I want to do nothing but write.  Poetry, blogs, novels, short stories, I have more ideas in my head than I have free time to put them into words.

I hear women swearing off men after being mistreated.  And then I witness as they find delightful men and become happily married.  I hear friends say they’d never fill-in-the-hopeless-blank, and then they do.  I’ve seen it more than coincidence or statistic could bear out mathematically.  God’s sense of humor is delightfully twisted.  In my own life, I could not have conceived of such a plot!  That is, I couldn’t, until it became my own life’s story.  

Be careful what you say.  I think God eats irony for dessert.

Having said all of that, I want to introduce a fellow blogger and a top shelf writer.  You may know him already.  I’ve enjoyed his poems and his articles, and I’m saving pennies hoping to score a book or two, and if MAD fortune overtakes me suddenly, a trip for an autograph.  

Here then is the Gorgeous Gael’s tale of irony handed to him by God’s twisted sense of humor:
And, what sounds like it would be a brilliant and fun production:


And jokingly tossed out into the cosmos, I wonder if he could afford to fly me to Ireland to play viola or violin in his orchestra…



1. gorgeousgael - June 23, 2014

Reblogged this on My Writing Life and commented:
You got you MoeJoe working MichaelJohns! ‘Cromwell’ was a fun production. We still hope to tour Ireland with it – following the Cromwellian trail, as it were – if we can raise the finance. The saddest news is that our wonderful director of the show died earlier this year. A brilliant actor/director/musician. He will be missed.
ps. I was looking for the ‘top shelf writer’ and then realised it was me you were talking about! With flattery like that you could well end up playing the violin in Cromwell’s New Model Army!

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