As I mentioned a few posts ago I somehow got myself into an extended FaceBook dialog with a friend about politics. It surprised me that he seems to hate our current president with such a venom that it scared me. I had never seen that side of him before. After an extended comment/counter-comment it shook some of the peacefulness from my current environment. I had trouble sleeping that night and even the next morning his hateful words lingered in my mind. At the end of all those posts it seemed like two one-sided conversation instead of a single thread. There was absolutely nothing that I could have said that would have mattered to him. When I brought up facts to counter his claims there were summarily ignored.
I was upset that I allowed myself to even approach his angry comments. It definitely took the polish off my otherwise delightful trip to date. I knew there was one thing that could shake me from my melancholy and that was “Travels with Charley” by John Steinbeck. I have read that book more times than I can remember but each time I am totally enthralled by his adventures. I am so happy that I bought an e-book version for my Kindle. After an hour with the book the encounter with my friend evaporated. I was back with Steinbeck and his dog Charley on a road trip similar to the one I am now on. When we come upon new places I try to see them with Steinbeck eyes. He had such a marvelous way of looking at the world!
This book was critical to my decision to start blogging. I try to emulate his style of writing and merge it into my own. He is one of my heroes in life. He has taught me so much about the common man that his books are mostly about. He and Will Rogers along with Jesus Christ are the foundations of how I view the world and what I write about.
Thank you once again John for shaking me from my melancholy and helping me to appreciate and love the world around me.