David C. M.
Subscriber since: April 2010
Location: Creston, Canada
About Me
I am seventy years old. On April 12th, 2010, my wife, Sylvia, and I celebrated our forty-fourth wedding anniversary. We have one child, Stuart. He died in 2007; after getting hit by a car. The driver was drunk.

I am a retired secondary English and Social Studies teacher and professional counselor. During my professional career, I did a lot of curriculum development work with Native Canadians. I also developed curricula in peer counseling, peer tutoring, and comparative religion.

I have special interests in religion, spirituality, philosophy, and creative writing (mainly essays, poetry, and short stories). At present, I'm working on a series of short stories, based upon several childhood reminiscences. Though I occasionally write science fiction (a short story and a novel), I haven't done any work on that recently.
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Favorite Word:

kismet
Nowadays, this highly mellifluous word chiefly applies to events in life that simply happen, for no apparent reason. I believe kismet may offer life's most significant opportunities. We must not resist them, then; rather, we must permit them to take us where we need to go. In some cases, kismet may seem quite wonderful; in other cases, it may even be tragic. Whatever the kismet may be, it's ours and ours alone, to act upon or not.
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Least Favorite Word:

ecumenism
The word seems mellifluous enough. I simply dislike what it means. One of life's key purposes is to find out what one believes, especially in religion and spirituality. Yet how can that be possible, if one is attempting to find similarities between his own beliefs and those of others? Life is more confidently lived when one knows what he believes and intelligently defends it. At such a point, he may lovingly acknowledge the beliefs of others and defend their right to have them.

Favorite Quote:

"Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself, But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires: … To know the pain of too much tenderness. To be wounded by your own understanding of love; And to bleed willingly and joyfully. To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving; … And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips."
- Kahlil Gibran

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Creativity:

SciPlay, So Far
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Fiction writing:

Writer's block:

Getting Unstuck