Saturday, June 28, 2008

Conversations with Calliope

JOE: Good afternoon Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good afternoon Joe. I see you saved the best for last.
JOE: It's always a pleasure talking with you. I just got back from our whirlwind trip to Niagara Falls.
CALLIOPE: Thank you for the compliment. So how was it?
JOE: Very enjoyable. We drank wine and watched people in the park by the falls in the afternoon, notably families of Muslims and Amish.
CALLIOPE: Why were they notable?
JOE: I tend to think of people with different beliefs as being much different than I am. Just my preconception I guess.
CALLIOPE: So what did you discover?
JOE: When with their children, most people are the same regardless of their beliefs. It helped me see the common bonds between the world's peoples.
CALLIOPE: I guess that was worth the trip in itself. What about the concert?
JOE: Once we survived the smoke gauntlet through the casino and made it to clean air in the auditorium, we caught our breaths, literally. Then we thoroughly enjoyed The Neville Brothers and Doctor John's performances.
CALLIOPE: Did anything stand out?
JOE: I was impressed with the intensity of the performers' involvement in their music and their passion for it. Close up cameras let us see their expressions and mannerisms, which I don't recall being privy to in a concert before.
CALLIOPE: Any personal message for you?
JOE: Yes. In order to attain a high level of excitement in my writing, I need to feel it first and then portray it on paper. I will start looking for that excitement in me. Talk with you on Monday.
(St. Michael's Cave- Gibraltar)

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