Saturday, June 15, 2013

Yeah, But What Is It, Really?


An autobiography tells the story of a life,
while the memoir tells a story from a life.

I have been writing what I thought of as autobiography, but have now come to realize that it will never be finished. So perhaps I should settle for authoring instead a memoir, or maybe a series of them. What I have, at least temporarily, saved from editorial deletion and vowed to keep from a massive quantity of written words, though, should more truthfully be categorized as a work of semi-factual fiction.

And that might be the best way to preserve this somewhat rambling piece of debatable history... as I remember it.



Walt Disney was afraid of mice.



On this day, June 15 in 1846 representatives of Great Britain and the United States signed the Oregon Treaty, which settled a long-standing dispute with Britain over who controlled the Oregon territory. The treaty established the 49th parallel from the Rocky Mountains to the Strait of Georgia as the boundary between the United States and British Canada. The United States gained formal control over the future states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana, and the British retained Vancouver Island and navigation rights to part of the Columbia River.




literate [LITT-uhr-uht]
1.  able to read and write: having the ability to read and write
2.  knowledgeable: having a good understanding of a particular subject
3.  well-educated and well-read: well-educated and cultured, especially with respect to literature or writing

The primary sense of literacy represents the lifelong, intellectual process of gaining meaning from a critical interpretation of the written or printed text. Key to all literacy is reading development, a progression of skills that begins with the ability to understand spoken words and decode written words, and culminates in the deep understanding of text.

Literature is the art of written work and can, in some circumstances, refer exclusively to published sources. The word literature literally means "things made from letters" and the pars pro toto term "letters" is sometimes used to signify "literature," as in the figures of speech "arts and letters" and "man of letters." Literature is commonly classified as having two major forms -- Fiction and Non-fiction -- and two major techniques -- poetry and prose.



Ice Cube
(born June 15, 1969)
Ice Cube (born O'Shea Jackson) is an American rapper, record producer, actor, screenwriter, film producer, and director.He built a successful solo career in music, and also as a writer, director, actor and producer in cinema.

Additionally, he has served as one of the producers of the Showtime television series Barbershop and the TBS series Are We There Yet?, both of which are based upon films in which he portrayed the lead character. His popularity increased after his critically acclaimed role as 'Doughboy' in John Singleton's hood-based drama, Boyz n the Hood. He has signed on to star in and produce Welcome Back, Kotter, a big-screen adaptation of the 1970s television series. Ice Cube will play the title character, originally portrayed by Gabe Kaplan

Courteney Bass Cox
(born June 15, 1964)
Courteney Cox is an American actress, producer, and director. She is best known for her roles as Monica Geller on the NBC sitcom Friends, Gale Weathers in the horror series Scream, and as Jules Cobb in the sitcom Cougar Town, for which she earned her first Golden Globe nomination. Cox also starred in the FX series Dirt. She owns a production company, called Coquette Productions, which was created by herself and then-husband David Arquette. Cox has also worked as a director on her sitcom Cougar Town and the television movie Talhotblond.

Neil Patrick Harris
(born June 15, 1973)
Neil Patrick Harris is an American actor, singer, director, producer and magician. He is best known for the title role in Doogie Howser, M.D., the womanizing Barney Stinson in How I Met Your Mother, a fictionalized version of himself in the Harold & Kumar series, and the title role in Joss Whedon's musical web series Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog.

Helen Elizabeth Hunt
(born June 15, 1963)
Helen Hunt is an American actress, film director, and screenwriter. She starred in the sitcom, Mad About You, for seven years before being cast in the 1997 romantic comedy film, As Good as It Gets for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. Some of her other notable films include Twister, Cast Away, What Women Want, Pay It Forward, Soul Surfer and The Sessions. She made her directorial debut in 2007 with Then She Found Me.


Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people, and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary.
--Boris Pasternak

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