Running throughout the title story of Greeting Flannery O’Connor at the Back Door of My Mind is a series of intuited exchanges between this author and O’Connor. They range from nostalgic and humorous to confrontational and exploratory. The following is one of those exchanges:
Aberjhani: I agree about the limited perceptions of race in the South as opposed to the more extended objective reality, but I can’t agree that anything you said absolves certain politically empowered social groups of responsibility for the institution of slavery.
O’Connor: That’s because you’re trying to booby trap me again and I’m not having it. Tell me this: can you imagine God as a great author and history as a fantastic fountain pen in His hand?
Aberjhani: Actually, yes, I can.
O’Connor: I know you can. Now imagine God in 1865 authoring a manuscript dated 2008 and writing the unexpected name of the winner of the United States’ presidential election.
(From the book Greeting Flannery O’Connor at the Back Door of My Mind ISBN 1-716-68481-1)
The idea of Love as a valuable resource, or a powerful tool, is one some people find difficult to accept for various reasons. We can’t, after all, pay rent by smiling at landlords with hands over heart and then walking away, or purchase groceries by blowing a kiss to cashiers and waving goodbye. Nor can we hop on it like a bicycle and go riding through cities or the countryside.
Yet we know it has tremendous value if only because so many of the most famous names in history, whose teachings and life-examples influence billions to this day, have testified to its transformational and life-enriching power. Some have even died to prove the point. So we know these things but the “ways of the world,” to paraphrase lyrics by Earth Wind & Fire, cause us to lose sight of its proven potential and its potentially world-healing abundance.
The new long-anticipated literary memoir by Aberjhani, GREETING FLANNERY O’CONNOR AT THE BACK DOOR OF MY MIND, features insightful essays on: Flannery O’Connor, James Alan McPherson, John Berendt, Antiracism, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes cover art by the author and a throw-back photo album. ISBN 978-1-71668-481-4.
-Admittedly, Love itself as expressed in the context of romantic relationships, family connections, friendships, and other situations carries certain amounts of built-in stress and discomfort. Those, however, rarely prove greater than Love’s capacity to recognize and self-correct its own shortcomings. If allowed time to do so.
The #quotation used with the #art #graphic for this post is from my #book Journey through the Power of the Rainbow. Hopefully, it further reinforces the importance and effectiveness of a resource available worldwide during this time of the COVID19 pandemic crisis. The extremely fine visual art framing the words is by gifted visionary creative Natasha Von Rosenschilde.
Contemporary award-winning author of classically-styled works in history, poetry, creative nonfiction, speculative fiction, and journalism.