In my second quest to Florida, I did a lot of reading of the columnist Lewis Grizzard. He was with the Atlanta Constitution. He was syndicated, and his columns were compiled into books. I read most of them. His columns were funny, thought-provoking, and touching.
I am not sure what got me hooked on him. I have read columns by the great Erma Bombeck, a columnist and humorist, from my mother’s collection of books.
What got me started on Grizzard’s books were the titles: Kathy Sue Loudemilk, I Love You; Elvis is Dead, and I am Not Feeling to Good Myself; If Love were Oil, I’d be about a Quart Low; and (goes with today’s hero theme) Shoot Low Boys, They’re Riding Shetland Ponies.
The last title focuses on small town heroes and people who change the world even if it is just their corner of it. I was reminded of this collection when watching Happiness Heroes, Returning the Favor, Humankind, and Military Kind videos on Facebook (positive stuff on the Internet?). There are a lot of good people out there doing good things. Heroes are everywhere; identities are not secret, and their stories are being told.
As far as Sura, the writer?
I have to admit that it has been awhile since I have visited the Grizzard collection, but I loved his use of language and his humorous and insightful look at life. Lewis and Erma, along with Dave Barry and Mitch Albom, have always impressed me at the way can write about stuff, just regular stuff, and make us laugh, cry, or be amused.
Now, in this quest in Florida, the second one, I worked night shift in the Roadway Inn in Ft Myers. I spent my days sleeping, writing (mostly Cry of the Eagle), watching Karate movies (big fan), and reading. Thus, Lewis Grizzard.
I think what hooked me was Kathy Sue. I am sure the name was changed, but her name same real and his columns that involved her and romance as a young man real. I connected.
Therefore, I have made a few attempts at this blogging thing. It is a part of my playing with words. It’s fun. Although in hobby and free time status, I hope to post regularly here or other places.
It is good to get on the keys. The play and adventure continues.