Alphabetical Promptings (B)

Today’s writing exercise is brought to you by the letter “B.”

Biscotti. What could be better than twice-baked cookies? I’ve been craving something to snack on all evening and the apple and Gouda I had just didn’t cut it. I tend to stick with the basic variety of almond, with the occasional chocolate-dipped, but I’ve tried cranberry and cinnamon and a few others on a whim. It can be a quick snack by itself or a tasty complement to a good cup of tea (or cappuccino).

Beethoven. I like classical music. What really amazes me is that these artists were able to create something that still speaks to people over two hundred years later. I’m fairly certain modern artists will not find the same universality. Although, I do wonder what people considered classical music in the early 1700s. I’m kind of partial to his Ninth Symphony, with Schiller’s An die Freude.

Barista. I am a big coffee drinker and having a good Barista available is critical. Unfortunately, I don’t. Living in suburban New England means I have unbelievable access to Dunkin Donuts, but not much besides. The nearest Starbucks is two towns up and that’s not real conducive to a proper morning commute. Not that Starbucks is the end-all-be-all, but it’s light years better than brown water that gets passed for the region’s life blood. I wish I could find somewhere with a good espresso machine and a Barista who knows how to use it.

Baroque. Generally speaking, when someone mentions Baroque the initial thought is for something tremendously over-done. Gaudy. Ostentatious. But how can you not love the Trevi Fountain? Or the music of yet another B, Johann Sebastian Bach? Or another B, Bernini and his Piazza San Pietro? Baroque is big and bold and exciting and dynamic and, well, inspirational.

This is good. Writing tonight was a struggle and that’s why I think it was a good idea to use a structured writing plan. I want to write. I like to write. I don’t always know how to get the thoughts out of my head. I also don’t know just what exactly needs to be pulled out and what needs to remain in incubation for a while longer. And then there are the thoughts which can only be expressed on paper. I see a kind of permanence in paper, with electronic writing as a way to collect and decide what is really, truly important.

Either way, writing in any form makes my brain work harder and generate more thoughts. Sometimes it’s good thoughts which make me feel like I’m making the world a better place and sometimes it’s bad thoughts which make me feel like digging a hole, crawling in and staying there. I don’t like NOT thinking.

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