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This book is a thoughtful and entertaining collection of reflections on life.
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Between the Spaces collects just some of my personal reflections on the everyday human condition, at least as I have observed and experienced it in today’s world. I have tried to retain my sense of humor where it is appropriate.
Note that I have left the grand philosophizing to those who enjoy taking on something larger than windmills. It is the smaller aggravations and repeated insults that can wear us down and erode our self-esteem, like the abuse of wind and rain against canyon walls over many decades.
Life is full of challenges and frustrations to be resolved. Sometimes we win outright. Sometimes we must wait for karma to catch up with the offenders.
A Lone Voice Does Make a Difference
Occasionally there’s little response to your postings on the Internet, and no interest at all shown by paper editors. Those may be the days when you feel you might be better off writing graffiti, instead of wasting your time on essays and articles. At least graffiti polluters get attention. Of course, it’s invariably the wrong kind. Rare is the true artist who creates beautiful murals in the neighborhoods. I’ve always thought that if we could catch graffiti scribblers often enough, their punishment should be to clean up their own trash and everyone else’s within a few square miles, and then do community service to learn how much more valuable and helpful they could be with their abilities, instead of destructive.
Now that I’ve digressed, does it ever seem that you can’t make a difference in the world? What can one writer do in a world of loud-mouthed giants of varying talents? How can a single, lowborn voice be heard in a world dominated by the scions of the silver-spoon-in-the-mouth brigade? (Or the silver-foot-in-the-mouth troop!) What do you do when you’re only one and small?
Someone once posed that same question to a mosquito. The pesky insect hardly stopped whining long enough to answer. “See that big guy over there?” (whine) “He thinks he’s going to get a well-deserved nap.” (whine, whine) “Watch me!” (whine, whine, whine). And you can fill in the rest of the story yourself. Anyone, regardless of size, can indeed make a difference in the world, even when he or she is perceived as something of a pest.
It doesn’t matter how small you are, or how insignificant your co-workers or bosses deem you to be. Sooner or later, you will make your point, drive the nail home, or cause someone to become so uncomfortable that you bring about badly needed social change. It might even be in that corporate environment that is so filled with spite, or in a larger area of the real world. The corporate arena, in case you didn’t know, isn’t the real world. As a veteran of the business environment, I can state it’s merely a stage where people play out their dramas, often at your expense. But at very least, it’s free entertainment, though the wounds are real enough!
Never think your voice isn’t worth hearing. You might need to check the ground under your feet and the condition of your bank account first, but always in a so-called free society, there is a reason to speak out, and a way to do so. When it comes to the Internet, praise the Lord, and pass the ammunition!
Shirley's life as it is
Shirley Parker's life experiences have certainly been varied and I enjoy reading anything she has written. Most of what she wrote about in "Between the Spaces of a Writer's Life" is aimed toward the little irritations that we all suffer through and think we're the only ones having that problem. Not true. The only thing I disagree with is the chapter about answering the telephone before it goes to a certain number of rings. Our family doesn't answer the phone at all if we're in the middle of doing something that needs to be done or if we're having a meal together or watching a favorite TV program. The phone is our mechanical secretary and we return the call at OUR convenience. Whether it be mother, sister, or friend, my life is just that - MY life - and I don't feel the need to explain my non-availability to anyone. Keep writing those short stories, girl. --- Mike McCool
Such a funny book!
I initially purchased this book because of the writer's last name. I just had to find out more about someone who could possibly be a relative of the legendary Bonnie Parker. I enjoyed the humor in this book so much that I decided to use the name of Bonnie Parker as my alias, even though Parker is the writer's married name and even though her husband couldn't possibly be related to the legend. I disagree totally with the comments of the lady from Illinois. This is a tongue-in-cheek look at Shirley's climb from the poverty-stricken circumstances of her birth to a fulfilling writing career in an entirely different part of the world. I have everything she's published and enjoy her humor tremendously! This easy-to-read book served me well on my latest plane trip in my own search for self-identity and new hope for a better life in another part of this great country of ours. -- Bonnie Parker
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Shirley Ann Parker