Monday, December 16, 2013


In the olden days there was no true backspacing. Typewriting writers simply kept going. You could go back a character or two and overtype your mistake with Xs or something, but that's about it. Later, someone figured out how to squeeze a ribbon of 'white out' under the hood, but fixing more than a word or two wasn't pretty.

Saturday's blog post was inspired by hearing the following song, Regina Spektor's 'Eet,' which is about a mythical key on a typewriter that allows you to overtype words on page like we wish we could events in our lives.

The mythical key allowed one to backspace, overtyping previous events with new ones, or to simply block them out, leaving a black smudge, but without the words to form a memory or, more importantly, a lesson.

It's like forgetting the words to your favorite song
You can't believe it
You were always singing along
It was so easy and the words so sweet
You can't remember
You try to move your feet
As attractive as forgetting or erasing sounds sometimes (and I do love the song), your memory will still be there in some way. Don't try to erase it; learn from it, and move on.

Instead, focus on the other things in life, like your own endless sheet of paper, and the other keys on your keyboard.

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