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Linguistic Debris . . .

Beowulf? Or Soulmates?

Well first of all, thanks for taking the time to check out my blog. I know you have a million other things you can be doing, so the fact that I cornered your attention for a few minutes is pretty awesome.

To begin, the first question I get ALL of the time is this: "Why did you write this book?"

And I know what you're thinking: I'm the guy that teaches Macbeth, Gilgamesh, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, . . . and Beowulf. I mean, freakin' BEOWULF!! I'm the guy telling everybody to suck it up. Telling my track team to "Beowulf up" when they're running consecutive 400s. Handing out the track team Beowulf Award after a particularly epic, tough, gutsy performance. Telling my students to never fear taking tests, but rather, telling them that they have to slay those tests. Crush those tests. Demolish those tests. Don't fear the test . . . the test should fear you!

Sooo. . . I'm also the same guy that wrote a love story about soulmates?? Hmmm.

Yeah, I guess I better explain.

Several years ago, a student who was in both my English and Speech class asked me if she could give an informative speech on soulmates.

Informative, I thought to myself. She means persuasive. Informative implies that she has some type of verifiable proof.

Before I could answer, as if she were reading my mind, she said, "Mr. B, I have proof. I'd like to bring in my 80-year-old (I feel like I should be writing out the word eighty instead of using the number, but it's my blog so whatever. . .) grandmother and her fiance to talk about their story. They dated 62 years ago, went their separate ways, but re-connected within the last year. They're going to get married now."

Whoa. (Doing my best Neo impression.)

She had me interested. It wasn't Beowulf, granted, but it sounded incredible. Almost impossible. Soulmates? Really? They don't exist. A nice concept, but not a reality. However, I was hooked. I couldn't wait to hear more.

And the story they shared was incredible.

Stay tuned for more . . .

Thanks for reading my ramble. 'Til next time.

Happy Trails,


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