Welcome to The Epic! I am launching this blog as a manifesto for and a guide to living well. The title and motto of the blog are taken from the Epicureans, at least some of whom believed in the notion that not one minute of the future was guaranteed to them and that as a result they had the duty to live life to its fullest every moment.
I believe in discovering fun and pleasurable things wherever I find myself each day and I am told I have a knack for unearthing them. My hope is that by sharing in my pleasures and some of my ways of finding them you will begin to collect all the riches that lie in the moments of your life. They are there. Take them! All our lives should be.....Epic.
Monday, July 4, 2016
"The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself." --Ben Franklin; Epic Patriot and Revolutionary.
Me: [walking out of a giant fireworks store yesterday afternoon with ordinance for the Chez Epic Independence Day Evening Display after an altogether proper amount of American ale]
Unknown Male Citizen: [From far across the parking lot]
That is what we do here, in this vast, parochial, focused, confused, good-hearted, misdirected, giving, greedy, loving, hateful, ignorant, brilliant and utterly marvelous and fascinating place that I am lucky enough to call my country. We exercise our liberty. For better. For worse. And on this day each year, most of us actually appreciate it.
In my early 60s, widower, father and itinerant storyteller. I am a putative jazz singer, poet and novelist, dedicated to mining every minute of life for the veins of pleasure they contain. My motto is "Dum Vivimus, Vivamus"..."While we Live--LET US LIVE".