Stephen Evans

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Stephen is a playwright and author of The Marriage of True Minds and A Transcendental Journey.

For Better, For Worse

"There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till. The power which resides in him is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Self-Reliance

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The Jesus of Silver Spring

In my novel The Island of Always, Lena (my protagonist) compares her ex-husband to Jesus—in that he loves everyone, just no one in particular (meaning her).

I was thinking about that today as a friend and I were exchanging emails on the subject of being alone later in life (I'm 63, and have been alone or on my own or however you want to put it for some years). My friend and I both agreed that writing (which is what we do, or at least how we think of ourselves) plays a part in that, both as a prerequisite, solitude being implicit in the writing life, and as a proxy, providing the joy and meaning that might otherwise come from companionship. 

Then I thought about Lena's line, and it occurred to me that there might be another alternative: compassion. Or perhaps the more personal counterpart: kindness. Maybe being kind to others, not just to other people, but to all the life around you, generates in you some of the same well-being that partnership might. It’s more spread out, certainly, easier to miss, no doubt. But maybe in aggregation enough to keep the heart alive. 

Perhaps in the end it all comes down to endorphins and complex neurochemical reactions. Or maybe there is a higher accounting, a karma to be built. But I wonder if the choice to engage with your little patch of the world in this way, each day, to smile at a neighbor, give a treat to a dog, or leave bread out for the birds and squirrels, can sustain the heart through the solitary years ahead. 

I hope so.

Hearts are important. 

 

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Rosy Cole
Steve, thank you for these lovely thoughts which strike the reader as a kind of awakening. My response has run to a blog post! ht... Read More
Thursday, 31 January 2019 19:08
Stephen Evans
Always glad to inspire the inspiring. ... Read More
Thursday, 31 January 2019 22:28
Katherine Gregor
I was forty-nine when I met my second husband. He was sixty-four. Who would have thought it? Kindness – true kindness – is a th... Read More
Sunday, 03 February 2019 17:36
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The Island of Always

My new novel The Isand of Always comes out today. It's a sequel to, or perhaps more an extension of, The Marriage of True Minds, whch was published about ten years ago. 

You can find out more here:

https://www.istephenevans.com/theislandofalways/

 

If you read it, I hope you enjoy it!

 

 

 

 

 

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Rosy Cole
Great news! Many congratulations. We also look forward to a film, fingers crossed.
Sunday, 06 January 2019 16:15
Stephen Evans
Thank you Rosy! Yes - fingers crossed ... Read More
Sunday, 06 January 2019 17:02
Nicholas Mackey
Congratulations on your achievement - well done. Could you give us the 'heads up' on the genre of book and the storyline please?... Read More
Sunday, 06 January 2019 18:57
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How far, Since Then

Ultima Thule

BY HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW

With favoring winds, o'er sunlit seas, 

We sailed for the Hesperides, 

The land where golden apples grow; 

But that, ah! that was long ago. 

 

How far, since then, the ocean streams 

Have swept us from that land of dreams, 

That land of fiction and of truth, 

The lost Atlantis of our youth! 

 

Whither, ah, whither? Are not these 

The tempest-haunted Orcades, 

Where sea-gulls scream, and breakers roar, 

And wreck and sea-weed line the shore? 

 

Ultima Thule! Utmost Isle! 

Here in thy harbors for a while 

We lower our sails; a while we rest 

From the unending, endless quest. 

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Rosy Cole
Nice! Thank you! (As a writer, and one striving with the economics of poetry, I mind have a slight issue with 'unending, endless'.... Read More
Monday, 31 December 2018 13:39
Stephen Evans
It's not just you - I had the same thought! It seems like the kind of thing you write when the publisher is waiting for the manus... Read More
Monday, 31 December 2018 18:55
Rosy Cole
Yes, I had heard about the space thing :-) but I don't suppose Longfellow had, at least not in the way we have. As I view it, the... Read More
Tuesday, 01 January 2019 12:10
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