Buddha Translated

I believe it was Buddha that said, Life is pain, however translations over thousands of years can get rather distorted. The Cantonese was translated to Mandarin, later translated into Greek and Latin, and then for some reason back into Mandarin and Cantonese. The first translation into English was found at the bottom of a Bazooka bubble gum comic where it said, Fortune: Life is Pain. Buddha.

Modern scholars that have revisited the ancient manuscripts have discovered that the true translation was closer to Life is life, which was followed up by Pain is pain, but as simple as these statements seem, they still ring with a depth one can ponder for quite some time. With this thinking one could easily add, Goats are goats, or my favorite, What time is lunch?

Discussing philosophy of this sort raised the question if Buddha was hungry and simply wanted a sandwich from the famous bakery cafe, Au Bon Pain. Not being an expert in ancient Chinese language I may be Confucius. I think I’ll go make a sandwich.

Time Brats at Camden Library

Swamp Boggers and Time Brats
My reading of Snotgrass at the Camden Library was completely taken over by the Time Brats! What a hoot it was to make so much noise inside a library. We all took turns telling strange tales of mythical Maine beasts. The night turned into all of us sharing stories told to us by our grandparents and elders. I heard about several old Maine story tellers: Buckwheat Shed and Frisco Ireland, strange tall tales of bear hunting at the Houlton dump, and how to catch Bigfoot using peanut butter. We made up a new local monster and called it the Camden Crawler. Here the kids display the handmade Swamp Boggers I brought along. Thanks one and all for coming out on a rainy Maine evening!

Check out the Camden Time Brats in action:

Old Friends at Gibbs Library

gibbs-library-launch-7 gibbs-library-launch-6 gibbs-library-launch-5 gibbs-library-launch-4 gibbs-library-launch-3 gibbs-library-launch-2 gibbs-library-launch-1I grew up in Washington, Maine. My book Snotgrass is a memoir of my childhood in the magical village of WASH ME. Launching the book in Washington’s very own Gibbs Library gave me the warm fuzzies. Reading a few pages of my book to the people that knew my family is different than reading to a group of strangers. Everyone in the audience at Gibbs knew at least one person in the book. They all had stories of their own to tell. For me it was a once in a lifetime opportunity. Many of these folks knew me when I was just a wee one. Thanks to everyone that came out to see me. It’s nice to be surrounded by old friends.

Haunted Flanders Lane

I had one of those once in a lifetime experiences today. I got to read a couple chapters from my book Snotgrass at the Gibbs Library in Washington, Maine where the book is set. In the audience were several folk who knew me when I was just a wee one. It was amazing sharing these stories with the people who knew my elders, know the setting, and were there to celebrate their small town along with me. They asked if I was going to show the Flanders Lane video, and I laughed because I hadn’t realized how many of them had seen that little short movie. Here’s the cast from Snotgrass in a Halloween short haunted house video we all made years ago.

Book signing at Gibbs Library

Book signing at Gibbs LibrarySnotgrass is coming home to Washington, Maine. The Gibbs Library will be hosting a book signing Sunday May 3rd starting at 3PM. So saddle up a Side Hill Gouger and take a ride through the jungles and meet me at the library! Snotgrass is set on Washington Pond, so it is a real pleasure to be having this event in my home town. Tell your granny to put down her knitting and get on some mud boots, there’s a party at the library!