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Gracism

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Elsewhere on this website is a word game I invite you to play and submit your best efforts to me.  I will post them, barring vulgarity, etc., and give credit where credit is due.  I call it “Warped Words”.  (Origin and attribution are posted.)

The best of my own?  Gracism:  An entirely positive approach to others in the world who are of different races, religions and circumstances, based upon mercy, generosity and goodwill.

It was this impulse, I suppose, which led me to create the character of a sentient monk experiencing life outside the cloister for the first time, and write the twelve short stories and more that I’ve weaved into Book of Hours:  The Beguilement of Brother Alphaios.  I found myself wanting to write a good-natured story in a market where there seem so few, and where, if there is violence it is not deliberate or gratuitous.  Where the worst, most vulgar of the modern vocabulary does not have a pedestal upon which simply to shout, shock or sound hip.  Where experience is paired with reflection.  Where there is recognition of the base instincts of humankind, but also joy found in life and in color, and celebration of truly great accomplishments in art, music and architecture.

And now, having finished this first book, the character still beguiles this author…

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