"Neblett takes us through a wonderfully imagined, captivating interface between reality and the virtual reality of next-generation video games."
Adrian Winstanley author High Hopes Silver Linings
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Smile by BJ Neblett
The end of the year is upon us and a new year is at hand. And, as usual we have an over abundance of 'list': from social to political to geographical; from absurd to even more absurd. One particular list caught my attention because it involved my adopted home town. It seems Seattle has the dubious honor of being ranked in the top five of unfriendly US cities. As mush as I hate to admit, there may be some validity to the non-scientific survey. All one needs do is take a leisurely stroll around the Emerald City to note a distinct lack of eye contact and friendly acknowledgement between passing strangers. Therefore, for the betterment and enrichment of Seattle, and all cities and peoples everywhere, I humbly submit the following.
Safe, happy and peaceful holidays to all!
The simple smile can be a powerful
thing. A modest, alluring smile has brought about the downfall of the common
man to the most invincible leader. It is said a smile has turned the tides of
battles; the course of history, and the hearts of the most hardened men.
Like most, I have been both
confounded and rewarded in my attempts to decode and interpret the intricate
nuances of the female smile. However, I have found the most intriguing and
endearing quality of a smile to be how well it works in reverse. It is
difficult to remain angry when you are forced to smile. And it is hard not to
love the one who makes you smile.
From Mona Lisa to Bill Clinton,
volumes have been written on the possible meanings of the grin; smirk; beam;
simper, and sneer. A well timed, well placed smile can be a blessing and a
curse to its intended recipient, often both at the same time. It is indeed the
most dangerous and effective of weapons.
It has been my experience that perhaps
the best, if not most logical response when confronted with a smile is to
simply accept, return and enjoy.
though your heart is breaking…”
and let them wonder
what you are up to.”
“…don’t let the
handshake and the smile fool you…”