About Roll Your Bones

In November of 1959 Jack Kerouac appeared on The Steve Allen Show. While he joyously read an excerpt from his book, On The Road, Allen laid down a jazzy piano riff in the background. In this appearance, Kerouac attempted to explain why he wrote “that book or any book.” He described seeing God, and being given the following instruction:

come on, boy,
go thou across the ground
go moan for man
go moan
go groan
go groan alone
go roll your bones
go thou and be little beneath my sight
go thou and be minute as seed in the pod
go thou go thou die hence
and of this world, report you well and truly

What does “Roll Your Bones” mean?

I interpret it as a command: Experience life, testify, push forward, quietly and with purpose. Gather together all the parts of you because they go where you go. It’s also a way of living; a way of responding to the world we live in.

What is the purpose of this blog?

I’ve always loved print media. Throughout grade school, I was on the newspaper staff. In high school I was sports editor of our town’s weekly. Naturally, my college major was journalism, and at one time my career goal was to run a weekly newspaper.

While I left the newspaper industry a long time ago, I still believe in the importance of local news. I love all the pieces that go into creating a publication: deciding what needs to be covered, gathering together all the relevant information, writing a succinct piece, creating a strong visual image, and bringing it all together in a form that can be distributed and shared. Most of all, I enjoy collecting my favorite things and sharing them.

This blog is my own personal newspaper. In part it’s my recipe binder and clippings folder. It’s my photo album and historical record. It’s also my little art project.

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