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Aphelion Editorial 050

August 2001

The Senior Editor's usual drivel about whatever...

by Dan L. Hollifield

Hello and welcome!

Welcome to the 50th issue of Aphelion! I think we've just set some kind of internet record for e-zines. Somebody call Ripley! LOL!

I never thought that I'd be still at it by this time. Good grief! As e-zines are usually short-lived buggers, I thought that Aphelion would have vanished long ago. But yet, here we stand. I can relate due to the tribulations and trials of my job, my home life, and whatnot. Lately I've been feeling like I'm being used up rapidly... I'm having to work too much overtime because of entropy. Things keep breaking down and I have to have cash to replace and repair them. But I've done what I needed to do and still I remain.

As Aphelion remains. Others have come, burned like a beacon in the long night, then dimmed and died. We miss them, but yet we remain. Thanks for keeping us alive. But you really want to know what I'm gonna rant about this month, don't you? Deity knows that its not my editorials that keep you coming back each month, LOL! But yet... I can dream, can't I?

OK, entropy-- Let's look at that. Everything I own is falling to pieces, chaos, disorder... Sounds like college actually. I get the feeling that if I didn't work my butt off I'd wind up back in a duplex with packing crates for tables and lawn furniture for chairs. Now I'm a minor landowner, with a house and several vehicles, my Lady Love, and a very demanding poodle. Or did I reverse those last two? Hmmm... The point is that entropy increases, always, unless one takes pains to impose order on your personal portion of reality. Everything wears out, or spoils, or self-destructs over time, unless you make it your business to keep it stable. You can't neglect your home, or car, or job, or even your girlfriend-- Not unless you plan on getting a new one by-and-by. And replacements aren't easy to get, so pay attention to what you have. Work at it or it'll be gone. Whether its the environment or your relationships with your loved ones, if you don't make an effort to keep it alive, it'll go bad on you. You can't afford to neglect what you have, and you can indeed make it better with hard work. Much like writing. If you don't work at making it better, you wind up doing without it. And that'd be a really sad thing to happen.

Of course, imposing order is never easy. It seems like something simply has to be fixed each day. But you can't let it get you down, and you can turn it into fun most of the time. So dig in, think it through, and then make it happen the way you want. Its not easy, but the rewards are pure bliss.

Thanks for your time.



2001 Dan L. Hollifield

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