The Web

© 2003 by Lin Stone

As this world whizzes across the internet there are always people who will stand as watchdogs to make sure we do things their way. Their ideas of protocol are RIGHT. Their notions of Right are STANDARD. The following tips from a Great Defender show HOW TO CREATE A WONDERFUL HOME PAGE. "#1. Don't bore people. The last thing people want to see is a picture of your dog, your wife, or your husband. No one cares about your personal belongings. For Goodness Sakes, SEARCH the internet and put some useful information and pictures in your page, not stuff about YOU!"

Can’t you just hear this Great Defender telling the husband of Mona Lisa to go chasing other women because Mona is "just your wife"? Can’t you just picture Mr. Thoreau receiving the edict that he must move into a huge skyscraper and bump his head against the wall because "his" boring thoughts keep trying to escape? No one cares about YOUR personal belongings? Mr. Great Defender has never watched YOUR visitors then, has he? Why, they practically raise the couch to peer beneath it, and once they are alone in the bathroom, the first thing they open is the medicine cabinet, right? You KNOW people are interested in YOU as well as I do.

The question here is, who does the internet belong to?

Us? Or, him?

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If your dog is important to you, put him up for the whole wide world to see. I put my dog up, and I revealed some of the words of wisdom he has taught me too... like: "Steak is nine times better for you than Snickers!" Why, everyone in the world is going to say, "By Jove, He’s RIGHT!" And when I tell people the true story about Hooch chasing a tiger until the critter wouldn’t turn him loose, PEOPLE wrote back saying, "LOL, LOL!"

Just being on the web gives us enough strength to be different, and enough sense to be better. On the web we can find people who agree with us, we can find souls who are precious, and scoundrels who are perfidious. We don’t have to listen to the Great Defenders lay down the law about what to put on our home pages.

Why be ashamed of the diamonds in your own backyard? Put them on the table for others to admire. If your dog is as important to you as mine is to me, tell the world WHY he means so much, explain what is different. Sure, Sure, Sure, EVERYbody is not going to be enthralled. So what? There is at least one guy out there advertising for pictures of dogs, send him yours. I did.

Tales from your childhood make you laugh? Post them. Dress them up as best you can, and post them on your home page. On the Internet you are as big as Louis L’Amour. You might only find one reader to his millions, but at least you are read!

Cain bored Seth to death with all his whining about the need to steal what OTHER PEOPLE had. God didn’t put us on this earth to be just like Joe! God has given us a sacred obligation to be US.

My home pages don’t whirl like Joe’s. My home pages don’t have links like Joe’s. My home pages don’t bristle with cutesy little doomerfloggies like Joe’s either. But I can tell anyone on earth, "This is me, this is it."

Go Thou, and Do likewise!

The web is out there. It is a treasure ripe for plucking, and the reason it is ripe is because people like you and people like me, are serving up the best we have for the hungry and the needy. Much of it is garbage to you, some of it is great, for you. YOU decide what you want. You decide what treasures you lug home to show your neighbors. And if the Great Defender snurls up his nose, tell him to catch the next wave out; Your Home Page is YOUR castle!

Meanwhile, I’m lowering the drawbridge at MY castle. It has a unique address:

Yawl come, and take a look at the dinosaur bone my dog Hooch has dug up now!

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About the author:  Lin Stone's first book was published by Truman Publishing back in 1998.  The title is:  How To Buy Land At Tax Sales.  It is still selling.  Since then Lin has also published Short Stuff, Tales From The Light Side, Laying Down Tracks, Water-Water and hundreds of articles.  His latest book is titled:  Sweeten Your Life With VINEGAR

“It seemed that Solarus was an undefended solar system of immense wealth locked inside a battle-scarred, warring, hating galaxy where the feeble word "poverty" didn't begin to define the devastation being left behind by each new war. Perceptions can be deceptive though -- and dead wrong!

"Maybe it wasn't poverty the planets were going through? Yeah, and perhaps Airth was much wealthier than it looked.

"Children playing in a vacant lot can pretend to be quite rough on the enemy with their romantic little h2o2 water guns -- but that ain't war, my friend! That ain't war!

"War, is hell!"
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Inasmuch as we know that nations, like individuals, are subjected to the punishments and chastisements in this world, may we not justly fear that the awful calamity of Civil War that now desolates our land may be but a punishment inflicted upon us for our presumptuous sins to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole people.
We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven. We have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God.
We have forgotten the gracious hand that preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us and we have vainly imagined in the deceitfulness of our hearts that all of these blessings were provided by some superior wisdom or virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God who made us.
It behooves us then, to humble ourselves before the offended power to confess our national sins and pray for clemency and forgiveness.

Abraham Lincoln
President of the United States


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