I write a lot about romance. I love love. I love romance. I also love, “Love your neighbor.”

Some of you are nodding your head. Good. Keep working on it.

Some of you are saying, “I do it, but those guys sure don’t.” That might be true. Keep doing your part.

Some of you put love in a box and say, “I love my neighbor. I just don’t love people who hate other people.” It is easy to love nice people, isn’t it? Loving those who do horrible thing isn’t easy.

You’ll get there.

Merry Christmas 2018

Merry Christmas 2018

Merry Christmas 2018

It is never cliche to wish anyone a Merry Christmas.

While this is not a religious blog, please allow me to indulge in saying this day reminds me that the God I believe was born humble, in uncertain circumstances, to later die for unworthy people. I am one of those unworthy.

I am Brockeim, but Jesus is Lord.

Back to the beginning of this blog.

Back even further.

Am I An Entertainer?

Am I An Entertainer?

Driving a long ways a few summers back, I borrowed a very overdue CD from the library. It was a collection of Billy Joel’s greatest hits, and included The Entertainer. Joel reconciles his job is not as a poet or anything noble. He is an entertainer. While he may be sardonically pointing at the corruption of his industry, the reality remains.

On one hand, I review, and I write. I take both roles seriously. How serious? If you have glimpsed at more than one page of my blog, or at my website, you know I sing and dance. I don’t write dour, thoughtful pieces. I write about humor, romance and childhood crushes. Or I muse about coffee.

No one reading will say, “There goes the American Tolstoy.” My goals are not about depth or breadth. They are about love and laughter. I work hard to achieve that.

I want traffic to my sites, advertising clicked on, and things purchased through I love to write, but I also love to eat, pay my bills, and drink very expensive coffee.

When I write, I am mindful of you. All of you? Each of you? I have an image in my mind who my audience is, though I keep finding out I am wrong. And, sometimes people tell me what they think I am like, how they envision me. That’s fun too.

Christmas is coming, and I secretly hope the world’s customer will first click on a link on my blog before they buy. To do this, I need to entertain you.

I write to entertain. I love to hear someone smiled or thought wistfully of their own first love. I enjoy knowing I made you giggle, or go to Facebook to look up that sweetie from fifth grade. But I am not writing in a vacuum. I, like Joel, know an audience is fickle.

Some writers nail down the perfect piece for eternity, like Mark Twain or James Thurber. They are still loved. Those guys are a special breed though, and we work-a-day writers respect their great talent with dreams of emulating them. Popularity fades for most us. Magazines and books have quoted me, and yet, tomorrow, it all starts again. It is hard work.

Tomorrow starts today. The obvious paradox requires to imagine what will be interesting next year. This post will still be up. Will anyone read it once it is buried in the caverns of my archive? Ask me in 2019. Better yet, respond to this post.

It is worth it. I do make a few dollars, and, I love doing it despite how few they are. Even if no one reads my work, would I still do it? Probably not. I did this, though, when I made no money…

Billy Joel-The Entertainer
I am the entertainer and I know just where I stand
Another serenader and another long haired band
Today I am your champion, I may have won your hearts,
But I know the game, you’ll forget my name,
And I won’t be here in another year
If I don’t stay on the charts

(first verse: see Billy Joel’s website for the rest)

Let me write something entertaining for you: Services

These Days, Let’s Smile

These Days, Let’s Smile

These days… these days… these days… smile.

I look at these days, and these days, we need gentle, knowing friendships more than ever, as much as always. That’s what I love to encourage.

I’ve been quiet. My blogs are filled with broken links. My website hasn’t been reasonably updated in years. That’s why you’ve seen a relaunch, a new look, and a new approach.

Today, I received an email reminding me people need those smiles.

I don’t care what divides you. I just want you to grin widely, warmly. I think you do too.

I have work to do. Join me.

Come on people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another
Right now.
–The Youngbloods