The Written Word

The written word, how valuable it is. Mesopotamia developed the first written words,

“The cuneiform script, created in Mesopotamia, present-day Iraq, ca. 3200 BC, was first. It is also the only writing system which can be traced to its earliest prehistoricorigin. This antecedent of the cuneiform script was a system of counting and recording goods with clay tokens.” This quotation is from the abstract of a University of Texas online article by Denise Schmandt-Besserat. (See:

It was of course central to establishing civilizations, i.e. records had to be kept. Reproducible written literature then became doable.

I love what started those thousands of years ago. I am having a mind to mind connection with you. Likely, after we are both gone, I will still be having mind to mind connections with others. It may simply be my grandchildren and great grandchildren etc. reading my memoirs and perhaps my blogs. Wow. What a thought.

But my joy in writing goes even deeper than that. It is an action that transcends my daily life. I may be waiting in a boring line for a credit or exchange and I pull out my large cellphone. I begin to write, usually a blog, but occasionally, a memoir. I am transported from boredom to a place where time is not an issue. The otherwise wasted, precious time for me at 75, becomes a valuable trip to somewhere. Thank God for large favors.

H. Robert Rubin, Amazon best selling memoirist and author of  Look Backward Angel, How Did I Get Through This? and Please Save the Third Dance for Me all available on Amazon.

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