Connie Purcell these essays Connie tackled the serious and not so serious with a bit of humor and some erudition (well, her version of same).  Shemixed the serious with the silly in some cases, because from her perspective it is the existential way, just like life.  You just don’t always know where life will take you and Connie didn’t always know where the essays wee likely to go, at least at the outset.

In one essay she talks about a fantasy she had when she was younger about being Jack Smith (the LA Times columnist): “I had a fantasy about being Jack Smith.  Not literally, of course.  But of being a writer his ilk, commenting on my everyday life (which was not much to write about in those days), making the mundane seem magical, offering a humble opinion on this or that, having people wake up every morning and read my words and having those words make someone’s day…. Back then, I thought that a destiny devoutly to be wished for.”

As a new writer in the essay genre, she started with that advice given to all new writers — write what you know. Well, what did she know?  She knew about her life and what she’d lived through, so she went back to childhood and recorded some remembrances (including some tidbits from the Antelope Valley years).  And there was more to remember than she thought there would be, once she got going.  From roosters to piano teachers to high school practical jokes (note AVHSers — names changed to protect the innocent!) and learning-to-drive mishaps — somehow they all came tumbling out. That was for starters, and then she got to meatier fare, including kissing frogs, being unfriended, and finally some quasi spiritual topics (her own version of “spiritual”).

It may sound like a jumble, but in Connie’s mind it is sort of logical.  And that’s where it gets quirky, like a dream, shifting and morphing.  Sprinkle in a little humor, and Voila!  You get a little pulp to ponder and some levity to avoid a migraine.  Connie found she was good at framing questions about the human condition.  And since she doesn’t have all the answers, the reader is free to make up his/her own mind.

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