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MakeSandcastlesNotWar Meme Introduction

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Hello folks!  It’s time to introduce something a little different for MakeSandcastlesNotWar.  Over the past few years, there have been daily quotes during the weekends.  These quotes can be inspiring, showcasing a new way of thinking about the world around us.  As mesmerizing as some of these ideas may be, I figured it was time to add a spark of entertainment with the mix.

Instead of the daily inspiring quotes on the weekends, MakeSandcastlesNotWar will start implementing its own memes.

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What exactly is a meme?  A meme is an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a particular culture.  These memes are usually spread humorous images, videos, or even pieces of text that is often copied and spread rapidly by internet users.

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Memes have been spreading around the internet for decades.  They stem from certain moments of pop culture such as television, movies, literature, music, fashion, and other areas of entertainment.  With each new entertainment release comes forms of memes that audiences make based on their favorite element.

Each week, MakeSandcastlesNotWar will create its own memes that will be incorporated with one or more topics that was recently discussed.  Whether it be a TV series or a recent PR nightmare, these memes will bring us a little closer to the main idea.  The memes first kicked off last Friday.

Every now and then there may be quote in place on a certain day.  Better yet, there could be a meme ON the quote recently posted!

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Fall is coming soon, which means it’s a time for a change in season.  That new season only brings in new and innovative ideas for MakeSandcastlesNotWar.

With that, let’s take time to welcome MakeSandcastlesNotWar memes this week.


Summer Reading 2019 #3: A Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man


Even as I go through the last few weeks of Summer, I still put in time to do some more reading.  The last book I finished was All That Heaven Allows by Mark Griffin.  All That Heaven Allows chronicled the life of Rock Hudson, an international movie star who gained his fame during the 50s and 60s.  Other than covering his acting career, the book also dived into Hudson’s closeted personal life (which included wild parties with the young men in Hollywood!).

Today’s reading takes us away from the excitement of Tinseltown and transports us back into 19th century Ireland.  It tells the fictional tale of the religious and spiritual awakening of a student that goes by the name of Stephen Dedalus.  This is A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.




A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man was written by James Joyce.  It centers around Stephen Dedalus, a young man who attends the Jesuit-run Clongowes Wood College.  It is there that he suffers ridicule from his fellow classmates while learning the schoolboy codes of behavior.


Stephen’s father ends up getting into debt, causing the family to move into Dublin.  After moving to Dublin, Stephen starts attending Belvedere College (thanks to a scholarship obtained by Father Conmee).  He later squanders a large cash prize from school on prostitutes, further distancing himself from his father.

As Stephen abandons himself to his sensual pleasures, his class is taken on a religious retreat.  The boys sit through sermons and Stephen pays special attention to those on guilt, pride, punishment, and the Four Last Things (death, judgement, hell, and heaven).  It is then that he starts a new journey towards a better life.


This novel was rather interesting to read.  Some of the language was unfamiliar to me, but I enjoyed it nevertheless.  There were times where I felt like I was transported back to 19th century Ireland picturing green mountains near the ocean.  I didn’t need any pictures, for the words were enough to take me to the peaceful areas of Ireland.

With that, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man was worth reading.  Interestingly enough, this was James Joyce’s first novel and it was amazingly done.  I personally enjoyed reading it, for both the story and scenery it provided.


Check out A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man if you want to start reading some works of James Joyce.