Most writers are better than they give themselves credit for, better than the work they do, but they back off because to show the better is painful and confusing. The culture makes writing look easy, always showing Hemingway in a good mood, or it makes writing look manic, paper thrown everywhere. It never shows, because how do you show, the invisible grind, the grimace of an idea and a feeling so clear and the pen’s unwillingness to aid the view?

Among sailors, a pierced earlobe was a symbol that the wearer had sailed around the world or had crossed the equator. In addition, it is commonly held that a gold earring was worn by sailors in payment for a proper burial in the event that they might drown at sea. Should their bodies have been washed up on shore, it was hoped that the earring would serve as payment for "a proper Christian burial".



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