Why “Bendable Light”? Why Habits?

Bendable Light

Bendable Light

Jerry Spinelli’s youth novel Stargirl bears some resemblance to Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Idiot, but is written for youth and set in an American high school, not 19th century Russia. This is nearer to the point than you may appreciate at first glance, but still not quite the point. To the point:

In Chapter 20 the narrator says of Stargirl, “She was bendable light: she shone around every corner of my day.”

Some habits and principles seem to send their light around the corners of our lives, lighting the way ahead, even when we cannot see the light directly. For me, and I think for humanity generally, freedom and faith are among these. Hence “Bendable Light,” a gathering place for thoughts on those subjects and others which I, a least, find to be valuable reference points for navigating life. (Note that freedom, and discussion of such related topics as politics and governmment, are now the focus of a separate site, FreedomHabit.com.)


I use the word habit, because freedom and faith survive only as we maintain habits which exercise and support them. I add writing, by which one may practice and promote the other habits, and reading, which feeds the rest — and because I enjoy both in themselves.

Our habits are who we are, to a degree. They equip us for everything that arises. And because we all have the potential to do good things, we don’t have to settle for the habits we have at the moment.

I may someday add other habits to this digest of thought. Leading candidates are:

  • The Neighbor Habit (promoting neighbors and community)
  • The Human Habit (love, marriage, family, if I ever decided I know much worth reporting)
  • The Humor Habit (which is a problem, because my own humor tends to be situational, sprinkle itself through other discussions, and not work well out of context)

For now, though, it’s just the four habits. Speaking of which, any perceived relation or connection to Stephen R. Covey’s famous Seven Habits or his son Sean’s spinoff for teens is a figment of your imagination.

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