Moments

Moments

By C. Derick Miller

7.15.21

Will I die

Or will I sleep

Or will my heart explode

Am I awake

Am I asleep

While blazing down this road

Can I survive

Can I endure

To brag my Earthen stone

Unanswered call

I bet it all

In dreams, I fade alone

I’ll end this way

If not today

Then maybe someday soon

It’s destined flair

That twilight scare

Beneath uncaring moon

Shall breathing cease

My soul’s release

While raising no alarms

I float away

No more to stay

A memory in her arms

The moments come

The moments go

The moments never last

We post the best

And film the rest

A review of our past

The tears shall flow

For few who go

To bid a fond farewell

Fake breathe a sigh

On truth rely

This planet, our true Hell

Life Was Exercise?

7.15.21

C. Derick Miller

Head Writer

Your Stories On Video

Life Was Exercise?

I recently had a good look into the mirror and realized I’m not going to be around forever. Yes, I’m 47, and I just recently had this revelation. I thought I was immortal until that very moment. Don’t judge.

The truth of the matter is I have a wife who is a lot younger than me. Seventeen years, to be exact, and the numbers don’t lie. Not considering any type of horrible accident or medical anomaly, she will be sticking around on this rock by herself (or with the next lucky guy) for quite a while after I’ve danced into the great unknown mystery. Since I like this woman quite a bit, I figured it was time to get back in shape. I want to be around for as long as possible.

So, I bought a bicycle. Honestly, she bought me the bicycle. No, it wasn’t because SHE insisted I get in shape. I asked for it, and she was wonderful enough to oblige. I promised to pay her back.

First thing’s first: When did bicycles become so expensive? A bottom of the line model can cost you more than a typical car payment in the year 2021! Second: why has each corner of society become so hell-bent on spending every available moment sweating in a gym or jogging down the sidewalk?

As I perform my Your Stories On Video interviews, I’ve yet to have a single person bring up what they did in their younger days for exercise. Not one. Maybe it was because, exercise is such a downer, they wouldn’t want to relive the memories of barreling down the street at top speed while gasping for breath in the summer heat or chill of Winter. Then again…

Was “life” itself considered to be exercise in days gone by?

I’ve spoken with several clients who speak of working on the farm early in the morning before school or in the afternoons…but they never speak of these times as hardships or troubled. When most people talk about exercise or fitness, they do so as though it’s a burden. Trust me, I was in the Army. We knew all about working out! It was true madness in every definition of the word. Farm work, though. Wouldn’t that be an even bigger burden that running alongside a screaming Drill Sergeant?

Not according to my clients from previous generations.

No matter how many times I hear them speak of bleeding hands from pushing a plow, milking cows, or gathering eggs, they speak of these days as joyous. Fruitful, even. Perhaps it was. Working alongside your family for mutual benefit always feels right, doesn’t it? Nowadays, we buy everything from a grocery store and never stop to wonder where it came from or who was responsible for planting it, butchering it, or putting it together. Fifty years ago? Those generations worked their fingers to the bone just to have food in their bellies for the night and crops in the field to secure sustenance in the coming times. Everything came to be by their own hands, and they took pride in it. I’m certain, without the comforts of many modern technologies, that the work was much harder back then than what it would be today yet…not even one of them seemed to mind it much.

What memories of your life do you have that seemed tedious during childhood but can be looked back fondly on today? Did you grow up on a farm or ranch? Were you in the military or did you fight for your country during times of war? Did you complain endlessly about how hard it was to get up that hill next to your home on your overpriced bicycle? Here at Your Stories On Video, we want to know! So will the generations of your family who are yet to be born. Tell us your story…

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Personal Service


7.12.21

C. Derick Miller

Head Writer

Your Stories On Video

Personal Service

In my opinion, I feel as though personal service has fallen off the charts in modern business. With the never-ending inventions of new and improved technologies, the human element is truly no longer present in pretty much anything we come in contact with. Even something as simple as paying for goods in a grocery store became a self service long before the Covid 19 Pandemic reared its ugly head in our world.

When I began writing for Your Stories On Video, my first interaction with a client was done through the initial interview. As I would read through the questionnaire, my interview subject would react with a story that would often lead to other tales and interactive discussions. I couldn’t help but interject with my own two cents or memories as my client would reminisce about days gone by or special memories they’d experienced during their childhood. I honestly love it, but it’s majorly time consuming. My own tendency to offer input was probably a reason for this as well, but the initial interview was often overwhelming to the client. After all, digging through those old memories stirred emotions, and not all of them were good. Remember the death of someone you cherished for a second and think of how it made you feel. Now, think about a lifetime of negative memories all crammed into ninety minutes or so. Can you imagine how you’d feel when the interview was finished? Still…imagine what it’s like to think back on all the good times as well! Those are the parts I really like!

As the interviewer, I would often leave these sessions feeling drained from sharing all the emotions of my interview subject’s experiences. It doesn’t help that I’m a bit of an empath when it comes to these things but that’s a story for another time. An interesting one at that. Don’t worry, you’ll all get to know more about me in one capacity or another but…you didn’t visit Your Stories On Video to learn about the head writer, right? You came here to share a bit of yourself with your own family and loved ones. Let’s get back on track.

A new idea we’ve had in the last couple of weeks is to take myself out of the initial interview process to sort of streamline the on camera interview process with the videographer. As it stands, the pre-interview is just a short answer session of what our clients will eventually be asked on film. Well, at least it’s supposed to be. Like I said, I tend to turn the pre-interview into a long, friendly conversation sometimes. Either way, there are those who feel as though the pre-interview process is redundant next to the full blown on camera interview. I’m on the fence when it comes to this process. Honestly, so are most of us at Your Stories On Video. This, ladies and gentlemen, is where you come in. We need your help!

What would you say if we left it up to you? Rather than enduring a pre-interview question and answer session via telephone with yours truly, would it be easier if the pre-interview were in written form? If it were, you and your loved one could sit together and go over the questions without time constraints or special scheduling and could even formulate some questions of your own not normally included in the question-and-answer pre-interview via telephone. Also, since the client and their family member or friend would be writing their own answers, they could be kept short or even edited if they felt the answers were a bit much. When it comes down to it, those exact same questions are going to be asked again on camera and the videographer will expect each of them to come with its own unique story.

Now, what would you think about this process becoming a choice? Letting the client choose if they’d like to be interviewed by one of our writers rather than filling out a simple set of questions? Sure, we could make all these decisions without your input, and you’d never be the wiser to the changes, but that’s not how we prefer to handle this business. Your Stories On Video is about YOU! The end result of all of this is a film about YOU or someone YOU love. Shouldn’t YOU be able to give your opinion on how the interview is conducted? We think so!

The question is…

Would you prefer to handle the pre-interview by yourself or with the help of a someone you know?

Or

Would you like to keep the previous level of personal service originally offered by YSOV and have one of our writers contact you for a short answer pre-interview?

We are always looking for new and unique ways to conduct ourselves and to better serve our clients like no one else can! We already know our own stories all too well. We want to hear yours! What are your feelings on personal service or the lack thereof in modern society? Comment below and let us know!

0319 – Some Notes On Love by Marco Cavazos!

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0319 – Some Notes On Love by Marco Cavazos!

Books and Smack! We Talk Both…

Author C. Derick Miller And Graphic Artist Sam Cloud-Miller Offer Random Thoughts On Books, Film, Music, Today’s Topics, And Life From Bishop Arts District!

Find ‘Butterflies Make Me Angry’ on Podbean, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, iHeart Radio Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Pandora, Stitcher, YouTube, or wherever you listen to podcasts! Buy novels, merch, and see more at http://cderickmiller.com .

Our theme music, “Butterflies Make Me Angry”, is performed by Whiskeyhat and written by Tommy Cross and C. Derick Miller. (Yes, I own the rights to this music so no funny business about copyrights). Follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the Slasher App @howlgrowlsnarl

Footprint

Footprint

By C. Derick Miller

Head Writer

7.8.21

http://yourstoriesonvideo.com

I was born and raised in a small (ish) town an hour outside of Dallas where you absolutely must own a car to get from point A to point B. After visiting New York City a few dozen times over the last decade, I decided that I wanted to live in a place where I could leave less of a footprint on the planet by taking public transit. I married and settled in Dallas. Don’t get me started on the Dallas Area Rapid Transit system…

There is a shinier side of that coin, though. I am able take light rail all the way from my condo to the Your Stories On Video office! I can also walk outside the building and hear my favorite hockey team losing when the season begins in October. I guess hearing bad hockey is better than hearing no hockey at all.

My most recent client at Your Stories On Video was extremely concerned about the world she is leaving behind for her children and grandchildren. She was curios as to whether or not they would live long enough to be her current age. It saddened her deeply. I understand her predicament.

I can’t help but wonder how many more of my clients in the near future will have similar concerns. I’m a father of adult children and have multiple grandchildren myself even though I’m nowhere near the age of my clients. What can I say? I started young! Regardless of age, I still wonder about these exact same things! What kind of world am I leaving behind for my children and grandchildren? Not only do I wonder if they will all reach the ripe old age of reason before the planet gives up on all of us, but I wonder if I will get there as well!

My client brought up the wildfires in the Pacific Northwest and the strange weather patterns that have been witnessed all over the world. Did we, as humans, do something to change all of this or is this something the planet has done on its own? It’s a serious question and one that several politicians use as a platform during elections. How many more years will it be until the planet Earth shakes us all off into oblivion like the fleas we all pretend not to be? Yes, I know those words may be a little harsh for some of you but…

Reality is harsh. Perhaps if we all stopped sugar coating all the bad things coming our way, we’d do more to help prevent it? Yes, regardless of which side of the fence we sit on, at some point, this planet is going to get really mad at us. Who knows? Maybe she’ll stop speaking to us altogether!

I can’t tell the future, and neither can anyone else reading this. (If you can, contact me directly. We’ll go to Vegas. My treat!) All I know is that I, as a younger person, don’t remember crazy weather, wildfires everywhere, and droughts in some of the greenest areas of our country. Is it because of the (dreadful to speak of in certain circles) climate change or is it that we weren’t all privy to instantaneous information during my youth? I really can’t say for sure, but it scares me to think about it all.

What kind of world are we leaving behind for our children and grandchildren? This is a valid question worthy of an answer and one heck of a discussion topic during a Your Stories On Video interview! Feel free to get in touch with us and, who knows, perhaps we can discover the answers together…

It’s worth a try.