[four · words/fore · words (fôr · wərdz)]
by Martin C. Fredricks IV
A forward-thinking blog where every post is an introduction to what’s next in politics, progressive causes, government, climate change and the environment, always with a good dose of social commentary sprinkled in. We’ll jump into life, family, experiences, lessons learned and the way it is once in a while, too.
Allow me to introduce myself:
I am a husband, a father and a son. I am the fourth Martin C. Fredricks in a line that now includes my son, Martin C. Fredricks V.
I am a writer.
I write from North Dakota, one of the deepest red states in the Union. It can be a challenge for someone who’s left of the Democratic Party establishment and way, way left of the Democratic-Nonpartison League in the state. But, to quote a favorite character, “The Dude abides.”
I am a voracious reader, a lover of words and a storyteller.I am my own harshest critic. I do my best to be a good listener, even when the speaker sees the world differently. I believe – to quote The Spirit of the West in Rango – “No man can walk out on his own story; even though I’m surrounded buy people who cannot fathom why I think the way I do, I keep at it.
Another part of my story happens every morning when I wake my children. I walk into their rooms, flip on the lights and say their names softly. To that I add, “Time to get up, honey. It’s a brand-new day.” It’s one of my favorite things to do, and they seem to like it, too.
It’s also part of the inspiration for this blog. Every morning marks a brand-new day – a foreword, if you will, to whatever comes next. The day can be as good or as crappy as we decide to make it. These blog posts are forewords, too, even if they’re looking back for wisdom and insights. My hope is more of them turn out to be good instead of crappy.
Thanks for reading, and come back soon.