Grass is Greener


Three lines from Robert Browning’s “One Word More” written in 1855

“None would forego his proper dowry, Does he paint? he fain would write a poem.Does he write? he fain would paint a picture.”

With so many courses to take online, we now can study anything and often for free.Tired of being who you are? transform. Browning indicates that once we are established in a profession, we could very well long for another. Not so easy in 1855, but in today’s world if we are an artist, tomorrow we can be a brain surgeon.

I have taken several courses online. For my last two, one was in physics and other was in computers. I passed them both and have certificates to show for it. I am an expert in nothing. Sounds like a fitting epitaph. One I would like.

4 thoughts on “Grass is Greener

  1. Carole Webber September 25, 2013 / 9:52 am

    One can paint pictures with words.
    Exempts me from claiming artistic talent.
    Physics ? now really !

    • fictionfitz September 25, 2013 / 11:04 am

      Even better, the course was called How Things Work.

  2. Carole Webber September 25, 2013 / 11:18 am

    It might have been called “How not to do manual labor !
    I do not wnat to know how things work–just want them to work.

    • fictionfitz September 25, 2013 / 11:25 am

      We might be the perfect combination. I suggest you apply the word might liberally.

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