That is one of my favorite beginnings of all time. The first time I came across it, I was about 5 years old, watching the Muppet Christmas Carol with my older sister, and it gave me chills. Charles Dickens knew how to make a beginning that stood the test of time; he is a storyteller that invites, creating a vivid picture in the minds of readers. I am no Charles Dickens, indeed only one man was, but in my hope for a grand, eloquent welcome, I’ll share with you a beginning that always makes me shiver.
Marley was dead: to begin with.
Affable brabble is the goal of this endeavor. I want to practice my writing, making time to organize my thoughts even when it seems impossible to find order anywhere. Affability is a feeling of companionship, and geniality. Brabble is a stubborn discussion about trivial things. Is there such a thing as considerate, productive, affable brabble? I do not know, but I may have been the first to consider that exact wording.
So here is to Charles Dickens, beginnings, modest commitment, and affable brabble in all our future discussions.