Underground (subterraneo)

What does underground mean?  What contexts is it in?

I’m trying to take part in a challenge of sorts to write about various words.  I’ve written out ideas on paper but just need to put them together.

For underground, I came up with mystery, mysterious, hidden , escape, dark, darkness, the black market, illegal activities.

It always makes me thing about the Underground Railroad here in the United States that existed before and after the Civil War in the 1800s.  There is still an underground railroad of drugs and human trafficking.  For some, an underground railway is a path to freedom but for others it is a path to pain and bondage.

How much and how many things happen everyday that would be considered underground? Crime, for instance.  How many people live an underground existence?

I also think of tree roots and electric wiring underground.  Anything underground cannot be seen.  Only people who work in professions specific to what is underground know about it. Objects go underground to keep them out of the way and they won’t be seen like plumbing, wires, piping, sanitation, etc.

I saw a picture of New York City imagined if all the wires they had were actually above ground.  The City would look very different and would not be able to be navigated.

Once many years ago I taught a class at a senior center and one of my students told me about how in Europe all the wires are underground.

Then there is the connection of underground and underworld.  People who hide from the police and authorities, going underground, and underground activities.

How much of our world is underground and we don’t think about it?  How many things are underground that we take for granted?



  1. The proverbial the pen is mightier than the sword
  2. The proverbial notebook and pen are cheaper than therapy
  3. You don’t need LSD to invent a cuckoo’s nest
  4. Draculas do exist in real-life
  5. It’s mine
  6. Pain can sometimes not be shared in conversation
  7. I can see how much has changed, how much I have changed, or not
  8. Remember when….
  9. Journals, notebooks, pens, and stickers are cool
  10. You can say things you can’t say in the real world
  11. You can have conversations with fake people and not be drugged and locked up
  12. You get to see how much vocabulary you really have
  13. Peace and quiet in the chaos
  14. Time to figure things out
  15. Better than punching people in the face and going to jail (see #1)
  16. The options are endless
  17. Unless you destroy it, it stays around for a long time
  18. Another form of existence
  19. No judgement, no bullies
  20. It doesn’t talk back


One must be daring in order to live and to survive.

One must be daring in order to go out into the world.

One must be daring if one wants to meet new people and have new experiences.

Recently I was writing about an experience I had going down a fire escape, one of the old fashioned fire escapes.  Standing there, feeling like the ground was coming right at you through the first few steps and then getting your sense of perception and reality back.  It was either turn around or go down the fire escape to the lower level.  (This was in an old factory building converted into lofts type of arrangement.)

I had never been on that type of fire escape before and took the daring opportunity while I had it.

How will you be daring today?

Book Review: Pistols and Petticoats

The title of this book caught my eye at the library: Pistols and Petticoats: 175 Years of Lady Detectives in Fact and Fiction.

I thought of a course I took in college that had a similar theme.  No offense to the professor, whose name I don’t even remember now, but I hated it.  They had selected a good, different selection of detective fiction about women but it got old very, very quickly.  I actually gave most of the books away soon after the class was done.

I wish this book had been around when I took that class.  What an eye opener.

Erika Janik, the author, covers the topic of women in police and investigative  work here in the United States both in fact and fiction.  Ms. Janik covers the predecessors to today’s popular authors.  Some of the works are in the popular domain like the book by Anna Katherine Green titled The Leavenworth Case.  Ms. Janik also traces the connections and similarities between the earliest of female detectives and their modern counterparts.

A must read. 5 stars.  Awesome book.dwynn4-owl-readg-book-clip-artjpg-detail-37298