What About The Name, Jittery Goat?

Let’s start out by saying I am not the Jittery Goat. That is the name of the site. I don’t even like goats. And Kenton Lewis is the pseudonym of Byron Lehman; the name taken from two frontiersmen I was fascinated with as a boy, Simon Kenton and Meriwether Lewis.

                   That’s me. I’m not the goat.

Most of my writing is early in the morning. I awaken anytime between 4:30 AM and 5:30 AM. The coffee is prepared from the night before and all I have to do is turn it on. It takes about ten minutes to brew.

Coffee is by my side as I write. I like it strong and black.

As I thought about a name one morning; I sipped, and wrote, sipped and thought, I sipped some more. At last I had the coffee shakes. I wondered about that Bedouin goat herder centuries ago who observed his goat eating a strange little berry. Legend says he jumped about. Well when ever any human sees something like that he thinks, ’That’s for me. How can I get that kind of high?’

Well after a few attempts it was brewed and thus today we have Starbucks.

That was it! I had to name my blog in memory of that goat. There were about fourteen variations of ‘something’ – goat from jumping goat to dancing goat. I sent the list to my son and he said Jittery Goat sounds more like literary.

That’s it. That’s how and why I named my blog the Jittery Goat.

Who I Am and How I Got Here?

I’m from the generation that stared at test patterns on the TV, first plastered the a transistor radio to their ear, served in an unwanted and unpopular war, saw a President assassinated, one resign, one that should have, saw men step on the moon, and people blow-up in the sky trying to go to space. I have lived though IMAX, Iphones, Ipads, and now living through I forgot, I don’t know, and I don’t care. I find myself most comfortable with people who are skeptical and cynical, but not to the degree of being downright negative or depressing. In other words they see or want to see the silver lining, but they are constantly aware of the dark cloud and are certain of its potential.

What is read early influences one throughout life.  The first book that I read that deeply impressed me (8th grade) was To Kill a Mockingbird. Atticus Finch was a man born of principle. He did the right thing because to him it was the only thing to do. The book Billy Budd followed.  It left me thinking for weeks. The outcry of Billy Budd prior to his hanging impressed upon me the need to always be forgiving. “God bless you Captain Vere!” was Billy Budd’s cry to the captain responsible for his execution just before hung. Of course, Melville likely borrowed it from Jesus’ execution, “Forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

In my early twenties I became more interested in the Bible, not as literature or a collection of lessons taught by narratives, but as God’s inspired message to man.  It has been the Bible that gives redemption and forgiveness context, reason, and form for the Billy Budd-like declaration. We do it because God forgives. It is good and healthy for us emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

Life is an unending chain of events of wrongs to us and as we have likewise done to others. Forgiveness is the only thing that makes sense. It gives depth and background for the Finch-like character I read about. Animals don’t retaliate for harm done to them, because they forget. Humans remember. Forgiveness is what prevents retaliation. It seems it is a quality that is unique in creation to humans.

Redemption seems, in some ways, an underlying thread in my writing. If not outright expressed it is often the reflex that pushes the key that forms the word that makes the story.

The desire to make things right when we offend is universal as is the need to extend forgiveness. It comes natural. We can’t live without it or the hope it produces.




    • Hi Mr Kenton Lewis,

      SoundEagle would like to commend you upon your wise words and wisdom. especially about forgiveness.

      May you enjoy your retirement and SoundEagle would like to wish you all the success and fulfillment in your endeavours. Thank you for taking the time and effort to educate your readers and followers.

      Happy March and springtime to you! May the new year and new season bring you and your family plenty of happiness, good health, peace and harmony! And may the world be a better place in 2013!

      SoundEagle hopes that you continue to do very well and find fulfillment in whatever you enjoy doing and savouring. . . . . especially “sharing the stories that have rattled around in [your] head for years”.

  1. I’ve been trying to catch up after being out of town and away from the computer for a week, and it looks like in that time period you’ve published a bunch of books! I’ll have to check them out. Which one is best to start off with?

    • Good to hear from you. Actually the page has been redesigned. Those books were on a page, but now featured on all pages.
      My readers seem to enjoy “The Summer of ’62” the most. It is somewhat autobiographical, although the events occurred in a couple of years and compressed into one and likewise with the main character. When my son read it he said, “All those things happened to you?” He asked me which chapters were me and which were somebody else? I told him the more personal the emotions the more likely it was me.
      Take care,

    • Thanks for commenting. I always appreciate the thoughts of others and how it rounds out or completes my own expressions. It’s much like another cook adding a another spice to the stew.

  2. I love your quote, “Life is an unending chain of events of wrongs to us and as we have likewise done to others.”
    I agree, it’s all about forgiveness, which is so difficult because we don’t forget!
    I am glad I found your blog!

  3. My favorite part of this was – “I’m from the generation that stared at the test pattern on tv…” That entire paragraph is me.

  4. I am sure we are the same vintage….although I have not read through all of yours as yet. I am also from that generation and can remember party line telephones and maunal (telephone) exchanges, to add two more. I have to follow your blog! Thanks for the link to Wool Muses.

  5. “I find myself most comfortable with people who are skeptical and cynical, but not to the degree of being downright negative or depressing. In other words they see or want to see the silver lining, but they are constantly aware of the dark cloud and are certain of its potential.” … I can totally resonate with this. Sometimes I like to describe myself as an “eternally optimistic cynic.” Somehow it all balances out. Cheers!

  6. Hey, I was on my way to notify you of the nominations for One Lovely Blog and Most Influential Blogger Award.

    You don’t have to accept it if it’s a bother, but please accept my sincere appreciation of your work.

    Thanks for dropping by.

    Congrats and cheers!

  7. Hi Kenton, thanks for popping along to my stuff now and again, I don’t think I’d ever visited your ‘About’ page before – I love the paragraph beginning “I’m from the generation…
    I’ll have to make time to read some more of your blog I think 🙂
    Jude xx

  8. Oh my goodness – I love you already!

    That last part you wrote about forgiveness – I just wrote something about my own struggle with forgiving myself. I think it is important, but I have my own thoughts as to how it can occur.

    I really love your writing style. I’m really glad I discovered your site.

  9. I am new to world of blogs and posting and such, but I love the openness and transparency of your written word. I love simplicity. It seems when we strip off the façade of who we should be and what we should think or do the truth of who we are is oh so beautiful and meaningful. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  10. I so relate to the redemption theme–if I ever set aside my poetry and get my novel done…well, actually, some of my poetry “does” redemption. God bless you.

  11. Wow, I appreciated this. I love To Kill a Mockingbird and Atticus Finch–and I confess I struggle with forgiveness. Sometimes I’m more Old Testament than New–I’d like to see some up-to-the-minute justice, dang it. But I understand that I’ve been forgiven much–and thus owe that same grace to others. Wonderful post–God bless you richly.

    • I appreciate the nomination, I really do, but at this time I no longer participate in them. They require too much time to do them justice. Much of my time is spent writing and little time left for other things. Once again my deepest appreciation.
      Kenton Lewis

  12. You suck! I googled “citizens arrest” and you “sucked” me in with “Thank You Gomer Pyle For Citizen’s Arrest”. Then “Big Rock Candy Mountain” and four or five other excellent posts.

    I am now Jonesing for a “Kewpee” (I love a good burger), though I have to tell you, the best hamburger in the world is in New Boston, Ohio at a place called Hickies. It is nothing really, just a little meat, mustard, pickle, and onion for about a buck. But it is pure heaven.

    Thanks for SUCKING me into your site, oh, and the “Ipad, I forgot” line was classic. I am at the young end of that generation, but I remember it all.


    • Well, Rick ole boy,
      You really had me for a minute. I thought any minute you might be in my drive calling out obscenities at me.
      Hickies looks like a real neat place. If ever I’m floating along the Ohio I’m going to dock my raft and meander over there for a burger.
      Thanks for dropping by and don’t be a stranger.

      • Hickies is about 45 miles west, not local to me, but when I look at most of the people, it is exactly like you described Kewpee’s. My brother is in Toledo, so I just have to find a detour through Lima.


      • There is a Kewpee on the east side of Lima, right off I-75. I personally prefer the one downtown or the one on the west side, but anything is worth not driving through Lima.
        When in Toledo try Tony Paco’s; the original at 1902 Front Street.


  13. noticed in something you wrote in March, mention of the east side Kewpee..in my day that building was a Robert Hall clothing store..
    I worked there part time over ’67 and ’68..
    the nearby corner was a busy spot..Howard Johnson’s, A&P, Susie Q and two root beet stands did lots of business..the stand east of Howard Johnson’s folded after Rt 117 was blocked by the construction of I-75..

  14. Hi,

    Just went and checked out your new site and it looks great! I looked and may have missed it, but it is there another way to subscribe (to your new blog) and post comments, other than through Google Plus? I want my own blog to remain anonymous so do not connect any of my Google accounts to it.

    Wishing you the best of luck! 🙂


    • Thanks for your encouraging words. I’m not totally familiar with Blogger, but in the left sidebar there is an email sign up. That Google account thing is confusing to me. It looks as if an attempt to be an alternative to Facebook.

      • Okay, subscribe via email. And yes, you are correct, it is Google’s alternative to Facebook. I’ll take another to see if I can find a way to comment without using my Google account.

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