Saturday, December 31, 2011

Quotations and Quips

"The wages of sin are death"
- But after taxes, it's just sort of a tired feeling -

Plato said:
"What a nation honors, it will cultivate"

 The USA has and deserves great basketball players! -

Friday, December 23, 2011


Remorse is to discover just before you die that you have been dead for a long, long time
(C. Fletcher)

When the cannons are silent, heaven can be heard.
(Bicentennial Wagon Train Show 1976)

Creativeness is correlated with the ability to withstand lack of structure, lack of control, lack of predictability, lack of future, and a tolerance for ambiguity and planlessness.
(Abraham Maslow in 'Eupsychian Management)

Envy is ignorance and imitation is suicide.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson in "Self Reliance")


This speaks for itself...FAR


Three old men on a bench in the squares hare the autumn sun with their backs to the wind.

The bench is hard, the company boring, but it’s better here than alone on the couch.

Occasionally they speak, but mostly silent scowls deepen the wrinkles around hollow eyes.

The sun shines brightly yet an air of gloom hangs about the hairy-eared cynics

They are not angry, not in pain, not even hateful

Still they sit, despairing, just awaiting their graves

Into the square comes a fourth old codger.

He spies his cronies huddled on the bench.

 As he approaches, his old age apparent, ancient as the three….But different somehow.

Lying warm and bundled in the crook of his arm lies a round faced, red cheeked healthy baby boy

The autumn walk with grand pop has kept him wide awake, full of life and giggly cheerful

The three old glooms rise up and shout greetings.

The air about them has warmed, they are smiling

They all talk at once, their words effervesce conversation bubbling to sweet nostalgia.

Old men, once despaired,now happy to be with old friends.

The baby without ever knowing has restored in them the sweet breath of life.

Mr. Solid Citizen

Though this was crafted 40 years ago, this hypocrite still lurks among us.  Call him out!

Mr. Solid Citizen

He works for ecology, but can’t really define it
He wears his alligator shoes to the earth day rally
He buys his herbicides in recyclable containers
He washes his hunting clothes in low phosphate detergent
He uses lead free gas in all four of his cars (including the SUV)
His seven kids helped distribute the ZPG posters
His wife wears the green omega ecology flag pin on the lapel of her seal skin jacket
He sold the pelts of the poisoned coyotes to get the cash to take his kids to the zoo to see the last surviving timber wolf.
He helped to deliver thousands of flyers urging citizens to save our forests
He popped two uppers during a smoke break to help him stay awake at the drug abuse seminar
He was the keynote speaker at the Anti-Marijuana cocktail party
He has a “Buy American” bumper sticker on his Subaru
He is tolerant, unbiased and broadminded
He refuses to wear his hood at clan rallies
He read “Soul on Ice” during brotherhood week
He often tells how he once bought a magazine from a Hare Krishna freak.
He and the kids watch the sports channels to see the benefits of exercise
 Mr. Solid Citizen

Friday, December 9, 2011

October Sky

While crossing a river bridge near home on October 11:

Undecided?                    Confused?
Desperately grasping Summer's last threads
Preparing a threshold for Autumn's changes
Choosing every shade of gray from her palette
Some cobalt blue for a dark shade
A window of sky blue in case sun rays wander by
 A complete Libran attitude
All options open
Knowing Autumn's color demands a chill
Reluctant to depart from Summer's warmth
Undecided, not confused
Committed to both
Smooth transitions take time
Take your time
Some say 'chill' when they mean realax
October sky
Enjoy the show