James M. Emmerling

James M. Emmerling
June 24
Immemorial enjoyment is the most solid of all titles. Tindal, C.J., In the Matter of the Serjeants-at-Law (1840)
There is no heroic poem in the world but is at bottom a biography, the life of a man; also it may be said, there is no life of a man, faithfully recorded, but is a heroic poem of its sort, rhymed or unrhymed. Thomas Carlyle

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We cannot avoid
Using power,
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Thomas Hobbes

 (His   famous 1651 book Leviathan established the agenda for nearly all subsequent Western political philosophy..)

 “the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short...”




 This is an Open Call, which means/Read full post »

 Systems, scientific and philosophic, come and go. Each method of limited understanding is at length exhausted. In its prime each system is a triumphant success: in its decay it is an obstructive nuisance.

Alfred north Whitehead



I was watching the news in bed with Rena… Read full post »




Well then! Jesus is single, and Christian, and “on the market”, so to speak.


This doesn’t jibe with a lot of stuff I have read about him in the New Testament, but everyone knows it was written by people who never even met him.


He… Read full post »

April is coming.

Probably the best known literary quote about it is of course T.S. Eliot’s.

April is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.



 He was an expatriate American poet/… Read full post »

MARCH 27, 2014 12:39PM

Shut Up about the Goddamn Plane!

 For the love of God, please!


CNN tells me of “debris fields…300 potential pieces!”


Someone mentions , re . the debris, that they (it?) are in the clutch of “the Antarctic circumpolar currents going west to east…moving laterally, and morphing , l… Read full post »

 ee Cummings:


"   I'd rather learn from one bird how to sing
than teach ten thousand stars how not to dance"



 First of all, I have made my choice about which Media to watch.


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MARCH 22, 2014 11:24AM

Rant! Against WORLD WATER DAY, today.

 Today, March 22nd, is WORLD WATER DAY.

Has been for  21 years now…it’s been observed on 22 March since 1993 when the United Nations General Assembly declared 22 March as "World Day for Water".


Water is the foundation of life, the most common of liquids…

Even… Read full post »





As I was half-dozing last night, with the news on, hearing about Putin’s latest statement, something about “ a deep search in the Indian Ocean, trying to find whatever it was he spotted” …and of course the situation in the Crimea , where maRead full post »

Where is the plane,

And what of the Ukraine?


Torn from contemplation of metaphysical matters---lately, the relationship betwixt the body and mind---I am hooked on television.

My hippie sister doesn’t have a tv. She gets her news from NPR. She knows things I should know, but… Read full post »

MARCH 16, 2014 2:07PM

The Lessons of Bacchanalia




Some of us turn off the lights and we live
In the moonlight shooting by
Some of us scare ourselves to death in the dark
To be where the angels fly








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MARCH 14, 2014 10:31AM

Invitation To a Dust Up


 I don’t give a damn what you want to argue about. I just wanna argue.

About: Politics, Religion, Sexuality…

or more interesting topics, like Cats Vs. Dogs ….

 Maybe we can trade theories on where the fuck that goddamn plane is, and what happened to it.Read full post »



 You lose yourself, you reappear
You suddenly find you got nothin' to fear
Alone you stand with nobody near
When a trembling distant voice unclear
Startles your sleeping ear to hear
That somebody thinks they really found you.


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 We find here the final application of the doctrine of objective immortality. Throughout the perishing occasions in the life of each temporal Creature, the inward source of distaste or of refreshment,

 the judge arising out of the very nature of things,

 redeemer or goddess of mischiefRead full post »


March 3, 1927- September 21, 2004


I enjoy living in a small space, I have found. A space I can control.

Currently it is a medium-sized white room in a fairly spacious place. I live here with my roomate ‘Sarge”, who  also/Read full post »


 I arrived early for my second therapy session with my shape-shifting alien doctor, and made a good impression on the receptionist, who said, “Oh Mr. Emmerling! You are a half hour early! Miss Oblong might be able to fit you in for an extended session!”


I tried to look… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 26, 2014 12:04PM

I Finally Began Psycho-Therapy

  I began Therapy last week, for the first time in my life.

 I’ve been avoiding it for 3 decades or so, because I was afraid that I was far smarter than any psychologist they could possibly throw at me, and wouldn’t get any benefits from it if all I/Read full post »


Science has gotten way out of hand, I feel.

Look at what they are up to now:

 “ scientists plan to reach temperatures only a few degrees above absolute zero on the International Space Station,  allowing them to study challenging aspects of quantum mechanics.”

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FEBRUARY 21, 2014 12:56PM

Why I Blog...

 (for our os steve kenney , who inspired me...)


Advertising signs they con you
Into thinking you're the one
That can do what's never been done
That can win what's never been won
Meantime life outside goes on
All around you.


FEBRUARY 18, 2014 2:04PM


Dylan, “Series of Dreams”:




I was thinking of a series of dreams
Where nothing comes up to the top
Everything stays down where it’s wounded
And comes to a permanent stop
Wasn’t thinking of anything spec/
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I went on the Christian Mingle site and got set up with “God’s Choice” for me. Quite a few times. About sixty.




Finally God intervened and gave me a certain Cathy . Once upon a time…or , actually, two different times…I&rRead full post »




 The first one you all know… tomorrow..February 14th, Valentine’s Day.

And I hope  also you recognize what to do…

If you got a gal…lavish. If you got a guy, let him lavish you.

 The more over the top you go , the better. Not just… Read full post »


  • Nearly all creators of Utopia have resembled the man

who has toothache, and therefore thinks happiness consists

 in not having toothache.

They wanted to produce a perfectRead full post »

 Today, February 8th, is  Nirvana Day , a Mahayana Buddhist holiday celebrated in East Asia.

 It celebrates the day when the Buddha is said to have achieved Parinirvana, or complete Nirvana,

upon the death of his physical body.

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FEBRUARY 3, 2014 12:09PM

R.I.P. seymour hoffman & socrates

 You didn't have to be so nice, I would have liked you anyway
If you had just looked once or twice and gone upon your quiet way
Today I said the time was right for me to follow you
I knew I'd find you in a day or two/
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