- Beeffee, Tennessee, CSA
- June 16
- "Only in silence can your hear the voice of God." Soulofhawk
"Greater love hath no man than to attend the Episcopal Church with his wife." Lyndon Johnson
"I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and incur my own abhorrence."
"You can't pull yourself up by your bootstraps if you don't have any boots, and you can't put yourself in another's shoes -- you can't even try on their socks."
"I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue." Albert Einstein
"Racists can hide in the closet, but the smell usually gives them away."
"Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it." Mark Twain
"When we are young, Death comes as an unwelcome stranger; but as we get nearer the end of our own too-often rocky road, he comes more and more to resemble a long, lost acquaintance." Soulofhawk
“When monetary gain is involved, mans capacity for self-delusion is infinite.” Byron
"Where greed is good, need is great."
“And let it be noted that there is no more delicate matter to take in hand, nor more doubtful in its success, than to set up as a leader in the introduction of change. For he who innovates will have as his enemies all who are well off under the existing order of things, and only lukewarm supporters in those who might be better off under the new. This lukewarm temper arises partly from the incredulity of mankind, who will never admit the merit of anything new, until they have seen it proven by the event.”
Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince, Chapter VI
"if a man falls from a pedestal, who is really to blame -- the man or those who put him up there?" Soulofhawk
"The history of any country, presented as the history of a family, conceals fierce conflicts of interest (sometimes exploding, most often repressed) between conquerors and conquered, masters and slaves, capitalists and workers, dominators and dominated in race and sex. And in such a world of conflict, a world of victims and executioners, it is the job of thinking people, as Albert Camus suggested, not to be on the side of the executioners." Howard Zinn
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Humans can be thankful there’s no Pinocchio gene, else most of us would grow a nose like Cyrano de Bergerac, or worse, Thomas Wedders. Most of us can’t get through the day without telling a lie or two.
Some lies are innocent enough – sort of.… Read full post »
“Doubt isn’t the opposite of faith; it’s an element of faith.” P. Tillich
For the first time in a long time, I won’t be singing the Easter cantata with our church choir this Sunday. There are many reasons for this, none of them good. The… Read full post »
These days, not everyone fits the traditional stereotype of the homeless person. A lost job, lost health or a lost love can lead anyone to suddenly being without a place to live.
When that happens, a person quickly discovers it wasn't just a house they lost – in some… Read full post »
Okay, I tried to follow the instructions on Verbal's post about creating a Virtual Me, but something has gone terribly wrong!!!
On her latest post, Cindy Ross offers an interesting challenge: Compose a poem that includes ten words chosen at random from the dictionary. Here’s my ten: Mylar, jet, impinge, guttersnipe, Gauguin, echo, digest, curbing, chrome, burgundy
I remember a great deal I’d rather forget – slights and insults, roads not taken, lost loves, bosses from hell. Fortunately, time has a… Read full post »
Bob Seger and I are both from Michigan. Though he grew up on one side of the state and I grew up on the other, we shared many of the same musical tastes and influences.
Coincidentally, I once played in a band with a young guy who was one… Read full post »
A pox is upon our houses. Having despoiled every other aspect of our culture, the virulent virus that is jungle-ethic, free-market capitalism infected the last bastion of middle-class hopes and dreams, the one place where Americans could feel safe, and if they were lucky, accumulate a li… Read full post »
Some on Open Salon have accused me of being unromantic, and the many lamentations on love I’ve posted here might rightly be offered as proof of that accusation. Still, I consider myself a man of passion, if not unbridled lust, and I confess I am passionately enamored of actor Javier… Read full post »
Night falls, and I am not long abed when the dreams return, dreams so vivid I do not know if I am awake or asleep. Time and place have no meaning in my dreams. Past, present and future intermingle with not a care for order, and I am… Read full post »
I've worked behind the scenes on several movies -- My Girl, Matinee, The Work and the Glory -- and I've watched thousands more, and I've come to the conclusion -- and I sure hope nobody thinks I’m being too egotistical when I say this -- that my face belongs… Read full post »
In a recent post, Irritated Mother suggested we pervert the bard. By that, my twisted mind assumed she meant, we should attempt to parody one of Shakespeare's sonnets. So I offered this confection, with apologies to Shakespeare and with the caution that present company was excepted:
•&… Read full post »
One luxury none of us can afford is to remain ignorant about economics. Millions of Americans who never heard of a CDO are now all too painfully aware that exotic financial instrument has ruined their lives and compromised their children's future.
With that in mind, I have written several posts… Read full post »
Enough. That’s what you said during your campaign. In the face of scurrilous charges, you were content to believe, as you said, that the American people were smart enough to see through those charges, that they had had enough of racism.
Well, Mr. President, we proved you… Read full post »
Cindy Ross has an interesting post on language in which, among other things, she laments the fact that punctuation is on life-support. Many people welcome that fact, believing that the purpose of punctuation is merely to promote employment of prim and proper pedantic English teachers.
But… Read full post »
Unmasking American Myths
Appearances can be deceiving – just ask the Lone Ranger. Everyone assumes the man in the mask is a bad guy. Well, we all know what happens when you assume.
Judging by appearances can lead to all sorts of problems. For instance – how… Read full post »
There’s a party this weekend at Bernie Madoff’s Park Avenue penthouse, and you’re invited. If you have any aspirations of acquiring wealth or social status, you’ll come because all the high-rollers will be there putting on the dog and peddling at least the appearance o… Read full post »
In the book Sophie's Choice by William Styron, a woman is given a horrible choice by a sadistic Nazi officer. Either her son or daughter will be allowed to live – but not both. She must choose between the two.
The horror of such a choice would… Read full post »
mantra: This fickle human race
Is existential quanta lost in endless space
Without explanation for the state we’re in
Seeking consolation in some cosmic twin
Two quanta in
collision, the elemental kiss
A cosmic confirmation that both of them exist
Bi-polar institution where op… Read full post »
In a comment on my post Bringing Up The Rear, Harry Homeless reminded me of a classic line from Steve Martin when he was asked a question that has become a serious social faux pas:
“Mind if I smoke?”
“No -- mind if I fart?”… Read full post »
Genius – the word gets thrown around far too casually in our time. On the other hand, some people use it too sparingly, reserving it only for the likes of Newton and Einstein.
Me? I don’t use the word much, but I find genius in places… Read full post »
Finding my offerings on Open Salon largely ignored of late, I endeavored to find a tasteful subject far more pleasing to this madding crowd.
And what subject would doubtless appeal to the serene sensibilities, elevated tastes and soaring intellect of the denizens of this deep?
It was literally a dark and stormy night in September, 1989. Leslie Ann Pluhar was on her way from her home in Royal Oak, Michigan, to meet her boyfriend in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. She knew she was driving faster than she should be, knew because the wind was whipping her… Read full post »
Jindal is a very bright… Read full post »