Sunday, January 25, 2015

Music for listening to while staring at the fire in the fireplace while it is snowing outside on a chill winter's afternoon.........

Michael Hoppe/Tim Wheater...................Song Of The Hills

Itches that still ain't scratched......................

Travis Meadows..........................................Unfinished Business
(music starts about 2:15)




I got a list of things to do before I die
If I laid one on top of the other 
it'd stand about three feet high
The devil in the details
cross the T's and dot the i's
Sure made it easy 
putting off getting around to my
Unfinished business

Well I killed a lot of years 
by sweating over things that didn't last
I killed the better part of my youth 
by growing up way to fast
And I'm almost to the age 
where there is less future than there is past
My regrets are only half the size 
of the shadows that they cast
Oh my unfinished business

Got songs that I still ain't sung
Old fights that I still ain't won
Things I need to teach my son concerning wisdom
Itches that still ain't scratched
Doors and closets that still ain't latched
And fish I need to catch
Yeah I may be tired 
but I ain't leaving with
Unfinished business

I'm going to learn a few new chords 
on this beat-up old guitar
And I'm going to be strong enough
to not be ashamed of my old stars
And I'm going to run my engine hard 
despite all my missing parts.
Spend the last of my years
trying to finish what I start
Unfinished business

Got songs that I still ain't sung
Old fights that I still ain't won
Things I need to teach my son concerning wisdom
Itches that still ain't scratched
Doors and closets that still ain't latched
And fish I need to catch
Yeah I may be tired
but I ain't leaving with any
Unfinished business

I've got kisses that I still ain't kissed
"I love you"s that ain't left my lips
Dreams beyond my fingertips
But I'm reaching, 
hey I'm reaching
I may be tired but I ain't leaving with
Yeah I may be tired but I ain't leaving with
Unfinished 
business

I got a few more things I need to do.


Thanks David

This is what leadership sounds like...........

      Another lesson I think we may take, just throwing our minds back to our meeting here ten months ago and now, is that appearances are often very deceptive, and as Kipling well says, we must

                              ... meet with Triumph and Disaster
                              And treat those two impostors just the same.

      You cannot tell from appearances how things will go.  Sometimes imagination makes things out far worse than they are;  yet without imagination not much can be done.  Those people who are imaginative see many more dangers than perhaps exist, certainly more than will happen;  but then they must also pray to be given that extra courage to carry this far-reaching imagination.  But for everyone, surely, what we have gone through in this period  - I am addressing myself to the School - surely from this period of ten months this is the lesson:  never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never  - in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.  Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.  We stood all alone a year ago, and to many countries it seemed that our account was closed, we were finished.   All this tradition of ours, our songs, our School history, this part of the history of this country, were gone and finished and liquidated.
     Very different is the mood today.  Britain, other nations thought, had drawn a sponge across her slate.  But instead our country stood in the gap.  There was no flinching and no thought of giving in; and by what seemed almost a miracle to those outside these Islands, though we ourselves never doubted it, we now find ourselves in a position where I can say that we can be sure that we have only to persevere to conquer.

-Winston Churchill, as excerpted from his second speech as Prime Minister at his Alma Mater, the Harrow School,  October 29, 1941.   More on Winston here.

Though not always obvious.........................






















                        "Patience is also a form of action."
                        -Rodin

An after and before twofer.........................................

Stevie Wonder........................................We Can Work It Out



Stevie Wonder......................................................Fingertips

Sort of like life its ownself..............................






















"Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated.  A child can play it well and a grown man can never master it.  Any single round is full of unexpected triumphs and perfect shots that end in disaster.  It is almost a science, yet it is a puzzle without an answer.  It is gratifying and tantalizing, precise and unpredictable;  it requires complete concentration and total relaxation.  It satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect.  It is at the same time rewarding and maddening -- and it is without doubt the greatest game mankind has ever invented"
-Arnold Palmer

Sail.................................................

“Life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that made you smile. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
-attributed to Mark Twain

Fifty years ago......................................

The Beatles.........................................We Can Work It Out

On learning............................

"We've all heard that we have to learn from our mistakes, but I think it's more important to learn from successes.  If you learn only from your mistakes, you are inclined to learn only errors."
-Norman Vincent Peale

And the leading cause of death, of course,......

..............................................................................is birth.

More fun with "stylized facts" from Yoram Bauman, as the stand-up economists discourses on Hyper-inflation in Hell.

Wouldn't it be cool to be that kind of person...?

"I can feel the twinkle of his eye in his handshake."
-Helen Keller

Saturday, January 24, 2015

I know you meant it just for play....................

Bill Haley & His Comets........................See You Later Alligator

On play............................................












"Play is where life lives, where the game is the game.  At its borders, we slip into heresy, become serious, lose our sense of humor, fail to see the incongruities of everything we hold to be important.  Right and wrong become problematical. Money, power, position become ends. The game becomes winning.   And we lose the good life and the good things that play provides."
-George Sheehan

Well, OK.............................................

















via

Forty years ago...................................

War..................................................Why Can't We Be Friends

Small clouds..................................

"It may be commonplace to say that power and money don't bring happiness, that jealousy and pride destroy all the joy in life, and so on.  But the fact that it's commonplace absolutely doesn't stop us falling all the time into the trap of our usual preoccupations -- gain and loss, pleasure and pain, praise and blame, fame and obscurity -- and feeling totally vulnerable to them.  It's not every day that someone tries to stab us in the back, but it's in every moment that we're the prey of our negative emotions ... Small clouds, as they say, don't bring rain.  It's when a thought first arises that you have to do something about it, not when the emotions it engenders get completely out of control.  If you don't deal with the spark, what hope do you have of doing something when the whole forest is on fire?"
-Matthieu Ricard, as excerpted from here

Fifty years ago.................................

The Supremes.......................................I Hear A Symphony

Remember........................................






















via

Sixty years ago....................................

The Chordettes.....................................................Mr. Sandman

Life coaching......................................


All hippos, all the time..............................







Friday, January 23, 2015

Tuned to a natural E.......................................

The Beatles.........................................Baby You're A Rich Man

Damn good questions..........................

      It's true that biology and theoretical physics have brought us some fascinating knowledge about the origins of life and the formation of the universe.  But does knowing such things help us elucidate the basic mechanisms of happiness and suffering?  It's important not to lose sight of the goals that we set ourselves.  To know the exact shape and dimensions of the Earth is undeniably progress.  But whether it's round or flat doesn't make a great deal of difference to the meaning of existence.  Whatever progress is made in medicine, we can only temporarily treat sufferings that never stop coming back, and culminate in death.  We can end a conflict, or a war, but there will always be more, unless people's minds change.  But, on the other hand, isn't there a way of discovering an inner peace that doesn't depend on health, power, success, money, or the pleasures of the senses, an inner peace that's the source of outer peace?
-Matthieu Ricard, as excerpted from here

When intellectuals have their sway.....................Or, be careful what you wish for..................

The guiding notion of the Enlightenment, and later of Marx and Lenin's 'scientific' socialism, was that henceforth the alliance of happiness and justice would no longer come about through the individual quest for wisdom, but through the rebuilding of society as a whole.  And before building a new society, the old one first had to be completely destroyed.  It was at the end of the eighteenth century that the idea of revolution took on its modern meaning.  Personal salvation was from then on subordinate to collective salvation.
-Jean-Francois Revel, as excerpted from here

Games......................................























"There are points to be scored. There are games to be won.   And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all."
-Dr. Seuss

“Life is more fun if you play games.” 
-Ron Dahl

“We do not stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing!” 
-Benjamin Franklin

If they are losing that much money.......

...................................that means we must be gaining a fair percentage of it.  Good for us.  We went to Get Go a few days ago to buy gas.  While the sign at the station said $1.95 per gallon, using my Sweetie's Giant Eagles reward card, we actually paid $.75.  We filled up both cars.  Compared to what we paid last Spring, we saved over $60.00.  I was giddy for the next twenty-four hours.  Doesn't take much to make me happy.

Random stuff I found on my computer...............




























Fifty years ago.....................................

The Beatles.........................................................Act Naturally

The short answer is........................................

.............I hardly ever eat there anymore, and my kids never do.

Why I was a history major...........................

via

Important information..............................

................................................that I plan on using tonight.

On taking............................................

........................................................sometimes it is appropriate.

My knees ache just from ..............

...........................watching this.  Straight and narrow is the path.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Happy 5th Anniversary to this blog..............
















Seems like just yesterday, but it was January 22, 2010 that this little adventure began.  Five years and 13,400 some odd blog posts later, I must say its been fun.  I've met, literally and figuratively, some wise and fascinating folks.  If I may be so bold, I claim them as friends.  I've been exposed to some fabulous, and valued, influences.   My horizons have been broadened and I feel amply compensated for my efforts.  Thank you all.