Musings: In Brief…

“Be sincere; be brief; be seated.”   Franklin D. Roosevelt Musings: In Brief…  Piet Mondrian – Composition with Yellow, Blue, and Red, Musings: In Brief… Blinky Palermo – Staircase 1979 @ Tate Museum “There is a brief moment when all there is in a man’s mind and soul and spirit is reflected through his eyes, his hands, his attitude. This is the moment to record.” Yousuf Karsh There are times when our spirit urges us to be still, or silent, or even brief… I don’t know what triggers that sensation ...

Writing Challenge: The Lady In Blue…

“God may be in the details, but the goddess is in the questions. Once we begin to ask them, there’s no turning back.” Gloria Steinem Writing Challenge: The Lady In Blue… I like to take long walks on the aqueduct and sometimes by the Hudson River. Usually, I take my camera and take random shots of birds, flora, the river, pebbles and even the Tappan Zee bridge. Last week, I drove to the water front, parked my car, grabbed my camera and ...

Soulful Voices: The Greatest Ladies Of Jazz – Part 1

“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”  Ella Fitzgerald Soulful Voices: The Greatest Ladies Of Jazz – Part 1 … Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald – Summertime NANCY WILSON LIVE – GUESS WHO I SAW TODAY Women have contributed an impressive, far ranging body of work to the soulful sounds of Jazz music and, over the next several Saturdays, I’ll share songs from some of the best female jazz voices ...

Sweet and Sour

This picture was taken in Sorrento, Italy, a few years ago. Those sunglasses are large enough to fit around my big head. When I snapped this I was reminded of an incident I hadn’t thought about since the fourth grade. My Portuguese grandpa had a green thumb and could grow just about anything. He was hard of hearing and didn’t mind me shadowing him and pelting him with questions he either ignored or couldn’t hear. Behind his house grew a small grove ...

Reflections: Keep The Faith…

“The sum total of my life experience profited more from negative than positive events. When you’re able to survive and reach another level of awareness it gives you more strength and confidence and enriches life more….”  Cicely Tyson Reflections: Keep The Faith… My dear friend and fellow blogger, Barbara of zeroto60andbeyond fame, had the Cicely Tyson quote on her post and it resonated deeply with me. It articulated what I needed to share in this post and so, I’ve split it into ...

Musings: Staving Off Boredom…

“Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time; serenity, that nothing is.” Thomas S. Szasz Musings: Staving Off Boredom... Find something new to do... Did you know that there are three types of boredom? They are: being prevented from engaging in some wanted activity, being forced to engage in some unwanted activity, and being unable to engagement in any activity. Do you get bored easily? How do you stave off boredom when it hits? I was thinking about what ...

Carnivorous Plants!

The world is full of many wonderful, yet strange things. Take carnivorous plants for example. Most plants are harmless and don’t seem to do much. They just sit there waiting to be watered, fertilized and eaten. But not carnivorous plants! Instead of waiting patiently to be fed, they take a more proactive approach and catch their own food! With an active appetite for insects and other small animals, these carnivorous plants are definitely not your average garden plant. Carnivorous plants often ...

Featured Blogger: Stacey Archer – Walk in Her Shoes…

“Our lives find meaning as we view ourselves as participants inGod’s unfolding story.” ~ Anonymous Featured Blogger: Stacey Archer - Walk in her Shoes... for a little while. Featured Blogger: Stacey Archer - Walk in her Shoes... Psalm 23 project. One of the first things I noticed about Stacey when we connected online was her fascination with shoes. Shoes are in her blog name, Walk A Mile In My Shoes, a single red shoe sits on her blog masthead, and lots more are in the ...

Amazing Ping Pong Video…

As a kid growing up my family had a ping pong table in our basement that my friends and I used to spend hours playing on weekends. I always had fond memories of table tennis – so much so, my wife and I talk about possibly getting a table for our own rec room when the girls get a bit taller. In the meantime, we bought the Wii Resort game and controller upgrades when that option came available last year because ...

Mentors in My Publishing Past

From Alan MacRoberts, I learned–to my great surprise in 1970–that not everyone cared about keeping a job where they were, that they might be enticed to work somewhere else. His own reason was a purchase of our company by Xerox, which he decided boded no good for the publishing experience as he knew it. He was my first boss in the career path of my choice, and I was starting as the high-school science department secretary. Of course, he taught ...

Gift Giving to Self

I’m looking forward to letting you know, dear readers, what I am giving as books this year. I cannot say now because the recipients may see! In the meantime, I wish for you all a wonderful holiday week, whatever you have planned. For my part, today, I have given myself a couple of gifts: (1) I’m starting to read Stephen King’s highly touted 11/22/63, which I would call a guilty pleasure if he didn’t also keep teaching me how to write ...

“Loneliness is not much written about.”

So said Stephen Fry (actor, writer, and more) in a June 24 excellent post on his suicide attempt last year. Fry in “Happy Birthday to GNU” (2008), photo from Wikipedia entry Intrigued by his statement that loneliness is not much written about, I did a quick run-through in my own mind about books I’ve read and whether or not loneliness was in there. I’ve come up with these so far: A Fine and Private Place by Peter S. Beagle The Pleasure of My Company ...

No Lie – Truth Telling Improves Your Health

“It’s not a lie, I crossed my fingers…” It’s something we all do and, according to recent studies, most of us do it 11 times a week. This frequently practiced act is the act of lying. Lying is almost universally unavoidable as humans living within close proximity and contact with others. While we all do it, we rationalize away our own personal pack of lies we peddle to others, yet lose all semblance of civility if someone lies to us. Some researchers at Notre Dame ...

Unwrapping Christmas

I posted this piece a year ago when I had few readers, so I thought it would be nice to sort of repeat myself by reposting some thoughts on the holiday. Enjoy;) People all over the world are preparing for Christmas 2011. Holiday specials tug at the heartstrings, while citizens race to the post office, eager to mail their last minute tidings. The rich, wrapped in cashmere and Gucci, sip from crystal goblets, thankful for another successful year. The poor, cocooned ...

7 Questions With an Author: Tyler Tarver

This is the first installment of a new series that I'll periodically write titled "7 Questions With an Author..." where I'll pose seven questions to an author and then share their answers here. [NOTE: I'm fully aware that I'm breaking AP Style rules by starting the first word in the title with an actual number and not writing it out - it just looked better to me or maybe I'm a closet subversive hoping to undermine the establishment one rebellious key ...

Ray Bradbury Knew His Worth

The year was 1979. The project was to develop the upper grades (7 – 8 ) of a new elementary-school reading program … on an insane schedule. Two of us were acting on tips while also searching on our own for the proper reading selections to fit in the proper grade-level and thematic holes … again, to occur in record time. We were at work editing and fielding people’s questions/requirements each workday, and in libraries each evening and weekend reading ...

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Birth Control

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I am a middle aged female that has worked with the public most of my adult life. I have watched the poor suffer due to lack of medical care. Our medical system is broken and has been for many years. Not everyone gets the care they need. I feel the Birth Control issue was brought about by politics and I for one am sick of it. People should be our concern not Democrats or Republicans. …

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The United States of UN?; What happened to the State of Michigan?

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U.N. to intervene in Detroit water shutoffs. Talks on ‘human-rights violations’ planned with Obama administration? UNITED NATIONS – Watch out, Detroit. Here comes the United Nations. WND has learned that after issuing a statement last week condemning Detroit’s decision to send water shut-off notices to tens of thousands of customers behind in their payments, the U.N now plans …

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“Oh my God the weather is frightful and oh my God”

“Oh my God the weather is frightful and oh my God” “Oh my God the weather is frightful and oh my God”. The coming mid terms. “Oh my God the weather is frightful and oh my God” Hate beats weakness. Dislike beats “Oh my God the weather is frightful and oh my God” Mean beats “Oh my God …

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No dishonor to the ‘merican people

No dishonor to the ‘merican people We trust in the ‘merican people … in their wisdom … in their good common sense … in their abilities to be rock solid down home folks who can divine the rightness of cause and immutable nature of facts as we go forward and stand for Freedom. We stand for Freedom …

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Just buy them. They are just dumb as rocks.

Just buy them. They are just dumb as rocks. We trust in the ‘merican people … in their wisdom … in their good common sense … in their abilities to be rock solid down home folks who can divine the rightness of cause and immutable nature of facts as we go forward and stand for Freedom. We …

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…. Ahh, to suffer from authoritarian envy

…. Ahh, to suffer from authoritarian envy Hickory dickory dock Authoritarians up the clock Authoritarians here ….. domestic enemies they be Authoritarians there …… can-do lethal strong men who know how to act, lead, be the shirtless strong man of my dreams… Authoritarians, if possible, everywhere ….. our kind …. we see through this prism well …. we suffer from …

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St. Reagan went silently into the night when the Marines were blown up…

St. Reagan went silently into the night when the Marines were blown up once upon a time in Lebanon What to do? What to do? What to do? Expert as I be, they say, in foreign affairs and the history of the world and the strategic nature of conflict among nations … Expert as I be, they …

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