Musings: Do Good And Give Anyway…

“He who wants to do good knocks at the gate; he who loves finds the gate open.” Rabindranath Tagore If you are a giver and someone you have given to misuses your gift, don’t stop giving… just give to someone else. If you are a person that loves people and someone you love hates you, don’t stop loving… love someone else. Eventually, you will find people who appreciate your kindness and your love. Remember this, lots of people have been conditioned ...

Travel: Capture The Colors In Five Takes…

“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.”  Pat Conroy Photo Info: Lotta and Bjorn took me around Stockholm sightseeing. We came here on an overcast day to get a panoramic view of the city. The air was damp but the water smelled fresh. The colorful homes behind us sparkled, there was a ship named Cinderella docked nearby, and for ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: To Spring or Not to Spring…

“The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.” Henry Van Dyke Weekly Photo Challenge: To Spring or not to spring... Pansies Weekly Photo Challenge: To Spring or not to spring... budding daffodils Is it Spring time or not? If you live in my part of the world, my question and Van Dyke’s quote above will resonate deep in your heart. You see, the weather ...

Conclusion: Ghost of Kilarney Park

If you missed Part One, check it out here. Haunted houses and Halloween go together like dots on dice, but the haunted house on our street never did anything to attract trick-or-treaters. So why was there a light burning on Verna’s porch? My feet began pulling me to the light. My head swirled with thoughts of murder: rat poison, asphyxiation, throat slashing, but I was more interested in candy than my safety. I inched up the front steps to her porch and peered ...

Reflections: Money Can’t Buy You Time…

“Our lives on this planet are too short and the work to be done too great to let this spirit (of hate) flourish any longer in our land. Of course we cannot vanish it  with a program, nor with a resolution.”  Robert F. Kennedy Reflections: Money Can’t Buy You Time… Even a princely crown has its time.. An Interview with a Princess on her way to Samarra… Interviewer: Your highness, thank you for meeting with me on such short notice, the paper will ...

Inspiration: An Abundance of Riches…

“Franklin Roosevelt said the test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance to those who have much; it is whether we provide enough to those who have too little…” Patrick J. Kennedy Inspiration: An Abundance of Riches... feed thy neighbor and thyself... When we think of abundant riches and what we would do if they came knocking on our door, it is quite easy to get caught up in our reverie and imagine a life filled with ...

A Guide to Buying Valentine’s Day Flowers Online

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Nothing says romance quite like a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Make the love of your life feel special and loved by surprising her with a gift of flowers this February 14th. It will guarantee to make a lasting impression. There is still time to order flowers online for Valentine’s Day. If this is your first time buying flowers, don’t worry. Ordering flowers online is easy and convenient! Here is a step-by-step guide to help ...

Unfocused – weekly photo challenge

I don’t usually keep photos that turn out to be not what I expected, but rummaging around for something for the weekly photo challenge, which incidentally is a great place to meet new people, I came across these two shots.  The one of the flowers is a bit blurry round the edges and I’m not sure whether is counts as unfocused, the other is a view of Cairo from the Citadel and is certainly not the view I thought I ...

Wasted Years that Were Not a Waste…

My pre-adult years were drenched in bitterness and rage.  Oh, if I knew then what I know now. I wanted to be a baseball player, champing for Little League to start, followed by, I knew, AAA ball and eventually the Majors and adulation.  Instead, I was diagnosed with a rare bone disease that robbed me of the ability to walk for much of my grade school years. While other kids ran and played, I did a slow burn sitting out my childhood. Childhood ...

Best Satire Video of 2012: Whole Foods Parking Lot

We live near Washington, DC which has exposed us to a variety of new experiences – not the least of which is the Whole Foods Market  grocery chain. Living in New York most of my life, I’d never been to a Whole Foods until we moved south of the Mason-Dixon line. In a nutshell it is a high-end grocery store that specializes in selling expensive, sustainable, green-centric organic goods and unpronounceable, exotic vegetables. It’s what the Wegman’s grocery store chain would be if ...

Facing our Fears

Lately a lot of good people that I know have been getting pinned to the mat of life by some heavy trials. I’m stunned by the number of friends who are struggling in so many areas of their lives. Usually life will hit you in the wallet, or the heart, or your health. But it seems that these friends are being hit hard in multiple areas of their lives causing some to become really discouraged. We all know that life has ...

Perhaps You’re Fiddling With the Wrong Thing

Our programmable thermostat Earlier this summer we had a stretch of several days of hot, humid weather laced with heat indexes of more than 100 degrees. The builders of our home installed two separate air conditioning (AC) condenser units in our home – one in the basement for our first floor comfort and the other in our attic for our bedrooms. During the peak of the hot spell, the unit upstairs stopped working. We have a programmable thermostat for each AC system [see photo ...

Question About Parenting...

We recently got the end-of-year report cards for our two girls and they were both very good. In the past, we've typically rewarded them with a special treat or toy for their efforts for their academic performance. Last year they each got an American Girl doll. The question is should we be doing that type of thing? I had a discussion with some parents this past weekend who do not reward their children in this manner. Their rationale is that they want ...

Creative Book Promotions

Author Jennifer Miller promotes “The Year of the Gadfly” with a Novelade Stand A friend of mine alerted me to this most wonderful book promo idea, a “novelade” stand! Read the short article (which begins with a tweet) by clicking here. Sometimes–not often enough–books are used to promote other things. Click here for a unique case of hotel promotion using a particular book. Here’s a truly creative book trailer, for a book titled Goodbye for Now. Coming in November 2012 is the movie of ...

When Trust Dies, Who’s to Blame?

I subscribe to a niche news feed service that sends me press releases and updates regarding religion and faith-based issues. Earlier this week, I saw a press release regarding pastors, priests and rabbis who have abandoned their faith for an atheistic lifestyle. I’m not surprised when religious leaders experience doubt and question lifelong traditions they’ve followed. Faithful followers from Moses through Mother Teresa have expressed doubts regarding their beliefs and have written extensively about what they call “the dark night of the soul.” In fact, ...

10 More Troubling Texting Phrases Parents Must Know…

This week our 10 year old daughter began mandatory sex education classes. I wrote about how my wife and I prepared her for that information in a post titled A Father’s Worst Fear – Part II. The reality of the information and what she didn’t know forced our hand as parents. That got me thinking about the information that we as parents don’t know. One of the biggest gaps in my knowledge as a parent are texting phrases and instant messaging (IM) shortcuts ...

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April 12, 2012, 9:26 pm

Dominance Games / Politics: Souls work to build

Dominance Games / Politics

If they had a soul they would sell it for the right to be a facetious player.

If they had a soul they would sell it for the right to be a mouth with an air base  attached.

If they had a soul they would sell it for the right to be a parody of what ever they thought irredeemable and smart and with worth while in the better moments of their better natures…. the mirage of time.

If they had a soul they would sell it for the right to be a spouting child with things and themes and parodies and whistles in the wind.

If they had a soul they would sell it for the right to be a joke laughing as a joke laughing is the most cynical form of achievement that we have.

If they had a soul they would sell it for the right to be a mole and a sniper and a toe biter and a heel snipper and a sniffer.

If they had a soul they would sell it for the right to be a smarmy piece of turf warrior loving the battles of immaturity as the mother and comfort of us all.

If they had a soul they would sell it for the right to be a power in the cauldrons of the big dog in the tepid pond.

If they had a soul they would sell it for the right to be a colic, a waste of  a simpering gobbler and bundler of narrow insincere inconsequential empty inviting logic of the fleas.

If they had a soul they would be the joke to us all.

Souls work to build.

Of interest: http://www.cjr.org/swing_states_project/where_to_turn_when_tackling_mo.php

Dominance Games / Politics…..politics, news, commentary, analysis….

The dumb …… the honored creed.

The rancid bastards …… the true…. the thrill…

B Schiff - Dominance Games

B Schiff - Dominance Games

Erudition, awareness, cynicism, nonsense. The latter. The former. The honored creed. A rancid bastard is value. Books I am pushing….. Dominance Games: An Essay on Power A Novel Lust Games: An Essay on Honor A Novel Void Games: An Essay on Revenge A Novel ….. due Aug.

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