~~ Chinese proverb ~~
Aurora Australis, seen from the International Space Station
NASA Image by Astronaut Terry Virts
Good morning… let’s keep it that way….
Shall we Pearl?
“Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors and miss.” — Lazarus Long, from Robert A. Heinlein’s “Time Enough For Love”
Image from library.ucf.edu via Google Images
Those who don’t know this artist, or, for that matter, this symphony, are the unhappy possessors of some serious gaps in their cultural education…. Enjoy, ffolkes…. Da da ta DA!….
Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony
Once more, I find my level of angst not up to a full, fresh rant, though I found several good openings… Instead, I’ll use what I’ve found to create an old-school pearl, with some comments about those who would rather prey on their fellow man than make any attempt to live with honor… In other words, Asininnies of every variety…. Polly pundits, Dogma Dogs, Corporate Snakeheads, Pimps, Uniformed Myrmidons, Mundanes, and all the others who make life a misery for others, simply because they are ASSHOLES!… Sorry for shouting….
~~ Seneca ~~
“What would happen if the President, the Supreme Court, and all members of both houses of Congress were stoned out of their gourds twenty-four hours a day? The chilling truth is, it might be an improvement.” — Allan Sherman
“Humility is a virtue all preach, none practice, and yet everybody is content to hear. The master thinks it good doctrine for his servant, the laity for the clergy, and the clergy for the laity.” — John Selden (1584-1654) — Humility
“A doctrine insulates the devout not only against the realities around them but also against their own selves. The fanatical believer is not conscious of his envy, malice, pettiness and dishonesty. There is a wall of words between his consciousness and his real self.” — Eric Hoffer
“If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.” — Virginia Woolf (Alternate definition of a politician…)
“A sect or party is an elegant incognito devised to save a man from the vexation of thinking.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
~~ Navajo Proverb ~~
Maggie Mae has done it again, ffolkes; sometimes, the poems she writes are so powerful, I have to include them here, so everyone who comes here will know about her poetry…. Enjoy! This one is special….
Ink is raining again.
Stan, on the radio, rapping tattoos
onto white-trash girls,
sitting, spinning on bar stools.
The highway is moving ninety miles
back, to late August madness,
cars are splashing
into phone booths
left over from big cities
and light houses.
But ships don’t come in
like they used to.
The calm of the sea
isn’t the color of God’s
angry finger anymore.
Across the back of my shoulder!
“To rob.” “To pillage.”
“To suck the ink out of every living thing.”
My name is not what matters.
The alphabet is random.
My fingers have no pattern.
I’m bound to and wrapped around each syllable
like a piece of cabbage.
An appetizer. A long, soft caterpillar
eating my way into you.
~~ Maggie Mae ~~
A simple little pearl, this one speaks of how to live your life with courage and compassion, guided by reason….
“Safety is on the shore, but the pearl is in the ocean.” — Chinese Proverb
“A good philosopher is one who does not take ideas seriously.” — Edward Abbey
“It is human nature to think wisely & act foolishly.” — Anatole France
“Take hope from the heart of man, and you make him a beast of prey.” — Ouida (Marie Louise de la Ramee)
“The light is reached not by turning back from the darkness, but by going through it.” — Leonard Roy Frank
“To be alive is to take risks; to be always safe and secure is death.” — Edward Abbey
“I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.” — Professor Bernardo de la Paz
Without even looking it over, I can tell it’s done. Or, maybe it’s me…. Yep. That’s it. I’m done. Since it would be fruitless, not to mention pointless, to continue, I’ll cease torturing y’all, and take my leave, stage center rear…. See y’all tomorrow, ffolkes, unless my imagination quits working overnight…. Not bloody likely….
and May the Metaphorse be with you;
Blessed Be, dearest Carole, Mark,Theresa, & Richy
and everyone else, too…
When I works, I works hard.
When I sits, I sits loose.
When I thinks, I falls asleep.
Which is Why….
Sometimes I sits and thinks,
I just sits.
gigoid, the dubious
PLEASE STOP READING THIS MESSAGE NOW.
“SCRAM!!!!!!!!!!”- Oscar the Grouch
À bientôt, mon cherí….