Perfectly shaped trapezoids….


“We are not endeavoring to chain the future but to free the present. …
We are the advocates of inquiry, investigation, and thought. …
It is grander to think and investigate for yourself than to repeat a creed.
… I look for the day when *reason*, throned upon the world’s brains,
shall be the King of Kings and the God of Gods.

~~ Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899) ~~

Natural symmetry

Natural Symmetry

Hajime…. Should this Pearl get posted today, ’twill be a triumph of will. About an hour after posting yesterday’s piece, I crashed headlong into a deep, black hole. The remainder of the day was spent laboriously climbing back out of it, mostly by forcing myself out of the house, to the library, where I spent some time in the place where I feel the most serenity in the world. It’s always been so, for books have been my closest companions for my entire life, since the age of five. I haunted the libraries in many towns and army bases, and every one felt the same to me, like home. So, I spent some time at home, and it helped….

That related, I will add some apologies, to some of the commenters here, and to those blogs I regularly visit, and leave a word or two. I faded out yesterday before I got much of anywhere, and just gave up trying after a time. I’ll try to catch up in the next few days, but, we’ll see how that goes, as I am, as yet, unsure how the day will go; I’ll be lucky to get posted. Nonetheless, I am sorry for not responding; it is not my habit to ignore any comments, or to not communicate. If I don’t, please be sure it is not anything to do with y’all; it’s just my own need to curl up in a ball & ignore the world, until I can deal with it again.

Now I’ve bared my soul, perhaps we should get on with the rest of today’s mess. I’ll do so efficaciously, by ending this wandering blather right here, right now. All we need to do is skip the rest of the nonsense that’s begging to get typed, and get on down the page. How, you may ask, will we do that? Like this….

Shall we Pearl?….

“Many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view.”

~~ Obi-Wan Kenobi in “Return of the Jedi” ~~


dolly parton

Dolly Parton

Image from via Google Images

This artist may seem like an unusual inclusion for us, but, she happens to be one of my favorite country artists, for several reasons. Her voice is a laser-like instrument; when she starts to hit the high notes, it will send shivers up your spine, guaranteed. She has always been an original, living exactly as she chose, which scores big points with me. And, she writes almost all of her songs, making her a lot more talented than many would think. She’s definitely a modern icon, and continues to thrill audiences world-wide…. Enjoy, ffolkes; I don’t think she’s ever done a bad song, when you get down to it….


Dolly Parton





I found this meme yesterday on Facebook; it’s one of my favorite aphorisms from Lao Tzu, with an excellent photo to make its point. This is a gift, for there will be no other rant today…. Enjoy!…. In truth, with this, one really doesn’t need much else….

Lao Tzu sez 2



Fine and Good, Good and Fine

A pig in a poke’s got nothing on me,
cuz I’m as confused as a man can be.
This ol’ world’s got me spinnin’ around
cussin’ and spittin’, a penny for a pound.

Forty ‘leven times since I was a kid, well,
I’ve fallen in love, ‘least too close to tell.
Every damn time, it all went to crap,
Forty ‘leven times I’ve felt like a sap.

‘Course, each time it happens, I forget the last;
why not? I’m havin’ such a blast….
Livin’ in each moment, filled with joie de vivre,
’til it’s all gone away again, nothin’ left up my sleeve.

Don’t want y’all to think I’m sad or blue,
life’s full of sorrow, lots for me, and/or you..
T’other side of that coin, we can be glad,
is joyful love, and that ain’t at all bad.

My road’s been littered with parts o’my heart,
each one colored with trust, which ain’t always smart.
Yet, long as I don’t lose my connection to joy,
I’ll find my own true love, and be a happy boy.

It’s been some kinda fun, even when I’d take a fall,
and doin’ it over makes no sense at all, at all
Day after day, I keep on keepin’ on, as it’s said;
Guess I’ll keep on doin’ that ’til I’m dead.

‘Nuff said….

~~ gigoid, tongue firmly in cheek….




Naked Pearls

Observations on Life at Large


“Is this the way?”

~~ Seeker Bee ~~


“If you think you’re free, there’s no escape possible.”

~~ Baba Ram Dass ~~


“For a true master
Sitting on a throne
Is no different than
Sitting on dirt.”

~~ Deng Ming-Dao ~~


“True power is when we have every justification to kill, and don’t.”

~~ Oscar Schindler ~~


“I maintain that Truth is a pathless land,
and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever,
by any religion, by any sect….
I do not want to belong to any organization of a spiritual kind;
please understand this …
If an organization be created for this purpose,
it becomes a crutch, a weakness, a bondage,
and must cripple the individual,
and prevent him from growing,
from establishing his uniqueness,
which lies in the discovery for himself
of that absolute, unconditioned Truth….”

~~ J. Krishnamurti ~~


“…take your own thoughts seriously, for they will shape you.”

~~ Albert Einstein ~~


“Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.”

~~ Things We Can Learn From Dogs ~~



It’s done; other than that, I shan’t inquire too closely. Since it is done, I’m outta here, asap. I will make another attempt at this tomorrow, most likely. Given my past record in that regard, the odds remain good…. See ya, ffolkes, if you don’t see me first….

Y’all take care out there,
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,
and sometimes,
I just sits.

gigoid, the dubious

The *only* duly authorized Computer Curmudgeon.


“SCRAM!!!!!!!!!!”- Oscar the Grouch

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ร€ bientรดt, mon cherรญ….


9 thoughts on “Perfectly shaped trapezoids….

  1. He who controls others may be powerful,
    but he who has mastered
    himself is mightier still.

    Lao Tzu..

    Ah to avoid anger.. fear.. and hate..
    ah.. the one who is all powerful with

    And this reminds me of Deeprak Chapra..
    and how Richard Hawkins couldn’t make
    him Angry but Trump was the card
    who made him lose his
    cool.. recently i hear..

    But what do i say when
    i see Trump.. i see a spoiled
    brat who was bullied who became
    a bully.. he makes me giggle sad as i
    know his weakness is
    a heart that will
    never feel or
    fill full..
    a Soul
    grown cold
    long ago that
    never came back
    or even stArted BeFore..
    my Friend.. anyway.. much
    Wisdom delivered today.. as a
    Novel just waiting behind every
    aphorism of true my friend but
    back to this one in liGht.. another
    memory of Captain Dick..
    i kid you not that
    was his name..
    literally Captain
    Dick.. me a run of
    the mill.. civil servant
    serving up shoes at a Bowling
    Alley paid by Uncle Sam.. and
    a rather short red faced man comes
    in with his kids.. looks around and sees
    all the lanes are filled and says.. i need
    a lane now.. don’t you know who i am..
    and i say well yes my friend.. you
    are Captain Dick and my
    name is Fred.. let’s
    see what i can
    do.. to get
    you.. your lane
    ‘Caesar’.. and no
    i didn’t say Caesar.. i just
    looked at him like any humble
    servant was that saw him as the
    same kind of little scared boy that
    someone made fun of long long ago..
    perhaps because his name was Dick..
    who kNows.. anyway.. i went down
    to some cool teenage easy
    going dudes.. explained
    the asshole situation
    and they said sure
    Fred we will
    give the
    Dick and
    his family the
    lanes.. man you.. know
    i have about a thouSand Bowling
    Alley… two decades.. Cheers like
    stories i could share.. ranging from
    Bowling Leagues watching pornos
    on all those electronic Bowling Screens
    after operating hours.. to me and the
    waves and such as that but anyway
    back to this story.. behind almost
    every bully is another story
    of where they were
    bullied and turn
    to a liFe of Vengeance
    of anger and hate..
    with fear.. instead
    of kind and hope
    with Love.. the
    true master regulates
    emotions.. integrates senses..
    and Loves with Kind and Fearless my friend..
    total tolerance and acceptance in understanding
    why some folks live in purgatory.. hell.. or heaven..
    but surely the answer comes in WHO HURT YOU..
    IN THE
    or who kNows perHaps
    elsE noW..;)

  2. I too find a serenity that cannot be described in books….I have about 1500 and not one of them is fiction…..sorry to hear about your day yesterday….hopefully all will straighten out soon….chuq

  3. Couldn’t agree more, Ned; Dolly is one great girl, for sure. I admire her for the same reasons you do.. Go girl, she’s a heck of a straight shooter!
    Don’t be concerned ’bout not responding; I think we all appreciate that monkey!

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