...the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens in giving it on all occasions their effectual support. Geo. Washington Feb. 22, 1732
Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
Robert Kennedy, South Africa 1966.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
I don't mind being alone. I enjoy the company of others but I also enjoy my own company.
As an only child I did not have many friends to play with. I had cousins that I played with and we had fun. The picture below was posed. I am in the middle and my cousins Janet and Loren are on either side. The pictures were posed for use in a magazine or something.
I can remember either my aunt Jean (Janet and Loren's mom) or my mom making the comment that we played together all right but it was usually two against one. The two of them would gang up on me or I would join one of them to gang up on the other but by in large we played together when the family was together.
John lived out of town and it was fun to go visit him because he lived on a farm and had neat things like a pony and a barn. Bud, the older cousin was married and had two boys Mike and Randy who were our age but they weren't around as much as the others. Randy was in my class when I first came back to Ames to teach. We still give each other a bad time about that.
A lot of the time I was alone because we lived out in the country and there weren't many other kids around. I did have a couple of friends I played with notably Dennis Wendell and Nick Nolte but it was not as if I could go outside and play with them at any time.
Another friend was Loren Larson but I suppose he just put up with me because he lived upstairs in my great uncle and aunt's home. I would spend Wednesday nights at their home and go up to listen to the radio and hang around with him. He was a few years older.
When my sister was born things changed. We moved and I had a playmate. Of course I had to wait for her to grow up a little She was ten years younger than I was but we did have a lot of fun growing up - at first I got to do a lot of baby sitting.
She had a lot of friends because by that time we were in a neighborhood where there were some other kids around and then we moved in town and she had some good friends to hang out with.
Even with all those cousins the feeling of aloneness has been with me all my life and I can feel alone in a crowed room and I have some friends who, on occasion, have made me feel all alone.
I am sure that the fact that my new recliner broke and I do not have one comfortable place to sit is giving me a case of rectitus tonight. Bummer. I am going to have to sleep in Molly's bed. That won't be fun. (BTW - rectitus is when your optic nerve gets crossed with your rectal nerve and it gives you a shitty outlook on life.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013
Well the Big Guy has been messing with the computer again. He installed something called Mavericks and we are not sure we like it. But as they say, we are stuck with it so I guess we are going to have to live with it.
In the meantime let me tell you about Miss Cassie. It seems that she does not understand what a window is. For that matter neither do birds, they are always flying into it and bumping their heads.
First she looks to the left -
Then she looks to the right.
There are more of them over to the right so she keeps her eyes on them longer.
Then she turns around and sits sweetly as if she did not have murder on her mind. Cats!
I don't understand them. I have a few pictures of me which B G took while I was listening to a video on his computer.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
"Just as the light of a candle has the power to dispel darkness in a room, so also the light developed in a person can help dispel darkness in others."*
~Sayagyi U Ba Khin
We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same." ~ Carlos Castaneda
“The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.”
"Be blissful and enjoy your life; do not let yourself become obsessed with anything. Determine to use the rest of your life to benefit others as much as possible."
Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.
~ Albert Einstein
My soul is racing ahead of me.
It says, The body is too slow for me -
I am going.
I said Somebody should do something about that. Then I realized I am somebody.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Friday, October 25, 2013
12. IF A PARSLEY FARMER IS SUED, CAN THEY GARNISH HIS WAGES?
13. WOULD A FLY WITHOUT WINGS BE CALLED A WALK?
14. WHY DO THEY LOCK GAS STATION BATHROOMS? ARE THEY AFRAID SOMEONE WILL BREAK-IN AND CLEAN THEM?
15. IF A TURTLE DOESN'T HAVE A SHELL, IS HE HOMELESS OR NAKED?
16. CAN VEGETARIANS EAT ANIMAL CRACKERS?
17. IF THE POLICE ARREST A MUTE, DO THEY TELL HIM HE HAS THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT?
18. WHY DO THEY PUT BRAILLE ON THE DRIVE-THROUGH BANK MACHINES?
19. HOW DO THEY GET DEER TO CROSS THE ROAD ONLY AT THOSE YELLOW ROAD SIGNS?
20. WHAT WAS THE BEST THING BEFORE SLICED BREAD?
21. ONE NICE THING ABOUT EGOTISTS: THEY DON'T TALK ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE.
22. DOES THE LITTLE MERMAID WEAR AN ALGEBRA?
23. DO INFANTS ENJOY INFANCY AS MUCH AS ADULTS ENJOY ADULTERY?
24. HOW IS IT POSSIBLE TO HAVE A CIVIL WAR?
25. IF ONE SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMER DROWNS, DO THE REST DROWN TOO?
26. IF YOU ATE BOTH PASTA AND ANTIPASTO, WOULD YOU STILL BE HUNGRY?
27. IF YOU TRY TO FAIL, AND SUCCEED, WHICH HAVE YOU DONE?
28. WHOSE CRUEL IDEA WAS IT FOR THE WORD 'LISP' TO HAVE 'S' IN IT?
29. WHY ARE HEMORRHOIDS CALLED "HEMORRHOIDS" INSTEAD OF "ASSTEROIDS"?
30. WHY IS IT CALLED TOURIST SEASON IF WE CAN'T SHOOT AT THEM?
31. WHY IS THERE AN EXPIRATION DATE ON SOUR CREAM?
32. IF YOU SPIN AN ORIENTAL MAN IN A CIRCLE THREE TIMES, DOES HE BECOME DISORIENTED?
Thursday, October 24, 2013
I found this on Americablog - It is a story of how a goat led a blind horse around for 16 years. The more I hear about things like this the more sure I am that there is something good in the Universe. It is an amazing story, I hope you will take a few minutes to watch it.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
I also like that my yard is fairly private. I am sure you have seen pictures of Molly in the back yard and you can see that it too is fairly private. I used to have bushes along the South side but my neighbor took them out so now I am open in that direction. I don't like that much but I hung a blind there so when I sit on the porch it is still private. It is one of my favorite places to be. Unfortunately it has gotten to cold to sit out there now. 36 degrees - Brrrr!
We are halfway to the week-end folks. It is downhill from here on.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Rice is an excellent author and the descriptions in the book are fully drawn. (There is something special about Southern writers) He draws pictures with words which is not an easy thing to accomplish. Rice's premise involves three friends and a protagonist who is pure evil. One of the friends is changed along with the protagonist and through all of the twists and turns in the plot Rice kept me guessing as to how the book would turn out. I was very satisfied overall with the ending and the book kept me reading both days. I read until 2 AM one day and most of the day while I watched the office at the Scottish Rite on Saturday. I finished it early Sunday and slept until 11 AM and woke up thinking about it. There are things to ponder in it. Rice is the son of two literary figures and I have always loved his mother's Vampire books. It is obvious that he has inherited talent.
And now a very special earworm for all of you.
Monday, October 21, 2013
His diet is working.. He can take his belt in a notch now.
There were big meetings in Des Moines and he had to go there. But it was nice Ginny came over to see me and let me out on Saturday. I like to see her.
B G took a great picture of me with my flying ears. He loves it so he says I have to make it big. Also he took a nice picture of the moon when he came home Saturday night to share.