Today is recognized as the birthday of Jalal ad-Din Rumi, a Persian poet, scholar, mystic and jurist. Often called “The Poet of Love”, his definitions of love are timeless. A very wise man, he understood the inherent value in every life, every religion, every heart. Rumi believed that the more a person talked, the less they have to say. With that in mind; Now, go out and love something today. Have a great week-end.
Interesting reading last night. Much to my wife’s chagrin I’ve been studying Logic and Rhetoric. She says I need that as much as I need another hole in my head. With that in mind; The more I study the past, the more sense I can make of today. Now, go try to make some sense out of today.
Today around the blogosphere it’s Wordless Wednesday. I’ve tried, but I never seem to be without words. Wits? That’s a different story, I’m often witless on Wednesday. With that in mind; Now, excuse me, I have to go gather my wits. Have a great day.
“Life is either a daring adventure, or it is nothing.” That quote, more than most is at the heart of my attitude, and an underlying theme in my stories. I try hard to keep lit the torch of adventure that each child is born with. As a fabulist, a man always wonders if the stories actually get through, if they matter. If the kids are not just listening to the fables, but actually hearing what I’m saying. My son has been listening to my blabberings most of his life now. Now he’s seeing them recycled to another generation of kids. … Continue reading →
The more things change, the more they don’t. Nothing helps me understand today than a good walk through the words of the past. Today marks the 123rd birthday of T. S.Eliot, considered a voice of his generation. A poet who words still resonate 100 years after being written. Perhaps this morning is best spent with a glass of brandy, toasting the Old Possum, and revisiting Prufrock, and Practical Cats. With that in mind; A toast to the whispers of immortality found between the waste land and next year’s words. Or is that just an excuse for another brandy? Either way, … Continue reading →
OK, I have to admit it, I watched the debate last night. I’ve spent the week watching our pols and pundits, hoping to find someone, somewhere making some kind of sense. I’m inspired to make today’s column make as much sense as they all do right now. Actually, after what I’ve witnessed this week, I need a good laugh. That, I know where to find. With that in mind; And in closing; R.I.P. George, you are missed. Now, go find something funny today. May you laugh a lot this week-end.
I heard yesterday that the word “Liberal” is a word non-grata in the upcoming election. They will now claim to go “back to their roots” and call themselves Progressives. I thought to help explain the difference, I would allow one of our first Progressives in Chief to say a few words. Just curious if I can see a similarity between the Progressives of a century ago to the “Progressives” of today. With that in mind; To prove his commitment to limited government, and elected with a democratic House and Senate, he “liberated” America with the Income Tax, the Federal Reserve … Continue reading →
A new low? I heard this morning the first Christmas song of the season. On September 21st? How I miss the good old days when they would at least wait until October 1st to start the “Season of Giving”. The song was wrapped around a story about how the merchants and shop-keepers are hurting this year and hoping for a redeeming holiday season. You know what that means? It means by November 1st, I’ll all ready be sick of Christmas. With that in mind; I had recently read that consumer spending now accounts for 70% of the U.S. Economy. Since … Continue reading →
Every year about this time, my wife starts asking what I want for a birthday gift. I always tell her I don’t need anything. I don’t know if I tell her that because I truly believe it, or just to frustrate her. This morning, she asked what was the best gift I had ever received. That was tough. Like any guy, my office is a clutter of toys, knick-knacks, awards, mementos and gifts. As I was looking at the current mess that I try to pass off as an organized chaos, my favorite treasures can be seen. In front of … Continue reading →
An old, almost forgotten friend stopped by to visit us this week-end. Out of the blue, and mostly unexpected, it was a most welcome reprieve. It RAINED. As much as I want to empathize with those with unending rain in the east, I just can’t. Is it only in Texas that we go outside when it rains? We had been doubting that last verse. My wife and I share a common love of thunderstorms. Big booming Texas thunderstorms. How we have missed them, as you miss a dear friend who you haven’t seen in years. It has been officially named … Continue reading →
At this moment, I seem to have internet connection, so let’s see if I can get a post off. Anybody who has had to deal with a cable company knows how frustrating that is. In my case, it’s just as bad for them dealing with me sometimes. When things go well, I’m a good customer. I pay my bills, don’t complain much, and try to maintain realistic expectations. When things are broken, I expect service from a knowledgeable, competent staff. When I am dealing with my customers, I think of it as a partnership instead of a sale. As an … Continue reading →
But my internet was. After 72 hours of incredibly frustrating dealings with the cable company I have internet again. Can you believe it, human error. Not surprising I guess, human error shut down Southern California. We will resume regularly scheduled broadcast tomorrow morning.