Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Time for the annual playing............


The Marshall Tucker Band..................Running Like The Wind

Soundtracks.............................




Strange jewels..............................
























"But surely something wonderful is sheltered inside you."

-full quote from here



Jolt..................................














A man without mirth is like a wagon without springs, in which one is caused disagreeably to jolt by every pebble over which it runs.
-Henry Ward Beecher

Fifty years ago......................


Lee Dorsey........................................Working In A Coal Mine

Grace under pressure..............


"What such a man needs is not courage but nerve control, cool headedness.  This he can only get by practice."
-Theodore Roosevelt





































Tranquil courage...................................


     When we aim high, pressure and stress obligingly come along for the ride.  Stuff is going to happen that catches us off guard, threatens or scares us.  Surprises (unpleasant ones, mostly) are almost guaranteed.  The risk of being overwhelmed is always there.
      In these situations, talent is not the most sought-after characteristic.  Grace and poise are, because these two attributes precede the opportunity to deploy any other skill.  We must possess, as Voltaire once explained about the secret to the great military success of the first Duke of Marlborough, that "tranquil courage in the midst of tumult and serenity of soul in danger, which the English call a cool head."

-Ryan Holiday,  The Obstacle Is The Way:  The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph

Good tidings......................


      Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.  Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.  The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.
-John Muir















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On change and acceptance.........



Monday, February 8, 2016

Pour a little glass.................


The Earl Klugh Trio..............................................Night and Day

So long.................................


The Pixies..............................................Here Comes Your Man



from this playlist

Trodden............................


There is no short-cut, no patent tram-road, to wisdom.  After all the centuries of invention, the soul's path lies through the thorny wilderness which must still be trodden in solitude, with bleeding feet, with sobs for help, as it was trodden by them of old time.

-Mary Ann Evans

May yet be done......................


Old age hath yet his honour and his toil;
Death closes all: but something ere the end,
Some work of noble note, may yet be done,
Not unbecoming men that strove with Gods.
The lights begin to twinkle from the rocks:
The long day wanes: the slow moon climbs: the deep
Moans round with many voices. Come, my friends,
'T is not too late to seek a newer world.
Push off, and sitting well in order smite
The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars, until I die.
It may be that the gulfs will wash us down:
It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,
And see the great Achilles, whom we knew.
Tho' much is taken, much abides; and tho'
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

-Alfred Lord Tennyson, excerpted from Ulysses

Capable..........................













A strong life is like that of a ship of war which has its own place in the fleet and can share in its strength and discipline, but can also go forth alone to the solitude of the infinite sea.  We ought to belong to society, to have our place in it and yet be capable of a complete individual existence outside of it.

-Philip Gilbert Hamerton

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Fifty years ago.......................


Bobby Darin.............................................If I Were A Carpenter

Good more of this would be...........





























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Involuntary.......................




"Wonder is involuntary praise."
-Edward Young 

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On control............................


"In life our first job is this, to divide and distinguish things into two categories:  externals I cannot control, but the choices I make with regard to them I do control.  Where will I find good and bad?  In me, in my choices."

-attributed to Epictetus

The playing field......................


       So what if you focused on what you can change?  That's where you can make a difference.
      Behind the Serenity Prayer is a two-thousand-year-old Stoic phrase "ta eph'hemin, ta ouk eph'hemin."  What is up to us, what is not up to us.
      And what is up to us?

       Our emotions.
       Our judgments
       Our creativity
       Our attitude
       Our perspective
       Our desires
       Our decisions
       Our determination.

      This is our playing field, so to speak.

-Ryan Holiday,  The Obstacle Is The Way:  The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Another way of looking at life........


Sniff 'N' the tears.................................................Driver's Seat




from this play list

Opening paragraphs.............................


     My father's family name being Pirrip, and my christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip.  So, I called myself Pip, and came to be called Pip.
      I give Pirrip as my father's family name, on the authority of his tombstone and my sister - Mrs. Joe Gargery, who married the blacksmith.  As I never saw my father or my mother, and never saw any likeness of either of them (for their days were long before the days of photography), my first fancies regarding what they were like were unreasonably derived from their tombstones.  The shape of the letters on my father's, gave me an odd idea that he was a square, stout, dark man, with curly black hair.  From the character and turn of the inscription, "Also Georgiana Wife of the Above," I drew a childish conclusion that my mother was freckled and sickly.  To five little stone lozenges, each about a foot and a-half long, which were arranged in a neat row beside their grave, and were sacred to the memory of five little brothers of mine - who gave up trying to get a living exceedingly early in that universal struggle - I am indebted for a belief I religiously entertained that they had all been born on their backs with their hands in their trousers-pockets, and had never taken them out in this state of existence.

-Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

The not-so-simple blog..................















......................Ray has been at it for six years now.  Long may he blog!

Survival..........................











    If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once a week;  for perhaps the parts of my brain now atrophied would thus have been kept active through use.
      The loss of these tastes is a loss of happiness, and may possibly be injurious to the intellect, and more probably to the moral character, by enfeebling the emotional part of our nature.

-Charles Darwin


Sure....................................


"Be sure that religion cannot be right that a man is the worse for having."

-William Penn

Fifty years ago........................


Slim Harpo.................................................Baby, Scratch My Back

On free speech.........................


Without free speech not search for truth is possible;  without free speech no discovery of truth is useful;  without free speech progress is checked and nations no longer march forward toward the nobler life which the future holds for  man.  Better a thousandfold abuse of free speech than denial of free speech.  The abuse dies in a day, but the denial slays the life of the people, and entombs the hope of the race.

-Charles Bradlaugh

On chickens and eggs.............























Pondering on the truth of this................


Play is pleasurable mental and physical competitive exercise where the issues involved are trivial and transient.  It is a fit preparation for more important tasks.  And it is the law of life that you only do those important tasks well at which you have played in childhood.

-Granville Stanley Hall

Beauty.............................


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