Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Oh, what can it mean..............................

The Monkees.................................................Daydream Believer

Reverie..............................................



















“A certain amount of reverie is good, like a narcotic in discreet doses. It soothes the fever, occasionally high, of the brain at work, and produces in the mind a soft, fresh vapor that corrects the all too angular contours of pure thought, fills up the gaps and intervals here and there, binds them together, and dulls the sharp corners of ideas. But too much reverie submerges and drowns. Thought is the labor of the intellect, reverie it's pleasure. To replace thought with reverie is to confound poison with nourishment.” 
-Victor Hugo

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Skipped class the day they taught this......


423. - Few know how to be old.

-Francois de la Rochefoucauld, Reflections; Or Sentences and Moral Maxims

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

Beach Boys.............................................Then I Kissed Her

Realization...............................




“You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”
-Marcus Aurelius

Opportunity........................................




"Never since the world began were there such good opportunities to be lazy with distinction."
-Dorothea Brande,  Wake Up And Live!

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Newton got beaned.........................................

R.E.M...........................................................Man On The Moon

Incalculable, thank God...........................

“I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies but not the madness of people.” 
-Isaac Newton

Uh-oh..............................................














“The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.” 
-Albert Ellis

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Gone but not forgotten.......................

“The only thing greater than the power of the mind is the courage of the heart” 
-John Nash

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

Little Anthony & The Imperials........................Take Me Back

Unattached...........................................

"To live non-attachedly is to feel impulses, think thoughts, and experience life without becoming hooked by mental narratives about how things 'should' be, or should never be, or should remain forever.  The perfectly non-attached Buddhist would be simply, calmly present, and non-judgmentally aware.
      "Which, let's be frank, isn't going to happen for most of us any time soon."
-Oliver Burkeman,  The Antidote:  Happiness For People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking

Uncertain.......................................















“The emotionally mature individual should completely accept the fact that we live in a world of probability and chance, where there are not, nor probably ever will be, any absolute certainties, and should realize that it is not at all horrible, indeed—such a probabilistic, uncertain world.” 
-Albert Ellis

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Passing time...................................















"Nothing, to my way of thinking, is a better proof of a well ordered mind than a man's ability to stop just where he is and pass some time in his own company."
-Seneca, Letters from a Stoic

Monday, May 25, 2015

A Fillmore East jam.......................

The Byrds........................................................Eight Miles High

Happy Memorial Day...............................

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


Happy Birthday Kate..................................


Survival of the most adaptable....................

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

The (lip-synching) Byrds........................All I Really Want To Do

A reason to tune out the media................

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Frankly, my dear................................


.......................................................I don't give a damn.

"My journey started with a realization that the more media investors paid attention to, the worse they did. The more they analyzed, the more decisions they had to make. The more decisions they made, the more chances they had at being wrong, letting their emotions take over, and doing something regrettable. Find someone who has mastered personal finance, and you'll find someone with a pathological ability to not give a damn."

-Morgan Housel, as excerpted from here

And now a few words..............................


..........................................................from Warren Buffett:

"The American Dream promises that a combination of education, hard work and good behavior can move any citizen from humble beginnings to at least reasonable success."

"No conspiracy lies behind this depressing fact: The poor are most definitely not poor because the rich are rich. Nor are the rich undeserving. Most of them have contributed brilliant innovations or managerial expertise to America’s well-being. We all live far better because of Henry Ford, Steve Jobs, Sam Walton and the like."

-as excerpted from here

Sunday, May 24, 2015

A little organ music for a Sunday morning.......

Booker T. &  The MG's.......................................Hang 'em High

Too good not to copy.................................






















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Musturbation........................

"We elevate those things we want, those things we would prefer to have, into things we believe we must have;  we feel we must perform well in certain circumstances or that other people must treat us well.  Because we thing these things must occur, it follows that it would be an absolute catastrophe if they did not.  No wonder we get so anxious:  we've decided that if we failed to meet our goal it wouldn't merely be bad, but completely bad - absolutely terrible."
-Oliver Burkeman,  The Antidote:  Happiness For People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking

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

At the movies..................................................Doctor Zhivago

The way we are......................................

"'As the Buddha said two and a half thousand years ago,' he said, soon after we'd started talking, and jabbing a finger in my direction, 'we're all out of our fucking minds!  That's just the way we are.'"
-Oliver Burkeman, talking about Albert Ellis in The Antidote:  Happiness For People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking

On work.............................................

"In a sign of a stronger economy, more young adults are skipping college and heading back to work."
-as excerpted from here

Forty years ago I remember my father  lamenting that so much emphasis was being put on getting high school seniors into college.  He felt a good bit that emphasis included the disparagement of labor.  A fully functioning society needs tradesmen. Without plumbers, carpenters, electricians, drywallers, excavators, and the like, it is difficult to get things built - or fixed.  In our part of the world we are now experiencing a shortage of tradesmen.   A young person today can learn a trade in a year or so and become a productive worker, earning a good living (to say nothing of avoiding a mountain of debt).  There is dignity in the mastery of a trade. We should honor and encourage that as much as we honor a college degree.

thanks glenn

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