Sunday, November 23, 2014

A little slice of Americana........................

The Stroll..........dress code enforced, and please - no smiling

To Be A Slave Of Intensity..........................

Friend, hope for the guest while you are alive.
Jump into experience while you are alive!
Think…and think…while you are alive.
What you call ‘salvation’ belongs to the time before death.
If you don’t break your ropes while you’re alive,
do you think
ghosts will do it after?
The idea that the soul will join with the ecstatic
Just because the body is rotten -
that is all fantasy.
What is found now is found then.
If you find nothing now,
you will simply end up with an apartment in the City of Death.
If you make love with the divine now, in the next life you will   have the face of satisfied desire.
So plunge into the truth, find out who the Teacher is,
Believe in the Great Sound!
Kabir says this: When the Guest is being searched for, it is the   intensity of the longing for the Guest that does all the work.
Look at me, and you will see a slave of that intensity.
-Kabir, as translated by Robert Bly

Ignoring...........................................


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

Johnny Rivers.............................................Mountain of Love

Seems like it anyway..............................






















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Top 25 inventions from 2014...................

..............and the year's not over yet.  Some of these are cool, some are amazing, and some could lead to who knows where.  It is stuff like this that forever makes Malthusians look silly.

I can never remember..............................

.............is it the weather or the climate that necessitates this?






















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Spengler seeks to remind us..................

.................................that things often are not as they seem.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Vogues.........................................Five O'Clock World

There was just something about the '70's.........

Earth, Wind & Fire................................................September



#62 on this list

Ah, it is fast approaching "prediction time"......

With the looming new year, the punditry world begins their annual guesses.  What will 2015 bring? Here are ten predictions about the wide wide world of markets and the economy from the fine people at Goldman Sachs.  Here is how the blog post starts:

At the beginning of the year, not many predicted the stock market would blast to new highs like they did. Almost no one predicted interest rates would stay this low. And few would've guessed oil prices would rally and crash the way they did.

Wither goes the housing industry................?

Five predictions from Freddie Mac's economists.  Reading the comment sections of blog post is generally a fine way to waste time.  There is a real gem in this group, however:

 "The fact remains that no matter what the market does, people will be buying and selling homes. If we do out jobs correctly, and work with integrity, we will always be busy real estate professionals."

Checking in with Goethe......................

"Art is long, life short, judgment difficult, opportunity transient. To act is easy, to think is hard; to act according to our thought is troublesome."

-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

Texas Governor John B. Connally, who was wounded during the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, reflects on the one year anniversary of the event.

The Fourth Sign of the Zodiac......................

                            3.

I know, you never intended to be in this world.
But you're in it all the same.

So why not get started immediately.

I mean, belonging to it.
There is so much to admire, to weep over.

And to write music or poems about.

Bless the feet that take you to and fro.
Bless the eyes and the listening ears.
Bless the tongue, the marvel of taste.
Bless touching.

You could live a hundred years, it's happened.
Or not.
I am speaking from the fortunate platform
of many years,
none of which, I think, I ever wasted.
Do you need a prod?
Do you need a little darkness to get you going?
Let me be as urgent as a knife, then,
and remind you of Keats,
so single of purpose and thinking, for a while,
he had a lifetime.

-Mary Oliver

... like the spider spin ...

"Many have original minds who do not think it - they are led away by Custom. Now it appears to me that almost any Man may like the spider spin from his own inwards his own airy Citadel."
-John Keats, as excerpted from this letter

Friday, November 21, 2014

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

Jimmy Ruffin...................What Becomes of the Brokenhearted

Deserve.............................................

“To get what you want, you have to deserve what you want. The world is not yet a crazy enough place to reward a whole bunch of undeserving people.” 
-Charles T. Munger


"Divinity is impartial by virtue of what it is.  All things sort themselves out by virtue of that which they have become, and that which they have become they have done via their own options and decisions."
-David Hawkins

“There is no way in which a man can earn a star or deserve a sunset.” 
-G.K. Chesterton


"You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection."
-Buddha


"Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them."
-Aristotle

"We are all deserving of love."
-Sandra Bullock

Investment lessons learned at the poker table...

"Any poker player knows that the worst thing that can happen is to have the second  best hand....."

























As excerpted from this blog post.

Opposites.............................................


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

At the movies....................................................Bedtime Story

The Hidden Singer...........................



The gods are less 
for their love of praise.
Above and below them all 

is a spirit that needs 
nothing but its own 
wholeness, 
its health and ours.
It has made all things 

by dividing itself.
It will be whole again.
To its joy we come 

together -  the seer 
and the seen, the eater 
and the eaten, the lover 
and the loved.
In our joining it knows

itself. It is with us then,
not as the gods 

whose names crest 
in unearthly fire,
but as a little bird 

hidden in the leaves
who sings quietly 

and waits, 
and sings.

-Wendell Berry

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Amazing..............................................

"It's amazing what ordinary people can do if they set out without preconceived notions."
-Ben Stein

The hard truth is that,..................................

....................historically, this can also be said of a wide swath of the population of our fair country.

"Freedom is NOT a universal value.  Many people from the beginning of civilization through ancient Egypt, ancient Mesopotamia - the Iraq of today - and China and India have consistently chosen benevolent despotism over the awesome responsibility of self-government."
-Rufus J. Fears

thanks Kurt

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The latest chapter...........................

.....................................in what will be a fabulous book, The Random Thoughts of Michael Wade, is here.  A few wee excerpts, in no particular order,  here:

The nanny state is really a bully state.   The cure for many problems requires going to bed early.   Praise may surpass criticism in the harming of careers.  Take time to study your habits because that may be the most valuable "course" in your life.   I'm at the age where an ad for a comfortable chair can be more enticing than one for a sports car.

On such a winter's day.............................

Mamas & The Papas.............................California Dreamin'

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

I've made a list of more than a hundred diets.  The Mediterranean diet.  The USDA diet.  The Michael Pollan eat-what-your-grandparents-ate diet.  The Blood-Type diet.  The Paleo diet.  The Okinawa diet.  Veganism.  Raw foodism.  Not to mention the more outre ones, like The Cookie Diet.  The Rastafarian diet.  The Master-Cleanse diet.
     I want to try them all.  Well, maybe not The Taco Bell Drive-Thru Diet (it exists).  But most of the others.  Eventually, that is.  The thing is, studies show that if you switch habits too rapidly, the changes won't stick.  So my plan is to wade into my new diets slowly, like my five-year-old entering a chilly pool.
     Which is how I've decided on my first dietary reforms:  more chocolate, booze, and coffee.

-A. J. Jacobs,  Drop Dead Healthy: One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection.

The Waking.......................................

I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.   
I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.   
I learn by going where I have to go.

We think by feeling. What is there to know?   
I hear my being dance from ear to ear.   
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Of those so close beside me, which are you?   
God bless the Ground!   I shall walk softly there,   
And learn by going where I have to go.

Light takes the Tree; but who can tell us how?   
The lowly worm climbs up a winding stair;   
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Great Nature has another thing to do   
To you and me; so take the lively air,   
And, lovely, learn by going where to go.

This shaking keeps me steady. I should know.   
What falls away is always. And is near.   
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.   
I learn by going where I have to go.

“I may look like a beer salesman, but I'm a poet.”

Theodore Roethke    1908-1963























“I trust all joy.”

“Love is not love until love's vulnerable”

“A mind too active is no mind at all.” 

“Over every mountain, there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley.”

“In a dark time, the eye begins to see.”

“What's madness but nobility of soul at odds with circumstance?” 

“May my silences become more accurate.” 

“What we need are more people who specialize in the impossible.” 

"Being, not doing, is my first joy."

Good questions............................


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

Maynard Ferguson Sextet.............................No More Wood

When investing, try not to forget this advice...

"I try to encourage people to be skeptical, because it is genuinely rare when a deal is exceptionally good for an average person.  Most of the time in life, you are doing pretty well if you are getting a fair deal, particularly when it comes to financial matters."
-David Merkel, as excerpted from here

On connecting dots..................................



















"You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life."
-Steve Jobs

"Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected."
-William Plomer


"Without a doubt, the ability to connect the dots is rare, prized and valuable. Connecting dots, solving the problem that hasn't been solved before, seeing the pattern before it is made obvious, is more essential than ever before.
"Why then, do we spend so much time collecting dots instead? More facts, more tests, more need for data, even when we have no clue (and no practice) in doing anything with it.
"Their big bag of dots isn't worth nearly as much as your handful of insight, is it?"

As a public service.........................................

........14 more things to know about SpongeBob SquarePants.


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Resting my bones.......................................

Otis Redding..........................(Sittin' on) the dock of the bay



#58 on this list

Giving............................................

It is well to give when asked, but it is better to give unasked, through understanding:
     And to the open-handed the search for one who shall receive is joy greater than giving.
     And is there aught you would withhold?
     All you have shall some day be given.
     Therefore give now, that the season of giving may be yours and not your inheritors'.

     You often say, "I would give, but only to the deserving."
     The trees in your orchard say not so, nor the flocks in you pasture.
     They give that they may live, for to withhold is to perish.

-Kahlil Gibran, as excerpted from The Prophet

66,000 books on happiness.........................

Don't have time to read them all?  Here is a handy short cut.  Ten must-read books on happiness, each summarized in one sentence.

thanks craig

Fun with the language........................

The folks at Oxford Dictionaries are working hard to expand our vocabularies.  More on the "Word of the Year" story here.

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

Jerry Lee Lewis.........................Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On

The Lollapalooza Effect................................

"There’s a tendency to get extreme consequences when you combine a number of human misjudgments all at the same time when aiming for a particular outcome."
-Ben Carlson, as excerpted from here

The Cold.........................................

How exactly good it is
to know myself
in the solitude of winter,

my body containing its own
warmth, divided from all
by the cold; and to go

separate and sure
among the trees cleanly
divided, thinking of you

perfect too in your solitude,
your life withdrawn into
your own keeping

- to be clear, poised
in perfect self suspension
toward you, as though frozen.

And having known fully the
goodness of that, it will be
good also to melt.


-Wendell Berry

More is not always more.......................

"Adding one more is just fine, until adding one more ruins everything."
-Seth Godin, as excerpted from here

It helps.......................................

.................................when you have a really big credit card.















Recessions are tough on everybody's finances, but it would seem that tax receipts have never been higher.  Hmm.