Saturday, August 11, 2012

You won't need no harem............

Maria Muldaur......................................Midnight at the Oasis



thanks E.

Hammarskjold................


     I have a vague recollection of the day Dag Hammarskjold died in a plane crash.  It was 1961.  He was flying to negotiate a cease fire in the civil conflict in the Congo when his plane crashed in what was then Northern Rhodesia.  I knew he was the General-Secretary to the United Nations.  At age 9, I wasn't too sure what the United Nations was.  I do know that his death affected my father powerfully.  He considered Hammarskjold a great man, a great statesman, and a great hope for the UN. He was not alone.  John F. Kennedy was quoted as saying Hammarskjold was  “the greatest statesman of our century."
     So it was with great interest that I recently came across the book Markings.  Hammarskjold kept a journal, not of his day-to-day professional activities, but of his day-to-day spiritual journey.  He left instructions that, after his death, the journal could be published, which it was in 1964 as Markings.
     A few excerpts:

"Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step: only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find his right road."

"Never measure the height of a mountain, until you have reached the top.  Then you will see how low it was."

"Life only demands from you the strength you possess.  Only one feat is possible - not to have run away."

"Sun and stillness.  Looking down through the jade-green water, you see the monsters of the deep playing on the reef.  Is this a reason to be afraid?  Do you feel safer when the scudding waves hide what lies beneath the surface?"

"To rejoice at a success is not the same as taking credit for it.  To deny oneself the first is to become a hypocrite and a denier of life; to permit oneself the second is a childish indulgence which will prevent one from ever growing up."

"Do not look back.  And do not dream about the future, either.  It will neither give you back the past, nor satisfy your other daydreams.  Your duty, your reward - your destiny - are here and now."

"The light died in the low clouds.  Falling snow drank in the dusk.  Shrouded in silence, the branches wrapped me in their peace.  When the boundaries were erased, once again the wonder:  that I exist."

Context matters too...................






















"Success in any endeavor requires single-minded attention to 
detail and total concentration."

-Willie Sutton

Opening paragraph...............

"When I started my first company in Boston twenty years ago, I had little interest in business.  I was just trying to restore my health.  Hindered by asthma since I was six weeks old, I had begun experimenting with my diet and discovered a disquieting correlation.  When I stopped eating the normal American diet of sugar, fats, alcohol, chemicals, and additives, I felt better.  I could breathe freely.  When I tried to sneak in a hamburger and a Coke, my body rebelled.  After a year of going from one diet to the other, I was left with a most depressing conclusion:  if I wanted to be healthy, I'd have to become a food nut.  I bid a fond farewell to my junk foods but then discovered that steady diet of natural food was impossible to obtain without spending ten hours a week shopping at ethnic food stores, farm stands, Seventh-Day Adventist flour mills, Japan Town, and other distant vendors.  The health food stores certainly weren't very helpful.  For the most part, their idea of food included high-priced nostrums and vitamin formulas - sold by women who wore nurses' uniforms and white hosiery that made their legs look slightly cadaverous."
-Paul Hawken, Growing A Business

A fine time to take a nap................

Not true..........................


Government of self would help.............


"The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern.  Every class is unfit to govern."
-Lord Acton

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

















The Coyote Blog points to this handy roll-over map that lets you find out what people think about your very own state.  Boring?  You find us boring?

Friday, August 10, 2012

What it is ain't exactly clear...........

Buffalo Springfield...............................For What It's Worth

Thinking...................



















"I think therefore
I think I am."
-Wendell Berry

It's an acquired skill.................

"He knew the precise psychological moment when to say nothing."
-Oscar Wilde

Not always so hidden..................






















"In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play."
-Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzche

A refreshing pause.............


With the volume up..................


Not sure what to make of this...........

Yesterday, we visited the Ed Sullivan show when he presented The Beatles to the broad American public.  Today, we wonder what on God's earth were we thinking when we tuned in to watch Ed Sullivan present Topo Gigio (multiple times I might add).  Not only were we all younger back then, but I suspect life was simpler too.  Without further ado (but promising never to do it again).................................Topo Gigio:

The kids are going to be just fine..........



thanks Maggie

Ready for another vacation.............


Thursday, August 9, 2012

We were all so much younger then......

I was twelve.  The whole family gathered to watch this.
February 1964.    It was a really big show.........Enjoy!

The Beatles.....................Live on Ed Sullivan

For those of us who love old barns.............

and artistic talent (and really, who doesn't?).....stop by the blog
of local artist James Young- here
A wee sampling here:























thanks David

Hobson's choice.........






















I was pretty sure it was supposed to be a "Hobbesian Choice,"
but according to the Oracle Google, I was wrong.  Interesting
historical tidbit about our language here

How to find joy......................


"The whole object of real art, of real romance - and, above all, of real religion - is to prevent people from losing the humility and gratitude which are thankful for daylight and daily bread; to prevent them from regarding daily life as dull or domestic life as narrow; to teach them to feel in the sunlight the song of Apollo, and in the bread the epic of the plough.  What is now needed most is intensive imagination.  I mean the power to turn our imagination inwards, on the things we already have, and to make those things live.  It is not merely seeking new experiences, which rapidly become old experiences.  It is really learning how to experience experiences.  It is learning to enjoy our enjoyments."
-G. K. Chesterton

Powerful........................


Look at that.........see

I've watched more of Bob Ross on TV then I'd ever care to admit. There was just something about him.......

 

When Mme Scherzo posted this, I just cracked up.


Attitudes matter.....................


The problem with regulations..........


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Enough already with the motorcycles.....

The Hondells....................................Little Honda

Thinking....................






















"The aim of education should be to teach the child to think,
not what to think."
-John Dewey

Ergo..................


Busy, busy, busy....................

















"In a bureaucratic system, useless work drives out useful work."
-Milton Friedman

Cheer up........................


"It is the arro­gance of every age to believe that yes­ter­day was calm."
-Tom Peters

Decisions, decisions................


The intellectual vacuum.................

"Intellectuals (especially professors) tend to become silly because they are never called upon to make decisions upon which very much depends."
-Leo Rosten

Did he really say that?














"Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt
from any intellectual influences, are usually the slaves of some
defunct economist."
-John Maynard Keynes

Apparently he did.  Consulting the Oracle Google, the following was found at Wikiquote, as an excerpt from Keynes's famous tome, The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money:   The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed the world is ruled by little else. Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist. Madmen in authority, who hear voices in the air, are distilling their frenzy from some academic scribbler of a few years back. I am sure that the power of vested interests is vastly exaggerated compared with the gradual encroachment of ideas.
  • Ch. 24 "Concluding Notes" p. 383

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

And you know that's dangerous.......

Arlo Guthrie.................................The Motorcycle Song

Testing..........................



















"The purpose of Compulsory Education is to deprive the
common people of their common sense."
-G. K. Chesterton

Opening paragraph.................

"When Paul Jobs was mustered out of the Coast Guard after World War II, he made a wager with his crewmates.  They had arrived in San Francisco, where their ship was decommissioned, and Paul bet that he would find himself a wife within two weeks.  He was a taut, tattooed engine mechanic, six feet tall, with a passing resemblance to James Dean.  But it wasn't his looks that got him a date with Clara Hagopian, a sweet-humored daughter of Armenian immigrants.  It was the fact that he and his friends had a car, unlike the group she had originally planned to go out with that evening.  Ten days later, in March 1946, Paul got engaged to Clara and won his wager.  It would turn out to be a happy marriage, one that lasted until death parted them more than forty years later."
-Walter Isaacson,  Steve Jobs

Treasure....................


















"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates' loot
on Treasure Island................And best of all, you can enjoy
these riches every day of your life."
-Walt Disney

Good..........................


Hate it when that happens...........


Unity...................

a total stranger one black day
knocked living the hell out of me -

who found forgiveness hard because
my(as it happened)self he was

-but now that fiend and i are such
immortal friends the other's each

-e.e. cummings

e. e. cummings................

Noise Number 1      1919

fourth dimensional abstraction     unknown date

Flowers and Hat: Patchen Place      1950

Mt. Chocorua                      1938

lone figure and tree in stormy sunset       unknown date

self portrait with sketch pad      1939























































































































Bleeker Street               unknown date

evening at sunset                      1950

tree at sunset                       unknown date

pale moon                    1939

Monday, August 6, 2012

Yes, we see....................

The Shangri-las...........................................Leader of the Pack

Don't trust us boomers...............

Paul Campos, writing at Salon, offers some parenting advice to us "boomers."  A few things not to say to our job-hunting children - Here   Excerpt here:


"The notion that all boomers are greedy spoiled narcissists, monopolizing all the good jobs, saddling our children with crushing debt, listening to Yacht rock, and otherwise disgracing our heritage as children of the Greatest Generation, is a gross overgeneralization."


I certainly hope so.  I've never even heard of "Yacht rock".

Loafing........................

First day back after a week's vacation.....



God, I hope not......................


Hugh................

This blog has long been a fan, and a user, of Hugh MacLeod's art.  Kurt kindly brought this link to our attention.  It is a short video of Hugh discussing his work.  Do go watch it.

"I don't want to convince anybody.  I just want to share."
-Hugh MacLeod

File this under the heading of...........

......................that which cannot continue, won't.

These ugly trend lines are courtesy of Alex Taborrok at the Marginal Revolution blog

But not you.....................

"Let others lead small lives, but not you.  Let others argue over small things, but not you.  Let others cry over small hurts, but not you.  Let others leave their future in someone else's hands, but not you."
-Jim Rohn

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Out of the rain.................

America.............................................Horse With No Name

The dreamer wakes.................























(After the painting, Jacob's Dream by
William Blake and Genesis 28:11-17)

A young man leaving home
For long years to be gone
Might fall asleep and dream,
His head upon a stone.

A stair appears that bends
In spiral toward the light,
The bright Orb where it ends,
Though he sleeps through the night,

Darkened, below the stairs.
Angels in constant motion
Walk up and down the stairs.
Delight and clear devotion

Make graceful all they do.
The light and dark are bound,
Heaven to all below,
Bright stair and stony ground

In one light joined.  In sleep
The dreamer wakes.  He sees
Above the stars the deep
Of Heaven opened.  Is

He living, then, his part
Of Heaven's earthly life?
And what shall be the art
By which this sight can live?

Darkened upon the earth,
He fills with light, is made
A witness to high Truth
And so a man afraid.

His land - this meager sod,
These stones, this low estate -
Is the household of God.
And it is Heaven's gate.

-Wendell Berry

How much should we understand?
























To seek, to search, and to learn is to be human.  To be unwilling to admit and accept that there are some things that are beyond our human capacity for understanding is to consign oneself to frustration and unhappiness.  After all, this creation thing had been going on for a long, long, long time before we showed up.












































awe inspiring full-screen photos  here here  here and here

Kitty........................