Saturday, March 9, 2013

Answers......................

Jefferson Starship.........................Miracles

Let's dance.................

David Kanigan has a post up, I got soul x 26, that will brighten any mood.  It is a five minute music video compilation of 26 of the greatest dance routines.  One of the routines is a very brief snippet from this Nicholas Brothers classic scene from Stormy Weather.   If there is better dance, I've not seen it.  Enjoy

Harrison and Kooser............

     Ted Kooser is a son of Iowa, a once poet laureate, a book publisher, a professor, and an insurance executive.  He is also a long time friend of, and correspondent with, Jim Harrison.  Harrison is a Michigander, a poet, a writer, and so much more.
     While browsing in a local book store today (not as easy as it once was), I happened upon Braided Creek:  A Conversation in Poetry.  Over time, the correspondence between Kooser and Harrison evolved into an exchange of short poems.  Braided Creek is a collection of their exchanges.  The author of each brief poem is not identified, as the "book is an assertion in favor of poetry and against credentials."
     Enjoy a wee sample:

Sometimes my big front teeth bite
my lower lip and my food gets bloody.
What is this argument all about?

"Do you feel your age?" she asked,
so I squeezed my age till it hurt,
then set it free.

Rising from a cramped position 
before the fireplace I discover
that there's blood in my legs.

So much to live for.
Each rope rings
a different bell.

Winter knows
when a man's pockets 
are empty.

I was paralyzed from the waist up
for three months.  My feet walked me.
The birds all turned brown.  I fell
out of a tree I hadn't climbed.

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

Dion...................Donna the Prima Donna

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

     Just across the George Washington Bridge from Manhattan lies Bergen County, New Jersey, composed of towns such as Fort Lee, Englewood, Palisades Park, and Edgewater, to name a few.  Today Fort lee, whose splendid location stretches along the Palisades Cliffs, is a mass of high-rises, a spillover from Manhattan, but the Hudson River and the Palisades Cliffs are still as beautiful as I remember them when I was a kid.  In the 1950s there wasn't a high-rise to be seen.  The towns were more like villages, old-fashioned and unchanged for decades.
-Ken Perenyi,  Caveat Emptor:  The Secret Life of an American Art Forger

Alvin Lee.......................

..........the singer, songwriter, guitarist for Ten Years After died this week.  Wiki here.  Obit here.  His I'd Love to Change the World is one great song, although with some interesting lyrics (full lyrics here).

Every time I hear these lines, I can't help but ask......"then what?"

Tax the rich, feed the poor 
Till there are no rich no more 

  


More God.............................























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More proof that God loves life..............







The art of caring...............

Johnny Carson and Charles Grodin..................

Friday, March 8, 2013

Could (should) have used this service last night......

















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The Friday blues.....................

Clapton, Knopfler and friends....Same Old Blues

Isaiah Berlin........................

Cherry-picking some quotes from a very quotable man:















Injustice, poverty, slavery, ignorance — these may be cured by reform or revolution. But men do not live only by fighting evils. They live by positive goals, individual and collective, a vast variety of them, seldom predictable, at times incompatible.

But to manipulate men, to propel them towards goals which you — the social reformer — see, but they may not, is to deny their human essence, to treat them as objects without wills of their own, and therefore to degrade them.

Freedom for the wolves has often meant death to the sheep.

All forms of tampering with human beings, getting at them, shaping them against their will to your own pattern, all thought control and conditioning is, therefore, a denial of that in men which makes them men and their values ultimate.

There exists a great chasm between those, on one side, who relate everything to a single central vision ... and, on the other side, those who pursue many ends, often unrelated and even contradictory ... The first kind of intellectual and artistic personality belongs to the hedgehogs, the second to the foxes.

Philosophers are adults who persist in asking childish questions.

Everything is what it is: liberty is liberty, not equality or fairness or justice or culture, or human happiness or a quiet conscience.

The first people totalitarians destroy or silence are men of ideas and free minds.


Those who have ever valued liberty for its own sake believed that to be free to choose, and not to be chosen for, is an inalienable ingredient in what makes human beings human.

Good skipper, brave and sure........

On this day in 1921...............Alan Hale, Jr. was born.

First season introduction to Gilligan's Island is here.
Damn that "embedding disabled" thing.


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

Johnny Thunder.............................Loop de Loop

Not hearing so much "sequester" news these days

Stop...........................

Anger and joy,
happiness and sorrow,
anxiety and hope,
laziness and willfulness,
enthusiasm and insolence -
like music arising from emptiness
or mushrooms sprouting in the dark -
they spring before us, night and day.
We do not know from where they come.
Stop thinking about it!
How can we ever understand it in one day?

-Chuang Tzu, as excerpted from Solala Towler's
Tales From The Tao:  The Wisdom of the Taoist Masters

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

On that last, cold day of December in the dying year we count as 406, the river Rhine froze solid, providing the natural bridge that hundreds of thousands of hungry men, women, and children had been waiting for.  They were the barbari - to the Romans and undistinguished, matted mass of Others, not terrifying, just troublemakers, annoyances, things one would rather not have to deal with - non-Romans.  To themselves they were, presumably, something more, but as the illiterate leave few records, we can only surmise their opinion of themselves.
-Thomas Cahill,  How The Irish Saved Civilization:  The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe

God...........................




























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Apparently there is not much................

.........elation contained in geniusness.  Full calibration here.


Sadness....................

"Agriculture is booming; but farming is long dead. The land grows food as never before, but no longer families."
-Victor Davis Hanson, as excerpted from this essay

Thursday, March 7, 2013

How does it feel....................

The Beatles........................Baby You're A Rich Man

Magical.............................


















“We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today” 
-Dale Carnegie

Own...........................




















“You can sing only what you are. You can paint only what you are. You must be what your experiences, your environment, and your heredity have made you. For better or for worse, you must play your own little instrument in the orchestra of life.”
-Dale Carnegie

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Keep..........................






















“Be wiser than other people if you can; but do not tell them so.” 
-Dale Carnegie

Process...........................























“If you are not in the process of becoming the person you want to be, you are automatically engaged in becoming the person you don't want to be. ” 
-Dale Carnegie

Judge..............................


















“Even god doesn't propose to judge a man till his last days, why should you and I?” 
-Dale Carnegie

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

The Dovells........................You Can't Sit Down

Quality.....................


















“You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn't exist anywhere except in the mind.” 
-Dale Carnegie

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Make..................................



































“When fate hands you lemons, make lemonade.”
-Dale Carnegie

Dare.............................


“The man who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore.”
-Dale Carnegie

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Do something.......................






















“If you can't sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there and worrying. It's the worry that gets you, not the loss of sleep.” 
-Dale Carnegie

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Bristling.......................























“When dealing with people, let us remember we are not dealing with creatures of logic. We are dealing with creatures of emotion, creatures bristling with prejudices and motivated by pride and vanity.” 
-Dale Carnegie

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Some very early Fleetwood Mac........

Fleetwood Mac (with Peter Green)......Like It This Way

tenacem........................

Iustum et tenacem propositi virum
non civium ardor prava iubentium,
non vultus instantis tyranni
mente quatit solida.


"The man who is tenacious of purpose in a rightful cause is not shaken from his firm resolve by the frenzy of his fellow citizens clamoring for what is wrong, or by the tyrant's threatening countenance."
-Horace

Reminder.......................


















thank nicole

Keep reminding me.....................

















"Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand."
-Thomas Carlyle

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

The Jaynetts..............................Sally, Go 'Round The Roses

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

     The shots that fired the bullets that entered Pumpkin's head were heard by no less than eight people.  Three instinctively closed their windows, checked their locked doors, and withdrew to the safety, or at least the seclusion, of their small apartments.  Two others, each with experience in such matters, ran from the vicinity as fast if not faster than the gunman himself.  Another, the neighborhood recycling fanatic, was digging through some garbage in search of aluminum cans when he heard the sharp sounds of the daily skirmish, very nearby.  He jumped behind a pile of cardboard boxes until the shelling stopped, then eased into the alley where he saw what was left of Pumpkin.
-John Grisham,  The King of Torts

Don't worry, be....................



















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Hard...............................


















Nil sine magno
vita labore dedit mortalibus.

Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work.
-Horace

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Truth...................





















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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Live from Daryl's house...............

Rob Thomas and Daryl Hall.....She's Gone

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

     Now at last the slowly-gathered, long-pent-up fury of the storm broke upon us.  Four or five millions of men met each other in the first shock of the most merciless of all the wars of which record has been kept.  Within a week the front in France, behind which we had been accustomed to dwell through the hard years of the former war and the opening phase of this, was to be irretrievably broken.  Within three weeks the long-famed French Army was to collapse in rout and ruin, and our only British Army to be hurled into the sea with all its equipment lost.  Within six weeks we were to find ourselves alone, almost disarmed, with triumphant Germany and Italy at our throats, with the whole of Europe open to Hitler's power, and Japan glowering on the other side of the globe.  It was amid these facts and looming prospects that I entered upon my duties as Prime Minister and Minister of Defense and addressed myself to the first task of forming a Government of all parties to conduct His Majesty's business at home and abroad by whatever means might be best suited to the national interest.
Winston S. Churchill, The Second World War Volume II:  Their Finest Hour

Happy 160th birthday to Howard Pyle.........

The noted illustrator (and mentor to N. C. Wyeth and others), was born this day in 1853 in Wilmington, Delaware.  More of his story may be found here and here and here.  Samples of his work here:

An Attack on a Galleon      1905

The Old Violin       1894

The Good, Aged Doctor           1899

The Buccaneer      1905

Who Shall Be Captain                    1911

The Battle of Bunker Hill            1897

Once it Chased Dr. Wilkerson Into the Very Town Itself         1909


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

Bobby Vee......................The Night Has A Thousand Eyes

This day in history...................

Fifty years ago today, country music star Patsy Cline was killed in a small plane crash.  A sad day.

And it was a really good look...............

























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This day in history.....................

On this day in 1963, the Hula-Hoop, a hip-swiveling toy that became a huge fad across America when it was first marketed by Wham-O in 1958, is patented by the company's co-founder, Arthur "Spud" Melin. An estimated 25 million Hula-Hoops were sold in its first four months of production alone.



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Wake-up call.................


Arthur C. Brooks suggests the Republican party needs to get its act together.   It matters.  Full WSJ essay here.  Excerpt here:
"Meanwhile, the record of free enterprise in improving the lives of the poor both here and abroad is spectacular. According to Columbia University economist Xavier Sala-i-Martin, the percentage of people in the world living on a dollar a day or less—a traditional poverty measure—has fallen by 80% since 1970. This is the greatest antipoverty achievement in world history. That achievement is not the result of philanthropy or foreign aid. It occurred because billions of souls have been able to pull themselves out of poverty thanks to global free trade, property rights, the rule of law and entrepreneurship.

"The left talks a big game about helping the bottom half, but its policies are gradually ruining the economy, which will have catastrophic results once the safety net is no longer affordable. Labyrinthine regulations, punitive taxation and wage distortions destroy the ability to create private-sector jobs. Opportunities for Americans on the bottom to better their station in life are being erased."

Understanding this is the beginning of wisdom......

............................I think, well, maybe.


















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