Saturday, January 24, 2015

I know you meant it just for play....................

Bill Haley & His Comets........................See You Later Alligator

On play............................................












"Play is where life lives, where the game is the game.  At its borders, we slip into heresy, become serious, lose our sense of humor, fail to see the incongruities of everything we hold to be important.  Right and wrong become problematical. Money, power, position become ends. The game becomes winning.   And we lose the good life and the good things that play provides."
-George Sheehan

Well, OK.............................................

















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Forty years ago...................................

War..................................................Why Can't We Be Friends

Small clouds..................................

"It may be commonplace to say that power and money don't bring happiness, that jealousy and pride destroy all the joy in life, and so on.  But the fact that it's commonplace absolutely doesn't stop us falling all the time into the trap of our usual preoccupations -- gain and loss, pleasure and pain, praise and blame, fame and obscurity -- and feeling totally vulnerable to them.  It's not every day that someone tries to stab us in the back, but it's in every moment that we're the prey of our negative emotions ... Small clouds, as they say, don't bring rain.  It's when a thought first arises that you have to do something about it, not when the emotions it engenders get completely out of control.  If you don't deal with the spark, what hope do you have of doing something when the whole forest is on fire?"
-Matthieu Ricard, as excerpted from here

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

The Supremes.......................................I Hear A Symphony

Remember........................................






















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Sixty years ago....................................

The Chordettes.....................................................Mr. Sandman

Life coaching......................................


All hippos, all the time..............................







Friday, January 23, 2015

Tuned to a natural E.......................................

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

Damn good questions..........................

      It's true that biology and theoretical physics have brought us some fascinating knowledge about the origins of life and the formation of the universe.  But does knowing such things help us elucidate the basic mechanisms of happiness and suffering?  It's important not to lose sight of the goals that we set ourselves.  To know the exact shape and dimensions of the Earth is undeniably progress.  But whether it's round or flat doesn't make a great deal of difference to the meaning of existence.  Whatever progress is made in medicine, we can only temporarily treat sufferings that never stop coming back, and culminate in death.  We can end a conflict, or a war, but there will always be more, unless people's minds change.  But, on the other hand, isn't there a way of discovering an inner peace that doesn't depend on health, power, success, money, or the pleasures of the senses, an inner peace that's the source of outer peace?
-Matthieu Ricard, as excerpted from here

When intellectuals have their sway.....................Or, be careful what you wish for..................

The guiding notion of the Enlightenment, and later of Marx and Lenin's 'scientific' socialism, was that henceforth the alliance of happiness and justice would no longer come about through the individual quest for wisdom, but through the rebuilding of society as a whole.  And before building a new society, the old one first had to be completely destroyed.  It was at the end of the eighteenth century that the idea of revolution took on its modern meaning.  Personal salvation was from then on subordinate to collective salvation.
-Jean-Francois Revel, as excerpted from here

Games......................................























"There are points to be scored. There are games to be won.   And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all."
-Dr. Seuss

“Life is more fun if you play games.” 
-Ron Dahl

“We do not stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing!” 
-Benjamin Franklin

If they are losing that much money.......

...................................that means we must be gaining a fair percentage of it.  Good for us.  We went to Get Go a few days ago to buy gas.  While the sign at the station said $1.95 per gallon, using my Sweetie's Giant Eagles reward card, we actually paid $.75.  We filled up both cars.  Compared to what we paid last Spring, we saved over $60.00.  I was giddy for the next twenty-four hours.  Doesn't take much to make me happy.

Random stuff I found on my computer...............




























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

The Beatles.........................................................Act Naturally

The short answer is........................................

.............I hardly ever eat there anymore, and my kids never do.

Why I was a history major...........................

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Important information..............................

................................................that I plan on using tonight.

On taking............................................

........................................................sometimes it is appropriate.

My knees ache just from ..............

...........................watching this.  Straight and narrow is the path.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Happy 5th Anniversary to this blog..............
















Seems like just yesterday, but it was January 22, 2010 that this little adventure began.  Five years and 13,400 some odd blog posts later, I must say its been fun.  I've met, literally and figuratively, some wise and fascinating folks.  If I may be so bold, I claim them as friends.  I've been exposed to some fabulous, and valued, influences.   My horizons have been broadened and I feel amply compensated for my efforts.  Thank you all.