Saturday, April 22, 2017

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



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


Dan Seals.............................Everything That Glitters (is not Gold)

Our magnolia forgot to bloom this year......


.....................................but the dogwoods have been spectacular:



Willing.........................


“Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.” 


-Meister Eckhart

On the urgency...............................


.............................................................of resilience:

"Technology destroys the perfect and then it enables the impossible."

Of course, the proper way...............


..................to celebrate Earth Day, is by watching George Carlin:

Let's celebrate..................................!



























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


The Youngbloods...........................................................C. C. Rider

Friday, April 21, 2017

Man, Dog, Sun..........................





enlargeable photo and explanation

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


Buddy Miles...........................................................Them Changes

On self-transcendence..............


“By declaring that man is responsible and must actualize the potential meaning of his life, I wish to stress that the true meaning of life is to be discovered in the world rather than within man or his own psyche, as though it were a closed system. I have termed this constitutive characteristic "the self-transcendence of human existence." It denotes the fact that being human always points, and is directed, to something or someone, other than oneself--be it a meaning to fulfill or another human being to encounter. The more one forgets himself--by giving himself to a cause to serve or another person to love--the more human he is and the more he actualizes himself. What is called self-actualization is not an attainable aim at all, for the simple reason that the more one would strive for it, the more he would miss it. In other words, self-actualization is possible only as a side-effect of self-transcendence.” 

-Viktor Frankl

True..................................


“In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.” 

-Bertrand Russell

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


The Youngbloods...........................................All Over The World

Also true.........................


"Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got."

- Robert Brault


thanks

Some truth here............................

















thanks jess

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Super-charged.........................



Going with the flow.........................


It was fairly windy this afternoon.............................


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


John Stewart...........................................................................Gold

Sometimes there is an overlapping.......



..............of correlation and causation.     Is this one of those times?





via xkcd

I don't believe.............................


.......................................................................I'll be trying this.

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


The Youngbloods (with Dick Clark hogging the mike)..Grizzly Bear

beings like us...........................


     Our human need for beauty is not something that we could lack and still be fulfilled as people.  It is a need arising from our moral nature.  We can wander through this world, alienated, resentful, full of suspicion and distrust.  Or we can find our home here, coming to rest in harmony with others and with ourselves.  And the experience of beauty guides us along this second path:  it tells us that we are at home in the world, that the world is already ordered in our perceptions as a place fit for the lives of beings like us.  This is what we see in Corot's landscapes, Cezanne's apples, or Van Gogh's unlaced boots.

-Roger Scruton, Confessions Of a Heretic

Vincent Van Gogh                   Boots, 1886               Oil on canvas 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Wondering who thought this was a good idea.....

























via

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


John Lennon....................................................................Imagine

War zone................................


One is nailed in modern journalism by the staccato of fact, fact, fact. Many of these facts are untrue, of course, and others have the same effect as hollow dumdum bullets — expanding on contact with flesh. It is a war out there, between adversaries named Fact and Truth. I am reminded of this every time I look in the news, and see that “studies have shown,” when they have shown nothing more than a valiant attempt on the part of the devil to undermine the obvious.

-David Warren, leading off this post

Us history majors think this is probably true...


The majority of what you hear from the economics profession these days borders on useless. Much of it is partisan, biased and not very useful in the real world.

-Ben Carlson, as borrowed from here

On plain speaking.....................


............................................Execupundit offers some counsel.

In praise of a "republic"..............


......or, maybe an evenly divided country isn't such a bad thing?

The Anglo-Irish statesman and philosopher noted that it is worth considering the notion that Revolutionary France is a modern attempt at democracy. Drawing explicitly upon the writings of Aristotle, Burke asked what the real difference was between a monarchy and a democracy: “Of this I am certain, that in a democracy, the majority of its citizens is capable of exercising the most cruel oppressions upon the minority, whenever strong divisions prevail in that kind of policy, as they often must.” However constituted, few forms of government are more oppressive than a democracy armed with self-righteous fury at all who oppose the will of the majority.

-Bradley Birzer, as excerpted from this essay

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


The Youngbloods.................................Ain't That Lovin' You, Baby

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

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


Dennis Yost.....................................................................Stormy




In praise of worms (and stuff)...................?


It is probably not just worms. The impoverishment of our gut flora — the bacteria in our intestines — in the modern world, as a result of excessive hygiene and antibiotics, looks increasingly likely to be the cause of various other health issues, including obesity and possibly autism, though early experiments on the latter are inconclusive. Open Biome is a “stool bank” that will supply you with faecal transplants from healthy people to enrich your gut garden. It will also pay good money for faecal donations from healthy people. Now there’s a tip you did not expect to read in The Times.
I do hope you enjoy your lunch.
-concludes this Matt Ridely post

Out walking.......................





I'll have the Cafe Special please..........



Next time there is a Presidential..............


.........................................Election, I'm voting for Scott Adams.

Check's in the mail.......................


As Jim Rohn used to say, pay with a smile for "it's the care and feeding of the goose that lays the golden eggs."  He also said that in case you think the goose needs to go on a diet, "let one appetite not accuse another."   My check is in the mail, and I'm still smiling.



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


The Youngbloods.................................................Statesboro Blues

Creeping and crawling...........................


While the trend line looks okay, the recovery of the single-family residential construction business has been painfully slow.    Isn't it about time you built a new home for yourself, people?    Please.



















Have I told you lately that we have some fabulous, reasonably priced, wooded home sites available?

enlargeable image here

Monday, April 17, 2017

The world seems.........................


..........................a little righter with Jeff back in the blogosphere.

Do you think............................?


"Maybe, just maybe, thirty years of rising through the ranks of the world’s largest oil company and ten years running it taught Rex Tillerson a few skills."

-Walter Russell Mead, taken from here

Having fun............................


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

One more reason..........................


..................why it is a good thing to learn from other's experience:

100-year bonds........................?


.....................................................the answer might surprise you.

On being careful what you wish for.........


.....................................................Or:  On the weaponizing of ideas.

"He's just expressing annoyance that ideas that came from the left didn't restrict themselves to serving only the interests of the left. That's not how ideas work. They get out and about and wreak havoc."

-culled from this Althouse post

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


Leslie Gore........................................................You Don't Own Me

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


The Youngbloods......................................................Get Together