Monday, March 31, 2014
Friday, March 28, 2014
Thursday, March 27, 2014
To drink the Kool-Aid: A reference to those who drank to their death in the 1978 Jim Jones, Jonestown mass suicide. It has now become a metaphor for those who blindly buy into and adhere to a particular philosophy, perspective, or political system.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
“Living is a constant process of deciding what we are going to do.” ― José Ortega y Gasset, Philosopher (1883-1955)
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Monday, March 24, 2014
Friday, March 21, 2014
Thursday, March 20, 2014
|I choose Door Number 92 on the left. Thanks.|
Now that we have covered that one, let's all take a deep breath and move on. All nations have their spin doctors working overtime these days. It's interesting to take the time occasionally to see how the rest of the world is reporting some of the same stuff we get here. There's no doubt that Mr. Putin is up to no good. He is making the West look timid, weak, and anemic in how we are responding to his incursion into Ukraine. However, in Russia, he is able to spin his actions as a way of standing up to America, Great Britain, and the EU, as a sort of hero taking on those who have belittled the Motherland, so to speak. Coming off the Olympics, he now has stirred nationalism to where his popularity is soaring even though Russia is in the ditch big time in nearly every economic or quality of life measurement. He flexes his muscle and we, thus far, have responded with our version of spin barking but no bite. It appears inevitable that he will end up with a new country as his prize. Meanwhile, the folks over there are enjoying their opportunity to mock our leaders for a change, as they see it. One last little footnote. The President sent Vice President Joe Biden over to the region to let everyone know that we've got their backs. I'm sure they will all sleep well now. Enough said. I've said it before and I will say it again, these are some strange times we are living in folks, strange indeed. Yet, we have God on the side of His own and that gives us the gumption to get up and go each day. Amen. ....More later.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
"I actually think of being funny as an odd turn of mind, like a mild disability, some weird way of looking at the world that you can't get rid of." ~ Calvin Trillin
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
"To keep your marriage brimming With love in the marriage cup Whenever you’re wrong, admit it; Whenever you’re right, shut up." ~ Ogen Nash, Author
Monday, March 17, 2014
"Within forty years of their arrival in the Plymouth colony, the first white settlers were afraid their children had lost the dedication and religious conviction of the founding generation. Ever since, Americans have looked to the next generation not only with love and solicitude but with a good measure of anxiety, worrying whether they themselves were good parents, fearful that their children would not turn out well." Kenneth Keniston, US Professor, Human Development, quote made in 1977
Friday, March 14, 2014
Thursday, March 13, 2014
"There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love." Washington Irving
Kindergarten Teacher: To get to the other side. Plato: For the greater good. Aristotle: It is the nature of chickens to cross roads. Timothy Leary, (LSD guru): Because that's the only trip the establishment would let it take. Saddam Hussein: This was an unprovoked act of rebellion and we were quite justified in dropping 50 tons of nerve gas on it. Ronald Reagan: I forget. Captain James T. Kirk: To boldly go where no chicken has gone before. Management Consulting Firm: Deregulation of the chicken's side of the road was threatening its dominant market position. The chicken was faced with significant challenges to create and develop the competencies required for the newly competitive market. Our firm, in a partnering relationship with the client, helped the chicken by rethinking its physical distribution strategy and implementation processes. Using the Poultry Integration Model (PIM), a system we developed, we helped the chicken use its skills, methodologies, knowledge, capital and experiences to align the chicken's processes and technology in support of its overall strategy within a Program Management framework. This helped the chicken to align its mission, vision, and core values. This was conducive towards the creation of a total business integration solution thereby helping the chicken to change to become more successful. Martin Luther King, Jr: I envision a world where all chickens will be free to cross roads without having their motives called into question. Moses: And God came down from the Heavens, and He said unto the chicken, "Thou shalt cross the road.'' And the chicken crossed the road, and there was much rejoicing. Richard M. Nixon: The chicken did not cross the road. I repeat, the chicken did NOT cross the road. Jerry Seinfeld: Why does anyone cross a road? I mean, why doesn't anyone ever think to ask, What the heck was this chicken doing walking around all over the place, anyway? Bill Gates: Microsoft's soon-to-be-released Chicken '98 will not only cross roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents, and balance your checkbook. Darwin: Chickens, over great periods of time, have been naturally selected in such a way that they are now genetically disposed to cross roads. And finally, a drum roll would be appropriate: Hamlet: "To cross, or not to cross, that is the question: - Whether 'tis nobler in the mind, to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous side; Or to take arms against a road of troubles, And by crossing end them?" (Excerpted/Adapted from a funny piece written by David Madore in 1999, that I found out on the internet.) See you next time and may God bless each one. Amen. ...More later.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
"If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading." Lao Tzu, Ancient Chinese Philosopher, 6th Century BC
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
On blogging: “In a sense who you are has always been a story that you told to yourself. Now your self is a story that you tell to others.” ~ Geoff Ryman, Science Fiction Writer
Monday, March 10, 2014
"I look back on my life like a good day's work, it was done and I am satisfied with it." Grandma Moses, Painter, (1860-1961)
Friday, March 7, 2014
"The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place." ~ George Bernard Shaw
How Long Has It Been
~ How long has it been since you talked with the Lord And told him your heart's hidden secrets? How long since you prayed? How long since you stayed on your knees till the light shone through?
How long has it been since your mind felt at ease? How long since your heart knew no burden? Can you call him your friend? How long has it been since you knew that he cared for you?
How long has it been since you knelt by your bed And prayed to the Lord up in heaven? How long since you knew that he'd answer you And would keep you the long night through?
How long has it been since you woke with the dawn And felt this day is worth living? Can you call him your friend? How long has it been since you knew that he cared for you? ~