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Friday, March 23, 2018


Always observe how ephemeral and worthless human things are. Pass then through this little space of time conformably to nature, and end thy journey in content, just as an olive falls off when it is ripe, blessing nature who produced it, and thanking the tree on which it grew.
~ Marcus Aurelius
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If I end my journey falling out of an olive tree, I hope they put this on my headstone. If I end it falling out of an apple tree I hope they put, "An apple a day - AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!" on my headstone.

Thursday, March 22, 2018


Active or ambitious women were not only rare but often evil. Wonder Woman flipped this paradigm by embodying the strength, assertiveness, and independence usually associated with bad girls and villains in a positive heroic light. The Golden Age Wonder Woman was a blatant rejection of the good girl/bad girl binary and even offered a critique of the good girl role. 
~ Tim Hanley
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I don't think Aurora has seen the Wonder Woman movie yet, but she gets the Wonder Woman concept - that women can be strong and wear capes. She probably mostly gets the capes part right now, but the strong part is a seed being planted. I think it will pay off. 

Of course there will bumps in the road - like when her parents refuse to buy her an invisible jet or when they don't want to shoot bullets at her so she can practice with those wrist bands. They will just have to toughen up, though. Often strong women come from strong parents. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018


Every country gets the circus it deserves.
~ Erica Jong
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The other day I got a request from an organization I am a part of to be a volunteer. They wanted me to volunteer for an event with a circus theme. The needed people to be clowns or stilt walkers or caricaturists.

Well, we all know I wasn't about to volunteer to be a clown. Or to be around clowns. 

I'd like to have volunteered to be a caricaturist, but I don't draw very well. I think it would have been pretty funny, though. 

Instead I stayed home at watched "Rita" on Netflix.

(Also, this photo wasn't taken at an actual circus. There are clowns there, so I don't go to the circus.)

Tuesday, March 20, 2018


What a nice night for an evening.
~ Steven Wright
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The other night I heard a radio show and there was a woman on there being interviewed. She was a radio astronomer. I would love that job. I like to look at the sky and I have some experience being on the radio. 

I think I'd call my show, "Oh, Look!"

Of course, I am also considering doing a show on getting spiders out of the house, a show on backseat driving, or a show on finding celebrity look-alikes in grocery stores (or maybe airports). I'm toying with the idea of "Oh, Look!" for the names of those shows, too.

I have a lot of plans, everyone. Wait. Not plans. I have a lot ideas, everyone. Well not a lot. I have four ideas, everyone.

Monday, March 19, 2018


We are all creative, but by the time we are three or four years old, someone has knocked the creativity out of us. Some people shut up the kids who start to tell stories. Kids dance in their cribs, but someone will insist that they sit still. By the time creative people are ten or twelve, they want to be like everyone else.
~ Maya Angelou
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When I was a kid my Aunt Miriam and Uncle Paul had a big white swing on a tree behind their house. One time we had this great idea that we would spring the swing in a circle so the chains twisted it. Then it would unwind and the kid in the swing would get twirled around. It was great. We did it over and over and over again.

And then one time when it was my turn - after we'd each done this about a thousand times - the chains broke. I fell on the ground. That is when I hit it knocked the creativity out of me.

Fortunately, I made a full recovery. Oh and it was the wind that got knocked out of me. I think the creativity was fine. Of course it could have knocked a few other things loose. 

We'll never know if it was swing that did it or the time I fell through the stairs as a toddler onto the basement floor. That's where Bob Dylan got the idea for the song, "Knock, Knock, Knocking on the Basement Floor." Bob Dylan is also creative.

Sunday, March 18, 2018


My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She's ninety-seven now and we don't know where the hell she is.
~ Ellen Degeneres
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This is one of my favorite photos of Leslie and Aurora. You can tell just how much Aurora adores her grandmother. I really, really love that.

I also love pickled herring. 


There's no connection here. Just a blog post about a couple of things I love.

Saturday, March 17, 2018


You don't remember what happened. 
What you remember becomes what happened.
~ John Green
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Today is a good day for a post about green. I guess that maybe Ireland used to - a long time ago be associated with the color blue, but now it's green. Before blue I bet it was mainly black and white because they didn't have color film then.

Friday, March 16, 2018


He does not believe that does not act according to his belief.
~ Thomas Fuller
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Also he does not believe if his name is Doubting Thomas.

Thursday, March 15, 2018


Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.
~ J. K. Rowling
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So I saw on a web site a list of names inspired by food. One of the names they had was Caesar which they said was inspired by Caesar salad. 

Well, no.

Caesar salad was actually inspired by the NAME Caesar. Caesar Romero loved the salad so much they named it after him.

And I now there isn't canned cabbage in Caesar salad but I didn't have a photo of lettuce which is what common people use in Caesar salad instead of canned cabbage.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


Respect the child. Be not too much his parent. Trespass not on his solitude.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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I wish my parents had abided (aboded? abeed?) by the saying above. Well, actually they didn't trespass too much on my solitude. They did NOT, however, respect my need to slam doors when I was a teenager. They showed their disrespect for my door slamming by putting strips of foam tape on the door frame to my bedroom.*

There is little in this world as unsatisfying as slamming your door and hearing silence. Actually, there is lot as unsatisfying as that - you just don't realize that when you're 13. Or whatever. Shut up.

* True story. They did that on my door and Erik's door. It was effective for them, but not for Erik and me. I guess they privileged their own needs for no door slamming over our needs for door slamming. Whatever. I'm over it. I hardly ever think about it any more. In fact, I thought the other day about putting foam tape on the grocery store dumpster for the grocery store behind our house. I thought that it might work. Then I realized that a dumpster lid probably slams with more impact that when I slammed my door. Especially after my parents put the foam tape on the door frame. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018


A generation of men is like a generation of leaves; the wind scatters some leaves upon the ground, while others the burgeoning wood brings forth - and the season of spring comes on.  So of men one generation springs forth and another ceases.
~ Homer
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A generation of men is also like a generation of leaves because when they fall from the trees it creates a sense of melancholy.

Monday, March 12, 2018


I'm happy when I'm juggling, but I feel I've gone from like three balls to ten bowling balls. But that's a good problem. I don't really have a complaint about that.
~ Kirstie Alley
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I think the history of bowling is fascinating. The fact that those who came before us used to roll coconuts to knock bananas and pineapples off the banana and pineapple shrubs (the plants were much shorter back then) is amazing to me. And then as time took away the need to do this for survival and it just sort of morphed into sport -- fascinating.

Also Kirstie Alley's middle name is - you thought I was going to say "Bowling" didn't you. Well, I'm not. Who would give their kid the middle name "Bowling"?!!  Her middle name is Louise. Of course who would give their kid the middle name "Louise"?!

Sunday, March 11, 2018


I would rather be the man who bought the Brooklyn Bridge than the man who sold it.
~ Will Rogers
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I'd rather not be either of those people. 

Saturday, March 10, 2018


The child becomes largely what it is taught; hence we must watch what we teach it, and how we live before it.
~ Jane Addams
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The child stared me down with both suspicion and curiosity. Suspicious of what I would do next and curious as to why I would do such a thing.

I stared back at the monster feet things on the child's fingers. Just as she was suspicious of me, I was suspicious of her. We held each others' gaze for a while and then both got bored and went back to what we had been doing before.

It was a tense but almost completely uneventful exchange. 


And they all lived happily ever after. Except for the monster with two missing feet. 

Friday, March 9, 2018


As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. 
I just watch what they do.
~ Andrew Carnegie
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Me, too Andrew Carnegie. This also works with women and children and people beyond the gender binary, I have found. Regardless of what they say, people show you who they are by what they do. 

This reminds me of my friend Sara who would always say, "All we know after an interview is whether someone interviews well or not." I agree with that, as well. 

That's why I try to watch people a lot. I learn so much doing that. You don't even have to be up close to watch and learn about people. Like how I was ahead of Aurora and Leslie when I saw this. I really like this picture. I think it captures both of them pretty well.

I try to be quiet more than I talk when I'm watching people. Especially if I'm watching people through their living room windows late at night.

Thursday, March 8, 2018


Studying doesn't have to happen in a silo. It can be a social experience. You can engage with your friends and family to find out the answer to a tough question or have someone explain it to you. You can also study anywhere you happen to be and on any device.
~ Eric Lefkofsky
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I am all about learning in community. I think it is important to not purse THE answer, but to look at the answerS. I'm not sure there are all that many questions with one singular answer. I don't know for sure because I don't study everything.

There are cases where studying in a silo might be useful, though. Like if you're studying silos.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018


Nothing is more confusing than people who give good advice but set bad examples.
~ Norman Vincent Peale
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I think the word "hypocrite" came after Hippocrates was dead. If not, I bet the other philosophers taunted him a lot about being "Hypocrite - ees" or "Hippocrates the hypocrite."

Sometimes I bet they would call him "Hippopotamuscrates," too. You know how juvenile philosophers can be. Poets, on the other hand, can be Juvenal.

Anyway, I bet it's because of all that taunting that Hippocrates came up with the Hippocratic Oath. He'd get all mad at the others and have his feelings hurt. He'd feel like lashing out and attacking them.

Then he'd step away for a minute and take a deep breath. He'd say, "First, do no harm, Hippocrates. First, do no harm."

Then he'd feel better because he was going to be all famous in the future and lesser philosophers like Overcompensates and Hyperventilates and Discombobulatewould be forgotten.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018


Our struggle today is not to have a female Einstein get appointed as an assistant professor. It is for a woman schlemiel to get as quickly promoted as a male schlemiel.
~ Bella Abzug
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I personally have had enough of schlemiels being promoted. I don't need everyone to be an Einstein, but maybe we could have a few mensches promoted. Or womensches for that matter.

Monday, March 5, 2018


Libraries are the backbone of our education system.
~ Karin Slaughter
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I was listening to a podcast - Constitutional - you should listen to it. It's not as many episodes as I would have liked, but I suppose that is a compliment to the content and it is true that I enjoyed it.

Anyway, there was this Green Hat guy during prohibition that they talked about. He use to provide alcohol to the Congressmen during prohibition - as in they gave him a room and he kept the alcohol there and would run around and distribute it.

So there was this one senator who wouldn't let the Green Hat guy leave his alcohol in his office, but instead told him to leave it in a special room where he kept all his law books and legal documents and stuff. He called the Green Hat guy his "librarian" and would tell the Green Hat guy when he needed some "new reading material." I think all of that is from a series in the Washington Post that the Green Hat guy wrote.

I haven't fact checked that. A librarian would have fact checked that. A librarian also probably wouldn't break the law and distribute alcohol. The librarians I know are kind of big on rule following and stuff. I know that's a generalization. I don't know all the librarians in the world. And I don't know all the "librarians" in the world, either.

I pretty much keep to myself a lot of the time.

Sunday, March 4, 2018


I am playing with my Self, I am playing with the world's soul, I am the dialogue between my Self and el espiritu del mundo. I change myself, I change the world.
~ Gloria Anzaldua
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This quote makes me giggle.

Is it because I am immature? No.
Is it because "I am playing with myself..." has multiple meanings? No.
Is it because - wait. It is because of those first two things.

Saturday, March 3, 2018


Sculpture is the art of the intelligence.
~ Pablo Picasso
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Really, isn't everything around us sculpture of some kind? Tables. Desks. Combination desk-tables. 

Toasters. Fire places. 

Pieces of clay or metal we craft into some sort of statue or figure?

I think so. I think everything around us really is sculpture of some kind.

Friday, March 2, 2018


We must merge our traditional sense of schooling with the real world. What we do in school must not insult the child's past but must build upon his past and encourage future learning.
~ Sigmund Boloz
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I like this quote a lot. I have come to realize that some of the things I teach students already know. And some of the things I teach some students know better than I do. While I have always believed we are all educators, I also believe we are all students.

As I type this I am remembered of my elementary school days. NOT because my educational experience merged the traditional sense of schooling with the real world. NOT because my past a child went uninsulted. NOT because my past was built upon. NOT because that experience encouraged my future learning.

I mean, some of that stuff happened sometimes. But what I am reminded of is how I got the super student award one time. (pause) I think just one time. And one of the special things we could as super student was to clean up in the lunch room.

I think my parents sent me to school. Maybe they sent me to work and just called it school.

Anyway, I got that super student award one time.

Thursday, March 1, 2018


Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.
~ John Muir
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Take the path that makes sense to you. You know where you need to go and follow that path. Do whatever is pathological to you.


Wait. No. That doesn't sound right.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018


The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
~ Henry James
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You might think this quote doesn't go with this photo. Let me explain. 

I took this photo at a place that was a scenic overlook. I think in Georgia. I forget.

Anyway, I'm not suggesting that one should overlook ice cream. I mean, you can if you want, but I'm not the boss of you. You should do what you want. 

See how it all makes sense now?

Tuesday, February 27, 2018


If there is light in the soul,
there will be beauty in the person.
If there is beauty in the person,
there will be harmony in the house.
If there is harmony in the house,
there will be order in the nation.
If there is order in the nation,
there will be peace in the world.
~ Chinese Proverb
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This place wasn't open any more. I'm not sure why. With a name like that it had to be eligible for some sort of small business administration funding.

Monday, February 26, 2018


Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better.
~ Albert Einstein
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There is nothing natural about this image at all. In any way. But I guess, "Unnatural-cut fries" isn't going to sell a lot of holiday ornaments, now is it?

Sunday, February 25, 2018


The work of art of the future will be the construction of a beautiful life.
~ Raoul Vaneigem
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For whatever reason, I have seen a lot of residence halls imploded. I mean, the reason is they were old and needed to be replaced, I guess.

I just can't help but think that if buildings would do more to manage  their stress, maybe they wouldn't implode like that. They just need better coping strategies.

See how I played with the word "implode"? I anthropomorphized buildings to have feelings to self-destruct rather than discussing how companies are hired to implode buildings.

I don't know why you're getting all worked up about this. 

Saturday, February 24, 2018


Presidents come and go. The Supreme Court goes on forever.
~ William Howard Taft
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Thank God.

Friday, February 23, 2018


Don't taunt an alligator until you've crossed the creek.
~ Dan Rather
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And don't cross an alligator at all. 

Cross a crocodile all you want. Just be ready to pay the consequences - but not right away. With a crocodile you're more likely to pay the consequences after while.

Thursday, February 22, 2018


We've got to make sure we don't foul our own nest.
~ John Lithgow
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So, I drive around and look for interesting things and take photos of those things. This is an interesting thing I saw once. It was a fence line with a different birdhouse on every fencepost. And it got me to thinking...

1. If the early bird catches the worm but you are a bird that doesn't care about catching the worm, does it bother you - if you live in this particular neighborhood - when your neighbor's alarm goes off?

2. Who is the realtor for these places?

3. I wonder what the HOA fees are here.

4. Can a firebird live in one of these houses? If so, is that a permanent thing or short term? Also, does it affect the neighbors' property values?

5. If birdwatchers hung out around these, does it make them peeping toms?

6. Is a baby bird named Tom a peeping tom because of the sound it makes when it's a baby bird?

7. Blackbird singing in the dead of night is probably a menace around here, right?

8. I wonder if potential owners ever say, "I'd like to see a one bed, one birdbath with an eggcellent view."

9. When they visit each other, I wonder if they knock or wing the bell.

10. Standard furnishings include: catbird seat and nesting tables.

11. I bet the birds crack up when they walk past woodpeckers in the morning and greet them. And I be they time it just right so they say, "Morning wood...  pecker."

12. In the winter I bet they worry about their heating bills.

13. Do they use Grey Goose in their cockatiels?

Wednesday, February 21, 2018


If in other lands the press and books and literature of all kinds are censored, we must redouble our efforts here to keep them free.
~ Franklin Delano Roosevelt
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This is either the bus to the school that trains government / legal document redactors or the bus to the Public School of -- well, I probably shouldn't say. 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018


All the trees are losing their leaves and not one of them is worried.
~ Donald Miller
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None of them except the anxietree, that is.

Monday, February 19, 2018


I'm digging Batman. I'm digging that balance, that duality. He's always on the edge and trying to balance himself within the rules of what's lawful and justice, and being Bruce Wayne and being Batman.
~ Ziggy Marley
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Leslie: Why hasn't any college chosen Batman for a mascot?

Me: . . . 

I am not speechless often. I am without a smart aleck response rarely. I am completely confused by questions completely obvious and yet unanswered hardly ever.

This was one of those times.

Sunday, February 18, 2018


Every birthday is a gift. Every day is a gift.
~ Aretha Franklin
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Last night at 10:03 p.m. I got a call from Leslie and some of her friends - classmates from West Point. They are having their annual get together weekend - this year in Washington D.C. Anyway, they sang me happy birthday. Yesterday at 10:03 p.m. was not my birthday. That's not the point. The point is that my birthday is super important.

Saturday, February 17, 2018


Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.
~ Alex Haley
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I have heard people say that youth is wasted on the young. I think maybe that grandparenting is wasted on the old. I wonder what the world would be like if people were grandparents first and parents second. 


No, that's probably a bad idea. Kids would be even more spoiled than they already are and no one would go visit grandma because she would be so mean. 

Sometimes you know what you're doing, universe.

PS. I am in no way calling Leslie old just because her photo is here. She's a super-young and super-awesome Grandma. (I hope I wrote that down the way she told me to...)

Friday, February 16, 2018


You know what? There aren't a lot of quotes that use the word "tchotchke."
~ Michelle Boettcher
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I love antique stores or junk shops or whatever you want to call them. I sometimes buy things, but I mostly like to look at things from days of yore and think, "What in the world were they thinking in days of yore?!"

Leslie goes with me sometimes. I think she really likes it even though she pretends she doesn't like it as much as I do.

Me: (in a store like the ones described above) What is this thing? Is it a bottle opener?

Leslie: I think it's a tchotchke.

Me: You know who loves tchotchkes?

Leslie: Not me.

Me: Joanie.

(It makes me sad for younger generations who will never really understand how funny that is.)

Thursday, February 15, 2018


What makes graffiti special, and worthy of its own entire category, is the uniqueness of the space in which people are writing. Public bathrooms are weird places. There's a tension to doing private activities in a public space...
~ Julie Beck
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Kid: Mama, I saw your name on the back of the bathroom door.

Mama: Your dad probably wrote it there.

Kid: Nope. I asked him. He said he always just writes it on the wall.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


Oh baby there ain't no mountain high enough
Ain't no valley low enough
Ain't no river wide enough
To keep me from getting to you babe...
~ Ashford & Simpson
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I like the idea of love that can't be stopped. Unfortunately, I'm pressure sure there are mountains high enough to stop me. I'm sort of clumsy and would likely fall down into a ravine or something.

I hope I wouldn't be trapped and have to cut off my arm, though. I probably couldn't do that, either. 

And if I did, I wouldn't get far because I am not sure I know how to make a - the thing that stops all the blood from falling out of your body? A tourniquet! I'm not sure I know how to do a tourniquet.

Tourniquet is kind of a pretty word. Like banquet. Or bouquet.

Bouquets are sometimes about love, too. I could climb one of those for love. If it wasn't ridiculously huge and didn't have poison ivy in it.

Anyway, love is nice.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018


In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.
~ Thurgood Marshall
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I wonder what it would be like if a community put up these little tiles and plaques for the less positive characters in town. What if this said, "Local Philanderer" instead of "Philanthropist?" I would love to see and read those tiles. 

Regardless... philanthropist OR philanderer, I have to say that walking 21 miles a per day is pretty impressive. 

Monday, February 12, 2018


Fear is stupid. So are regrets.
~ Marilyn Monroe
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Sometimes I stumble upon old deleted stuff that never got fully deleted. That happened the other day in my email. I found a folder labeled "Stupid" but couldn't see what was in it. 

It would be weird if there was a document that just said, "Fear" in there and another that just said, "Regrets" in there. Wouldn't that be weird?

I do not have a folder of clowns because I am afraid of them and I don't regret it because it's not a stupid fear.

Sunday, February 11, 2018


You aren't what you eat. You are what you don't poop.
~ Wavy Gravy
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When Jared and Zak and Kirk were coming to visit, Zak was constipated. Jared and Zak stopped to buy prunes before they got to our house. Leslie said that apple juice also helps. I texted them that. I said that I thought Leslie would know because she has pooped before.

Different people have different kinds of expertise. I don't know half the shit Leslie knows. 

Saturday, February 10, 2018


There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs.
~ Zig Ziglar
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For a while last summer the elevator in our building was down. I sent myself an email that said:

Make sign that says, "There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs."

I didn't do that. mainly because of ADA. Zig Ziglar should have known better. There are a lot of people who can't take the stairs who are very successful.

Also, there are a lot of places without stairs, so what about that, Zig Ziglar? What. About. That?

Friday, February 9, 2018


The most common way that people give up their power is by thinking that they don't have any.
~ Alice Walker
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So power in and of itself is nothing. It has to be put into action. Electricity has to be carried by wires or lightning. Solar power has to be shared with some sort of receptor. The power of a leader has to be supported by followers. Without some sort of enacting body or process, power is powerless.


I really have no idea what I'm talking about sometimes.

Thursday, February 8, 2018


I wish I had an answer to that because I'm tired of answering that question.
~ Yogi Berra
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Sometimes when you're in an architectural salvage / antique store you just get so tired that you need someone to carry you out to the car so you can leave. But if you're a grown-up falling asleep and hoping someone will carry you to the car, you're in for a long wait. Or in for a Lifetime Movie - one or the other.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018


Old things are always in good repute, present things in disfavor.
~ Tacitus
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I disagree, Tacitus. I like present things. Birthday present things. Christmas present things.

I feel like you don't know a thing about me, Tacitus.


Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art.
~ Stanislaw Jerzy Lec
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Today is Leslie's birthday. I don't think she worries too much about getting older. If she does she doesn't say much about it.

I worry, though.

I mostly worry about her vocabulary. She's using old people vocabulary. The other day she used the word "fisticuffs" and last night she used the word - I forget what word it was.

Actually, now that I think about it maybe I should be more worried about the fact that I can't remember what that other word was than the fact that she is using old timey language.

Anyway, I said, "You're talking like an old person. You just said [whatever the word was that I forgot] and last night you said 'fisticuffs'!"

She said, "I always say fisticuffs."

I asked, "When?!" 

She said, "When I'm talking about fisticuffs!"

Tuesday, February 6, 2018


After tea, it's back to painting - a large poplar at dusk 
with a gathering storm. From time to time instead 
of this evening painting session I go bowling in 
one of the neighboring villages, but not very often.
~ Gustav Klimt
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It is as if Gustav Klimt and I are the same person except that I am not a painter and I rarely go bowling - in neighboring villages or elsewhere.

Monday, February 5, 2018


Nanny Ogg knew how to start spelling "banana" but didn't know how you stopped.
~ Terry Pratchett
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For some reason lately when I try to type "You rock" to someone, the first thing I type is "You co" Now, fortunately I stop myself before I type and send "You cock." Or maybe I'm about to type "You cork" - transposing the r and the c.

My point is, if I send you a message and say, "You cock" I mean "You rock." 

(Michelle was pleased at how she crafted a narrative whereby she could forever get away with calling people derogatory names and they would actually see it as a compliment. Sometimes she was astounded by her own brilliance. Actually, not just sometimes, but often.)

Sunday, February 4, 2018


The development of language is part of the development of the personality, for words are the natural means of expressing thoughts and establishing understanding between people.
~ Maria Montessori
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I think that we are bad at communication lately. And by we, I mean the whole entire world. I know there are a few of you who are exceptions, but for the most part we're horrible at this. 

I think one thing we can do to help resolve this is to listen and try to understand instead of just biding our time until it's our turn to talk. Of course some people don't wait, they just interrupt. But my point is to listen.

And if you hear something and you think you misheard or you aren't sure exactly what it was that you heard, I think it's important to clarify instead of just assuming you knew what was said.

Here is a recent example from my own lived experience:

Leslie: You're such a dimwit.

Me: Did you just call me a dimwit?

Leslie: No. I called you an asswipe.

Saturday, February 3, 2018


Your neighbor's vision is as true for him and your own vision is true for you.
~ Miguel de Unamuno
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While I feel this quote is perfect for this photo, I'm not really sure that any comment I make could add to it. With that in mind, I will stop here.