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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Plants

Trees and plants always look like the people they live with, somehow.
~ Zora Neale Hurston
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I went to talented and gifted camp (or so they told me, upon my arrival, I wasn't so sure) one summer.  We got to choose activities to do.  I did a photography activity where they taught you to do photography.  I don't remember a single things about that except that we walked past some of these things in the photo above and the photography teacher guy said that if you cooked them over a campfire they tasted just like corndogs.

I'm pretty sure he was lying.  I can't say for sure because I've never tried it.

I think it might have actually been some sort of hazing camp.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Mail

It seems a long time since the morning mail could be called correspondence.
~ Jacques Barzun
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One man's junk mail is another man's junk mail.  I mean, seriously.  It is, right?

Friday, September 28, 2012

Quiet

The scattered tea goes with the leaves and every day a sunset dies.
~ William Faulkner
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A quiet time is
When sun sets behind a tree
With no kids around.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Bridge

The sharing of joy, whether physical, emotional, psychic, or intellectual, forms a bridge between the sharers which can be the basis for understanding much of what is not shared between them, and lessens the threat of their difference.
~ Audre Lorde
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A bridge isn't just a way to get from one place to the next.  It is also a way to get back again.  Sometimes people forget that.  They move ahead and go from here to there and overlook the fact that you can also go back.  Well, some people say you can never go back.  I think you can.  Is it because I believe in time travel?  No, it's because I believe a bridge is a two way street.  Or a two way walkway.  And also I believe in time travel.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Choices

I enjoy my life.
~ Kirk Boettcher
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So, my brother posted that quote on his Facebook yesterday.  It was under a photo of Jared with Vegas (the dog, not the city).  And it got me to thinking...  How many people really do enjoy their lives?  Do I?

I didn't have to think about it for too long before I decided that I DO enjoy my life.  I remember having a conversation with my friend Kurt several years ago - maybe I've already blogged about this.  Anyway, I remember saying that it takes work to be happy.  You can be sad or angry with less effort.

Enjoying life takes effort, too.  It is an active choice.  I think it means you have to get out there and do something with it.  For some people it might mean playing with their dogs.  For others it could be reading a book.  For others it could be writing a book about people playing with their dogs.  For some dogs it could be sitting around playing poker while an artist paints you.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Food

We are indeed much more than what we eat, but what we eat can nevertheless help us to be much more than what we are.
~ Adelle Davis
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Brad:  Are those Girl Scout Cookies?

Me:  Um...  No.  It is a speech recognition software program.

You might think that these things are not connected, but in Brad's defense, the box did look a very little tiny bit like Girl Scout Cookies.

Another thing that you think might not be connected are Skittles and cottage cheese.  You might think this is a great way to combine protein and fun, but it really isn't.  The first bite tastes a little bit like Trix cereal, but it's all downhill after that.

And the reason I used this picture with this blog post is because I didn't have a photo of cookies handy.  This was the only food photo I could easily access that I hadn't already used in another blog.

(pause)

I don't take a lot of food photos, apparently.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Zen

After enlightenment, the laundry.
~ Zen Proverb
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Leslie:  I don't know why she was angry with me.
Me:  Maybe because you said, "Why'd you get chocolate all over yourself?!"
Leslie:  But I don't know why she did that.
Me:  I'm guessing it was an accident.  And she wasn't happy about it  And your comment didn't make her feel happier.

(pause)

Leslie:  Why did she do that?


Sunday, September 23, 2012

Gardening

 Self-discipline is an act of cultivation. It require you to connect today's actions to tomorrow's results. There's a season for sowing a season for reaping. Self-discipline helps you know which is which.
~ Gary Ryan Blair
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When I was a kid, our dad used to pay us a penny a minute to pull weeds in the garden.  This was great until I actually did the math.  Then it seemed like a rip off.  It translates today to about $2.42 an hour.  So it WAS a rip off.  Anyway, Erik figured out before I did that if you were lousy at pulling weeds (like you "accidentally" pulled up potato plants or stepped on carrot plants or whatever) you didn't have to weed anymore.

Your punishment was to sit in the shade and do nothing while the rest of us weeded.  Let me tell you something parents, time out is NOT a punishment if a kid has an imagination.  Obviously, Erik did.  He imagined that if he trollumped all the garden plants he wouldn't have to weed anymore.

Man...  if I had saved all the money I earned pulling weeds, I'd have like an extra $22 today.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Mellow

Autumn's the mellow time.
~ William Allingham
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I like to think I put the "mellow" in "mellowdramatic."

Friday, September 21, 2012

Moody

I want to get a vending machine, with fun sized candy bars, and the glass in front is a magnifying glass. You'll be mad, but it will be too late.
~ Mitch Hedberg
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Leslie:  Why were you cranky?

Me:  I don't know.

Leslie:  Why are you not cranky now?

Me:  Because I read my blog and it made me laugh out loud.

Looking

I went window shopping today! I bought four windows.
~ Tommy Cooper

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Person to another person, "It looks cute in the window here, but would it look cute in our house?"

Now, that is a fine comment.  And a good thought about consumerism and being reflective before getting new things.

Except that I overheard this when these two people were looking through the window at newborns in a hospital.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Pad

If you believe you can, you probably can. If you believe you won't, you most assuredly won't. Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad.
~ Denis Waitley
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Until August of this year, I had never seen a real live frog on a real live lily pad.

(pause)

It looked pretty much like it looks on TV.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Aspiration

A noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself; and a mean man, by one lower than himself. The one produces aspiration; the other ambition, which is the way in which a vulgar man aspires.
~ Marcus Aurelius
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Aspiration is 99% perspiration and 1% ass.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Morning

 
When you arise int he morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.
~ Marcus Aurelius

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I try to be grateful in the morning.  Even if it is EARLY.  That is not simply because I know by the end of the day I will be ungrateful.  Which sometimes happens.  It is more to try and start on a positive note.  It's another day.  Another opportunity.  Another beginning.  The start of another adventure. 

When the sun comes up in the morning, it is a sign it is going to be a day. 

(pause)

Unless you live somewhere where the sun shines for 24 hours a day.  In that case, it is a sign it's going to be a LONG day.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Infinite

Beauty is but the sensible image of the Infinite. Like truth and justice it lives within us; like virtue and the moral law it is a companion of the soul.
~ George Bancroft
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Infiniter is not a word.

(pause)

That seems right. 

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Pretentious

It's quite pretentious, really, isn't it? The notion the audience is going to be interested in you for an hour and a half. Think too much about that and anxiety takes over.
~ Jean Dujardin
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Hey.  How comes it's "pretentious" and not "pretendtious?"

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Memory

I have a memory like an elephant.  In fact, elephants often consult me.
~ Noel Coward
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Elizabeth:  How come you can always remember where the stickers and lollipops are in the doctor's office, but you forget what chores you were supposed to do?

Friday, September 14, 2012

Flower

The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.
~ Alfred Hitchcock
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Lelsie wanted to watch "The Great Dictator."  I suggested that we watch "The Exceptional Amusing in an Elderstatesmen Sort of way Marigold Very Good Hotel for the Very Old and Somewhat Infirmed" movie.

I couldn't remember the exact title.  I think maybe it was, "The Great Dictator."

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Legs

A lie has no legs, but a scandal has wings.
~ Thomas Fuller
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If you were being chased by a robot and somehow managed to make the legs stop working, that is fine, but don't forget about its laser eyes and extendo-arms.  A robot without legs is still lethal.  A spider without legs, less so.  But who would take the time to remove all of a spider's legs?  That's just messed up.  Oh, and unless it's a robot spider then the laser eyes might still be in effect.  And in the case of a spider, we're talking about up to 8 eyes which is a lot of lasers.  Oh, but there are some spiders that have no eyes.  In which case the spider robot laser eye fear would not be so significant.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Books


Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital.
~ Thomas Jefferson
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The other day I was talking about books with my brother.  He said he had read The Golden Compass books.  You might think he meant The Little Golden Books, but you'd be wrong.  They're different.

Anyway, he said something I liked.  He said, he decided to read them because of the religious themes.  But he didn't say he decided to read them...  He said he decided to "sit down with them."  Like they were new friends he was hoping to make. 

I like that.  I think it's a nice way to think about books.  I wonder if he ever thinks about people that way. 


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Guidance

Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don't complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don't bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake Up and Live!
~ Bob Marley 
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Sometimes when you are lost and don't know what direction to go or where to turn, all you have to do is look for the signs.  They're everywhere. 

And I figure you can look at signs one of two ways...  Either they are there to help and guide and care about you or they are there to be the boss of you.  Should you ever rebel against the signs?  Yes.  Sometimes you should.  Sometimes you should disregard the signs. 

Not necessarily road signs.  But street signs?  Sure.  Ignore those.  They can say it's called "Fourth Street Southwest," but you should feel free to tell your parents that their house is on Desperation Avenue.  However, don't expect them to get their mail if you send it to that address.

Shopping

Consumers have not been told effectively enough that they have huge power and that purchasing and shopping involve a moral choice.
~ Anita Roddick

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I was walking on Main Street the other evening, and I saw a couple window shopping.  I heard the man say to the woman, "Sure it looks cute in the window here, but would it look cute in our house?"

People should ask themselves that question more about art and furnishings.  And pets.  I would say, "And babies," but I don't think you ought to window shop for babies.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Supervision

I get frustrated sometimes when leading by assholeness is more powerful than leading by example.
~ Leslie Lewis
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You will note that none of the kids were playing in the supervised youth area.  I guess we don't know where they were playing.  Or what they were playing.  Or if they were playing with fire.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Bugs

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.
~ Mark Twain
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Traced back far enough the word "dragon" means "to see clearly" in both Greek and Latin.  Therefore, "dragonfly" means "to see flies clearly."  This means that dragonfly is synonymous with frog.

Or air traffic controller.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Tomato

 It's difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.
~ Lewis Grizzard

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I think that if you are willing to call the whole thing off over how you and your significant other pronounce vegetables...  Well, it probably wasn't going to work out in the long run, anyway.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Silence

A story is told as much by silence as by speech.
~ Susan Griffin
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Know how one person yawns and then everyone yawns?  Well, when you're trapped on a broken airplane, when one baby cires, all the babies cry.  And it doesn't make me NOT cry when the other passengers scold me.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Purple

I think it pisses God off if you walk past the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it.
~ Alice Walker
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I know I have used that quote before, but it is a good quote.  And I spent the day noticing the color purple when I went to Reiman Gardens.  So much so that I didn't notice that I had dropped one of my camera lenses.  But someone turned it in at the desk.  

I think it pisses a photographer off if you walk by her lens in a field somewhere and don't notice it.  But not nearly as much as when she drops the lens and doesn't notice it herself. 

(pause)

But then she gets unpissed off if someone turns in the lens.

(pause)

And then they lived happily ever after.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Mom

Being a mother is hard and it wasn't a subject I ever studied.
~ Ruby Wax
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This post is written in honor of my mother's birthday today.  I saw this in the card section of some store.  First of all, I didn't know there was a holiday called "funny mom moment," but I guess there is.  Not sure if there is a specific date or if it's just an ongoing celebration. 

And I think it's important to remember that at the beginning of EVERY moment, is a MOM.

(pause)

Take that Hallmark!  I mean that literally.  Take that and then give me some money for the idea.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Fish

Chance is always powerful. Let your hook always be cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be fish.
~ Ovid 
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"Pescadore, that gang from the other school is coming after us," whispered Coy.  The fishes knew they were in trouble.  They were not on their own turf.  But then, a fish never really is.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Evil

The evil of the world is made possible by nothing but the sanction you give it.
~ Ayn Rand
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Me:  I remember when I was a kid there was a time when our Sunday school teachers talked to us about the perils of rock music.

Elizabeth:  Like what?

Me:  I don't remember, like - something about "Another One Bites the Dust," oh and if you play music backwards...

E:  Like Rhianna.

Me:  (pause)  Um, this was before Rhianna was probably born.  I don't remember which group it was, but I remember thinking, "Who has time to sit around and play music backwards?"

E:  I do!

Me:  (pause)  So when Satan attacks you'll be ready?

E:  Yes.  Exactly.

It is reassuring she is at least currently planning to use her powers for good and not evil, I guess.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Houses

 I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.
~ Henry David Thoreau
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 Bakers who live in gluten-free houses shouldn't throw scones.
 

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Octopus

Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There's plenty of movement, but you never know if it's going to be forward, backwards, or sideways.
~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
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Everyone wondered why there was an octopus in the spider web in Ames, Iowa.  I thought the answer was pretty clear.  There isn't a marine biology program here.