I became insane with long intervals of horrible sanity.
Edgar Allen Poe
The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.
- H. L. Mencken
Many people would sooner die than think; In fact, they do so
What I have been telling you, from alpha to omega, what is the one great thing the sigil taught me — that everything in life is miraculous. For the sigil taught me that it rests within the power of each of us to awaken at will from a dragging nightmare of life made up of unimportant tasks and tedious useless little habits, to see life as it really is, and to rejoice in its exquisite wonderfulness. If the sigil were proved to be the top of a tomato-can, it would not alter that big fact, nor my fixed faith. No Harrowby, the common names we call things by do not matter — except to show how very dull we are ...
-James Branch Cabell
March 27, 2017 - 10:55 a.m.
Huzzah, I finally figured out how to make the default style on Word to include No Space. When I hit enter it moves to the next line now instead of moving down two lines. They did such a good job at hiding that option. I'm about to hit enter and move down one line. It's so exciting.
Was it good for you too? I had lots of plans yesterday but fatigue and weather kept me from them. I ended up never getting dressed. I took a nap for much of the afternoon. I have to talk about that with my psychiatrist. I am making an active effort to get more sleep and had some success. I wake up at 8:30 every day as I shoot for eight hours of sleep I want to be in bed by 12:30. Lately I've been going to bed after 2:00 and for no good reason. Last night I made it to bed by 12:50. That's a big improvement. I watched one less episode of Luke Cage than I might have and I told LORi that I'd pick up our conversation tomorrow. It's always hard for me to do that.
I have things I have to do so I might stay home today too. I have to pick up mail and see if the MTA found my bag but I think I'll do those tomorrow. I'll call the MTA and see if they found my bag. The weather is miserable and that suggests staying home too.
I have a product recommendation for you, Trader Joe's Lavash Flat Bread. I tried it because it was cheap. Four pieces which are perforated so it's 8 servings and it cost something like $1.49. It's swiss army bread. My secret is to fry it a bit before serving it. If I have any sort of melted butter or oil in the frying pan I lightly fry it. Toasting does not work well. It gets stiff very fast. When I make bacon and eggs or poached eggs I serve it right on top of the lavash. Last night I had hot dogs. I spread some Cheez-Whiz on it after frying and wrapped two hot dogs in one half sheet. I haven't tried it yet but you can use it as a pizza crust. You can use it for wraps. You can toast it and break it up and serve it like pita chips.
I'm going through my ideas bin; I do that most days that I haven't done anything worth writing about. My original plan for Wise Madness was to never write about what I did but just my ideas. The blog had other notions of what it should be and I didn't argue. Still I want to share what I spend so much of my time doing, thinking about life, politics, religion, politics, philosophy, history, and writing. The problem is I worry that other people are not interested in what I have to say. Still, sometimes I have to answer to my inner needs.
Those thoughts are very appropriate for the topic of today's sermon, "Remember to think about what you are trying to accomplish when you communicate." This is true when writing or speaking. I look at Facebook and see a stream of people communicating and I see a stream of people who are not furthering their goals. You have all seen the political posts along the lines of, "Everyone that is for opening eggs on the big end are stupid, bigots, evil, ignorant, hypocrites, lying about their true agenda, … " It feels good to say that but what does it accomplish? Nobody is going to change their mind when you are insulting them. It is even more harmful when you are discussing potential political allies; people you mainly disagree over methods not goals.
America is having a political crisis. It's time to put the common good ahead of making yourself feel good. I take it that you are trying to make the country better. Put yourself in the place of the people listening to you. Will it influence them to agree with you? Will it act as a call to action? Are you taking the audience into account? You have to change your language depending on whom you are talking about. That is not the same as changing the message. It's not hypocrisy, it's being effective.
Was I just effective? I don't know but I tried. I haven't written a humor piece I ages. If I get inspiration, I'll make sure to write it down. I finished writing before 11! Give me a cookie! Fine, I'll give myself breakfast.
Brother Brothers in Arms - October 01, 2017
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