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
-Bertrand Russell

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

February 22, 2016 - 10:51 a.m.

Curmudeons of a Feather

After months of not being home for John Platt's Sunday Supper. I also listened to A Thousand Welcomes and Ceol na nGael. Sunday is my WFUV day. I missed Woody's Children. And then after all that I stayed listening on the computer to watch Mark Allen Berube's Concert Window. That was great. It started with his son in a fake beard and mustache impersonating Mark. Concert windows work best for me when I'm interacting with the other listeners and the artists. This was all friends so I had a great time. And I pretty much think that like Terry Pratchett, Mark was invented to entertain me. If you guys like him that's just a fortunate byproduct.

The problem with all this is that I was home and busy all that time and had to go shopping before I made dinner. Mark was finished about 9 PM and of course I didn't get right out of the house. I got home after 11. I wasn't about to make dinner then so I all I did was heat up the leftover gnocchi and make a peanut butter sandwich. Good thing I had a big pancake breakfast. Tonight I'll make something with a chicken breast I took out. I'm not sure how I'll prepare it.

I noticed something odd when I was shopping; a 20 oz. Stop & Shop bread is $2 and a 16 oz. is $1. Why would anyone buy a 20 oz.? I couldn't resist and bought the 16. It's basically something that keeps the peanut butter off your hand. I'm not sure if I'd call it food. It has no flavor and I'm guessing not much nutrition, even good white bread isn't nutritious.

Whoa, I got distracted and totally forgot I was in the middle of writing this. It is not easy not having a brain.

I said I was getting out of the social media front of the Democratic Nomination. The problem is that my friends haven't. Yesterday I read two hate filled posts. Be honest do I have to tell you who was attacked? If you are going to be horrified of the thought of Hillary being president you should be horrified at Obama being president.

On the other hand, I realized that Bernie is pretty much me in a few years, a crotchety secular Jewish curmudgeon from New York. Maybe I should start preparing my campaign.

I'm going to keep this short today. My life is not going well and I don't want to talk about that. But it got me thinking about the one good thing is my friends. I have the love and respect of some amazing people. I have a dearth of close friends but s surfeit of good friends. Thank you amazing people.





Annoying People - September 03, 2016
This Play Was The Pits - September 02, 2016
Banking on Getting Better or Avoiding Katastrophe. - September 01, 2016
Unlike Gilligan I Got Off the Island - August 31, 2016
Call of the Wilder - August 30, 2016




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