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
November 25, 2017 - 12:42 p.m.
Dateline Van Merc Hill: I am still in Southborough; my first Thanksgiving here I went home on Friday and missed second Thanksgiving on Saturday. I learned my lesson, now I stay through Sunday; the miracle is that they let me.
Yesterday was a never getting dressed or going out day not at somebody else's home. That's an extra-special treat. There are few pleasures like spending a day with other people's children and dogs; all the love and none of the responsibilities. There is always lots of amazing food here too; most of it was once part of a pig. The chocolate Irish crème wasn't. I don't know what Joe does to the meatballs, but they are so good. I'm not usually crazy about balls of meat.
Entertainment consisted of music, playing cards, and watching Star Wars Episode VII: The Schwartz Awakens. We were going to watch it last year but couldn't find it. I'm now caught up on Star Wars. Does anyone else feel that this should have been Episode IX? The story of how the Second Republic fell apart in such short order is a bigger story than the one that is told in the film. The First lasted a thousand years, the Second less than fifty. The big bad is a schnook. Kylo Ren whines and is stuck in the terrible twos. Han should have shot first. I always enjoy Star Wars films and always think them stupid. They fit in perfectly with most of what I watch on TV. Where is Kylo Stimpy?
The meds are hitting me hard. I'm drinking gallons of coffee and I'm still sleepy. It gives me an excuse for the girls kicking my ass when we play cards. I'm negotiating taking one daughter and one dog home with me. I just got a visit from Ellie, she wants me to play cards. I'm not sure what game.
Kids and dogs loving me is not the source of all my self-esteem, but it helps. I don't have much of a relationship with the chickens. Maybe it's because I want to eat them.
I was going to take a nap now but as a kid wants me I'll be playing cards. I hope there's more coffee left. If not, will chocolate Irish crème keep me up? I think it has the opposite effect. I could put some in my coffee.
I signed the Pro-Truth Pledge:
please hold me accountable.
I Took the Pledge - November 30, 2017
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