Nothing exists until or unless it is observed. An artist is making something exist by observing it. And his hope for other people is that they will also make it exist by observing it. I call it ‘creative observation.’ Creative viewing. — William S. Burroughs
Wishing all the wonderful bloggers that I follow, and to the ones who follow me, a Happy Thanksgiving.
Texas and other states got hit with snow.
Here in Massachusetts, its warm and wet.
Lots of rain, and some wind.
For some, traveling will be a bitch.
Others will just stay home and not have to worry about it.
As Eric Clapton would sing, “Let it rain.”
Remember: It’s still Autumn.
From my email inbox:
Whether these are true or not, it does make for good read, and a snicker or two.
The question “Do you remember where you was, when President John Kennedy was assassinated”? The answer is yes. I was 14 years old, a sophomore at Lawrence High School. When the seventh period was over, which the last class of the day, there was a guy standing outside on the sidewalk, telling everyone, that the president was assassinated. Just about everybody that heard the news, was in disbelief, shock, or just didn’t know what to say. I can also remember what the weather was like, sunny and not that cold for that time of November. I also remember watching Jack Ruby shooting Lee Harvey Oswald in the Dallas Police Station. It’s still etched in mind seeing it live on a black and white television.
Also there was the nonstop coverage of what happened on that fateful day in Dallas. Seeing Vice President Lyndon Johnson taking the oath of office. The horse with no rider, signifying the death of the president. The slow and long walk to Arlington National Cemetery, and seeing his son, John-John giving the salute, as his casket was going by.
Its a day and the next few days that followed, I will never forget the big debate of whether the National Football League should go ahead and play that weekend or cancel the games, well they went ahead played the games, and there was a lot shit the NFL had to deal with. By the way, the old American Football League cancelled their games. I believe the National Basketball League cancelled their slate of games too.
The country lost a great man that served a 1,000 days, and if none of this happened, would the country be better? I don’t think anybody can answer that.
So earlier today, A Pondering Mind was outside getting some air. This was close to noon time.
Well, out comes one of my neighbors and this was the gist of the conversation:
He: Nice day, huh!
Off he went on his merry way.
This happened with an overcast sky, 40F, and a damp/raw feel to the air.
Five hours later, a similar conversation took place. This time with a female.
She: It is snowing.
Me: Huh? It’s 60F, and a light mist.
She: It feels cold.
She left a minute or two later.
Nice people, but …. Wow! Talk about living on another planet.
Keep this in mind the next time you are about to repeat a rumor or spread gossip.
In ancient Greece (469 – 399 BC), Socrates was widely lauded for his wisdom. One day an acquaintance ran up to him excitedly and said, “Socrates, do you know what I just heard about Diogenes?”
“Wait a moment,” Socrates replied, “Before you tell me I’d like you to pass a little test. It’s called the Triple Filter Test.”
“Triple filter?” asked the acquaintance.
“That’s right,” Socrates continued, “Before you talk to me about Diogenes let’s take a moment to filter what you’re going to say. The first filter is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?”
“No,” the man said, “Actually I just heard about it.”
“All right,” said Socrates, “So you don’t really know if it’s true or not. Now let’s try the second filter, the filter of Goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about Diogenes something good?”
“No, on the contrary…”
“So,” Socrates continued, “You want to tell me something about Diogenes that may be bad, even though you’re not certain it’s true?”
The man shrugged, a little embarrassed. Socrates continued, “You may still pass the test though, because there is a third filter, the filter of Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about Diogenes going to be useful to me?”
“No, not really.”
“Well,” concluded Socrates, “If what you want to tell me is neither True nor Good nor even Useful, why tell it to me or anyone at all?”
The man was bewildered and ashamed. This is an example of why Socrates was a great philosopher and held in such high esteem.
It also explains why Socrates never found out that Diogenes was banging his wife.
Right speech is to speak truthfully, being loyal to the truth when speaking with others, not creating harm or speaking cruelly, not exaggerating or embellishing, and speaking in a way that relieves suffering and brings people back to themselves. — Marc Lesser
If you can do something about it, then why get upset? If you can’t do anything about it, then why bother getting upset. — Lama Christie McNally
We cannot see our reflection in running water. It is only still water that we can see.
– Zen Saying
I didn’t even know that any of these days existed…
November seems like a boring month. Well, there is Thanksgiving, but there’s not much else… until now.
November shall no longer be that boring month that drags on and on until we get some stuffing and turkey. November is actually a month filled with holidays that are fun, entertaining, and weird.
Be sure to take a gander at the list “Bizarre November Holidays” and then enjoy days like Chaos Never Dies Day, Waiting For The Barbarians Day, or Absurdity Day. Good times!
November 1 is Plan Your Epitaph Day
November 2 is National Deviled Egg Day
November 3 is Sandwich Day and Housewife’s Day
November 4 is Waiting For The Barbarians Day
November 5 is Gunpowder Day
November 6 is Saxophone Day and Marooned Without A Compass Day
November 7 is National Bittersweet Chocolate With Almonds Day
November 8 is Dunce Day
November 9 is Chaos Never Dies Day
November 10 is Forget-Me-Not Day
November 11 is Air Day
November 12 is National Pizza With The Works Except Anchovies Day
November 13 is National Indian Pudding Day
November 14 is Operation Room Nurse Day
November 15 is National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day
November 16 is Button Day
November 17 is Take A Hike Day
November 18 is Occult Day
November 19 is Have A Bad Day Day
November 20 is Absurdity Day
November 21 is World Hello Day and False Confessions Day
November 22 is Start Your Own Country Day
November 23 is National Cashew Day
November 24 is Use Even If Seal Is Broken Day
November 25 is National Parfait Day
November 26 is Shopping Reminder Day
November 27 is Pins And Needles Day
November 28 is Make Your Own Head Day
November 29 is Square Dance Day
November 30 is Stay At Home Because You’re Well Day
From my email inbox:
Its true. You can’t please everyone.
It’s better to be doing nothing than to be busy doing nothing. — Zen Saying
From my email inbox:
Protest beyond the law is not a departure from democracy; it is absolutely essential to it.
– Martin Luther King Jr.
You don’t get to choose how you’re going to die. Or when. You can only decide how you’re going to live. — Joan Baez
Listening to jazz
A way to relax on a Sunday morning.
You can find your way across this country using burger joints the way a navigator uses stars. — Charles Kuralt
From my email inbox:
Last Wednesday a passenger in a taxi heading for Salford station leaned over to ask the driver a question and gently tapped him on the shoulder to get his attention.
The driver screamed, lost control of the cab, nearly hit a bus, drove up over the kerb and stopped just inches from a large plate window.
For a few moments everything was silent in the cab. Then the shaking driver said “Are you OK? I’m so sorry, but you scared the daylights out of me.”
The badly shaken passenger apologized to the driver and said, “I didn’t realize that a mere tap on the shoulder would startle someone so badly.”
The driver replied, “No, no, I’m the one who is sorry, it’s entirely my fault. Today is my very first day driving a cab. I’ve been driving a hearse for 25 years.”
How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains! — John Muir
The calender tells us it is November 1, 2013.
It is 6:40 am, and the weather has the feel of May or September.
It is warm, humid, and a bit of wind, rain is surely on the way.
It is kind of weird of seeing a temperature of 64 F, at or near 6:00 am.
Last year at this time, it was Sandy rearing its ugly head of mass destruction.
2011 brought us the Halloween snowstorm. Not much fell in my area,
but a good dumping was had in the western part of the state.
Might as well enjoy this abnormal weather now, because who knows what it will be like
at the same time, next year.
By the way, it’s nice to have the window open, and not have the heat on.
Without tact you can learn nothing. — Benjamin Disraeli
Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity, or registering wrongs.
– Charlotte Bronte
We ask advice, but we mean approbation. — Charles Caleb Colton
A clear night
Stars are bright.
All is right.
A test post from my smart phone.
Make it strong.
Drink it black.
You’ll be alert all day.