OT ~ Welcome to Saturday!


Sit-a-while
on swinging porch
where tin-dippers and
sweet water
in cool touches
meet lips
from hand dug wells.

Good morning good people!

Another close friend taken with new cancer; saw her this afternoon. Drives my immediate thinking; i'm rambling, pardon the lack of forethought today, but so much humanity ignored when all need care and loving direction and the leaders of the people swamp me at present.


Makes me stop and give tribute to this corner of the world we share, c99. Special people here, very special; pleased to be here in good company; especially in this time of children slaughtered in view, pigs at the trough in DC and corporate boards possessing no social responsibility, no workers represented--note, we should change that.

So many needs, so many resources, human beings going to waste because of a powerful few; cravings, creativity lost from the get go in many states; education and civility 'pooh pooed.'

Our 'society-ship' needs a rudder.


How do you explain your palette? Where do those colors come from? Takes time, at least, to cultivate. Multitudes have asked, some have answered--knowledge is there for the taking if our neighbors can agree in sailing to better destinies.

Gardens grow here, every day seeds planted, thought given; sunshine and rain shared as it should be.

Where did those colors come from, the universality of it all?

How rich it is?

Paintings today ~ Salvador Dali

“A day spent without the sight or sound of beauty, the contemplation of mystery, or the search of truth is a poverty-stricken day; and a succession of such days is fatal to human life.”
~ Lewis Mumford








I'm especially pressed for tine this weekend; holiday.

Have a great one, everyone!

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riverlover's picture

No good captains or crew takes us all into the shoal or over the falls. A collision course with something. This will not end well. I fear for my children's futures; right now they both have set a course.

I am collecting stones, a pebble pup since young. I have interest in fossils as well as what were once stalactites. Not too long until my estate will be a pile of rocks. Since they come from underground mines, no wonder some bleach in sunlight. And I want windowsill installations. I must calculate.

Rain last night, snow chance tonight. The general trend by eye is warmer. Chipmunks are awake and above ground.

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Hey! my dear friends or soon-to-be's, JtC could use the donations to keep this site functioning for those of us who can still see the life preserver or flotsam in the water.

@riverlover
Reminds of me pundits circa 2010: We needed FDR; we got Hoover.

Speaking of Barack Hoover Obama, Our Revolution chose Biss as its Democratic nominee for Governor of Obama's adopted home of Illiniois. Biss seems a good, though not perfect, populist candidate. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Biss

The machine's Democratic Party's nominee, however, is multi-billionaire Hyatt heir, JB Pritzker, who was a national co-chair of Hillary's Presidential campaign. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._B._Pritzker As you may recall, Obama nominated JB's sibling and fellow multi-billionaire, Penny, as Secretary of Commerce. Penny had, of course, been a major benefactor of Obama's Presidential campaign. (Her wiki says she worked her way up in her family's business, which impressed me greatly./sarcasm)

So, as you can see, the Democratic Party is, as always, demonstrating its eagerness to itself to be made more populist from within. /sarcasm

By the way, a fair portion of Elizabeth Taylor's estate was a pile of rocks. https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/photos/2011/11/elizabeth-taylor-jew...

The decision of which rocks to treasure for their beauty seems arbitrary. I bet I'd find your collection more interesting than hers.

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QMS's picture

@HenryAWallace grab the wheel of your ship while you can. Steer clear of the rocks. Just might arrive afloat.

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smiley7's picture

@riverlover
this will not end well as each day brings more hell to the majority of citizens, the 99 percent.

On stones, close by areas of the Appalachians give up pleasures to the eye, rubies in particular, i think.

Chipmunks delight in living, it seems; abundant here along with big groundhogs. Unfortunate for the ski business, appears Spring is coming early to the mountains this year. Not that i don't love Spring, but bills to pay and i so enjoy my work, most of the time. Smile

Am concerned that the shoulder injury may need surgery and it's my right arm--right-handed-- and flyfishing guided trips and teaching pays a few bills as well. Oh well, come what may, we are here and as always, good to see you!

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Loved the Mumford quote:

“A day spent without the sight or sound of beauty, the contemplation of mystery, or the search of truth is a poverty-stricken day; and a succession of such days is fatal to human life.”
~ Lewis Mumford

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smiley7's picture

@OPOL

how much meaning your life has absorbed and passed on, is what matters.”
― Lewis Mumford, Technics and Human Development

Hoping this reply finds you in good spirits and health!

Think of you often, a pleasure to see you.

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is a novel that, according to Chris Hedges (and others) is a picture of U.S. history.
Ahab in his quest, took the ship down. He corrupted the crew to be willing assistants in his goal. So here we are, treading water, with disaster around us.
Thanks you for the music, art, poetry, and thoughts this morning. I agree, this corner is special...gratitude for that.

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@randtntx

A long read, Moby Dick, i remember, and a piece of work in keeping with today, its universality spanning generations; the very meaning of good art to me.

Sad, someone said this week, maybe Henry; a short simple word saying much about our predicament. But as we agree, we are here and grateful to be in friendship or as Johnny once said; "we are here to learn."

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enhydra lutris's picture

care of your shoulder. It was great to open the diary to that great Dali, mas:

Dali3

Daliwomantree

DaliStGeorge1

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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@enhydra lutris

this first, brief look at your flickr, walked around your garden, big smile, love it. Thanks for sharing!

Synthetic and weak opioids prescribed for pain last Wednesday move me through this busy weekend, have enough for two more days; put off getting the prescription for three weeks, but the pain is untenable and work is important; a compromise.

Have a good evening!

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@randtntx

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Today, I must choose some frames for spectacles--the kind you buy to wear on your face in hopes of seeing better. And brunch flatly refused to make itself.

Thank you for the interesting open thread. I love your artist's take.

I am so very sorry about your friend. Being human has some major drawbacks, physical vulnerability and grief being two of them.

Joan Rivers recommended forcing yourself to smile when you are sad, claiming that smiling allowed your face to fool your emotions. And many, including the author of the Biblical book of Proverbs (King Solomon?), claim that laughter is therapeutic.

Proverbs 17:22, King James Version:
"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones."

In any event, the FDA has received no reports of adverse side effects from forcing yourself to smile and laugh when you don't feel like it. Feeling a bit foolish, if you allow that, may be the only down side to giving it a try.

And now, Eye am off to be framed, without making too much of a spectacle of meyeself (sic). Or, so Eye hope.

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@HenryAWallace Sometime involving a nearby rail. And I smile, even in the car. Exudes a more confident, healthier person that might lie within.

I had another head-fall a few days ago. I am alive, with blood still in my hair. And one headache. No visit to ER.

A no-snow day; just paid my plow guy $360 for the winter so far. A dusting tonight. Nice seeing sodden leaves in a weird way.

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Hey! my dear friends or soon-to-be's, JtC could use the donations to keep this site functioning for those of us who can still see the life preserver or flotsam in the water.

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@HenryAWallace I've personally had to disregard the fake joy show. Hurts more than helps. When facing pain disguised as a smile, it becomes an excuse to avoid discussing the root cause. Let's confront the monsters together.

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@HenryAWallace

and splurged on Coleman's powered mustard during the xmas holidays and occasionally make a paste by adding top-shelf soy or sometimes toasted sesame oil for other raw fish like tuna.

Been missing you, so good to see you.

Hoping the frames can live up to your style!

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Wink's picture

for those living in Central New York. (and, yes, there is such a place). Just two weeks 'til our MeetUp at Doug's Fish Fry in Cortland, 5-7pm. Stop by and say hello if you can!

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the little things you can do often are more valuable than the giant things you can't! - @thanatokephaloides. On Twitter @wink1radio. (-1.9) All about building progressive media.

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@Wink

and good fortune for a splendid get-together!

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QMS's picture

thanks you smiley

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@QMS

Glad you enjoyed the music, some old favorites with the exception of David Darling, new to me as of last week.

Thanks for being here!

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been a busy day; amazing how many flock to ski slopes over this long weekend across the whole country. Even with inclement weather, rain every day, thousands of people and families are here to ski and ride.

Returning to your comments makes my day complete.

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