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Monday, December 31, 2018

To Kill A Mockingbird

"The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience."   

From Harper Lee's classic novel: 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Merry Christmas 2018

"So, so you think you can tell

Heaven from hell
Blue skies from pain
Can you tell a green field
From a cold steel rail?
A smile from a veil?
Do you think you can tell?
Did they get you to trade

Your heroes for ghosts?
Hot ashes for trees?
Hot air for a cool breeze?
Cold comfort for change?
Did you exchange
A walk on part in the war
For a lead role in a cage?
How I wish, how I wish you were here

We're just two lost souls
Swimming in a fish bowl
Year after year
Running over the same old ground
And how we found
The same old fears
Wish you were here."

From the song: "Wish You Were Here" by Pink Floyd's, David Gilmour and Roger Waters

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Impossible Germany, Unlikely Japan

"In my youth I committed black deeds.
In maturity I practised innocence.
To say more than this would only cause weeping and laughter.
What good would it do to tell you?
I am an old man.
Leave me in peace."

From the life of milarepa by Tsangnyön Heruka.

"A kōan (公案) (/ˈk.ɑːn/Chinese公案pinyingōng'àn[kʊ́ŋ ân]Korean공안 gong-anVietnamesecông án) is a storydialogue, question, or statement which is used in Zen practice to provoke the "great doubt" and test a student's progress in Zen practice."   Wikipedia

"Uncertainty—that is appropriate for matters of this world. Only regarding the next can we vouchsafe certainty. I believe certainty regarding that which we can see and touch, it is seldom justified, if ever. Down the ages from our remote past, what certainties survive? And yet we hurry to fashion new ones, wanting their comfort."     Joel and Ethan Coen from 'The Ballad of Buster Scruggs'

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Real Men Trade Beads

"First thing we'd climb a tree
And maybe then we'd talk

Or sit silently

And listen to our thoughts

With illusions of someday

Cast in a golden light

No dress rehearsal
This is our life
And that's where the hornet stung me
And I had a feverish dream

With revenge and doubt

Tonight, we smoke them out

You are ahead by a century
You are ahead by a century
You are ahead by a century"

The Tragically Hip -  from their song, "Ahead By a Century"

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Captains Who Came Home

"If your problem is long standing man,
Then why don't you try kneeling?"
tHe WaTerBoYs - from 'November Tale'