If either a Democratic or Republican candidate wrote an ad or tweeted the following (from an early Henry Bulletin of the Town of Martinsville, Virginia:)
Four years ago as you well know
The Ticket bore my name
And if you scratched it off or not
I thanked you just the same
Again I ask for your support
Not that I claim to be
A better man than others are
For all of you know me
But promising to ever stand
For what is just and true
I will simply sign my name
And leave results for you.
Posted by nm circa 2017
The meditation I hold most dear was given to me years ago by a mystic who lived atop Black Mountain, North Carolina. The only difficulty was that there are a series of things to “let go,” and the order has always been difficult for me to remember, and you shouldn’t have to open your eyes and check while doing it–especially when falling asleep. You can probably do a better job than I did, but at least it’s a start–I came up with the following device for P N F R F D I : “Playing iN Fire Raises Fire Departments’ Ire.” The only possible stumbling block is that you have to remember that “N” stands for “in.” The meditation is to be repeated silently for as long as is useful, after imagining that you are being filled with a glowing white light throughout your body:
- I release to the light all my Past
- I release to the light all my Negatives
- I release to the light all my Fears
- I release to the light all my human Relationships
- I release to the light my Future
- I release to the light my Death
- I release to the light my Inner self
I am a LIGHT BEING
I RADIATE the light from my Light Center throughout my being.
I radiate the light from my light center to EVERYONE
I radiate the light from my Light Center to EVERYTHING
Before facing a stressful situation: I am in a BUBBLE of light and only light can come to me and only light can be here now.
(Fill in the blank yourself): Thank you ______ for everything.
He said we can heal others by willing THEIR light to help them…He said the source of light is in the solar plexus, which means “source of light.”
To my readers: If you come up with a better mnemonic device, please share it! (It’s like EGBDF — Every good boy does fine).
Image: Not mine. Complicated
He was curled up into himself like a babe,
the remains we found around the bend
beside the brook, as we perambulated
without a care until this old fellow
came into view. Poor, by his looks, and
quite dead and cold. Who did he belong to,
who had his heart?
nm 2017 Image: Fredrik Raddum
Sure, time’s moving faster,
whitewater rafting between
Slow it down, slow it down!
Time’s winged chariot
catches one’s breath. How
to gentle into a peaceful
landing…How best to live until we
drift into the long day’s end?
Positive feelings about aging
equal longer life, they say.
How shall we maintain that frame
of mind? For me, it’s Curiosity!
The mysteries will always remain.
Wonder and wondering will fill
my parachute and help it to
gentle me down to a soft landing.
When I look at some of the blogs with thousands of followers and I look at mine, I’m dissatisfied. So I plan to lose about 55 years. I’ve got a cute teenage photo that I can use. What brought this possibility to mind was seeing how forbidding my “Meet Me” page was, and also the other day I stumbled across a blog that I suspected was from a blogger who had developed a fictional character that was astoundingly brave and brassy and super revealing. What fun, I thought, to have one of your fictional characters write your whole blog! Just a warning. As my teachers used to say, “A word to the wise is sufficient.”
The following are some hints given folks who went west on wagon trains, like our ancestors did. A few:
Don’t grease your hair before starting or dust will stick there in sufficient quantities to make a respectable ‘tater’ patch.
Don’t swear, nor lop over on your neighbor while sleeping. Don’t ask how far it is to the next station until you get there.
Never attempt to fire a gun or pistol while on the road, it may frighten the team; and the careless handling and cocking of the weapon makes nervous people nervous.
Don’t discuss politics or religion, nor point out places on the road where horrible murders have been committed.
If a team runs away, sit still and take your chances; if you jump, nine times out of ten you will be hurt.
Spit on the leeward side of the coach.
The best seat inside a stagecoach is the one next to the driver–you will get less than half the bumps and jars than on any other seat. When any old “sly Eph,” who traveled thousands of miles on coaches, offers through sympathy to exchange his back or middle seat with you, don’t do it.
I have a snow man
who isn’t made of snow.
I met a man who knew him
before we two met and so
I wasn’t surprised to find
he was the other kind.
When ere the sun is out
his little arms they wave
and I guess this little habit
will follow him to the grave.
Sometimes I want to stop him,
offer him some tea,
see his black eyes twinkle
looking back at me.
Following his blueprint to a T
he works just like he ought.
Alas I am the other kind
who won’t work right for naught.
“Capping a painful year, 178-year-old British tour operator Thomas Cook collapsed Sunday night, potentially stranding hundreds of thousands of travelers.”
I spent quite a few minutes trying to figure if this was a misprint from the CNN business site or Thomas had really lived a long and charmed life.
I realized I didn’t explain:
The collapse of British travel giant Thomas Cook is having a ripple effect on the travel industry across the world, as destinations dependent on the group’s business are left high and dry.
The world’s oldest travel agency closed last week after banks and the British government refused its request for a bailout, leaving more than half a million travelers stranded.
Bill Moyers quoted Robert Hass, who quoted Joseph Campbell, who said that the beginning of all poetry is uneasiness about the food chain.
Bright autumn moon;
Pond snails crying
in the saucepan.
Can’t find the source–let me know if you have it. Jill Dennison identified the poet as Kobayashi Issa, translated by Robert Hass, and after reading him I agree. Thanks!