Saturday, September 20, 2014

September Saturday Poetry 3


1. How much poison are you willing
to eat for the success of the free
market and global trade?  Please
name your preferred poisons. 

2. For the sake of goodness, how much
evil are you willing to do?
Fill in the following blanks
with the names of your favorite
evils and acts of hatred. 

3. What sacrifices are you prepared 
to make for culture and civilization?
Please list the monuments, shrines,
and works of art you would
most willingly destroy. 

4. In the name of patriotism and
the flag, how much of our beloved
land are you willing to desecrate?
List in the following spaces
the mountains, rivers, towns,farms
you could most readily do without. 

5. State firefly the ideas, ideals, or hopes,
the energy sources, the kinds of security,
for which you would kill a child. 
Name, please, the children whom
you would be willing to kill 

Wendell Berry

Thursday, September 18, 2014

September Goals 3

Here are last week's goals. Let's see how I did:

1.  Annual physical--done. All is well. BP is fine. Cholesterol, triglycerides, and glucose levels are fine. Need to take Vitamin D supplement as that level is low.  Going to see a psychologist to see if Cognitive Behavioral Therapy will help my insomnia; if that doesn't work, I will go for the dreaded sleep study.  But for an almost 67 year old, I take no meds and am in good shape. 
2. Quilting: Finish lattice corner blocks and start putting blocks into strips. Done. Working on the strips. 
3. Reading:
     Rabid by Bill Wasik (Audio CDs) I returned this. I thought it would be about the science and medical aspects of rabies but it was  about rabies in history and literature.      
      Death at La Fenice (Commissario Brunetti #1) by Donna Leon. Very good so far. 
     Coolidge by Amity Shlaes. I am picking this up from the library tomorrow.
4. Cooking
     Tuna salad- done.
     Chicken Rice Bake- done.
     Beef and Bok Choy Stir Fry- done
I also baked Banana Nut Bread and Apple Pecan Muffins which I took to the doctor's office. 5. Must get new purse. I am waiting to see if I get the iPhone 6 or the iPhone 6Plus. I want to make sure if I get the Plus, it will fit in the wristlet
Now for Next Week's Goals:

     Daily Bible Reading
     Healthy Breakfast and Snack

     Finish putting blocks into strips and begin making lattice strips

     Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon
     Coolidge by Amity Shlaes


     New iPhone 6 or 6Plus
     New purse

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


I was working on my quilt at the dining room table when I heard a rustling sound behind me.  I turned around and there was Henry in the basket.  Henry is the smaller of the 2 kittens we adopted. I call him Henwy the Wee Wascal.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Goals for Next Week

1.  Annual physical

2. Quilting: Finish lattice corner blocks and start putting blocks into strips. 

3. Reading:
     Rabid by Bill Wasik (Audio CDs)
     Death at La Fenice (Commissario Brunetti #1) by Donna Leon
     Coolidge by Amity Shlaes

4. Cooking
     Tuna salad
     Chicken Rice Bake
     Beef and Bok Choy Stir Fry

5. Must get new purse

Hard Hearted?

I am terribly sorry for the families of the journalists who were beheaded and for the aid worker who was beheaded. I am terribly sorry for the young man who will spend the next part of his life as a prisoner of the North Koreans. I really am. But, WHAT WERE THEY THINKING WHEN THEY WENT THERE?? One of the journalists had previously been taken prisoner and was fortunate enough to be released and yet he chose to go to Syria. Didn't anyone tell them that when you go to places where really nasty people are either running amok or running the entire country, really bad things really do happen and can happen to you??

(And while beheading is repugnant to us, our good buddies in Saudi Arabia do it frequently. According to a Washington Post article, the Saudis beheaded 8 people last month. Rather ironic that Saudi Arabia is our ally in fighting ISIL.)

But before thinking the journalists, aide worker, and North Korea wannabe stupid, perhaps it would be well to consider the United States muddling deeper into Syria/Iraq/ISIL. We've been arming, training, and providing intelligence to the Afghans, the Libyans, the Iraqis, the Somalis, the Yemenis, and God/Allah knows who else and we see how well that has turned out. (Good thing there are no problems here within our own country that need tending to.) So perhaps the question should be WHAT ARE WE THINKING??  Obviously we haven't learned anything.


The earth has music for those who listen.  George Santayana 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

September Saturday Poetry 2

The Shining Ones

While the land suffers, automobiles thrive,
shining as they glide by the dying towns,
the empty fields bare in winter,
the deserted farmhouses, obstacles merely
to an ideal trajectory from everywhere to anywhere. 

Wendell Berry