August 26, 2011
I'd walk through hell in a gasoline suit to play baseball.
August 24, 2011
August 22, 2011
I enjoy reading and get my books from several sources. I get most from my fabulous local library; they also provide me with video and music. I always have a book going on my Kindle E book which I think is fantastic. I can take it to bed with me and it is the ideal night time companion. When my eyes droop and all energy has given up I don't have to worry about falling asleep dropping my book and losing my place. It will shut itself off and when I turn it on in the morning it will have bookmarked itself. Great bedtime reader. My other source which I enjoy is buying used books from vendors through Amazon. Other than having to pay postage which is three dollars and some cents you can buy many of the books for one penny. My library accepts used books and if they're in pretty good shape will sell them for a pittance of their value, which goes back into the libraries coffers. Well whatever method you enjoy, reading is one of life's pleasures. Fellow blogist and good writer Bill Crider I apologize for not buying your books at Barnes and Nobel off the shelf each time. If economics were not involved I certainly would.
August 21, 2011
A Psalm of Life
Tell me not in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.
Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou are, to dust thou returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.
Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each tomorrow
Find us farther than today.
Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled drums, are beating
Funeral marches to the grave.
In the world's broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
Be a hero in the strife!
Trust no Future, howe'er pleasant!
Let the dead Past bury its dead!
Act, - act in the living Present!
Heart within, and God o'erhead!
Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sand of time;
Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o'er life's solenm main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.
Let us then be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The picture is a bit of an exaggeration, but the feeling of desolation is probably close to the same. Water can be a destroyer.
Water outside of rivers, lakes oceans, and reservoirs can be a most destructive element. Does this sound like an introduction to a true life adventure? Well yes it is.
Hazel who has a hearing ability matched by few was awakened yesterday by an out of place sound. It was the sound of water being expelled full force from a broken feeder hose that when it is whole is connected to a toilet. In the time it took her to acclimate herself to what was going on, waking me and turning off the water valve the damage was done. All of the former might have taken five minutes but the damage was unbelievable. Water maybe half an inch deep had left the bathroom and had moved into two other rooms. It had found its way through the floor it was situated on and was cascading its way through the main floor at places where only water finds and was well on its way to accumulating there also.
It was five o'clock in the morning and I thought it was only proper that we should invite the plumber to the party and I did.
It is now the next day and after a full day of trying to correct the damage done that we could correct, but not the damage that will need to be corrected with replacement and check writing we are happy it ended up no worse than it did. Water within its natural barriers such as riverbanks or man made circuits, pipes and such is a needed resource, but water running amok is something that is best avoided if possible.
August 20, 2011
August 18, 2011
We have a small pond in our backyard in which we have species of many sizes and colors visiting daily. It is one of the best free shows around. Watching the posturing between the big birds and the smaller ones is a hoot. As I drink my coffee on my screened in back porch where I am seemingly unseen by the birds as they cavort is a true pleasure. Click on the picture to enlarge.
August 13, 2011
August 12, 2011
Browsing the internet is guaranteed to uncover some nugget of information that you did not know, such as this.....the koala bear, which has been known to travel a mere few hundred yards in the course of its life, working its way through the leaves of a eucalyptus grove.
August 11, 2011
August 10, 2011
August 7, 2011
Hey, Hoynsie: I think the Indians trading for Cubs outfielder Kosuke Fukudome was a good deal. The way I look at it, it's a clear win since the Tribe gets a capable outfielder for two mid-level prospects. But the question is, how long do you think it will take for Tom Hamilton to get really excited, mispronounce Mr. Fukudome's name and get banned for life by the FCC? -- Ralph Steele Jr., Norfolk, Va.
Hey, Ralph: Now that's funny. A dangerous name to be sure if you're a baseball announcer.