By InsightAnalytical-GRL and the entire crew…
Welcome to our playground today! Pleasant diversions, good thoughts, & good friends make it the perfect getaway today!
We’ve got several places to play: with the dogs and fish; in the outdoors; and in our minds with words, from us at IA and some sharp folks like Ambrose Bierce (Who? you’ll find out!). We’ll provide links to the appropriate pages so you can enjoy ALL the pics!
But before we get to the above…
PLEASE CHECK OUT THE CAM FOR A SPECIAL MESSAGE from my betta fish!! He’s ready to FIGHT and has a special message for YOU!! And while you’re visiting…if you have a suggestion about what I should name him…PLEASE leave your it in a comment!!! (CAM goes live at about 7 AM MT.)
(1/21/09) Note to latecomers: the fish had a sign up saying: RESIST!
We’ll start with some pictures to lift your spirits…which means, of course…DOGS!!!
Slick models his “Superman Cape”…
Now, let’s feast on some wonderful scenery!
Last week I went out for a rare later afternoon walk with lazy-bones Tico and saw one of the most stunning sunsets I’ve ever seen here in NM…and believe me, I’ve seen many. I ran back to get my camera….Here’s a few of a series (more sunset pictures and other outdoor shots if you follow the link below.)
Sunset January 8, 2009 19:06
Sunset January 8, 2009 19:07
Finally, we have some words to reflect on!
We’d like to start with some great snarky quotations from Ambrose Bierce’s classic book, “The Devil’s Dictionary.” According to the booksleeve blurb, the dictionary “was begun in a weekly paper in 1881 and continued on and off until 1906…[and] shows Bierce as one of our great wits, the first American “Black Humorist” and one of most uncompromising satirists…” And you may know him as the author of “Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” one of the great American short stories. More from The Ambrose Bierce site:
AMBROSE BIERCE (June 24,1842–?) Ohio-born writer and journalist who vanished in 1913 while attempting to join Pancho Villa in Mexico. Acclaimed for his Civil War and supernatural stories, as well as for his legendary wit, best appreciated by reading his Devil’s Dictionary. Bierce suffered no fools, spared no enemies, and spat in the face of man-made gods and those who prayed to them. His definition of astrology: “The science of making the dupe see stars.” Except for H. L. Mencken, Bierce’s intellectual heir, there’s never been a man of letters like Ambrose Bierce. His fate’s not only a mystery, but he remains an enigma.
Here is some of Bierce that I’ve selected for today!!
Coronation, n. The ceremony of investing a sovereign with the outward and visible signs of divine right to be blown skyhigh with a dynamite bomb.
Corporation, n. An ingenious device for obtaining indivdual profit without individual responsiblity.
Cynic, n. A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be. Hence the custom among the Scythians of plucking out a cynic’s eyes to improve his visition.
Delusion, n. The father of a most respectable family, comprising Enthusiasm, Affection, Self-denial, Faith, Hope, Charity and many other goodly sons and daughters.
Liberty, n. One of Imagination’s most precious possessions.
Politics, n. A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.
Politician, n. An eel in the fundamental mud upon which the super-structure of organized society is reared. When he wriggles he mistakes the agitation of his tail for the trembling of the edifice. As compared with the statesman, he suffers the disadvantage of being alive.
Presidency, n. The greased pig in the field game of American politics.
President, n. The leading figure in a small group of men of whom–and of whom only–it is positively known that immense numbers of their countrymen did not want any of them for President.
Prevaricator, n. A liar in the caterpillar state.
Revolution, n. In politics, an abrupt change in the form of misgovernment. Specifically, in American history, the substitution of the rule of an Administration for that of a Ministry, whereby the welfare and happiness of the people were advanced a full half-inch. Revolutions are usually accompanied by a considerable effusion of blood, but are accounted worth it–this appraisement being made by beneficiaries whose blood has not the mischance to be shed.
Zeal, n. A certain nervous disorder afflicting the young and inexperienced. A passion that goeth before a sprawl.***
Which leads us to our commentaries by IA writers, starting with a little ditty about AGE…
From Kenosha Marge via friend Donna
Are You Feeling Old?
1977: Long hair
2008: Longing for hair
1977: Acid rock
2008: Acid reflux
1977: Trying to look like Marlon Brando or Liz Taylor
2008: Trying NOT to look like Marlon Brando or Liz Taylor
1977: Seeds and stems
1977: Going to a new, hip joint
2008: Receiving a new hip joint
1977: Rolling Stones
2008: Kidney Stones
1977: Screw the system
2008: Upgrade the system
1977: Parents begging you to get your hair cut
2008: Children begging you to get their heads shaved
1977: Passing the drivers’ test
2008: Passing the vision test
Just in case you weren’t feeling too old today, this will certainly change things.
The people who are starting university this year were born in 1992.
They are too young to remember the space shuttle blowing up.
Their lifetime has always included AIDS.
Bottle caps have always been screw off and plastic.
The CD was introduced the 3 years before they were born.
They have always had an answering machine
They have always had cable.
They cannot fathom not having a remote control.
Popcorn has always been cooked in the microwave.
They never took a swim and thought about Jaws.
They can’t imagine what hard contact lenses are.
They don’t know who Mork was or where he was from.
They do not care who shot J. R. and have no idea who J. R. even is.
They don’t have a clue how to use a typewriter.
Do you feel old yet? Pass this on to the other old fogies on your list. Notice the larger type, that’s for those of you who have trouble reading…
It is good to have friends who know about these things and are still alive and kicking!!!!
From American Lassie who muses on a couple of women in power…
THE MORE THINGS CHANGE THE MORE THEY REMAIN THE SAME
My horoscope for Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 said “Reserve some time today to delve into a novel you’ve been dying to crack open”.
It just so happens that I received a book for Christmas that I’ve not taken time to begin reading yet, so I’ll do just that.
The title of the book is “The Other Queen” by Phillipa Gregory. For those of you who are not yet familiar with her work, she is known as “the Queen of royal fiction”. Her use of undisputed facts and the use of fiction based on her knowledge of these facts, makes her books a must read for addicts like me) of historical fiction.
“The Other Queen” is the story of Mary, Queen of Scots aka Mary Stuart.
Lately we’ve read a lot about the rivalry and betrayal of women by other women and the misogyny and patriarchy practiced during the past election cycle, but during this period in English History it ran rampant.
Mary, Queen of Scots (1542 – 1587) was the greatest rival of Queen Elizabeth l. She became Queen of Scots when she was only six days old. Scotland was ruled by regents during her youth – including Mary’s mother – Mary of Guise. Mary Stuart was raised at the French royal court and married the heir to the French throne. She was left a widow at the age of eighteen.
She returned to Scotland and began her period of personal rule over the country. She married Henry Darnley, who, like Mary herself, was a descendant of the first Tudor King of England Henry Vll. After the murder of Lord Darnley, Mary fled to England – supposedly under the protection of Elizabeth l, but actually she was betrayed by Elizabeth and confined for twenty years. After unsuccessful attempts to re-capture the Scottish throne, and alternating conspiracies against Elizabeth, she was put to death in 1587. Various accounts have portrayed Mary as a romantic heroine and a martyr for her faith (she tried to seize the throne of England to restore the Catholic faith). Others portray her as a political simpleton. Poor Mary. Throughout her life she seemed to put her trust in the wrong people.
An example of a powerful woman (Elizabeth) being threatened by another powerful woman (Mary). This period in English history seems to abound with powerful women jealous of other such women. Mary Tudor (Bloody Mary, Elizabeth’s half sister) was also always jealous of Elizabeth.
Will women ever learn? Seems not. I’ve read several books on this rivalry and am anxious to get into this one. My opinion wavers from time to time as to which cousin (Elizabeth and Mary Stuart were cousins) I sympathize with but I admire them both. Since I am of Scottish descent, I am always inclined to favor Mary Stuart.
Now on to my reading. This will be a nice departure from today’s world.
And some thoughts from Chicago Correspondent Leslie:
I just thought of something that I am likely to do (besides go on a cooking binge that night). I think I may start tonight – I’m going to watch as much of “The West Wing” as I can. And if that doesn’t work, I’ll watch “The American President” or “Dave” or “Man of the Year” or even “In the Line of Fire”. I want to see what a president that I could support, might look like. Or maybe I’ll find the tapes of Hillary Clinton at the debates and watch that. Or maybe, I’ll just curl up with a book and some tea, and read. That sounds like a good idea.
I just know I cannot watch “history in the making” because it would be just like watching W when he stole the elections.
I didn’t watch those, either.
We hope you’ve enjoyed some of the excursions we’ve provided today!
PS–As the day winds down, you may find the courage to re-visit Grail Guardian’s own dictionary: How To Communicate with an Obot: The **OFFICIAL** English to Obamese Dictionary
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