Wednesday’s Words

Wednesday, March 3rd 2021

“When pain brings you down, don’t be silly, don’t close your eyes and cry, you just might be in the best position to see the sun shine.” – Alanis Morissette

Shine so Lovely

To those behind follow no one
If you’re in front, there is no line
Remember you are strong with an infinite mind
Be yourself; unique, unlimited, and kind
Use your power to build not rewind
The universe is never late
Your time is now, it’s just begun
Forget the rhythm
The beat of many
All the same band
Sounds so bland
It’s been done
Pounded by those
Who tag along
So mind your melody
Make it your theme
Create your own song
Dance to move
Shake it loose
Be set free
Let go of conformity
Confidence never hides
Behind those shining eyes
So shine your light
It’s so lovely
Shine on

“Never dull your shine for somebody else.” – Tyra Banks

“To shine your brightest light is to be who you truly are.” – Roy T. Bennett

Shine on Me by Dan Auerbach on Spotify/YouTube.

“When I get up I gotta get me a plan to
Do whatever I can I suppose
I’m already working for my Uncle Sam
You know he’s got me countin’ Cheerios
Crying on my shoulder
I’m allergic to the tears
It’s trying for this soldier
To pretend for all these years
Shine on me
Shine on me
… “


Photo Friday

Friday, February 26th 2021

“Cold! If the thermometer had been an inch longer we’d have frozen to death.” – Mark Twain

Thank you, I just had it set.
Well, the cold is actually good for my hairstyle, it’s just the wind that…
Dang it!!
No extra charge.
That’s it!
After 2020 I’m never cooking again!
My plants, too! This could be the year. 🤞🏼

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” – John Steinbeck

You’re staying … how long?
I have the same sherpa!
… and teeny tiny dryers

“If showing up in a robe and tiara with a box of wine is wrong, then maybe I don’t fully comprehend how Casual Friday actually works.” – Abby Has Issues

A song to kickstart the weekend and to finish off the month of love: The Power of Love by Huey Lewis and The News on Spotify/YouTube.


Photo Friday

Friday, February 19th 2021

“Love keeps the cold out better than a cloak.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

OMG, there you are!
I turned my back for one second…

“To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold.” – Aristotle

Over here guys…
Nope, still over here.
(Under my breath: Man, this is going to take forever…)
It’s just how it snows here. Why?

“Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart.” – Victor Hugo

There’s no place like shelf, there’s no place like shelf.
Italy is off the shelf. Maybe next year.
I said … Hey two eyes!
And no shovel.

“In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.” – William Blake

A song to kickstart the weekend: Firecracker by Ryan Adams on Spotify/YouTube.

I promise.

Monday Rain, Again

Monday, February 15th 2021

”On a sunny clear day, you can improve your body; on a rainy foggy day, you can improve your mind!” – Mehmet Murat ildan

Monday Rain

I’m not kidding
It’s Monday with rain
Monday again
It’s Monday rain
I’ve got leaving on my brain
Ready to rock
Feeling a stroll
Get the hell out of this hole
About to burst
Let it rain harder first
I’ll watch from inside
Where I’m toasty and dry
Looking down below
Umbrellas that blow
Break in two
Make me laugh
How about you?
Trip and stumble
A plastic bubble
Snap in half
Blowing hair back
Staying at the window
Cause I’m a knowin’
There’s about to be a showin’
Scanning the view
Anticipating something new
But I’ll take
Anything I can get
Someone soaking wet
A person or a pet
My favorite delight
Is seeing someone’s umbrella
Putting up a fight
I know it’s not right
But it makes me giggle
Watching from the window
I dare not wiggle
So much to scan
So many hidden
Behind that van
It’s a Monday
Monday with rain
Give me some action
Or I’ll lose my brain
It’s a Monday
It’s rain
All over again

We’ve got two down on this corner.
And this just in … two more have been spotted down on that corner over there!

”A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

A song to start the week: Umbrella by Rihanna on Spotify/YouTube.


Photo Friday

Friday, February 12th 2021

“Love can change a person the way a parent can change a baby—awkwardly, and often with a great deal of mess.” – Lemony Snicket

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Timmy doesn’t like Valentine’s Day.
Time for a break!
Ok, now that we’re all gathered here together, we have a few important topics to cover and…

“People who throw kisses are hopelessly lazy.” – Bob Hope

I’m so hungry, I could eat a truckload of tofu.
… Hey!

“Before you marry a person, you should first make them use a computer with slow Internet service to see who they really are.” – Will Ferrell

Thank you.
Brian momentarily left the group. He had this nagging feeling he left the oven on.

“My friends tell me I have an intimacy problem. But they don’t really know me.” – Garry Shandling

A song to kickstart the weekend: Can’t Buy Me Love by The Beatles on Spotify/YouTube.

Happy Valentine’s Day to all!♥️

(Steve flew back to drop off a few Valentine’s Day cards.)
“Ok, Steve, I’ll get these out for you. Wait …
Where’s mine?”

Wednesday’s Words

Wednesday, February 10th, 2021

If you’re going through hell, keep going. ” – Winston Churchill


Hang on

Break up
Break out
Hang on
Almost clear
Nearly there
It’s a knowing
Then a showing
Hang in, please, hang on

Believe in what you know
It’s all because
You’re starting to grow

Constant and confounding
It can be all that’s surrounding
Hang on, hang in, please
Know it’s alright
This isn’t a battle
There’s no one to fight
Hang on
Hang in

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. ” – Thomas A. Edison


Urgent Staff Meeting Tonight

Tuesday, February 9th 2021 @ 8:00pm ET

Clergy meeting tonight to figure out why the congregation numbers are so low.  Since 1972.
We will begin collecting all senior staff around 7:30 pm.
Please stand outside and wait for us. We WILL be there.
Just a reminder that this is our church van, please treat it with respect. No granola, soda, or leaving behind personal literature. You know who I’m talking to, Father Bob.

Photo Friday

Friday, February 5th 2021

“When people ask me what equipment I use – I tell them my eyes.” – Anonymous

Ok, Charlie … I think you’ve had one too many. Just me give me that beer and let me drive you home.
I said, give it to me!
Hey, we really need to talk about Charlie.
So this is the little one I’ve been hearing so much about.
He’s got his father’s hair.
Quick, hide the kids!
Sticks are just not that easy to spot right now, Chad.
I could always shorten the other arm.
Discounted Boob Job.
Awe, I love you this much, too!

“If you see something that moves you, and then snap it, you keep a moment.” – Linda McCartney

A song to kickstart the weekend: When It’s Love by Van Halen on Spotify/YouTube.


Pave My Way

Monday, February 1st, 2021

“When the path ignites a soul, there’s no remaining in place. The foot touches ground,
but not for long.” – Hakim Sanai

Brick streets.

Why not marbles?

Was somebody sitting outside one day, admiring their brick home, thinking…

God I love brick. In my world, I’d make everything out of brick; a brick home, brick streets, brick churches, with some brick parks, brick pools, brick stop signs, and maybe some brick grass.

It would look like 3-D art.

The whole town would be a brick stereogram.

Brick clothing would only be allowed indoors though. “Kids, take off those brick shirts before you go outside. You hear me? …Kevin!”

I do like the look of brick streets though. But they’re just not practical for a lot of things… like walking in heels. I look like a dinosaur crossing the street. I love when I’m halfway across, and then traffic appears out of nowhere, so I have to walk really fast. I look like a deranged horse galloping.

If I’m wearing heels and I see more than one brick street up ahead, I’m rescheduling.

“Surrender to your path, forget about time or speed, and most importantly walk in joy.” – Roxana Jones

“If you’re not excited about it, it’s not the right path.” – Abraham Hicks

A song to start the week: Walk by Ludovico Einaudi on Spotify/YouTube. Best listened to with a headset or earbuds with eyes closed and/or while out in nature, then it sets in deep. In A Time Lapse remains as one of my favorite instrumental albums. Ludovico’s music moves me. I hope it moves you as well. In peace.

I really do.

Photo Friday

Friday, January 29, 2021

“If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” – Robert Capa

And just behind the Guggenheim, you’ll see the PEZ Dispenser Headquarters.
Nature’s chocolate-vanilla swirl.
I tawt I taw a puddy tat.
… I did!
Man, these Rainbow Brite sneakers are leaving marks everywhere!
Over those nose, Frosty. Over the nose.
Ah, I see what’s happened here.
…Ok, what you want to do is to connect at least two of the white wires to the black knobs, just get rid of the blue wires, then gather the leftover wires, as you’ve done, and loop them all the way around the box. Also, the trash bag should be on the right-hand side.
Then just let this cord dangle, like this…

“Don’t pack up your camera until you’ve left the location.” – Joe McNally

A song to kickstart the weekend: It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me by Billy Joel on Spotify/YouTube.

Ed Grimley
“I must say” have a “totally decent” weekend!


Monday, January 25th 2021

Gamifying is another thing I’m very big on. Let’s make this into a game. Whatever the problem is, let’s make it a game.” – Seinfeld (in a recent podcast w/ Tim Ferriss)

From the book: That Is Priceless: Art’s Greatest Masterpieces… Made Slightly Funnier
by Steve Melcher.

Sometimes, when it gets really cold, I guess, too cold, my heater will just turn itself on.

Out of nowhere, I hear click, click, click and then it’s on. I’m feet away from the buttons on the wall.

My thermostat is like, “Clearly you’re too busy just sitting there. Don’t get up! I’ll do it. I’ll turn myself on and blow out a bunch of hot air for a while. No need to help. Let me know if there’s anything else I can do for you.”

But never, not once, has it been too hot and all of the sudden it decides to turn the cold air on. Not once.

That Is Priceless by Steve Melcher.

“I don’t fix problems. I fix my thinking. Then problems fix themselves.” – Louise Hay

A song to start the week: Fix It by Ryan Adams & The Cardinals on Spotify/YouTube.

That Is Priceless by Steve Melcher.

I listened to a fantastic interview with Wim Hof this morning during my badass elliptical workout. It made me feel like an animal and laugh at the same time. If you want to unleash the beast within, I highly recommend this podcast: Wim Hof & Aubrey Marcus


Photo Friday

Friday, January 22nd, 2021

“Character, like a photograph, develops in darkness.” – Yousuf Karsh

They finally made it home, only to realize they forgot the eggs.
– Flashback –
“Ok, dad! …For how long?
Are we going somewhere this time?”
Ok, here he comes, here he comes!
On the count of three – we’ll yell, ‘Surprise!’
I’m dreaming of a white tuna fish roll…
(Reading from a tourist map of Brooklyn)
It says here that this is the greenest block in Brooklyn…well isn’t that neat!
(Looking up from the map in anticipation)
You ring it, I’ll wait right here…
Have you met our new doorman?
Peloton’s newest class.
Do they look tiny? My arms?
I mean, they’re as long as my nose.
I’m not complaining or anything.

“Taking pictures is like tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night and stealing Oreo cookies.” – Diane Arbus

A song to kickstart the weekend: One Too Many by Keith Urban and Pink on Spotify/YouTube.

“I base most of my fashion taste on what doesn’t itch.” – Gilda Radner
Pin on SNL

Wednesday’s Words

Wednesday, January 20th 2021

“When admiring other people’s gardens, don’t forget to tend to your own flowers.” – Sandbar Khan

“An original is always worth more than a copy.” – Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun

Me to Me

I love you
Me to me
Me to you
Back to me
A second frozen
An eternity glimpsed
Of what can be
Me to me
Me to you
Back to me
I love you
All that I want to see
Becoming my reality
Keep going
Me to me
Me to you
Back to me
More than life
My will my right
I love you
Me to me
Me to you
Back to me
A flash
A spark
Pushing out the dark
Of what used to be
Me to me
Me to you
Back to me
I love you
You are free
Me to me
Me to you
Back to me

“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.” – Carl Jung


Please Hold

Monday, January 18th 2021

“I’m so uncoordinated, I can’t really do that much, so my specialty is standing in one spot or holding on to something, like an exploding rocket or a jetski.” – Johnny Knoxville

Please continue to hold…

Hello and…

Why are all the automated answering services changing so much or are they? Maybe they just want to be heard.

“Some of our menu options have changed, please listen carefully, please!” 🙏

It’s on all the automated greetings now, why tell us? Who’s calling in enough to notice?

“Hey, this isn’t the same! What’s going on here? Somebody better start explaining and quick!”

Even if a business just opened up today, their answering service would say, “Hello and thank you for calling. We are pleased to announce that we are officially open. If you’d like to reach ANYBODY, please listen carefully, some of our menu options have changed. Please listen, just listen…”

Outgoing Messages left on our work phones…

“I’m either on my phone or away from my desk.” …That narrows it down.

What if we left all of the possibilities as to why we were unable to pick up?

What’s really weird is when you get a voicemail and someone’s guessing what you’re doing – while you’re doing it.

Just a moment longer, you’re next in line. We value your patience…

“Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.” – Hermann Hesse

A song for today: Let Go by Frou Frou on Spotify/YouTube.

What can you let go of today?


Photo Friday

Friday, January 15th 2020

“Climb the mountain so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.” – David McCullough Jr.

“It’s fall.”
“No, it’s winter.”
“NO, It’s fall!”
And so it went, on and on and…

“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” – Michael Altshuler

Thanks for adding the chest hair.”
Beam him up!
Little lower, a little lower…
Hit it, Maestro!
You’ve got this. Hang in there!
Just 3-4 months to go or…
Oooooh. He’s gone.
…And he was never seen again.
This year’s trend, on the side.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.
Ok, a baby, a student driver and the Pope get into a car and…
Ah!! And yours are MINE!
Sure, I’ll try anything once.
So close…

“I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.” – David Bowie

A song to kickstart the weekend: Ophelia by The Lumineers on Spotify/YouTube.

Perfect love casts out all fear…
Street artist #HHNY


Monday, January 11th 2021

“Storms make trees take deeper roots.” – Dolly Parton

“Maybe you are searching among the branches for what only appears in the roots.” – Rumi

Root words.

The Roman people were very busy in the beginning.

“So you want us to create all the root words? …Sure, sure.” (Pause). “Wait, what are you guys going to do?”

Did you know that Latin is Latin for Latinus?

What about Esperanto, The Universal Language?

I think more people know Pig Latin.

Would be way more fun if everybody spoke that.

Except for in emergencies…

A an-ma as-ha a un-ga ointed-pa ight-ra t-aa e-ma!

Eart-ha ttack-aa!

“Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay.” – Dalai Lama

A song to start the week: You Got Me by The Roots on Spotify/YouTube.

If you were worried ’bout where
I been or who I saw or
What club I went to with my homies
Baby don’t worry you know that you got me


Photo Friday

Friday, January 8th 2021

”Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Everyone gone?
It’s……………..Limbo time!
Photo: Limbo Champion of Central Park 2018

“The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide you’re not going to stay where you are.” – J.P. Morgan

Ah…Geese Out.
Yes, yes, of course…You’ll have an office with a window.
Just remember what it lacks in size, we believe you’ll find, it makes up for in location.

“Inspiration is God making contact with itself.” – Ram Dass

It was on a night, just like tonight. Yay, the trees shown bright. Yay, the ground broke with light. And a sort of circular area on the ground became warm, making it very muddy. The end.
The sequel to the above: Later, that circular ground area, that was very muddy and warm, became frozen and covered in snow. The End.
The lesser known, for many reasons, fairy tale…
The Three Little Spotty-Firred Trees.
Caution: Spinach may cause overgrowth – especially in the elbow areas.
Rare, but can happen.
Sound Shore Farmer’s Market Long Island, NY.

“Every single year, we’re a different person. I don’t think we’re the same person all of our lives.” – Steven Spielberg

Drop the bread. Drop the bread!!
Just breathe.

“If you think you’re enlightened go spend a week with your family.” – Ram Dass

My brother, Keith, asked that I post this on the blog and pose the question,
“Can you tell the difference between the store bought cherry tomatoes and the home grown cherry tomatoes?”
Keith, I’d like to be the first to answer this… the tiny two tomatoes at about 9 o’clock and the large one on the right at roughly 4 o’clock were store-bought. What do I win?
All you need is…
…is all you need.

“If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.” – Paulo Coehlo

A song to kickstart the weekend: Wild Stare by Giant Rooks on Spotify/YouTube.

From the movie Jack
“We start to worry, thinking, “What am I gonna do? Where am I gonna be in ten years?” But I say to you, “Hey, look at me!” Please, don’t worry so much. Because in the end, none of us have very long on this Earth. Life is fleeting.”


Wednesday’s Words

Wednesday, January 6th 2021

“To change the world is not your mission. To change yourself is not your duty. To awaken to your true nature is your opportunity.” – Mooji


Putting myself first
No longer quiet
Without a riot
Not small
Room to grow
Becoming aware of it all
Kindness in giving
Not depleting
I am
On my track that I run
It’s my turn
As it is yours too
There’s no war
We’ve all won
Waste no time worrying
So many scurrying
All else
Fall to the side
Never follow
What is mine
Find your strength
Allow the wallow
Nothing to hide
I take back my mind
Starting over
Everything new
Beginning again
For me and for you
But this time
For the good of all
Putting myself


Bathroom Fresheners Need More Freshener

Monday, January 4th 2021

“You must learn a new way to think before you can master a new way to be.” – Marianne Williamson

Sustain a Modified State of Mind…

Walking out the door saying goodbye to everyone, making eye contact, giving well wishes for the night or weekend, getting out of the elevator, heading outside and then remembering – your keys at your desk.

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” – Lao Tzu

Who answers ‘no’ to the interview question “Do you work well alone?”

“Nope, I’m a mess! Don’t ever leave me be.”

“I need constant supervision, keep me in sight at all times.”

“I actually prefer to share a cubicle.”

“Also, I shouldn’t handle any sharp objects.”

“When can I start?”

This week’s song: Easy Way Out by Dylan LeBlanc on Spotify/YouTube.

The easy way out
It’s a dangerous path
And no one knows it like I do
Beat the door down
And shatter the glass
But you better be sure what it leads to
What it leads to

The dangerous path…
A League of Their Own

Photo Friday

Friday, January 1st 2021

“You’ll never get bored when you try something new. There’s really no limit to what you can do.” – Dr. Seuss

Wait, what year is this?
Whoa, how many have I had?
I’m feeling a little fluffy.
I bet Fat Cat Chunkers won’t mind if I hide his tuna.
I’m just gonna place it over here…
Kramer was right!

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Socrates

Whale, that’s what I saw…
The neighborhood is definitely changing.
I like it this way. Sounds so stately.

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot

I most certainly did! I looked both ways!
Eeny Meeny Miny Moe…
A seat nearest the wing, please.

“The best is yet to come.” – Frank Sinatra

A song to kickstart the new year: I Just Wanna Shine by Fitz and The Tantrums on Spotify/Youtube.


Photo Friday

Friday, December 18th 2020

“What if, today, we were grateful for everything?” – Charlie Brown

You can look now, just remember we ran out stuff to make your arms.
Jaume Plensa sculpture at Rockefeller Center
Part of the Frieze Sculpture display of June 2019
Hey, where is everyone?!
Home for the holidays?
I should probably plug this in.
Sure, of course. You can count on me. 😇
And the Survey says, “Gurgle, gurgle, gurgle gurgle gurgle.”
Dear God, I’d like to say thank you for all you’ve done for me lately. And if possible, could I please have a new mattress? I’d really appreciate it. Thank you.
(Turning the corner)
WOW, that was fast, thank you!
…Oh, man, I forgot to ask for the box spring.
God, could I have that, too, please? If it’s not too much!
Dang, that was easy!
(On the phone)
“You want me to bring a dish?”
(Walking slowly, looking up)
“Oh yeah, no problem. I’ll bring some fresh, seasonal fruit.”
Norm is not gonna be happy about this.
…It was supposed to say ‘Woof’, you guys. Woof.
Go on, find another wall.
It’s almost over … hang on.
I pity the fool who dumps in this.
Junior T

“Christmas will always be as long as we stand heart to heart and hand in hand.” – Dr. Seuss

Hey, have you guys noticed that Karl is a bit of a close walker? Maybe it’s just me!

A song for my Dad: Crambone on Tom and Jerry via YouTube. Happy Birthday (tomorrow) this one goes out to you, pops. I love you!!

Here’s an amusing article in Rolling Stone magazine about National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – the movie that lasts the whole year in my world. If anyone’s a fan and hasn’t read this yet, it highlights details about the making of the movie with many insightful comments from the cast and crew. I’ve watched Christmas Vacation countless times. I usually put the movie in at the end of the day. From the moment the theme song begins, I’m pacified. It’s like a baby’s mobile for me.

This is my last post for 2020. Sending out love, thankfulness, and good cheer.
I’m wishing everyone all the best. Be safe, have fun and Happy New Year!!

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. Wishing you happiness.” – Helen Keller


Wednesday’s Words

Wednesday, December 16th 2020

Photo: City Within


Fill it up

Adjust internal vision

Feel for precision

Overflowing cup

Be the light, it’s all life

No repair

All is right

Enjoy the air

You, me, we

The same yet unique

Becoming and complete

We are entwined

Forever and awhile

We go again

And again

Don’t give up

Look anew

It’s been given

We are whole

But we just grew

Photo by Tori LeMond in Fishers, IN.

If I Had Restless Leg Syndrome In Both Legs, Would I Be A Better Runner?

Monday, December 14th 2020

“How art thou out of breath when thou hast breath to say to me that thou art out of breath?” – William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

Gatorade’s lightning bolt – electrifying!

Temporarily sewn pockets…

I love finding out when a fake pocket is real.

Thought it was for show, but it’s real – look at me, I have so many pockets. Never thought I’d have so many. This whole time it was just a sham sewing job – it looked sewn in, but it wasn’t. It’s a real life pocket and it’s mine!

It sucks when I tear it open and it’s just the other side of my garment…not a real pocket. Then I have to get it sewn. Not fake sewn, but real sewn – not just appearing as such.

Why have a pretend pocket?

And why have a real pocket that’s disguised as being sealed shut? What’s the purpose of that?

Too many people in dressing rooms putting stuff in their pockets while trying clothes on – “So this is how I look with stuff in the pockets?” Then the clothes were discarded with the pockets overflowing and the employees were left emptying them out every night.

“I’m not staying here late one more night unloading these pockets. Fake sew ’em up!”

How in the heck do they ‘sort of’ sew it like that anyway?

“Can you make something look sewn?”

“You mean temporary sewn? Yeah, I can do that.”

What if you were a surgeon and that’s how you stitched people back together again?

“Ok, you have your arm back, but you don’t. It’s just there for looks. Don’t use it as an arm. Just let people look at it as if it is an arm.”

“What pleasure is there in seeing new lands? Or in surveying cities and spots of interest? All your bustle is useless. Do you ask why such flight does not help you? It is because you flee along with yourself. You must lay aside the burdens of the mind; until you do this, no place will satisfy you. […] The person you are matters more than the place to which you go.” – Seneca, Letters from a Stoic

Everybody’s getting Erin’s goat today.
Meet Dale.
Photo by Erin Blackford in Austin,TX.

A song to start the week: Superwoman by Alicia Keys on Spotify/YouTube.

When I’m breaking down
And I can’t be found
And I start to get weak
Cause no one knows
Me underneath these clothes
But I can fly
We can fly, ooh…


Photo Friday

Friday, December 11th 2020

“Allow children to be happy in their own way, for what better way will they find?” – Samuel Johnson

How much for this one?
Greg’s Trees
Back by their demand…
Ducks on Ice!
Ear Mask Syndrome.
Things are a little hectic with the roof repair and all.
I’m just going lay myself, and the tree, down for a bit. Just a short nap…
Disney’s next film:
Snow Web
Why didn’t you tell me you’d be wearing foil today?
No, I’ll change.
I’ll fly home – be right back.
I said no calls!
I didn’t say anything…
I am picking something nice for you. I am picking something sticky like glue…
Big Bird’s understudy.
Makes me hungry just reading it.
Makes me thirsty just reading it.
Road cutlery is on the side.

“The whole world loves American movies, blue jeans, jazz and rock and roll. It is probably a better way to get to know our country than by what politicians or airline commercials represent.” – Billy Joel

A song to kickstart the weekend: Better Way by Andrew Combs on Spotify/YouTube.

The Marlboro Man in person.

Wednesday’s Words

Wednesday, December 9th 2020


Scheduling then canceling
Adding now overflowing
Desiring then dreading
Too much too fast
Soar high then crash
Handle the candle
Small flame little burn
Wind gusts fire spreads
Chatter imbeds
Keep it light
By natural design not by might
Flowing with a feeling
Of pleasure and interest
Energy that’s freeing
Embracing the new
Without the need to be the one who
Did it all
All alone
Came and gone
Threw a phone
Canceled one by one, then a few
Just had too much to do
All or none
Excite or Stress
Success or Excess
Finding the rhythm
Playing the guitar
One chord
A simple strum
Allowing some fun
Don’t want to pencil in a stroll
Or count the calories of a roll
Want to flex my muscles
Designed by joy
Fit in my jeans
Living my dreams
With ease and flow
Nowhere I need to be
Letting myself naturally grow


Why Does My Déjà Vu Occur When I’m Not Doing Anything?

Monday, December 7th 2020

“A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.” – Steven Wright

Going to bed at night takes forever.

My memory foam pillow forgets everything.

Every night we go through the same conversation.

Yes, you’re a pillow.
Yes, I’m going to put my head on you.
Yes, all night.
Yes, this is normal.
No, you’re not supposed to talk.
Yes, you’re supposed to remember all of this.

“So long as the memory of certain beloved friends lives in my heart, I shall say that life is good.” – Helen Keller

A song to remember: Remember When by Alan Jackson Spotify/YouTube.

Douglas Kenny
Mid-1970s portrait by Pedar Ness

Photo Friday

Friday, December 4th 2020

“He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know.” – Lao Tzu

Oceanic Mind
Locals Surf School
News Update: Acorn Olympics Finalists
Team Central Park – disqualified due to one fatality.
Category: Tree Climbing
Better luck next Olympics!
The multi-faceted tree.
Known mostly for mocking and surprising humans.
Check your shoes!
Did that hand…
Skiing partners are slim this year.
Santa says to try him on Zoom.
Who’s next?
Pick a season, any season…
My youngest brother, Aaron, visited me in NYC and saw these beautiful chestnuts glistening under the bright lights sold by a street vendor.
Aaron thought that these were buckeyes (dark chocolate/peanut butter balls) and put one – the whole piping hot thing – into his mouth. It was crunchy and funny.
I love you, Spud!!
An inside job.
Love seat.
We all need a couch sometimes.
The Pope was here.

A song to start the weekend: Hazy Shade of Winter by The Bangles on Spotify/YouTube.

Hang on to your hopes my friend…

Have a great weekend!
Photo: Quickmeme.com


I Like Young Coconuts

Monday, November 30th 2020

“Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.” – Alan Watts

Why is the guy climbing the food pyramid missing his hands and feet? Past dietary decisions? Let this be an example, count those categories or else.

He’s still moving though.

Make it comfortable for him, draw him an escalator or some toes!

Make life easy.

Let it be sweet, let it be fun.

What are you passionate about?

“It’s better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing, than a long life spent in a miserable way.” – Alan Watts

A song to start the week: My Sweet Lord by George Harrison on Spotify/Youtube.

What’s in your closet?

Photo Friday

Friday, November 27th 2020

“Give thanks for a little, and you will find a lot.” – Hausa Proverb

Remember, Cyber Monday is coming up so get ready to shop online!
Safe flying (traveling) to all during the holidays.
You too, pig!
And you as well, Steve!
One here, one there, and one…
So busy during the holidays.
So, that’s what I want for Christmas.
Will you tell him?
Get those turkey legs moving – you’ll be thankful.
Just shower after, please.
Thank Youuuuuuuu.
It’s so nice to have someone to talk to.
I see what you’re saying.
Sacrifice, this tree?
What? Use, what?
What do I use??
That’s very generous.
But, I’ve got one at home. Thank you.
I’m thinking outside the bun.
Time to knock off that Holiday shopping list.
It’s a sign.

“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” – Willie Nelson

Bye, Steve! See you next… What the?
Did you forget something?

“There are only two ways to live your live. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other as is though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein

A song to kickstart the weekend: Go Where You Wanna Go by The Mamas and Papas on Spotify/YouTube from an album (tape) I played on repeat growing up: If You Can Believe Your Eyes & Ears, one of my favorites. SO this weekend’s song is the whole album, if you can believe it.




Monday, November 23rd 2020

“If you can’t sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there and worrying. It’s the worry that gets you, not the loss of sleep.” – Dale Carnegie

“A scholar tries to learn something everyday; a student of Buddhism tries to unlearn something daily.” – Alan Watts


I can overthink anything, like triple washed lettuce.
Sounds great at first – then I start thinking,
3 times…
What happened?
Why are they cleaning it so much?


It’s why I’ve been a vegetarian for most of my life. I don’t label myself as one. I eat whatever I’m in the mood for, but I never know when I’m going to get the visuals. When food comes to life in my mind.

So if I had to label myself, I’d say I’m an Active Imagination eater. Stamp an AIF food label on it and I’ll eat it. Active Imagination Free. This will NOT remind you of anything that previously breathed.

I stay clear of anything that still looks like it did when it was alive. Or even anything identifiable as a body part such as a leg, wing, or claw, etc. Especially if there’s an eyeball bulging out, or a divot where an eyeball once sat. If there’s even a fish tank in the room – I’m out.

Without a doubt, I steer clear of ribs. Whenever I watch people tearing off the flesh and sucking on the bones, I always feel like I’m watching a horrific nature show – up close – like an animal attack. Then they toss the skeleton remains on the plate next to me.

I don’t even try to talk my stomach into being hungry – it’s like – nope, we’re done here.

“Stop thinking, and end your problems.” – Lao Tzu

Yeah, I’m saying that to me.

Clear skies with a chance of branches.

“The turkey. The sweet potatoes. The stuffing. The pumpkin pie. Is there anything else we all can agree so vehemently about? I don’t think so.” – Nora Ephron

How many did I bring?

“You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute.” – Tina Fey

That’s what I did when I started this blog. Not that I thought the world needed one more stream of info coming in or another voice calling out. I just had an impulse and went with it. I’ve enjoyed it so far. I hope those who are reading this have, too. I’m thankful to have a place to put together my thoughts and share them. I’m thankful for all of you. I hope everyone follows their impulses this week, next year and forevermore.

Don’t think, just go for it. It could be amazing. Or at least fun.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hey, knock it off!
That’s fine, mope all you want.
Ya know, you’ve had quite an attitude lately.

A song to start the week: Family by Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors on Spotify/YouTube.

Family, all four seasons
Family, well bless your heart
You don’t choose ’em, you can’t lose ’em
We all have a song to sing
Some are crazy, some are amazing
All got a little bit of everything…

So nice!

Bonus ending…

My friend, Jay, forwarded this to me today. Pretty cool to consider…


Photo Friday

Friday, November 20th 2020

“Escape from the black cloud that surrounds you. Then you will see your own light
as radiant as the full moon.” – Rumi

Mr. Black Cloud
“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.” – Victor Hugo
I was having one of those days.
Went out for a walk to clear my head.
Started to feel better and then I looked up.
To balance out the birds above.
Can’t wait to read it after all the revisions are in!

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

I said I saw you last night.
It’s real.
Well, what do you do with your leftovers?
As God intended.
A napkin designed to disintegrate as shown.

“Fall is my favorite season in Los Angeles, watching the birds change color and fall from the trees.” – David Letterman

There’s always something to be thankful for.
Check out at my chins.
Looks like I’m about to eat the camera man.
I’m thankful for you this season and always, mom.
I miss you! I hope to see you sometime soon.
I love you!
It’s me.

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” – Plato

A song to kickstart the weekend: Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen, to keep it chill, on Spotify/YouTube.

Remember this during the holidays. Mmmkay?


Hey, Goodbye

Monday, November 16th 2020

“Don’t be dismayed at goodbyes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.”
Richard Bach

Either way…

“The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.” – Charles Dickens (Nicholas Nickleby)

It’s more acceptable to say ‘Hello’ to strangers and passersby than it is to say ‘Goodbye’.

But, goodbye seems just as accurate though. You’re coming and going at the same rate. There’s more of a goodbye essence to it all anyway.

Could you imagine it that way? To everyone you see…”Goodbye, Goodbye, Ohhh, hey goodbye.”

Greetings – Salutations – Textings…

Do you ever apologize when you call someone instead of texting them?

“I’m so sorry, normally I wouldn’t call, but I’d like to make a hair appointment.”

Calls are for emergencies, only!

When my phone rings, I brace myself…”Who died?”

When someone asks if I’ve talked to so and so – I say…”Oh yeah, we talk.”

That’s my way of saying – we text. Sometimes.

Then they ask, “Have you talked to him recently?”


Means – I’ve texted him recently enough. Step off.

Hey, goodbye!

To repeat…

A song to start the week: Shine by Stick Figure on Spotify/YouTube.

Had a dream I was flying
That’s where I go when I want to be free
All this time I’ve been trying
To escape to the place where I belong
Shine on like the sun
Holding on to a feeling
Shine on everyone
Find love to believe in

“Well, I’m not one usually for speeches. So, goodbye.” – Ron Swanson, P&R


Photo Friday

Friday, November 13th 2020

“If a black cat crosses your path, it signifies that the animal is going somewhere.” – Groucho Marx

It’s Friday the 13th!!!
And this is my sewing room…
Mom and Dad will enjoy this.
I love you, Willie!
(He’s a musician and a pill.)

“Superstition is the poetry of life.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

He’s been peed on one too many times.
We have to save the ice!
Barely saw it there. But somewhere, someone’s face is bare! :()
(Exhaling deeply)
Recycling is getting a little too specific.
It’s my favorite time of the year.
Special Peanuts are back!
A respectful greeting in a respectful way.
(Sidenote: I do smile every time I run by it.)

“Oh, my dear, if you only knew how strange is the matter regarding which I am here, it is you who would laugh. I have learned not to think little of any one’s belief, no matter how strange it may be. I have tried to keep an open mind, and it is not the ordinary things of life that could close it, but the strange things, the extraordinary things, the things that make one doubt if they be mad or sane.” – Bram Stoker, Dracula

Have a great weekend!
Photo from: Pee Wee’s Big Adventure

“Men are probably nearer the essential truth in their superstitions than in their science.” – Henry Thoreau

A few movies I’ve streamed this month that I’d recommend:

  • Man of the Year Robin Williams – Perfect timing to rewatch this (Amazon)
  • I Am Woman Empowering/Interesting movie about the life and career of Helen Reddy (Netflix)
  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople Funny/Quirky/Cute flick based on the book Wild Pork and Watercress by Barry Crump (Netflix)

A book to read in under an hour and feel glad after: Just Be Glad by Christian D. Larson

A song to kickstart Friday the 13th weekend: Help Me by Macy Gray on Spotify/YouTube.


Wednesday’s Words

Wednesday, November 11th 2020

Let it Come

No more gathering
Let it come
I’ve cried
I’m dried
Let it come

Time spent
Everything went
My mind fried
Hands were tied

No more gathering
Picking up
What didn’t fit
Putting back
Too tired to sit
I’ve said it all
Let it fall
Crash down around me
Done gathering
Don’t need it all

Let it come
No reason to stall
We’ve tried it all
I’ve cried
I’m dried
No more gathering
Let it come
I’m done

Puzzle pieces
Too few
Missing pages
The rest remaining
All askew
How it looked
Through that view
Now I see
Even better
Without the noise
The excess decoys
Done gathering
I’m done
Let it come

Was a tear
Felt it all
I was bare
It’s unraveled
I’m ok
Even better
I feel new
Let it come
I’m ready
Let it come
I’m not done
Let it come


Find The River

Monday, November 9th 2020

Fall into the Ocean…

“Hark, now hear the sailors cry – smell the sea, and feel the sky – let your soul & spirit fly, into the mystic.” –Van Morrison

The Rockaways

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn

Have you ever met someone who complains a lot – about everything – no matter what?

They’re just always upset – nothing’s satisfying?

There’s not one moment of satisfaction…

“That was a terrible bath.”

Bath? Who can complain about a bath?

(Moaning) “Ugh, all I did was sit there – it was too hot then too cold, then I didn’t have enough water so I had to add more water. I was slipping all over the place. Terrible. Terrible bath.”

That’s when you say, “You took a bath? Doesn’t smell like it.” Mic drop.

Use your energy wisely. You can only do so much, you can’t please everyone. It reminds me of the quote below, from one of my favorite comedians who left us way too soon, but made such a great impact on many. He always made me laugh, still does.

“Y’know, you can’t please all the people all the time… and last night, all those people were at my show.” – Mitch Hedberg

The Rockaways

I once read somewhere, if I recall correctly, that Jerry Seinfeld – while writing Seinfeld with Larry David – had a poster of the universe on the wall next to his desk. I believe this was to keep things in perspective.

I love being outside at night. Everything looks and feels different – the world is quieter, and calmer, so it seems. I look up and out and admire it all. It’s a reset button, and a pause, a moment for me to get out of ‘my world’ and to focus on something so much bigger or nothing at all.

This week’s song: Find The River by R.E.M. on Spotify/YouTube. I have got to leave to find my way

He’s probably making fun of my coffee drink.
Variety Coffee in Brooklyn.


Photo Friday

Friday, November 6th 2020

“A photographer went to a socialite party in New York. As he entered the front door, the host said ‘I love your pictures-they’re wonderful; you must have a fantastic camera. ‘ He said nothing until dinner was finished, then: ‘That was a wonderful dinner; you must have a terrific stove.” – Sam Haskins, Photographer

Not yet though – stay put so I can enjoy.
And The Garden of The Year goes to…
When teachers graffiti.
It’s a little redundant.
I think the picture says it all.
Dang, I always thought it Bob.
Someone had some spare time – I love it.
Yeah! Exactly!
Now, if we can get everyone to take just a few minutes out of their day and spray paint this on their corner…
I found it!
I knew there was another egg.

This weekend’s song: Ready Let’s Roll by Bob Schneider on Spotify/YouTube.

Have a beautiful weekend.

Let’s roll.


Wednesday’s Words

Wednesday, November 4th 2020


Surface fake face
Layered preserved Italian cake
No use
Saying it true so blue
I’m good too
Not my case
I’ve come
Home in head
Clouds break
My part
Heart breaks for all that’s been done
Soul shouts of what can still become
Doesn’t matter
Breathing deeper underway
Forgive the past
Take it back
Listen clearly
Stop the buzz
I want to hear
It’s all ok
I’m good too
It’s been so long
Feeling right turning wrong
Circling on a track
This time not coming back
Heading south
Off the map
Internal compass has no rest
I’m good too
Heed the voice
Signs at feet
Live life
Get off of repeat
Skipping in the mines
Flying through the feathers
Not sure if it’s a mask
All who speak
Those whom I meet
Keep peeling
Go deeper
Not asking anymore
Questions undercover
Swaying with the glances
Teetering at the surface
Not giving my best
Which is yet to be found
Not unlike
A diamond buried under the ground
Searching in the dark
Hiding, lurking like a shark
Anger pulsing from within
Explosion – little erupts
Never flowing far
Holding it in
Wearing a grin
Enamel coming apart
Reaching down
My hands alone
Fending off help with dues
It’s my turn to drop some clues
Sensing more
Diving deeper


Trust Me

Monday, November 2nd 2020

“I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.” – Albert Einstein

Playing catch with the moon.

Trust me…

When a dog is barking viciously at me and the owner is saying, “Oh, he doesn’t bite. Trust me, he just likes you. Trust me.”

I see two opposing opinions on that. The smiling human vs. the irrational animal.

…Yeah, I’m going to need more than that to go on.

It’s like, have you two discussed this recently? I think you may need to revisit this topic.

So scrappy…

Have you seen those feisty little dogs with permanent mean faces? You know, the tiny ones with their teeth sticking out and it looks like their faces are frozen in anger? It’s like when you made a funny face when you were little and a parent told you if you kept it up, it would stay that way.

These miniature dogs look like they’re so upset all of the time. It’s like they’re constantly annoyed, always seething, and dare I say condescending. I could never live with a dog like that. I’m too sensitive.

Could you imagine that sneering face as the first thing you see when you wake up? Or the last thing before you go to bed at night, always staring you down?

“What? What now? What did I do now?”

Hey, your little dog may not bite me – but it’s making me feel really bad about myself. The dog is snarling at me in public, relentlessly, and giving me the look. It’s like I took something from him and now everyone’s gotta know about it.

Just bite me, man – don’t embarrass me.

Yes, I said, you’re a GUNE!
No, not you, the other guy in the chimney!

My appreciation for music was greatly fostered by older brother, Eric. We’d listen to many tapes, records, and CDs together, often he’d give me the lyrics to read, as we’d sit quietly and appreciate each song.

The song for this week is from one of my favorite albums, Raising Sand by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, I feel each song in me bones. (Said with an Irish lilt.)

This song/album reminds me of the fall, with Eric at Shady Side Park, after one of our 3 mile runs in the morning. We’d sit in the car, embracing the cooldown effects, usually laughing at something silly, and feeling so alive. I love you, EE!

Killing the Blues by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss on Spotify/YouTube.

Is this where you put the key?

Hope you all have a wonderful wonderful week. Now, back to getting this car started…

“Heard Melodies Are Sweet, but Those Unheard Are Sweeter.” – Keats


True Freedom

Thursday, October 29th 2020

“To find yourself, think for yourself.” – Socrates

“Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.” – Christian D. Larson

It’s important to remember how unique we all are and how valuable our individual freedom is. Our freedom doesn’t come from words written on paper, it comes from living authentically, being true to oneself. When we honor ourselves and one another, when we appreciate our differences, and when we work together, that’s what makes the world go ’round. That’s when we see the change we’re all looking for. To control anyone or anything hinders growth. We need each other.

True freedom comes from within. True change is an inside job.

Maybe we start today by honoring our connection with what’s real. Don’t let anyone tell you how to live or what to think – think for yourself. Choose your path – no else has been through exactly what you’ve been through.  No one knows you more than you know yourself. You’re doing just fine.

I’ve spent years holding in my feelings.  It’s cost me so much.  I’ve held myself back in many ways. Now, I’m trying to open up more.  I realize how important it is to show my true self and to be outwardly loving and kind. Now I’m wearing my heart on my sleeve instead of burying it deep within.  It’s not something I’m comfortable with yet, but I’m sticking with it. 

I’ve always felt odd, different, etc., etc., but now I’m starting to appreciate that side of me.  When I read The Far Side by Gary Larson, I thank God he’s freakin’ weird and wonderful.  His comic strip is my gold.

We all have our past, present, and (hopefully) future to deal with, but understand that no one is perfect.  We’re all doing the best we can.  There are reasons for the decisions we make and showing love vs. criticizing or condemning is crucial for a positive outcome.  I know things are heated right now with all that’s going on in our world, but remember love fosters more love. 

This is a rare edition from me. I promise. I hope that any of you who may be reading this know that you are loved. You are unique and your life truly matters to our world. If you honor yourself, all is right.

Namaste – go with love.

“A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself-and especially to feel, or not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at any moment is fine with them. That’s what real love amounts to – letting a person be what he really is.” – Jim Morrison

Photo by: Andy Gotts