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

Whole

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

Umbrellas…
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.
Fencing.
Fencing.
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

Canceling

Scheduling then canceling
Adding now overflowing
Desiring then dreading
Canceling
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
Canceling
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
Snow!
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…
GO NUTS!
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

BLACK FRIDAY IS HERE.
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!
ONLY WITH EVEN NUMBERS THOUGH
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.
Sure.
Sacrifice, this tree?
What? Use, what?
SPELL IT OUT!
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.

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Overthinking

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

Overthinking.

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?

Overthinking.

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…