Sunday, 27 November 2011

Who In the World Am I?

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Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (January 1832 – 14 January 1898), better known by the pseudonym Lewis Carroll, was an English author, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon and photographer. His most famous writings are Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass, as well as the poems "The Hunting of the Snark" and "Jabberwocky", all examples of the genre of literary nonsense. He is noted for his facility at word play, logic, and fantasy, and there are societies dedicated to the enjoyment and promotion of his works and the investigation of his life in many parts of the world.

Monday, 21 November 2011

Music VI

Tried to make this one the last in our Music Series.  Thus The End by the Doors.

Didn't work.

There's more to come....

Music is the voice 
that tells us 
that the human race 
is greater than it knows. 
~ Napoleon Bonaparte #quote

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Without Deviation from the Norm

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When musician Frank Vincent Zappa (1940-1993) was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1990, he said, "What can you do? People get sick. Sometimes they can fix it, and sometimes they can’t." He shelved his plans to enter the 1992 presidential race, but with his satirical irreverence, what a campaign it would have been!

"Politics is the entertainment branch of industry," Zappa once observed.

An outspoken advocate of creative freedom and First Amendment Rights, he once explained his political views: "There is nothing creative about a right-wing administration." Left-wingers, he believed, "are no better, using artists and creative people as propaganda to further their goals." His solution? "I think common sense is the way to go."

Zappa was born to Sicilian immigrants, moved to California as a kid, and is best known as the leader of the underground 1960s rock band, The Mothers of Invention.

"Music, in performance, is a type of sculpture. The air in the performance is sculpted into something," said Zappa who experimented, wrote surrealist lyrics, and offered loud music and dizzy light shows.

"My work is art," he said, pressing the limits of creativity and greatly admired for his vigilante outrageousness. His music won commercial and critical success.

"Never stop until your good becomes better, and your better becomes the best," he advised.

Zappa, the deviant, never drank and abstained from drugs, but chain-smoked cigarettes and drank coffee incessantly. He recorded about 60 albums and in July 1994 the International Astronomical Union eulogized him by naming a Czech-discovered asteroid “Zappafrank.”

Saturday, 12 November 2011

I Will Not Let

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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948) was the pre-eminent political and ideological leader of India during the Indian independence movement. A pioneer of satyagraha, or resistance to tyranny through mass civil disobedience—a philosophy firmly founded upon ahimsa, or total nonviolence—Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.  Gandhi is often referred to as Mahatma or "Great Soul," an honorific first applied to him by Rabindranath Tagore.  In India, he is also called Bapu or "Father" and officially honoured as the Father of the Nation.  His birthday, 2 October, is commemorated in India as Gandhi Jayanti, a national holiday, and worldwide as the International Day of Non-Violence.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

A Gift

I hardly ever write stories as the essential me ~ Shelley or is it Sigred or is it Bossy or Bitch or Mrs. or Mom or Ms or even Ma'am (these days), I get so confused...

...but this tale, the words I'm about to try and set down, seemed to require it.

Shelley of no determinate last name and later on, no determinate first name either.

The Beginning

I was posting my song of the day on Facebook

and I enjoyed the song so much that I had to listen to it several times. There I sat, boogying in front of the computer, sitting on my steno chair, waving my arms around, mouthing the words, bopping my white haired head and quite enjoying myself.

Later (the bopping) made me think.
It made me think of how mortified my daughters would be to see me such.
As if I lacked dignity or perhaps didn't know my proper place (in the scheme of things).

Several hundred years ago I too would have been mortified to see my own Mother hootchy kootchying, thoroughly enjoying herself listening to music, waving her arms around and bouncing to the beat, but my own Mother, a product of WWII & the depression, lived most of her life between the Suffragette Movement and Womens' Liberation. Her enjoyment would have been decorous, mild and fleeting.

ironically that's what my Mom gave me...
She gave me a strong sense of duty but
tied to that was a magical & ephemeral ability to step outside what's currently accepted
& for moments just enjoy & be & feel.

My Mom's been dead a long time.
I still miss her.

The End
At this point, with me alive & well & kicking I have no idea what gifts I have passed on to my own daughters or even, when I cease to exist, if they'll miss me. But I dearly hope & and have faith that they too, at least from time to time, can just be & feel & enjoy without regard to self or others, knowing their own self-worth & internal dignity can remain intact even in the midst of great silliness. It seems to me to be such an essential part of life and one sadly & thoroughly lacking in so many.

Side NoteA huge asteroid will pass close by our planet today as astronomers around the world watch and measure.  This space rock is asteroid 2005 YU55, a veritable mini-world roughly 1,300 feet (400 meters) wide — nearly four football fields across — that will zoom by Earth inside the orbit of the moon.  At its closest approach, the asteroid will pass within 201,700 miles (325,000 kilometers) of Earth. The average distance between Earth and the moon is 240,000 miles (386,242 km).

Friday, 4 November 2011

...And People are Bound to Change

There are three classes of people: those who see, those who see when they are shown, those who do not see. ~ Leonardo da Vinci #quote

I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones. ~ John Cage #quote

Never put yourself down, even in jest...  People will believe you. ~ Sigred Philipsen #quote

Maybe other people will try to limit me but I don't limit myself. ~ Jim Carrey #quote

Nothing pains some people more than having to think. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. #quote

There are some people who leave impressions not so lasting as the imprint of an oar upon the water. ~ Kate Chopin #quote

The production of too many useful things results in too many useless people. ~ Karl Marx #quote

The oppressed peoples can liberate themselves only through struggle. This is a simple and clear truth confirmed by history. ~ Kim Il Sung #quote

Don't be reckless with other people's hearts, And don't put up with people that are reckless with yours. ~ Kurt Vonnegut #quote

People don't choose their careers; they are engulfed by them. ~ John Dos Passos #quote

Any institution which does not suppose the people good, and the magistrate corruptible, is evil. ~ Maximilien Robespierre #quote

People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest. ~ Hermann Hesse #quote

Some people without any brains do an awful lot of talking now don't they? ~ Scarecrow, The Wizard of Oz #linesfrommovies

The more I see of the representatives of the people, the more I admire my dogs. ~ Alphonse de Lamartine #quote

A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.  ~ William James #quote

 'Cause tables are meant for turnin’ / And people are bound to change ~ Jim Croce #lyrics

The nature of peoples is first crude, then severe, then benign, then delicate, finally dissolute. ~ Giambattista Vico #quote

...Isn't killing people in the name of God a pretty good definition of insanity? ~ Arthur C. Clarke #quote

Let people do whatever they want & you get Woodstock. Let governments do whatever they want & you get Auschwitz. ~ Doug Newman #quote

I think people who have faults are a lot more interesting than people who are perfect. ~ Spike Lee #quote

Beware of people who dislike cats. ~ Irish #Proverb

Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are dead. ~ Aldous Huxley #quote

I hate when people try to kill me. It's just so rude! ~ Nancy Drew,  Edward Stratemeyer #quote

It's a strange world. Some people get rich and others eat shit and die. ~ Hunter S. Thompson #quote

People are too complicated to have simple labels. ~ Philip Pullman #quote

The fact is that more people have been slaughtered in the name of religion than for any other single reason. That, that my friends, that is true perversion! ~ Harvey Milk #quote

The people who were trying to make this world worse are not taking the day off. Why should I? ~ Bob Marley #quote

Laughter is the shortest distance between two people. ~ Victor Borge #quote

Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people. ~ Carl Gustav Jung #quote

People will do anything, no matter how absurd, to avoid facing their own souls. ~ Carl Gustav Jung #quote


This, to me, is the ultimately heroic trait of ordinary people; they say no to the tyrant and they calmly take the consequences of this resistance. ~ Philip K. Dick #quote

When people are finding meaning in things - beware. ~ Edward Gorey #quote

What good fortune for governments that the people do not think. ~ Adolf Hitler #quote

People don't change, they only get more so... ~ Sigred Philipsen #quote

I live in a world full of people pretending to be something they're not  ~ Cinderella Story #linesfrommovies

We cannot expect people to have respect for law & order until we teach respect to those we have entrusted to enforce those laws. ~ Hunter S. Thompson #quote

Annie: The world is made for people who aren't cursed with self-awareness. ~ Bull Durham #linesfrommovies

There are two things in ordinary conversation which ordinary people dislike - information and wit. ~ Stephen Leacock #quote

The edge...there is no honest way to explain it / Because the only people who know where it is are the ones who have gone over ~ Hunter S. Thompson #quote

People who deny the existence of dragons are often eaten by dragons. From within.  ~ Ursula K. LeGuin #quote

People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf. ~ George Orwell #quote

It is a curious fact that people are never so trivial as when they take themselves seriously ~ Oscar Wilde #quote

Emily: I rarely say this to people who aren't me, but you've got to calm down. ~ The Devil Wears Prada #linesfromMovies

Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses. ~ Alphonse Karr #quote

There are two kinds of people in this world - those who believe there are two kinds of people in this world & those who...know better ~ Tom Robbins #quote

Whenever people agree with me, I always think I must be wrong. ~ Oscar Wilde #quote

You can't communicate with people who know they've got all the answers. ~ Phillip Pullman #quote

In the sky, there is no distinction of east & west;  people create distinctions out of their own minds & then believe them to be true ~ S. Gautama #quote

I prefer neurotic people. I like to hear rumblings beneath the surface. ~ Stephen Sondheim #quote