Friday, 23 March 2012

Stuff Disease

We were driving in a car with some people we know

(a fairly unusual occurrence as at that time we didn't own a car 
and usually travelled alone by taxi)
and somehow the conversation got around to being "pack rats" and stuff disease. 

Sigred somewhat prides herself on not being subject 
(too hard) 
to "stuff disease". 

On the other hand....

Sigred has verbally told this story several times:  
It's about taking care of a friend's place 
while the friend was away 
and noticing that the friend's kitchen cupboards 
were not stuffed.  
They were in fact quite neat and tidy and even 
(Sigred exclaims at this point) 
"they had space between the different items!"  

Our heroine...
(never before has Sigred noted that heroine 
and heroin are such close cousins 
{linguistically speaking})...

To Repeat:

 Our heroine Sigred explains herself:

"My parents were depression era teenagers 
and I grew up being imbued 
with a particular mindset 
summarized thus:
 My Grandpa had to hunt coyotes 
for the bounty on their tails 
for the few dollars 
it would bring in."

What that means is that Sigred's homes have always been stuffed with food.  Every cupboard, the fridge, (Sigred & Fred have recently purchased a freezer) and the freezer, not to mention the bilge on the boat, various not kitchen cupboards (i.e. bedroom cupboards) unused etc. have always been stuffed with food...

...just in case.

"Once, Fred & I got down to one can on the boat" Sigred further explained to her friends in the car.  "It only reinforced the mind-set" she told them trying to be somewhat self-deprecating.

The urge to buy 
a larger place, 
a new couch, 
a bigger TV, 
a showy car 
a multitude of others things, 
does not reside 
in Sigred.


She collected books 
until the boat taught her that they could be traded in 
[and now the web has provided]
AND she likes a new blouse just about every month,
(I'm a girl after all, Sigred explains) 
AND AGAIN she feels better 
(safer, comforted, bulwarked, imbued with a plan 
[just in case]) 
with her cupboards full of food.

Is that wrong? 

One of our companions in the car that day did not comment.  Not a word was received to Sigred's confession.  What this means is unknowable but one suspects the non-commenter had not had a similar event in their lives...
understood far too completely.

On the other hand, another of our companions on that car ride too admitted to a "pack rat" attitude regarding "supplies".

"define: pack rat" on Google produced: 
pack rat Noun
1. A ratlike rodent (Neotoma and other genera, family Muridae) that accumulates a mound of sticks and debris in the nest hole, native to North and Central America.
2. A person who saves unnecessary objects or hoards things.


Ok...we were talking about food here and it ain't ever...

Pack Rat Den

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Never Surrender

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Some People Never Find It

From a display at Cuenca's Modern Art Museum
Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest. ~ Mark Twain #quote

All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness. ~ Tennessee Williams #quote

Always treat people as ends in themselves, never as means to an end. ~ Immanuel Kant #quote

People in their right minds never take pride in their talents. ~ Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird) #quote

Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off. ~ Colin Powell #quote

We never touch people so lightly that we do not leave a trace. ~ Peggy Tabor Millin #quote

Any amount of theology can now be smuggled into people's minds under the cover of fiction without their knowing it. ~ C.S. Lewis #quote

Many people lose their tempers merely from seeing you keep yours. ~ Frank Moore Colby #quote

I despise people who go to the gutter on either the right or the left and hurl rocks at those in the center. ~ Dwight Eisenhower #quote

Most of the people who will walk behind me will be children so make the beat keep time with short steps. ~ Hans Christian Andersen #quote

People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election. ~ Otto von Bismarck #quote

Even in a time of elephantine vanity and greed, one never has to look far to see the campfires of gentle people. ~ Garrison Keillor #quote

The sea speaks a language polite people never repeat. It is a colossal scavenger slang and has no respect. ~ Carl Sandburg #quote

Lennon was very helpful. What he taught me seems completely obvious: he expected people to treat each other well. ~ Annie Leibovitz #quote

One is taught by experience to put a premium on those few people who can appreciate you for what you are. ~ Gail Godwin #quote

Some people never find it, some only pretend, but I just want to live happily ever after every now and then. ~ Jimmy Buffett #lyrics

An age is called Dark, not because the light fails to shine, but because people refuse to see it. ~ James A. Michener #quote

The library is the temple of learning, and learning has liberated more people than all the wars in history. ~ Carl Rowan #quote

I believe in compulsory cannibalism. If people were forced to eat what they killed there would be no more war. ~ Abbie Hoffman #quote

Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike. ~ Oscar Wilde #quote

It is with rivers as it is with people: the greatest are not always the most agreeable nor the best to live with. ~ Henry Van Dyke #quote

Beware of people carrying ideas. Beware of ideas carrying people. ~ Barbara Grizzuti Harrison #quote

Life could be wonderful if people would leave you alone. ~ Charlie Chaplin #quote

Most wars, after all, present themselves as humanitarian endeavors to help people. ~ Howard Zinn #quote

Nine-tenths of the people were created so you would want to be with the other tenth. ~ Horace Walpole #quote

The history of saints is mainly the history of insane people. ~ Benito Mussolini #quote

Looking back at all the people I have insulted, I am mildly surprised that I am still allowed to exist. ~ Auberon Waugh #quote

I'm sick of just liking people. I wish to God I could meet somebody I could respect. ~ J.D. Salinger #quote

A lot of people attack the sea, I make love to it. ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau #quote

Too few people understand a really good sandwich. ~ James Beard #quote

Civilization rests on the fact that most people do the right thing most of the time. ~ Dean Koontz #quote
The worst tempered people I have ever met were those who knew that they were wrong. ~ David Letterman #quote

Never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel. ~ Bill Clinton #quote

Stood screaming on the line / Begging the people around / "Don't let me / Slip through the cracks!" ~ Sigred Philipsen #quote

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any. ~ Alice Walker #quote

People learn something every day, and a lot of times it's that what they learned the day before was wrong. ~ Bill Vaughan #quote

A lot of compelling stories...aren't being told & the fact that people don't know about them compounds the suffering. ~ Anderson Cooper #quote

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both. ~ Dwight Eisenhower #quote

There's no difference in a lot of people's minds between good musicians and popular musicians. ~ Dweezil Zappa #quote

V: People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people. ~ V for Vendetta #quote

Thin people are beautiful, but fat people are adorable. ~ Jackie Gleason #quote

Fear is, I believe, a most effective tool in destroying the soul of an individual - and the soul of a people. ~ Anwar Sadat #quote
People want reality that tells them how right they are all the time. ~ David Brooks #quote

I opened the door for a lot of people, and they just ran through and left me holding the knob. ~ Bo Diddley #quote

Some people are so fond of bad luck they run half way to meet it. ~ Douglas William Jerrold #quote

There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer. ~ Ansel Adams #quote

The high-minded man must care more for the truth than for what people think. ~ Aristotle #quote

I'm always amazed that people take what I say seriously. I don't even take what I am seriously. ~ David Bowie #quote

...people asking questions lost in confusion / Well I tell them there's no problem, only solutions ~ John Lennon #lyrics

The internet is so big, so powerful and pointless that for some people it is a complete substitute for life. ~ Andrew Brown #quote

Monday, 12 March 2012

Snatched from Eternity

A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there - 
even if you put them end to end, 
they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, 
snatched from eternity.
~ Robert Doisneau #quote

The Beauty of a Second

Tuesday, 6 March 2012


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Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965) was a British Conservative politician and statesman known for his leadership of the United Kingdom during World War II. Widely regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the century, he served as Prime Minister twice (1940–45 and 1951–55). A noted statesman and orator, Churchill was also an officer in the British Army, a historian, a writer, and an artist. He is the only British prime minister to have received the Nobel Prize in Literature, and was the first person to be made an Honorary Citizen of the United States.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

When Did the Future Switch?

Limit to courage? There is no limit to courage. ~ Gabriele D'Anunzio #quote

A person doesn't die when he should but when he can. ~ Gabriel Garcia Marquez #quote

When did the future switch from being a promise to being a threat? ~ Chuck Palahniuk (Invisible Monsters) #quote

Well, my deliberate opinion is - it's a jolly strange world. ~ Arnold Bennett #quote

Creativity can be described as letting go of certainties. ~ Gail Sheehy #quote

The race of man, while sheep in credulity, are wolves for conformity. ~ Carl Van Doren #quote

It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment. ~ Ansel Adams #quote

All paths are the same, leading nowhere. Therefore, pick a path with heart! ~ Carlos Castaneda #quote

Respect... is appreciation of the separateness of the other person, of the ways in which he or she is unique. ~ Annie Gottlieb #quote

God will not damn a lunatic's soul. He knows that the powers of evil are too great for those of us with weak minds. ~ Garrett Fort #quote

As always, victory finds a hundred fathers but defeat is an orphan. ~ Galeazzo Ciano #quote

I want to resume the life of a shy person. ~ Garrison Keillor #quote

Spend the afternoon. You can't take it with you. ~ Annie Dillard #quote

Sometime they'll give a war and nobody will come. ~ Carl Sandburg #quote

Always behave as if nothing had happened, no matter what has happened. ~ Arnold Bennett #quote

Strange things blow in through my window on the wings of the night wind and I don't worry about my destiny. ~ Carl Sandburg #quote

Two half philosophers will probably never a whole metaphysician make. ~ Gaston Bachelard #quote

Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance. ~ Carl Sandburg #quote

If it weren't for the rocks in its bed, the stream would have no song. ~ Carl Perkins #quote

See you in the darkness. ~ Gary Gilmore #quote

Softly the loud peal dies / In passing winds it drowns / But breathes, like perfect joys / Tender tones. ~ Frederick Tennyson #quote

Life is a process. We are a process. The universe is a process. ~ Anne Wilson Schaef #quote

In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order. ~ Carl Jung #quote

Better remain silent, better not even think, if you are not prepared to act. ~ Annie Besant #quote
Poets should ignore most criticism and get on with making poetry. ~ Anne Stevenson #quote

Yes, it's hard to write. But it's harder not to. ~ Carl Clinton Van Doren #quote

For me, writing something down was the only road out. ~ Anne Tyler #quote

The first rule of hurricane coverage is that every broadcast must begin with palm trees bending in the wind. ~ Carl Hiaasen #quote

Architecture in general is frozen music. ~ Friedrich von Schelling #quote

Is life not a thousand times too short for us to bore ourselves? ~ Friedrich Nietzsche #quote

On the road from the City of Skepticism, I had to pass through the Valley of Ambiguity. ~ Adam Smith #quote

Industry entirely left to itself, would soon fall to ruin, and a nation letting everything alone would commit suicide. ~ Friedrich List #quote

Whenever science makes a discovery, the devil grabs it while the angels are debating the best way to use it. ~ Alan Valentine #quote

Four-fifths of all our troubles would disappear, if we would only sit down and keep still. ~ Calvin Coolidge #quote

The big print giveth, and the fine print taketh away. ~ Fulton J. Sheen #quote

Praise does wonders for our sense of hearing. ~ Arnold H. Glasgow #quote
A doctor can bury his mistakes but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines. ~ Frank Lloyd Wright #quote

To understand is to forgive. ~ Alexander Chase #quote

Capitalism without bankruptcy is like Christianity without hell. ~ Frank Borman #quote

Christ died for men precisely because men are not worth dying for; to make them worth it. ~ C.S. Lewis #quote