Friday, 31 August 2012

The Silence of our Friends

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. ~ Martin Luther King Jr. #quote

Peace on earth would mean the end of civilization as we know it. ~ Joseph Heller #quote

When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. ~ Abraham Lincoln and/or Franklin D. Roosevelt #quote

If I were dying my last words would be: Have faith and pursue the unknown end. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes #quote

Mostly at the end of the line there's me / Alone / Me alone me / At the end of the line ~ Sigred Philipsen #quote

We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that in the end we become disguised to ourselves. ~ Francois de la Rochefoucauld #quote

Don't let it end like this. Tell them I said something. ~ Pancho Villa #quote
It was the Law of the Sea, they said. Civilization ends at the waterline. Beyond that, we all enter the food chain, and not always right at the top. ~ Hunter S. Thompson #quote

A beginning is the end of something, always. ~ Spider Robinson #quote

If all the economists were laid end to end, they'd never reach a conclusion.  ~ George Bernard Shaw #quote

When Hemingway killed himself he put a period at the end of his life; old age is more like a semicolon. ~ Kurt Vonnegut #quote

This is the way the world ends / Not with a bang but a whimper. ~ T.S. Eliot #quote

POTTER: By the way, what war is this? / HAWKEYE: The latest war to end all wars. ~ M•A•S•H #linesfromTV

Physical pain however great ends in itself & falls away like dry husks from the mind, whilst moral discords...sear the soul. ~ A. James #quote

Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. ~ Denis Waitley #quote

...only the dead have seen the end of war ~ Plato #quote

It is only the darkness in our own hearts that will defeat us, in the end. ~ Alison Croggon #quote

Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise. ~ Victor Hugo #quote

If we don't end war, war will end us. ~ H.G. Wells #quote

In a revolution, as in a novel, the most difficult part to invent is the end. ~ Alexis de Tocqueville #quote

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly. ~ Richard Bach #quote

Too frequent rewards indicate that the general is at the end of his resources; too frequent punishments that he is in acute distress ~ Sun Tzu #quote

Every revolutionary ends up either by becoming an oppressor or a heretic. ~ Albert Camus #quote


In my end is my beginning. ~ Mary Queen of Scots #quote

As soon as we abandon our own reason & are content to rely upon authority, there is no end to our troubles. ~ B. Russell #quote

No one can go back and make a brand new start, my friend, but anyone can start from here and make a brand new end. ~ Dan Zadra #quote

I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end. ~ Margaret Thatcher #quote

The end is the beginning and yet you go on ~ Samuel Beckett #quote

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Might as Well be Hanged for a Sheep as a Lamb

After the Beginning

She was walking through an artisan display of perhaps 100 stalls and,
passed by two of her ex-friends a couple or three times. 

The last time she passed
(her ex-friends),
the more mouthy of them said:
"Not going to say hello?"

She stopped, turned around and replied in a calm steady voice:

"Why would I say hello to someone who de-friended me on Facebook?"

The more mouthy ex-friend responded immediately:
"You're an ass!"
A head was flipped and then they quickly walked away.

She was shocked and speechless for 3 or maybe 5 seconds
having not encountered such behavior for something like 40 plus years
(in high school)
and then headed out...
 ..after them. 

It took her a minute to catch up and then...
thoroughly incensed she asked the not-mouthy ex-friend:

"What did we ever do to you!?"

The not-mouthy ex-friend responded:
"It's not so much what you've done to us, 
but what you've done to our friends".

she asked.
"You trashed them all over the net!"

"What are you talking about?"
 she cried out, truly & honestly baffled. 

Now raising her voice (wrongly) in an effort to finally be heard
she tried to tell them 
her side:
"We sent an email to Frick saying we missed them
and was wondering what was going on.
They never deigned to respond."

And then,
having totally lost "it"
she informed them thus:

"I spent 6 months at home because I felt so bad & baffled & sad
about everything that was going on."
(almost the truth)

And then expounded further to explain:

"Frick spent a whole evening trashing Frack to us
(and a few other people as well),
and after that...
 I just knew we'd be in trouble..."

(She took a breath) 

"...and we were!"

And finally she vented:

"You listened & acted on information from someone else
without even asking us our side!"

"Stop shouting" 
our mouthy ex-friend told her rather disdainfully
secure in his unshakable position of unforgivable righteousness & hostility.

she too flipped her head and walked away...
but even so
she could hear the mouthy ex-friend say
"Did you see....?"

"What did they see?"
she wondered
feeling whatever it was
had to be wrong.  

She then walked home rather blindly & swiftly.
She cried.
She phoned a friend and
after the phone call....
she cried some more.


"Why would any one want to live forever?"
she asked a sympathetic soul. 

"I think we've all been given the gift of life
and it's only right to see it through but...
sometimes it's so hard.

People are people;
they lie & cheat & live in delusion & often are just plain mean.

I don't think living forever would make any of that go away.

Even the people with lots of money and others toadying around them all the time,
they must still know...
don't they?"

The sympathetic soul didn't disagree.  

"It makes me so tired sometimes."

Later still, yet another fellow wanderer emailed her this internet piece of puffery:

It made her laugh.

Sunday, 19 August 2012

In the End, Everything is a Gag

It is impossible to experience one's death objectively and still carry a tune. ~ Woody Allen #quote

Nobody will ever win the Battle of the Sexes. There's just too much fraternizing with the enemy. ~ Henry Kissinger #quote

Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there. ~ Will Rogers #quote

My most important piece of advice to all you would-be writers: when you write, try to leave out all the parts readers skip. ~ E. Leonard #quote

Dwelling on the negative simply contributes to its power. ~ Shirley MacLaine #quote

If it's true that our species is alone in the universe, then I'd have to say the universe aimed rather low and settled for very little. ~ George Carlin #quote

I'm just trying to make a smudge on the collective unconscious. ~ David Letterman #quote

Live well. It is the greatest revenge. ~ The Talmud #quote

You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. ~ Jack London #quote

Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple. ~ Dr. Seuss #quote

A revolution is a struggle between the past and the future. ~ Fidel Castro #quote

When the rich make war, it is the poor that die. ~ Jean-Paul Satre #quote

Due to management cuts, the light at the end of the tunnel will now be switched off. ~ Graffiti #quote

The best defense against the atom bomb is not to be there when it goes off. ~ British Army Journal (1949) #quote

Education is a weapon, whose effectiveness depends on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed. ~ Joseph Stalin #quote

Philosophy: The Department of unanswered questions
Religion: The Department of unquestioned answers ~ Seen on a university wall #quote

Why don't closed minds ever come with closed mouths? ~ Bumper Sticker #quote

Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful. ~ Sophia Loren #quote

In the end, everything is a gag. ~ Charlie Chaplin #quote

To no one will we sell, to no one will we refuse or delay right or justice. ~ Magna Carta #quote

A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject. ~ Sir Winston Churchill #quote

It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value. ~ Arthur C. Clarke #quote

Wanting to be someone you're not is a waste of the person you are. ~ Kurt Cobain #quote

Dying is a very dull, dreary affair.  And my advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it. ~ W. Somerset Maugham #quote

I don't necessarily agree with everything I say. ~ Marshall McLuhan #quote

Half of being smart is knowing what you’re dumb at. ~ David Gerrold #quote

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. ~ Aldous Huxley #quote

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing. ~ Socrates #quote

Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is. ~ Albert Camus #quote

i'm living so far beyond my income that we may almost be said to be living apart ~ e e cummings #quote

We can forgive you for killing our sons.  But we will never forgive you for making us kill yours. ~ Golda Meir #quote

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. ~ A. A. Milne #quote

Hollywood is a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul. ~ Marilyn Monroe #quote
Creativity is a drug I cannot live without. ~ Cecil B. DeMille #quote

Hold no man responsible for what he says in his grief. ~ The Talmud #quote

Arithmetic is being able to count up to twenty without taking off your shoes. ~ Mickey Mouse #quote

I was gratified to be able to answer promptly. I said 'I don't know'. ~ Mark Twain #quote

It's not having what you want / It's wanting what you've got. ~ Sheryl Crow #quote

There are certain queer times when a man takes this whole universe for a vast practical joke ~ Herman Melville #quote

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Music X

And here's another one...

Symphony No. 1 in Concert ~ Mahler

Get Behind The Mule ~ John Hammond Leonard Cohen's

'Paper Thin Hotel' ~ Greg Dulli

"In Our Talons" Dead Oceans ~ Bowerbirds

Holocene ~ Bon Iver

Reptilia ~ Punch Brothers
Born And Livin' With The Blues ~ Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee

A Thousand Years ~ Christina Perri

Indoor Voices ~ Transit

The Zombie Song ~ Stephanie Mabey

You Do Something To Me ~ Paul Weller

Tinfoil ~ Limblifter

Numb ~ Holly McNarland
Me and Paul Revere ~ Steve Martin

That's Entertainment ~ The Jam

Heaven (Must Be There) ~ Eurogliders

Reunion ~ Breeding Ground

Albatross ~ Big Wreck

Cuts You Up ~ Peter Murphy
Smokin' Banana Peels ~ The Dead Milkmen

Feeling Good ~ Michael Buble

Firework ~ Katy Perry

Man Down ~ Rihanna

Hip To My Heart ~ The Band Perry

Work Out ~ J. Cole

Everything Is Everything ~ Booker T. Jones

The Mariner's Revenge Song ~ The Decemberists

Grenade ~ Bruno Mars

On The Backs Of Angels ~ Dream Theater

Anymore ~ Travis Tritt
School Days Over ~ The Chieftains & The Low Anthem

Whatcha Gonna Do (When I'm Gone) ~ Chilliwack

 Radio Song ~ Esperanza Spalding

Little Boxes - Walk off the Earth

In The Mood ~ Glenn Miller

Simple Song ~ The Shins

Black & Blue  ~ Miike Snow

I Ain't the Same ~ Alabama Shakes
Sweet Child O' Mine ~  Slash & Myles Kennedy

Look the Other Way ~ Justin Townes Earle

You're Early ~ 2:54

Superstar ~ The Dead Famous

Changes ~ Tesla

Weekend Wars ~ MGMT

Prince of Nothing Charming ~ Tyler Hilton
What Makes You Beautiful ~ One Direction

Hold On ~ Alabama Shakes

Colors ~ Amos Lee

 Love Don't Leave Me Waiting ~ Glen Hansard

We Are Young ~ Fun

Come To The City ~ The War on Drugs
Language Of Violence ~ Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy

Good Days  ~ Joe Purdy

Promise ~ Ben Howard

Anybody's Baby ~ Terra Hazelton

Spicy McHaggis Jig ~ Dropkick Murphys

Be The Song ~ Foy Vance
Simply Human ~ Morgan Taylor Reid
Waking Life ~ Schuyler Fisk

Morning has Broken ~ Cat Stevens

The Ballad of El Goodo ~ The Wellspring

My Heart Will Go On ~ Céline Dion

Yesterday Was Hard On All Of Us ~ Fink

 Escape (Pina Colada Song) ~ Rupert Holmes

Got Nuffin' ~ Spoon

Unseen Eye ~ Sonny Boy Williamson
On the Line  ~ The Limetree Warehouse

Visions in the Dust ~ Barn Owl  In The Dirt ~ S. Carey

Thursday, 9 August 2012


Via:  Dangling on a Hook

This Is It?  I Can Start Now? 
The above Spoken Word Story is approximately 20 minutes long.  
Peruse the pictures below while you're listening...
...or maybe you don't have time? 
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Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Closer to Heaven

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