Archive for the 'Life, The Universe & Everything' Category

THE AMERICAN DREAM CAN BE A NIGHTMARE…

February 22nd, 2017

When the economy allowed us to live in the same community and draw a paycheck from the same company for decades, then buying a home, putting down roots, made a lot of sense. That was the American dream. That dream went away with globalization and the rise of economies that were not as great as […]

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, LET US SAY GRACE…

February 21st, 2017

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WHY DO WE WANT MORE THAN ALL WE CAN BE…?

February 11th, 2017

Last year I distributed images to several friends and associates of Superman and Wonder Woman in the power poses described by Amy Cuddy in her TED Talk. Cuddy’s concept is akin to the Fake it until you make it philosophy and has come under attack in the years since she first proposed her idea, but […]

IS TOM PETERS ADVISING PRESIDENT TRUMP…?

January 23rd, 2017

Every Monday morning I receive an email from Tom Peters’ organization with a quote from Tom. This morning’s message drives right to the heart of events over the past weekend and, I think, is directed at the 45th president of The United States. Tom loses the new president, of course, at moral. Sad.

STICK WITH IT: A WILLPOWER SPECIAL…

January 8th, 2017

This morning I’m continuing to read a suite of Guardian articles gathered under the banner: Stick with it: a willpower special. I’ll most likely be commenting on each—see SO, WHAT IF WILLPOWER ISN’T REALLY A THING…?; STEP 1: WRITE… STEP 2: IGNORE THE NEXT STEP…; WHO CAN EAT JUST 20 GRAMS OF SUGAR A DAY…? […]

NO BATTERIES (BUT LOTS OF KIBBLE) REQUIRED…

December 3rd, 2016

SARAH SILVERMAN GOT TRASHED BY TED TALKS…

November 28th, 2016

No seriously, she got vilified for this.

DAMN STRAIGHT WE SHOULDN’T TRUST TRUMP…

November 26th, 2016

This morning Jill Miller Zimon writes in In Trump do not trust that we should not: [T]rust Donald Trump, unless you want to be disappointed, repeatedly. Not because he lies. Not because he exaggerates. Not because he has evil intent. But because he will always put himself first. In Donald Trump’s case, putting oneself first […]

I REALLY DO LOVE THESE YOUTUBE DIY PROJECTS…

November 24th, 2016

Via Home Made Modern…

REAL (WELSH) MEN DON’T WEAR PADS…

November 5th, 2016

If all you know about Rugby was encompassed in Tom Brown’ School Days, then you might start with The Beginners Guide To Watching Rugby Union.

CHARLES BENJAMIN HESS, 1929-2016…

October 17th, 2016

My family and I sat together in a nursing home room late Wednesday afternoon and watched as my father drew his last breath. My readers know my father from the scores of emails he forward to me that I turned around and published here under the tag From My Dad. His death was not sudden […]

IF I COULD IMPART ONE LIFE LESSON, THIS IS IT…

October 6th, 2016

OWAIN GLYNDŴR: THE LAST PRINCE OF WALES…

September 22nd, 2016

Five-hundred-fifty-five years before my birth, my Welsh ancestors made a final push against the occupiers of their land. Owain Glynd?r, the last real prince of Wales led the rebellion. Glyndŵr was a descendant of the Princes of Powys through his father Gruffydd Fychan II, hereditary Tywysog of Powys Fadog and Lord of Glyndyfrdwy, and of […]

THE WELSH TEN COMMANDMENTS…

September 5th, 2016

Found on a postcard sent by Cousin John West from Wales: Thou shall: Worship sheep Drink beer Wear three feathers with pride Not slay dragons Love rugby Not be too friendly with the English Keep a welcome in the hillside Learn our Anthem (not just the chorus) Eat and “enjoy” leek soup Congregate and drink […]

FROM SCOTLAND VIA WALES…

September 4th, 2016

Cousin, and shipmate, John West shipped us two Scottish flags this week. The first is the Royal Standard of Scotland. The second (mouse over the above image to view) is the National Flag of Scotland, also known as St. Andrew’s Cross or The Saltire. Thanks to John’s generosity we now have the complete set of […]

A RARE SKIDMARK MOMENT WITH WCPN…

August 10th, 2016

I listen to WCPN’s Sound of Ideas when I can and every few weeks I call in to make a comment. I had not planned on making the call yesterday to the show but then that all changed. You can watch (or listen) to the part of the program that grabbed me beginning at timemark […]

HOW WILL I RECREATE MYSELF TODAY…?

August 1st, 2016

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FAIR WINDS TO THE USNS HARVEY MILK (T-AO 206)…

July 29th, 2016

The United States Navy is poised to honor gay rights activist and the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California, San Francisco City Supervisor Harvey Milk by naming the second ship in the John Lewis class, T-AO 206, the USNS Harvey Milk. According to Sam LaGrone, writing for the U.S. […]

BLUE BLOOD: DANNY REAGAN VS. JAMIE REAGAN…

July 23rd, 2016

As a young second-class petty officer stationed in San Diego (living in Chula Vista, which borders on Mexico) I went south more than a few times. One trip, riding in the back of Bugsy Boatright’s yellow Toyota pickup, took me to Hunan’s in Ensenada. We were celebrating someone’s birthday and in the course of the […]

COFFEE, TEA OR THE NINE OF HEARTS…?

July 15th, 2016

I prefer coffee to tea, but the routine is more about the drumbeat of actions and less about the details. Balanchine rose early, before 6:00 a.m., made a pot of tea, and read a little or played a hand of Russian solitaire while he gathered his thoughts. —George Balanchine (1904-1983) page 124. From Daily Rituals: […]

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