Wednesday, August 29, 2007


Have you ever thought of the comedian who gives what he considers his best joke and nobody laughs? Have you ever thought of the preacher who gives what he considers his best sermon and gets no amens? Have you ever thought of the politician who runs what she considers the best campaign and gets the... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, August 25, 2007


I here paraphrase a statement made to me a few days ago. God, yours or mine, would probably never have created the world in the time he/she did if there were the current bureaucracy then present and so much paper work was required. Our existence thus is a product of the benefits of precivilization.... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007


Yesterday I walked down a fashionable New York street. A well dressed woman approached me and whispered a request for a dollar. I did not have that denomination in my wallet. She implored, "would you give me some change." I had some change but I left her standing. I thought that in that... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, August 9, 2007


It took me many readings to appreciate the power of the next few lines. I recall them here so you may tarry for a moment; and see. To mourn a mischief that is past and gone Is the next way to draw mischief on. What cannot be preserved when fortune takes Patience her injury a mockery makes. The... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, August 6, 2007


35W, the bridge in Minneapolis fell. Many lives are lost. That is indeed a tragedy. Apart from recovering the bodies and getting them interred, we can do very little more. Yet we can learn from those who risked their lives to help. We can change our thinking right now. We need not wait until a... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Horace: We All Must Die (1st C. BCE)

Please Digest. ISN'T THIS GREAT? Note the last verse. Is that not so true? Cynical, yet so true. People in many cultures have found it proper to meditate on the inevitability of death. For Medieval Christians reminders of death were spurs to repentence, so that the believer should escape Hell and... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

By Horace

This is taken from the sayings of Quintus Horatius Flaccus (Horace) who lived about 65 BCE. I recommend ALL his sayings to you. They are indeed philosophical and inspiring. " It is not the rich man you should properly call happy, but him who knows how to use with wisdom the blessings of the gods, to... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Good Advice

In one translation of Pericles' Funeral Oration, we are reminded: " For the whole earth is the tomb of famous men; not only are they commemorated by columns and inscriptions in their own country, but in foreign lands there dwells also an unwritten memorial of them, graven not in stone but in the... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007


It is truly rewarding to get the responses from bloggers whom you have never met; probably will never meet. How inspiring some of their comments are. How, at times, you almost can read their souls. And, indeed, perhaps you have. One is reassured that no matter where one lives; no matter what one... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, July 23, 2007


There are those of us all over the world who witnessed Padraig Harrington win the Claret Jug at the disappointment of Sergio Garcia who had played well all four days of the Open Championship. Many of us were as saddened by the result as, I am sure, Sergio is. Yet there are lasting lessons to be... Sign in to see full entry.

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