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Wednesday, April 20, 2022



We are the laughing stock of the world ... even Australia is getting into the act.

And Saudi Arabia ...

Sadly, I think we are all riding

the bomb.

But no one may be alive to laugh

at the ending.

What about you?

Saturday, April 16, 2022



"If you want peace, stop fighting.  If you want peace of mind, stop fighting with your thoughts."

"Nothing can bring you peace of mind but yourself."
 - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The punishment of every disordered mind is its own disorder." 
- St. Augustine

As I sat down at my laptop tonight, mulling over what to write for tomorrow's post,

Anything I could write seemed trivial against a backdrop of  

death, hate, and the madness resulting from the Ukrainian horrors.

watching a standing president's mind unravel before us,

seeing the Democratic leaders become the 3 Monkeys ignoring evil.

I heard one word murmur within my mind: "Peace."

I wasn't thinking of inner peace.  

I was thinking of what my writing friends might be interested in.

Perhaps the Great Mystery answered my question for me.

Don't expect any great wisdom here though.  

I am not the Great Mystery.  I don't have the job qualifications.

But I know that, like happiness, you cannot find peace by looking for it.  

Like happiness, peace of mind is a by-product of living, not its goal.

Be true to you:

When we practice congruency, we behave similarly to the way we feel and think. 

When the way we see ourselves and the way the world sees us is the same, we are practicing congruency. 

Problems arise when we see ourselves one way 

(for example, as a loving mother) 

but behave in ways that are at odds with how we would like to see ourselves 

(for example, neglect our children because we are too busy)

Finding ways to keep our inner ideals and the way we behave similar is one of the keys to peace of mind.

Peace on the battlefield:

It is easier to be at peace when we listen to beautiful music, play with our pets, 

walk through undisturbed nature, and step away from the world.

But Life is a harsh  mistress.  

She draws you back into the chaos of conflicts with bosses, spouses, children, bills, ill health ... 

the number of enemy troops you face sometimes appear endless.

Each battlefield we find ourselves on contains a lesson that will keep us from worse ones 

if we but learn it correctly.

Look for that lesson.  

Perhaps it is only to take ourselves not so seriously, to learn to laugh at ourselves 

(we will never run out of material!)

to learn that some battles are not worth the collateral damage, 

or to find we should not fail to plan unless we plan to fail.

 Failure has negative connotations, but actually, everyone fails. 

 How can you improve or learn anything if you never fail? 

A healthy attitude towards failure encourages bravery. 

It’s not you that is the failure, instead it is what you tried that failed. There is a big difference.

Listen to the Wake-Up Call of Loss

 To lose something we had taken blithely for granted is jarring.  

It should alert us to look for all the other blessings in our lives that really are so precious.


Those who hurt us have taken enough of our time.  Why invite them along in your thoughts for the rest of the day?  

They have to live in the world they make for themselves with their thoughtless natures.  

Forgive them, release them from the obligation they owe you, and you will find you have released yourself.  

Hate is like drinking rat poison, hoping the rat will die of it.

Think Outside of Yourself

Each person you pass or meet is fighting a battle no one knows anything about.  

Be kinder than you might be inclined to be for that reason.

Learn the Power of a Smile

 Whenever you are laughing or smiling, something interesting happens.

 Not only does something happen on a chemical level to make you feel better, 

but it also stops all stress and negativity from entering your psyche. 

 A simple smile can make such a difference.

 ‘Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.’
 ~Victor Frankl

Tuesday, April 5, 2022



Alex Cavanaugh has said the above book will be his Swan Song.

As Dua Lipa wrote:

"This is not a Swan Song
but a Swan Dive.
It's a New Life."

I hope not. 
His blog presence has been a light to me in dark times.


What is a Swan Song anyway?

A swan song is the final performance of an actor, singer, composer, poet, or the like.
According to folklore, swans sing most beautifully before they die, 

and hence this phrase came to be used 
to describe someone who was leaving in style.

Leonardo da Vinci's Fable:


The swan arched his supple neck towards the water and gazed at his reflection for a long time.

He understood the reason for his weariness 

and for the cold that gripped his body, making him tremble as though it were winter.

 With absolute certainty, he knew that his hour had come and that he must prepare for death.

His feathers 
were still as white as they had been on the first day of his life. Seasons and years had passed without a blemish appearing on his snowy plumage. 

He could go now, and his life would end in beauty.

Straightening his beautiful neck, he swam slowly and majestically beneath a willow, 

where he had been accustomed to rest in the hot weather.

It was already evening, and the sunset was touching the water of the lake with crimson and violet.

And in the great silence that was falling all around, the swan began to sing.

Never before had he found notes so full of love for all of nature, for the beauty of the heavens, the water and the earth.

His sweet song 
rang through the air, scarcely tinged with melancholy, until, softly, softly, it faded with the last traces of light on the horizon.

"It is the swan," said the fishes, the birds, and all of the beasts of the woodland and meadow.

Touched to the heart, they said:

"The swan is dying."

Each of us will have our own Swan Song.

Some of us will choose the time.

Often that time will be chosen for us.

What sunset will be our last to see?

What bird in flight will be the last to thrill us?

What book, short story, sentence
will unknowingly be our last?

Found on the poet’s desk after his death, 

“Finale” is Pablo Neruda’s final poem, and a love letter to his wife, Matilde. 

“It was beautiful to live/when you lived!”

Be sure to buy Alex's new book.

I've already bought mine.

And be sure to craft each new book of yours with care.

It could be your own Swan Song.

"I love you as certain dark things are loved, secretly, between the shadow and the soul." 

- Pablo Neruda

Sunday, April 3, 2022

Could a solar storm destroy modern civilization?

 Friday, my co-workers and I were discussing how the world would fare 

if something even stronger than the Carrington Event hit our planet.

With a new strain of Covid appearing, rocket inflation being ignored by our leaders (you know King Cognitive Decline and Princess Giggles), 

and Putin threatening the nations with economic chaos and WWIII, we talk about speculative end-of-the- world things like the Carrington Event.