Saturday, November 30, 2013

AS I HAVE SAID

mother nature can be a raging bitch. Wiped out 500 homes in Washington, Indiana just before the holidays. Really mama?  Was that necessary? Is enough, ever enough?

Sad, very sad for them. Hope we all rise to the occasion and support their needs. Hope the government can get their act together, which these days seems doubtful.

Let's pray for speedy relief, rebuilding,  and resolve—then healing.

Bye for now,

bill

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

HOPE YOU HAVE

a pleasant, peaceful and enjoyable Thanksgiving.

We will return to tackle the serious issues of the day after that.

Bye for Now,

bill

Sunday, November 24, 2013

JUST HOW NAIVE WERE WE?

As I look at pics from back then I see an open limo for the ride through Dallas. Makes no sense in   today's more paranoid perspective.

People seem a stone's through away from the first couple. I guess we just never dreamed of the weirdos and the wild ones until that day.

All these years later, conspiracy theories fly. We will never know the truth, other than the fact that the truth was never uncovered. Ruby's role never made sense. Who really dun it? Lord knows.

It was and remains a sad blotch on our legacy. Like 9/11, we learned and grew from our tragedy.

It's not paranoid to be paranoid these days. Never was, really!

Bye for Now,

bill

Friday, November 22, 2013

HARD TO BELIEVE

it has been 50 years. Both the TV and social media won't allow us to forget. It was, in many ways, the beginning of the end of our world as we knew it. We were the generation of naive—the "Happy Days" people. That day we were far from happy! We were flustered and flabbergasted.

I betcha a nickel, if you were a young adult then, u remember exactly where u were when the news hit.

I was teaching a class at NYU as a fellow while in grad school. The loud speaker in he room blared out the news of the tragedy. Everyone stood up and left the class  room. I never said, "Class dismissed!" It was understood. We all spent the rest of the weekend in front of our B&W TVs watching the unbelievable story unfold. It got stranger and stranger.

We lost our innocence that day and have never been able to reclaim it. From that point on it just got stranger and stranger! Never been clarified all these years later.

Prayers for the Kennedy family and for us all.

Bye for Now,

bill

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

I WAS AT THE BEACH MOST OF THE DAY TODAY

I wondered how the day could start out so beautifully with bright sunny blue skies and conclude so unpleasantly with grim clouds and blustery winds. Then I decided that was a metaphor for life itself.

We all start out as cute and cuddly kids and end as wrinkled, and depending on how long we live decrepit, demented, and back in diapers. Then I thought about how our hard work and successes can be sustained or can morph into unhappy scenarios. Then, how marriages built of love can fade over time into hurt and hate. Then the toll of what I call emotional cess can topple our dams and make a mess.

Then I thought that even a bad conclusion of the day at the beach is so much better than I first thought. It is still a peaceful and memorizing scene.

Hope your conclusion is as bright as your arrival. If not, what can you do to make it better? We can't control the weather, but can better control our personal conclusion. I sincerely hope you do.

Bye for now,

Bill

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

HARD TO BELIEVE

but the 75th anniversary of Kristelnacht just passed last week. Even the Pope send his regrets and called us "brothers." I like him a lot.

It was a night and time when windows of Jewish merchants and homes were broken. It was the foreplay to Hitler's reign of terror and destruction. Still so hard to believe that that all happened.

Never again!

Unfortunately, Mother Nature can reign terror too. Some things we can't control and some things we now can.

Prayers for the Philippines.

Bye for Now,

bill

Friday, November 8, 2013

WHILE THE GOVERNMENT

is being clobbered over health care site's lack of foresight here's is another strange tale from the crypt of our fearless and feckless leaders.

When u renew your passport u have the option of paying $12 and change to have each of them returned individually by priority mail. But priority mail costs $5.15 and the same folks who own the passport agency also own the post office.

So we declined that option thereby saving $25+ US dollars.

Guess what. The passport agency returned our new passports using—u guessed it—priority mail.

So hears the deal friends. U can pay $12+ dollars to have your passport returned priority mail or u can pay zero dollars extra to have your passport returned...u guessed it... priority mail.

But have no fear. Mickey mouse has left Orlando and is running the Washington show. And we don't even know a third of it. Perhaps it is best we don't know!

On that note, have a peaceful weekend.

Bye for now,

bill