Tuesday, June 30, 2015

TWO MEANINGFUL QUOTES


"Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced."

—James Baldwin


"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."

— F. Scott Fitzgerald

I would add that which we finally face can help us get rid of the word ceaselessly.

Bye for Now,


Bill

Sunday, June 28, 2015

AS THE BODY COUNTS MOUNT

of innocent people being buried prematurely—9 in South Carolina, 37  on a beach in Tunisia, untold #'s in other parts of the world, one particular set stood out in my mind—the 8 cruise passengers and pilot in Alaska, killed when their small sea plane hit a mountain.

Several years ago my wife and I were on a plane just like that flying over that Mountain and Misty Fjords, landing on a clear blue lake, and enjoying a glass of champagne standing on the wing. It was one of those memorable, unforgettable moments, made even more so by returning into the plane to listen to Sachmo singing "What a Wonderful World."

So sad those people never got their champagne or to listen to that song. Whoever thinks when going to a beach resort or on a cruise that will be the end of their lives?

It is undoubtedly a wonderful and beautiful world, but an evermore scary one these days.


Bye for Now,

Bill

Saturday, June 27, 2015

I HAVE PREVIOUSLY WRITTEN HERE

that a US President should be elected for one term, so he or she can be free to do as needed without looking over the shoulder regarding being reelected.

This week validated my belief. The President, whom many do not like, seemed more real the past few weeks during difficult and turbulent times than ever before. He is obviously out to leave a legacy behind and i sincerely hope he succeeds.

Singing "Amazing Grace..." and sounding like a preacher at the funeral earned him some human stripes that are most becoming.

It is likely his grace will be evident in many zones for the next year and a half.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Friday, June 26, 2015

BIPOLAR US

A sad day for blacks and society. A happy day for LGBT.

A sad day for Hillary whom I predict will take a Nixon like hit. A happy day for Obama Care.

A sad day for the family of one of the killers. A happy day for a trade agreement.

A sad day for those killed by terrorists around the globe. A happy day... I can't neutralize that one.

Prosac anyone or everyone?

Not so easy to keep the faith everyday.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

WTF IS GOING ON?

Carl Gustav Jung, a colleague of Freud, introduced the idea of us sharing a "collective unconscious." It refers to a DNA of the mind that we somehow acquire from eons of past times. It is an interesting, but unprovable idea.

I would like to propose a collective conscious that we share based upon past and present programming. Surely, I can't believe I am the only person who looks cautiously around at various places trying to make sure no predator is present, having absolutely no clue what a predator looks like. The last one looked like a 15 year old boy.

Sitting in a Boca Raton park last Saturday morning while my granddaughter mindlessly enjoyed the carousel ride i couldn't help but be apprehensive. "What if some waco with a gun came along to do harm?" I wondered. I unconsciously reached for my holster, which was empty. Jewish and gun is often an oxymoron.

Should needless, unprovoked, and tragic violence continue in public spaces, many will be reaching for their holster and not all will be empty. At a time when we have come so far as a society, immersed in techno blessings and liberal leanings underscored by the Pope saying, "Who am I to judge?" we seem to be regressing so far in other areas.

I really hope we can stop the tide and move it in the opposite direction. If not, this Jew may just have to buy a gun!

Darn, should i have identified my religion on a blog? Once again, it is not paranoid to be paranoid these days


Bye for Now,

bill

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

OK LET ME REALLY LIGHTEN IT UP!


In a recent interview, the pope revealed he doesn't use the internet, and he hasn't watched TV since 1990. Then he announced his plan to make Bill Cosby a saint.

Facebook has unveiled a new option to let users keep their private information secure. The option is called "Sign Off" of Facebook.

The Christmas-themed town of North Pole, Alaska has officially approved marijuana dispensaries. So don't expect your presents from Santa until next April.

Santa will be showing up with Rudolph the Red-Eyed Reindeer.

—Conan O'Brien


Bye for Now,

Bill

I WAS GOING TO GO

SERIOUS TONIGHT, but then decided to lighten it up.

My wife asked tonight if I wanted to watch the nightly news. I said, "It should be called the nightly blues." Then i heard the headlines of what was to come and thought, "It should be called the nightly nightmares."

Not sure if that really lightened anything? Sorry but I was trying. The problem is that the news these days is very trying.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Saturday, June 20, 2015

THE PRESIDENT

HAS now given 14 post black killings talks, which must be particularly difficult for a black president.

It so feels as if we regressed  to 1968 or thereabouts, and the racial divide seems wider than ever.

The only thing different is more people have more guns, and the criminally insane can get them as easy as the rest of us can get a Big Mac.

I do understand the mindset of the gun proponents—guns don't kill people, people kill people. That said, too many people who have guns seem intent on killing innocent people. Black people and white cops make for target practice these days on a regular basis.

American citizens seem far more dangerous than any terrorist organizations. I am so emotionally worn from watching tear-filled people being forced to say goodbye to innocent loved ones who were doing bible study, having lunch, watching a movie, walking on campus or in a marathon, or the like.

I pray someone finds a solution and i pray for the latest and all victims of this explosion of rage that has engulfed us like an out of control brush fire.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Thursday, June 18, 2015

A HAPPY STORY

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In a world of negative news on a daily basis, it is refreshing to hear some good news from time to time. It helps us keep the faith.

Our grandson Dillon, despite having ADHD, graduated High School a few weeks ago with a 5.2 GPA. He will attend USF in the fall majoring in History and Archeology. His AP classes already give him a head start, as he needs no History basic classes. He is already ahead of himself. And he is eligible for $12,000 in scholarships plus a Bright Futures award.

But that’s not all. Back in April I had an “ah ha” moment. Our daughter’s husband’s brother is an internationally recognized Ph.D. archeologist. At the moment he was at Cambridge, in England, as a Fellow. I recalled that every summer he goes to Israel on an archeological dig.

So I reached out to him and asked if Dillon could go along? We just made the May 1 application deadline and Dillon is going as a volunteer assistant. He leaves for Israel June 24th and returns one month later to register for classes.he will blog his experience at I Dig It.

It is an opportunity of a lifetime and we sure hope he “digs” it. On weekends he will travel around to see the sights with some other participants and absorb Israel’s rich history of thousands of years.

We are very proud of him and his accomplishments to date and expect more from him as he goes on.

Now that is what I call a happy story!

Bye for Now,

bill

Monday, June 15, 2015

Conan O'Brien

is a funny guy.  Here is a sample:

"In a recent interview, the Pope revealed he doesn't use the Internet, and he hasn't watched TV since 1990. Then he announced his plan to make Bill Cosby a saint."

"Facebook has unveiled a new option to let users keep their private information secure. The option is called "Sign Off" of Facebook."

The Christmas-themed town of North Pole, Alaska has officially approved  marijuana dispensaries. So don't expect your Christmas gifts from Santa until next April.

Santa will arrive with Rudolph the Red-Eyed Reindeer.

I ignored the one about Ms. C. Jenner. Enough is enough!

Bye for Now,

Bill

Thursday, June 11, 2015

AS I AM SURE HAS BEEN OVER COMMENTED ON BY NOW

there are far too many Elephants running for President and far too few Donkeys!

My question is will we ever get a President of the US of A truly suitable for the position, or will it always be the lesser of evils vote? And in 2016 it may not even be discernable!

Bye for Now,

Bill

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

AFRICA PART II

So we got back to the camp, an upscale hotel in the middle of no where. I suddenly realized there was no infrastructure, no support, no help, no escape. "What if's" began to invade my mind like a thunder storm invades a pleasant beach day picnic.

The major question was, "WTF r we doing here?" But it was too late. we were already there.

I had a panic attack, the first in many many years. Then I began to go to work on ME! Two beers and two hours later i was almost fine. The lunch happened and it was downhill (or is it uphill) from there.

My logic was we r here, we will b ok, we r safer than on University Drive, and there is always Medivac.

From that point on and many prides of lions and other animals later, I felt safe and fine. Each lodge was better than the next and the people were so friendly. All they wanted was for us to be happy and enjoy.

And we celebrated birthdays and other special occasions over and over.

We saw sights we would never ever see again both from the ground and from a hot air balloon and from the small airplanes that took us all over. We had great guides some of whom even had guns. We slept in star beds that were raised out of animal range in the middle of the jungle while we listened to the animals all nite long.

It was, by all measure, a trip of a life time, and we had a most amazing time, punctuated by our daughter's wedding in a Maasai village.

One panic attack conquored, one amazing National Geographic experience enjoyed to the max.

Prayers for the woman who opened the window—a very sad tale.

Bye for now,

Bill

Thursday, June 4, 2015

A RECENT TRAGEDY

brought back a memory of mine. Recently, an American woman was killed by a lion in a private wildlife park in South Africa. All she had done was open a car window to take a picture and some video and the scene turned ghastly. A fellow passenger was seriously injured as well.

Back in 2009 we bought a trip to South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania at a breast cancer fund raiser after our daughter became a bc survivor. It was our attempt to contribute to bc research, as well as put some distance between us and the place I came to call Cancerville. A brilliant video of our trip can be seen at cancerville.com under "A Modern Day Fairytale." The video includes our daughter getting married in a Maasai Village.

However, upon our arrival in Kenya we were picked up at the landing strip by Pocket, a native guide, after he shewed away the animals blocking our 4 passenger prop plane from landing. It all was surreal.

He suggested we go on a safari before lunch and we all were excited as this was our first experience in the wild. We were soon in the jungle in an open jeep—no windows to close or open. He immediately said he saw lion tracks and followed them peering through his over sized binoculars. To me it felt like a bit of a Hollywood version— that is until we came upon a pride of five lions just a few feet from our jeep.

Though we were in awe, the practical aka worry wart side of me asked, "Pocket, how do we know they won't attack us for breakfast?" His response was not reassuring! " Well" he said, "they don't usually do that." The word "usually" stuck in my mind.

My wife said, "I'm sure Pocket has a gun, " to which he replied, "No Mam I do not." To ease the tension i quipped, "Well he could always beat them off with his binoculars." Eventually we drove off to see other amazing and wondrous sights of the animals in the wild. Virgins no more, we were true safariers now. We had come, seen, and conquored or so I thought.

To be continued.

Prayers for the people whose window opening did not go well.


Bye for now,


Bill

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

SORRY

I have been off the blog as we had a family celebration for my grandson Dillon who graduated with a 5.2 GPA from high school. Not bad for an ADHD young adult. I will have more to share soon about his impressive achievements.

On another note my back is 100% pain free despite lifting, bending, walking, etc. It is an absolute miracle and I believe I owe it all to Dr. Qi and acupuncture.

I plan to return Friday for another treatment as i am phobic about the "magic" disappearing, and will go every 3-4 weeks to prevent that from happening.

I can't wait to get back to walking in the park very soon.

I encourage all in the same direction if need be.

Bye for Now,

Bill