Tomato

There is something really appealing about this little drawing of a tomato, something I can’t quite put my finger on.

As Written

There are over a thousand recognized Christian sects, and every one of them believes they are interpreting their bible “as written.” So when new Supreme Court Justice Amy Barrett promised to interpret the Constitution “as written,” I wasn’t blown away by her impartiality and objectivity. I’ve heard the phrase before. All it means is that she’s overly impressed with her own opinions.

I know exactly how she will rule in practice, because I’ve already seen how her fellow “strict constitutionalists” behave. Sometimes she will rule the the constitution doesn’t say you can’t, therefore you can, and sometimes she will rule that the constitution doesn’t say you can, therefore you can’t. People who take things literally are always on the lookout for a loophole.

There will be two common threads among her rulings:  she will always favor business interests over public interests, authority over liberty.

I don’t think that’s what the Founding Fathers intended. But it’s not really about them anymore, is it?

Bubbles!

Natalie Dee is on the web HERE.

And Also

“Facebook’s goal of showing people only what they were interested in seeing resulted, within a decade, in the effective end of shared civic reality… Today we mostly consume news that corresponds with our ideological alignment, which has been fine-tuned to make us feel self-righteous and also mad.”  ~Jia Tolentino

Someone Like You

Reason to Believe was written in 1965 by Tim Hardin (you can listen to his version HERE), and was covered many, many times before Rod Stewart had a huge hit with it in 1971.

Full lyrics HERE.

Things Exploded

“You can’t make people listen. They have to come round in their own time, wondering what happened and why the world blew up under them.” ~Ray Bradbury, in Fahrenheit 451

And that reminded me of this:

I never knew that things exploded
I only found it out when I was down upon my knees
Looking for my life…

Full lyrics HERE.

Never Too Late

“It is never too late to turn on the light. Your ability to break an unhealthy habit or turn off an old tape doesn’t depend on how long it has been running; a shift in perspective doesn’t depend on how long you’ve held on to the old view. When you flip the switch in that attic, it doesn’t matter whether its been dark for ten minutes, ten years or ten decades. The light still illuminates the room and banishes the murkiness, letting you see the things you couldn’t see before. It’s never too late to take a moment to look.” ~Sharon Salzberg

Hush, Hush…

Dan Baird is one of the last of the true rock-and-rollers. His music is always good for a jolt of energy.

Psychedelic Soul

“The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.” ~Marc Johns

And that reminded me of this:

Full lyrics HERE.

A Thousand Desires

Zen Speaks: Shouts of Nothingness by Tsai Chih Chung, ©1994, is a wonderful little book of illustrated Zen and Tao parables.

The illustrations don’t add a lot to understanding, but they make it a little friendlier.

I recommend it.

Neo

“Believe me, I know the original Nazis. I was born in Austria in 1947, shortly after the Second World War, and growing up I was surrounded by broken men. Men who came home from the war filled with shrapnel and guilt, men who were misled into a losing ideology. And I can tell you that these ghosts that you idolize spent the rest of their lives living in shame. And right now, they’re resting in hell.” ~Arnold Schwarzenegger (source)

No Reason

Nighthawks by Edward Hopper, 1942

“If you could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint.” ~ Edward Hopper