I’m young, I know…

The song stands on its own, but seeing Keith Richards pull in Nora Jones to calm her obvious stage fright adds a level of charm to the video:

And did the effort pay?

 Aimee Mann deserves to be ranked among the elite of female singer/songwriters, alongside of Carol King and Joanie Mitchell.

Full lyrics HERE.

“Spiritual Lifeguards”

 I listen to The Dan Patrick Show every morning.  That’s kind of an unusual pleasure for me, since it’s a sports show and I don’t follow sports, but it’s friendly and I like the positive vibes they generate.

On today’s show Dan casually referred to the family of cancer patients as “spiritual lifeguards.”

I really like that.  😀



This excerpt from Answers from the Heart by Thich Nhat Hanh, ©2009, illustrates the fundamental difference between Buddhism and Christianity.  Christianity is all about the destination, heaven or hell, while Buddhism is more concerned with the path: 

“If you don’t feel that you’re on the right path, happiness isn’t possible. This is true for everyone; if you don’t know where you’re going, you suffer. It’s very important to realize your path and see your true way.

“Happiness means feeling you are on the right path every moment. You don’t need to arrive at the end of the path in order to be happy. The right path refers to the very concrete ways you live your life in every moment. In Buddhism, we speak of the Noble Eightfold Path: right view, right thought, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration. It’s possible for us to live the Noble Eightfold Path every moment of our daily lives. That not only makes us happy, it makes people around us happy. If you practice the path, you become very pleasant, very fresh, and very compassionate.” 

yet not, but not

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;”  ~2 Corinthians 4:8-9

I don’t know man.  I’m feeling sort of distressed, despairing, forsaken, and destroyed.

But I guess that’s something to aspire to.

Has, Held, Is

Come to Dust

by Ursula K. Leguin, in So Far So Good ©2018

(via Jules of Nature)

Spirit, rehearse the journeys of the body

that are to come, the motions

of the matter that held you.

Rise up in the smoke of palo santo.

Fall to the earth in the falling rain.

Sink in, sink down to the farthest roots.

Mount slowly in the rising sap

to the branches, the crown, the leaf-tips.

Come down to earth as leaves in autumn

to lie in the patient rot of winter.

Rise again in spring’s green fountains.

Drift in sunlight with the sacred pollen

to fall in blessing.

                                   All earth’s dust

has been life, held soul, is holy. 



Kurt and Albert


Many mathematicians consider Kurt Gödel (l) to be intellectually superior to  Albert Einstein (r).  Einstein certainly thought so.

But which one looks friendlier?



(clicking imbiggens)

Manhattan Midnight by Ellison Hoover,1945

Sensory Input Patterns

“Have you ever heard Data describe friendship?  How did he put it?  ‘As I experience certain sensory input patterns, my mental pathways become accustomed to them.  The inputs eventually are anticipated and even missed when absent.'”  ~Deanna Troi, on Star Trek: The Next Generation

The Wiki Family

 I think everybody by now knows about Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, but that’s just one of a whole family of Wiki services.  Here are few you may not be familiar with– and like Wikipedia, they are all free to use, quote, and link to:

  • Wiktionary:  an online dictionary
  • WikiNews:  breaking news.  This one has not really caught on yet, so there isn’t a lot of content, but what they have is more complete and better sourced than most traditional news sources.
  • WikiQuote:  sourced quotes.  (I use this on a lot to verify quotes before I post them.  When I see something like “‘Always follow your dreams!’  ~Albert Einstein,” I check it out before I pass it along.)
  • WikiSpecies:  if it’s alive, you’ll find a picture and description here.  It’s very cool, great for casual browsing
  • WikiBooks:  free, open-source textbooks
  • Wikiversity:  free courses for learning just about anything that interests you
  • WikiSource:  an extensive collection of public domain books, free to read and download

Just On The Point

“I cannot tell if what the world considers “happiness” is happiness or not. All I know is that when I consider the way they go about attaining it, I see them carried away headlong, grim and obsessed, in the general onrush of the human herd, unable to stop themselves or to change their direction. All the while they claim to be just on the point of attaining happiness.”  ~Chuang-Tzu