One Word

“I wish I could say everything in one word. I hate all the things that can happen between the beginning of a sentence and the end.” ~Leonard Cohen

Brother Companion

“I am a brother to dragons, and a companion to owls.”  ~Job 30:29 (KJV) 

 Job was pretty cool.

(This is a cut-and-paste from my primary blog, over HERE. WordPress has removed many of my favorite formatting options, so it may look wonky here.)

The Pride of Life

 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”  ~1 John 2: 15-17

That sounds very Hindu to me. 

 You can take it to far, of course.  I don’t think God wants us to mope around like angst-ridden teenagers, convinced that everyone is phony and everything sucks.  I’m sure He wants us to enjoy our time here.

I see this more as a caution not to become like Hugh Hefner or Donald Trump, lives that became completely out of balance by focusing on the paraphernalia to the detriment of the purpose.

(This is a cut-and-paste from my primary blog, over HERE. WordPress has removed many of my favorite formatting options, so it may look wonky here.)

Amateur Hour

“Yes, of course, I’m voting for Trump. I don’t want a politician running this world anymore.” ~John Lydon (source)

I think politics is the only profession on earth that people believe could be better performed by an amateur.

You would never go to a doctor who advertised that he has no idea what he’s doing, but Americans regularly elect public officials with those proud credentials.

With predictable results.

Regrets, I’ve had a few…

This is heartbreaking:


“Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.” ~Holden Caulfield

My plan, for now, is to copy-and-paste from my primary blog at AbbiesTreeHouse, over to here. They have a much, much, much better editor. There are times the formatting will be askew here, because WordPress has degraded the formatting options.


I am moving to BlogSpot. All future posts will be here:

The “upgrades” WordPress have imposed on us are just too much. I’m tired of wrestling with the interface. I give up. Blogger is intuitive and simple to use, so I’m using them going forward.

This blog will remain in place, for as long as WordPress maintains inactive blogs.

Me and Art

Excerpted from Art Buchwald’s autobiography Leaving Home: A Memoir, ©1993:

But a funny thing can happen to you in a depression. If you don’t hurt yourself, you can gain tremendous insights and empathy, find inner strengths and hidden talents. It’s mysterious process, but if you can hold on, you become a wiser and better person.

That’s why, when the second depression hit me in 1987, I wasn’t as frightened. It was just as vicious as the first, but this time I knew I could come out of it a stronger person, and I did.

I had similar experiences, and arrived at the same conclusions.


“Ever since reading Catcher in the Rye, I have identified with Holden Caulfield. I always believed that while he was working one side of the street, I was working the other.” ~Art Buchwald, in his autobiography Leaving Home: A Memoir, ©1993

That’s interesting. I would never have thought to compare Holden Caulfield with Art Buchwald.

Cather in the Rye is one of those books that seems to leave a mark on everyone who reads it. Somehow J.D. Salinger created an outsider that everyone identifies with.

Broken Record

You’ll enjoy this more if you’re old enough to have actually had a broken record. Full lyrics HERE.


With each new “update” WordPress becomes more difficult and cumbersome to use. They have actually removed certain basic functionality, like the ability to indent text. (You can still do it, for now, but you have to use the “classic editor” and code the html manually. Even that clumsy workaround will be gone soon.)

It’s not fun anymore.

I’m not going anywhere until I have a new landing spot, but I’m actively looking for alternatives. Blogger is in the lead, but if anyone has another suggestion please leave it in the comments.

In/Never In

“Sometimes we are in doubt, but never in despair.” ~Phil Koch

Little Duties

“Great holiness consists in carrying out the little duties of each moment.” ~St. Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer y Albás