Sunday, October 16, 2016

The Crisis by Thomas Paine

The Crisis by Thomas Paine is a series of pamphlets written under the pseudonym "Common Sense".

In the first pamphlet:  December 23, 1776. "These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman."

Really inspiring words for people torn by dissension and probably frightened for the future.

It is easy to minimize what they were living through. The mists of time shroud the way of life the people were leading. The pressures must have seemed tremendous.

There are videos on YouTube that give a really close look at the big cities and such smaller places as Saratoga, Monmouth, Yorktown and many, many more locations.

The battles at Trenton and Princeton were fought in the dead of winter by an army dressed for a large part in rags.

It is just a fascinating part of our country's history brought to life in these videos.

We tend to get all involved in our current conditions, especially with an election nearing. Others from the past have struggled greatly to help us on our way so far.

Let us remember that our current crisis is our effort to build for those who follow us.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

A Nice Picture Of A Country Lane

This is a free stock photo from Dreamstime.

There is nothing really significant other than it shows a country lane approaching a bend.

We can not see what is around the bend in the road. Is is good or bad? Is it scenic or drab? We are headed that way whatever lies ahead.

Can you get philosophical about things like this? 

Of course - but do you really want to bother? Why not live for the moment and see what you will see.Much of what we do is sort of on a lane like this with twists and turns along the way.

At least there are no decisions to make like with Robert Frost and The Road Not Taken

I want to go on. Let's see what is ahead. It is so simple, go or no-go.

It is a little barren where we are. Maybe past the trees it is more interesting.

Boy! You can really waste a lot of time on a Saturday night thinking like this.

 I guess life is like that. Sort of like the thoughts that flow unbidden when looking at a picture.

It is a really nice and sharp image, isn't it?

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Just Thinking About Things

The big problem I have is in the present world there is very little privacy
available. There is just no time available to simply daydream and relax. The stresses of the world would be unrelenting.

Would even a round of golf present enough of an escape?

I notice that one of our best presidents, Dwight Eisenhower, was an amateur painter. He endured the pressures of the presidency and of having been a general. Probably the escape into the world of an artist let him zone out the cares of the world for a period and allowed him to maintain his mental health. He was a golfer too.

Each person must maintain a personal space. More or less according to the person but there must be enough.

Probably too much and the person would become sort of an unresponsive zombie. Too little and there might be a tendency to nervousness and irritability.

I really do not think I would like to be a world ruler no matter what the rewards. It is easy to say from my position at the bottom but I do really enjoy having the opportunity to meditate on the flowers on the wall occasionally. It is a rough job but it really should be done.

It is an interesting thing to think about how someone like Alexander The Great conquered much of the world but then died at the age of 32. Would he possibly have done better for himself contemplating roses a bit more than going out and getting multiple battle injuries?

There are always philosophical what could have been thoughts. Some of course are good and others not so good.

It is interesting thinking about how a person could have a personal space when large families were the rule and crowded living conditions. Personal privacy just was not available in many situations in the past. Many people nowadays are kept on a fairly tight leash as well.

Too much or too little. It really is not an option of our choosing in many cases. We are dealt the cards we must play with.

It is a shame that so much potential is wasted in many cases by frustration over having nothing to do or frustration over being swamped with things to do.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Surprise Appearance Of Black-Eyed Susans

Surprise appearance is a good way to describe these flowers showing up at the end of one of my front hedges.

I have always thought some flowers would be nice to break up the green but never got around to doing something about it. These showed up just this year.

They have been shining away for the summer and I suppose they are a little past their prime but they still really look good where they are.

I do not know where they came from. The only others on the street are a little ways down the street but who really knows the workings of nature. I do know the workings, in this case, are very nice.

It may be worth the while in future years to get some for a bed on the other side of the porch. They really brighten things up. They last quite a while too.

I enjoy nice displays of flowers but in recent years it is more as a spectator rather than an active planter.

It is really a great feeling to see something like this showing up. I have always liked to look at my roses, lilacs and such things as daylilies but the persistent display of the black-eyed susans is really impressive.

I have talked it up pretty well and now I really think it would be sort of enjoyable to actually do something.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Niagara Falls

Isn't it really interesting how living a few miles from a natural wonder of the world sometimes can be taken for granted.

It is such an easy trip to get there that you might tend to take it for granted. It really is huge.

I think one of the things that happens is we need to somehow attempt to diminish something so vast.

The beauty can even defy description at times. It is something you never really tire of seeing.

It is quite an interesting being dwarfed by nature. It is actually a great experience wandering around the area.

There is something for everyone and it even changes with the time of the day and also the time of the year.