Archive for the ‘Words’ Category

Hey Folks,

Just thought I would write a blog that gives a short description of the more than fifty blogs I have written so far.  My blogs are divided into categories, so I will arrange this blog in the same way.  Note that some of my blogs fall into more than one of my categories, but they will only be chronicled once below. The blogs are listed in each category in chronological order from the oldest to the newest.

ADVENTURE:
In “The Mexico Expedition“, I tell about an expedition my father and I went on in the jungles of Mexico. In “Shrimp Boats” Although the next blog, entitled “Grand Canyon” is yet unfinished, I published it anyway and at some point will finish this massive blog about the fun-filled trip to the Grand Canyon with the family of my best friends.  Economizing Words details a four-day conference I attended on Long Island, where I began to learn techniques for teaching mobility skills to persons who are deaf-blind.

HUMOR
This category has several entries, but two are rather silly like, “Anti Aging” “Cream” which does not deserve an explanation and “Lovesick Squirrel“, which is also rather weak. I do think that my blog about “The Empty bus“, which details my most embarrassing moment is, if I do say so myself, pretty funny. In “No Virginia“, I shared one person’s(was unable to find who this piece originally came from) scientific analysis of the impossibility of the existence of Santa. In “jokes” I add a few favorite jokes I have received from hyper space over the years. In “National Bake Sale” I make my own tongue-in-cheek “modest proposal” as to how to solve our national debt crisis.

 Miscellaneous World Blogs
In “The Big Ponzi Scheme“, I explain why I think the free enterprise system is one giant Ponzi Scheme.  In “Taxes 101“, I decry America’s aversion to paying taxes.  In “Wiki leaks Realization“, I applaud how these revelations reveal just how stupid our world leaders (mostly men) are.  “Don’t ask Don’t Tell” is just one of my several blogs that attack the moronic bigoted behavior in the world.   In “The Wal-Marting of America“,  I talk about how China has adopted a similar policy of that adopted by Wal-mart to economically crush everyone but them.  In ‘A Letter to the Rich“, I send these sycophants a warning.    In The God of Abraham VS Spirituality,  I detail reasons why belief in this god,  contradicts its adherents claim to spirituality.   “Jesus“, is another of my polemics against bigotry.  In “The Age of Stupid“, I mourn the current anti-intellectual climate fostered by the right wing-nuts of the republican party.    In “Inherent Bigotry“,  I detail how I think the bigotry is inherent in the three major religions that dominate the world today — Judaism, Christianity and Islam.    In” There is a fine“,  I talk about why parents — not teachers — are the ones who are really the ones responsible for the education of their children.   In”I’m Tired of the Bleeping Censorship“, I point out how silly trying to control media language with “‘bleeping” offensive language is.   “Are the Republicans the New Sodomites?“,  is not actually one of my blogs, but was a New York Times OP:Ed in which Nicolas Kristoff, gives an amusing quiz that points out just how out of touch with reality the Christian right are.   In “Corporate Person-hood“,  I decry the supreme court’s decision that gives corporations the same rights as real people and I make an argument why they are not at all human.  in “Good People“, I give my opinion on what it takes to be a good person.   In “Not for Profits Please” I give my argument why these entities are a superior way to proceed in the future.   In “In the Tradition of Tomas de Torquemada” I decry the religious zealotry of Rick Santorum.    And finally in this category, I wrote two companion blogs,  “Racism is …“, which explains why we should stop using this archaic word and “Ethnic Bigotry is caused by?“, which details what science has discovered about the sources of bigotry.

NEWS RANTS
In “My Take on Egypt” I talk about what I think really spurred the Arab Spring.  In “McCarthyism Reincarnated“,  I make a short comment on the ravings of Ann Coulter.  In “Nuclear Lies“, I argue that no matter what we do with this form of power, it will never be safe.  In discuss the meaning of “Cults“, and in Bill Maher’s comments about conservative woman… I argue that Mr. Maher’s comments is neither a sexist nor misogynistic.  In Here’s Something I rant about the Supreme Court decisions on corporate person-hood.

PICTURES
 In “Pictures“, which is not really a blog in my list, but a menu item at the top of my blog, I display some of the favorites from the pictures I have taken.   I display some pictures of my master in “My Cat: Wheatina Turdmonky“.  Lastly in this category, I chronicle the tragedy of  “A Green Heron Saga”

WEIRD
This category had a few entries, but the others have already been mentioned in other categories, so there is only one left.  “A Mystery Noise”  Tells about an actual, very frustrating experience I had in my home one long night.

SHORT STORIES
I have two short stories of my own in this category, “Symbiosis” a completely fictional short short story about an encounter with an unusual individual and “Words in Time“, another short short of mine with time travel as its theme.  And finally in this category, I put in one that is not mine “The Story of an Hour“, by Kate Chopin.  Although only one page long,  this is one of the most powerful short stories I have ever read.

WORDS
In this final category, I offer on blog that lists some of my favorite “aphorisms” in general and then two more that deal specifically with “Death” and “Ennui”  I also include a list of “Aphorattemts” which lists some original quotes of mine.

Aphorisms: Ennui

Posted: January 9, 2011 in ALL POSTS, Aphorisms, Words

Ennui

Full of ennui – that is to say, empty.
– Victor Hugo

Ennui, felt on the proper occasions, is a sign of intelligence.
– Clifton Fadiman

Bore:  who is never unintentionally rude.
– Oscar Wilde

His shortcoming is his long staying
– Lewis L. Lewisohn

Bores bore each other too, but it never seems to teach them anything
– Don Marquis

A bore is someone who persists in holding his own views after we have enlightened him of ours.
– Malcolm Forbes

If at first you do not succeed try, try, not to be a bore
– Franklin P. Jones

As I usually do when I want to get rid of someone whose conversation bores me, I pretend to agree
– Albert Camus

The nice thing about being a celebrity is that when you bore people, they think its their fault.
– Henry Kissinger

The world is a difficult world indeed
And people are hard to suit
And the man who plays the violin
Is a bore to the man with a flute.
– Sir Thomas Beecham

I don’t believe in an afterlife, so I don’t have to spend my whole life fearing hell, or fearing heaven even more.  For whatever the tortures of hell, I thin k the boredom of heaven would be even worse.
–  Isaac Asimov

The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.
–  – Calvin Trillon

Man is the only animal that learns by being hypocritical. He pretends to be polite and then, eventually, he becomes polite.
–  – Jean Kerr

Aphorisms: Death

Posted: January 8, 2011 in ALL POSTS, Aphorisms, Words

Here are some aphorisms related to death:

Death

The difference between sex and death is that with death you can do it alone and no one is going to make fun of you.
–  Woody Allen

Death is both a threat and promise
–  Howard Ogden

I’d hate to die twice. It’s so boring.
–  Richard Feynman (last words)

No one can die now without teddy bears and candles being left at a fence
–  George Carlin

Goddamit!  He beat me to it.
— Janis Joplin (on hearing of Jimi Hendris’s death)

As the poets have mournfully sung
Death takes the innocent young
The rolling-in-money,
The screamingly funny,
And those who are very well hung

There are more dead people than living and their numbers are increasing.
–  Eugene Ionesco

Being over seventy is like being in a war.  All our friends are going or gone and we survive amongst the dead and the dying as on a battlefield.
–  Muriel Spark

We are all cremated equal
–  Goodman Ace

Dyeing is no big deal.  The least of us will manage that.  Living is the trick.
– Red Smith

Death is part of life. The last part.
–  annonymous

The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there’s no risk of accident ot someone who’s dead.
–  Albert Einstein

 

Some Aphorisms

Posted: December 18, 2010 in ALL POSTS, Aphorisms, Words
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Here are a few of my favorite Aphorisms:

  • We are so anxious to achieve some particular end that we never pay attention to the psycho physical means whereby that end is to be gained.  So as far we are concerned, any old means is good enough.  But the nature of the universe is such that the ends can never justify the means.  On the contrary, the means always determine the end.
    Aldous Huxley
  • Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.
    George Eliot
  • A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep. – Saul Bellow
  • I think I think; therefore, I think I am – Ambrose Bierce
  • How describe the delicate thing that happens when a brilliant insect alights on a flower?  Words, with their weight, fall upon the picture like birds of prey. – Jules Renard
  • There is no cure for birth and death, save to enjoy the interval.
    – George Santayana 

  • There is no reality except the one contained within us.  That is why so many people live such an unreal life.  They take the images outside them for reality and never allow the world within to assert itself.
    – Herman Hesse 

  • As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.
    – Albert Einstein 

  • Cloquet hated reality, but realized it was still the only place to get a good steak.
    – Woody Allen 

  • Don’t believe everything you think.
    – Anonymous 

  • Clay is molded to make a vessel, but the utility of the vessel lies in the space where there is nothing. . . . Thus, taking advantage of what is, we recognize the utility of what is not.
    – Lao Tzu 

I coined the title of this blog by scrunching together  aphorism + attempt. What follows are some of my meager attempts at such.   Why are they aphorattempts and not just aphorisms?  By definition an aphorism must be quoted by others.   So, if you like one of them, please say it in public and then let me know.  I wouldn’t mind having a few under my belt.

Here they are:

  • If a boring activity is challenging enough the ennui disappears.
  • Nobody is born with will power and nobody is given any.
  • Will power isn’t a city that you visit occasionally – it is a mountain that you must daily climb.
  • Will power comes in drops, but it leaves in buckets.
  • Perfection can only exist in the imagination but never clearly defined.
  • Many plastics are not at all plastic while many non-plastics are.
  • The road to happiness is much less bumpy if expectations are lowered.
  • The extent to which any so-called scientist blindly adheres to doctrine, is the extent which he or she is not a scientist but a theologian.
  • I think the perception of a person’s saintliness increases with distance and time.   Rather than finding them saintly I suspect that many of those who had close personal contact with saints  found them to be royal pains in the ass.
  • The reality equation:  B – E = D (Belief minus evidence equals delusion)
  • Money is not the root of all evil.   The root and the cause of all evil is human action minus conscience.