Wednesday, September 18, 2019

HERE WE GO AGAIN...


Never ending process
All of us are constantly evolving creatures.
Whether willing or not is the only question.
While many lead quite sedentary existences
evolution is one of the few things that we all
have in common. Life being a never ending
process of change, each of us adapts in our
own way. Some fight the inevitable whereas
others welcome all things "new". The only
constant being that we're all actually quite
facile. Meaning that somehow no matter the
challenge we handle it. And in said process
inevitably become further educated in the art
of life itself. Hence the older... the wiser.
Two for the road
A creature of habit I abhor the unexpected.
Yet life still drags one along to places we
never knew existed. Looking back on my
time here on earth nothing is ever the same.
For many the only thing we can rely on is
the one we share said journey with. Thus
Frank has patiently accompanied me on
a series of ups and downs for over twenty
four years. His solid resolve, wisdom, and
infinite forgiveness enabling me to adapt
to whatever came our way. A circuitous
process at best, but ultimately well worth
our time and effort. Whither thou goest...
Graduate course
My one constant is that no matter what I've
learned something new. For me said adult
education only makes me a better man. If
nothing else post time this earth we all gain
a sense of reality. Human nature is what it
is. Hence like it or not, we already know
what to expect from our fellow travelers.
Both the good, bad, and ugly. All of which
guarantees that we're rarely surprised. And
yet extremes on either end of the spectrum
still amaze me. Just when one assumes there
is no good in this world, a blessing arrives.
Or an unexpected tsunami of shit.
What a waste
Either way, there is a benefit to everything.
Good times remind us of exactly why life is
worth living. Whereas hard times not only
strengthen our resolve. We end up stronger,
wiser, and better for it. The only negative in
said collective process being that our time
here on earth is all too short. Thus one may
assume all of our hard earned wisdom is
ultimately worthless given its thrown away.
However I'm not so sure. Does each of our
life experiences add up to nothing? Or are
we ourselves part of an endless process of
recycling. Of endless repeat engagement.
Full circle
Call me mad, nuts, or delusional. I cannot
accept said short term strategy. While not
a confirmed believer in reincarnation, I've
had more than my share of deja vu. Could
it be that each and everyone of us has been
there... done that in some way, shape, or
form prior? If I've learned anything it's how
little I actually know. Therefore part of me
thinks that we're but cogs in the continuum
of life's perpetual spin cycle. So do we all
get a second, third, or hundredth chance?
All of which insures that some where, some
time, some place we'll figure life out.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

WHY TERRIBLY BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE


Environmental concerns
Everyday I make this world a worst place. Here
in central Montana recycling is minimal at best.
Even as a dedicated group of volunteers runs a
plastic recycling program. Their challenge being
that they can only process a tiny portion of our
plastic waste. Hence our small household of two
still adds quite a bit to the mound of debris that
will never go away. The question is how do we
end this madness? Are corporations standing in
the way of preserving this earth for our children
and their offspring? Or is it simply ample proof
that we are too lazy to do the right thing. When
will it stop? Are we perpetual plastic pawns?
Smoke screens
While I'm not a proponent of dark conspiracy
theories I'm certain greed corrupts. Money is
power hence those in control want more. Thus
we've allowed this democracy to be controlled
by a finite minority of ultra wealthy egoists.
All of whom pull our strings from behind the
scenes. Insuring that everything is skewed to
their advantage. Which may be why the Trump
administration has been quietly dismantling all
environmental laws. Their preference being
short term gain versus long term investment.
Do we really think our health and happiness
should be all about them? And at our expense?
Poison pills
Are we so easily bought? For years I haunted
the Sackler wing at the Metropolitan Museum
of Art. Completely unaware that their largesse
was fueled by their role in the pharmaceutical
industry. When you have that much cash and
power your perspective gets skewed. Or you
get lazy and don't pay attention to how your
money is flowing in. Whatever their excuse,
I find it shocking that they can freely offer up.
THREE BILLION DOLLARS. A quick and
easy tradeoff to exit a tsunami of valid cases
against them for the creation, marketing, and
aggressive distribution of addictive Oxytocin.
Due process
When will we hold each other responsible?
While Felicity Huffman only got fourteen
days in jail she was publicly humiliated. So
what about those who manipulate our world
to their advantage? Are they culpable for
wrongs that benefit them? Are their crimes
so vast that nobody can do anything about
them? At some point we all have to take
responsibility for our world at large. Which
means doing what's BEST for ALL not the
chosen few. What is stopping us for working
on solutions that improve our common good?
Why can't we force them to do just that?

Monday, September 16, 2019

OFF THE LIST


Do or dare
Recently there has been a more than
odd phenomena that has overtaken
Facebook. Suddenly people who at
least appear to like other people are
nominating them to the modern day
equivalent of chain letters. Over the
past few days I've been challenged
to list my ten favorite books, douse
myself in ice water (made a donation
instead), and finally, spend seven days
listing what I am grateful for. While
said tasks have been easy and in some
if not all cases gratifying... why me?!
Drop out
I'm not complaining just trying to make
a point. Like it or not, I have good news.
While you might not have noticed, I've
opted to NOT nominate nor require any
of you to complete any sort of public list
or other task. I adore those who forced
me to comply, but simply cannot fathom
doing the same to others. Call me a free
spirit, liberal, or roué but I prefer to allow
you to say whatever you want to say if
and when you want to say it. So rather
than requiring your public recording of
your true confessions, you're off my list.
Torn between two lovers
Part of me adores the immediacy and
intimacy of Facebook. Think of it...
a small circle of friends and family
who share their daily highs and lows
with each other. That said, in the end
there seem to be few secrets left in
our new cyber existence. At times it's
almost like listening in on someone
else's chat on a party line. However
the difference is most welcome our
collective eavesdropping. Well, not
all of us. My partner's perspective is
enough said. LESS IS MORE.
Inner circle
How different is this from the long
telephone conversations my Mother
used to have with her cronies most
mornings. The distance between the
city and the burbs was minimal but
they could no longer dish over the
fire escape. So they gossiped daily
via Ma Bell. Innovative technology
(i.e. the telephone) enabled them to
maintain a life long connection. So
why is it that many have "hang ups"
about the impact of digital media on
our lives? Am I missing the link?
Wake up call
Humans by their very nature need to
connect. In our life we all build our
individual communities that nurture,
motivate, and occasionally discipline
us. Said "list" is what keeps us honest
and real. So rather than being forced
to complete a homework assignment
I'm perfectly happy blabbering away
to my list (including you) on a daily
basis. What's important is that each
of you have the freedom to read or
delete. No pressure. No deadlines.
And most important, no ice water!

Sunday, September 15, 2019

7thDaySurprise: WHERE NEXT?




END OF THE LINE
There's nothing like a road trip.
Given fall is about to arrive,
maybe it's time to hit the road to escape reality.
So why not put your pedal to the metal and
fly away?