Friday, May 08, 2009


"You are the creator of your own reality, and so you are not in jeopardy. You do not need to control the behavior of others in order for you to thrive. Your attention to things that you think they do that keeps you from your thriving is, in fact, what keeps you from thriving... It is not what they do to you; it's what YOU do in fear of what you think that they will do to you." Fear is the operative word here and fear is an acronym for "false evidence appearing real."

Excerpted from Abraham-Hicks workshop in Philadelphia, PA on Thursday, May 12th, 2005

Remember - - - 'STRESSED' spelled backwards! is 'DESSERTS'

I am trying to avoid Blogging, Twittering, Facebook and email. I am trying to shut out the world while going through what Robert Benchley calls "the upheaval of the soul" in writing or producing any decent work of art. But as you can see, it's not working.

Here is the exact quote by Robert Benchley:
"Great literature must spring from an upheaval in the author's soul."

I love this Benchley quote too: "Anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn't the work he is supposed be doing at that moment."


One of my favorite songs is by Jackson Browne. It's called "The Only Child."

"Take care of your mother,
And remember to be kind
For the pain of another
will serve to remind
There are those who find themselves exiled,
On whom the fortunes never smiled
And upon whom the heartache
Has been piled... "


I have always loved Paris, and couldn't get enough of it when I was there years ago writing my Trotsky book, and visiting the sights on three separate occasions. I love Hemingway's "A Moveable Feast" and years ago discovered another wonderful little book called "Paris Was Yesterday" by Janet Flanner.

Here is a lovely little memory that Janet Flanner, former Paris correspondant for The New Yorker, writes in the introduction to a collection of her segments from the 1920s and '30s. She tells of one day when she met Picasso after seeing him in the same café nearly every night years before but never having the courage to speak to him.

"As I walked into the salon, which was as crowded with varied art works as an auction room, Picasso turned to me with his hand outstretched in greeting, and then, with a loud cry of astonishment, shouted, 'You! Why didn't you ever speak to me in the old days at the Flore? For years we saw each other and never spoke, until now. Are you just the same as you were? you look it!' By this time he had his arms around me and was thumping me enthusiastically on the shoulders. 'You look fine; not a day older,' and I said, "Nor do you,' and he said, "That's true; that's the way you and I are. We don't get older, we just get riper. Do you still love life the way you used to, and love people the way you did? I watched you and always wanted to know what you were thinking ... Tell me, do you still love the human race, especially your best friends? Do you still love love?' 'I do,' I said, astonished at the turn the monologue was taking. 'And so do I!' he shouted, laughing. 'Oh, we're great ones for that, you and I. Isn't love the greatest refreshment in life?' And he embraced me with his strong arms, in farewell." (from The Happy and Young Blog)

La vida es bella
No lo olvides
Serás felíz.
Life is beautiful
Do not forget it
You will be happy.


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  1. Much I marvelled this ungainly fowl to hear discourse so plainly,
    Though its answer little meaning, little relevancy bore;
    For we cannot help agreeing that no living human being
    Ever yet was blessed with seeing bird above his chamber door,
    Bird or beast upon the sculptured bust above his chamber door,
    With such name as "Nevermore."

    Startled at the stillness broken by reply so aptly spoken,
    "Doubtless," said I, "what it utters is its only stock and store,
    Caught from some unhappy master, whom unmerciful disaster
    Followed fast and followed faster, till his songs one burden bore,
    Till the dirges of his hope that melancholy burden bore
    Of "Never---nevermore."

    Can we forgive much less forget
    those words I do implore
    Or will the hatred be yet again
    thy hatred of color will never for
    Be it in the day or be at night
    it will always be thy call
    To fail to see me beyond my color
    will ultimately be thy downfall.

  2. I'm only posting one comment so don't anyone bother to try and bait me.

    I just wanted to say on this Mother's day, if you have your mom, then see her. Talk to her. Don't let her go without letting you know how much she's needed, wanted and loved. Because when she's gone, that's it.

    She may be somewhere, but she won't be here. And you can't imagine how much you're going to miss her, until she's gone.

    MOM, I miss you, I love you, and I know Mim's with you now.

    I'll see you soon, I'm sure.

    Love, Buddy.

  3. The topic to comment on is confusing as it covers mothers to politics, which is somewhat unusual and obtuse.

    However I accept your invitation to bring my friends. This is one of 3 blogs we have chosen for our next project.

    Why this blog!

    El tiempo da buen consejo

  4. Yes, we should all celebrate and love our mothers, and let them know it, no matter what.

    Thank you Bart.

  5. Web - Why so cryptic? After 8 years of subterfuge, we appreciate clarity and transparency.


    Hablo espanol pero no entiendo lo que esta diciendo.

    I speak Spanish but I have no idea what you're trying to say here. I finally had to look it up for it's confusing me.

    The time gives good counsel?
    The Weather gives good advice?

    This is a spiritual-political blog that is weaning itself from politics after the Ann Coulter mess and the years of trying to get the truth out there about the Bush-Cheney-Rove cabal.

    I am writing a book and don't have time to post 4 or 5 different blogs on one thread when I want my viewers to be able to leave comments on whatever is on their mind.

    When the book is turned in, this site is going "mulit-channel" with one political blog for the people who want to fight. Please read the front page of the website at

    On my radio show we interview Senators, Congressmen and women, Pulitzer Prize winners, Obama's cabinet, White House correspondents. Bloggers here spent too much time combatting right-wing trolls or hateful misguided "Christians" -- yet no one seemed to understand my mission, or The Great Peacemaker's teachings to "love one another."

    I am an actress too, and on that note, I am posting some photos from the red carpet Monday night from the British Film Festival.

    Love and Peace!

  6. "Why this blog!

    El tiempo da buen consejo"
    ------Lydia, TIME WILL TELL...

    "This is one of 3 blogs we have chosen for our next project."------Perhaps it's just my cynical nature, but this guy sounds rather ominous to me. I'm questioning his intentions.

    I wonder if you have the option not to participate in his "project"...

  7. If "Time will tell" is what Web is saying, I would say:

    El tiempo va a decir or El tiempo dira.

    I think he means to say "All in good time."

    Which would be: "A su debido tiempo"

    But I get the gist of it.

    No problemo

  8. Well from what I see Mr. Bennett does seem to be one of yours, but he's also quite the race baiter.

    I suppose it should make for some interesting controversy...

  9. Oh and lest I forget, Happy Mothers day Lydia.

  10. I personally would prefer being asked if I'd like to participate in someone else's project, not simply be told I'm a subject of it.

  11. I can't believe I didn't see this horrifying post put up by Fox "news" of a rifle pointing at Obama's head. Absolutely horrifying that they get away with this. I saw it on Web's blog from a few days ago.


    Whenever we play a FOX "News" clip, in order to dissect the propaganda, we say "FAUX News, and don't forget the letter "A"...

    Horrifying. What was the followup? Did they apologize?

  12. Blogger Voltron said...

    I personally would prefer being asked if I'd like to participate in someone else's project, not simply be told I'm a subject of it."

    Ahh if only we practicd what we preached Volty..........but then again your not so forthright with what you actually do.

  13. Turned cheeks still do bleed.
    And the pain inflicted
    May swim in a forgiveness.
    But emotions are there
    In a memory that feeds.

    No evil is equal
    To end a conflict,
    With a settlement that is gained.
    If the seriousness of it
    Has no one attempting,
    To put a lid on it!

    Turned cheeks still do bleed.
    And the pain inflicted
    May swim in a forgiveness.
    But emotions are there
    In a memory that feeds.

    No evil is equal
    Much slavery still there
    With a settlement never gained.
    Tattered peace is torn to bits.
    My shackled skin ripped bare!

  14. My dear friends the time frame is as irrelevant as the motive. What matters is the result. There will be results.

    To fear the unknown is to fear your own soul. One has no knowledge of either.

    Aut disce aut discede

  15. Either learn or leave?

    That's rather arrogant don't you think?

  16. Here's one for you,

    Ascendo tuum

  17. Looks like duncetron is getting testy over a blog he even doesn't own.

  18. Technical difficulties..

    Sorry everyone, we are having trouble publishing and updating this blog.

    Stay tuned...

    In the meantime, my sons took me to STAR TREK on Mother's Day and it was the greatest!! Did anyone see it?

  19. Yeah, I saw it.

    The cinematography was quite beautiful and the special effects were very good.

    Lots of eye candy for a trekkie.

    I spotted a couple of things I didn't agree with scientifically, and the plot was weak.

    There were a couple of places that the solutions to certain situations seemed to easy and contrived.

    While visually stunning, it seemed dumbed down for the new generation.

    As a Trek fan since the beginning of the original series I would say I liked the scenery and the back story of some of the characters, but plot wise this wouldn't have made a good series episode let alone a two hour movie.

    (take that with a grain of salt, it seems to be my opinion of just about every movie made these days...)

  20. Well Cliffy,

    I feel very protective of you guys.

    It's kinda like you're my mentally challenged siblings or something...

  21. Oh and Lydia,

    I will say I have been waiting very UN patiently for this damn thing to finally come out.

    Now that it has, I still think "The Wrath of Khan" or "The Undiscovered Country" were the best TOS movies made.

  22. Volt, yes I agree about the plot. But I loved the Star Trek mythology and Spock's background. His biracial birth, and the human mother explained. I loved all that stuff.

    I love the original music.

    New blog thread is up and please give your opinions of the stuff on the blog or any relevant matter that concerns all of you.

    Thank you.