Sunday, July 31, 2016

Ghazala Khan: Trump criticized my silence. He knows nothing about true sacrifice.


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"I cannot walk into a room with pictures of Humayun. For all these years, I haven’t been able to clean the closet where his things are — I had to ask my daughter-in-law to do it. Walking onto the convention stage, with a huge picture of my son behind me, I could hardly control myself. What mother could? Donald Trump has children whom he loves. Does he really need to wonder why I did not speak?
Donald Trump said that maybe I wasn’t allowed to say anything. That is not true. My husband asked me if I wanted to speak, but I told him I could not. My religion teaches me that all human beings are equal in God’s eyes. Husband and wife are part of each other; you should love and respect each other so you can take care of the family.
When Donald Trump is talking about Islam, he is ignorant. If he studied the real Islam and Koran, all the ideas he gets from terrorists would change, because terrorism is a different religion." - OpEd  by 
Ghazala Khan

Circle on the Cross


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"As of this time, no circle appears on the wall"


The diamonds and pluses (crosses) indicate whether a person is confirmed dead (those who died in accidents are included) or missing/whereabouts unknown. The diamond indicates a person's death was confirmed. The pluses (crosses) indicate that a person remains missing and unaccounted for and in no way are meant to be a religious symbol. A plus (cross) symbol can be easily turned into a diamond if a person is declared dead (such as the return of their remains). A circle (as a symbol of life) will be inscribed around the plus if the person comes back alive. As of this time, no circle appears on the wall. On the West wall the symbols precede the names, while on the East wall they follow the names.  

(Source - www.thewall-usa.com)

The Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, DC. My childhood friend Fergus Connors Jr. is on the wall. Note the crosses next to the name Ralph E. Uhlmansiek and Quentin R. Beecher.

I learned of these symbols via a 2011 episode of Louie (Louie CK) called Duckling. Here is the song that Keni Thomas performed in that episode.






Friday, July 22, 2016

Beware of Darkness


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The unauthorized use of at the is offensive & against the wishes of the George Harrison estate.




Morning in Dystopia


I couldn't make it through the entire 75 minutes of fear and lothing that spewed forth from this megalomaniac. I lay on the couch in a torpor as I realized that there is a possibility we might be subjected to this for four or more years.

"This is what the LORD says: “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches" - Jeremiah 9:23 (NIV)


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

When the World's on Fire


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Good Morning,

On July 10, 2016 I had the opportunity to play at a Bluegrass Service at Saint Paul's Church in Gardner, MA, On a regular basis I have the opportunity to play music with these folks at several of the local music jams in the region. 

I'm including a recording of our rendition of "When the World's on Fire", a tune that you will immediately identify as "This Land is Your Land" by Woody Guthrie.  However this tune was recorded by the Carter Family years before Guthrie, part of the folk "process".

I'm including the words so you can sing along.

Dick Horonoff mandolin, Cathy Provoda autoharp, Greg Algeri Bass, Pam Harris Banjo and John Poltrack Guitar




When the World’s on Fire

Carter Family (This Land is Your Land) - D

Oh, my loving mother, when the world's on fire
Don't you want God's bosom to be your pillow
Tide me over in the Rock of Ages
Rock of Ages cleft for me

I'm going to heaven when the world's on fire
And I want God's bosom to be my pillow
Tide me over in the Rock of Ages
Rock of Ages cleft for me

[Instrumental break]

Oh, my loving brother, when the world's on fire
Don't you want God's bosom to be your pillow
Tide me over in the Rock of Ages
Rock of Ages cleft for me

Oh, my loving sinner, when the world's on fire
Don't you want God's bosom to be your pillow
Tide me over in the Rock of Ages
Rock of Ages cleft for me

[Instrumental break]

Don't you want to go to heaven when the world's on fire
Don't you want God's bosom to be your pillow
Tide me over in the Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages cleft for me

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Stepping Stones



Stepping Stones - Jimmie Martin Key D

Memories of yesterday
Are stepping stones that pave the way
To heartaches of a love I can't forget
I've found this out to be so true
For all my memories of you
Have marked my lonely pathway of regret

Stepping stones
They're only stepping stones
I wish I never helped to pave the way
Stepping stones
Your lies were stepping stones
And that's why my heart is broke today

Moments sad and moments sweet
Are only stepping stones that meet
At the end of the pathway of heartbreak
Misery and bitter tears
In this night, so filled with fears
Are stepping stones that show me my mistakes

Stepping stones
They're only stepping stones
I wish I never helped to pave the way
Stepping stones
Your lies were stepping stones
And that's why my heart is broke today






Saturday, July 9, 2016

What I Want for My Birthday


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Our cat is messy and not very helpful, I think what I really need for a non-human companion would be this SpotMini. It can help with the dishes and fetch me a seltzer from the refrigerator. Think how cool it would be to take this for a walk.



Saturday, July 2, 2016

Pee-Back Time


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Technology makes our life less stinky with the development of water repellent paint which is supposed to discourage public urination, News you need to know.

Sign at Halibut Point Restaurant in Gloucestor, NH


Stinky