Life’s a Coin Toss

Posted on December 17, 2009. Filed under: humor, Joy, life, photo | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

I love this! Sadly I shall be using this trick from time to time.

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Time Don’t Wait For No One

Posted on September 13, 2009. Filed under: writing | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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My Grandfather, who was a WWII Vet, had this saying, “Time Don’t Wait For No One” .  Although it drove me nuts, I knew what he meant. It was typically announced when I was either putting something off or taking too long to get ready. Still it always made me pause and think that’s one crazy ass statement. As I get older some how it resonates.  The following is a sweet perspective on just that.

“Who has never killed an hour? Not casually or without thought, but carefully: a premeditated murder of minutes. The violence comes from a combination of giving up, not caring, and a resignation that getting past it is all you can hope to accomplish. So you kill the hour. You do not work, you do not read, you do not daydream. If you sleep it is not because you need to sleep. And when at last it is over, there is no evidence: no weapon, no blood, and no body. The only clue might be the shadows beneath your eyes or a terribly thin line near the corner of your mouth indicating something has been suffered, that in the privacy of your life you have lost something and the loss is too empty to share.”
— Mark Z. Danielewski (House of Leaves)

Thanks to good reads for the quote

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Come On North Korea Be Nice

Posted on May 25, 2009. Filed under: cartoon, humor | Tags: , , , , , , |

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Thanks to Time for the cartoon

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The Pet Employee

Posted on February 1, 2009. Filed under: funny, humor, mental health | Tags: , , , , , , |

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I know this is how I always felt.

Thanks to The New Yorker For this cartoon.

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What Is Obama Gonna Do For You?

Posted on November 28, 2008. Filed under: barack obama, democrat, economic, funny, humor, Joy, obama, politics | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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1. Get me a puppy.

2. Get me a job…. a good paying job.

3. Universal Health Care.

4. Get us out of Iraq..ASAP like by February 20, 2009.

5. Peace On Earth.

6. Better Schools and Teachers.

7. Improved Infrastructure.

8. Economic Stability.

In this time for giving thanks I keep hearing people being thankful for the election.  I must say I too am thankful for that.  Is it possible that people could be a bit too hopeful? Let me explain. I am hearing people say that they are hopeful that Obama will bring peace on earth. Look I have been praying for peace on earth since I was a little girl but he was elected President not the Messiah.  I think we are expecting too much to put it bluntly. He is but one man and in order for us not to have a big let down we might condiser a few realistic expecitations.

What do you expect Obama to do for you?

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How to Keep Your Head If the Bailout Fails Again

Posted on September 30, 2008. Filed under: Peace | Tags: , , , , , , |

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If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:If you can dream–and not make dreams your master,
If you can think–and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings–nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And–which is more–you’ll be a Man, my son!

–Rudyard Kipling

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Forget about the Bailout Defeat. Stop and Notice the Joy

Posted on September 30, 2008. Filed under: Joy, Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

It seems important to consider Joy. The Joy in every day life.
The following was published on odemagazine.com. Written by mmlarsen.

What I’ve learned about joy

It’s been over a month now that I’ve been on this quest to spy joy (ispyjoy.com) and I’ve noticed a few things.

1) Joy is most easily and most often found in children. Children are quick to run and laugh and play. They do not hesitate to have a good time. I used to think this was because they aren’t worn down by the pressures and stress we adults shoulder every day. That’s not fully true. Children have their own pressure and stress and although we can see missing recess for a day is a trifle, to them it’s monumental. The difference is they let it go. They sulk and pout for 20 or even 40 minutes, but then it’s gone and forgotten and they’ve found another game to play. And children are transparent: feel joy, smile and laugh; feel sad, cry and pout.

2) The visual effects of joy are fleeting. The expression of it flashes in the glint of an eye, a lift of an eyebrow, a smile that washes over a face before dispersing into a pool of time that quickly becomes the past. If camera isn’t in hand and ready, the moment disappears uncaptured.

3) Joy, while abundant as ever, goes unseen. We’re at a point in time where we seem to be looking for misery. We anticipate sorrow and pain and so we find it. It’s not that there’s any more of it then before, it’s just that we’re choosing to focus on it. Think life isn’t good? Was your coffee warm and satisfying this morning when you took that first sip? Did you enjoy a warm shower and the clean, fresh scent of soap today? Were you greeted with a smile and a hug from your child or spouse or friend or coworker? Did your electricity work this morning? Was the commute to work happily uneventful because your car is reliable? Did you have food to nourish your body and music to soothe your soul? Clothes that are comfortable and warm? We are met with joy and wonder at every turn. If we just allow ourselves to see it we will realize life is a fabulous, marvelous, delicious gift. Savor it. Breathe it into the depths of you and be thankful for every single second. Joy lives.

posted by mmlarsen on 9/27/2008 12:08

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