I have a recurring
vision: I am standing transfixed with shock and awe, immersed
in the midst of that scene in Disney's animated version of Alice in
Wonderland, where the Queen of Hearts is screaming "Off with their
heads!” and all are running helter-skelter.
“What am I doing here?
Why are they doing that?” The thoughts in my head (in my vision)
“How can I fix this?
What must I do?” (fade to black)
Today I am 63. “Old
enough to know better, and too young to resist .” <grin>
I've heard is said that
60 is the new 40. Thing is, I'm only hearing the 20-somethings say
this. It is the new memetic mantra, preparing us for the inevitable
-- grandeur of eternal life aside.
Symptomatic of my
waxing years I seem to spend a lot of time wondering: When do I get
to stop compensating for the idiocy of others?
According to Wikipedia,
“An idiot, dolt, or dullard is a mentally deficient person, or
someone who acts in a self-defeating or significantly
People who play the
(ego-driven) 'you're not the boss of me' game are idiots.
Why is it (supposedly)
incumbent upon me to adjust my behavior to pander at the altar of
On my side of the
looking glass, everything is so totally 'in our hands' to 'control'
(guide, direct, focus) by simply introspecting about the content of
our own thoughts -- from which all perceived reality flows by and
through the tripartite portal of 'self', being 'me, myself, and I
am', weaving through the perpetual fluxes of gravitational (social)
polarities and (cultural) dynamics, enjoying (as I grow) some
semblance of comprehending 'how' these systems work (and thus 'how
to' satisfactorily negotiate them) with similar (acquired by
practice) ease and dexterity to navigating a sometimes rushing and
sometimes lackadaisical (event) stream in a canoe.
Why (forgive me for
asking) do I feel like I'm waiting for everyone else to catch up? I
mean really, where on earth are the rest of us competent
Anyway, as you ponder
my musings perhaps you will enjoy taking a gander at (yet another)
'bragging rights' page, this one devoted to my youngest daughter
who, as with all of my children, I love very much...
Shaundel Shoxx: Momma's Little Girl Grows Up
May we all together celebrate 2012
in joy and abundance...
Organized to help parolees and their
families connect with the support services that will enable them to
have successful lives! March 12, 2012 ~ 9am / 3pm
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Smart Meters or Dumb Ideas?
helpful devices that make energy cheaper, keep the gird safe and
make all the systems we rely on more secure? Or is this 'smart'
transfor-mation simply highly sophisticated 'social engineering'
being promulgated as 'for our own good' by a league of
multi-national energy and technology brokers who are up-playing
'consumer benefits' while plotting on taking us all to the
cleaners for billions in (their) profit?
Cashing in on Predators?
Are laws on sex offenders supposed to
protect kids -or- meant to enrich high-tech tracking companies? Read
Mother Jones report by Kate Sheppard and see what you think
about what is happening. Then decide for yourself if it's right, or
if it's wrong.
Justice Stephen Breyer
Sitting jurist of the United States Supreme Court,
Justice Breyer makes it redundantly clear in this still topical 2006
interview that for the democratic principles codified by the U.S.
Constitution to ‘work’ citizens must be ‘involved.’
Arkansas River Blues Society David
Kimbrough Jr. performs, Thursday, January 19, 2012, 9:00pm at
The White Water Tavern in Little Rock
As several among you already know, my youngest son is
in the Navy. Here is the latest news from him:
"I have an update for you, I was frocked today. The
Commanding Officer and Command Master Chief of my ship pinned on my
E-4 insignia so I am officially a 3rd class petty officer instead of
ICFN. I am addressed as IC3 which is a lot easier to say every time
I have to answer the phone (lol). I will send you a pic of what the
insignia looks like. It is will be displayed on all of my uniforms
after I have them all updated when we get back to land. Any way it's
hard to believe how long I’ve been in, the time has really flown
He enlisted nearly two years ago on the delayed
entry program, spent months in training to prepare for bootcamp from
which he graduated late in October 2010 and is now stationed aboard
the USS Chancellorsville with the homeport of San Diego, California.
Official Navy USSCV Website
USS Chancellorsville (CG 62)
Cruiser Photo Archive
My son is one heck of a great kid and
I love him with all of my heart, just like I love all my children,
be they near or be they far...
The Ticonderoga Class Guided Missile Cruiser
USS Chancellorsville (CG-62)