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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Dramatics . . .


Caught in the the crosshairs
Of my poison-dart, marauding rifle
But then what can a body do?
‘You’re not the man you used to be’
You say with certain relish
But then again you’re here with me
And though you surely cannot hide
You’ll try to run for certain
And I will follow where you go
As we perpetuate the dance
We’ve done through all the ages
Ours is much more than just a show

Bought my ticket
Took time off for
The drama of life
Front row orchestra
Tux, tails just for
The drama of life

Some choose their circumstances
With a dearth of careful thinking
Some can’t make any choice at all
But all the options must be weighed
Outcomes evaluated
And for some flavor add some salt

Take an intermission
Look at what you’re missing

It’s not a natural
Or a simple kind of undertaking
Half-heartedness won’t make it so
To rise above self-serving vanities
Makes all the difference
Sometimes that’s all you need to know



Drama
©2016 Raymond M. Jozwiak



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Monday, January 21, 2019

Trouble . . .


(https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/netflix-pulls-episode-patriot-act-hasan-minhaj-after-saudi-complaint-n953681)
". . . Netflix has removed a satirical comedy show from its service in Saudi Arabia following a complaint from authorities in Riyadh. . . The streaming service took down an episode of "Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj" which was critical of the kingdom’s rulers following the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. . . Netflix said it had been told the episode breached Saudi Arabia’s anti-cybercrime law, which states that anyone who produces, prepares or transmits material “impinging on public order, religious values, public morals, and privacy” will be subject to imprisonment for a period of up to five years and/or a fine of up to $799,850. . ."




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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Shore . . .


(from Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann)
". . . Summer vacation at the shore! Could anyone, anywhere, know what happiness that was? After the sludgy, excruciating monotony of countless days in school - four long weeks of peaceful, carefree solitude, filled with the smell of seaweed and the murmur of the gentle surf. Four weeks, a period that was so immeasurably vast at the start that you couldn't believe it would ever end, and merely to mention the possibility would have been rude,  even blasphemous. Johann could never understand how, at the end of the school term, any teacher could bring himself to say something like: "And we shall pick up here after summer vacation and then move on to this or that . . . . " After summer vacation! He actually seemed to be looking forward to it, that incomprehensible man in his shiny worsted suit. After summer vacation - even to think such a thing! When it was all so marvelously remopte, lost in the gray distance far beyond those four weeks. . . "





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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Ideas . . .


(from https://ineedmotivation.com/45-unforgettable-quotes-about-ideas/)
An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.
– Oscar Wilde

An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.
– Buddha

Good ideas are common – what’s uncommon are people who’ll work hard enough to bring them about.
– Ashleigh Brilliant

Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats.
– Howard Aiken

The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret of outward success.
– Henry Ward Beecher

Ideas can be life-changing. Sometimes all you need to open the door is just one more good idea.
– Jim Rohn

You have to have an idea of what you are going to do, but it should be a vague idea.
– Pablo Picasso


Perfidious Ideas
©2019 Raymond M. Jozwiak



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Friday, January 18, 2019

Illumination . . .

Threshold of credibility
Always looming
Rarely crossed
Is there something I'm missing
Has integrity been tossed?
Is there dearth of some real caring?
Has all principle long died?
Did the human race turn-tail and run
From improvement; evolution?
Are we truly moving backwards
Far from knowledge towards confusion?


Illumination
©2019 Raymond M. Jozwiak



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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Musical Value. . .

. . . what does music do for you? . . .


(from Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann)
". . . He was incapable of drawing nearer to the music that so preoccupied Gerda and that friend of hers, Herr Pfuhl; and Gerda, who was always impatient and exclusive when it came to matters of art, made any approach even more difficult, sometimes in truly cruel ways.  . . He would never have believed that the essence of music could be so totally alien to his family as it increasingly appeared to be. His grandfather had piped a little on his flute, and he himself enjoyed listening to pretty melodies that had either an easy grace or a quiet melancholy about them, or that perhaps roused him with their cheerful vigor. But if he expressed his preference for anything of that sort, he could be certain that Gerda would shrug her shoulders and say with a sympathetic smile, "How is it possible my dear? Something to totally lacking in musical value. . . ". . . "





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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Opinion . . .

. . . Yes . . . 
. . . Valid? . . . Yes. . .



(from https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/14/opinion/government-shutdown-trump.html?fallback=0&recId=1FnBiZChWWMxiCy80XJKcQ6qEim&locked=0&geoContinent=NA&geoRegion=MD&recAlloc=top_conversion&geoCountry=US&blockId=most-popular&imp_id=658501061&action=click&module=Most+Popular&pgtype=Homepage&fbclid=IwAR0Q9YKgn51w9FHlhd2m7tPST9DoltrlI0xBldm-DmO2KwlmCiFUde9DYBQ)
". . . Then there’s the Trump effect. Normally working for the president of the United States is a career booster, something that looks good on your résumé. Trump’s presidency, however, is so chaotic, corrupt and potentially compromised by his foreign entanglements that anyone associated with him gets tainted — which is why after only two years he has already left a trail of broken men and wrecked reputations in his wake. . . So who is willing to serve him at this point? Only those with no reputation to lose, generally because they’re pretty bad at what they do. There are, no doubt, conservatives smart and self-controlled enough to lie plausibly, or at least preserve some deniability, and defend Trump’s policies without making fools of themselves. But those people have gone into hiding. . . "





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