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Monday, September 25, 2017

Modern. . .

. . . times . . .



I am finally entering the 21st century with regard to my reading habits by accepting the wonderful gift of (without any shameless promotion) an 'e-reader'. I knew that it was inevitable and only a matter of time;  a time which has now come. The prospect of reducing the presence of physical 'things' in the house is definitely a concern for the future and now I have taken one giant leap in that direction. It is a somewhat satisfying feeling making such a major change to one's habits dispensing with the archaic and embracing technology and its many benefits.  On the other hand, the regular usage of a laptop and cell phone (now combined with the reader) gives me a sneaking suspicion that, with all the electronic options for scheduling, documenting and communicating that are now available to me (in great abundance) I may be moving too quickly in the other direction.




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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Live . . .

. . . recording of OHO's original song Plunge . . .



At heaven's door we pick the lock
When all we had to do was knock
Though Alice she rattles her train of chains
The fetters are inward all the same

Take a look as you fall
Passing through another wall
Here is where the corn is cut
The wind comes down
Get off the pot
Get off the pot
Get off the pot

It's your world the way that you live
Eats the smile right off your face        
You're not in Kansas anymore
I am the sheath I cry for more

Biding trends and waves of shock
The turbulence it turns me on
Nonetheless we're born and rocked
By divas, drunks and Barbie dolls

I signed up for high-wired acts
If I lose my balance just cut me some slack
I'm holding out for what can be
Emc squared possibility

Experience to be alive
The abstract now is literalized
You have dreams and nightmares to explore
Get the goods
Get off the floor
Get off the floor
Get off the floor


Plunge
OHO Live at Millstone Cellars Sept 2017 (OHO is Jay Graboski, David M. Reeve & Ray Jozwiak



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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Nature . . .

. . . cannot be changed . . .



(from John Adams by David McCullough)
". . . To Adams nothing had changed about human nature since the time of trhe ancients. Inequities within society were inevitable, no matter the political order. Human beings were capable of great good, but also great evil. Thus it had always been and thus it would ever be. He quoted Rousseau's description of th "that hideous sight, the human heart," and recounted that even Dr. Priestley had said that such were the weaknesses and folly of men, "their love of domination, selfishness, and depravity," that none could be elevated above others without risk of danger. . . How he wished it were not so, Adams wrote. Thucydides had said the source of all evils was "a thirst of power, from rapacious and ambitious passions," and Adams agreed. . ."




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Friday, September 22, 2017

Equinox . . .


(from https://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/equinox-not-equal.html)
". . . "Equinox" literally means "equal night", giving the impression that the night and day on the equinox are exactly the same length; 12 hours each. But this isn't entirely accurate. . . Even if the name suggests it and it is widely accepted, it is not entirely true that day and night are exactly equal on the equinox – only nearly. . . Earth spins around its own axis approximately every 24 hours (a sidereal day is 23 hours, 56 minutes, 4 seconds). . . The time it takes Earth to orbit once around the Sun is around 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes and 45 seconds (365.242189 days). And, like two spinning tops connected at the tips, it also wobbles around on its axis, making a complete rotation every 26,000 years (axial precession). . . Earth is actually tilted at an angle of around 23.4 degrees toward the celestial pole, which is a certain point in the sky. As Earth makes its yearly orbit, 1 hemisphere faces the sun more than the other, the side that has summer. . ."







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Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Future . . .


. . . from the perspective of 1786. . .



(from John Adams by David McCullough)
". . . a memorable change must be made in the system of education and knowledge must become so general as to raise the lower ranks of society nearer to the higher. The education of a nation instead of being confined to a few schools and universities for the instruction of the few, must become the national care and expense for the formation of the many. . . "





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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wishes . . .


(http://lightomega.org/Fulfillment-of-Wishes-Spiritual-History.html)
". . . In ancient times, the nature of wishing found expression in appealing to the gods for direct intervention on behalf of a sought-after goal.  This was not based on the lack of a capacity for reason or clear-thinking, but rather on a sense that the invisible world that influenced the physical was full of life, and that the forces within that invisible world had individuality, being, and areas of specific influence upon the earth.  In such times we would not have sought to do things on our own or to achieve things on our own, for all had to happen through the benevolence of a deity. . ."


I Wish I Had
©2017 Raymond M. Jozwiak




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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Before . . .

. . . you panic. . .
. . . read . . .



(from http://www.nber.org/papers/w13229.pdf by Kristin F. Butcher, Department of Economics, Wellesley College & Anne Morrison Piehl, Department of Economics, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)
The perception that immigration adversely affects crime rates led to legislation in the 1990s that particularly increased punishment of criminal aliens. In fact, immigrants have much lower institutionalization (incarceration) rates than the native born - on the order of one-fifth the rate of natives. More recently arrived immigrants have the lowest relative incarceration rates, and this difference increased from 1980 to 2000. We examine whether the improvement in immigrants' relative incarceration rates over the last three decades is linked to increased deportation, immigrant self-selection, or deterrence. Our evidence suggests that deportation does not drive the results. Rather, the process of migration selects individuals who either have lower criminal propensities or are more responsive to deterrent effects than the average native. Immigrants who were already in the country reduced their relative institutionalization probability over the decades; and the newly arrived immigrants in the 1980s and 1990s seem to be particularly unlikely to be involved in criminal activity, consistent with increasingly positive selection along this dimension.





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Monday, September 18, 2017

Revisions. . .


Upcoming OHO Dates

Monday, September 18th, 2017
BOURBON STREET ON THE BEACH
Just Jay (with occasional special guests) - 4:00PM
Coastal Highway & 116th Street
Ocean City, MD 21842
443-664-2896
Price: na
OHO's Jay Graboski goes solo and unplugged, well, ACOUSTIC at least with a plethora of thought-provoking cover tunes and some OHO originals mixed in.

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017
BOURBON STREET ON THE BEACH
Just Jay (with occasional special guests) - 4:00PM
Coastal Highway & 116th Street
Ocean City, MD 21842
443-664-2896
Price: na
OHO's Jay Graboski goes solo and unplugged, well, ACOUSTIC at least with a plethora of thought-provoking cover tunes and some OHO originals mixed in.

Saturday, October 14th, 2017
PLEASANT VALLEY GOLD CLUB
OHO at Music Nights at the Valley - 6:00PM
8467 Pleasant Valley Road
Stewartstown, PA 17363
USA
717-993-2184
Price: Members only
Now a new date and the full band. Join OHO for a rockin' night of originals and thought-provoking cover tunes

Friday, October 27th, 2017
MILLSTONE CELLARS
OHO at Millstone Cellars - 7:30PM
2029 Monkton Road
Monkton, MD 21111
USA
443-895-9991
Price: $5.00
OHO brings their unique, refined rock/prog/folk/pop/jazz music to Millstone Cellars for a beautiful late autumn evening.

Friday, November 17th, 2017
MILLSTONE CELLARS
OHO at Millstone Cellars - 7:30PM
2029 Monkton Road
Monkton, MD 21111
USA
443-895-9991
Price: $5.00
OHO brings their unique, refined rock/prog/folk/pop/jazz music to Millstone Cellars for a beautiful late autumn evening.






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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Molding . . .

. . . this clay . . .


Round every corner and fade into blue
The Angelus rings, she comes into view
Nine is her number
In nine she is due
She will never fail you

Singing creation, look into her eyes
Out of her mouth she is speaking the sky
Circling heaven, higher than high
She in time is movement

Why should I move from her world vibration?
Molding this clay into
Paleolithic Goddess Figurines

Streaming to rivers, she floats on the sea
Gathers her children who sit on her knee
Showing and telling them where they are free
She is softly speaking

Holding the line when she seems unpleasant
Molding this clay into
Paleolithic Goddess Figurines

There is no real dilemma
She has her own agenda
Though there's a vulture hovering above our heads
Go on and trust the pattern
Her sun and moon are lanterns
Painting the firmament with stars

She is the vision of attention engaged
Breaking the spell of automaton rage
A circuit of heaven, a luminous wave
All is seen before her

Why should I move from her world vibration?
Molding this clay into
Paleolithic Goddess Figurines

Round every corner and fade into blue
The Angelus rings, she comes into view
Nine is her number
In nine she is due
She will never fail you


Paleolithic Goddess Figurine

OHO Live at Millstone Cellars, September 2017 (OHO is Jay Graboski, David M. Reeve & Ray Jozwiak




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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Right . . .


. . . you ARE . . .



. . . two lushly complex chords and a somewhat exotic, latin inflection (offered by OHO's Jay Graboski) were the inspiration for an AABA structured composition which presents the improviser with numerous, quick-changing chords, challenging the imagination and the technique. . .


Righteously
Written by Jay Graboski & Ray Jozwiak




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Friday, September 15, 2017

Community . . .


(from John Adams by David McCullough)
". . . He described how the shrieking "rabble" pelted the soldiers with snowballs, oyster shells, sticks, "every species of rubbish," as a cry went up to "Kill them! Kill them!" One soldier had been knocked down with a club, then hit again as soon as he could rise. "Do you expect he should behave like a stoic philosopher, lost in apathy?" Adams asked. Self-defense was the primary canon of the law of nature. Better that many guilty persons escape unpunished than one innocent person should be punished. "The reason is, because it's of more importance to community, that innocence should be protected, than it is, that guilt should be punished.". . . "





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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Wisely . . .

. . . managed . . .
. . . time. . .



. . . when Cinderella danced with the prince, a compunction she found unavoidable after making eye contact across the crowded room. . .


(http://www.npr.org/sections/monkeysee/2015/03/13/392358854/a-girl-a-shoe-a-prince-the-endlessly-evolving-cinderella)
". . . The actual Cinderella tale, while a nebulous thing that can be hard to pin down with precision, is more than that. There's very little that's common to every variant of the story, but in general, you have a mistreated young woman, forced to do menial work, either cast out or unloved by her family. She has an opportunity to marry well and escape her situation, but she gets that chance only after being mistaken for a higher-status person, so she has to get the man who may marry her to recognize her in her low-status form, which often happens either via a shoe that fits or some kind of food that she prepares. . . It's partly a fantasy about simplifying the relationships between social standing and coupling — one that makes the most sense in a world in which class differences are an accepted barrier to a good man choosing to marry a woman. If the prince is a man who believes from the outset that love conquers all, the story doesn't really make any sense. It would be hard to set Cinderella on a properly functioning egalitarian collective. . ."



Dance The Night Away

©2017 Ray Jozwiak




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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Birds . . .


(from http://www.nationalreview.com/article/451202/hillary-clinton-book-tour-she-cares-about-herself-not-democrats)
". . . Hillary’s Tour of Petty Proves She Cares More about Herself than Her Party. . ."

(from me)
"Party?  What about country?"

(from http://www.nationalreview.com/article/451202/hillary-clinton-book-tour-she-cares-about-herself-not-democrats)
". . . it’s almost as if she’s more concerned about her own desperate quest for vindication than about the Democratic party itself. . ."

(from me)
"Not  unlike the current president with continuous rallies and an election commission. . . "

(from http://www.nationalreview.com/article/451202/hillary-clinton-book-tour-she-cares-about-herself-not-democrats)
". . . preview quotes suggest that it’s (her book) going to be a lot more of her dwelling on the past. . ."

(from me)
"see above from me"

(from http://www.nationalreview.com/article/451202/hillary-clinton-book-tour-she-cares-about-herself-not-democrats)
". . . quote about her primary opponent, Bernie Sanders: “His attacks caused lasting damage, making it harder to unify progressives in the general election and paving the way for Trump’s ‘Crooked Hillary’ campaign.” . . . Clinton is accusing Bernie Sanders of tearing apart the party by criticizing her during the primary — which, by the way, is a normal thing for an opponent to do when he’s trying to win an election — while she’s continuing to criticize him when there’s nothing left to be won. If Sanders’s comments really upset Clinton because she thought they damaged party unity, then she wouldn’t be going out of her way to continue the fight long after it was over. Ironically enough, Bernie is the one who has continued to demonstrate his commitment to the progressive platform over personal pettiness. Bernie had much more of a right to be miffed by his loss in the primary than Hillary did by hers in the general — what with the DNC basically rigging the primary in her favor — and yet, the moment he lost, he immediately encouraged his supporters to exit primary mode and support her. . ."

(from me)
"True, true and true.  Certainly the bigger man.  Not without flaws though, mind you. He did encourage his supporters to support her after the primary. But then I guess that's the party unity mentioned at the start."





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