Saturday, November 19, 2016

I'm Sorry Freedom to Shame of Glory 
The shame of losing freedom 
The shame of buying sparkling water 


I’m Sorry Freedom (English sonnet) 

I’m sorry my dear heroes for our shame
For mothers’ empty tears that now go by
For curses braved so cowards sit and cry
For surely there is someone else to blame
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I’m sorry that your glory became lie
That freedom was an easy thought to tame
That while you fought our leaders played a game
That all the hopes of yesterdays now cry
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Like flocks of sheep to terror in we cave
To eyes and ears that watch us everyday
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Arrested cause our clothes hint misbehave
Our children searched in streets they used to play
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Those dreams of liberties whose cost were grave
Are freedoms we now lightly give away


A sad truth reads the tombstone of this English sonnet. The differences between the quatrains and the styles. Whereas the quatrains follow a form, there does seem to be any simultaneity in the couplets.So as a sonnet changes a country changes.

I am up there in age. I believe I have been around during America's best times. I remember where I was that Tuesday morning of September 11, 2001. I loved my job so I started real early. I was still in bed when the first plane struck. I was one of those who thought it was a accident. Then came the second plane. America was under attack! So much has changed since that morning. The biggest change was our freedom. In order to be safe, we are searched, watch and listened to. And where does the money come from to pay for all of this? The face of war has changed. While America depends on man power and superior weaponry, the enemy uses fear, infiltration and ignorance to win its battles. In many ways, we were beaten by Al Qaeda. What is even worse, countless brave young heroes gave their lives for freedoms we so lightly give away. Next time we see a child being searched by security remember a brave young soldier died for that. 

What can I do, we may be wondering. It has been my experience, quite a bit. We are taught: One person one vote, This is not 100% true. A person can influence how another votes. We can form voting blocks. We can use the social media. Another tool is: contacting our government representatives, The extra benefit here is: not everyone does this. So our phone calls and our letters speaks for at least 100 people who did nothing. Let our voice be heard. Not a leader? There are others who share our concerns; find them. There are, for sure. many other things that we can do, The main point is that we did something. We tried. And just in trying, the world becomes a little better. And as we look back at our footprints, Enjoy. 


How about a song with all of this: Lee Greenwood "God Bless the U.S.A." 

Shame comes in many forms 


Hafþór Júlíus "Thor" Björnsson is an Icelandic professional strongman, actor, and former professional basketball player. He placed third in 2012, 2013 and 2015 in World's Strongest Man competition.  He is also known for his role as Ser Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane in the HBO series Game of Thrones. What does all this have to do with shame? 
Let's let Hafþór tell us, "Shame And Glory" 

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Freedom is never more than one generation 
away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our 
children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, 
protected, and handed on for them to do the same. 
Ronald Reagan

Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Rules to Most Complicated Board Game 
One man searches for the rules of love 
Another man searches to understand the rules of a board game 


The Rules (Shakespearean sonnet) 

What are the rules this fascinating game
Where all the world reminds my heart of you
And with these eyes has dawned a lover’s hue
While somewhere something flutters at your name
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There must be rules some long forgotten rue
Which causes kisses to create a flame
That grows beyond our passion’s will to tame
This fire through which lovers must pass through
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While lonely tortured tempests turn to say
What kindly schools now fashion fancy fools
We turn our ears to draw a kiss our way
While lovers etched in time show off their rules
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We trust the rules created by our heart
With love we’re bound and shall not ever part


A lover searches for the rules to a fascination in this Shakespearean sonnet. The word "rules" occurs on the same beat in the first and second quatrains and the rhyming couplet. Is it a coincidence that "rules" is moved too the end of the conflict stanza (the third quatrain)? Also notice that this sonnet about rules doesn't follow the normal rhyme scheme.  

I was a board gamer since I was 8 and my uncle gave me my first chess set. Collecting and playing board games became my hobby. I became quite good, but not the best. When I met Arlene, she was heavily into playing sports, but not into board games. At first she tried to learn,  but eventually gave up. What use was it? I was always going to win.  For Christmas, Arlene would give me a game, knowing that whatever the game was I would love it. One Christmas she got me a fancy backgammon set. The board folded into a suitcase. Backgammon is a skill and luck game. I convinced Arlene to play it with me. Luck was with her. The look on her face was priceless. She had beaten the mighty Martin. I was inspired. I would let Arlene win. I was good  enough that she couldn't tell. This had two effects. For me: I learned that by simply enjoying a game I was a winner. For Arlene: She got better. There came a day that I no longer had to let her win. She won on her own and I was happy playing. 

What are the rules of the great game? First, what is the great game? To live; To love; To learn; To experience; To share; To care; and on and on... Perhaps I am wrong to lightly reefer to it as a game. Perhaps it smiled on me more than most. Perhaps I'm too much of a dreamer.  Even to call it "life" may be cutting it short. But is there more to life? Some feel it. Some hope for it. Some are doing their best. But here we are. What are the rules of the great game? Enjoy. 


Back to the rules of love: Dick Manning "Fascination" 

Want to make life more complicated  - Then try this game


The original Dungeons & Dragons set was written by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson, and was published by TSR in 1974. The set included three digest-sized books: the 36-page "Men & Magic", the 40-page "Monsters & Treasure" and the 36-page "The Underworld & Wilderness Adventures". Rhett James McLaughlin and Charles Lincoln, of Rhett and Link, have found a game just slightly more complicated.
If you have a lifetime Rhett and Link would be happy to teach it to you. "Most Complicated Board Game Ever"

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Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek 
and find all the barriers within yourself that you 
have built against it
Rumi


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Waiting Safely to Harry Potter and the Mirror of Erised 
The world is a mirror of this man's heart 
The Mirror of Erised is the reflection of every man's heart 


Waiting Safely (free form poem) 

Waiting safely greets the morning
Sacred heart another day
As the sunshine kisses splendor
Hopes and dreams find hallow halls
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Waiting safely skyward facing
Clouds embracing thoughts of a soul
Ever changing with tomorrow
These mirrors of a faithful heart
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Waiting safely sounds’ distractions
Calling and falling everywhere
Memory’s raindrops sweetly dance
Sweetly sing of promises made
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She will return echoes the wind
She will return embers a past
In flowing faith everlasting
She will return to what once was
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Waiting safely shadows of Joy
Try to change the meaning ‘s gleaming
This legend with eyes all aglow
Sitting soundly on what is true
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Waiting safely greeting ever
Days and minutes blend into same
Until that heartbeat she returns
Treasured love is guarded safely 


A mystery reveals a faithful lover in the window of this free form poem. As this poem opens we have a person waiting. We don't yet know why he is waiting. Though there are hints of sadness, he is generally sunny. Then we find out he is waiting for his love's return. As the poem goes on, it celebrates a faithful heart.  

This poem was about Arlene's friend, Steff. She and her boyfriend, Matt, had been casual parts of our lives since the days of the "Palace in the Sky". Whereas Arlene and I would follow the disco lifestyle, Steff and Matt would adopt the hippie lifestyle (minus the drugs).  They were real lucky and both landed a good job just after graduating from college. After a few years, they bought a small house. Everything was going good until Matt disappeared. No one knew where he went. He even left his job. Everyone feared the worst. Everyone but Steff. Although she had no idea what happened to Matt, she knew he would return. After a few months, Steff started getting ill, though her faith remained strong. From out of nowhere Matt returned. Where and why he went would remain a mystery. Matt and Steff went on to have four children and seven grandchildren (so far). 

Here was an incident in two individual's lives. Though it made a good story, not everyone would have handle the situation the same. Some individuals would have put an end to the relationship. Some would have worried.  Some might have asked, what happened. Some might have contacted missing persons. All these are examples of our individuality; of how we may have handled the situational. None of which are any less or better. We are all different. We handle situations differently. The best way to handle a situation is: what is best for us, personally. Can we we handle it?  Will we improve? It all starts here. And here is the wonder of life: as we learn to deal with our situation(s), we become beacons for others. And as the sun greets another day, Enjoy. 


Need a little inspiration: Claude Debussy "Claire de Lune" 

Harry Potter anyone 


Rowling’s publisher suggested she use initials rather than her real name, “Joanne Rowling,” in order to appeal to male readers. She chose J.K., borrowing the “K” from her grandmother’s name, Kathleen. However, neither “Kathleen” nor “K” is part of her legal name. The Mirror of Erised is a mirror that shows the user his or her heart's deepest desire. The folks at Studio C take Harry Potter to the Mirror of Erised to help him defeat his latest nemesis. 
Remember the Mirror of Erised is a mirror that shows the user his or her heart's deepest desire. "Harry Potter and the Mirror of Erised" 


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Let your hopes, not your hurts, 
shape your future. 
Robert H. Schuller

 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Night Becomes Her to Prebeardy 
A lover dreams how much better his delight might be at night 
Two guys dream how much better they would look with a beard 


Night Becomes Her (Shakespearean sonnet) 

I could be happy with you all my days
But night’s delights and mingling midst the stars
The mystery of evening has its ways
To license longings banned by day’s bazaars
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Intoxicating strolls by moon laced lake
Attracting kisses to adventurous thought
These whispers from an ocean we will take
In loft to lay before by daylight caught
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Yet I will not be robbed a single kiss
The day displays a beauty of its own
A fool alone would miss the morning’s bliss
The sun shows hidden spots to make one moan
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To end each day soft kiss of night returns
To quench my waiting passion that now burns 


A lover intoxicated by the night fills this Shakespearean sonnet. Each stanza has its own place in this sonnet. The first stanza is an outline of the sonnet.  The second stanza covers the mood of the night. The thoughts of the day return in the third stanza. All this talk of love explains the madness of the rhyming couplet. 

Did I enjoy Arlene better at night or during the day? I can't honestly tell. Lookout Point was better when Arlene was draped in the starlight. Lake Chabot was better as the sun reflecting off the waves made a glorious backdrop for Arlene's laughter. So it was with most things. I loved dancing in the moonlight. I also loved watching leaves dancing with our imaginations at a picnic. The night added a shade of mystery.  The day displayed the luster of lavish beauty. Arlene and I strolled in the nighttime. We strolled in the day,  We strolled through the moods of our surroundings, lucky to be together. Did I enjoy Arlene better at night or during the day? What time was it? 

Which do we like better, the day or the night? This is a trick question. The real question is do we know ourselves? Sounds like a silly question. The truth is a lot of people don't really know themselves. They think they do, but do they really or are they playing back something that was put in their mind? In today's world, the power of the media is unfathomable. We are constantly bombarded by a very sophisticated tool aimed at our thinking. Then there are friends, family, associates and other people and all their "you shoulds". You should look like this. You should act like that. you should be like this. You should look like that. et cetera. Then there is our friend, the government. We are under constant bombardment. That silly question doesn't sound so silly anymore. Who is the most important person really. Which do we like better, the day or the night? Take some time to get to know yourself. Refresh yourself and Enjoy.


What about a great video to go with that sonnet: Patrick O'Hearn "Night Becomes Her" 

To shave or not to shave that is the question 


It is estimated that around 55 percent of men around the world have some type of facial hair, The average beard grows 5-and-a-half inches in a year and is made up of around 30,000 whiskers.There are many reasons guy grow beards Then there are some guys who just can't grow a beard. Ryan Higa (or nigahiga) lakes a deeper look at the issue of guys and beards. 
Ryan even wrote a song about it, "Prebeardy (Official Music Video)" 


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It was a night so beautiful that your soul seemed 
hardly able to bear the prison of the body. 
W. Somerset Maugham

Monday, November 14, 2016

The Dreamer to David Blaine Shocks Jimmy with Magic Tricks 
The magic of the dreamer 
The magic of David Blaine 


The Dreamer (round) 

Here was a man with magic in his touch
As every dream just happened to come true
And as they did he’s off at something new
Some starry eyed would wish to do as much
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He seemed to hold our hopes within his view
As all was somehow done with us in sight
Here was a star that tried to set things right
His was the tears which was their morning dew
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Then suddenly his dreams returned to night
He walked into a world he didn’t know
And all he did was now a distant glow
And no one seemed care about his blight
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There came into this myriad of woe
Some reasoning some hope to which to clutch
Some answers to an end as sad as such
There in his footsteps other a dreamers grow

If we follow the footsteps of a dreamer we discover a round. This round is disguised as an Italian sonnet.  On closer examination lines two and three of each quatrain rhymes with lines one and four of the following quatrain. The last quatrain leads back to the first. Hesse, we have s poem without an end. (ABBA BCCB CDDC DAAD) 

I was a youth soccer coach for 13 years. I began with the Viking League, when my son, Peter, was 9. I brought innovations into the world of youth soccer. The first was not using running laps as punishment. Why, in a sport that requiters players to run, do we want to associate running with punishment? So I and some of the parents ran with the kids. I encouraged parents to stay at practices. This gave me extra eyes to keep the kids safe and gave me willing help in training the kids. Oddly, some of the kids' school grades improved, Some parents attributed this to me and my coaching style. After 3 years,Viking encouraged me to stay. Saint Gabriel Catholic School heard about me and got me to coach there. More of my innovations include having girls and boys play on the same team. Discouraging headbutt for kids under 12. Make sure all players enjoy similar field time. I had many good teams and many fond memories, not to mention the awards The greatest award of all was to see new coaches adopting and improving on my style of cooaching. 

What is your dream? We all have dreams: things that we want accomplish. There is no great or small, when it comes to dreams. All that is truly important is that in the end, we are happy; we are satisfied. Also. there is no such thing as failure. Just knowing that we tried brings satisfaction. Others may convince us that we should do this or that we should be that. The only person we should listen to; be better than is us. What is your dream(s)? It aall sterts here And ass we venture onward Enjoy. 


Lead us on boy: Moody Blues "The Dreamer" 

There is magic and there is magic 


David Blaine (born David Blaine White) is a magician, illusionist and endurance artist. He is best known for his high-profile feats of endurance, and has set and broken several world records. David has a new TV show, "Beyond Magic". To celebrate, he is a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to blow Jimmy's mind.
David did say simple tricks. "David Blaine Shocks Jimmy and The Roots with Magic Tricks" 

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Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. 
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it 
Goethe 

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Dreams Beyond to Buster The Boxer 
A lover's desires are sparked just beyond this 
A dog's desires are sparked within a dream 


Dreams Beyond (Shakespearean sonnet) 

A scented song whose fire alights the breeze
Explores a silence searching for a cause
For soothing satin curtains which it draws
And dreams beyond this lifetime it will tease
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A feeling flowing past all need to care
What was before may serve no purpose here
For in its instant all desire is near
And meanings for tomorrows will it bare
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For this has time removed its searing sound
For this what wishes’ hiding place could keep
What is this passion coursing from some deep
What is this calling to a heart to pound
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What worlds unknown are have cast there Joys to this
A moment just beyond another kiss 


A lover's world lies just beyond this is the essence of this Shakespearean sonnet. A realm is described in the first two quatrains. In the third quatrain expression turns to questioning, The riddle is solve in the rhyming couplet.  

As I have admitted. I am a real sucker for a kiss. What I haven't shared is, I consider myself a lizard. What I mean by this is that I do better in the heat than in the cold. I do not like the snow. A kiss would change all this. Arlene wanted to go skiing in Lake Tahoe. All I could remember is saying yes. This happening after a flurry of kisses. It was good that I said yes, because Arlene had already booked a room at the Ritz Carton. In fact. she had already bought me my ski outfit. My fear of the snow erased any thought of how much this was going to cost. I can't say enough about the Ritz. I could be quite happy at the hotel. Arlene had other plans though. After a flurry of kisses, I found myself on a kiddy slope with some guy teaching me how to ski. A flurry of kisses in a hot tub got me mentally prepared for a ski tour Arlene had booked. All in all, did I have a good time? A picture says it all. The picture is of me, leaning on a pair of skis and Arlene kissing me.

"What a piece of work is man." (Shakespeare - Hamlet) A man's dislike of cold is overcome by a kiss. What do kisses have to do with cold? It has to with reward to enhance ourselves, For a long time it was commonly accepted that punishment improved a person. A person did wrong, they will be punished. It has been discovered that a reward system is a far more efficient way to enhance a person. To make a person better reward the desired improvement. The challenge with the reward system is that we are all different and unique. But we know what makes us happy, makes us feel good. Use that knowledge. Don't be afraid to reward ourselves. "What a piece of work is man." And as we become better Enjoy. 


Back to the kiss: Luther Vandross "Here and Now" 

The stores are gearing up for Christmas already 


Reports find that about one in seven adults have already begun holiday shopping, and 15 percent of Americans will shop earlier this year than last. Along with this trend Christmas ads are already coming out. in 2007 John Lewis, a chain of upmarket department stores, advert has become something of an annual tradition and one of the signals that the countdown to Christmas has begun in the United Kingdom.The popularity of John Lewis' Christmas Adverts are now getting worldwide attention.
Here is John Lewis' 2016 gift. "John Lewis Christmas Advert 2016 - #BusterTheBoxer"


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Now a soft kiss - Aye, by that kiss, 
I vow an endless bliss. 
John Keats