Screwed Up

February 19, 2021
There is a distinct possibility that I am profoundly and irreversibly screwed up. 
Sara Parriott and Josann McGibbon
Julia Roberts as Maggie Carpenter in the film Runaway Bride
1999

Kent, Ohio

February 18, 2021
Bob Humphrey
Esplanade Gallery
2021

Peak Gop

February 18, 2021

My Traveling Star

February 16, 2021
Watch my back and light my way
(My traveling star, my traveling star)
Watch over all of those born St. Christopher's Day
(Old road dog, young runaway)
They hunger for home but they never stay
They wait by the door
They stand and they stare
They're already out of there
They're already out of there
James Taylor
"My Traveling Star", from the album One Man Band
2007

Ponta Delgada, Portugal

February 15, 2021
Bob Humphrey
My Traveling Star
2018

Stuck On Your Snout - Forever

February 14, 2021
"Problem is, you can’t accept that his relationship had a real short shelf life. You’re like a dog at the dump, baby – you’re just lickin’ at the empty tin can, trying to get more nutrition out of it. And if you’re not careful, that can’s gonna get stuck on your snout forever and make your life miserable. So drop it.”

“But I love him.”

“So love him.”

“But I miss him.”

“So miss him. Send him some love and light every time you think about him, then drop it.” 

Scary Movie

February 13, 2021
My past's a scary movie, I watched and fell asleep
Now I'm dreaming up these creatures from the deep 
Jason Isbell
"How to Forget" by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, from the album Something More Than Free
2015

Kyoto

February 11, 2021
Day off in Kyoto, got bored at the temple
Looked around at the 7-11
The band took the speed train, went to the arcade
I wanted to go, but I didn't
Phoebe Bridgers
From the album Punisher
2021

Tapestry

February 10, 2021

The Hill We Climb

February 9, 2021
When day comes, we ask ourselves, where can we find light in this never ending shade?
The loss we carry, a sea. 
We must wade. 
We've braved the belly of the beast.
We've learned that quiet isn't always peace.
And the norms and notions of what just is, isn't always justice.
And yet the dawn is ours before we knew it. 
Somehow we do it.
Somehow we've weathered and witnessed a nation that it isn't broken, but simply unfinished.

Problems

February 7, 2021
Though my problems are meaningless, 
that don't make them go away
Neil Young
"On the Beach", from the album On the Beach
1974

Money Got No Friends

February 6, 2021
“You see, kid? More friendly.” 

“All right then. What were you going to tell me about business that I’m not doing?” 

“Business is money. Money is not friendly. Kid, maybe you too friendly—too nice. Money is not nice. Money got no friends but more money.” 

“That’s nonsense, Marullo. I know plenty of nice, friendly, honorable businessmen.”

“When not doing business, kid, yes. You going to find out. When you find out is too late. You keep store nice, kid, but if it’s your store you maybe go friendly broke. I’m teaching true lesson like school.”
John Steinbeck
The Winter of Our Discontent
1961

Don't Need Much To Be Happy

February 5, 2021
Don't need much to be happy
Four walls and a roof overhead
Books and food in my belly
Cool sheets upon the bed

A fire that warms up December
The sound of a thaw in the eaves
Sometimes it's hard to remember
How tough we are to please

All in good time
Somehow I find
Days that still shine with light
All in good stead
I'm safe and I'm fed
With dreams in my head
Good night
Mary Chapin Carpenter
"Don't Need Much to Be Happy", from the album Ashes and Roses
2012

Wooster Street

February 3, 2021
The New Yorker
February 8, 2021 
Christoph Niemann
2021

Moving On

February 2, 2021
“The folks who are saying we should move on, we shouldn’t have accountability, etc., are saying: ‘Can you just forget about this so that we can do it again?’ ”   

Bullshit

February 1, 2021

Enough

January 31, 2021
Hope is gone and she confessed 
When you lay your dream to rest 
You can get what's second best 
But it's hard to get enough 
David Wilcox
"Eye of the Hurricane", from the album How Did You Find Me Here
1989

One Star Amazon Reviews

January 30, 2021
 Amazon Echo Show 8 (Smart Display with Alexa)

I often think, There aren’t enough things spying on me. Let’s add another. But this time let’s cut out the middleman. 

I mean, it’s truly something. 

People are intensely private. 

And yet they will put a robot in their kitchen. 

With a camera. And a microphone. 

And talk to it. 

What can I say? 

Geniuses. 

Symbols Of Abundance

January 29, 2021
Every time I see a coin on the street, I stop, pick it up, put it into my pocket, and say out loud 'Thank you, God, for this symbol of abundance that keeps flowing into my life' Never once have I asked, 'Why only a penny, God? You know I need a lot more than that.'
Wayne Dyer