Sunday, December 30, 2007

The Sunday Morning Muse, December 30, 2007

"We're poor, but H and R Block gave us some money." Jimmy, age 7, overheard in a store.

I've been giving some thought to buying a computer or maybe a laptop. The income tax checks are the next thing to really look forward to, and if I come across a deal perhaps I'll go for it, and be able to pay it off just like that!

It's funny how a seven year old's view of the world is really not so far off target. I have always thought of the income tax check as "free" money. Not money withheld from me all year that I could have had a little at a time all along, but, in a sense a "Christmas club" kind of check that used to arrive in the mail just at about the time I was tapped out with winter heating bills and such.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Art Bell to Host Annual New Year's Shows

Here's some good news. Art Bell, who retired from Coast to Coast AM this past year, plans to host the show Sunday night Dec. 30 and Monday night December 31st for a two part annual prediction show. Refer here to my postings on last year's show.

The fun part is when he takes caller predictions from this past year, 2007, and determines if they came true --- giving them DINGS and BONKS. Then callers are allowed one prediction a piece and he keeps a compilation for the following year to see what came true.
You can review some predictions from the website.

If you are an insomniac or are up really early.... flip around the AM dial. You are sure to catch it somewhere.

We'll Tak' a Cup o' Kindness Yet, for Auld Lang Syne

I've sung at least part of the song dozens of times but until last night I did not know what Auld Lang Syne meant.

Auld lang syne literally means "old long since"—but a more idiomatic English translation would be something like "long long ago", "days of long ago", "in olden days", or even "once upon a time".

Monday, December 24, 2007

Holiday Wishes from Me and Sweet Pea

List of Top 10 Lists for 2007

Here is a link to Time Magazine's list of 50 Top 10 Lists. I skimmed a few.... and it's amazing how my awareness and connection to things other people feel are important, is drifting into the mystic. Number one song? Rehab, by Amy Winehouse? I clicked on the Youtube video and watched it. If this is the best our culture can do we are in serious trouble. That's all I'm sayin'.
The number one Fashion Must-Have is the Tent Dress pictured above. I wouldn't be caught dead in that dress. Or even at work.
Hell, maybe like the 8 or so men's size large teeshirts I have around the house, I can always sleep in it.

Under the Top 10 Religion Stories of the year, the elimination of Limbo didn't even make the list. Imagine that. Just goes to show you that some people aren't even paying attention.
When you read a few of the other lists, I can't help thinking the following. As Former Representative James Traficant used to say.... Beam me up Scotty.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Sunday Morning Muse, December 23, 2007

I put a coin sorter type device on my Christmas list this year. No, it's not a 36 inch digital TV, that's on the list, too. However no one is going to buy me that anyway. Ahem. I can go out and buy a coin sorter myself very easily, and probably may end up doing that if no one buys it for me this year--but that, to me kind of defeats the purpose. It makes no sense to buy a coin sorter to count up all your coins, in hopes of having a little "found money" to spend, if you spend that money first buying the damn coin sorter.


This old guy from Indiana actually bought a $25,000 dollar truck with the coins he saved over 13 years. Imagine that. Hell, I'd be lucky to be able to buy a new pair of winter boots with my coin money, but hey, I'll enjoy them far more than seeing the jars of coins in the bottom of my closet taking up space now.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

God Bless Us Everyone! -- Tiny Tim

The sick little boy with the beautiful voice..... what was the matter with him? Livescience has a great piece speculating about what actually ailed Tiny Tim. Kidney disease? Rickets? Internist Dr. Daniel J. Glunk, president-elect of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, examines the theories.



How Small We Are, How Little We Know... is the title of an album of songs sung by Richard Beaumont... the Tiny Tim shown above--who starred in the Albert Finney version of Scrooge. (My favorite version)

The Shortest Day

And so the Shortest Day came and the year died
And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing,To drive the dark away.
They lighted candles in the winter trees;
They hung their homes with evergreen;
They burned beseeching fires all night long
To keep the year alive.
And when the new year's sunshine blazed awake
They shouted, revelling.
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
Echoing behind us - listen!
All the long echoes, sing the same delight,
This Shortest Day,
As promise wakens in the sleeping land:
They carol, feast, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends,
And hope for peace.
And now so do we, here, now,
This year and every year.
Welcome Yule!

--The Shortest Day by Susan Cooper

May the Darkness Illuminate the Light

It is still the longest night as I write this missive. Today is the first day of Winter and the days will slowly get longer.

I was privledged to get a chance to walk a meditative labyrinth at dusk. Labyrinths have been around for over 4000 years, and take various forms.
I was struck by the complexity, as I had never seen one. Some people don't know the difference between a labyrinth and a maze. You actually walk into and out of a labyrinth through the pattern. I immediately wanted to know more about the origins of this particular one I walked which was based on the one at the Cathedral on Chartres, France:


One of the most famous aspects of the cathedral in Chartres is the spectacular rose window over the great west doors. It has the same dimensions as the labyrinth and is exactly the same distance up the west wall as the labyrinth is laterally from the cathedral's main entrance below the window. An imaginary cosmic hinge located where the doors and floor intersect would, if closed, place the rose window directly on top of the labyrinth, thus the sparkling, colored light of the window and the darkness of the labyrinthine pilgrimage are combined.

Walking a labyrinth is a deeply personal experience. You can clear your mind completely, or recite a mantra to yourself, or go into the walk thinking about a problem that troubles you. I used my walk to reflect on the need for Peace in my life. The War, the partisanship, the religious conflicts going on.... I wanted to keep myself open to anything that would guide me to a more peaceful way of dealing with life in the coming year.
It takes about 10 minutes to walk at a casual pace to the center of the labyrinth. At the center is a special place that you may want to spend time reflecting or praying or doing whatever you feel compelled to do at the moment. A change occurs after that. Whereas going into the labyrinth you meditate on the problem.... on the way out you open yourself up to receiving a solution.
At some point during my walk back out, the words of St. Francis of Assisi entered my head. A poem I had read again and again in my life, but it had been a long time since I read it. I didn't quite remember much of it other than the first few lines.... Lord, make me an instrument of thy Peace.


Be a peacemaker, in other words. That's what I got out of my 20 minute walk in and out of the labyrinth. Don't go looking for peace. Help create it.

As We Begin the Holiday Season. . .

This is a great message right now. Thank you Suki for sharing it with me. It speaks volumes. I searched around to find out the explanation for the various symbols that make up the COEXIST bumper sticker. Here goes:


Every letter has a symbol that represents a system of thought: The crescent and star for Islam; the pentagram for Wicca; the relativity formula for science; the star of David for Judaism; the Karma Wheel dotting the i for Buddhism; the Tao symbol for Taoism; the cross for Chrisitianity.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

The Sunday Morning Muse, December 16, 2007

Good Morning everyone! Spending a lot of couch time this weekend, and I've seen a few of those "Year in Review" lists, and it got me to thinking about putting together a Goosepath Top Ten or something like that. This is my 195th post. That number even suprized me. The path was a bit rocky at first. I've taken some criticism for meandering a bit, but the theme of this blog is the Journey, not the destination, so who knows what direction it will take next year.

Year End Reviews serve up a nice helping of nostaglia at the perfect time. It's like taking one last look at the slate before wiping it all clean and starting again. For sports fans, it's the highlight tape. In golf, it's a string of those miracle shots that Tiger Woods' hits over and over again. (And I never tire of it. Did I really hear that he teed it up 16 times on Tour this year and won 7 of the events?)


1. Limbo eliminated. As of Friday, April 20, 2007, Pope does away with Limbo.

2. Tony Soprano is Dead. The subject of the most controversy on the Goosepath.

3. Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud. It's amazing. According to my statcounter, this post was what more people searched for who found my site, than any other posting. It is the title of Brian May's thesis for his Doctoral degree in Astrophysics.

4. Art Bell Retires... Again. Some people think of him as a charlatan...and maybe he does put us on a bit.... but late at night when I heard his famous "sounds from Hell" deep from a hole into the center of the Earth, or those eerie ghostlike soundbytes caught on tape in a cemetary... I shivered a bit under the covers . Just like a kid at camp.

5. All I need is the air that I breathe. The latest air quality study doesn't bode well for the region at all. All the news stories about CO2 emissions really hit home when you live close to coal powered power plants. A lot of people get cancer around here. I'm just sayin.

6. What to feed the cat. The pet food scare. Wow. I still get upset thinking about it.

7. Dumbledore is Gay. Nuff said. Not that there's something wrong with that.

8. God Speaks...Again. What a paradox.... God first tells Richard Roberts that we live in a "litigious society".... and to fight the charges against him. Then God changes HIS mind. Tells him He'll do something miraculous if Roberts quits his job at Oral Roberts University. (You'd think God would have known all along how all this would turn out..... unless... gee... maybe it wasn't God at all talking to Roberts. Maybe he is just a money grubbing nutter.)

9. Will He Get Hazard Pay for This? One of my favorite posts. Silly.

10. My Favorite Video. I try to stay above the fray with politics, but this attempt to make fun of it all, was just too tempting for me.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Spanish Mike with Kim Kardashian on Telemundo

The "live" version of the One Semester of Spanish Love Song... on Telemundo.

Leonard Cohen to be Inducted in Hall of Fame

“I don't consider myself a pessimist. I think of a pessimist as someone who is waiting for it to rain. And I feel soaked to the skin.”
"I've always held the song in high regard because songs have got me through so many sinks of dishes and so many humiliating courting events."
"Only in Canada could somebody
with a voice like mine win 'Vocalist of the Year'."

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Here Comes the Sun... la la la la la..

Sometimes you find some pretty neat things looking up other things. Remember a while back I posted about the Death Clock? Well, get out, there is a Life Clock, that shows Earth's clock of life in a way that even Huckabee (who is running for President) can understand it. You see, he believes the Earth is 6 thousand years old. I wish I was kidding about that. You can easily Google him yourself if you don't believe me.

Anyhow, in a nutshell, Earth is about 4.5 BILLION years old. And some scientists calculate that the death of Earth is about 7.5 BILLION years away.

"The last life may look much like the first life – a single-celled bacterium, survivor and descendant of all that came before," the authors write. Finally, even the surviving microbes "will be seared out of existence."
The Life and Death of Planet Earth" is like its predecessor, "Rare Earth," in that the authors collected and distilled some of the latest scientific ideas about the Earth's place in the universe, Brownlee said. He hopes the new book, like "Rare Earth," will spark widespread discussion, and give people a fundamental and realistic view of the past and future of their planet.

"It's a healthy thing to think of the place of Earth among the other planets, and its place in the sun. The sun gave life and ultimately it will bring death."

Well.... so much for a happy ending.

What is.....Get Well Soon Alex

I freaked out for a bit when I heard Alex Trebek, the host of Jeopardy! had a heart attack. Thankfully, it was a mild one, and he is expected to resume taping the show in January. Let's just say I've had a crush on him for about 20 years. He is in my livingroom with me just about everynight from 7 till 7:30 and one of the proudest moments of my life, though no one was there to witness it, was when I answered 26 questions right on one show.

I love you Alex!

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Lennon Remembered

Imagine there's no heaven --It's easy if you try. No hell below us, above us only sky. Imagine all the people living for today... Imagine there's no countries-- It isn't hard to do. Nothing to kill or die for and no religion too. Imagine all the people Living life in peace...

The Sunday Morning Muse, December 9, 2007

Christmas list:

1. Cat bed for Sweet Pea.

2. (deleted, so as not to spoil the suprize)

3. An invisibility cloak for my sister, if I can find one.

4. Wine and spirits for us who drink.

5. Books and CDs for those who don't.


Sunday, December 2, 2007

Fearless Fonzie

An amazing and riveting moment from Childhood TV.

The Sunday Morning Muse, December 2, 2007

I was only a kid but I first remember the hype surrounding Evil Knievel when he made that ill-fated attempt to jump an Idaho canyon on a rocket-powered motorcycle in 1974... What a daredevil! Why would someone DO such a thing? It was cool. Just like on Happy Days when Fonzie-- jumped over 14 garbage cans and crashed into Arnold's Chicken Stand.
Evil Knievel action figures were in the stores-- and were probably on many Christmas lists that year. I can remember my neighbor yelling I'M EVIL KNIEVEL and jumping his bicycle off the curbs in the local parking lots.

Perhaps Evil was not the best choice for hero... but he certainly made life a little more exciting.

Hard to believe that Evil died of natural causes at age 69.