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December 2011

Two tragedies in Life

There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.—Oscar Wilde

Good Timber


The tree that never had to fight

For sun and sky and air and light,

But stood out in the open plain

And always got its share of rain,

Never became a forest king

But lived and died a scrubby thing.


The man who never had to toil

To gain and farm his patch of soil,

Who never had to win his share

Of sun and sky and light and air,

Never became a mighty man

But lived and died as he began.


Good timber does not grow with ease

The stronger wind, the stronger trees,

The further sky, the greater length,

The more the storm the more the strength.

By sun and cold, by rain and snow,

In trees and men good timber grow.


Where thickest lies the forest growth

We find the patriarchs of both.

And they hold counsel with the stars

Whose broken branches show the scars

Of many winds and much strife.

This is the common law of life.—Douglas Malloch

George Washington in Despair

“I have often thought how much happier I should have been if, instead of accepting of a command under such circumstances, I had taken my musket upon my shoulders and entered the ranks, or, if I could have justified the measure to posterity, and my own conscience, had retired to the back country, and lived in a wigwam. If I shall be able to rise superior to these, and many other difficulties which might be enumerated, I shall most religiously believe that the finger of Providence is in it, to blind the eyes of our enemies; for surely if we get well through this month, it must be for want of their knowing the disadvantages we labor under. Could I have foreseen the difficulties which have come upon us could I have known that such a backwardness would have been discovered in the old soldiers to the service, all the generals on earth should not have convinced me of the propriety of delaying an attack upon Boston till this time.”—George Washington to Joseph Reed, January 14, 1776, Charlestown, Massachusetts, 1776 by David McCullough, pp. 79-80.

Ten Foods I am Grateful For

1. Melted Cheese–This food is so heavenly I have voted it the food most likely to take me out of this life. If I die with a little bit of melted cheese grease on my top lip, you will know that I have lived a very good life and was smiling all through my heart attack. 

2. Chocolate–Especially referring to dark chocolate, this is definitely brain food as in my  brain often tells me I need it. Oh yeah, there are also anti-oxidants in it. White chococlate is pretty awesome as well, but too much gives me a tummy ache. 

3. Cucumbers–No nutrional value, but since a kid I have loved the benevolent cucumber. Of course, if my parents had food like Hostess Ding Dongs, potato chips or other normal treats that other kids enjoyed, I’d probably would have never found this odd substitute. Gee thanks Mom and Dad for making me so weird.

4. Most Breads in general. Nothing beats a hot thick piece of doughy french bread with melted butter on it (except for melted cheese see #1). I remember when we were poor, if Mom and Dad decided we had earned a meal that day how I would make a treat out of the one slice of white bread I recieved by rolling it up into a doughy ball. 

5. Grape Juice–I can’t imagine why people have turned to wine, given all the troubled it’s caused the world, when it has grape juice. I prefer juice when it hasn’t gotten old and begun to ferment. Really? When was rotten fruit ever tasty? 

6. Chocolate Chip cookies–When done right, I can be found sobbing overcome with joy, especially if I have been disciplined enough not to eat most of the dough.

7. Oranges–Citrus Sunshine Happiness.

8. Watermelon–I still find it amazing when I met people who don’t talk enthusiastically about watermelon. Although I recommend not eating a whole lot a night, it plays with your mind and your body when you are asleep and if your a grown up that can be embarrassing…so I’ve heard.

9. Corn–I know the world’s Fun Nazi’s have been out to villainize this food. But, corn on the cob is awesome. I usually ask for it on my birthday (and am cruelly denied). This is another food that brings me much peace and happiness. Whenever my wife is not around for dinner, I’ll usually do up some cream corn and some hot dogs with sauerkraut and I am pretty content being by myself  and other people seem pretty content to leave me to myself as well.

10. Sausage–Okay, I’m going out a limb with this statement, but bacon has nothing on Sausage. Bacon is like that poor cousin from Louisiana that you didn’t know you had until the census takers accidentally ventured into swamp country. I don’t get all the excitement about bacon. I guess it’s a good second meat if your hamburger sucks. But bacon doesn’t hold a candle to, and is not nearly as fulfilling as, spicey, meaty sausage patty.

2011 Best Christmas Song List

1. Sleigh Ride by Los Straitjackets. Cool rockin’ instrumental.

2. Jingle Bells by Michael Buble (featuring the Pupini Sisters). I have no idea who the Pupini Sisters but now I can’t get enough of them.

3. Wonderful Christmastime by the Jars of Clay. Let’s face it as great as Paul McCartney is this is like one of the worst and laziest efforts of his career. But no worry the Jars of Clay make this song worth listening to they give this some Christmas spirit with their arrangement.

4. God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman by the Jars of Clay. Intense with many layers and great take of this old classic.

5. Feliz Navidad by the Los Lonely Boys. Happy Rockin’ Christmas song. You won’t be embarrassed playing this song in front of your amigos americanos.

6.  Angels We’ve Heard on High by Brian Setzer Orchestra. I had a chance to see them/him do their Christmas Concert in San Francisco. One of the best concerts ever. This guy loves Christmas and rock n’ roll and not afraid to say God Bless in San Francisco.

7. Good King Wenscelas by the Manhattan Jazz Quartet. I don’t know anything about Jazz by like the laid back sound.

8. Carol of the Bells by BarlowGirl. Rich sound but not overwhelming or noisy.

9. Chirstmas Canon by Trans-Siberian Orchestra. TSO ditches the cheesy guitar and does a wonderful take on Pachebel’s Kanon.

10.  Soul Cake by Sting. An apple, a pear, a plum or cherry any good thing to make us merry. I don’t know if this is his own song but I love the old christmassy feel of the song.

The Effect of Being Exposed to Bad Acting

“It is not good for one’s morals to see bad acting.”–Lord Henry Wotton, p.89, Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.

Relative Understanding vs. Relative Truth

“Truth is not relative it is only our understanding of the truth that is relative”—Russell M. Nelson

The Alignment of Truth and Beauty

‘Truth and Beauty are matters of the heart”—Me

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