Wine and roses

“They are not long, the weeping and the laughter,
Love and desire and hate:
I think they have no portion in us
after We pass the gate.
They are not long, the days of wine and roses:
Out of a misty dream
Our path emerges for awhile,
then closes Within a dream.”

Ernest Dowson


Some days…

I feel like doodoo on the bottom of life’s least favorite pair of shoes and I’m just waiting for the day the good Lord smells me and decides to scrape me off.

In defense of trolling

When, as a country, did we get it into our heads that we have a right to not be offended? I think some of the best things on the planet have started with things that someone considered offensive. Some took such offense to one man that they nailed him to a cross for saying we should be nice to one another. Continue reading

For Sparta!

Yesterday I learned: That much of the dialogue in ‘300’ was supposedly historically accurate with the exception being the most memorable phrase from the movie “This is Sparta!”. When King Xerxes sent his messenger it was with the message “Give us your earth and water”. When Leonidas booted the messenger down the well, the message was not the one above but “Dig it out for yourselves!”. Equally badass and worthy of a Hollywood action-flick one-liner in it’s own right.

A great father

What I learned today: Adrenoleukodystrophy or ALD is a disease which attacks the myelin and eventually kills(discovered by Creuzfeldt who did work on JCD or human transmissable spongeform ecephalopathy which is basically mad cow disease in humans).

The treatment was developed not by doctors but by an economist whose son was affected by the disease and was expected to die soon. He spent entire nights in the libraries going over medical journals and discovered the damage was done by long-chain fatty acids.

The cure he came up with – rapeseed and olive oil. It did undo the brain damage done to his son but he did live 20 years longer than expected and died from pneumonia, not ALD. It does, however, prevent ALD from starting in those genetically vulnerable and can stop the disease once in motion.

Nikola is lazy

Today I learned: The country of Macedonia, after forest fires ripped through their country, decided to get off their couches and kick nature’s ass. They planted 6 million trees in one day. When fires occurred the next year they decided to bash nature over the head with their pimp cane and planted more trees for a total of 44 million trees planted in a total of 2 days of planting. Macedonia is the size of a large American city and only has 2 million people…. and you know there were lot of people that were too lazy to help. Macedonia was all like “Nikola, put down the hookah and help us already” and Nikola was like “I’m supervisin’ lol” and Macedonia rolled their eyes and Nikola just laughed and laughed with smoke coming out his mouth. He showed up at the after-party but they would not let him in and Macedonia really loudly would say “MMMMMM. This baklava is good!” where Nikola could hear it and when they would look out the window in between shots of Ouzo they would see him in the garden with his head down, dragging his toes in the dirt and illuminated by the moonlight………probably.


Go placidly amidst the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its shams, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

–  Max Ehrmann (1927)