Tie Tuesday: My Christmas Redsox Tie

Coming from Kansas as I do, we don’t have any purely Kansas professional sports teams. We have to borrow Missouri’s teams from either Kansas City or St Louis. The NFL Cardinals actually followed me here to Arizona right after I got here. 

When I got married to a Massachusetts girl, I inherited all her family’s teams. And by family, I mean her dad’s Patriots, Redsox, Celtics and even the Boston Bruins of the NHL, which we never actually watch but nonetheless are OUR team on the ice. (Yes, I have a Bruins tie too)

Here’s a Christmas gift to myself that I picked up this year from an actual tie store in the mall. One of the few I paid full price for, as I couldn’t find any Redsox or Patriots ties in the local boutique “Bonne Volonte”, otherwise known as Goodwill. The plan is to wear my Bruins tie tomorrow, the Pats tie on Thursday and our Patriots Jerseys on Friday for work leading up to the Superbowl on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. 

Go Pats!! 

Back to work after a Monday off… brutal. But the tie will keeps me in the mood to work with Sunday on the horizon. Have a great day. 



Shaving Porn

From my Shave Den this morning 

“The well lathered face is already half shaved” – Sears and Roebuck 

the Lather… Kiss my Face ‘Cool Mint’

The precision tool… Merkur 34c HD (Heavy Duty)

Let’s do this!!


Monday Poetry: “My Morning Routine”

Hat Tip to Mac Davis

“… but I’m doing the best that I can”

Humility is one  of the Greatest Virtues. Without Humility, you would never be able admit when you’re wrong. Problem with that is… we are all wrong, all the time about most everything we say, do or believe. We just don’t know it yet. 

So thank God for Humility this morning. Here’s a small glimpse of my “Daily Humility Pill”. I hope you have a wonderful day full of Humility increasing activities and events. Just keep it between the ditches and you’ll be fine. 🙂


My Morning Routine

Oh lord, it’s hard to shave early,

when you wake at three ‘clock every day.

I cant so much as look in the mirror,

I’m ‘fraid wouldn’t see much anyway.

to shave my face gets purty gruesome,

I musta’ missed a whisker or two (or three?)

oh lord, it’s hard to shave early…

but i do it most every day

Ohhhhhhhhh……(come on now, all together)

Oh, Lord, it’s hard to shave early,….

(ad infinitum, ad nauseum)


Three Word Tales: “Robust”

Hat tip to Saintswest for the prompt. Three words, one story, miles of implications. Check him out here.
Here’s mine.

“Life is Robust”

strong and healthy; vigorous.
sturdy in construction
able to withstand or overcome adverse conditions.
Enjoy the day.

Thoreauvian Thursday: Mind your Words, they have Power

Mind your Words


Words have Meaning ONLY in that they Carry and Deliver what we fill them with…

  • as water to the thirsty soul… or poison
  • as Bread for the Body… or Stones 
  • as life to the Dead… or Death to the Living.

Beware of the Seeds you Plant in the Soil of other’s Minds, Hearts and Lives. Plant for the Future Harvest to be gathered in. And hope there is more than just Dirt and Rocks left over after the Winnowing has been done.

… for they Carry Great Power


Happy Birthday, Virginia 

From Wikipedia 

Adeline Virginia Woolf (née Stephen; 25 January 1882 – 28 March 1941) was an English writer and one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century.

During the interwar period, Woolf was a significant figure in London literary society and a central figure in the influential Bloomsbury Group of intellectuals. Her best-selling works include the novels Mrs Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927) and Orlando (1928), and the book-length essay A Room of One’s Own (1929), with its dictum, “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.”

Woolf suffered from severe bouts of mental illness throughout her life[4] and committed suicide by drowning in 1941 at the age of 59.

Thank you, President Obama

While it’s tough to agree with everything a President does while in office, I know that you always did what you thought was right and best for the country from your perspective. Even when alot of people were in opposition and disagreeing with you, you stood your ground and held to your convictions. You got a lot done and change happened in the country and the world under your watch. To be fair and honest, both good and bad. 

Thank you President Obama for being our elected and re-elected President of these United States of America. You still have many good and long years ahead of you. I’m sure that your commitment to the People you have served these last eight years will not end when you leave office today. Citizenship, statesmanship and engagement don’t end just because a person no longer holds a title or an official position and I doubt that your involvement will end with the inauguration of a new occupant of the Oval Office. 

Today, at the end of your tenure as President, I just wanted to thank you for your service and dedication to the office, and the people of the United States.


The Cooperation of Life shown by Cell Biology

The Facinating Story of Evolutionary Biology

To think that individual Humans are not just One but Many, drawn together over the aeons, becoming dependant and interdependent on each other,  increasing more complexity and evolving further by Cooperation than they might have separately. 

We being Many are One

We were literally Created and are Sustained by the Cooperation that has happened and is still happening throughout Evolutionary time. Why is it that we have such a difficult time seeing this on a societal and political level? We being One, are Many yet still meant to be One. 

Stronger Together? Then Stop Dividing by Race and Gender

We function better as individuals and as societies when we find ways of Cooperating Together for the common good and benefit. Let’s work to make that more so. In a real way, societies are just collections of individuals like our individual bodies are collections of cells and even the cells are collections of sub parts. I’m not a scientist or a sociologist, but working, living and functioning together in cooperation seems to be key to survival and the evolution of our species. So why don’t we cooperate more? 

In the Name of Love

Honoring Dr Martin Luther King Jr today, let’s all find ways to drop the weapons of hate and division, and start looking for ways we can cooperate and Evolve as a society. Love really is the answer. Love for our fellow person shown in Respect, Justice and Cooperation.


Poetry for the Journey: “Another Less Traveled Road”

(( Reposted on an overcast Sunday night))

With Courage and a Sturdy Walking Stick…

I was recently commenting on a Blog Post of Victoria’s that she did regarding her gratitude for the members of her Blog Community on her Blog Victoria Neür☼N☮☂eṧ, a Blog that has been very influential and informative in my Journey in the last half of 2015, when I got a response back from another compatriot who has an equally helpful and well written Blog called Evidence Based Reality. You should go check them both out ‘forthwith’. His response prompted a Poetic Reply (as I am want to do from time to time) from me to him about the Journey and what is truly needed.

Here then is my poem for a “Shelldigger”. I hope you enjoy.


Another Less Traveled Road

(en homage to R.F and travelers everywhere)

roads are rightly meant to be trod,
with or without a god.
all one needs for such dirt or sod,
is a good pair of shoes with which to be shod,
and a sturdy walking stick.