Thought I would write something different today – so I am going to share a “Drabble” with you entitled: Apple Fritter!
What is it about the day when we wake and know not
what it is we hope to accomplish? Is it boredom? Pure laziness? Is this what
retirement is all about? Shouldn’t there be something more? How do we overcome
these slumps? I know – coffee and a donut! But then there is always the weight
issue to be concerned about. But truly one donut and a cup of coffee shouldn’t
make all that difference. Besides, my colonoscopy prep is tomorrow. How long
will that donut be in me? Perhaps, I should go with an apple fritter instead.
Yummy – can’t wait!
I have been reading selected readings from the Wit and
Wisdom of Laura Ingalls Wilder and thought to myself that the knowledge
imparted upon us in these short witticisms would also serve us well into our
“We would be much cooler and less tired
if, instead of thinking of the weather and our weariness, we would try to
remember the birds’ songs we heard in the early morning or notice the view of
the woods and hills or of the valley and stream.”
I know that many of us like to think that we would not
want to go back to the days of yesteryear, but after reading a passage like the
above and then picturing in our minds the likes of which we see, hear, and read
about today, one begins to wonder if the days of old with all the troubles they
endured were as bad as some make them out to be.
Has the temperature changed over the years? Probably
so. Do we get tired more quickly today than our forefathers might have? Again,
probably so. But were we aware of all the problems of the world both here at
home and abroad on a 24-hours a day/7days a week/52 weeks of the year basis? I
think not. Chances are, that depending on where you were living, by the time
you received the news of some disaster or calamity, it had been over and done
with and people were getting on with their lives.
So, in reviewing the above writing, I contend that we
would be wise to heed the words spoken in this passage by thinking more about
the good things in life (birds singing early in the morning) and take notice of
all the good things that surround us
(view of the woods and hills or the valley and stream). Chances are that we
would no longer feel the unbearable heat from the sun nor notice how tired our
bodies are from the work we do. Bottom line is that we would in all probability
be thankful that we are alive and able to move about freely taking life one day
at a time and enjoying the fact that while we woke up this morning, quite a few
people were not as fortunate.
great virtue of humor is that it is philosophizing in action, a bright silver
thread in the great duvet of existence. And one can easily engage in it for an
hour or two every day.” –Simon Critchley, On Humour
Someone once said: “You have to laugh at the things
that hurt you just to keep yourself in balance, just to keep the world from
running you plumb crazy.”
I have learned over the years that it is much easier
for me to think of something funny when things do not go exactly as I have
planned otherwise I tend to get moody, even disagreeable and all that does is
upset others that may be with me.
Think about it – humor can take you away from whatever
is bothering you, even if only for an instance, making whatever is bothering us
easier to bear. It is like taking a “time out” or a “breather.” What we do
during that minibreak from reality is regain our strength enabling us to gather
our resources ready to move forward.
A person without a sense of humor is like
a wagon without springs – jolted by every pebble in the road.
– Henry Ward Beecher, American clergyman
If we look at life that we are here to have a good
time, then we should be doing exactly that – looking for whatever opportunity
we can find to enjoy ourselves, and in the process, instead of becoming angry
or upset with others in our company, look upon them as playmates versus the
This thought process holds true in many a situation.
For instance, instead of becoming upset because traffic is held up ahead of
you, think of something funny to occupy your time while waiting for traffic to
clear. Becoming upset and angry over things out of your control does nobody any
good. As a matter of fact, think of how bad you would really feel, if the next
morning while having your coffee, you read about the accident that held up
traffic on the road you were on yesterday and learned that several people died.
Sort of puts why we shouldn’t be so quick to get upset
over things that are out of our control in perspective, doesn’t it?
Let me conclude this piece with the following:
are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of
perception.” – Aldous Huxley
I am going to go out on a limb with regards this post and change the way I write. They say you are to write what you know about but to be truthful – my career was in the insurance field when I was working but I have been retired too many years now to write about that so instead of doing something comical (My usual form) for this post – I will add a human touch to my writings.
Recently I had to go to the ER to get checked out for
some unknown symptoms that were bothering me. This post is not about me or the
results of that visit. To put everyone’s mind at ease, nothing serious was
found and I was sent on my way with some simple instructions to follow that
they thought might correct the situation. Enough said about that.
Even though I was supposed to be home resting, there
happened to be a “Fair” in town and seeing that I was not in any pain or unable
to do anything, we decided to attend the fair. A few hours of sunshine walking
around the fairgrounds taking in the different vendors and such might take my
mind off the matter. I am a ‘people watcher’ as I could sit in an airport or
somewhere that there are people coming and going and be quite content for hours
on end. Same holds true when visiting and walking through the fairgrounds. The
people one sees is amazing!
For instance, I seen an adult male in a wheelchair,
noticeably created just for this individual as it was motorized, had a speech
synthesizer, and well, let’s just say it was custom made so that this
individual could function despite whatever disabilities put him in the chair to
begin with. The gentleman was surrounded by family and/or friends and despite
his situation, he was smiling and apparently quite happy and content while engrossed
in a discussion with all of them.
Later I passed several individuals that were very over-weight.
One thought that crossed my mind was the amount of energy they must possess to
do the things most of us take for granted day in and day out. Most people would
look at an overweight person and say to themselves – why did they allow
themselves to get that way. I look at them and wonder what type of glandular
problem they might have and how hard it must be for them to do the things we do
day in and day out naturally without thought.
In walking we also passed a mother feeding her child
who was in a wheelchair. There were also elderly people strolling down the
midway, and I use the term – elderly – loosely because I myself am on
the upside of hitting age 79, individuals walking with canes, walkers, and so
forth enjoying a nice day at the fair. I might add, that in each of the instances
described above, everyone had smiles on their faces and were truly enjoying
Now, let me back up for a minute. In view of my recent
trip to the ER and the fact that they could not diagnose exactly what my
problem was, I got to thinking: “Hmmm, does this mean I will have to contend with
this queasy stomach feeling forever?” Which in turn caused me to remember something
I read recently from the “Wit and Wisdom” of Laura Ingalls Wilder and I quote:
“The man who had said the shield was white
found the side he was now looking at to be black, while the one who had
declared the shield was black found himself facing the white side, so each got
the other’s point of view and felt very foolish that they had fought over so
simple a thing. It makes a difference when you’re in the other fellow’s place.”
While the above quote apparently dealt with two individuals arguing about one thing or another, and it was only when they put themselves in the other’s shoes did they see the light, so to speak, point is, when we are thinking to ourselves, “Woe is me, I have it so bad,” we should stop for one moment and put ourselves in another’s shoes. I would venture to say that none of us would think our problems are true problems in light of what others must go through each and every day.
By my observations at the fair, my little bellyache, is child’s play in the overall scheme of things. With that I will enjoy my bland diet and get on with my day.
Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the
action. You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the
confidence will follow.” ― Carrie Fisher
The above is a quote I came across while trying to figure
out what I wanted to rant and rave about during this week’s post. I have been
coming up empty regarding ideas to write about as I usually have a boatload of comical
items to write about. But, with the negative news we continually read about and
all the crap our country is going through, it is hard to get, let alone stay,
in a comical mood. Enter the above quote which got me to thinking – something I
am constantly doing – “hey, go through the wild and crazy news articles you
read about each morning and find something wild and crazy to write about and
just go for it.” As Carrie Fisher says above: “Stay afraid, but do it anyway.”
With that thought in mind, I decided to look at some of the news articles being discussed today and lo and behold, I came across an article on Black Moon.
With that I decided to venture into another world and write a different type of post. Here goes:
One of the top news stories today is the fact that today,
July 31, 2019 we will experience what is known as a Black Moon. So what is a
Black Moon? Well we have heard of blood moon, full moon, quarter moon, maybe
even a blue moon but how many of us have heard about a black moon?
According to what I have read, this phenomenon known as a “Black
Moon” will be occurring again this evening in North America. The last time anyone
recalled a “Black Moon” was in 2016. Now this phenomenon will only be seen in
North America this evening. Sorry other parts of the world, you will have to
wait until August 30 to catch your glimpse of a Black Moon.
But, here’s the thing, what does this even mean to us lowly humans.
Is it important? First thing we need to learn is – “what in the world is a
Supposedly a black moon is – are you ready for this – the second
new moon of the month – yes, I said second new moon of the month, a rarity in
and of itself. Let me provide a few more details but believe me when I say, I
am definitely not an expert in this field. A black moon is similar to a Leap
Year. As we know, a lunar cycle takes about 29 days to complete. Easy – right?
Not true! Our months as we know are slightly longer with some being 30 days and
others being 31. How does that old saying go when we wanted to remember which
ones had 30 days and which had 31 days:
30 days has September, April, June, and
All the rest have 31 except February
which has 28
So, using the theory
mentioned above, sometimes, about every 32 months, we experience two full moons
or as they have been referred to: New Moons. Taking it one step further,
the second full moon in a month is called a blue moon while the second new moon
is called a black moon.
Now remember my little diddy about remembering which months
had 30 days versus those that had 31 days. Well, guess which month has no new moons? If you
guessed February, you would be correct because there are no new moons in
February because of its few days (remember there are only 28 days in February except
for the Leap Year which has 29 days). Supposedly this is less common than the
other type of black moon and only occurs about once a decade.
Now before you set your alarm clock to go out tonight and see the black moon, let me burst your bubble ahead of time. Chances are that you will not see anything because, well, a black moon is nothing other than a new moon. So, what’s the big fuss about – well it is the second new moon of the month. This new moon will probably blend in with the sky so well, you may not even see the moon. And that is a shame too because it is also supposed to be a supermoon which means that the moon will appear bigger than usual. Why, because it is closer to the Earth but again I mention, seeing that it’s a new moon, you still won’t be able to really see it.
And therein lies your science lesson for today or consider it a lesson in Selenology (in Greek, our moon is named “Selene,” as is the moon goddess of ancient Greek mythology. The English word “selenology,” or the study of the moon’s geology, derives from it). Hopefully I will be able to come up with something more comical to write about next week.
But, at least it wasn’t all bad news. Not comical, but not tragic either.