New Year

Charmed Chaos

Hope in the twilight
gilded horizon promise
new year wish for peace

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I’ve watched house plants
both die and return home
time and time again.

What strength it is
to try again every Spring;
jostled back to life
by sheer nature alone
just when I was ready
to bury them.

Oh, the times I have found
myself so forgiving
the very course of how things
were meant to be
my branches flit away
a little lighter than before.

Unburdened by another’s opinion,
trusting in this process
to die and wither and believe
that I’ll spring back
when I’m ready.

As 2018 comes to an end, I hope all of you take the time to reflect on all your accomplishments, your hardships, your successes and your shortcomings with equal love and adoration for both the good and the bad that got you here. May your Resolutions be achievable, self-loving, and fulfilling.

Chúc mừng năm mới!


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Bare in mind

t r e f o l o g y

Per the Trefological calendar:

the New Year does not officially begin until February the 1st.

December 31st is therefore considered a Pre-New Year event.

… So from all of me

to parts of you,

I wish you a happy and prosperous 31 day Pre-New Year.

And remember!

Though mortal coil

will go down stairs

like the Slinky do —

Be careful!

As you still may be

connected to it

0-3Our founder contemplates the future as a Christmas tree approaches from behind.

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davidbrucehaiku: justice




punish the guilty,

let the innocent go free,

and you will prosper


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Proverbs 24 (GENEVA BIBLE)

Proverbs 24

1 Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.

2 For their heart imagineth destruction, and their lips speak mischief.

3 Through wisdom is an house built, and with understanding it is established.

4 And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious, and pleasant riches.

5 A wise man is strong: for a man of understanding increaseth his strength.

6 For with counsel thou shalt enterprise thy war, and in the multitude of them that can give counsel, is health.

7 Wisdom is high to a fool: therefore he cannot open his mouth in the gate.

8 He that imagineth to do evil, men shall call him an author of wickedness.

9 The wicked thought of a fool is sin, and the scorner is an abomination unto men.

10 If thou be faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.

11 Deliver them that are drawn to death: wilt thou not preserve them that are led to be slain?

12 If thou say, Behold, we knew not of it: he that pondereth the hearts, doeth not he understand it? And he that keepeth thy soul, knoweth he it not? Will not he also recompense every man according to his works?

13 My son, eat honey, for it is good, and the honeycomb, for it is sweet unto thy mouth.

14 So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul, if thou find it, and there shall be an end, and thine hope shall not be cut off.

15 Lay no wait, O wicked man, against the house of the righteous, and spoil not his resting place.

16 For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth again: but the wicked fall into mischief.

17 Be thou not glad when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart rejoice when he stumbleth,

18 Lest the Lord see it, and it displease him, and he turn his wrath from him.

19 Fret not thyself because of the malicious, neither be envious at the wicked.

20 For there shall be none end of plagues to the evil man: the light of the wicked shall be put out.

21 My son fear the Lord, and the King, and meddle not with them that are seditious.

22 For their destruction shall rise suddenly, and who knoweth the ruin of them both?

23 ALSO THESE THINGS PERTAIN TO THE WISE, It is not good to have respect of any person in judgment.

24 He that saith to the wicked, Thou art righteous, him shall the people curse, and the multitude shall abhor him.

25 But to them that rebuke him, shall be pleasure, and upon them shall come the blessing of goodness.

26 They shall kiss the lips of him that answereth upright words.

27 Prepare thy work without, and make ready thy things in the field, and after, build thine house.

28 Be not a witness against thy neighbor without cause: for wilt thou deceive with thy lips?

29 Say not, I will do to him, as he hath done to me, I will recompense every man according to his work.

30 I passed by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man destitute of understanding.

31 And lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.

32 Then I beheld, and I considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction.

33 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep.

34 So thy poverty cometh as one that travaileth by the way, and thy necessity like an armed man.




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David Bruce: Weight Anecdotes

• For much of his career as a movie critic, Roger Ebert had a weight problem—he had too much of it. Once, he visited Sir John Soane’s Museum at 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, a museum that is known as “the most eccentric house in London.” Sir John was a collector, and he collected books, brass buttons, coins, drawings, etchings, furniture, mirrors, oils, pistols, rifles, rugs, statuary, swords, tapestries, stuffed heads, watercolors, and writing implements. When Sir John, a great 18th-century architect, left his home to England, his wife said, “Now let them dust the bloody man’s collection.” In Sir John’s breakfast room, Mr. Ebert saw a 17th-century chair, which was handsome and behind which (on the wall) was a card that said, “Have a seat on me!” Mr. Ebert prepared to take a seat, but a museum guard told him, “Oh, no, no, no, no, no, sir!” Mr. Ebert protested, “But it says to have a seat!” The guard replied, eying Mr. Ebert’s sizable figure, “And so it does. But it’s not for the likes of you!” In addition, Mr. Ebert once visited Bangkok, Thailand, where he saw a tailor shop with this sign in a window: “Fine Linen Summer Suit Made to Measure—$80.” He went inside to inquire whether the sign were correct, and the proprietor looked at Mr. Ebert’s sizable figure and said, “Well … it 80 dollars suit, sure enough. But you—hundred dollar man.” Mr. Ebert says, “It was a great deal. For $100, I got a handsome white linen suit that fit me, and a story I could tell every time I wore it.”

• In December 2009, Alexandra Shulman, the editor of Voguein England, weighed about 10 pounds more than she wanted to, although this was not anything that she was really concerned about. However, excess weight is something that her father was prone to, and when she was young, he worried that she might become so chunky that she would find it difficult to find a husband. (Now she is divorced and has a child.) When she was attending St Paul’s Girls’ school, the headmistress announced publicly (all of Alexandra’s schoolmates heard the headmistress), “Alexandra Shulman’s mother has said she is not to have potatoes.” When her father was seriously ill, in the intensive ward, she visited him, and he called out to her in a very robust voice, “God, Alexandra, you’ve put on weight.” She immediately thought, “OK, he isn’t going to die yet.”

• A Monsignor was both overweight and the superintendent of some Catholic schools. One day, he sat in on a first-grade classroom where the Sister teaching the class was reading the children a story about a pony. After reading the story, the Sister asked the children if they thought the Monsignor had ever ridden a pony. The children all answered, “No,” but the Monsignor explained that he had ridden a pony when he was young. One little boy, unfortunately, said, “But you couldn’t ride one now, because you’d squash the poor pony.” Fortunately — and to the relief of the Sister — the Monsignor laughed.

• Salvatore Baccaloni, a comedian in basso roles, was a huge man, weighing in at 325 pounds. During the mid-1950s, he confessed that the saddest day of his life was when his doctor placed him on a diet that stressed consumption of fruits and vegetables. What was the happiest day of his life? When he went off the diet. On that day, he enjoyed himself by consuming four pizzas, a meal with three kinds of meat, and one-half pound of a dessert cheese — Italian, of course.

• In 1998, at the Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan, Tara Lipinski won the gold medal. Her parents wanted her to enjoy all that the Olympics had to offer, so Tara stayed in the Olympic Village with the other athletes. She enjoyed marching in the opening ceremony and met such famous athletes as hockey’s Wayne Gretzky. In addition, the 79-pound Tara posed for a photograph with a sumo wrestler who weighed 516 pounds — six and a half times her weight!

• Ohio farmboy Denton Tecumseh Young had a fastball so speedy that he became known as “Cyclone” Young, which later was shortened to Cy Young. He was quite a pitcher, winning 30 or more games five seasons in a row, and winning 20 or more games 14 seasons in a row. When he retired, he had won 511 games. He could still pitch extremely well, but he decided to quit because he could not field bunts—he had grown too fat!

• Players did what coach Vince Lombardi ordered them to do. When Green Bay Packers linebacker Tom Bettis reported overweight to training camp, Mr. Lombardi was not pleased. He was also not pleased with Mr. Bettis’ reason for being overweight: “I’m built that way.” Mr. Lombardi told him, “Hell with your build. Get that weight off, or you’ll go home on the first plane out of here.” That week, Mr. Bettis lost 12 pounds.

• Pablo Neruda and Rafael Alberti were both portly poets. They used to take walks together in Paris along the Seine and would use a complete set of the works of Victor Hugo in a bookstore to measure their girth. Mr. Alberti might say, “Good Heavens! I have already outgrown Volume V of Les Misérables!” And Mr. Neruda might reply, “I haven’t put on weight. My paunch juts out only as far as Notre-Dame de Paris.”

• Tenor Luciano Pavarotti became quite fat late in his career, and people sometimes would ask him what he weighed. His usual reply was, “Less than before.” Occasionally, people would want to know what his “before” weight had been. Mr. Pavarotti would then reply, “More than now.”

• Anton Dolin once danced with Alexandra Danilova at a time when she was overweight. After he had lifted her several times in the Blue Bird pas de deux, he complained to her, “I am a dancer — not a porter!” Ms. Danilova began dieting immediately.

• Gay men can be judgmental. An overweight TV sitcom star once participated in a Hollywood Christmas parade that was televised. As she rode down Hollywood Boulevard, many gays greeted her by shouting, “Lose some weight, bitch!”


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