davidbrucehaiku: “COOL COOL”






 “I get it — it’s cool”

“No need for a discussion”

“It’s all good to me”


NOTE: This phrase can be used when someone makes a hurtful or embarrassing remark but you’re too cool to fight about it.


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davidbrucehaiku: cool






open masteries

no need to overreact

calm and self-controlled


NOTE: Societies go through hot and cool periods. Right now, USAmerica is and has been in a hot period. Lots of people hate each other and want to hurt and sometimes kill each other. I want the return of the cool.


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#PoetryReadathon – A Haiku Perspective 2017 by Annette Rochelle Aben

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Poetry readathon

Today I am sharing a review of a delightful collection of poems by Annette Rochelle Aben. Annette shares poetry on her blog which you can find here: https://annetterochelleaben.wordpress.com/

What Amazon says

One woman’s observations of life told using the ancient format of haiku. You’ll smile, nod in agreement and be touched to your soul by the deeper meanings of simple words. Enjoy the word pictures created by a woman whose life is filled with poetry!

My review

A Haiku Perspective 2017 is a book of poetry, mainly tanka and haiku poems with a sprinkling of lovely and longer free style poetry, by Annette Rochelle Aben. I have read a few of Aben’s books and find them to be uplifting and filled with positive energy which I think is a great thing. This little book is the same as the others in that it is packed with inspiring messages wrapped…

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Music Recommendation: Canticum — Carl Orff’s “O Fortuna” from Carmina Burana

Song: Carl Orff’s “O Fortuna” from Carmina Burana

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Info: Classical music group that records albums with titles such as My Top 10 Favorite Frédéric Chopin Waltzes; My Top 10 Most Powerful, Epic, Intense Classical Piano Songs; and Epic Voices.

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Marty’s Opinion on Arming Teachers: NO FUCKING WAY.


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Last Night

Came across this today – Accidental shootings raise questions about arming teachers

Here’s my armed teacher story (it’s all true, but the names have been changed).

I was raised in a gun culture community.

Nearly 50 years later, it’s just as gun-centric – the first day of deer season remains a legal school holiday.

The local paper still adds extra pages for pictures of dead deer and beaming children posed with long guns.

But one incident, way back when, defined the limit.

When I was in 8th grade a teacher pulled a gun on a student.

It was April 1st, April Fool’s Day, and Harvey, the class cut-up, was called up to the math teacher’s desk for some infraction.

Harve kinda loped up, and with one fluid movement, pulled a pair of scissors out of his back pocket and cut off Mr. Christian’s necktie, just under the knot.

Mr. Christian sat there, stunned for a moment, and then bent down to pick up and open his briefcase.

Seems Mr. Christian was packing something special, a .38 special, which he trained at Harve’s head.

Everyone froze.

Mr. French, the teacher in the next classroom, hearing the odd quiet, came in to see what was going on.

He talked Mr. Christian into dropping the gun.

Because pulling a gun on a student was such an egregious violation of local norms, Harve’s punishment was tempered to a couple days off, and Mr. Christian ‘retired’ that day.

No charges were filed and Mr. French was never celebrated as a hero.

The story never appeared in any newspaper and the incident is still only whispered about.

So, yeah, I have a definite opinion about arming teachers.

No fucking way.



Reposted with Permission:

Hi David – 
It’s OK with me.
FWIW,  ‘the rest of the story’…
Mr. Christian ‘retired’ and collected his pension, taught Sunday school, and died of old age.
Mr. French, a victim of early onset Alzheimer’s, had his career cut short.  
And poor, dear Harve ‘straightened out’ and joined the Navy the week after graduation, then died in a boating accident a couple years later.
Sometimes karma is someone else’s bitch.

David Bruce: The Coolest People in the Arts — Composers, Conductors


• Avant-garde composer John Cage created a piece titled 4’33”in which the musician sits without playing for four minutes and 33 seconds. This piece was first performed on 29 August 1952, by pianist David Tudor in Woodstock, New York. (The piece can be played by any instrument and by any ensemble.) Mr. Cage also created a piece titled Imaginary Landscape No. 4— in it, 12 radios are tuned to 12 different radio stations. The stations are randomly chosen by tossing a coin.

• George Frideric Handel occasionally “borrowed” from other composers. After being told that something he had supposedly composed was actually written by Bononcini, Handel merely remarked, “It was much too good for Bononcini.”


• Occasionally, conductors have trouble with singers. Once, Arturo Toscanini instructed soprano Geraldine Farrar in how to sing a particular aria, but she ignored his instructions. When he told her again how to sing the aria, she replied, “You forget, Maestro, that I am the star.” Maestro Toscanini shot back, “I thank God I know no stars except those in heaven which are perfect.” By the way, the premiere of Maeterlinck’s Pelléas et Mélisandewith music by Debussy was given at La Scala — to the hooting of the audience. Throughout the performance, Maestro Toscanini conducted with dignity, ignoring the noise made by the audience, even though it was impossible to hear one note of the music.

• Sir Adrian Boult once accepted an invitation to conduct British music with a famous American orchestra that was known for a few eccentric qualities. Sir Adrian and the orchestra practiced well together, and he was able to remove the eccentric elements of the orchestra’s performance and replace them with elements of nobilmente. However, at the concert, the orchestra played with all of its original eccentricity and with none of Sir Adrian’s nobilmente. Following the concert, an annoyed Sir Adrian asked the concertmaster why the orchestra had played one way during rehearsal and a very different way during the concert. The concertmaster replied, “The rehearsal’s all yours — but the concert’s all ours.”

• Anton Horner was first horn of the Philadelphia Orchestra for decades. Because of his great competence on the horn, he was secure enough to stand up to famous conductors. When Leopold Stokowski began to conduct the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1912, he always criticized each performance and told the musicians what they had done wrong. After a few weeks of constant criticism, Mr. Horner spoke up, telling Maestro Stokowski that he should tell the musicians what they had done right as well as what they had done wrong. Shortly afterward, Mr. Horner was moved from first horn to third horn. However, he was so competent a musician that he soon returned to first horn.

• Thomas Beecham once conducted Camille Saint Saëns’ Third Symphony in C Minor. Beecham thought that Saint Saëns’ tempi had become depressingly slow in his later years, and so he livened things up through accentuation as much as possible during the performance. Later, he asked Saint Saëns what he had thought of the performance. Saint Saëns replied, “You mean, what do I think of your interpretation? My dear young friend, I have lived a long while, and I have known all the chefs d’orchestre. There are two kinds; one takes the music too fast, and the other too slow. There is no third!”

• Sir Thomas Beecham was once asked to conduct the orchestra on a ship. Afterward, the ship’s captain asked him his opinion of the orchestra. Sir Thomas replied, “Wait until I get ashore first.” By the way, Sir Thomas joked sometimes at the expense of great composers. After Sir Thomas had conducted an opera by Mozart, Fritz Reiner congratulated him, saying, “Thank you for a delightful evening with Beecham and Mozart.” Sir Thomas replied, “Why drag in Mozart?”

• Conductor Arturo Toscanini once wrote composer Richard Strauss for permission to give the first performance in Italy of Strauss’ Salome. After receiving permission, Toscanini began to prepare the piece. However, he later discovered that Strauss himself was going to conduct Salomein Italy the week before Toscanini was scheduled to conduct it. Immediately, Toscanini took the train to Vienna, where he called on Strauss and said to him, “As a musician I take off my hat to you, but as a man, I put on 10 hats.”


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