Aphorism II

August 30th, 2012 → 7:48 am

“The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together.” – All’s Well That Ends Well

I’m running late this morning, and though I hate aphorisms (they’re usually too preachy), here’s a good one to start the day.

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Republican National Convention

August 28th, 2012 → 8:21 am

“‘Tis ten to one this play can never please
All that are here.”  – Henry VIII

The G.O.P. convention starts today (after the weather delay of yesterday).  I hear the Ron Paul supporters are making stink…you can’t please everyone!

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Morning Dream

August 26th, 2012 → 9:03 am

“Dream on, dream on.” – Richard III

My husband pulled my baby off the bed this morning and let me sleep an extra hour.  Until our little son snuck past him, climbed back on the bed, and jumped on me yelling, “Mommy Up!  Mommy Up!”  Until that moment I was having a nice dream…  Dream on if I think I’m going to be allowed to keep dreaming in the mornings…

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Decline and Fall?

August 24th, 2012 → 6:00 am

“We have seen the best of our time.” – King Lear

A friend emailed me the other day asking if I thought the world was on the decline; if morals had been abandoned by politicians, if the current generation was excessively lazy, if entrepreneurs and businesspeople were unconscionably conniving.  I don’t know, but the fear that we are on the decline appears to be a repeated one throughout history.  Every generation seems to think the next one is lazier, the politicians even worse, etc.  I know they are from his plays, but Shakespeare repeatedly has characters saying that this is it, but was it?  We have a lot of problems in this world, don’t get me wrong, but I’m not so narcissistic to think MY time is the pinnacle.

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Todd Akin

August 22nd, 2012 → 6:44 am

“Words, words, mere words, no matter from the heart.” – Troilus and Cressida

A couple of days ago Todd Akin, the Republican challenger for the Senate seat in Missouri, made some remarkable claims, including that in instances of “legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”  It’s ignited a firestorm of debate about abortion, women’s rights, and the Republican party.  Akin has come under pressure to apologize, and indeed he has, but what has surprised me so far is that nobody is pointing out how his “apology” was totally bogus.  He did not admit that he was wrong, merely that he used poor word choice.  Indeed, he maintains that his heart (and thus his beliefs)Â are the same as ever.  Why is anyone considering this an apology??

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The Sixth Age

August 20th, 2012 → 6:01 am

“The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slippered pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose, and pouch on side,
His youthful hose well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound.”  – As You Like It

There’s been a lot of talk lately about Medicare and the differences in approach towards it between Romney/Ryan and Obama/Biden.  As such, the elderly have been on my mind.  Here’s Shakespeare classic take on that sixth stage in life, when you get so old you start to seem like a child again…

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Paul Ryan

August 18th, 2012 → 8:09 am

“He’s loved of the distracted multitude, who like not in their judgement, but their eyes.” – Hamlet

I’ll give it to him, Paul Ryan is handsome.  But that’s all I’ll give him.  If you like his policies, or anything else about him, you’re part of the distracted multitude.

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Surgery (again)

August 16th, 2012 → 8:03 am

“My old bones ache.” – Tempest

I had surgery yesterday afternoon and this morning am still feeling weary.  It’s my third surgery in four years!  Goodness me!  People say I look young (I think because I am small), but my old bones truly do ache.  Here’s to Vicodin and lots of cups of honeyed tea.

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Mars Rover Curiosity

August 14th, 2012 → 7:55 am

“The readiness is all.” – Hamlet

Last week NASA’s rover Curiosity landed on Mars flawlessly.  Which is amazing because a million things could have gone wrong, and so much had to of been prepared ahead of time.  I am impressed with the readiness and thorough job NASA did.  And it seems Curiosity is sending back good stuff!  Yeah for science!

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Romney’s Choice

August 12th, 2012 → 8:05 am

“Who chooseth me, shall gain what many men desire.
Who chooseth me, shall get as much as he deserves.
Who chooseth me, must give and hazard all he hath.”  – Merchant of Venice

These are the three inscriptions on the gold, silver, and lead caskets, only one of which leads to Portia’s hand in marriage.  And of course it is the third, lead, casket that the suitor must choose in order to be the winner.  The sentiment seems right for Romney as well.  He has hazarded his presidential run on the choice of Paul Ryan as running mate.  Was it a good choice?  I don’t know, but at least it solidifies things.  Before I didn’t know what Romney stood for, now it seems clearer that he is in the conservative camp.  Romney’s choice has given us a choice, between two distinct alternatives.  I’ll be curious to see which one wins this fall.

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