Another Insult

November 27th, 2016 → 6:08 am

“You are not worth the dust which the rude wind
Blows in your face.”  – King Lear

I hadn’t posted an insult in awhile, and Shakespeare has so many good ones, too!  This is said to a truly annoying/evil woman who thinks she’s “worth the whistling.”

Filed under: Blog & Stupid/Evil People

Wouldn’t It Be Nice?

November 22nd, 2016 → 6:55 am

“Presume not that I am the thing I was;
For God doth know, so shall the world perceive,
That I have turn’d away my former self;
So will I those that kept me company.”  – Henry IV, Part II

I just re-watched Henry IV Parts I and II, of the amazing Hollow Crown series.  In this set of plays we watch the future Henry V go from being a brash, licentious, dissolute youth, to a king who renounces his former ways and his former lowlife companions to become a better person.  The plays end with the newly crowned King Henry V stating that he is a changed man, a better man, and that he will put from him the delinquent acquaintances of his youth.  Wouldn’t it be nice if Trump did the same thing?  Now that he is President-Elect, disavow his former scandalous self and his former villainous friends and become a more honest person.  I’m pretty sure it won’t happen, but, wouldn’t it be nice?

Filed under: Blog & Politics/Politicians & Stupid/Evil People

Queen Elizabeth II

November 17th, 2016 → 5:34 am

“Truth shall nurse her,
Holy and heavenly thoughts still counsel her;
She shall be loved and feared.”  – Henry VIII

Shakespeare wrote this about the first Queen Elizabeth, of course, but I’ll project it onto the second.  Just watched Netflix’s new series The Crown and found it both interesting and entertaining.  We all have such varied, difficult, and surprising lives to lead, royalty included.

Filed under: Blog & Literature/Theatre/Art & Politics/Politicians


November 13th, 2016 → 7:27 am

“I have of late, but wherefore I know not, lost all my mirth, forgone all custom of exercises; and indeed it goes so heavily with my disposition that this goodly frame the earth seems to me a sterile promontory, this most excellent canopy the air, look you, this brave o’erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire, why, it appeareth nothing to me but a foul and pestilent congregation of vapours.”  – Hamlet

I look back on my last post, on the morning of the U.S. election, and am amazed at its prescience.  I had meant that the end of the campaign season was at last at hand, but I ended up predicting that the end of decency had come to America.  God help us.

Filed under: Blog & Politics/Politicians

The End is Here

November 8th, 2016 → 5:42 am

“Let time shape, and there an end.” – Henry IV

It took a long time, but the end of this U.S. presidential election is finally upon us.  I will not be able to get any work done today – at all.

Filed under: Blog & Politics/Politicians

Good Deeds

November 4th, 2016 → 8:40 am

“One good deed dying tongueless
Slaughters a thousand waiting upon that.”  – The Winter’s Tale

We do not praise goodness enough.  The news and the world seems filled with evilness and bad deeds.  But good people and good acts happen all the time.  If we talked about them more, maybe more would be inspired to occur.  To the kind lady who helped rescue my fallen groceries from oncoming traffic:  thank you.

Filed under: Blog & Other