Saturday, August 22, 2015

A Last Word On Truthfulness

A source of truth or consequences
An end of another era: both Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart are off the air - thank you to Comedy Central. I didn't watch their programs all that regularly, but them going off the air is like the loss of Calvin and Hobbes and Bloom County. I thought the final commentary by Stewart was relevant to the era he and Colbert panned with great skill. There are no easy fixes to complex challenges we face at home or abroad, but truthfulness underpins whatever long-term solutions we will find. In addition to ruminants belching methane and passing digested forage, the consequences of lost moments of truth are as damaging as a bull in a china shop. Good bye Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.
August 5, 2016 Epilogue:
Jon Stewart is still able to keep to true form. See him on the Tonight Show with Stephen Colbert the week before last. Click here.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

MLB Records - Someone Always Watching and Waiting

Justin Hayward - Watching and Waiting
While driving on our way to Panda Express for dinner, we were listening to NPR All Things Considered news and heard that a new Major League Baseball record fell last night - for the first time. It seems there never was a day in the past 150 years (at least since the expansion to 30 teams), that all 15 home teams won all of their games in a single day. It was especially fun to hear that the Seattle Mariners were the home team to win their home game last night, and in extra innings against the Baltimore Orioles. The NPR news report made a point that there was actually someone out there who was watching and waiting for new records - in this case, one that was not in the record book before.

It is humid out this evening, and greenish dark storm clouds are forming this evening over the Front Range in northern Colorado and making their way to the east of the western Great Plains. I can watch and wait for the August days these weeks to pass by as we head to September. A good time to remember watching the Seattle Mariners baseball games on our television back in Corvallis, waiting for the rains in the early evenings here in Fort Collins, thinking about and listening to the Moody Blues play Watching and Waiting.

Watching and waiting
For a friend to play with
Why have I been alone so long
Mole he is burrowing his way to the sunlight
He knows there's some there so strong

'Cause here there's lot of room for doing
The thing you've always been denied
Look and gather all you want to
There's no one here to stop you trying

Soon you will see me
'Cause I'll be all around you
But where I come from I can't tell
But don't be alarmed by my fields and my forests
They're here for only you to share

'Cause here there's lot of room for doing
The things you've always been denied
So look and gather all you want to
There's no one here to stop you trying

Watching and waiting
For someone to understand me
I hope it won't be very long


Friday, August 7, 2015

Back In The Groove, A Little, Haiku

A 2-2-3 haiku.
Pursuit – the hunt; bag the game.