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8/24/2022 Celebrity Factoids   Leave a comment

I know how addicted our society is to celebrities and all of their odd comings and goings and I have yet to truly understand it. So, in the spirit of “giving the people what they want”, here are a few celebrity tidbits of information you may not have heard.

  • Uma Thurman’s father was the first American to be ordained a Buddhist monk.
  • Ben Affleck’s reformed alcoholic father, Tim, became Robert Downey Junior’s drug counselor.
  • The fathers of Robert Duvall and Jim Morrison were admirals in the U.S. Navy, while Kris Kristofferson’s father was a US Air Force general.
  • When Michael Caine was a child, his mother pasted his ears to his head to stop them from sticking out.
  • David Schwimmer’s mother is the attorney who handled Roseann Barr’s first divorce.

  • The mothers of Oscar Wilde, Peter O’Toole, Ernest Hemingway, General Douglas MacArthur, Bill Tilden and Franklin D Roosevelt dressed their sons as girls for the first few years of their lives.
  • Uma Thurman’s mother had been married to Timothy Leary of LSD fame before marrying Uma’s father.
  • The fathers of Judy Garland, Jacqueline Onassis, Liza Minnelli, and Anne Heche were all gay.
  • Rachel Weisz’s father invented the artificial respirator.
  • Julianna Margulies’s father wrote the “Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz” jingle for Alka-Seltzer.

I hope all you celebrity lovers out there enjoying these little factoids. There’s many more that I’ll share with you over the coming weeks and months.

HAPPY HUMP DAY

06/11/2022 “Artists?”   2 comments

I’ve always considered myself something of an artist. Most artists lack a certain amount of self-confidence about their works and don’t even understand why. I know I do. Other people view artists entirely different than the artists themselves. It’s something I’ve been trying to figure out for most of my life and no matter how much I create I always have doubts about my abilities. Even the people close to me don’t get it at all. It’s frustrating to say the least and I’ll probably never figure it out. Every artist I’ve ever known suffers through the same nonsense in one way or another. Here are a few quotes about art and artists from some of the greats of history.

  • “All art is subversive.” Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
  • “An artist must have his measuring tools not in the hand, but in the eye.” Michaelangelo (1475-1564)
  • “The more I become decomposed, the more sick and fragile I am, the more I become an artist.” Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890)”
  • “Today, as you know, I am famous and very rich. But when I’m alone with myself, I haven’t the courage to consider myself an artist, in the great and ancient sense of the word . . . I’m only a public entertainer, who understands his age.” Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)

It makes me feel better about myself when I hear doubts voiced by great artist like Picasso. I can put my doubts to rest for now but without question they’ll return as soon as my next project begins.

“IT IS ART, AND ART ALONE, THAT REVEALS US TO OURSELVES”

(Oscar Wilde 1854-1900)

05/27/2022 “Pearls of Wisdom”   1 comment

Have you ever heard or read a quotation that really grabs you? Those are the ones I try to search out and keep in my archives. They don’t have to come from some great mind like Einstein or Stephen Hawking because many of their quotes don’t do them justice. The list below are a few quotes that grabbed me the first time I read them. Let’s see if they grab you . . .

  • “What a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be.” Ellen Burstyn
  • “The superior man is distressed by the limitations of his ability; he is not distressed by the fact that men do not recognize the ability he has. Confucius
  • “Integrity has no need of rules.” Albert Camus
  • “Everybody thinks of changing humanity, and nobody thinks of changing himself.” Leo Tolstoy
  • “Misfortunes one can endure – they come from outside; they are accidents. But to suffer for one’s own faults – ah, there is the sting of life.” Oscar Wilde
  • “He who has imagination without learning has wings but no feet.” Joseph Joubert
  • “The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross in which to burn.” Laurence J. Peter
  • “A lot of people mistake a short memory for a clear conscience.” Doug Larson
  • “The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult; the day he forgives himself he becomes wise.” Alden Nowlan
  • “The older you get, the greater you were.” Lee Grosscup

04/15/2022 Bad Poetry Alert   6 comments

Today is the start of a better day than yesterday. Today I’m assured of at least another year before the cancer might return. A good doctor’s report makes for better days ahead. I can stop obsessing over this whole cancer deal until October when I’m due to be scanned again. So, what better way to pass the time than throwing some bad poetry your way. I wrote this many years ago during what I used to call the I-don’t-give-a-shit days. And believe me, I had plenty of them.

❤❤ It’s near in the mist. ❤❤
It watches and waits,
as its urges flicker to life.
A stroke of the hand,
a kiss in the dark,
and a seed is spilled
near your wife.
Some call it desire,
others haven’t a clue,
I see it near you!

02/13/2022 What Am I?   Leave a comment

What makes an artist an artist? It’s a question that’s been asked thousands of times by thousands of people who have the creative urge and use it. Am I an artist? Do I really have what it takes to create something memorable and interesting to others? A lot of questions and very few answers usually.

As a young man I had a constant stream of creative thoughts, but it took many years for me to find a way to express myself. I tried everything oil painting, sculpting, photography, poetry, and even jewelry making. I’ve used every type of media from acrylics, latex paints, pastels, charcoal, and pencil sketching. I found I loved writing and BANG; my blogging life began. I love doing them all, but I still was never sure if I was a real artist. Even to this day him when I’m struggling with an idea, I still have my doubts. An artist’s curse, I suppose. These short essays by some very smart and intelligent men helped to put most of my doubts to rest. Enjoy . . .

“The biographies of great artists make it abundantly clear that the creative urge is often so imperious that it battens on their humanity and yolks everything to the service of the work, even at the cost of health and ordinary human happiness. The unborn work in the psyche of the artist is a force of nature that achieves its end either with tyrannical might or with the subtle cunning of nature itself, quite regardless of the personal fate of the man who is its vehicle.”

Carl G. Jung (1875– 1961) “On Relation of Analytical Psychology to Poetry” 1930

“A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament. Its beauty comes from the fact that the author is what he is. It has nothing to do with the fact that other people want what they want. Indeed, the moment that an artist takes notice of what other people want, and tries to supply the demand, he ceases to be an artist, and becomes a dull or an amusing craftsman, an honest or a dishonest tradesman.”

Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) ” Soul of Man under Socialism” 1891

Even these supersmart gentlemen don’t have the ability to remove all doubt about whether a person is an artist or not. It’s that consistent need by an artist to doubt his own abilities that inspires him to strive to become even better.

IT’S ALL GOOD

12-21-2013 More Holiday Humor   Leave a comment

Christmas is almost upon us and New Years is quickly approaching.   I thought a little more Christmas humor was in order and also a healthy dose of New Year’s ridiculousness.  Todays posting is a series of quotation’s from the rich and famous, the poor and unfamous, and from our favorite person of all time, Anonymous.

Christmas

Christmas is a time when everybody wants his past forgotten and his presents remembered. Phyllis Diller

Christmas is a race to see which gives out first – your money or your feet.
Anonymous

I once bought my kids a set of batteries for Christmas with a note on it saying, toys not included.  Bernard Manning

Anyone who believes that men are the equal of women has never seen a man trying to wrap a Christmas present. Anonymous

Come to me. I want to plow you like a Calgary driveway at Christmas.
John Cleese, “Monty Python”

The one thing women don’t want to find in their stockings on Christmas morning is their husband.  Joan Rivers

There is a remarkable breakdown of taste and intelligence at Christmastime. Mature, responsible grown men wear neckties made of holly leaves and drink alcoholic beverages with raw egg yolks and cottage cheese in them.  P.J. O’Rourke

Mail your packages early so the post office can lose them in time for Christmas.
Johnny Carson

Once again we find ourselves enmeshed in the Holiday Season, that very special time of year when we join with our loved ones in sharing centuries-old traditions such as trying to find a parking space at the mall. We traditionally do this in my family by driving around the parking lot until we see a shopper emerge from the mall, then we follow her, in very much the same spirit as the Three Wise Men, who 2,000 years ago followed a star, week after week, until it led them to a parking space.  Dave Barry

I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph.
Shirley Temple

Many banks have a new kind of Christmas club in operation. The new club helps you save money to pay for last year’s gifts. Anonymous

The worst gift is a fruitcake. There is only one fruitcake in the entire world, and people keep sending it to each other.  Johnny Carson

I know some of these quotes are corny and stupid but never forget, so are we all at times.  Now let’s hop, skip and jump onto the New Year’s bandwagon with a few more potentially humorous adages.

New Year’s

Youth is when you’re allowed to stay up late on New Year’s Eve. Middle age is when you’re forced to.  Bill Vaughn

The proper behavior all through the holiday season is to be drunk. This drunkenness culminates on New Year’s Eve, when you get so drunk you kiss the person you’re married to.  P.J. O’Rourke

Now there are more overweight people in America than average-weight people. So overweight people are now average. Which means you’ve met your New Year’s resolution.  Jay Leno

A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.
Anonymous

It wouldn’t be New Year’s if I didn’t have regrets.  William Thomas

The only way to spend New Year’s Eve is either quietly with friends or in a brothel. Otherwise when the evening ends and people pair off, someone is bound to be left in tears.  W.H. Auden

Happiness is too many things these days for anyone to wish it on anyone lightly. So let’s just wish each other a bile-less New Year and leave it at that.
Judith Crist

New Year’s Resolution: To tolerate fools more gladly, provided this does not encourage them to take up more of my time.  James Agee

People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas.  Anonymous

Be at war with your vices; at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.  Benjamin Franklin

I’m a little bit older, a little bit wiser, a little bit rounder, but still none the wiser.  Robert Paul

Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.  Oprah Winfrey

Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account.  Oscar Wilde

I made no resolutions for the New Year. The habit of making plans, of criticizing, sanctioning and molding my life, is too much of a daily event for me.  Anais Nin

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