Sunday, July 25, 2010

this is reality

"And now, they're coming for your Social Security money - they want your fucking retirement money - they want it back - so they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street. And you know something? They'll get it. They'll get it all from you sooner or later. Because they own this fucking place. It's a Big Club: and you're not in it."

George Carlin

rather depressing thought for my retirement.  i guess i'm on my own except for a small social secruity payout.  which as stated above, i've contributed over my working career of thirty plus years.

my main issue now is how to land somewhere i can be self sufficient?

retiring overseas

this link is to a book about retiring in another country, where living costs can be much less expensive.  interesting thought, but of course i worry about having to make new social connections in a strange country, possibly in a foreign language.  not one of my strong points, to put it mildly.  and how would i get the animals there?

Sunday, July 11, 2010

more wendell berry


Make a place to sit down.

Sit down. Be quiet.

You must depend upon

affection, reading, knowledge,

skill—more of each

than you have—inspiration,

work, growing older, patience,

for patience joins time

to eternity. Any readers

who like your poems,

doubt their judgment.


Breathe with unconditional breath

the unconditioned air.

Shun electric wire.

Communicate slowly. Live

a three-dimensioned life;

stay away from screens.

Stay away from anything

that obscures the place it is in.

There are no unsacred places;

there are only sacred places

and desecrated places.


Accept what comes from silence.

Make the best you can of it.

Of the little words that come

out of the silence, like prayers

prayed back to the one who prays,

make a poem that does not disturb

the silence from which it came.
-- Wendell Berry
so I'm reading a post on misswhistle and get to the bottom - it's more Wendell Berry. 
 "stay away from screens" yes this makes sense.  So again i need to consider turning off the tv.   of course this computer is a screen too.  Never thought of them as 'screens' between myself and the reality of the experience on this planet in this life.  Screens between myself and the experience of God?

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


When despair for the world grows in me

and I wake in the night at the least sound

in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,

I go and lie down where the wood drake

rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.

I come into the peace of wild things

who do not tax their lives with forethought

of grief. I come into the presence of still water.

And I feel above me the day-blind stars

waiting with their light. For a time

I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

Wendell Berry