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Please God Forgive!

A Prayer Truly Worth Repeating:

Please God,

forgive my arrogance,

my smugness

and my sin!

Righteous God,

forgive my vanity,

my rudeness

and my whim!

Holy God,

forgive my impulses,

my urges,

yes again, to sin!

And finally,

Glorious God,

forgive my vain-glory,

my conceit,

my pride –

amen,

Amen,

AMEN!

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And Butterflies Do Fly!

🌺🌺🌺…🦋🦋🦋…🌺🌺🌺…🦋🦋🦋

My wife, ‘Cute Judy Lee’‘ Barbera, dreaming of butterflies in Nova Scotia, Canada.

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Sebastian Barrera, grandson, a Healing Touch … artist and Renaissance Boy

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Deangelo Barrera, grandson, God’s Creation … entrepreneur extraordinaire!

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Amy Barbera, Inspirational Singer and Songwriter, ”

Make Me a Butterfly,

Songs available on YouTube!

http://AmyBarbera.com

Also Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and beyond!

🌸🌸🌸************🌸🌸🌸

Julie Barbera, Author and Life Coach, Inspire Yourself To Action!

Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection

Available at a bookstore or online book site near you!

https://inspireu2action.com

InspireU2Action.blog on WordPress.

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German Barrera and family, the Barbera-Barrera Clan.

🌝🌝🌝************🌝🌝🌝

And finally! Whose the Geek!

🤓🤓🤓***🤩🤩🤩***😎😎😎

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Confessions of an Emotional Support Cat!

Extracts from Esadoctors.com:

https://esadoctors.com/can-cats-emotional-support-animals/

Yes, it may be mostly ‘for the dog’s’ when it comes to service work for people with specific needs. But that doesn’t mean that cats can’t play such a role for people suffering from emotional or mental issues.

Cats (or any other type of animal) can indeed be considered an Emotional Support Animal (ESA). They too can provide love and emotional support to their owners in the same way dogs can. So, let’s explore this topic further.

Emotional Support Cat Requirements:

Have a cat or get a cat maybe by contacting your local ASPCA or Humane Society.

Make sure the therapist knows you do indeed need your cat to give you emotional support.

Get an ESA letter from a licensed therapist.

Contact your landlord and/or airline and provide your ESA letter.

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It is generally true that cats can be more aloof than their canine counterparts. But that does not mean that cats won’t work as an ESA. You may just need to take more time when searching out the perfect candidate.

There are five specific tips on finding a great emotional support feline outlined in the Esadoctors.com link above.

Cats are truly awesome. They too can provide comfort support to those that need it most!

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Happy National Grouch Day!

Today, October 15, is National Grouch Day!

If you are a grouch, today is your special day!

  • It was created for all grouches to celebrate their way of life. Grumps that give backhanded compliments. Those people that are disturbed by noise, silence, and most general activities to include blogging itself. These things make true grouches generally unpleasant.

As per Merriam-Webster dictionary, a grouch is described as

  • a person who complains frequently or constantly or
  • a habitually irritable or complaining person.

(Hell! That describes half of my followers and maybe even me!)

To honor the world’s favorite grouch, Oscar, from “Sesame Street,” National Grouch Day was created on October 15.

So embrace your inner grouch on this day. Knowing that no mere mortal can stop you from complaining, being irritable, or wallowing in misery.

Because that is what grouches do!

Also, this day teaches us that it’s good to spend time processing our negative emotions. So post jokes, memes, funny photos, and stories.

And get the hell out of my way!

LOL …… NOT!

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Please … Try A Little Soulful “Tuesday” Tender Rest!

Oh,
I sometimes
Do get weary
Down in them dumps weary
Trying so very hard to impress
But when I do get so weary
All I need is a little
Soulful “Tuesday” Tender Rest!
Yeah yeah…

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Otis Reading may be rolling over in his grave.

But I do hope not!

He died December 10, 1967 and most definitely went to ……

Soul Train Heaven!

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Homeward In Leaps and Bounds!

This doodle doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense! What are you trying to say?

Well ……

It’s like my life of 78 years.

No clear purpose or goal you see.

Random this …

Pitiful that …

Once pulled

a rabbit

out of a hat!

Ate too much …

Got too fat …

Raised some dogs

psychopath cats!

Worked in a Korean

weather station

infested with rats!

Was once attacked

by a scary red-eyed bat!

Had a shotgun

blow up

in my face!

But escaped

still part

of the human race.

Got married twice you see …

The first a flop …

The second a breeze!

Raised two daughters

both doing quite well.

Blessed with two grandsons

also doing swell!

Retired

but not

with a lot to do …

So I’ve turned

to art

blogging

music

walking barefoot

without shoes!

The end is near!

Some angels

I do

occasionally hear.

Or is that just gas

passing from my rear?

Yes, my mind is slipping

as I’m getting too old!

May God have mercy

on my

sorry

soulful

soul!

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Peaches And Cream! Mate

Another blast

from the recent past

much needed because

some of my recent posts

have been much too dark

lacking spark

even mocking Noah’s Ark

and

a tad obscene!

🍑🍑🍑🍨🍧🍭

Ahh!

Puppy dogs tails

fluffy kittens

fluttering butterflies

peaches and cream

topped with a cherry or two.

May your life

be filled with

sweetness

happiness

contentment gleam!

Beautiful

like the colors

of peaches and cream.

But what about

“Cakes and Ale?”

Some Aussie bloke

did scream!

Well mate,

“It’s different in the US ……

It does truly seem!”

So

may your life

be like a stroll

on the Boardwalk

in Atlantic City

before all that

gambling and crime

ruined that city.

One big bowl

of peaches and cream

topped with cherries

and fine wine!

Yes!

If only a fruit of

whatever kind

would taste as sweet

as peaches and cream

served with

Yes …

Barbera Regional Wine!

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Now that’s Enough!!!

The Peanut Gallery

did loudly shriek!

So I’ll leave it at that

post the usual crap

for the rest of the week!

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A Tail Of Two Asses!

Question:

How do you really know

when your typical

‘run for the hills’ politician

is being

truly honest

and telling the trut’

and nothing

but the trut’?

Answer:

When he is surely dead and on display at his viewing!

Worldviews, Politics and Stated Policies Aside!

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Just A Tail of Two Asses!

Courtesy: Charles Dickbreath

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The Organic Semi-Vegan Doodle!

A Healthy Doodle For A Healthier Life:

Just don’t eat the paper it’s created on unless you suffer from pica!

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My Exclusive Recipe Follows:

Start with a sheet of organic paper.

Soak with several Q-tip dabs of organic cold-pressed fruit juice; black seed oil; extra virgin olive oil, unfiltered of course; and white distilled vinegar.

Cover with an organic mix of chopped carrots, celery, onions, green peppers and a strawberry for the nose.

Add crushed crackers or pretzel pieces.

Come on! We do need some sugar and carbohydrates to give it a little flavor!

Sprinkle with spices: ground black pepper; cinnamon; iodized sea salt; and ground turmeric.

Add a few emoticons and scribbles to give it more artificial flavoring and features.

Impress two wet kisses to form the ears!

Pray to your God or to yourself if you don’t have a god.

Go for a 30-minute walk to clear your head. You’ll definitely need it!

Then enjoy at your own risk!

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Essentially Senseless In Seattle: Planet Earth!?

The five human senses are the sense of sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste. These five human senses play a unique role by receiving signal information from the environment through the sense organs and relaying it to the human brain for interpretation.

The brain on receiving and interpreting the information tells the body how to respond. These senses are contained in specially adapted body sense organs that include the eyes, ears, skin, nose, and the tongue.

Seeing:

Hearing:

Smelling:

Tasting:

Feeling:

And finally we can’t really overlook the much overlooked but apparent

WordPress.com nonsense!

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Maybe, Just Let It Be!

“When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me

Speaking words of wisdom, let it be

And in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of me

Speaking words of wisdom, let it be”

The Beatles, Let It Be!

Not an overly, avert religious fellow and not a fan of the whole ‘country club’ religion institutional thing!

But as Albert Einstein did say,

“Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”

So maybe we should sometimes

Let It Be!

Maybe even atheism is a religious philosophy of sorts!

The atheistic holy trinity for some at times, religious or not, seems to be:

In the name of the power, the self and the holy dollar!

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Have I finally gone to far over the edge!?

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To Whom Those That Can Truly Discern!

For all the lonely hearts who have been spurned and burned over and over again by the same types of people. And there appear to be many, indeed!

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If you accidently happen to crash into a large glass window (which I have), well, that was a mistake.

But if you happen to crash into the same large glass window, over and over again, then what is that?

Maybe, you need to take a different route!

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Do you realize just how many bloggers you will ‘piss off’ if they happen to read this stupid post!?

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Not many!

Most people just ‘like’ and don’t even read the post! That is unless you can ‘piss them off!’

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Rebuild Your Blog The Made-Man Way!

Calling All Blogs!

Is your sorry blog in need of a facelift or does it need to be rebuilt from the ground up?

Does it lack real purpose and direction. Are you posting to a dwindling host of WordPress blogging ghosts with few views, likes, and comments almost nevermore?

Then contact Made-Man Blog Construction Company, LLC; and ask to speak to Tony, if you dare!

NO!

Speak not directly to or of Tony. He will surely find and speak to or otherwise get to you!

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An exclusive 100% NO money back guarantee or your life will depend on it!

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A Very Healthy Saturday Morning Brew!i

What a way to start your typical day.

I do say!

A Slow Lemon Fizz:

Start with a cup containing 3-4 oz of water:

Then add:

1/2 tsp of Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar

a hefty tsp of 100% Certified Organic Raw Honey

Heat for two to three minutes

That should do the trick!

Add a scoop of Magnesium Lemon Fizz

Watch it fizz

Stir and beat down that damn overflowing fizz as necessary!

Add more water or Green Tea

and maybe a dark chocolate truffle you see!

Enjoy

and

Then take a pee……

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Like most,

you probably

missed

and

did not see

what was going on

in the photo above!

Yes!

We look

but rarely really see.

That’s why

we often

make a mess

when

we do pee!

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There are ants everywhere…

Even planting a victory flag

after having climbed

Mount Everplant!

And a cute lemon

wishing you

a Nice Day!

As Carlo Espiritu did say!

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I Hear A Machine!!!

A machine?

You have my iphone and it’s turned off.

You’re iphone is off and near you.

The computer is on the other side of the apartment .

And the Smart TV is turned off and unplugged!

What machine do you hear, my dear?

The fan humming in the living room?

Ants on the floor or spiders on the wall?

Or maybe aliens; ghosts; the appartment groaning; or a gentle breeze whispering that you hear!

I hear a machine and it’s

PAM that I fear!!!

😋…😂…🤣…😇……👍

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Traditional Sicilian Martial Arts!

Today, millions of people across the globe practice Tai Chi. A traditional Chinese martial arts system of very slow controlled movements which harness the ultimate source and limits of reality from which spring yin and yang and all creation.

As for me?

Well I am an avid proponent of traditional Sicilian Pas Ta Fa Go Li. A chaotic system of rapid uncontroled and sometimes obscene body and hand movements from which springs the ‘oil and vinegar’ in my eternally damned soul.

It essentially increases overall stress ensuring very high blood pressure readings, extreme rage and an early death from a heart attack or stroke!

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A Sour Pickle Be!?

What kind of dill she be?

A Kosher Dill prepared in the style of a New York Jewish deli … with garlic, a salty taste and fermented and topped using a salt brine? Rabbi blessed optional?

A Sweet Dill marinated with vinegar with added sugar and spices like mustard seed, cinnamon, and onion: too sweet for me?

A Bread and Butter Pickle with no relation to bread and butter pickled on a sweet base with celery and coriander for a tangier taste?

A Gherkin Pickle made from 3-inch miniature pickles in any of the aforementioned styles, so chameleons they surely be?

Or personally

A Genuine Dill whole cucumber pickled with dill weed and dill seed with a sour taste using a flavored vinegar and stuffed in a jar at room temperature like me?

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Just What Kind of Pickle You Be!?

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Me, Mahatma Gandhi, NOT!

Beautiful and fantastic women of India: stand up, walk to a window, open it, stick out your head, and yell …

I’m not going to take this anymore…

In Hindi of course!

Then go forth carrying a hairbrush dagger, ninja spike keychain, knife locket, and/or pepper spray, MACE!

In this particular area, I am Mahatma Gandhi … NOT!

A Gandhi quote:

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

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The Days of Vines and Posies!

The days of vines and posies

we laugh and skip away

like flower buds at play…

Through the meadow

toward the outhouse door…

A door marked “give me more”

that wasn’t there before!

The lonely nights

disclose a passing breeze…

Filled with memories

of your golden smiling teeth…

That, damn it,

introduced me to

The days of vines and posies

You and me

under that tree

retching

gagging

on our knees!

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My sincerest apilogies to Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer for the 1964 Grammy Award song

The Days of Wine and Roses!

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Just Dare To Care!

A Blast From the Past!

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Somewhere … Over That 👉🏻 Rainbow …

People occasionally dare! …

Yes …

Somewhere … Over That 👉🏼 Rainbow …

some dare to get off their chair! …

Oh! Yes!

Somewhere … Over That 👉🏾 Rainbow…

instead of the elevator…

some fare to walk the stairs! …

Again!

Somewhere … Over That 👉🏿Beautiful, Mystical Rainbow …

You …

get no …

judgmental stares

hateful glares

me … me …

what’s in it for me …

blares!

-or-

Attitudes …

at all latitudes …

for want of a better platitude!

YES!

Somewhere … Over That 👉🏼👉🏾👉🏿Rainbow …

You’re accepted

Not …

for what you …

Wear!

Think!

Believe!

Loudly Blare!

And Finally …

Somewhere … Over That 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 Proverbial Rainbow

There are some people …

maybe …

just maybe …

‘GET THIS’ …

that dearly …

sincerely …

Honest to GOD…ly

Really … Really … Dare to Care! …!

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Frozen in the Headlights Called Life!

Thought provoking!?

Is the Pope Catholic?

“Life, I fear, is just a fantasy of our mind’s interpretation of reality!”

Maybe, what I do need is a vacation or at least more than three hours sleep per night!

For the past 30+ years!

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And what, pray tell, Pope are you talking about!?

Pope is a Scottish surname meaning father or papa.

There are a lot of Popes you know:

There’s……

Albert Alexander Pope, American bicycle and auto manufacturer

Alexander Pope, English Poet

Anson W Pope, American politician

Arthur Pope, archaelologist and historian

……

And I haven’t even gotten to the Fs yet ……

And men wearing jazzy cloths!

⚡️⚡️⚡️

😳

NOT AGAIN!

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Chocolatte Truffle, Honey-Laced Coffee…🍩🍯☕️

Sans the donut, please…… No chocolate emoticon I fear! Sorry, Mr Policeman!

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Take one fancy cub … no cup

Add milk and/or (flavored) coffee

Drop in a dark chocolate truffle or two

Add a hefty spoonful of raw organic honey

Microwave for a minute or two……

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Enjoy …

I love it … my wife and daughter love it … our emotional-support dog, Oreo, loves it!

No! No!! No!!!

Even a little bit of chocolate can make your dog ill. Dark chocolates, baking chocolate, and dry cocoa powder are more dangerous than white or milk chocolate.

Image: Courtesy dogcarion.com

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Barefoot On The Ark!

Carlo Espiritu’s very insightful comment on a recent post, Watch Out! The Birds Have Pooped!

I saw a quote or something that says if you walk outside with bare feet, you connect with nature. This is probably nature’s way of telling you it’s got some sense of humor, too.😜

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My Reply:

Ain’t that the shits!

Barefoot in the park;

barefoot spooking dogs that bark;

even Noah and his brood

were Holy Barefoot Walkers

on that 300 cubits

by 30 cubits

by 50 cubits Ark!

(…ribbit…Ribbit……RIBBIT………CUBITS……)

AMEN!

⚡️⚡️⚡️

😳

Oh My God!

A FOOT SELFIE!?

Cute Pickle … but the feet seem to have Fungal Anxiety Disorder!

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The Evolution Solution?

DISCLAIMER:

The following does not necessarily represent the view(s) of this poster who maybe once was or in the future will be a monkey or a resident of California!

And let’s just put religion and science aside!

This is no more than my lame attempt at humor!

👅👅👅

Let The Truth Finally Be Told!

If we indeed did evolve from monkeys then why are there still so many monkeys?

Are they still evolving?

Let’s say, maybe, into politicians!

Wait a minute!

Maybe it’s all true! And we are continually evolving and devolving back and forth between monkey and human forms and/or just migrating to California!

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Hey!!! I’m offended by this whole post.

Maybe … having once been a historical monkey;

Maybe … having been, seen or heard that pop rock Hollywood-created band originally active between 1966 and 1971;

Maybe … as a former, active or possible future residence of the Golden State!

But mostly … because this is such a stupid post!!’

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Watch Out! The Birds Have Pooped!

If only I had known what awaited me that faithful morning when a neighbor saw me walking barefoot to begin my usual uneventful morning stroll:

Watch out! The birds have pooped!”

Yes! If only I could relive that brief moment in time and have heeded that warning instead of going on to walk where ‘no stroller had gone before!’ How different my life would have transpired and be at this particilar moment in time!

Yes! Not even Stephen King in his wildest imagination and ‘coked out’ on diet coke could have penned or finger-typed such a dastardly tale as that that awaited me as I casually walked out of my 50-plus complex and onto that innocent sidewalk littered with bird droppings. Bird feces I should have taken heed of and surely avoided!

But!!! …………

To be contined after I wash my feet, put on some holeless socks, and rap my holeless belt around my dirty frayed gray shorts.

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Some Bird Droppings From the Sky!

Give yourself permission to fail.

Live off the grid not locked inside yourself filled with fear!

Become a passer-by not choking in a smoke screen.

Say the things that make you strong.

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The Dis-Information Age:

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You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it shit!

Stay at least arms lenght away from superficial charm.

Respect others and you will be respected.

Life is all about energy, frequencies and vibrations. (Batteries not included!)

Behavior is an expression of a problem not the problem itself!

Teach and learn the essentials not the meaningless activities.

I don’t really read books! I just use them as necessary to get knowledge and wisdom, not information.

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Information is not knowledge. Experience is knowledge!

Albert Einstein

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Find the source of the illness, not just treat the symptoms! (The opposite of the American Medical Health System!)

The Kennedy’s Never Cry! They just die!

Live long and proper!

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A Starch Is Born!

That Lady Gagging and Bradley Pooper:

Singing their hit single “Swallow!”

🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼

Tell me somethin’, fool
Are you happy eatin’ starchy food?
Or do you like it strained
Not chunky, gunky, sticky like a messy ghoul?

I’m starving
It’s diner time I find myself
Ever longin’ for pasta fazool
And in these hungry times I fear myself

Tell you something, boy
Aren’t you tired tryin’ to fill that void?
Or do you crave much more?
Ain’t it hard keeping it down your stomach Not on the floor?

I’m up-chucking now
In the hungry times I find myself
Starving for pasta fazool
And so hungry I fear myself

I’m off the table cloth, watch as I fall
Crash off and hit the floor
Crash my skull on the floor please don’t Hurt me no more

We’re far from a swallow now

Unable to swallow, swallow
Unable to swallow, swallow
Unable to swallow, swallow
We’re unable to swallow now

Oh, oh, oh, oh
Woe is we!

I’m off the deep end, watch as I dive in
I’ll going to meet that ground
Crash hard on the floor, where it really Hurts us far from a swallow now

Can not swallow, swallow
Can not swallow, swallow
Can not swallow, swallow
We’re retching & choking in the swallow … Now!

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Again I Say: Nuts to U!

Just a “Tongue in Cheek” post! LOL…👅👅👅

Some people like French Toast.

Me! I cotton to French Posts!

To my

clickie-click followers:

detractors

unfollowers

and those

wacky hackers…

To those

that ‘like-click’

but

rarely read…

To those

that click, click, click

with

impossible middle-finger speed…

To the sages and sayers

of

this and that…

I

do not

always

raise my hat…

Try

as I will

try

with all

my mighty might!

I appologentically say

‘Nut’s to You!’

And

I

surely

will sleep

soundly

for once

this

particular

night!

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Dedicated to the sages of right and wrong blogger Etiquette. Yes! Those who are great with WordPress speech but do not always ‘practice or even reap that which they always preach!’

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An Owl’s Delight!

Red sky in the morning, Eagle take warning!

Red sky at night, Owl’s delight!

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Have you ever heard anyone use the above proverb?

Hell No!!!

However, Shakespeare did say something similar in his play, Venus and Adonis:

“Like a red morn that ever yet betokened, Wreck to the seaman, tempest to the field, Sorrow to the shepherds, woe unto the birds, Gusts and foul flaws to herdmen and to herds.”

In the Bible, (Matthew XVI: 2-3,) Jesus said,

“When in evening, ye say, it will be fair weather: For the sky is red. And in the morning, it will be foul weather today; for the sky is red and lowering.”

Weather lore has been around since people needed to predict the weather and plan their activities. Sailors and farmers relied on it to navigate ships and plant crops.

And by the way, I once was a USAF Weather Officer in another life and a galaxy far, far away!

But that’s no excuse!

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Tony’s Beaten Beet Meatballs!

“I’ll make you a beet meatball you will always refuse!”

Made-Chef Tony Spitsarelli,

“The Best Beaten Beet Meatballs I Did Never Eat.”‘ (Mob Voices, 1965)

Washing your hands before preparation is not recommended. It does spoil the flavor!

Beat the beet with a mallet, pealing first the beet, that is. Firmly hand mix into your personalized meatball as usual.

And cook and serve over your favorite pasta and top with

la tua salsa di pomodoro piccante ideale!

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A Very Royal Health Doodle!

A glass of lemon water a day may keep symptoms of anxiety and depression away! And more importantly, maybe a Doctor and his medications!

Magnesium Lemon Fizz mixed with Green Tea is also an excellent choice!

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Why is that Lemon in the picture eating a hotdog with a soda drink!? Isn’t that unhealthy and counter-productive?

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Third Rock From That …… 👉🏾👉🏻👉🏽 … Sun …Thursday!

For the latest, up to the second …

Wait a minute! … There are no seconds or minutes or real relative time for that matter … And what is matter but energy, vibrations and frequencies … And we are all one … No there is no one … No one Universe … And as for dimensions? … Pick a friggin’ number … And what are numbers anyway … Mere scribbles in that void jokingly referred to as Detroit … On that pittiful insignificant piece of shsss … Rock … In that far-away Galaxy called … May cows dare to utter? … Get this …

Dah Milky Way!? ……

space news, interplanetary entertainment gossip, hottest happenings and dirty alien photos this side of deep space, deep throat or black energy/matter for that matter!

And yes! Jennifer Aniston does really exist!

But why??????

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Did I finally go too Far …… Side!?

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Da Vinci’s Mirror Image Revisited!

There are three classes of people: those that see, those that see when they are told, and those that do not see… Leonardo da Vinci

And may I add another special class: those bloggers that ‘like…like…like’ even though they only rarely see. And that’s sometimes even me!

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Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (15 April 1452 – 2 May 1519), more commonly  Leonardo da Vinci or simply Leonardo, was an Italian polymath of the Renaissance whose areas of interest included invention, drawing, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, and cartography.

He has been variously called the father of palaeontology, ichnology, and architecture, and he is widely considered one of the greatest painters of all time. Sometimes credited with the inventions of the parachute, helicopter, and tank, he epitomised the Renaissance humanist ideal.

But what’s this about Mirror Image Darkly?

It is very well known that Leonardo was left handed. His notebooks were written right to left using mirror image script. His books were private, written for his eyes only. However, he wrote in the conventional manner, left to right, when he wished to communicate with other people.

He celebrated the fact that he defied public convention, declaring ‘I o mancino,’ I am left handed. Left-handed people were called southpaws and accused of practicing witchcraft. The Devil himself was considered to be a leftie.

You see, left–handed children were forced to write with their right hand a practice that continued to the beginning of the 20th century.

Leonardo would have been taught to write with his right hand and most likely only rebelled when he became an adult.