Graham Greene on Relationships

Four Points to Ponder

  • “…how simple this going to bed. It was only love which complicated the matter.”
  • “The more you love the greater the danger.”
“Graham Greene Books”
  • “If a man loves one, he cannot help still lusting after others.”
  • “…but you needed money for love. All the poor man could get was lust.”

-K-

The Waffle House

Home is smothered and covered

Sometimes home is a good meal, and the best meal of the day is breakfast. Breakfast is the one meal that is generally accepted as appropriate at any time of day or night. Waffle House not only cooks up a solid breakfast, but it is also open twenty four hours a day to serve it.

“Casa de Waffle”

The damn near never closed doors (look up the Waffle House Index on Grandpa Google to see what I mean) welcome the casual diner, the tourist, the end of shift, the slightly inebriated, and anybody else looking for a bit of home away from home. The coffee may not be a fancy blend and the breakfasts aren’t classy but that is partly why Waffle House feels like home, no pretense. Likewise, the people of Waffle House, staff and diners, are not there to pose, posture, or post on the Twit, Book, or Insta (granted there are a few but like most families there is usually one weirdo who shows up at the house).

Waffle House has many features that are attributed to a home (at least the idea of it). It has good food, good people, and there is always a pot of coffee at the ready. It is a place to go to get away from the worries of the outside world. It’s not just a House, it’s a home.

-K-

Authors on Taking a Chance

Five Cents of Wisdom

  • “Don’t let them slow you down. Make your mistakes, take your chances, look silly, but keep on going. Don’t freeze up.” -Thomas Wolfe-
  • “Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain-
  • “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far it is possible to go.” -T.S. Eliot-
“Chess Set”
  • “If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.” -Neil Gaiman-
  • “Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson-

-K-

Holidays, Winter, and Solitude

It’s Déjà vu…again

I started feeling a strong sense of déjà vu when I began tapping out the title of this post. After a quick look at some of my previous posts, I realized I started this month in much the same vein as I ended November of last year (and now I’m thinking of a William Faulkner quote about how the past is never really past). Before I lose the thread and wander off topic let’s get back to the title and purpose of this post (even if it’s an old topic).

“Chair and Snow”

I’ve written about the topics of being alone, loneliness, and solitary confinement at some length in previous posts. This time of year has me thinking about those topics and posts, and I want to send out a friendly message to remind ourselves that this is a difficult time for many of us. The holiday season is difficult enough but combine that with winter weather and all the long term problems associated with the pandemic and there is the possibility of a perfect storms of sorts. The holidays along with the weather and the pandemic can create a solitary confinement (actual and/or psychological) that can be a challenge for the strongest individuals. During this season lets keep an eye, ear, and heart open for each other and make certain that the pressures of this time of year don’t push those we care about too far.

-K-

Changing the Clocks

Is Time to Think About Time

It’s that particular time of year. Time to talk about how fast the year has gone. Time to talk about how it gets dark too early. Time to talk about changing the clocks. It’s a time to talk about time. But how much thought do we give to the value of time?

“Filing Time”

We treat time as if it’s a thing, a thing to be earned, bought, borrowed, sold, and stolen. But what real value do we place on this thing we call time? We should think about the true value of time when we change the few clocks that don’t do it automatically an hour back this weekend. Let’s take a moment to think about the value of seconds, minutes, hours, days, and years. What is the value of time and are we getting our money’s worth?

-K-

Some Thoughts on Dancing With the Devil

or The Devil’s Due

Back in 1989 I was mesmerized by the question, “Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?” That question helped conjure a couple images for me when I read The Crucible a few years later. The first image is of young women dancing in a forest under a pale moon and it was innocent enough. The second image is one of a makeshift courtroom that accuses and condemns these young women of witchcraft, guilty or not

“Jack o’ Lanterns”

There are obvious appeals to dancing with the Devil (upper or lower case) but few consider the Devil’s due. Choices are made, words are spoken, and acts are carried out but consequences are often not considered. We think of the of allure of the pale moonlight but not of the condemnation of the court that follows. We live in a time long since Salem but has much changed? If you choose to dance, innocent or not, be prepared to find yourself in accused of witchcraft (or something of the sort), guilty or not.

-K-

Give the Devil His Due: The Mix Tape

A Side

  1. “The Devil Wears a Suit and Tie”–Colter Wall
  2. “The Devil’s Right Hand”–Bob Seger
  3. “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”–The Charlie Daniels Band
  4. “The Devil Takes Crae of His Own”–Band of Skulls
  5. “Friend of the Devil”–Ramblin’ Jack Eliot
  6. “Speak of the Devil”–Chris Isaak
  7. “Seven Devils”–Florence and the Machine
  8. “Sympathy for the Devil”–The Rolling Stones
“Dock Jukebox”

B Side

  1. “Born By the Devil”–Lightnin’ Hopkins
  2. “Me and the Devil Blues”–Eric Clapton
  3. “The Devil Had a Hold of Me”–Gillian Welch
  4. “Me and the Devil”–Gill Scott-Heron
  5. “Preaching Blues (Up Jumped the Devil)”–Robert Johnson
  6. “The Devil’s Gonna Lie”–Otis Taylor
  7. “Devil’s Got to Burn”–James Blood Ulmer
  8. “Keep the Devil Down”–North Mississippi Allstars

-K-

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