Firsts and Lasts

“Get One’s Thinking Cap On”

The tailored crises of this
Short handed world is not accidental. 

It's naive to place blame on the tepid or 
The truculent. The nasty and  
The nice must come to grips. 

The fat years are gone.   
The lean years are to come. 

-K-

Wisdom of Walker Percy

Six Points to Ponder

  • “I have discovered that most people have no one to talk to, no one, that is, who really wants to listen.”
  • “There is a difference between the way things are and saying the way things are.”
  • “Everydayness is the enemy.”
Walker Percy (Bern and Franke Keating Collection)
  • “No doubt human brotherhood is better than a depersonalized society. But a depersonalized society is better than one threatened by violence.”
  • “But envy is not merely sorrow at another’s good it is also joy at another’s misfortune.”
  • “The enduring is something which must be accounted for. One cannot simply shrug it off.”

-K-

Dose of Dr. Gonzo

“You can turn your back on a person, but never turn your back on a drug, especially when its waving a razor shrap hunting knife in your eye.”

-Hunter S. Thompson-

Firsts and Lasts

“Conceited”

You smile words that are 
Boorish, ostentatious, and whimsical
To explain it all away.

Your desire to sanitize through language
Is ineffectual and unmanageable.
I see through your malefic designs.

Words do not make one saintly.
The beatific are incorporeal.

-K-

Firsts and Lasts

“Scruples”

The gloaming brings a pulsation.
Here I yield.  Thither I go.

At the least I'll pull an all-nighter.
At the most I'll be carelessly disobedient.

The figurative is piffle.
The literal is caution.

-K-

Some More Thoughts on Warning Signs

or Knowing When to Stop

It’s hovering around 100 degrees out here in the Midwest, and I’m drinking my second cup of coffee while tapping away at a couple thoughts. It was my Pops who told me hot coffee on a hot day helps regulate the body temperature. I never asked where he picked up that bit of wisdom. Did he learn it growing up in Harlan County, while serving in the Army, or maybe while working as a chemical operator? With his passing the origin of that piece of advice is lost much like the origin of his advice about knowing when to stop.

“Stop Sign”

Pops warned me that there wouldn’t always be clearly posted stop signs throughout life. Sometimes I would have to use my best judgement, to realize that many individuals and institutions do not have my best interests in mind. He told me knowing when to stop, when not to follow, or when to go my own way wouldn’t be an easy skill to master but was one worth learning. Pops’ advice wasn’t unique. Most of us have been taught something similar at some time. But many of us (myself included) need to develop this skill now more than ever. I mentioned a couple weeks ago that warning signs abound and we often ignore them for one reason or another. Maybe we’ve become a little too complacent. Maybe we need to work a little harder at keeping an eye and ear out for those not so clearly posted stop signs.

-K-

It’s a warning sign when Phillip K. Dick stories start readng as realistic fiction.

-K-

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