What is it about music? The right song thrills your soul. It courses through you. Exhilaration and joy like no other, music is truly a gift from another world.
I’ve been doing some pondering and I came up with two axioms:
Life seeks to maximize pleasure.
Life seeks to minimize pain.
Is that it?
What a great day, Friday. A goal to strive for that we reach reach every week, it is a pleasure all humans enjoy.
When in doubt, limit. Reduce, minimize and eliminate. Doing so will make every temptation more delicious, delectable and enjoyable.
It’s another bone-chilling day in New York. I look out the window and see a clear blue sky with bright sunshine bathing the ice and snow. There are lots of chores that need to be done but it is so comfy inside my warm stone house. How will I get motivated to get out there and do what needs to be done? I’ve got it, a mug of hot tea with honey.
Cathedral, The best short stories about American life told by Raymond Carver. He lived these stories. There is no other way they could have been written. He strikes a chord with many of us who lived during this time. It’s such a pleasure to have these gifts to read any time we wish.
Briny, salty and delicious.
I was in a quandary today. I needed another name server and didn’t feel like forking over big bucks for another machine. And then it hit me, what would “Ordinary” do? He happens to be a computer geek and one of the main characters in my novel “Force for Good“.
I rummaged in a canvas bag and dug out a small plastic box. It was my beloved Raspberry Pi. I rushed down the stairs to the basement and took a deep breath while gazing at the blinking blue and amber lights. The soft whir of the fans whispered in my ears and I was trapped. The Raspberry Pi would take its place in the Muggington pantheon of silicon this day.
In case you aren’t familiar with it, the Raspberry Pi is an ultra-cheap but perfectly functional computer. A few minutes later I had the little beast connected to the network and after a few more hours it was a new web and name server on my small homegrown network. In fact, that $35 dollar Raspberry Pi might have directed you to this blog post.
What a strange, odd life we humans lead.
Read a good book.
Bundle up and take a walk.
Savor a delicious meal.
Warm your hands on a steaming hot drink.
All organisms must cope with an absence of heat. Only humans use vast amounts of energy to do this. Look at any animal or any plant during the depth of winter. Even on the coldest day, unconcerned ducks paddle through icy water in a pond and green needles of evergreens absorb golden photons with nary a shiver.