Archive for July, 2010

3 simple words


There are many combinations of three word statements that can leave you to pause a beat if said.

Yet, to say them is really not so simple at all, …. especially when they are wrapped around every entangled thought or dream, hope or wish,……….or fears.
Those three, small and simple words, like the power to drive you mad, send you realing to the stars and ride you to your grave. Not so simple, is it?
We beg to hear them and fight to keep them and struggle deeply to utter them….
Those three “simple” words…


( And I do )

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Behind the smile

Blue eyes and long, black lashes attempt to usher in red, pouty lips to the entertainment of a smile.
You may catch the corners turning upwards in the display or catch a momentary burst of ballooned melody in a laugh. Did you notice? Did you see behind the smile?

Is it wanting , or just waiting to be returned?

Is it hopeful, or masking hope lessened?

Does it have depth, or is it flashed to fake?

Does it belong to a happy heart, or sad?

Sometimes, it is the smile that captures the details of everything in and around it, and implants istself in your soul. Not everyone’s smile is the smile that is THAT smile.

Uncovering that little treasure happens when you see who you notice it from and why .

“Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

(Vietnamese monk, peace activist and writer b.1926)


Be A Bud

Be a bud sitting quietly on the hedge.

Be a smile, one part of wondrous existence.

Stand here. There is no need to depart.

– Thich Nhat Hahn

To find or view books by this author:
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You may or may not be familiar with the term “gumshoe”,  but most have heard the term as a nick-name used for many private investigators.

After a little investigating of my own,  information was come across as to where the term originated.

The first post proposed that the term “gumshoe” was a tribute to the sticking power of a PI — “you can’t get them off. They stick.” Cute explanation, but couldn’t be sure of its veracity. Read on.

The next theory suggests that the name originated from the gum-rubber soles on the shoes worn by detectives and PIs way back when. The rubber soles allowed the investigator to move quietly and avoid detection. Sounded plausible, but still the investigation persisted.

The final theory offered on the page suggested that the term originated because private investigators did so much walking in bad neighborhoods to interview people and gather information that they inevitably ended up with gum on their shoes. Hmmm, sounded a little suspect.

Turning to the search results, I tried to pick up the trail before it got cold. Our next stop was a web page called Cool Words, dedicated to the etymology of interesting words. The entry on “gumshoe” backed the rubber-soled shoe theory.

The evidence was piling up, but there was still need to consult a trusted informant before concluding the investigation. Turning to, a reliable source,  or at least appropriately enough, the site seemed to corroborate the rubber-sole theory.

It turns out that the original “gumshoes” of the late 1800’s were shoes or boots made of gum rubber, the soft-soled precursors of our modern sneakers… At the turn of the century “to gumshoe” meant to sneak around quietly as if wearing gumshoes, either in order to rob or, conversely, to catch thieves. “Gumshoe man” was originally slang for a thief, but by about 1908 “gumshoe” usually meant a police detective, as it has ever since.

Most everyone remembers this cynical, cigar weilding gumshoe.

For those of you who are too young to recall the dectective stories/ t.v. series, maybe you might have caught the  comic turned movie, Dick Tracy with Madonna playing the part of the seductive and pouty “bad girl”.

madonnadicktracy.jpg Dick Tracy image by kcsupercooper

Other than movies or telelvision, literature has been home to many mysterious and exciting adventures involving quick witted and detail focused detectives.

The famous Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote on the beloved Sherlock Holmes.

Agatha Chritie wrote of Hercule Poirot.

But today, the honor goes to Raymond Chandler, in honor of remembering his birthday. He was author of such great pulp-fiction works as “The Simple Art of Murder” or “The Big Sleep”, truly admired classics.

Chandler was a novelist and screenwriter who had an immense influence upon the modern private detective story, especially in the writing style that is now characteristic of that genre. His protagonist, Philip Marlowe, along with Dashiell Hammett’s Sam Spade, is considered synonymous with private detectives.

Stories of mystery and murder can really work the imagination and critical thinking process, trying to deduce the motives and oust the real criminal.

So, if you are wanting to delve into the world of “Who-Dunnit?”, visit your local library and see if you can catch the clues before you read to the end.

 “Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” 

~ Raymond Chandler



Most of us love popcorn and consider it to be about as much of a household “must-have” as coffee or tea.

How much do you know about popcorn?

Here is a little history of this treat.

80,000 BCE – Poppin’ By The Fire

Cave men and women in prehistoric America received quite a surprise when they placed maize (early corn) kernels too close to the fire and voila! The world’s first popcorn!

1492 – Welcome To Popcorn Country

As Columbus set foot on American soil, popcorn was there, too! Native Americans who greeted Columbus enjoyed snacking on the fluffy white stuff and made quite a fashion statement with their popcorn necklaces.

1620 – Pass The Popcorn, Please

Popcorn played a starring role at the first Thanksgiving. Native Americans in Massachusetts brought bowlfuls of popcorn to the potluck feast!

1700 – Pop Of The Mornin’ To You

Colonial women from Boston to the Carolinas made the first tasty breakfast cereal by pouring milk and sugar over popcorn.

1800 – Poppin On The Farm

The lucky few who savored popcorn either grew it themselves or purchased it from farmers. Quality was very inconsistent, though they had to pop a lot of corn to enjoy just a few tasty morsels!

1885 – Poppin Around Town

The first popcorn machine was invented. Until then, poppers were made to sit in front of stores to attract attention. But vendors wanted to be close to the crowds especially the crowds near movie theaters. So poppers were made that could be pushed on foot, pulled by horse or mounted on trucks. Popcorn was very popular from the 1890s until the Great Depression. Street vendors used to follow crowds around, pushing steam- or gas-powered poppers through fairs, parks and expositions.
As Homer Simpson would say, “Mmmmmmmmmmm….popcorn”0653_homer-eating-popcorn-small-c78.jpg image by narcbliss

Today when we think popcorn, we think movies.

When was the first popcorn sold in movie theaters? The early 20th century. The growing POP-ularity of movie theaters and popcorn treats boomed across the nation during that time.

Another intersting fact, today ( July 16 1907 ) is the birthday of Orville Redenbaucher, popcorn king and inventor of one of the most well known brands of this buttery munchable. Originally, the product was sold under the brand name of “Red Bow”.

Now that you know a little more about popcorn, enjoy a good movie tonight of trying to forget troubles for a couple of hours, and hit that popcorn button on the microwave!

Categories: History

From Russia with Love

“Bond, James Bond”, is probably the first thing that pops to mind when we hear that title.
How many, over the decades, have fallen in love with the suave and debonair, british intelligence, action hero able to escape from any stronghold except that of a woman?
MV5BNTAwNDU4NjE1OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTY.jpg From Russia with Love image by pinoy1000
Women drooled ( sigh ) and men daydreamed of being “that guy“.
Come on, guys, face it you know you did….all the nifty secret agent gadgets and beautiful women, good or bad, who couldn’t wait to lure  you into bed
….. Yeah, you did.
Well, today despite the reference of the movie title and the characters, we are just going to take a look at the beauty of Russia and fall in love with its mysteriousness and see a different side to the land we know mostly through harsh political portrayals.
A friend of mine is a well-known photographer and some of his work is displayed below. Simon visits many countries and finds the unique, natural and man-made qualities which are aesthetically mystifying and lovely.
Just thought to share his addition to the archive.
So, enjoy the gallery and afterwards if you feel moved to watch a Bond film,…..can’t blame you.
162 photographs from Simon Marsden’s recent travels
in Russia.
Find them in the Russia category of the picture library:
Categories: Art

Configuring Figures

Nope, not talking math here, my worst subject. Once you go past Algebra, it is all “geek” to me.

I do admire all the ones who truly get it as easy as making scrambled eggs, it is just not me.

No,…what I am talking about is configuring people which is somewhat like working a Trig or Calculus problem.

Sometimes we work and work to try and find the right connection with someone and beat our heads against the wall trying to find an answer. A solution to the puzzle is sometimes harder than others, but can be worth it in the end.

It’s almost like working a Rubik’s Cube.

This week marked the birthday of Erno Rubik (July 13 1944)? The
Hungarian inventor is best known for his invention of the
Rubik’s Cube in the spring of 1974. One eighth of the world’s
population has laid hands on the Cube, the most popular puzzle
in history. There is only 1 correct answer and 43 quintillion
wrong ones for Rubik’s Cube. 😉


“All persons are puzzles until at last we find in some word or
act the key to the man, to the woman; straightway all their
past words and actions lie in light before us.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Categories: Psychology

A thought….

“Love is the ultimate outlaw. It just won’t adhere to any
rules. The most any of us can do is sign on as its accomplice.
Instead of vowing to honor and obey, maybe we should swear to
aid and abet.”

— Tom Robbins

Categories: Miscellaneous