July 26, 2011

Ask Calvin's Dad

Calvin's Dad answering questions as quoted by Calvin and Hobbes books by Bill Watterson

Q. Why does the sun set?
A. It's because hot air rises. The sun's hot in the middle of the day, so it rises high in the sky. In the evening then, it cools down and sets.

Q. Why does it go from east to west?
A. Solar wind.

Q. Why does the sky turn red as the sun sets?
A. That's all the oxygen in the atmosphere catching fire.

Q. Where does the sun go when it sets?
A. The sun sets in the west. In Arizona actually, near Flagstaff. That's why the rocks there are so red.

Q. Don't the people get burned up?
A. No, the sun goes out as it sets. That's why it's dark at night.

Q. Doesn't the sun crush the whole state as it lands?
A. Ha ha, of course not. Hold a quarter up. See, the sun's just about the same size.

Q. I thought I read that the sun was really big.
A. You can't believe everything you read, I'm afraid.

Q. How come old photographs are always black and white? Didn't they have color film back then?
A. Sure they did. In fact, those old photographs are in color. It's just that the world was black and white then. The world didn't turn color until sometime in the 1930s, and it was pretty grainy color for a while, too.

Q. But then why are old paintings in color?! If the world was black and white, wouldn't artists have painted it that way?
A. Not necessarily. A lot of great artists were insane.

Q. But... But how could they have painted in color anyway? Wouldn't their paints have been shades of gray back then?
A. Of course, but they turned colors like everything else did in the '30s.

Q. So why didn't old black and white photos turn color too?
A. Because they were color pictures of black and white, remember?

Q. Dad, will you explain the theory of relativity to me? I don't understand why time goes slower at great speed.
A. It's because you keep changing time zones. See, if you fly to California, you gain three hours on a five-hour flight, right? So if you go at the speed of light, you gain more time, because it doesn't take as long to get there. Of course, the theory of relativity only works if you're going west.

Q. Why do my eyes shut when I sneeze?
A. If your lids weren't closed, the force of the explosion would blow your eyeballs out and stretch the optic nerve, so your eyes would flop around and you'd have to point them with your hands to see anything.

Q. How do bank machines work?
A. Well, let's say you want 25 dollars. You punch in the amount and behind the machine there's a guy with a printing press who makes the money and sticks it out this slot.

Q. Sort of like the guy who lives up in our garage and opens the door?
A. Exactly.

Q. What causes the wind?
A. Trees sneezing.

Q. Why does ice float?
A. Because it's cold. Ice wants to get warm, so it goes to the top of liquids to be nearer to the sun.
Q. Is that true?
A. Look it up and find out.
Q. I should just look up stuff in the first place.

Q. How come you know so much?
A. It's all in the book you get when you become a father.


July 20, 2011

Untitled by Humble Origins
 "A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing,
the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken
-James Dent


July 17, 2011



July 16, 2011

Untitled by Humble Origins
If you cannot see the mountains
Do not grumble or complain;
There is beauty in the flowers
As they grow upon the plain.
There is music in the bird’s singing;
There is magic in the sky…
For our God has given freely
Gifts like these with our supply.

If you cannot see the ocean
Do not go about and sigh;
Just you climb to some green hilltop
And then watch the clouds go by.
And then look down in the valley
At a field of waving wheat…
Life will seem much more worth living,
And your day will be complete.

There is beauty all around you
If you but the beauty see.
There is promise in a rainbow,
And a sermon in a tree.
Far-off scenes may often call you,
But I’m confident you’ll find
There are things a hand will give you
Peace of heart, contented mind.
-Helen E. Maynard


July 11, 2011

Beyond, where form and shadows meet,
Where horizon and the sky compete,
Behind marshmallow clouds, so sweet,
Someone waits for me.

Above a calm and blue-green sea,
Far deeper than is known to be,
Unfathomable mystery,
Someone waits for me.

Around the moon, a foggy ring,
His face says he knows everything,
In constant comfort, he does bring,
Someone waits for me.

Between the dark and light of dawn,
When twilight sleeps and day does yawn,
Each star, a tiny, diamond pawn,
Someone waits for me.

Inside my soul, it’s crystal clear,
I’ve added up each yesteryear,
Can feel that God is drawing near,
Someone waits for me.


 ...and he waits.


July 9, 2011

He's going home.

He left his humble mid western homestead this morning and is homeward bound for...

Nova Scotia.

Creating something with your own two hands, giving it life.  Character.  Charm.  Personality.

Then letting go...

...is bittersweet.

I would climb the steps to my sewing room and see him sitting on my sewing table. 



demanding even.

Spoke with a strong nor'east accent he did.


Well mannered.

Highly educated.

I created him you know. *wink*

"God is at home; it is we who have gone for a walk."
-Meister Eckhart, German Writer and Theologian (1260-1328)

Above is the quote he chose...

"Is it time to go home yet?  I keep clicking these damn shoes, but nothing happens"
-Robin Hecht

...that quote, I chose.  Much more fitting I think... *giggle*


July 3, 2011

Good advice that leaves me speechless.

Read on and see what you think.  And when you're done reading, I hope you have a fantastic day my friend! *smile*

The secret to happiness is to accept everything in your life completely and to let go of the baggage.  It only seems difficult, but it's not.  Happiness is a choice we make regardless of the imperfections in our lives.  Happiness cannot be ours until we wake up to the truth that we are perfect beings living in a world that presents imperfections.

You are not your problems.  Problems are a fact of life, we all face them, we will always endure hard times, and this is never going to change.  If you cannot be happy, it is simply because you have identified with your problems on an intimate level and made a home for them inside your mind.  Wake up.  Change your thoughts.  Change your life.  The only way to live your life is to accept that troubles are a part of it, only then can you let go and move on when they arise.  I have never met a happy person that claimed to have zero problems.

I don’t like to hear people use the phrases “this too will pass” or “time is a great healer”.  I honestly believe that if we’re waiting for better times to come in the future or are waiting for sorrow to pass, then quite simply we are not doing anything to help ourselves move on.  The only way to conquer sorrow or hard times is to accept they are here, to accept that we are hurting and once we completely accept it, only then can we let go and move on.

Limitless Mind
I spend most of my waking moments, studying, analyzing, contemplating and questioning everything that I experience through my limited senses.  I don’t rely on intellectual knowledge for the answers to reality.  Reality is not what we think it is. Reality is what happens when we wake up to the fact that there is no truth, there is only perception, and our reality is a complete and utter fabricated lie if we don’t accept that our limitations are created in our mind.

Reaction Control
We create our outside reality by the thoughts and beliefs we maintain about life in general.  What we believe in our inner world will be duplicated in our outer world, not the other way around.  We all have problems and often we are tested by circumstances and situations outside of our control, but when this happens, try to remember that even though you may not be in control of what’s going on outside of you all the time, you most definitely can control your reaction to whatever situation you are faced with…the power will always be in your control whether you realize it or not.

We have the power because our inner world (cause) affects the influence we allow the outer world (effect) to have on us.  So next time you hear somebody mention that you have great personal power, they are 100% correct, because you are always in control of your reality....always.

When you always expect your life to unfold in accordance to what is best for you at the time, then you will ultimately accept that every obstacle you face is a chance to grow and learn.  Sometimes even the seemingly worst circumstances can turn out to be a blessing in disguise.  Life is a matter of perception - perception is a matter of mind.

Doubtful Mind
We judge ourselves, doubt ourselves, criticize ourselves and pretty much tell ourselves why we aren’t good enough to go out and accomplish what we truly want in life.  We wouldn’t allow anybody else to talk to us in that way so why do we allow our doubtful mind to.  Monitor your self-talk and take the necessary steps to weed out this self-defeating behavior.  You are NOT your mind, you are the controller of your mind.

Journey Well
Try not to put too much of your focus on arriving at your destination.  We know life is about the journey and not the arrival.  We don’t need to arrive if we accept that we are already here.  Be happy and content where you are today and don’t make the mistake of putting off being happy because you are waiting for the right moment to shine.  Travel well today and consciously make the effort to enjoy the journey.  It is better to travel well than it is to arrive.  Not everyone woke up this morning and not everyone will go to bed tonight.  Life has no guarantees, every minute you are living is a blessing that has to be experienced in the moment…in the now.  It’s not always easy, but it’s always an option.  A choice…your choice.

We attach emotion and therefore meaning to the situations and circumstances in our lives, thus, we reinforce our beliefs about those things.  I know this is obvious, but maybe it is not as clear-cut as we may think.  If we step back and detach our emotions from situations and look at them purely from a logical standpoint, we will see that there is good and bad in everything we perceive.  There is always two sides to the coin and each side is presented to us at different times.  One person will perceive a situation as bad where another will perceive it as good. The situation itself is neutral but our beliefs, judgments and prejudices are the defining characteristics for the outcomes.

Take a look at the troublesome circumstances you find yourself in on a regular basis and ask yourself if it is time to take a different approach.  Sometimes we automatically react in the same way out of habit and never get past these problems.  Ask yourself if it is really worth it to continue seeing these problems in the same way.  Is it time to shift from the side of the coin you so often focus on to the other side.

Remember…the situation will not change as a fact, but when your perspective changes then the situation will ultimately change in your mind’s eye, and we know that our mind creates reality.  Even if it seems like an impossible task you must consciously make the effort.  It will seem very difficult at times but always remember that it is just your perceptions you have to overcome and not the external task we face.  This may not seem a plausible solution to every situation but any effort no matter how small is a step in the right direction.  Retrain your mind to see your habitual reactions to troubles in your life from a new viewpoint.  Have a wonderful and productive day.

Don't Exist - Live
It is very important for us to break free from the control of external things.  We cannot fall victim to outside circumstances.  It benefits our lives in no way when we willingly give up our own personal power to things outside of ourselves that we have little or no control over.  We all have personal powerful, just make sure you don’t give up yours by not accepting you have power to begin with.

Nobody on this entire planet has more rights to live their lives on their own terms than you do.  Accept the world for what it IS and not for what you want it to be.  You control the world by taking control of yourself…that’s how it’s done.  Being who YOU are is all you have to be.  I truly believe that it is a rare thing for people to “live”, simply because we are influenced more by the external than the internal.  To be a victim to outside circumstances is to EXIST, but to be influenced by the internal is to LIVE .  If you haven’t consciously done so yet, start today by making damn sure you give yourself the LOVE and RESPECT that you undoubtedly deserve.  Give it to yourself FIRST, then accept it from the outside.

Own your Mind Business
Remember, 'YOU' and not the events that happen today will determine how good or bad your day will be.  Make it your goal to not let anyone or anything affect your day in a negative way.  Your mind is the government of the 50 trillion cells in your body and your thoughts will determine whether these cells live in a healthy community or a community of unease.   Remember, you are NOT your mind, YOU are the controller of your mind.

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