Monday, August 27, 2007

Walden One and Two

Recent reading:

by Henry David Thoreau
The original classic first published in 1854
never gets old.
Life in the woods,
as experienced by Thoreau's 2 years there,
or, in my case, 30 years by the sea,
quiets the mind.
A must read.

Walden Two
by BF Skinner
A description of Utopia
as envisioned by the behaviorist author
first published in 1945.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Quiet Descends on the Evening Before Chaos

A perfect new crescent moon
settles toward the sunset sea...

The evening candle lit,
Quiet descends on the day,
and sounds of the surf are revealed.

Ah! The Sweet Serenity of Solitude!

All is right in the land of Mikie.

And yet, on the 'morrow,
I go forth into Chaos.
And yet, I will be Invisible to it,
and return in a week,
the joy of a night like this, mine again.


It's a constant surprise
The Plans of Men
seldom account for constant surprise!

Philly for a week.
(Second prize was two weeks in Philly:)

Dad turns 92. The McCafferty clan is a river, broad and deep.
Guys from high school.
First girlfriend.

And who knows what else there is in
the cauldron of chaos
outside the walls of Mikie's Fun House,
the serene monarchy of Mikie,
my Fortress of Solitude...

Time will have 7 days
to delight me with random events.
Then the hour will come,
I'll step into an aluminum tube,
thrust into the sky,
miraculously land a continent away,
and be home again.


How sweet it is...

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

In Search of Perpetual Motion

I have long been fascinated with the concept of perpetual motion.
Here's some thinking on the subject.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Made to Stick

Made to Stick
Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die

Chip Heath & Dan Heath
If your ideas could use some help
in getting the world to notice
this is a book for you.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Ocean Front Masterpiece

I received this bit of randomness in the mail,
a postcard advert for a home for sale, not so far away.
It has been accumulating lust in my heart
for several weeks,
so I scanned it
and now my lust can go online
and I can share it with the world.

When I look at such a place,
I breathe more deeply,
my feeling for life is greatly enhanced.
I want to live in such a place.
And never move away.

Not that where I live is substandard.
But I would love to see
the dolphins play in the surf each day,
and have private steps to a frisbee beach below,
to let my toes play in the sand.

I can see myself in such a place.
But it's way more costly than I can pay right now.
It would need to be paid for fully,
and the taxes each year as well.
And I'm sure I'd want a toy or two
to fill the extra garage space...

How could I create such a thing to be real in my life?
Maybe it's time I go back to work,
do something productive with my life,
something worthwhile for the world in general.
Maybe Think - Plan - Do - Repeat will help.