A Brainy Pig


As a change of pace, here’s a poem about a brainy pig, courtesy of Roald Dahl.



The Pig

by Roald Dahl

Byron For Tuesday


The problem with having a snazzy holiday like Labor Day on a Monday is that all week long I forget what day it is.  So I completely forgot today was Tuesday and didn’t prepare a blog post.   Oh the horrors!  But never fear – Lord Byron is leaping to my rescue.  He’s like that.

Here, for your enjoyment, are three of my favorite poems by George Gordon, Lord Byron.  Because it amused me, I arranged them as if they were describing a love affair gone wrong.  Hey, Byron was a passionate dude – he’d get it.

Wisdom from Abe


Okay, I’ll admit it. I’ve always had a thing for Honest Abe Lincoln. So today I thought I would celebrate his birthday with his own words. By turns insightful, thought-provoking, and humorous, you just can’t beat a good quote from Abraham Lincoln.


Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.

Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.

The Best Laid Schemes



I planned on writing a blog post today that was overwhelming and heart-wrenching in intensity and grandeur.  Then I was hit with…


And thus could write nothing at all since my head is full of…stuff and I have not managed to roll off my sofa for days.

As Robert Burns put it so gracefully, “The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft agley (often go awry).

Wisdom From Martin



Tomorrow is the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday here in the US.  I thought it would be a good idea to remember this great man in his own words – especially since his words were so eloquent.




Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

Quotes for the New Year



Happy New Year everybody! As you may, or may not, know, I love me a good thoughtful or pithy quote. Here are some great ones regarding the start of a new year (and the dreaded New Year’s resolution).



New Year’s Resolution: To tolerate fools more gladly, provided this does not encourage them to take up more of my time.

James Agate

All of us every single year, we’re a different person. I don’t think we’re the same person all our lives.

Steven Spielberg