Hoffman Why?

Photo derived from original by Murray Close: Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014) © 2014 – Lionsgate.

Recently Jennifer Heart posted a comment on my Google+ post, Hoffman Heightens Hanks, linking to an old blog post where I expressed my appreciation for the work of the great actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died at 46 on February 2, 2014.  I had also written another post elsewhere, now revised and updated here as my reply to Ms. Heart.

READ THE EXCELLENT NY TIMES OBITUARY

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s creativity was magical, his death horrible.  Both were solely, distinctively his own, and both delivered with stunning effect.

When Pete Seeger died a week earlier at 94 on January 27, 2014, I felt deep gratitude for what he gave us. When Philip Seymour Hoffman, who masterfully fused his inflammatory soul with that of every character he played, died Sunday, February 2, at 46, I felt deep pain.

As he sailed away at the end of a great journey, to Seeger I waved g’bye. As he blew overboard to drown, for Hoffman I wanted to know why. It’s a futile question, so I just cried. This is a loss I feel too much, the world probably not enough.  But I am as grateful for Hoffman as for Seeger. Continue reading “Hoffman Why?”

Ponder This 5/28/17

Omar El Akkad – Harper’s Index – John Burroughs – Kahlil Gibran – The Grifters – Keb Mo – Mignon McLaughlin

This is the second post of a new feature in the dkhometree blog: occasional posts of quotations I stumbled across and liked.  Sometimes I’ll stick in a DK original.  Up to a dozen quotes in each post.  Not more than two posts per month.  There is a menu item above where you can get a list of all “Ponder This” posts.  You can get a list of all the posts for a particular person by clicking on their names in the tags to the left of each post.

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Ransomware Advice and Old Windows Version Protection Update

As of noon Monday, 5/15, NPR says over 150 countries have been hit by Ransomware malware attacks.  The consequences are severe.  Victims include scores of thousands of businesses and institutions, including the U.K. National Health Service (they had to turn away patients) and railway and other vital services around the world.  Some big companies have had to shut down entire factories.  One of the biggest oil companies in China had their “payment system” attacked.  I don’t know whether they meant payroll or accounts payable.  I heard all this on NPR today.

(By the way, do you have a stash of emergency cash buried somewhere?  Going to wait until the banking system is hacked or your Social Security or payroll check gets sent to Siberia?)

Old versions of Windows (and Windows 10 installations not kept up to latest updates) are susceptible.  There are many ways you can pick up this malware, by browser, email, etc. Continue reading “Ransomware Advice and Old Windows Version Protection Update”

Vive le président Emmanuel Macron!

Emmanuel Macron, the youngest president of France since Napoleon, sworn in on May 14, 2016

 

I am happy to see that France yet retains the health to avoid contracting the debilitating Trumprexit Fever.

Ponder This 5/8/17

Michael J. Fox – Will Rogers – Emma Curtis Hopkins – Luis Sierra – St. Augustine – Jon Kabat-Zinn – Shakespeare

First post of a new feature in the dkhometree blog: occasional posts of quotations I stumbled across and liked.  Up to a dozen quotes in each post.  Not more than two posts per month.  None promised.  There is a menu item where you can get a list of all “Ponder This” posts.  You can get a list of all the posts for a particular person by clicking on their names in the tags on each post.  Got one you want to share?

 

“My happiness goes in direct proportion to my acceptance [of matters], and in inverse proportion to my expectations.” – Michael J. Fox, AARP Magazine, April-May 2017

“Never miss a good chance to shut up.” – Will Rogers

“Complaints increase conditions.” – Emma Curtis Hopkins, Scientific Christian Mental Practice

“Unexpected things happen now and then; mostly now.” – Luis Sierra, ADK Yoga, Plattsburgh, NY, from a teacher of his.

“If the past and the future exist, where are they?” – St. Augustine

“We can’t stop the waves, but we can learn to surf.” – Attributed to Jon Kabat-Zinn.

And this our life,
Exempt from public haunt,
Finds tongues in trees,
Books in the running brooks,
Sermons in stones,
And good in everything.
– William Shakespeare, As You Like It
– A motto/mantra of TheBalsamean

How to Make an Impact Calling Congress on the Phone

Sometimes the best way to turn your anger into action is to pick up the phone. Follow these tips to minimize your anxiety and maximize your impact.

Let’s say you’ve got a problem that’s, well, big-league. As in an all-out assault on the very air you breathe, the water you drink, and the ground you stand on. Your representatives in Congress can help—especially after their phone lines get lit up by citizen activists. Need proof? Just look at the GOP’s reversal of its decision to eliminate the Office of Congressional Ethics and the withdrawal of a bill to sell off public lands—both of which were influenced by public outcry and lots and lots of phone calls. Here’s how to join the resistance and make your voice heard.

This is a summary list of the topics covered in the article by Jenny Shalant in Our Stories / Personal Action on the website of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC.org):           … Continue reading “How to Make an Impact Calling Congress on the Phone”

Major Step Forward in the Flint Water Crisis / My NRDC Membership

As a member of the Natural Resources Defense Council (nrdc.org), I am happy to share this kind of news about one of their projects: Flint Michigan’s poisonous water.  My simple way to summarize NRDC’s role in environmental protection is to say they are a not-for-profit law firm whose client is the planet.  They are also a scientific research institution, and much more.  I recommend joining, supporting and following them.  NRDC membership is one way I “resist.”

Here’s what they say about themselves, and why I ask you to listen:

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I Believe

For JML

An old Stevie Wonder song covered by a new favorite …
(lyrics below)

I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever)

Shattered dreams, worthless years
Here am I encased inside a hollow shell
Life began, then was done
Now I stare into a cold and empty well

The many sounds that meet our ears
the sights our eyes behold
Will open up our merging hearts
And feed our empty souls

I believe when I fall in love with you it will be forever
I believe when I fall in love this time it will be forever

Without despair we will share
And the joys of caring will not be replaced
What has been must never end
And with the strength we have won’t be erased
When the truths of love are planted firm
They won’t be hard to find
And the words of love I speak to you
will echo in your mind

I believe when I fall in love with you it will be forever,
I believe when I fall in love this time it will be forever

I believe when I fall in love with you it will be forever,
I believe when I fall in love this time it will be forever

This time

I believe when I fall in love with you it will be forever,
I believe when I fall in love this time it will be forever
I believe when I fall in love this time it will be forever

And oh that love will call
And if I believe you’re the only one for me

I believe, I believe, I believe, when I fall in love, oh
I believe, I believe, I believe, when I fall in love, oh

When I fall

I believe, I believe, I believe, when I fall

When I fall

When I fall in love

Expectations

I find that things improve when I lower my expectations, including people.  I can improve them beyond my expectations!

I like the angle Sylvia Plath gave it.  “If you expect nothing from somebody you are never disappointed.”

See the source of this image: Inspirational Sylvia Plath Quotes (LogicalQuotes.com) for many more Sylvia Plath quotes.  I recommend LogicalQuotes.com, one of only two quotations blogs I follow, and I’ve seen scads.  Great stuff from all the greats.  Nicely curated.  (Unbiased review.)

Fishy Fish Oil Health Claims?

Over-the-counter fish oil nutritional supplement may be useless or even bad for you, says PBS Frontline report. See the PBS video clip and read authoritative sources on the topic.

I’ve been taking fish oil nutritional supplements for several years because I don’t eat much food containing omega 3 fatty acids, which are “important for a number of bodily functions, including muscle activity, blood clotting, digestion, fertility, and cell division and growth” and other things (National Institutes of Health article Omega-3 Supplements: In Depth).  When I tell doctors I take it, they nod in approval, sometimes saying things like, “Fish oil is good.”

It is a very popular supplement. The same NIH article says:

According to the 2012 National Health Interview Survey, which included a comprehensive survey on the use of complementary health approaches in the United States, fish oil supplements are the nonvitamin/nonmineral natural product most commonly taken by both adults and children. The survey findings indicated that about 7.8 percent of adults (18.8 million) and 1.1 percent of children age 4 to 17 (664,000) had taken a fish oil supplement in the previous 30 days.

Apparently there can be a big difference between over-the-counter (OTC) fish oil supplements and the grade approved by the FDA for medical prescriptions.

Here’s a video clip of a PBS Frontline report on efficacy and possible harm of over-the-counter fish oil supplements.


I should just eat a can of sardines and a can of tuna every week.

Find out why …

 

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