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

For Kay

Hope you enjoy these, Kay.  If not, well PHOOEY on YOUEE!  (and on Me-ee)

Brooke Leifer – Share the Love (The Pollinator Song):

THERE’S MORE! … Continue reading “For Kay”


For your health: Funny videos of quadruplet babies and babies with dogs laughing.

Be realistic: Laugh, Adore, Unleash.


Be well.

For S.B., struggling artist.

Prime Directive for Problem Solving


Creative Commons LicenseProblem Solving Prime Directive image and text by Dennis Koenig Copyright © 2016 is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

Wingtip Winter Boots

Why is it that every time I find a really fantastic clearance sale, either they don’t have my size or I don’t have any money?  Someone recently said, “It’s divine grace.”  I found this on the Target website, though by the time you click on it they may be gone, as I’m sure they’re flying off the shelf.

If I had a pair of wingtip winter boots, my life would be complete.  It’s the only thing still missing.

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Click the picture to rush right over to Target’s website and order yours now!  Half price!

Not Kissing Movies Goodbye

I watch old movies again the way I see the same things in a museum again, or read a book again.  Movies are the definitive art of the era.  Before long, only collectors and museums will have them.  Holograms, virtual reality, and robotic interaction will flood the entertainment market.

small_dvd_stack-253x200These transitions away from two-dimensional media will be commonplace within a couple of human generations – maybe just one.  When our retiring Baby Boomers were born, the personal computer was unthinkable, and FM radio not yet on the market.  I could easily live another thirty years.  The first IBM PC hit the market thirty-five years ago.  In 1999 someone told me it looked like a ’57 Chevy, in its outmoded style, size and structure.  What will we have in our pockets in a couple of decades?

If they let me, I’ll continue enjoying the mostly passive entertainment in movies.  Whatever machine I play them on, I don’t want to kiss movies goodbye.

Rio-Grande-posterOld movies never die.  When I see an oldie, I might study a character closely, and its actor’s skill.  This is how I landed on the angel and the bartender as my favorites in It’s a Wonderful Life.  I pay attention to the music credits.  If a flick has a great composer behind it, it’s a great flick.  Some of my favorite CDs are movie scores and themes.  There’s also the scenery, the cinematography, the costumes.  I notice the buildings and vehicles, the picture on the wall in the stairway, the realism or lack thereof.  Usually best of all is the dialog.  It’s a wonderful life in the movies.

I love the dialog lines that make me laugh out loud when they are not meant for humor.  There’s kitschy philosophical baloney, perfectly put ponderous punditry, poignant or pretty prose in narrators’ silky voices, and sometimes profound wisdom memorably said.   There are classic romantic lines — or ones I think should be classics — that I wish I had thought of, because I think they’d actually work, whether tongue in cheek or out, such as this John Wayne & Maureen O’Hara catchy verbal foreplay:

I never want to kiss you goodbye

Continue reading “Not Kissing Movies Goodbye”

Phone-rude Contagion; Epidemic Incurable

I reserve the right to grieve and mourn, but I just have to accept the inescapable fact of it.  Phone calling etiquette is dead.  Never again will I hear the sweet sound of a caller introducing themselves politely before they start asking me questions.


I have this strange notion that a phone is a point of entry to my home, like a door.  I owe no caller the obligation to open the door, or answer the phone, or even to turn on the ringer/bell/beep/ringtone, especially since 95% of all my callers are people I don’t need to talk to, don’t want to talk to, and wish they’d take me off their calling list (which I tell them … politely, for fear they’ll just add me to another one).

Continue reading “Phone-rude Contagion; Epidemic Incurable”

The Funny Side of Life

About this song (brief excerpts from Wikipedia article): Continue reading “The Funny Side of Life”

Free Air for the Disabled


This is not digital imagery gimmickry.  Who would have thought to make this up anyway?  It’s a real wall, at the Stewart’s store in Dannemora, NY, shot in person by Yours Truly.  By the way, this parking space is the farthest one from the door.  Market Uber Alles.     Continue reading “Free Air for the Disabled”

Tim Carleton’s Opus No.1 should inspire mass protest by phone users

My thanks to Gary Conkling for Rock Star of Hold Music, where I learned about Opus No. 1, Cisco’s phone hold music by Tim Carleton and Darrick Deel.  Carleton and Deel created the piece in 1989 in their garage as teenagers.  Cisco’s blog says it is the default hold music for 65 million Cisco IP phones.

How can we launch a global protest against companies who inflict annoying noise on callers instead of something like Opus No. 1?  How about putting them on hold with a 10-second endless loop of something nauseating and dressed in static, annoying enough to drain their serotonin?  Then tell them why you did it, so they can tell their boss.

I’d like Opus No. 1 more if they softened the beat.  Otherwise it beats everything I’ve heard on hold for a long time, except the one where a human voice interrupts silence once per minute saying, “Thank you for holding.”  Silence is good.