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  • mistermuse 1:08 am on May 10, 2022 Permalink | Reply  

    THE WEIGH OF ALL FLESH 

    Word has it, the above title is a fey-tal play on the title of the satirical novel THE WAY OF ALL FLESH by Samuel Butler. The reason for such elfin impiety will become apparent down the line(s)….but first, a nod to the novel:

    https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/22230/the-way-of-all-flesh-by-samuel-butler/

    My previous post featured clips of the fab trad jazz band TUBA SKINNY, which, I was pleased to see, saw a number of approving comments in the aftermath — leading me to consider a followup post. But, for some, too many toots on the tuba may be too much of a good thing….so I’ve decided to go with an unbiased diet of Skinny sharing the dais with Fats.

    You won’t find Tuba Skinny doing Fat and Greasy because it’s hard to put on weight if you drink nothing but Muddy Water,,,,

    From Fat and Greasy by way of Muddy Water, the next venue on the menu is the Avita Springs (Louisiana) Busker Fest by way of the Big Easy (New Orleans):

    How Do They Do It That Way? I hear that Fats knows:

    By the way, if you didn’t like this post, it’s not my fault — the Butler did it.

     
  • mistermuse 1:12 am on May 5, 2022 Permalink | Reply  

    TUBA OR NOT TUBA, THAT IS THE QUESTION OF THE DAY 

    As you now know, tomorrow (May 6) is INTERNATIONAL TUBA DAY, which was founded in 1979 by tuba player Joel Day because he felt that tubas and tuba players get no respect. You might say he was the Rodney Dangerfield of tuba players.

    Now, you may think that this is a rather downbeat reason to found a Day. It’s possible the day wasn’t even lost. It’s even possible the reverse happened: Joel Day was lost and found by International Tuba in Aruba.

    But whatever was missing, who am I to miss an opportunity to play Tuba Day for all it’s mirth (though I’m really not into heavy metal — haha). For example: Do you know how to fix a broken tuba? With a tuba glue — hahaha. And what can you possibly say to a bud who lost his tuba? That’s tubad — tubahahaha.

    I could go on in this wayward way all day, but what do you say we get wordplay out of the way and play some music? Let the Four Winds Blow New Orleans way!

    Now that’s what I call doin’ what you love and lovin’ what you do. Needless to say, I love it! I guess I’m just a Sweet Lovin’ Old Soul at heart….

    In closing, I propose we hold this tuba tribute to be vital by squeezing in a song that actually has TUBA fitting in the title:

     
  • mistermuse 1:06 am on April 30, 2022 Permalink | Reply  

    THE DUKE AND ALL THAT JAZZ 

    Today is INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY. It was established by UNESCO April 30, 2011, to celebrate jazz and extol its role in connecting people around the world. IMHO, UNESCO was ostensibly a day late and an ‘honor’ short in this endeavor, because jazz great Duke Ellington (one of relatively few who are the very personification of jazz in music history) was born April 29, 1899 — near the year jazz itself was born. It blows my mind that UNESCO didn’t take advantage of the symbolism of creating I. J. Day in concert with Ellington’s birthday one day earlier. Apparently, they thought it’s not their fault that the Duke Arrived into the world on his own timetable.

    Warren W. Vachรฉ Sr., founder of the American Federation of Jazz Societies and co-founder of the American Jazz Hall of Fame, called Ellington “an unquestioned giant in American music; he had a long and influential career that covered all facets of the art. He was an excellent pianist, a superb arranger, a personable and colorful bandleader, and a highly original composer. For the most part, Ellington wrote his music with the orchestra in mind, often composing pieces designed to showcase the great individual soloists in the band who made the Ellington Orchestra far superior to the average dance band. He was a master of moods, spanning everything from rhythm numbers to soulful tone poems.”

    Speaking of “moods” music, it doesn’t get much better than this Ellington classic:

    One of my favorite Ellington compositions is this standard, performed here by one of the most popular vocal groups of the 1940s:

    I too, at my age, don’t get around much anymore. But as long as I can dig The Duke, I’m still on the right track.

     
  • mistermuse 6:00 pm on April 25, 2022 Permalink | Reply  

    PARDON MY JARGON 

    I am paid by the word, so I always write the shortest words possible.” –Bertrand Russell

    Unlike Bertie, I’m sorry to say, I am not paid by the word, so why shortchange myself? In fact, I fancy that I usually command an above average vocabulary, so why not use it? However, I must confess that it’s not….it’s not…..

    ….for me to come upon an infuriatingly unfamiliar word from time to time. On such occasions — usually when ensconced on my La-z-boy reading a book — I pick up the humongous dictionary ensconced within reach to look up the offending word (unless, of course, I’m feeling lazy….or poorly).

    For example, just yesterday, as it were, I was thus ensconced, immersed in a weighty book about something or other (and minding my own business, mind you), when I was assaulted by a word I’d never heard…..or, as they say in Brooklyn, a woid I’d never hoid.

    Bolus was the word, and though it sounds absurd, I gave the word the bird and tried to deduce what it inferred from the context wherein conferred. Failing miserably, I gave in and looked it up….which I suggest you do if you’re curious enough, because why should I go to all that work and then give you its meaning for nothing? The nerve of some people!

    OK, maybe I got a bit carried away. Sorry about that. Bolus comes from the Greek Bร”LOS, lump of earth; English definition, a small round mass. You never know when this word might come in handy, so to remember it, just think of bs with olu in the middle, and you’ve got it made in the shade….or wherever fine word association is sold.

    And with that, I thank you for your very kind attention (it’s only good etiquette).

     
    • boblorentson 6:20 pm on April 25, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Sticks and stones can break my bones
      But words can never hurt me.
      Especially when I don’t understand them.
      And maybe except for a bolus that someone throws at me.

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    • magickmermaid 6:29 pm on April 25, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Bertrand Russell, Tom Jones and Chad Morgan all in one post! Well done! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • barkinginthedark 6:43 pm on April 25, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      The other nine-pin team wanted to bolus. (forgive me) continue…

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    • Lynette d'Arty-Cross 7:55 pm on April 25, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I learned that word when Covid came along and per government orders we were required to re-outfit a couple of our aircraft for medevacs. Flying with paramedics learned me the medical use of that word. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • Carmen 8:06 pm on April 25, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Oh mistermuse, you are so funny! And you have the wittiest (most witty?) commenters. Big grin. . .

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      • rawgod 8:24 pm on April 25, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        He is, but do you realise the word “bolus” backwards is “sulob”? So, if you remove yourself from the word, it leaves poor mistetmuse a “s’lob.” (Sorry, musey, couldn’t resist the chuckle.)

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        • mistermuse 10:51 pm on April 25, 2022 Permalink

          When you spell “rawgod” backwards, you get dogwar, which could be worse because if it were dogeatdogwar, that’s what humans do. So you come out better in the backwards exchange. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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        • rawgod 2:53 am on April 26, 2022 Permalink

          But that has no meaning, spiritually speaking. I’ve been called worse than dogwar, belueve me!

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      • mistermuse 10:26 pm on April 25, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Carmen.

        Commenters come no better than mine
        Although I pay nothing per line.
        Even when many of their lines are funny,
        I’m seriously agin paying them any money.

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    • Carol A. Hand 11:04 pm on April 25, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚

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    • obbverse 1:37 am on April 26, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Well, I’m learning, slowly. I vaguely thought bolus had something to do with light or somesuch, must have been getting confused with Aurora Borealis? Then again, I have an aptitude for saying my wrong word in the right place, or the right word in the wrong place, as so so many of my teachers D grade average reports never failed to mention.
      When visiting my daughter a few years ago for dinner with four or five of her friends, something tired and cliched was mentioned. I said ‘Ah, that hoary old chestnut.’ That was heard completely differently by the young assemblage of women than it was said in such innocence as me. Or I. Whatever!
      The convivial atmosphere changed in an instant. It was as if I’d farted in church, till I explained what I meant- spelling it out helped!
      Another saying common in my youth goes the way of the the brontosaurus.

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      • mistermuse 9:14 am on April 26, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        I seem to recall that there’s a medical term for what you said at your daughter’s dinner gathering: FOOT-AND-MOUTH DISEASE (aka HOOF-AND-MOUTH DISEASE), which is self-curable by putting one foot in your mouth and hobbling around on the other foot until you’ve learned your lesson. Failing that, I suppose explaining yourself suffices, but at the cost of abjectly humiliating yourself. Frankly, I would’ve gone with the more dignified alternative, but “To-each-his-own.” ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Elizabeth 5:28 pm on April 26, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I heard the word bolus a lot in the last couple of years. Having no idea what it meant I can’t even remember the context. I think I thought it had to do with swallowing a whole lot of medicine. Or something!

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    • masercot 6:07 am on April 27, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I have to look up words my son uses… or I can just wait for him to define the word by giving me its entire etymology…

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      • mistermuse 7:40 am on April 27, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        I have no son, but I have two adult daughters
        And they used to give me a lot o’ ‘ought-ers.’

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        • masercot 7:54 am on April 27, 2022 Permalink

          With diapered babies, males are my favorite sex
          because their parts are convex…

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    • Ricardo 12:07 am on April 28, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      The most irritating thing is when you come across a word you are absolutely certain you knew at least at some point in the past, and having to look it up again.

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      • mistermuse 8:21 am on April 28, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Tell me about it, Ricardo — at my age, that’s more than an occasional occurrence. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • Silver Screenings 5:47 pm on May 8, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for this new word. I’ve not come across it before, and I can’t wait to use it and look like a real Smarty Pants.

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      • mistermuse 12:39 am on May 9, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        The most appropriate way I can think of to use bolus is to say “That’s a lot of bolus” whenever a politician gives a speech.

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  • mistermuse 1:08 am on April 20, 2022 Permalink | Reply  

    THERE’S NO BUSINESS LIKE KNOW BUSINESS 

    When I was a lad, my favorite mystery program on (pre-TV) radio was THE SHADOW (1937-54). Each program’s point of departure was this ominous-sounding voice intoning what may now come across as pure ‘camp’, but was riveting melodrama to an impressionable young boy back then:

    Even today, when my old lady and I are (for example) watching TV and wondering why some politician is asserting absurdities beyond belief, one of us might exclaim “WTF” (or words to that effect), and the other will shrug and respond, “Only The Shadow knows.

    Without the shadow of a doubt, most of us know that ignorance is invincible — which explains why the willfully ignorant are impervious to self-growth/thinking outside the box of confined minds. So, far be it from me to even try to change minds. But I can try to interest the interested — and stimulate the educated — with some knowing quotes and clips:

    “Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge.” –Leonardo da Vinci
    It is better to know nothing than to know what ain’t so.” –Josh Billings
    It is a great nuisance that knowledge can only be acquired by hard work.” –Somerset Maugham


    The man who thinks he knows everything always irritates those of us who do. –Evan Esar
    I am not young enough to know everything.” –James M. Barrie
    If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” –Derek Bok

    Just so you know, I have a rather full plate today, so there may be a bit of a delay responding to comments.

     
    • masercot 4:45 am on April 20, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I LOVED the Shadow. The radio program, the old movies and the books. I was so THRILLED when Alec Baldwin made the Shadow movie… and so very sad after I watched it…

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      • mistermuse 7:01 pm on April 20, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Sorry to say I haven’t seen the movie…..over the years, I guess I’ve just lost interest in that genre.

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        • barkinginthedark 6:21 pm on April 22, 2022 Permalink

          MM, it appears this is the only way I can comment here. how come i can no longer “like” or comment on your page? Very disconcerting. And thanks for liking my new novel post.

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        • mistermuse 7:06 pm on April 22, 2022 Permalink

          Thanks for your comment, Tony. I have encountered the same “Like” problem on several of the blogs I follow (not yours), but I didn’t know anyone was having the same issue here. I have no idea why, as my ability to comprehend technology is like reading in the dark. .

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    • Rivergirl 7:53 am on April 20, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I used to say The Shadow Knows all the time. No one ever knew what I was talking about..
      ๐Ÿ™ƒ

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    • Catherine Haustein 9:11 am on April 20, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Great post!

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      • mistermuse 6:46 pm on April 20, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Catherine. Remind me to remember you in my will(y-nilly). Sorry about that, but I’m feeling silly. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • Lynette d'Arty-Cross 3:52 pm on April 20, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I try not to no too much. Keeps me ahead of the all the young ones who know too much. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • Elizabeth 4:09 pm on April 20, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I have been humming “those who say don’t know and those who know don’t say.” Is that from a song?

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    • magickmermaid 6:07 pm on April 20, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Occasionally my parents used to say “The Shadow Knows” when I was a child. I never had any idea what they were referring to. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Scarlet 3:04 am on April 21, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      We didn’t have the Shadow in the UK, I don’t think – so nobody knows anything here.
      I agree with J M Barrie – I’m sure I knew more when I was younger!
      Sx

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    • mistermuse 9:45 am on April 21, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Scottish novelist and playwright J M Barrie was the creator of Peter Pan, “a free-spirited and mischievous young boy who can fly and never grows up” (quoting Wikipedia), thus “symbolizing youthful innocence and escapism.” So at least you had Peter Pan in the UK! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger 6:33 pm on April 27, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      One thing is for sure: Vast numbers of Republican Party members are ignorant, deceitful, bigoted, etc., etc.

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    • Ricardo 12:17 am on April 28, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      “People who think they are funny are really annoying to those of us are.” Bit of a tangent here, but I did write that line myself.

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      • mistermuse 8:16 am on April 28, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Don’t take too much credit, Ricardo — I would’ve written that line myself if I’d thought of it. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Mr. Ohh's Sideways View 1:47 pm on May 1, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Great post I was too young for the Shadow but I listen to the recordings today Love Ella
      ;;
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      Laugh at yourself

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      • mistermuse 3:31 pm on May 1, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        I’d have to look in a mirror to laugh at myself — which I can no longer afford, because the mirror breaks every time. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  • mistermuse 6:32 pm on April 14, 2022 Permalink | Reply  

    SHAME! SHAME! 

    At first, I thought of titling this post THINGS THAT HAVE NO SHAME. Then I remembered, when last we met (April 12), I proclaimed that that post was the end of my THING FLING series (at least, title-wise). As my faithful readers know, I never lie (much). Thus, the working title is gone, but the idea is not verboten.

    When we think of Things That Have No Shame, most of us probably think of animals which poop and pee like you and me but phoo-phoo tp and feel free to let it be for all to see. But while wee humans do do the two as babies, it would never do to pee and poo in public view after we knew that grownup people eschew not using the loo in lieu of spewing phew like much ado about nothing, which they would rue.

    But that’s not the kind of shameless spewing that makes me stew. I had in mind so-called grownups who have absolutely no shame, as if not even knowing the meaning of the word….such as Donald Pinocchio Trump, whose first (and apparently only) language is LYING, and whose greatest talent is shamelessly repeating lies so often that millions of followers take him at his turd….er, word (whatever — same thing).

    And so it is to The Master of Ballanbetray (with apologies to Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Master of Ballantrae) that I defecate….er, dedicate….this post and song. I would’ve held this post off until the Pinocchio man’s birthday (two months from today) to smellebrate, but I can’t hold my nose that long.

     
    • Carmen 6:34 pm on April 14, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      You really are quite hilarious, mistermuse! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • mistermuse 9:19 pm on April 14, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        I wouldn’t be so hilarious
        If Donald weren’t so nefarious
        So I’m sorry I’m so funny
        But it’s so on the money..

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    • obbverse 7:01 pm on April 14, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      So much wordplay- bravo! Hopefully Don will retrace his steps and wind up ankle deep in his own doings. (Or neck deep- it’s closer to the source.)

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      • mistermuse 9:32 pm on April 14, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Donald may be a joke
        But the joke is on US
        (“us” being the United States
        being thrown under the bus).

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    • Lynette d'Arty-Cross 10:34 pm on April 14, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Fantastic wordsmithing! Loved it. And the wig that walks like a man can go suck do-do.

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    • magickmermaid 11:06 am on April 15, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      A perfect song for Do-do Don! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Carmen 3:30 pm on April 15, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Iโ€™m so happy to realize I can post on your blog again. (He, meanwhile, is shaking his head)

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      • mistermuse 4:50 pm on April 15, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Welcome back, Carmen — though I’m not sure why you weren’t able to post here in a long time. If it had anything to do with your health, I’m happy to see you feeling up to your Canadian Capers again. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Elizabeth 4:22 pm on April 15, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Great thinking of him as doo doo Don.

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    • Scarlet 6:51 pm on April 15, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      And of course to trump means to fart in British English, so your post is not necessarily too early – you are simply building up for the big event. Marvellous.
      Sx

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      • mistermuse 7:14 pm on April 15, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        I did not know that trump means to fart in British English. Do you know what johnson means in American English? Hint: I’m guessing Boris Johnson has a big one.

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        • Scarlet 7:35 pm on April 15, 2022 Permalink

          Indeed, Johnson is a big one! During the early Covid days our health minister was Nick Hancock – all a bit of a balls up really.
          Sx

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        • Scarlet 1:18 pm on April 16, 2022 Permalink

          Haha!
          I made a mistake, it was Matt Hancock, not Nick Hancock! Apologies.
          Sx

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    • mistermuse 9:23 pm on April 15, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      A cock and (John) bull story if I ever heard one! ๐Ÿ˜€

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      • Scarlet 1:20 pm on April 16, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Haha!
        Apologies, I made a mistake, it was Matt Hancock, not Nick Hancock – definitely Hancock though!
        Sx

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    • D. Wallace Peach 11:01 am on April 17, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      When I think of shame, I can’t help thinking of Trump and his cronies too. There are a whole bunch of them. Arrrgh! And who elects these people, Mr. M? Don’t they care about being lied to? Do they really want to get rid of our democracy? Shameful. On that note, have a beautiful day and enjoy those around you who speak the truth. โค

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      • mistermuse 12:03 pm on April 17, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        All good questions, Diana. I could venture some answers, but I see no realistic SOLUTIONS. Though all human beings are flawed, too many are flawed beyond being willing and/or able to see past what’s been put into their artless heads by even MORE greatly flawed human beings (like Trump). I see most Trump followers as being either “the unwashed masses” (in the sophisticated sense) or, in some cases, educated beyond their intelligence (like Trump’s “front-line troops” and many GOP politicians).

        And on that sad note, I wish you a beautiful day as well.

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    • barkinginthedark 3:45 pm on May 13, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I Love me some Fats
      His 88 smokes
      But as for Fat Donnie
      Are obscenities jokes?

      Stay well MM, and continue…

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      • mistermuse 4:44 pm on May 13, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Fat Donnie was a joke of a President and he’s still a joke of a human being (and neither one is funny).

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  • mistermuse 12:41 pm on April 11, 2022 Permalink | Reply  

    THINGS ARE LOOKING UP…. 

    ….and no, it’s not because this is the last of my “Thing Fling” posts (though that might be reason enough if this fling hasn’t been your thing), but because I’m ending on a “Things Are Looking Up” note — starting with this glorious Gershwin song from perhaps the most underrated (and one of my favorite) Fred Astaire films, DAMSEL IN DISTRESS (1937):

    Continuing our optimistic take on things,
    When this song*, a Pollyanna sings,
    I’m not so sure that I agree….
    But when two lovers do it,
    I confess: Who am I to rue it?
    I guess The Best Things In Life Are Free!

    *from the 1925 musical GOOD NEWS!

    Romantically saving (one of) “The Best Things” for last,
    I end this Thing Fling with another blast from the past:



     
    • magickmermaid 1:50 pm on April 11, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Three lovelyl songs! As a child I always wondered why people were not breaking into songs and dancing like I saw in films. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Yernasia Quorelios 5:26 pm on April 11, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      ๐Ÿ’œ FUCKING HELL!!!

      … ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™…

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      • mistermuse 7:43 pm on April 11, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        How do you say that in your native language? (I hope I’m not sorry I asked.) ๐Ÿ˜‰

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        • Yernasia Quorelios 9:20 pm on April 11, 2022 Permalink

          ๐Ÿ’œ Make Love NOT!!! War EveryOne because a Wife is Wonderful until SHE!!! Quits The Marriage to Fuck SomeOne Else, I AM NOT!!! a Bitter Divorcee or AM I ๐Ÿค” ?

          Singledom is Super ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿพ ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿฅฐ ๐Ÿ˜˜ โ˜บ๏ธ ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿพ Sound; because there is NO FUCKING FLEA!!! in My Ear ๐Ÿ‘‚ ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿคฌ ; yet Girls ๐Ÿ‘ง Women, Ladies ๐Ÿšบ ๐Ÿ™„ ๐Ÿ˜‘ ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ ๐Ÿค” ๐Ÿ˜’ ๐Ÿšบ Make a Lot of Sense Boys ๐Ÿ‘ฆ Men, Gents

          …๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™…

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        • mistermuse 9:43 pm on April 11, 2022 Permalink

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    • magickmermaid 6:00 pm on April 11, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      And I still wonder why I don’t have any background music when I’m walking around outside. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Lynette d'Arty-Cross 10:54 pm on April 11, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I loved these old movies when I was a child. Wonderful.

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    • D. Wallace Peach 9:41 pm on April 12, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I needed a little happiness this week, Mr. M. Thanks for the lovely uplifting cheerful songs. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • mistermuse 11:25 pm on April 12, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Apropos of “uplifting,” this quote seems appropriate:

        “Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.” –Robert Frost

        Would that happiness never be in short supply for those (like you) who deserve it (apropos, conversely, of another uplifting song: TO DREAM THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM). ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • masercot 8:26 am on April 14, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve been coaching my son on movie dancers because it might be useful on Jeopardy. He’s been getting back at me by asking “is that Fred Astaire” when any tuxedoed male comes on television in black-and-white….

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    • Elizabeth 12:49 pm on April 15, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      What a totally wacko response several comments above. Is that a regular reader? I love the song in response.

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      • mistermuse 2:05 pm on April 15, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        I briefly considered not approving that “wacko response” before I decided to reply with that song. There can be a fine line between”wacko” and over-the-top-ranting, and in the interest of not being too judgemental, I gave “wacko” the benefit of the doubt.

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    • barkinginthedark 3:50 am on May 11, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      MM.
      You’re the tops,
      you’re a grand-slam homer
      You’re the tops
      You’re the pier at Cromer
      You’re a New York slice
      A Tiff’ny price
      That drops
      But if MM I’m the bottom
      You’re the tops!

      Stay well and continue…

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      • mistermuse 8:55 am on May 11, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Tony.
        You’re the ‘opp’ of phony,
        However when it comes to me,
        Your words are eloquent
        But it’s clear you went
        Over the top to the nth degree!

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    • barkinginthedark 6:57 pm on May 11, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      well done! continue…

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  • mistermuse 1:00 am on April 10, 2022 Permalink | Reply  

    IT’S A WHOLE NEW THING 

    Just when you thought my THING fling was done,
    I’ve managed to come up with another one.
    You may think I’m testing your forbearance when I bring
    You more same old same old…but It’s A Whole New Thing.

    It’s not as if I had been planning this all along —
    It was Just One Of Those Things (like the song):

    Speaking of flings that just naturally happen,
    Beware this thing that may catch thee nappin’:

    I’d love to continue, but that about does it.
    This Thing wasn’t on my venue….or was it?

     
    • Lynette d'Arty-Cross 2:26 am on April 10, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      The Fine Young Cannibals did a song called Good Thing, which also describes the the selections you made (and also your thing fling?) ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      • mistermuse 3:58 am on April 10, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        The thing that came to my mind while listening to “Good Thing — where have you gone?” was how those words speak to what the attacked people of Ukraine must feel in the wake of their destroyed lives.

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      • mistermuse 11:26 am on April 10, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        If you think I’m gonna let you get away with a swing at my thing fling, you’ve got another THING coming (like a sequel to this post)!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • ladysighs 9:49 am on April 10, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Anything you can blog I can blog better
      I can blog anything better than you

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    • masercot 12:42 pm on April 10, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      In one episode, Maxwell Smart was disguised as a NASA scientist and told Kaos he was working on a new conveyance to the Moon: Gossamer wings. He said, “A trip to the Moon on Gossamer wings”

      The Kaos spy asked what happened then and Smart replied,

      “It was just one of those things”…

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      • mistermuse 1:05 pm on April 10, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        GET SMART is one of my all-time fav series of its kind, but I don’t recall that particular episode. Either I missed it, or your memory is better than mine (which, in this case, I really appreciate).

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    • snakesinthegrass2014 3:21 pm on April 10, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I for one have confidence that you’ll come up with more. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      • mistermuse 6:46 pm on April 10, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        The pressure is on to make my next post a sensation.
        It might be a good time (and thing) to take a vacation.

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    • magickmermaid 5:46 pm on April 10, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      A whole new thing just in time for Spring. Flowers are blooming and birds on the wing. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • magickmermaid 6:54 pm on April 10, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Elizabeth 7:59 pm on April 11, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Thank goodness you omitted “Wild Thing” (you make my heart sing)

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    • selizabryangmailcom 3:21 pm on April 12, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Don’t forget Thing 1 and Thing 2. They’ll know exactly what to do.
      They’ll read your post through and through, from top to finish, then start anew.

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      • mistermuse 5:16 pm on April 12, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t know about Thing 1, but having been married for 50+ years, I’m quite accustomed to being Thing 2. Start anew? No can do. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • selizabryangmailcom 3:43 pm on April 13, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      At 30 years, at least 20 behind you, I STILL know what you mean, lol !!

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  • mistermuse 6:19 pm on April 8, 2022 Permalink | Reply  

    ANYTHING 

    Looking back over my many post titles since March 16, I note that I’ve published pieces about NOTHING, SOMETHING and EVERYTHING….making it hard to believe ANYTHING (has been overlooked). But it seems that ANYTHING (of all things) was overlooked….so, before moving on to other things, it behooves me to do ANYTHING to make up for it — starting with giving Anything a little (Oliver) Twist to get things rolling.

    Almost the same title, different — and earlier — song: (note Fats Waller doing his thing on the ivories a little past half way through):

    The next presentation reminds me of what two campaining political candidates might sing to each other if they could shoot their mouths off in song:

    And with that, I can’t think of anything more — but anything can happen, and if it does, I don’t want anything to do with it.

     
    • The Coastal Crone 7:14 pm on April 8, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I thought of a song from close to the opening of one of the Indiana Jones movies. The nightclub scene and the song “Anything Goes!” Have a good weekend not matter what goes!

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      • mistermuse 11:15 pm on April 8, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks. As it happens, there’s a very good clip of ANYTHING GOES in the Comments to my April 2 post titled EVERYTHING.

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 9:14 pm on April 8, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Enjoyed your selections, especially the last one ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • mistermuse 11:19 pm on April 8, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you. As you may know, that clip is from the 1950 film ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, starring Howard Keel and Betty Hutton.

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    • obbverse 1:08 am on April 9, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Yep, that last ‘Annie Get Yer Gun’ hoedown sounds like a regular election showdown.

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      • mistermuse 8:13 am on April 9, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Here in Ohio, we’ve been inundated with TV ads by dueling far right candidates for the GOP Senate seat being vacated (by Rob Portman), each increasingly more pathetic than the other. It’s like a race to the bottom of the barrel in their pandering to the base (and I do mean BASE).

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    • Lynette d'Arty-Cross 3:43 am on April 9, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      The only one I can think of is โ€œIโ€™d Do Anything for Loveโ€ by Meatloaf. Other than that, crickets.

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      • mistermuse 8:18 am on April 9, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Those clips are probably before your time….which makes us even, because Meatloaf is ‘after’ my time. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • luisa zambrotta 7:24 am on April 9, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      ANYTHUNG you posted was greatly appreciated

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    • Rivergirl 7:43 am on April 9, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Your blog is proof anything is possible.
      ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • magickmermaid 12:55 pm on April 9, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Anything and everything here on your blog and that’s a good thing! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

      • mistermuse 4:02 pm on April 9, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        They say good things come to those who wait,
        But the waiting game’s tiring, and it’s getting late.
        How much longer must a ‘waiter’ wait…and for what?
        Thank goodness for the good things I’ve already got.

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    • calmkate 6:51 pm on April 9, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      what cheerful uplifting songs for a Sunday morning … love the Copperfield one, and that ivory tinkling is sheer magic … as for painful pollies, election date will be announced today and the childish squabbling has kicked off already … trouble is nobody wants either major party, we know they are crooks!

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      • mistermuse 10:28 pm on April 9, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        It seems like the world (or at least a large part of it) is undergoing evolution in reverse and dragging the rest of us down with it.

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        • calmkate 9:07 am on April 10, 2022 Permalink

          naw, we can only be dragged down if we give in … you and I are battlers MrM, we wont cave in that easily!

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    • Mr. Ohh's Sideways View 10:11 pm on April 9, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Well you’ve now written about anything. Or maybe you haven’t?
      ;;
      ;;
      Find a reason to laugh

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      • mistermuse 10:40 pm on April 9, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Stay tuned (re writing about anything).

        As for finding “a reason to laugh”….
        It might be easier to see if I were a giraffe.
        I find that the view from down here is less than fair
        (though I don’t know if it’s any better from up there).

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    • Elizabeth 5:04 pm on April 11, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I would give anything to get to see “Annie Get Your Gun” or “Oliver” again for the first time. I had such a wonderful experience with each at the time.

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    • mistermuse 7:26 pm on April 11, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I agree that the experience of seeing such films the first time can’t be replicated, but the best films stand up to repeated viewings. I’ve watched some of my favorite movies at least a half cozen times over the years because they’re so good.

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  • mistermuse 3:35 pm on April 5, 2022 Permalink | Reply  

    MORE OF EVERYTHING 

    The more I thought about a sequel to EVERYTHING (my previous post), the more I wondered how much more of everything a heavenly body can take. Not that our put-upon planet was ever a bed of roses (I’m old enough that you can take my word for it), but now I’d be lying like a politician if I claimed that

    Yes, the world has its moments. Nonetheless, the world isn’t a very congenial place to live at this moment, and it’s a wonder that it hasn’t gone off the deep end — or at least had a nervous breakdown. It wouldn’t surprise me one bit to hear that the world is seeing a shrink and lamenting….

    It would really be nice to be able to believe that….

    But….


     
    • boblorentson 4:45 pm on April 5, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I’m pretty sure Earth can take everything we’ve got, and will still be here after we’ve faded to nothing.

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      • mistermuse 5:14 pm on April 5, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Fading to nothing doesn’t worry me. It’s Big Banging to nothing (with nukes) that’s ‘Putin’ me in a restive mood. Hopefully, he’s just sane enough to be restrained by MAD (mutually assured destruction).

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    • Yernasia Quorelios 5:13 pm on April 5, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      ๐Ÿ’œ We Have Forgotten how to love OurSelves as a Child Does EveryOne; yet that is The Necessary Angst and Suffering that Returns Us to 3DBliss via 5D+ EveryBody

      …๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™…

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      • mistermuse 6:03 pm on April 5, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        “Children enjoy the present because they have neither a past nor a future.” –Jean de Labruyรจre, 17th century French philosopher

        That quote may be at odds with your comment, but the last part of your comment is foreign to me.

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        • Yernasia Quorelios 6:49 pm on April 5, 2022 Permalink

          ๐Ÿ’œ Good; admission of of “foreign” Parentally Acquired Ignorance from Conditioned UpBringing is The First Step ๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿฟโ€โ™‚๏ธ ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿพ ๐Ÿ˜ณ ๐Ÿ™„ ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ ๐Ÿ˜‘ ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™€๏ธ ๐Ÿšถ so GO -> Forward and NOT!!! <- Stuck In Reverse Going Backwards, http://www.ericberne.com

          …๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™..

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    • magickmermaid 5:50 pm on April 5, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      A bed of roses often has many thorns. ๐Ÿ˜‰ What we need more of is peace and harmony.

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    • The Coastal Crone 5:54 pm on April 5, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      It is a very crazy world right now. Music can help even for only a few moments.

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      • mistermuse 6:23 pm on April 5, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Very true….apropos of which I quote poet Wm. Congreve:

        “Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast” —
        But sadly, not enough to soothe the lust for conquest.

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    • obbverse 7:34 pm on April 5, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Its already a hell of a world without Mad Vlad taking us closer to hell by the minute- let’s hope he’s not counting down. Jokes aside, he’s one bad ex KGB boy.

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      • mistermuse 11:20 pm on April 5, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        I wish I could say that Vlad is a paper tiger, but the fact that he’s a NUCLEAR tiger makes calling his bluff a dangerous gamble….which he knows and exploits to his advantage. Biden has chosen not to do so (call his bluff) by refusing Ukraine’s requests for a no-fly zone and NATO jets. IMO, the first refusal is prudent, but the second is shamefully acquiescent. Letting Putin dictate the terms under which we support Ukraine is resulting in thousands of Ukrainian lives being needlessly lost to long and short range missile attacks.

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    • Lynette d'Arty-Cross 9:43 pm on April 5, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I think the dear planet will survive us – it has survived much worse – so weโ€™re the ones in need of extracting our heads from the dark, cramped tunnel. And Kennedy, was he really swell? Ethel certainly was.

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      • mistermuse 11:27 pm on April 5, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Kennedy’s term was of course cut short by assassination, so I judge his ‘grade’ as President to be incomplete. But few Presidents had his charisma, so in that sense, I think you’d have to say he was “really swell.”

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      • Yernasia Quorelios 11:28 pm on April 5, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        ๐Ÿ’œ 4.5 Billion Years Young EveryOne; it’s Crystal ๐Ÿ”ฎ Clear Clarity ๐Ÿ”ฎ that SHE!!! Knows what SHE!!! is Doing like ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ ALL of The Ladies ๐Ÿšบ on Planet Earth ๐ŸŒ that Some Call Gaia EveryBody

        …๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™…

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    • Rivergirl 7:19 am on April 6, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Old Ethel sure could belt out a tune.
      If only we could harness that power for good. The world needs more goodโ€ฆ

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      • mistermuse 7:54 am on April 6, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        The world needs more good….but instead,
        Despots feed on greed, and it goes to their head.

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    • annieasksyou 10:46 pm on April 6, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      It would be great if all would abhor
      The despicable human turn to war!

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    • mistermuse 11:52 pm on April 6, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Indeed. What more is there to say
      Except we can’t let evil have its way.

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    • Elizabeth 2:29 pm on April 7, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I like everything about the songs you shared. I like nothing about the war in Ukraine. I feel that I can’t do anything about it.

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    • snakesinthegrass2014 3:05 pm on April 7, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Ethel Merman played at JFK’s inaugural gala? That’s so funny now, what with her camp reputation. I love it! – Marty

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      • mistermuse 5:46 pm on April 7, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t remember her so much for a camp reputation as for her loud, brassy singing style, which stood out like a roar in the crowd of pop vocalists back in the day. The “funny” thing to me is that she was a Republican performing at a Democratic gala. It’s hard to imagine that happening today.

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        • snakesinthegrass2014 5:49 pm on April 7, 2022 Permalink

          Indeed. It wouldnโ€™t for sure.

          A friend of mine gifted me her disco album as a joke once. Wish I still had it. ๐Ÿ˜†

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    • Mr. Ohh's Sideways View 10:30 pm on April 9, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Some great tunes especially Everything happens to me I haven’t heard that in a long while
      ;;
      ;;
      Find a reason to laugh

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