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  • mistermuse 9:20 pm on July 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Age before beauty, , , , ,   

    PRIME RHYME, NO FIB (AND THAT’S THE RIB) 

    How about something I’ve not done for some time:
    Post a post so sublime, it don’t do nothing but rhyme.
    If I chose prose that’s verbose — longer than a rose is not a nose —
    What woes ‘twould expose, such that who knows how big it grows?

    Thus I propose, pun in hand, to avoid overflows
    And sink to new lows, to the confusion of my foes.
    So, friends, meat my poems that may stop on a dime;
    Just remember this tickler: not all ribs are prime.

    I WILL ONLY STOOP SO LOW

    I don’t do windows;
    I don’t do lawns —
    But when I doo-doo,
    I do do johns.

    AGE BE FOR BEAUTY

    Bald is beautiful —
    Or, so they say —
    But my head is only
    Bald half-way.

    Thus, I look forward,
    The more I age,
    To looking better
    At every stage.

    POST MORT ‘EM

    The world, it go to pot;
    Life literate is shot.
    O, woe is my bon mot….
    Bon mort, and thanks a lot!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
  • mistermuse 8:43 am on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: beacon of hope, , , David Niven, , , , ,   

    WAR GAMES 

    “War is nothing more than a catalogue of mistakes and misfortunes.” –Winston Churchill

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    It’s funny– well, not literally funny — how one thing can lead unexpectedly to another. I’m half-way through another biography….but, unlike the others I’ve been reading recently, this one has led to the sort of post I didn’t anticipate writing when I began reading it.

    Its title is THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOON (A BIOGRAPHY OF DAVID NIVEN) by Sheridan Morley. NIVEN (1910-83), as you may know, was an American actor who was born/raised in England and came to the U.S. in 1932. When WW II broke out in Europe, he returned to England to serve in the military. In 1941 he wrote a letter to a fellow British-born actor friend back in Hollywood, part of which I quote here from the book:

    Thank God we have now got a real government and in Churchill a real leader at last, but there is going to be a little scalp-hunting when the smoke has cleared off the battlefields. I am unimportant, but besides cousins and relations, I have now lost practically all my old friends, and all in the past few weeks….they need never have been sacrificed if the people then at the top had been doing their jobs as well as they said they were doing them [emphasis mine].

    Sound familiar? Today, with the corona virus, we have a different kind of world war, but the same (and even more lame) kind of sophistry, gas-baggery, and incompetence resulting in unnecessary casualties:

    https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=trump+coronavirus+down+to+zero&docid=607986001098770809&mid=730D607688499A94FB45730D607688499A94FB45&view=detail&FORM=VIRE

    And so I ask you: How on earth does the most morally corrupt President in U.S. history not belong behind bars or in a mental institution rather than in the White House? How is it, after 3 1/2 years of reigning the swamp, that roughly 40% of the American people either cannot, or will not, see through this pathetic con man of a President — a President who thinks he is not only above the law, but thinks he IS the law, who tries to subvert the law to his own ends? Are his supporters deaf, dumb and blind….or simply incapable/too much in denial to look behind the curtain and see that the mighty Oz is the very hoax he labels all that exposes him?

    Come November 3, we must turn from the dark side to the other side of the moon, or America will have surrendered all claim to being the “beacon of hope” for the world.

     

     
    • Rivergirl 8:51 am on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I have no answers. His appeal to the right, and their unwavering support of him is mystifying.

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    • equipsblog 9:00 am on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Amen. I agree with what Rivergril said.

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    • BACK ROADS AND OTHER STORIES 10:12 am on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      It’s mind boggling how this can go on for so long. I hope November will bring change!

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger 11:51 am on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Hi. Many times on your blog I’ve slammed Trump. I once said this, and it remains true: Trump is an enemy of democracy. Ditto for anybody who supports him.

      Neil Scheinin

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      • mistermuse 5:18 pm on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        It is to the Senate Republicans’ shame that it took this pandemic — and thousands of lives — to bring Trump down (assuming he is defeated Nov. 3). If they had voted to impeach him when they had the chance, Pence would probably have become President and, as a former governor, would likely have been more inclined to listen to the states pleas for federal help. Or not.

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        • Yeah, Another Blogger 6:06 pm on July 6, 2020 Permalink

          Here’s the thing: Trump is evil. This was obvious to me way before he took office. If he wins in November, he will do far more damage in his second term than he already has.

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        • mistermuse 10:53 pm on July 6, 2020 Permalink

          I agree. It was obvious when he was just one of many Republicans running for the nomination that he was evil. More recently, it has become obvious that he is a mental case: a bad man and a mad man rolled into one. God (or fate) help us.

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    • pendantry 12:15 pm on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      One thing I find mighty peculiar is that every post about Trump that I read on WordPress has much the same to say about this obnoxious, egotistical, narcissistic windbag, yet he clearly has many supporters. I guess that there are very few, if any, of his followers on this platform… but that would seem odd.

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      • mistermuse 5:53 pm on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Maybe Trump’s followers have too limited a vocabulary for WordPress. They’re more accustomed to the grade school bombast of Trump on Twitter.

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        • pendantry 5:59 pm on July 6, 2020 Permalink

          … I nearly said something like that (but more acerbic)… but restrained myself.

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    • Paulie 1:25 pm on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Trump certainly BELONGS behind bars but the system failed. I guess that the framers never saw it coming; a Senate that would, in a brazen act of partisan politics, essentially abdicate it’s responsibility when it came to an impeachment trial. As for the 25th amendment, the reverend Mike Pence would no more move to declare Trump incapable than he would covet his neighbor’s wife.

      As it stands now, the system is too cumbersome and too dependent on politics and will never, ever be changed. I would be shocked to see a new amendment during my lifetime but there has to be some mechanism introduced that can address the crisis of an incompetent president.

      As for the 40%, I’ve stopped trying to figure it out. In 2017 I read three books to try and gain some understanding as to why people voted for Trump and I suppose that I did gain some small insight. Why Trump still has any support beyond 10% (because we’ll never rid ourselves of the tinfoil hat faction) is completely beyond me. I guess I’ll never know because I’ve cut ties with anyone who supports Trump. That’s with the exception of some cousins and I simply don’t discuss it with them.

      In any other occupation, Trump would be fired for failing to do his job and/or creating a hostile work environment.

      Right now we are limping towards January and god knows what Trump will do between November and January as a lame brain (er duck) president.

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      • mistermuse 6:03 pm on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I see that Trump’s approval rating is now down to 37% in one poll (Gallup, if I recall correctly). Some of that 40% is apparently starting to erode, but I’m not counting my trends before they’re matched (by other polls)..

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 3:59 pm on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      As I see it, our minds are very malleable, making us easy prey for those who seek to manipulate and control our beliefs and behavior. We are all susceptible. We are all under mind control of some form or the other, for example, think of our consumption habits. Our 45th president has successfully managed to capture and hold a particular mindset among us.

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      • mistermuse 6:43 pm on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I think that is true in one sense, Rosaliene, but only to the point (for many of us) where minds become made up and set in concrete for the rest of our lives (like Trump). Meaningful malleability requires an openness to (and weighing of) challenges to what we have been indoctrinated or conditioned to believe….which, I suppose, is just a fancy way of describing GROWTH or MATURITY. All I know is I’m not the same person I was in my 20s and 30s — but that’s another story for another day.

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    • obbverse 4:33 pm on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      His followers are deaf dumb and blind. Even worse, wilfully pig-headedly so.

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      • mistermuse 5:31 pm on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I like your your word “pig-headedly” — between that and “gas-baggery” in my post, we may be starting a whole new lexicon-ery.

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    • Elizabeth 5:11 pm on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Gov. Cuomo today appropriately called him out for enabling the pandemic. That sadly is too true.

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      • mistermuse 5:35 pm on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Gov. Cuomo is almost as good at ‘telling it like it is’ as Trump is at telling it like it isn’t.

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        • Elizabeth 5:36 pm on July 6, 2020 Permalink

          He just flat out said “Trump lies.” Very refreshing compared to the toadies around Trump.

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    • calmkate 6:53 pm on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      If British incompetency lost a few of Nivens family … we wont try to count the number of Aussies they slaughtered! Landing them in the wrong place eg Gallipoli, etc … we were sent in first sheep to the slaughter …

      He says what they want to hear and fear renders them deaf dumb and blind …

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      • mistermuse 11:29 pm on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        When I was growing up, American (and I assume British) history books were written as if our political and military leaders were almost uniformly great and noble figures and our countries acted in good faith in almost all cases. Hopefully we’ve learned our lesson and Trump will go down in history as the worst of the worst.

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        • calmkate 3:41 am on July 7, 2020 Permalink

          lol all our history books need rewriting, massive correction … let’s see how your election goes …

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    • masercot 12:43 pm on July 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Niven wrote a book called “The Moon’s a Balloon”. What is it with him and the Moon and Balloons?

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      • mistermuse 7:03 pm on July 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Niven’s 1971 memoir THE MOON’S A BALLOON was originally to be titled THREE SIDES OF A SQUARE, but was changed due to a title conflict….and the biography THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOON was written after Niven’s death. The only other “moon” connection with Niven I’m aware of is his role in the 1953 film THE MOON IS BLUE, which was considered so risqué at the time that it was refused the seal of approval by the Motion Picture Production Code. I haven’t finished reading the biography, so perhaps there is more ‘moonshine still’ to be uncovered.

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    • mlrover 6:30 am on July 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Haven’t heard about the “Moon” book but read Niven’s Bring on the Empty Horses years ago. I respected him for going home to fight for his country, unlike John Wayne, who wriggled out of the war and later showed his disloyalty to his colleagues by promoting McCarthy. It’s one of those ironic instances when a coward and a gasbag was made into an American hero. A friend of mine made a movie with him and had his heart broken when he discovered the “true” Wayne.
      On another note, I LOVE gasbaggery!

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    • mistermuse 8:51 am on July 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      One of the reasons I like biographies and autobiographies is that that they often reveal another side of famous contemporaries the writer knew. Of course, it’s prudent to be aware that opinions of others are only as good as the character and judgment of the writer (who, for example, would believe anything Trump says, good or bad, about anyone?).

      I appreciate that you love “gasbaggery.” That helps me feel better about the dreadful “moonshine still” that I pun-ished masercot with in my reply to his comment. 😉

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  • mistermuse 1:42 am on July 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Follow The Rainbow, ,   

    THE RAINBOW MAN 

    A few weeks ago, I saw a post (on a blog I don’t recall) with a photo of a rare double rainbow. Today, out of the blue, that image came to mind as I was perusing a biography of lyricist E. Y. Harburg of OVER THE RAINBOW fame, who also wrote the score for the 1968 film FINIAN’S RAINBOW….and I thought, now that’s a double rainbow if I ever heard one.

    Everyone knows OVER THE RAINBOW (from The Wizard Of Oz), but how many of you remember FINIAN’S RAINBOW starring Fred Astaire in his last musical at the age of 69? Here is the “Rainbow” song from that film:

    And here he is singing and dancing to one of the film’s definitive songs, WHEN THE IDLE POOR BECOME THE IDLE RICH:

    I say “definitive” because it’s a reflection of E. Y. Harburg’s very liberal leanings, as exemplified in these lyrics from the song:

    When a rich man doesn’t want to work,
    He’s a bon vivant
    Yes, he’s a bon vivant
    But when a poor man doesn’t want to work.
    He’s a loafer, he’s a lounger,
    He’s a lazy good for nothing,
    He’s a jerk.

    If Harburg were alive today, I have no doubt that he would appreciate the ‘music’ of another Rainbow man, name of Randy:

    Yes, friends, let us look to November 3 and the rainbow following the dark storm of the Trump presidency.

     

     
    • obbverse 3:39 am on July 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Julie Andrews will never sound the same thanks to that son of the bleach.

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      • mistermuse 7:49 am on July 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        😉

        The whole country will never be the same if that son of a bleach is reelected. We’ll be lucky if we recover even if he’s defeated.

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    • calmkate 5:10 am on July 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      my photo, my blog MrM … glad I inspired such a cheery colourful post 🙂

      Those conflicting terms are strong for the male/female divide too … a man is assertive but a woman bossy, etc etc ..

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    • calmkate 5:14 am on July 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      that last one is priceless, thanks for the share!

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    • Rivergirl 7:20 am on July 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Me! It was me! I had a double rainbow in the backyard and will happily accept credit for this post.

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      • mistermuse 8:06 am on July 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Judging by calmkate’s first comment above, Rg, you may have to share the honors with her (although I do now remember your double rainbow post as being my ‘inspiration’ — thanks for the reminder). 😉

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    • masercot 7:59 am on July 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      With a little bit of luck, they’ll go out and start supPORTING YOUUUUUUUU!

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    • tubularsock 12:57 pm on July 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Let us not forget whose policies helped elect the Dump!

      Obummer and Killery!

      Now it is a race between an empty box and an orange turd!

      Either way we’re dead meat! A race to the bottom.

      At least Randy Rainbow makes Tubularsock laugh on the ride down!

      Cheers.

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      • mistermuse 3:35 pm on July 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Drawing an equivalence between “the Dump” and “Obummer” strikes me as a bit of a stretch, but I guess that’s what tubular socks do. In any case, we agree on Randy Rainbow, and alliances have been forged on matters of far less understanding in common.

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    • magickmermaid 1:40 pm on July 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      With a little bit of luck the dubious Dr will drink his own cure. 😀

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 4:01 pm on July 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Randy Rainbow gets right to the issue in his most delightful way 🙂

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    • annieasksyou 6:31 pm on July 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      This was such a romp. My sister played in a local production of Finian’s Rainbow when we were young, so I was forced to learn every word. I love the words and music, and Fred Astaire could elevate any scene.
      I liked your pointing out Harburg’s message—also that the cast wasn’t lily white.
      I think we should all declare the evil one irrelevant and just ignore him while we work like hell to overcome all the shenanigans designed to disrupt our reclaiming our democracy.

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      • mistermuse 10:42 pm on July 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Annie. In addition to being a superb wordsmith, E.Y. (Yip) Harburg was undoubtedly the most liberal lyricist of the Golden Age of Popular music. If interested in reading his biography (the one I mentioned in my post), the title is WHO PUT THE RAINBOW IN THE WIZARD OF OZ? by Harold Meyerson and Ernie Harburg (Yip’s son).

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      • mistermuse 11:17 pm on July 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        NOTE: Because of what I consider a vulgar rant (since deleted) by a commenter to this post, I have chosen to change my settings to require approval by me of all future comments. This means that comments will no longer appear immediately. However, be assured that this is no reflection on my regular valued followers. It means only that life is too short to take part in diatribes which bring heat but no light to the matter at hand. This is MY blog, after all, and my standards apply. I hardly need add that that commenter is free to run his blog as he sees fit.

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      • Catherine Haustein 1:14 am on July 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I saw a production when I was in grade school and adored the show. Great music and message.

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        • mistermuse 7:32 am on July 2, 2020 Permalink

          I agree, Catherine. You seldom, if ever, see FINIAN’S RAINBOW included among the best movie musicals of all time, but I think it rates at least in the top 40 or 50.

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    • annieasksyou 10:57 pm on July 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks.
      Speaking of liberals, I wrote a tweet to Rob Reiner, who had written that he was heartbroken over his father’s death. Someone put up a photo of Carl, his daughter (Annie, it so happens), and Mel Brooks wearing Black Lives Matter t-shirts just last week. There was also a video Carl had made urging everyone to vote in 2018, very fiery, and concluding that he just hopes he’ll be around in 2020 to vote the unmentionable one out. So I plan to dedicate my vote to Carl Reiner in November.

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    • mistermuse 12:59 pm on July 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Great comment, Annie. My memory of Carl goes back to Sid Caesar’s YOUR SHOW OF SHOWS in the early 50s. Those were the days, my friend!

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    • Silver Screenings 3:36 pm on July 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve never even heard of Finian’s Rainbow before, and I call myself a Fred Astaire fan – sheesh! I need to see this one, just because.

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      • mistermuse 5:55 pm on July 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Yip Harburg conceived and cowrote the book (as well as wrote the lyrics) for FINIAN’S RAINBOW, which opened on Broadway in 1947 and ran for 725 performances before being made into a movie in 1968. His son, Ernie Harburg, calls it “Yip’s most complex and fully realized achievement.”

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    • arekhill1 1:22 pm on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I often wonder whether I’ll be able to write harmless humor again when Trump is gone, Sr. Muse, but I fear Randy Rainbow will be clean out of a job.

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    • mistermuse 3:03 pm on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I have faith in you to keep after the cowering inferno of Trump as a loser, Ricardo. Megalomaniacs do not go softly into that good night, so until he ends up in a padded cell where he belongs, I’m sure he’ll provide continuing fodder for skewering by you and Randy.

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  • mistermuse 7:30 am on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: A Handful Of Stars, , , The 5th Dimension, The Age of Aquarius, The Starlit Hour, The Stars Will Remember, Vera Lynn, vocalists,   

    LEFTOVER STARS 

    A lot of stars have flown over the bridge since my last stars turn (June 8), which I abandoned mid-post, and which was to be continued when browsers no longer go on the blink and Jupiter aligns with Mars — like, maybe after the dawning of the….

    With so much happening in our wayward world, you’re forgiven if you’ve forgotten my intention to follow up. But that doesn’t mean you’re spared these leftovers — because it dawned on me even back then that….

    Speaking of remembering, I’d like to note the passing eight days ago of Vera Lynn at age 103. I know of no more popular English female vocalist, especially during WW II when she toured Egypt, India, and Burma entertaining British troops, who named her their favorite musical artist. A brilliant new star shines in the heavens this month.

    You may have gathered by now, friends, that the Firefox fix is finally in. Actually (and unbelievably), as I was preparing this post yesterday, I stumbled upon a way to copy music videos to my blog — so, between today’s fix and yesterday’s good fortune (my technological ignorance notwithstanding), I’m feeling so sky high, I could reach up and grab….

    With a shout out of appreciation to those readers who offered possible solutions to my tech problems, I’ll close out this series of star songs with THE star female vocalist of the 20th century:

     
    • Rivergirl 7:40 am on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Glad it’s finally fixed on your end. Sadly two of the three videos were unavailable to me. Computers are a strange thing…

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      • mistermuse 7:56 am on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Rg. Actually, I posted four videos: AGE OF AQUARIUS, THE STARS WILL REMEMBER, A HANDFUL OF STARS, and THE STARLIT HOUR. Hopefully, the unavailable (to you) videos will appear when my daughter completes her “fix” later today.

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      • calmkate 8:28 am on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        all four worked fine for me, they took a while to start but all good!

        Fancy making it to 103, what a legend ❤

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        • mistermuse 10:51 am on June 27, 2020 Permalink

          Thanks for advising me that all four worked for you — it’s a relief to know that the ‘no-shows’ aren’t no-shows universally!

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        • calmkate 6:41 pm on June 27, 2020 Permalink

          no occasionally I’m block from videos on d’Verse poetry site but yours always seem to work fine!

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    • calmkate 8:24 am on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      oh joy of joy, you sound like the MrM I know … all done and dusted!

      You’ve not only conquered the technology challenges you’ve also brought back some lovely memories with this collection 🙂

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      • mistermuse 11:33 am on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Sorry to temper your joy, Kate, but any “high” I’m on now is strictly short term as long as Trump is Pres..When he goes, we can all thank our lucky stars!

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        • calmkate 6:44 pm on June 27, 2020 Permalink

          we don’t even live there but will feel the same relief … if he stays we will all be trembling in fear!

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger 9:25 am on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Firefox to the rescue!

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      • mistermuse 11:44 am on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I managed to solve my video clip issue yesterday, but that was only one of my problems. Hopefully the Firefox installation today will “rescue” me from the rest of them.

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    • magickmermaid 1:44 pm on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      All the videos worked for me! My grandmother’s favourite stars were Tony Martin and Tyrone Power. 🙂
      I’m wishing on a star that all your internet troubles will be gone today! 🙂

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      • mistermuse 3:08 pm on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Many thanks, mm. I haven’t forgotten your 6/21 comment regarding my “Like” problem, which I said I’d pass on to my daughter when she came to install Foxfire. She’s working on something else at present, but I’ll show it to her later to see if it can help me. Hopefully, by the end of the day, my internet troubles will indeed be gone! .

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        • magickmermaid 4:47 pm on June 27, 2020 Permalink

          The “like” problem was happening to me until I worked out what the problem was.
          Soon you can be over the moon that all your stars are aligned. 🙂

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        • mistermuse 5:36 pm on June 27, 2020 Permalink

          The “fix” is in, and so far, so good — “Like” is working on replies to my comments on various blogs. My daughter said your 6/21 suggestions are incorporated in Firefox, so she didn’t need to do anything extra. It’s all Greek to me, so I’ll take her word for it!

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 2:15 pm on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      So happy that you’re back among the stars once again! I was happily able to listen to all four of your video clips. Nostalgia of my father who had records of your featured singers in his large musical collection.

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      • mistermuse 3:16 pm on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I appreciate that, Rosaliene. I too once had a large musical collection including thousands of 78s, but had to sell that part of it and am left with hundreds of LPs. No doubt your father and I would’ve had a ball if we could have checked out each other’s collections!

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    • obbverse 5:02 pm on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      All four played, no problems. Hope the Firefox fix sticks.

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    • annieasksyou 10:06 am on June 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      So how is it that Firefox is your friend and not mine? Can you tell me how you grabbed those videos bc I now can’t do it with the sly singed one.

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      • mistermuse 1:12 pm on June 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        The easiestt way is still the way I “stumbled” upon (as mentioned in my post) the day BEFORE Firefox was installed, which is to bring up the Youtube video you want to use, go to the URL in the address bar at the very top, then copy and paste as you would anything else you want to copy and paste. It’s so simple that I can’t believe I didn’t think of it before!

        I hope this works for you as well as it works for me.

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    • masercot 11:13 am on June 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Believe it or not, my son and I were talking about Vera Lynn just last night. We were watching Pink Floyd’s The Wall. We both know a lot of her music and about her life.

      Synchronicity…

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      • mistermuse 12:02 pm on June 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for your comment. Although I’ve long liked Vera Lynn’s voice, i didn’t know much about her until I was putting this post together and learned of her recent death….which led me to Wikipedia to learn more. I think she was under-appreciated in the U.S., despite her popularity in England.

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    • annieasksyou 1:58 pm on June 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t want to take up more of your time with this browser stuff, but that was and is precisely what I do with Safari, but freakin’FF won’t comply. So I guess I shall have to remain bibrowsual. No need to respond; there are worse things in life.

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      • mistermuse 2:54 pm on June 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t mind responding again, Annie. If anyone knows it often takes two or more times to ‘get the job done,’ it’s me!

        In any case, here’s how my daughter told me to do it on Firefox: Bring up the music video you want to copy and, after starting to play it, right-click on the right hand side of the clip, which brings up a menu. Left-click the 4th item down, which is “Copy embedded code,” and you’re ready to paste the clip unto your post. I tried it once and it worked, so now I have my choice of two ways to post videos.

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    • dunnasead.co 10:10 am on June 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      sometimes you hear such a beauty of voice you just want to listen, irregardless of what the orchestra, arrangements, tap dancers etc are doing. you are focused. this is focus music. thanks.

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      • mistermuse 11:00 am on June 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Well said. No doubt the orchestral accompaniments to the Vera Lynn and Tony Martin vocals sound hoary to modern ears, but the “beauty of voice” is timeless.

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    • America On Coffee 12:24 am on June 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Hello Mistermuse, video does not sow. Vera Lynn has the same occupation simultaneously, as did Edith Piaf!. Cheers and well wishes for a great Summer!💕☕️☕️

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    • mistermuse 12:56 am on June 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry about the video not showing, AOC. Most of the previous commenters have reported being able to see all four videos, so the problem is apparently at your end. Hope you were able to view the other three.

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  • mistermuse 1:00 am on June 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: actors, , , book rview, , , , , , ,   

    THE FIX IS OFF (for now) 

    Something has come up to postpone my out-of-town daughter’s Father’s Day visit until the following weekend ….so my browser problem will remain on hold, and without resolution, until the (offspring’s) fix is in. Meanwhile, back at the rant, I’ve finished reading the outspoken CARROLL O’CONNOR’s autobiography wherein he vents about many things. So, to fill in, let’s take up where my last post left off. After all, it’s All In The Family.

    O’Connor had a very varied pre-Archie Bunker life. Like many in their early adult years, he couldn’t find his niche. “I could not shake off a feeling of foolishnessa man of 26 plodding through the days and months with no plan, no answer for anyone who might ask “What are you going to do with yourself?” The eventual answer, after many dead-end turns, turned out to be acting….and, finally, stardom (which came with an Archie Bunker mentality).

    I — no doubt like most who read autobiographies — do so primarily to learn more about the author, his/her life and times. But I’ll also admit to the guilty pleasure of learning what the author thought of well-known contemporaries — in fact, such opinions may offer insights into other personalities and professions, which broaden (for better or worse) what I thought I knew about them. So, what were O’Connor’s impressions of….

    JOHN WAYNE: “He perceived America as the preeminent hero-nation, virtually a land of heroes in which he himself felt heroic (and actually was, as I knew him) and infused that perception into all his roles as naturally as if it were one of the primary  emotions.”

    JEAN STAPLETON: “Jean’s idea of Edith Bunker was not only original and perfectly suited to the American audience, but very comical and emotionally moving. If ever anything on television changed the country, not radically, not even obviously, it was the performance of Jean and the example of Edith. Did our series effectively attack bigotry and racism? We thought so at the time –”

    HARRY TRUMAN: “Nobody expected Truman to take part in a Korean civil war, if one should begin. His military chiefs had no battle plan; on the contrary, they had a plan for getting out of the way — withdrawing to Japan. I thought Truman was totally wrong — his political vision faulty, his practical leadership unintelligent, his moral justification false. For me, the issue of morality in war– whether or not it is a “just war” — turns on the question of choice. When you wage war because you have no choice you are acting justly. But when you have a reasonable choice and choose to wage war, you can’t call your war just.”

    MOVIE WRITERS, “though marvelously reliable in inventing space creatures — shriveled humanoids and hugely swollen insects — are unreliable in depicting intelligent life on earth.”

    AGENTS “are generally shrewd, knowing, clever people; good company, good friends. They have made my career; they make all careers; they are the most important people in the business.”

    ACTORS: “I shall never forget my first professional play rehearsal at The Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, in the spring of 1951 — the immediate cordiality of my new friends the actors: they greeted me like an intimate. Now after all these years I am still unfailingly comforted, encouraged and elated in the company of actors. There is something about the work these dear neurotics do, investigating every kind of human character, that  develops in them an extraordinary tolerance, forgiveness and good humor. I commend their company even to normal folk.”

    ….and I commend this book of Carroll’s to you.

     
    • waywardsparkles 1:50 am on June 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Those were the days watching All in the Family, The Jeffersons, and Maude! Ya know, I can’t remember a single episode of any of them; but I loved how Archie continued to open up as the show went on. Wait a minute, do you remember the episode when Archie had to get a transfusion? I do remember that episode. That was genius! Thanks for sharing about Carroll O’Connor’s autobiography, MM. Mona

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      • mistermuse 7:42 am on June 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I vaguely remember that episode, Mona, but like you, I mainly remember the series in general, as a whole, not for individual programs. The same, I think, applies to MASH, although re-runs appear regularly on local TV and refresh memories of specific episodes much more readily.

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    • blindzanygirl 2:42 am on June 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Aww. Sad your fix is off. But this is a very interesting post

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    • calmkate 2:56 am on June 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      sorry your daughter is delayed, but she will get there!

      So JW was just being himself, explains why he was monotonously the same in everything he appeared in … Carroll’s shares some good insights, particularly about war! Thanks for the review 🙂

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      • mistermuse 7:56 am on June 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Kate. I have several dozen biographies/autobiographies on my bookshelves, and O’Connor’s is one of the best.

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    • obbverse 4:03 am on June 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Don’t panic! Help sounds like its on the way. Autobiographies seem to become more interesting the older we get. Something to do with the human condition, or trying to understand it.

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      • mistermuse 8:08 am on June 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I agree, o.v. The ‘search’ for understanding is never-ending (until the end), but to paraphrase an old saying, “’tis better to have searched and come up short than never to have searched at all.”

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    • Carmen 6:44 am on June 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      That book sound very interesting — what a character! Hope you get your fix soon, mister muse! 🙂

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      • mistermuse 8:57 am on June 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I hope so too, Carmen. The problems are getting worse (for example, my computer is increasingly ‘freezing’ on me — usually in the middle of writing a post or comment — requiring that I shut down and re-start). I wonder if it would help if I put my computer outside in the hot weather? 😉

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    • Rivergirl 7:15 am on June 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      People always think of Archie when they think of O’Connor, but he really was so much more.

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      • mistermuse 9:19 am on June 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Absolutely, Rg. If he were still alive today, it’s not hard to imagine Archie supporting King Trump and O’Connor railing against him as the emperor who has no clothes.

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    • Don Ostertag 10:44 pm on June 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I spent a week at Leonard Nimoy’s house which was across the street from O’Connor’s. That entire week, Carroll O’Connor cut his grass. He would finish with the lawn and start over again. I wanted to go and meet him, I heard he was a kind and intelligent person, but I never had the time. The Nimoys said he was a great neighbor.

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      • mistermuse 12:42 am on June 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Very interesting. The Nimoys must have had the fast growing grass in town. I mow my lawn once a year whether it needs it or not. 😉

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        • Don Ostertag 1:17 am on June 20, 2020 Permalink

          Not the Nimoy’s lawn.., It was Carroll O’Connor cutting the O’Connor lawn.

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        • mistermuse 7:47 am on June 20, 2020 Permalink

          Thanks for the clarification — I took “cut his grass” to mean that, because he was “a great neighbor,” O’Connor cut Nimoy’s lawn while Nimoy was away for a week. Out of even lesser misunderstandings, yards have been known to turn into battlefields!

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    • annieasksyou 12:01 am on June 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Interesting, mistermuse—especially O’Connor’s takes on Truman and John Wayne. Did he say why he felt Wayne was heroic?

      I don’t think computers like hot weather one whit, but I’m perhaps a tad more tech-adept than you, based on your description, so don’t byte a single bit of info I provide.
      Enjoy Father’s Day. Is this an actual —as opposed to virtual—visit?

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      • mistermuse 8:16 am on June 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        When he knew Wayne, O’Connor wasn’t as liberal as he later became, so I assume that was how he felt then, before he ‘matured.’

        My daughter’s visit will be “actual” in order to install a new browser, as I am virtually blogging “up a creek without a paddle” on my outdated browser (at least, I assume that’s the cause of the problems I’m having — if not, I’m thinking of drowning my sorrow, and I don’t mean in the creek).

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    • annieasksyou 9:21 am on June 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I hope your daughter rescues you forthwith. If not, I assume you mean drowning your sorrow in a “spirited” manner, to which I say “bottoms up.”
      I switched from Safari to Firefox at WP’s suggestion, only to learn that Firefox, for reasons I can’t comprehend, will not let me grab images the way Safari does. So I do my image search with Safari and my writing with Firefox. I am way beyond creek depth now with no daughter available to paddle me to safe land. Best of luck!

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      • mistermuse 2:18 pm on June 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        It so happens that my daughter plans to switch me to Firefox. Before she does, I’ll bring your experience to her attention. She’s the head computer technician at the university where she works, but she doesn’t blog, so she may not be familiar with the idiosyncrasies of the various browsers when it comes to blogging. Thanks for the ‘heads-up.’

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    • annieasksyou 2:35 pm on June 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      You’re welcome. It happened to me with Google Advanced Image Search, which I use a lot, and with YouTube. But maybe your daughter the pro will be able to show you how to overcome my problem. And then maybe you can tell me!

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    • magickmermaid 5:20 pm on June 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I hope you are having a nice Father’s Day!
      There was a Microsoft update this past week in which the new version of the Edge browser was installed. Much to my surprise it’s super-fast!
      I forgot to mention something regarding the “like” problem. If you have your Enhanced Tracker Setting for your browser set for “custom” or “strict”, that prevents “liking” on certain blogs. Just click on the shield icon in the address bar and you can uncheck the tracking. You will then be able to “like”. 🙂

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      • mistermuse 6:08 pm on June 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks. I AM having a nice Father’s Day — made all the nicer by my neighbor mowing my lawn this weekend (he is the father of the (no longer) little girl my wife and I took care of years ago while he and his wife worked). Now that’s what I call a good neighbor!

        P.S. I will pass your tip on to my daughter next weekend when she installs a new browser, as I will not be publishing any more posts until then.

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    • josephurban 3:57 pm on June 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Nice article. If you like autobiographies I suggest the Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant. I am currently reading it after watching a History Channel 3 part series on Grant. Fascinating.

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    • Silver Screenings 3:23 pm on July 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      This looks like a truly interesting, well-written book with lots of insight. I think I need to find a copy.

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    • mistermuse 5:42 pm on July 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t think you’ll be disappointed, SS. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked the book.

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  • mistermuse 8:12 pm on June 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , bigotry, , , the Constitution, woman's intuition   

    IT’S ALL IN THE (HUMAN) FAMILY 

    Surprise, surprise. I’m back before Father’s Day — not because my browser problem has magically been resolved (or resolved itself), but because what I want to share in this post doesn’t require video clips unavailable to me until the “Father’s Day fix” previously delineated.

    Those of you old enough to remember the 1970’s TV sitcom ALL IN THE FAMILY will undoubtedly recall the name Carroll O’Connor, who played the role of bigoted Archie Bunker in that top-rated series:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carroll_O%27Connor

    Ironically, as I began this post this afternoon, I didn’t realize that O’Connor died 19 years ago on June 21, which happens to be Father’s Day (the day I wrongly thought I’d resume blogging). Earlier today, again by happenstance, I’d started reading his autobiography (titled I THINK I’M OUTTA HERE, which I’ve owned for some time), and realized that this was an articulate man who had much to say and said it well. So, to make a wrong story short, some of what he had to say is what I want to share, because it’s even more relevant today :

    “Ruminating in later years on how nations have come under the control of haters and fools, I began to understand that it was only the brilliant foresight of the men who made the Constitution — that insistent clutch of intellectuals, not the ordinary mob of “good” people we praise so fulsomely — [who] prevented the most evil traditions of Europe from flourishing three centuries ago on these helpless shores, already defiled by slavery. And yet even so, the ordinary good people have retained their private benighted beliefs [which] have sickened the life of the country.”

    “I take women very seriously, far more seriously than most men take them, or than I take most men. If a woman disapproves of what I’m doing, I worry, regardless of whether or not her reason makes complete sense to me. Woman’s intuition may be an ancient cliché, but I believe in it, respect it, and sometimes panic in the face of it.”

    “My grandfather, being rich, shared the view of the rich that if private enterprise thrives, so will its dependents, the ordinary people and the poor, except a segment of the poor known as the chronic poor. “Ah, the chronic poor!” exclaimed my father in mock lament. “The rich man looks at the chronic poor and recalls the words of the Lord that they will always be with us, which the rich man understands to mean that he needn’t worry about them.”

    The above quotes come from the book’s first 33 pages, which is as far as I’ve gotten so far.  On that basis alone, I recommend I THINK I’M OUTTA HERE….which, as it happens, is what I am.

     

     
    • D. Wallace Peach 9:13 pm on June 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      So interesting. He was a smart guy and ahead of his time compared to many Americans who still struggle with basic brain-function. 🙂

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    • obbverse 9:15 pm on June 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Oh Jeez…
      Very odd how a very liberal man portrayed such a bigoted conservative so well.

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      • mistermuse 9:55 pm on June 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I confess I didn’t know much about Carroll O’Connor before, but I must have heard that he wasn’t anything like the guy he portrayed on TV, or I wouldn’t have bought the book a few years ago. Now that I’ve started reading it, I’m glad I did.

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        • Totsymae 12:14 pm on June 14, 2020 Permalink

          Yes, I’d heard that he was a very nice guy and nothing like the Archie character. You have to think that during that time, there were so many informal ways to learn to be such a character as Archie since so many held those beliefs. If he were to play that same character today, he’d still have an accurate or similar portrayal, looking at the social climate now. He was such a natural, it didn’t seem rehearsed.

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        • mistermuse 8:53 pm on June 14, 2020 Permalink

          For some reason, Totsymae, I’m unable to “Like” your comment even though I like it (I’m sure that makes no sense to you, but take my word — regular readers of my blog know what I mean). In any case, I appreciate the comment.

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    • calmkate 2:00 am on June 13, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      well that gives testemony to his acting ability!

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    • Rivergirl 7:56 am on June 13, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      He will be forever associated with a bigot from Queens, but in reality was far from it.
      As for the quotes, all you men should panic in the face of our intuition.
      😉

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    • annieasksyou 4:32 pm on June 13, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I like this a lot, mistermuse. I do recall Archie Bunker’s arguments with his son-in-law, the liberal Meathead, played by Rob Reiner. They were all brilliant, especially Norman Lear, their creator, and I recall being encouraged by the program’s directness in addressing the prejudices that weren’t talked about then.
      Ok: here’s one for you. A few hours before reading this post. I released mine, in which I quoted a COVID-19 sniffing dog in an airport telling a traveler: “You’re outta here!” What are the odds…?

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      • mistermuse 6:24 pm on June 13, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Annie. Rob Reiner, as you no doubt know, is the son of Carl Reiner, who along with Sid Caesar was one of the stars of YOUR SHOW OF SHOWS and CAESAR’S HOUR, two of my favorite shows back in TV’s early years. I mention this because Sid (in his autobiography CAESAR’S HOURS) relates that “Carl would often bring his young son, Rob, to watch the show”….as if I needed a reminder that I am even older than Rob!

        I read your very interesting and informative post and left a Like but not a comment, which I hope you’ll forgive, as I didn’t feel as if I had anything interesting or informative to add (I haven’t owned a dog since boyhood, haven’t been in an airport since a trip to Ireland in 1984, and haven’t crossed a border since driving through western Canada to Alaska in 2001). In other words, I felt “outta the loop” relevant to your subject matter!

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    • Elizabeth 8:48 pm on June 13, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I had no idea that he was this sort of a man. I am sorry that I so easily confused the actor with the character he portrayed. Thanks for setting me straight.

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      • mistermuse 10:28 pm on June 13, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Some actors (like John Wayne) basically played themselves no matter what character they portrayed. Other actors (like Fredric March) were so good that they were completely believable as the character they played, no matter how different (if you saw him in INHERIT THE WIND and THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES, for example, you wouldn’t think it’s the same actor). Outside of ALL IN THE FAMILY, I haven’t seen enough of O’Connor to categorize him definitively, but obviously he didn’t play himself in that show….but, like you, I didn’t know that at the time.

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    • masercot 9:32 am on June 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Only a very good actor could play Archie Bunker and still be likeable enough for people to watch. Same with Jean Stapleton. They made it look easy.

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    • mistermuse 10:49 am on June 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’m further along in O’Connor’s autobiography, but still haven’t gotten to the Archie Bunker part, which should be very interesting (including what he has to say about Jean).

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    • annieasksyou 12:32 pm on June 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      mistermuse: of course I forgive you for not leaving a comment, and I appreciated the “like.” But Doggone it, there was some bad punning going on, and I wished you had pawsed long enough to add your two scents!

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    • mistermuse 3:03 pm on June 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I shouldn’t have said I haven’t owned a dog since boyhood, as I still own two….but in this hot weather, they stink so much when I take my shoes off that my wife has to put a clothespin on her nose and rub copious amounts of hand sanitizer on my feet. Now my love life has gone to the dogs and the rest of me is in the doghouse.

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    • annieasksyou 3:51 pm on June 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      TMI😉

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    • annieasksyou 6:56 pm on June 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Seismically, I’m sure!

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on June 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , I've Told Every Little Star, , , Old King Cole, , stars   

    A CONTINUATION OF STARS 

    “How far away the stars seem, how far our first kiss, and ah, how old my heart.” –William Butler Yeats

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    Since my last post (A CONSOLATION OF STARS), it occurred to me that the realm of the Golden Age of Popular Music begot a ‘title wave’ of Star songs — so why not give it its just due and do another post along similar lines? Then along comes the birthday (June 9, 1892) of fabled old king Cole Porter, and it further occurred to me that such a prolific composer must have written at least one serenade to the stars…..but none came to my mind. So I searched the night sky and found that he did indeed compose one — and only one — such song:

    I’m not so starry-eyed as to contend that the above song is Porter’s best love song — far from it — but it does serve to set the tableau, if you’ll pardon my French. So let us now turn to a song higher in the pantheon of great romantic songs, composed by the great team of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II:

    https://secondhandsongs.com/performance/128759

    I hadn’t intended to stop here, but I’ve come to a point where my outdated browser is causing problems beyond what my old head can handle (until my daughter does a Father’s Day fix). Looking back, a suspension of posting (pending a fix) was as inevitable as night follows day….or should I say: It Was Written In The Stars.

    “CONTINUATION” TO BE CONTINUED*

    *after the “fix” I’m in is fixed

     

     

     

     

     

     
    • calmkate 12:57 am on June 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      hey that’s two posts I didn’t expect 🙂

      and you are not able to click ‘like’ … I had noticed!

      So huge progress … we will expect masterpiece posts after Father’s Day 🙂

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      • mistermuse 7:08 am on June 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Huge progress in one area, huge regress in another, Kate. I started writing this post several days ago and was able to copy the “It Was Written In The Stars” video. Over the next few days, I tried unsuccessfully to copy additional “Stars” song clips, and each time my old browser wouldn’t let me — that’s why I couldn’t complete this post. My daughter assures me that the new browser she will install will solve the problem. If not, I’ll be (star) crossed as hell!

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        • calmkate 7:12 am on June 9, 2020 Permalink

          lol you will get there slowly but surely … no point in rushing these things MrM 🙂

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    • blindzanygirl 1:27 am on June 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I hope that your fix gets fixed. I’d be in a fix without you. Love the starry theme.

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      • mistermuse 7:19 am on June 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Lorraine. The stars at the top was a last-minute idea to ‘complete the picture’ which I probably wouldn’t have thought of if I’d been able to ‘complete the post’ as I’d intended, Glad you like/love it.

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        • blindzanygirl 7:51 am on June 9, 2020 Permalink

          I have a penchant for stars as may be obvious in some of my postings lol. Xx

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    • mlrover 7:47 am on June 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I LOVE Porter, but the first song that came to mind is Hogie’s Stardust.
      We all feel your pain when it comes to computer issues. Hang in.

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      • mistermuse 10:24 am on June 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I had Louis Armstrong’s rendition of STARDUST in my previous post. Of course, Hoagie wrote it (as well as recorded it), but Satchmo does it better than anyone, in my opinion.

        As for my computer issues, I’m counting on a new browser to resolve most of them. If it doesn’t, even my techie daughter may be stumped, leaving me up a tree.

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    • masercot 8:46 am on June 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Dream a Little Dream of Me

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      • mistermuse 10:54 am on June 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I know the song, which has “Stars” in the lyrics, but my continuation of this post after Father’s Day will stick to songs with Star(s) in the title, as there are many to choose from. Nevertheless, your comment leads me to think of doing a “Dream(s)” song post post-Stars, so, though I may not dream a little dream of you, I’ll probably include a little clip of it in a future post.

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    • tubularsock 11:50 am on June 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Ahhh, simpler times yet love was still complex. “And why haven’t I told you?”
      Most interesting to hear THAT sound again. Tubularsock is going to work on making a rap song out of it.
      (relax, just kidding!)

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      • mistermuse 12:38 pm on June 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I used to think love was complex until computers and the Internet came along. Now I think love is simple — it’s people and computers that are complex (which, I suppose, is why I’ll never understand why they do some of the things they do)..

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    • Elizabeth 5:30 pm on June 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      “Are the stars out tonight? I can’t tell if it’s cloudy or bright. Cause I only have eyes for you dear.” One of my dad’s favorites.

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      • mistermuse 5:51 pm on June 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Elizabeth, I Remember It Well (which, as you may know, is the title of a song from GIGI).

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    • magickmermaid 6:40 pm on June 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      You’re a star, Mister Muse! I wasn’t familiar with either of these songs. I like the second one the best. My house was built in 1928 so whenever I play one of the tunes you feature, I can just imagine the original owners dancing in the parlour. 🙂

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      • mistermuse 10:17 pm on June 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, mm, but I’m more like a dwarf star when it comes to technology. Assuming my daughter can get me back in the loop, I’ll be back SWINGING ON A STAR before you can say “Bing Crosby” (who sang that Academy Award winning song in the 1944 film GOING MY WAY).

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    • annieasksyou 8:00 pm on June 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Not sure how, but I wound up with a Bury Bacharach/Dionne Warwick multiplicities of pleasure, including What the World Needs Now (Is Love Sweet Love), which couldn’t be more true. So a serendipitous thank you for that! Best of luck with your new browser. Hope your experience is better than my switch, which doesn’t always let me pick up photos and videos. Anyway, you set a lovely tableau, mistermuse!

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      • annieasksyou 8:00 pm on June 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Obviously, Burt; sorry for graveyard typo.

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        • mistermuse 10:51 pm on June 9, 2020 Permalink

          Annie, your typo reminds me of what Mark Twain said when his obituary was mistakenly published: THE REPORTS OF MY DEATH ARE GREATLY EXAGGERATED. So I’m sure that any distress the typo may have caused Burt is greatly mitigated by virtue of now joining such esteemed company in premature burial. 😉

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    • Silver Screenings 3:15 pm on July 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve been listening to the music you’ve posted while catching up on blog reading. Your choices are a fabulous soundtrack for a Sunday.

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      • mistermuse 5:36 pm on July 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        One of the few advantages of growing old is that I know so many old songs, SS. The disadvantage of being old is that it’s getting harder to remember them all. 😉

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  • mistermuse 9:46 am on June 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    A CONSOLATION OF STARS 

    What with all the problems in this crazy world of ours, my fellow earthlings, is there consolation in knowing that my previously-posted problems don’t amount to a proverbial hill of beans by comparison? After all, everyone in Casablanca has problems — mine may work out:

    In fact, I think mine will work out — help is on the way (by beautiful way of my tech-angel daughter) on Father’s Day. But until then, I’ll seek my consolation in the Stardust of a song (or two):

    If we could clear the dust from our eyes, friends, aren’t we all more or less lost in the stars? Maybe most of us just don’t see it: little stars, BIG STARS, blowing through the night….and we’re lost out here in the stars….

     

     
    • Carmen 10:02 am on June 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Just wanted to add that I think you’re a ROCK star!! I’m looking after six of the grandchildren right now – I’ll get to hear the selections later, when I can relax and appreciate them! 🙂

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    • mistermuse 11:28 am on June 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      And you’re obviously a rock star of a grandma, Carmen….but looking after only six grandchildfren? Unless your children are hiding some, tell them to get back to work. Haven’t they heard that they’re….

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    • Don Ostertag 1:31 pm on June 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Great selections!

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      • waywardsparkles 3:47 pm on June 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Okay, I’m not used to this format, but here goes nutin’! Love Louis but I’ve never seen Casablanca. I KNOW!!! Myrna Loy is one of my all time favs, though, and I love Cheaper by the Dozen, both the book and the movie. It seems like there was a second book, too, maybe? Or am I remembering wrong? Anyway, in life, it’s all about the systems you have in place to deal with whatever you have to deal with. And a lot of luck! 🙂 Mona

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        • mistermuse 7:01 pm on June 5, 2020 Permalink

          Thanks for the comment. I’m not used to a lot of formats, so welcome to the club!
          Never seen Casablanca? You are indeed wayward! 😉
          As for Cheaper By The Dozen, I don’t know if there was a second book, but there was a sequel to the movie two years later called Belles On Their Toes. I think I saw it decades ago, but I don’t remember it, so either it’s not very memorable or I’m losing my memory.

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    • Rivergirl 2:05 pm on June 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Casablanca and Satchmo. It doesn’t get much better than that!

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      • mistermuse 2:58 pm on June 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Unsurpassed performances, an unsurpassed film, and unsurpassed music = “it doesn’t get much better than that.” 😉

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 2:37 pm on June 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      So glad that your beautiful tech-angel daughter is helping you to resolve your problems with WordPress 🙂 Enjoyed the Casablanca video clip.

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      • mistermuse 3:27 pm on June 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Rosaliene. That clip is a classic example of why Casablanca is one of the greatest films of all time: exquisite Dialogue, fine Acting, and superb Direction: a DAD for the ages — not unlike mistermuse, who is a well(?) aged dad.

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        • mistermuse 7:29 pm on June 4, 2020 Permalink

          I can’t believe it — all of a sudden, “Loading” has mysteriously disappeared and “Likes” have reappeared since the last time I was here a few hours ago. It’s a miracle (and I wasn’t even praying to the computer gods for one)!

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    • calmkate 7:46 pm on June 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      aha souds like you two might be each others biggest fans!

      First two clips were supremo, third one didn’t work … a dozen, his poor wife!

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    • mistermuse 10:18 pm on June 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Kate, Carmen and I are not only each other’s biggest, but each other’s oldest, fans — would you believe we go back to the days when she sang and danced with fruit on her head:

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    • masercot 7:58 am on June 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      My favorite version of Stardust…

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    • mistermuse 8:13 am on June 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Likewise. Louis was at the top of his game in 1931 when he recorded Stardust.

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      • masercot 8:18 am on June 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        That’s about the time he recorded I’ll Be Glad When You’re Dead You Rascal You, right?

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        • mistermuse 8:28 am on June 5, 2020 Permalink

          Right. He also recorded Rascal again in 1941, by which time he was past his peak (as a trumpeter, not as an entertainer).

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    • annieasksyou 1:53 pm on June 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve visited Rick’s Place many times over the years but never tire of it. This time, the emphasis on kindness TO strangers seemed most appropriate.
      And the great Satchmo: immediately following Stardust was his rendition of We Shall Overcome. I was overcome by it.
      Then Lotte Lenya singing of the stars in all their manifestations reminded me of the peaceful demonstrators. All told, this was a meaningful and emotional journey.

      Thank you, mistermuse!

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    • mistermuse 10:45 pm on June 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I anticipate doing a follow-up to this post in a few days, Annie….provided I can overcome some issues I’m having with my outdated browser before my techie daughter comes to my rescue on Father’s Day. The follow-up will probably be my last post until after Father’s Day, as it’s too time-consuming and too much of a hassle trying to work around the problems.

      Meanwhile, I’m glad this post (and hopefully the next one) were, and will be, to your liking. 😉

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    • annieasksyou 12:22 am on June 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Happy Fathers Day; enjoy your well-earned break. I hope you’ll visit my blog again soon, mistermuse. Haven’t been doing much punning and rhyming of late, but I do have a little political acrostic posted today. Cheers!

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    • restlessjo 3:57 am on June 14, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I so enjoyed that excerpt from Casablanca. A little escapism on a Sunday morning. Thank you! 🙂 🙂

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    • Silver Screenings 3:11 pm on July 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I love, LOVE the way you began this post. Brilliant.

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    • mistermuse 5:25 pm on July 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you, SS (I would also have accepted semi-brilliant, luminous, superb, or ingenious). 😉

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  • mistermuse 12:18 am on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    AT WIT’S END 

    I don’t know how you spell FRUSTRATION, but I spell it W-O-R-D-P-R-E-S-S. To paraphrase Elizabeth Barrett Browning,

    How do I detest thee? Let me count the ways….

    But counting the ways would take time I don’t have, thanks to all the time-consuming problems I do have with WordPress (especially recently). Suffice it to say that if there’s no improvement when the new WordPress Block Editor kicks in June 1, I’ll be considering my options — ranging from giving up blogging completely, to seeking another venue more user-friendly to a tech-tyro like me.

    In other words….

    As the God of WordPress is my wit-ness, I ask you….

     
    • obbverse 1:01 am on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Sounds like WP is really really really pissing you off… I know if my spouse didn’t fix my faux pas on my site I’d boot it all down the road in frustration. The WP issue I had seemed to be random- one day I could like, one day I could comment, the next, nada. Then, voila! All good-ish. I am supremely limited in trouble-shooting. Hope the new edit. works, because if it becomes unenjoyable…

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      • calmkate 6:16 am on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        can’t post comments now so communicating with MrM this way … videos came back on but there is now no avenue to post comments and ours aren’t linked ;(

        Do you think POTUS disciples are targeting you? Have you contacted WP directly with your issues … I did and took another 3-4 days before they resolved it! Good luck ❤

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        • calmkate 6:17 am on May 29, 2020 Permalink

          PS nearly forgot this link, great video on how to use new editor block ..helped me heaps!
          https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/108067070/posts/21702

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        • mistermuse 11:25 am on May 29, 2020 Permalink

          Thank you, Kate. Computerese is almost like a foreign language to me. When complications arise beyond what I’m familiar with (writing my blog and commenting), I’m lost because I don’t understand the relevant terminology and concepts. That’s why, in all likelihood after June 1, I’m going to have to rely on my out-of-town daughter for hands-on help the next time she visits.

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        • calmkate 6:37 pm on May 29, 2020 Permalink

          that link to the youtube video will help heaps if you can open it … Bella has a sweet clear english voice and her demonstration of using the new block editor is so much easier for luddites like me … please keep persisting!

          We need you and you need an outlet for your creativity ❤

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      • mistermuse 9:48 am on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Obbverse. My wife is much more tech savvy in general than I, but she doesn’t blog and has no clue what to do about my WP issues. My oldest daughter, who lives out of town, may be able to help the next time she visits. I’ll probably just sit tight until then, if there’s no improvement on June 1,

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        • pendantry 2:37 am on June 1, 2020 Permalink

          Good morning to you, mistermuse
          I come to you bearing good news!
          Classic editor is what you seek?
          It’s still there: here, take a peek!

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        • mistermuse 7:14 am on June 1, 2020 Permalink

          Thank you, pendantry, for your poetic reply.
          I see no change whatever — I don’t know why.
          Same format, same problems — not “good news” at all…
          But at least I’m still here, though it wasn’t my call.

          For now, my good man, I’ll muddle on as best I can
          ’til my daughter updates my Windows, or the shit hits the fan.

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    • blindzanygirl 1:16 am on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I am sad. So many people have said goodbye lately. I am having problems too. Please let us know if you go to another venue. The number of times you have lifted me out of a black pit with youur comments snd your somgs is inestimable., i loved your input. But I understsnd. It is even worse trying to deal with WordPress if you are blind. It’s shit! Much love to you midyer,use snd thankyou. ❤️

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      • mistermuse 11:43 am on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        This may sound corny, Lorraine, but it warms my heart to know there are times when “I have lifted you out of a black pit.” The fact that I have helped you encourages me to want to keep doin’ what I’m doin’….I just wish that my brain was better equipped with the ‘tools’ needed to deal with the technology side of this “shit,” as you so aptly and eloquently put it.

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    • calmkate 5:52 am on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      oh please don’t leave me … your satrical humour and jazz finds add sun to my day! I am guessing that you added videos to this post but I’m looking at two large white outs … no pics or videos to be found … issue is my end no doubt 😦

      WP seems to go thru glitches … I had a real issue for nearly 3 months, had to blog far less as anything took more than an hour! I nearly gave up but due to support by my followers I hung in there and one day issue just vanished!

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      • mistermuse 11:52 am on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Fingers crossed, Kate, that these issues just vanish on June 1. Otherwise, I may have to write President Trump to issue an executive order and make blogging great again.

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        • Rosaliene Bacchus 4:36 pm on May 29, 2020 Permalink

          LOL

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        • calmkate 6:41 pm on May 29, 2020 Permalink

          well he does bully everybody else so I’d rather like to watch it reciprocated, couldn’t happen to a better idiot … are you softening, that’s the kindest thing I’ve heard you call him 🙂

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        • mistermuse 10:53 pm on May 29, 2020 Permalink

          Kate, if you think I’ve been unkind to Trump, scroll down to arekhill1’s comment below and click on his blog for some posts which put my Trump put-downs to shame. 😉

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    • Carmen 6:09 am on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      C’mon mistermuse – stick with it! How long have you been married? 😉

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      • mistermuse 12:00 pm on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Would that it were that simple, Carmen. At least in marriage, I can kick my wife in the fanny if she gets out of line, and receive an immediate and proper response. Then, after I’ve recovered, things are back to normal.

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    • masercot 7:07 am on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Ah, Fallout! A game I gave three months of my life to…

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    • GP Cox 7:33 am on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I have never understood why – when something works, they insist on fixing it!!!!

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      • mistermuse 12:19 pm on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        WordPress did work for years, GP — at least, well enough not to frustrate me as it has increasingly done lately. Whether recent problems have anything to do with the process of switching over to the new WordPress Block Editor is beyond me.

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    • Rivergirl 7:46 am on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I read that we’ll be able to switch back to classic editor as soon as they roll out this new abomination… which I will do immediately. But it seems you have a lot of issues with that as well. I have no answer, just a plea not to leave.
      ❣️

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      • mistermuse 12:27 pm on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Very much appreciated, Rg. It may take a while, but I’m hopeful of a satisfactory resolution which will enable me to keep doin’ what I’m doin’. Closing up shop is the last thing I want to do.

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    • josephurban 8:00 am on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      WordPress is following a well known principle of American business. If something is working properly CHANGE IT. As soon as a customer learns to use a system, CHANGE IT. If something is simple and uncomplicated, CHANGE IT. Why? Because otherwise how do I justify my job ? How do I justify just producing reasonably good product? Everything needs to be NEW and IMPROVED. Otherwise how do I, as a CEO, justify the salary I am given? I saw the same thing over and over and over in the field of education. If something works…CHANGE IT.

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      • Carmen 8:06 am on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I think you are onto something, Joseph. Right now, I can’t access my cell phone account because of increased security protections (I can’t even get into my own account with the password I’ve used for years) . . .so I’m sending them monthly payments in an amount that I know is higher than the bill; hopefully when they have to start sending me credits they’ll help me. 🙂 (smh)

        Hopefully mistermuse will return June 1st with a WordPress arsekicking story. ..

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      • mistermuse 12:37 pm on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        You got that right, Joseph. I think it’s akin to something they used to call “planned obsolescence.” “Change for the sake of change” is hardly an improvement.

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    • magickmermaid 10:58 am on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Don’t leave!!! Everyone will miss you!!! I was cursing the new system yesterday as I was giving one of my pages a makeover. It was like a video game gone awry and I don’t play video games. However, I refuse to be bested by technology/machines. After I calmed down a bit, I found my own way to make it work for me. Disclaimer: my own way may not be the proper way but I got it to work. 🙂
      The customer service reps at WordPress are very good. They helped me out a when I have contacted them in the past. So don’t give up!

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      • mistermuse 12:50 pm on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, mm. My problem is that I don’t understand the terminology, so no matter how good the customer service reps may be, I can’t do what they tell me if I don’t ‘get’ it. I’m sure my daughter would understand, so perhaps I can enlist her to contact the WordPress reps when she comes. Can you give me the customer service dept. phone #, email address, or whatever way you use to contact them?

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        • magickmermaid 1:34 pm on May 29, 2020 Permalink

          Drat! I was writing down the way I contacted them before and that seems to have disappeared with the new format. It was always by email–no phone support

          I found this link: https://wordpress.org/support/
          Each link on that page has specific info and a troubleshooting link. There is so much information and it can be daunting. When it comes to terminology, a lot of that is counter-intuitive and makes no sense so try not to get bogged down with that.
          Tell me exactly which thing you are having trouble with and maybe I will know which link to direct you to.

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        • mistermuse 8:22 pm on May 29, 2020 Permalink

          I’m having trouble with a number of things, mm, but two of the most bothersome have to do with ‘Like’ (or should I say, the absence of ‘Like’). First, no matter if it’s my posts or the posts of other bloggers, all I see is ‘Loading’ immediately below the posts where you would click ‘Like’ if you like the post. Second, on some (but not all) bloggers’ posts, when I try to Like a comment, it won’t ‘take’ and I have to type ‘Like’ in a comment and then go through the ‘verify that’s it’s me’ process to verify that’s it’s me making the ‘Like’ comment (and sometimes even that doesn’t go through).

          Frustrating!

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    • tubularsock 11:45 am on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Funny that. Tubularsock hasn’t had many issues with WordPress perhaps because Tubularsock does all of his editing work on a stone tablet before sending it off.

      Sure it’s dusty and there are the issue of stone chunks getting trapped under some of the keys but let Tubularsock tell you that the shipping cost is wayyyyyyy cheaper!

      Good luck with all this.

      Oh. Whisky helps, double shot, neat.

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    • arekhill1 1:45 pm on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’m so frustrated with Weebly I was thinking of switching to WordPress. Maybe not. I don’t plan on giving up blogging, but am really looking forward to Trump getting kicked out onto the street so I can return to topics more whimsical in the aftermath.

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      • mistermuse 8:32 pm on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Likewise with not wanting to give up blogging — that would be a last (hopefully avoidable) resort. As for Trump, it’s not enough for me to see him kicked out unto the street. If there’s any justice in this world, he’ll be kicked out of office into prison where he belongs (and where anyone else would go for committing half the illegal acts he has committed).

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    • Don Ostertag 1:48 pm on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Why? Why? Why? Just because somebody wants to show off his/her knowledge and figures we should do something different. We haven’t got enough on our plate what with the Virus, our ‘leadership’, here in MN we have fires and looting and cop- murderers.
      I’m 81 years old and there isn’t a day goes by I don’t learn something new. And I am sick of it.

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      • mistermuse 8:44 pm on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Don, I’m about your age, and the longer I live, the more see that the human race as a whole is beyond saving (in a humane and empathetic sense), and always will be. There is only hope for individuals, and that is why we must be the best models we can be for those in our immediate lives and those who come after us.

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 4:46 pm on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Understand well your frustration. Sigh. I found “A First Guide to the Blocks Editor” on another blog and hope that I do better this weekend. Here’s the link to Part Two of Sue’s Guide, that I’ve just printed out. You’ll find the link to Part One at the end of her post.
      https://weeklyprompts.com/2020/05/29/part-two-dont-panic/

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      • mistermuse 10:35 pm on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you very much, Rosaliene. At first glance, this looks beyond me. I’ll need to consult with my tech-savvy daughter the next time she visits, in order to see where I go from here. Thanks again.

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    • magickmermaid 11:24 am on May 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I couldn’t reply above so I’m going to ask some basic questions.
      1-Have you updated your browser recently? It’s always best to keep your browser updated because tech changes at warp speed. If it isn’t this can sometimes affect how websites work for you.
      2-Do you clear your cache every day? I clear mine a few times every day because there is so much info in the cache on a daily basis it can sometimes interfere with what the browser can do.
      3-If you are using the Windows operating system (I don’t know anything about the others) is it updated? Have any new updates been installed recently? Sometimes with Windows updates I have to reset certain functions.

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      • mistermuse 12:20 pm on May 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, mm. I appreciate the tips.

        Regarding numbers 1 and 3, my browser is Internet Explorer and, as I understand it, Windows is part of Internet Explorer. They have not been updated recently and neither my wife nor I know how, but my out-of-town daughter does, so I’ll ask her to do it on her next visit here.

        As for #2 (clearing my cache everyday), I am way behind on doing that, so I will have to take time to clear it and see if that helps.

        Thank you again.

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        • magickmermaid 6:36 pm on May 30, 2020 Permalink

          I may be wrong, but I don’t think Internet Explorer can be used successfully any more as MIcrosoft updated their browser to Microsoft Edge when they launched Windows 10. So that may be the cause of some of the problems. Once browsers and operating systems are no longer supported, things don’t work as they used to. Have you upgraded to Windows 10?

          (A lot of people were reluctant to upgrade to Windows 10 and stuck to Windows 7. I’m not sure why. When I bought my new computer it came with Windows 7. A year later Windows 10 was introduced and I upgraded on the spot because it was free. After 2 or 3 days I forgot what Windows 7 was all about LOL)

          I use Firefox for my browser and it works great. It has automated updates (if you choose that option) and it is very user-friendly so ask your daughter about that. Chrome is also good but Firefox is faster in my opinion.
          Clearing the cache only takes a minute so definitely do that every day. 🙂

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        • mistermuse 9:29 pm on May 30, 2020 Permalink

          You may have hit on the main problem, mm, as I’m still on Windows 7. I’ve cleared most of my cache (I hadn’t cleared it for several months), and there has been no improvement, so I’ll ask my daughter to upgrade me to Windows 10 as a Father’s Day present (unless the new Windows Block Editor miraculously solves everything on June 1). I’m reluctant to try Firefox because my wife uses it, says it’s too slow, and isn’t happy with it.

          Stay tuned! 😉

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    • Elizabeth 12:45 pm on May 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Let’s hope we all get through this. Do you think they were counting on us being eager to learn something new while quarantined? If so they misread their clientele completely.

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    • annieasksyou 12:09 am on May 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I am reading all this as a welcome diversion because our country is currently on fire. But I want to add my two bits (no bytes—I’m non-violent) to those who say please stay—together we’ll find a way.

      I have had oodles of WP issues and not received much help lately, though I have in the past. I am terrified what I will find on June 1. I
      watch those little videos and can’t tell what the hell they’re showing me. Tomorrow I shall try again. My out-of-town daughters were the ones who thought blogging would be a neat idea for me; they were right, but I can’t turn to them for my daily fiascos.
      But I do believe we’ll muddle through; I really, truly do.

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      • mistermuse 12:45 pm on May 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Much appreciated, Annie. I do very much want to “muddle through” (hard as that may be due to my EXTREMELY limited tech skills). Like you, I have an out-or-town daughter who can’t help with my “daily fiascos,” but whom I will need to at least help me function here without losing my sanity (such as I have left). But at least I’m still sane enough to have a sense of perspective, like this guy:

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    • Carol A. Hand 12:45 am on June 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Ah, now I understand your comment, “Like,” on my most recent post, Mister Muse! Thank you!

      I so hope you decide to continue blogging!

      Just to add a little more complexity to the well-informed advice you have already received, WP happiness engineers weren’t able to help me when my blog wasn’t working properly a while ago. After trying to follow their complicated suggestions, I seriously contemplated just giving up. On a whim, I decided experiment to see if updating my “theme” would make a difference. Lo and behold, it worked… The features that weren’t working (likes and comments) miraculously were working again!

      Sending my best wishes!

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      • mistermuse 7:05 am on June 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Your comment (and time) are very much appreciated, Carol.

        I, too, have experienced the “complicated suggestions” of the WP happiness engineers and almost given up because their jargon is way beyond my extremely limited tech skills (they might as well be speaking a foreign language). Your “experiment” sounds intriguing and worth trying, but I’m not sure what you mean by “updating my theme.” If you have time, could you explain so that I too might try to get my “features that aren’t working” working again?

        Thank you for the good wishes — my best to you as well.

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        • Carol A. Hand 11:01 am on June 2, 2020 Permalink

          I will try my best to explain this as one non-techie to another. You can delete this long comment when you’re done seeing if it helps. 🙂

          1. I enter WP via email informing me about a new comment or my new post – the easiest way for me to get there.
          2. In the upper left corner of the screen, I see the WP icon and words “My Sites”
          3. I click on the icon and a drop down list appears. I click on the last item on the list, “WP Admin.”
          4. In WP Admin, a new list appears. About halfway down is “Appearance”
          5. I hover over “Appearance” and another list appears. The first item is “Themes” and I click on it.
          6. I find myself on a page (actually pages) of choices with so many possible options. I want something free and something newer than the theme I’ve been using for years.
          7. By hovering over each possible choice, several options appear: “theme details,” “activate,” and “preview.”
          8. I want to know more about the features first, so I check out the details. If it sounds like a possibility, I can chose to “preview” it.
          9. My most recent post appears in this new theme. I can keep exploring new themes until I find something that works, and click “activate.”
          10. Once I do, I have a lot more customizing options to choose from before hitting the save button. 11. I can always go back to make changes via the “WP Admin” screen. It’s easier for me to use than the newer options. It’s also how I still create new posts, using the “quick post” option on the “home” screen and edit using the drop down menu choice “posts.”

          I hope this makes sense and helps! You can always email me at carolahand@gmail.com.

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    • mistermuse 11:35 pm on June 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you so much, Carol. I hope I haven’t put you to too much trouble.

      It’s getting rather late tonight, so I’ll ‘tackle’ your instructions in the next day or two when I have more time…and if all else fails, my techie daughter is coming on Father’s Day and assures me that she can fix my issues. One way or the other, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel at last!

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    • mistermuse 2:54 pm on June 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Carol, as you may have noticed in my June 4 post (A CONSOLATION OF STARS), one of my comments announced a “miracle” — the sudden restoration yesterday afternoon of “Like” from “Loading” and apparent return to normalcy of at least some of my other issues. I suspect this was due to changing to one of the different themes I tried on June 3 (if so, it was a ‘delayed reaction’), but in any case, you went “above and beyond the call of duty” by taking time to explain themes to me, and it apparently paid off.

      From now on, I shall think of you as St. Carol Hand rather than Dr. Carol Hand! 😉

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    • Sara 10:55 pm on June 14, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      nice article

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    • America On Coffee 3:57 am on June 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Great videos!👍

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    • Silver Screenings 3:03 pm on July 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Ah, Dean Martin! Thanks for posting this – it’s my fave Dean Martin song. I’ll be singing it all day, thanks to you. 🙂

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      • mistermuse 5:15 pm on July 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        You’re welcome, SS.
        Sorry that I now need to APPROVE your (and all) comments before they’re posted, but a recent vulgar comment made me decide to do so (after 10+ years of publishing this blog). “Ain’t that a kick in the head?” 😉

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  • mistermuse 12:53 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    LIKE, WHAT’S NOT TO LIKE? 

    I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I haven’t liked your posts since about this time yesterday. I haven’t liked them, not because I haven’t liked them, but because I haven’t been able to Like them. All I get where one normally clicks “Like” is “Loading” — and as much as I’d like it to stop Loading, it doesn’t. I can still comment, but if I commented on all the posts I like but can’t Like, I’d spend my whole day writing comments….which isn’t likely, because I also like to eat, sleep, and be merry. So, since I can’t Like you on your posts, I’ll LIKE you musically here.

    Speaking of being merry, today is the birthday (May 21, 1904) of Thomas “Fats” Waller, who was about the merry-makingest singer/songwriter/pianist I know. Here he at the piano with such fellow jazz greats as Jack Teagarden and Gene Krupa playing his own composition I NEED SOMEONE LIKE YOU:

    There’s more “Like” songs where that came from. Here is the First Lady of Song/Queen of Jazz singing a ballad like only she can:

    I’d like to close with something high class, like this:

     

     
    • pendantry 12:56 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I get that ‘interminable loading’ problem with the ‘like’ thingy myself, sometimes. It usually goes away when I reload the page.

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      • mistermuse 6:03 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks. I can’t solve the problem come hell or high water, but then I’m in the same boat re most things technological. Hopefully, I can enlist one of my two tech-savvy daughters to help.

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      • Joseph Nebus 2:51 am on May 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I have that problem too, though not on every page. If I use the Reader page then usually I can hit the ‘like’ and that works.

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        • mistermuse 8:42 am on May 22, 2020 Permalink

          Thank you. I was hoping to get help from my two daughters, but at this time, neither can give me ‘hands-on’ assistance for reasons beyond their control (illness in one case, lives out of town in the other). One tells me that the Reader page (which I never heard of) is too complicated for someone of my all-but-non-existent tech skills….which is undoubtedly true. Such is life in the big city, as they say.

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      • SoundEagle 🦅ೋღஜஇ 9:05 am on May 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Dear mistermuse and Colin,

        Since this is probably due to caching issue (a cache is a temporary memory), close the tab or window and reload the post in a new tab or window.

        If this does not solve the issue, then quit and restart your web browser.

        By the way, mistermuse, thank you for submitting your one-word comment “Like” at https://soundeagle.wordpress.com/2020/04/12/the-last-rag/

        Therefore, I would like to encourage you to submit another comment there with proper sentences so that I have something much more substantial to reply to.

        Please make sure that you are viewing my blog posts on a desktop or laptop computer because you will see and experience much more of the sophisticated features. Happy reading and happy listening there!

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        • mistermuse 5:42 pm on May 24, 2020 Permalink

          The short answer to your suggestion that I submit a longer comment to your post is that I’m simply unable to submit time-consuming replies to anywhere near the number of posts of the many blogs I follow as I would like to….nor do I expect such comments from any of my followers who don’t have time (which is not to say that I don’t appreciate thoughtful comments when possible). Hence, I use “Like” as a better-than-nothing substitute.

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      • SoundEagle 🦅ೋღஜஇ 9:24 am on May 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Dear mistermuse and Colin,

        If you still have the issue after restarting your web browser, then restart your computer.

        If the issue persists after restarting your computer, then you will need to (partially) delete the cache history stored in your web browser.

        Alternatively, use a different web browser.

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    • Carmen 1:09 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      ‘Like’ – the most over-used word in the dictionary. I am a CBC junkie and nothing makes me sprint for the ‘off’ button any quicker than a person who’s being interviewed using that word at least three times in a sentence. You’ve probably heard them. . “Like, I used to be more introverted, but like I’m older now and like I just feel like talking to, like, more people. . ., you know what I mean?”
      But go ahead, ‘Like’ away! 😉 (at least, you can try!)

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      • mistermuse 6:18 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Carmen, I don’t know what to say, except…. WHATEVER.

        P.S. That’s probably second only to Like as an over-used word. 😉

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger 2:39 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’m not a techie. But I’ve noticed that WordPress sometimes behaves differently depending upon what device I am using (laptop, iPhone, desktop). If you have more than one device, see if the problem exists on all of them.

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    • Rivergirl 4:01 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t like that you can’t like what you like on my page. I don’t like that at all.
      I do like good ole Fats though.
      😉

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      • mistermuse 6:31 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        You have excellent taste, Rg — Fats is one of my all-time favs, and that is one of my fav (and least-known) Waller songs.

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    • magickmermaid 4:23 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I really like this post! I especially like the Fats Waller tune!

      Liked by 1 person

    • obbverse 5:15 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Had the ‘like’ issue… sigh… If I can’t press Like now I just comment one word Like and hope there’s the understanding. WordPress can be willful and temperamental.

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    • cagedunn 6:02 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      The like thingy? That’s why I click the like button before I open the page, otherwise, it just doesn’t happen. Been a thing for a while …

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      • mistermuse 6:48 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the tip, cd, but I’m not sure what you mean, because there’s no Like button (immediately following a post) to click — even on this post, I see only “Loading” where the Like button used to appear on all my posts in the past.

        P.S. I just checked a few of my previous posts, and “Loading” now appears in place of Like on all of them. Something is definitely screwed up.

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        • cagedunn 9:09 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink

          Sorry, the like button I press is on the reader, not after I click on the post. I haven’t been able to click on like in a post for so long, I don’t even think about it now, and do it before I open to read the contents.

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        • mistermuse 3:35 pm on May 22, 2020 Permalink

          Thanks again, cd. I’ve now discovered that, although I get “Loading” on my computer, when I bring up my blog on my wife’s computer, the “Likes” on my posts are there (and she doesn’t even use WordPress). This suggests to me that the problem is either with WordPress or that Windows on my computer needs to be upgraded.

          I see that a new WordPress Editor is going to replace the old one on June 1. If that doesn’t correct the problem, I’ll ask my tech-savvy oldest daughter about upgrading Windows the next time she visits from out of town.

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    • calmkate 4:53 am on May 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      sorry you’re having difficulty ‘liking’ anyone, a counsellor might help?

      Ella sure is the queen! And totally enjoyed [not liked] the other two, thanks 🙂

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      • mistermuse 8:52 am on May 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Kate, even a tech counselor couldn’t help me, because the ability to understand technology is simply not in my DNA (not unlike a regular counselor being able to help Trump, because empathy isn’t in his DNA).

        Glad you enjoyed the music!

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    • Garfield Hug 6:01 am on May 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I missed your voice and now I know why! I hope they sort it out for you Mistermuse. I thrive on your “LIKES” as it means you enjoyed it LOL!

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      • mistermuse 8:57 am on May 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I appreciate that, GH. Even though I can’t “Like” your posts, I’ll try to comment on at least one of them every day or two, just so you and Garfield know I’m thinking of you!

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        • Garfield Hug 9:16 am on May 22, 2020 Permalink

          Awww this is really sweet 🥰

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        • mistermuse 11:17 am on May 22, 2020 Permalink

          At least “Like” is now working on comments, even though I still get nothing but “Loading” immediately below my (and others’) posts. Hopefully that problem will resolve itself when WordPress replaces its old Editor with the new WordPress editor on June 1 (don’t ask me to explain it — all I know is that it’s coming).

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    • annieasksyou 10:38 pm on May 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      “ I like you as you are,” said another mister, last name Rogers. Like it or not, I’m gonna tell you about my techie afternoon. Wanted to add a very important update to my latest look at the Tara Reade accusation against Joe Biden, added it to post, pressed update. Nothing. Six tries, as many happy WP folks, three hours, changed browser. Nada. Must be your computer, they said. I think not. Finally added update to comments, thanking two bloggers who brought it to my attention. Ok. I’m done. I mean like, did that help you feel better about your like dilemma? Your music helped me!

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    • mistermuse 11:13 pm on May 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Glad to be of musical assistance, Annie. As for “I like you as you are,” could there ever be a greater difference in modeling what should “make America great” than Mister Rogers and Donald Trump?

      And now I’m off to check out your Tara Reade/Joe Biden update.

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    • Elizabeth 12:54 pm on May 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Your last band brought back a memory of a jug band formed by a group of neer-do-wells of my acquaintance! As for “like” all I could think of was Seuss “I do not like green eggs and ham, I do not like them Sam I am.”

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      • mistermuse 2:35 pm on May 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Elizabeth, your comment brought back a memory of this song:

        Like

        • Elizabeth 5:14 pm on May 23, 2020 Permalink

          I couldn’t get the link to work. Is there a title for it?

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        • mistermuse 7:53 pm on May 23, 2020 Permalink

          It’s a very old song called LITTLE BROWN JUG, Elizabeth. Sorry you couldn’t get it, but there quite a few versions on YouTube, so I’m sure you can find one that works, if interested.

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    • arekhill1 7:24 pm on May 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I liked it. Worked right away. The Internet obeys me.

      Liked by 2 people

      • mistermuse 8:34 pm on May 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I’ll gladly take your word for it, Ricardo, because I’m still seeing “Loading” below the post where “Likes” should be. There could be millions of “Likes” there, for all I know (OK, maybe only thousands — I’m not greedy).

        Like

    • restlessjo 3:53 am on May 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Nice bit of Ella 🙂 🙂 Don’t worry about the likes or not likes, so long as you’re still around.

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    • Strait,NoChaser 7:23 pm on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks very, very much! It’s great to meet a fellow jazz lover!

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      • mistermuse 9:46 am on June 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        You’re very welcome….though I must admit to not being a fan of all types of jazz (bebop, for example). Glad you enjoyed the post..

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