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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on November 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , Harpo Marx, , Paul Simon, quotes, , silence is golden, silent films, , The Sound of Silence,   

    THE SOUND OF SILENTS 

    You sure you can’t move? –what Harpo Marx “said” to the tied-up hero (Richard Dix) before punching him in the 1925 film TOO MANY KISSES (fortunately, the film survived)

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    Italicized above are the only words ever “spoken” (but not heard) on film by the man whose birthday we note today, HARPO MARX. The audience didn’t hear those five words because the film was a “silent” — “talkies” didn’t come on the scene until 1927, two years before the first of thirteen Marx Brothers movies (1929-49). Harpo spoke in none of them.

    But why, oh why-o, should I try-o to “bio” Harpo, when here-o you can click on the official thing from his offspring:

    https://www.harposplace.com/

    Because Harpo associated with Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley and other wits in the famed Algonquin Round Table repartee, I expected to turn up a number of witty Harpo Marx quotes for this piece. No such luck — I found only one I enjoyed enough to post here (both the “she” referred to in the quote, and who it is addressed to, are unknown):

    “She’s a lovely person. She deserves a good husband. Marry her before she finds one.”

    One quote being three quotes short of a gallon, I shall return to giving you “the silent treatment” with a quota of four quotes of silence said by forethoughtful others:

    “Listen to the sound of silence.” –Paul Simon, American singer, songwriter, and actor

    “Silence is golden unless you have kids, then it’s just plain suspicious.” –anonymous

    “If nobody ever said anything unless he knew what he was talking about, what a ghastly hush would descend upon the earth!” –A. P. Herbert, English humorist, writer, and politician

    “I believe in the discipline of silence and can talk for hours about it.” –George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright and critic

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    Since I didn’t give Harpo the last word, I’ll let him give his audience the last laugh….and though he doesn’t speak, you’ll hear captivating sounds escape his lips 2:42 into this clip:

    Bravo, Harpo!

    EPILOGUE: Listen — 90+ years after the “silents” ended*, you can still hear….

    *with the exception of two Charlie Chaplin masterpieces in the 1930s, CITY LIGHTS and MODERN TIMES

     
    • calmkate 4:24 am on November 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      wow Harpo is actually playing that harp! Love his whistle 🙂
      SnG’s song is a real favourite … thanks for the memories!

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      • mistermuse 9:25 am on November 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        You’re welcome, Kate. I too love Harpo’s whistling in the Marx Brothers Musical clip, and I can’t imagine anyone not loving Simon & Garfunkel’s THE SOUND OF SILENCE (except Trump, who is incapable of appreciating the sound of silence if you paid him).

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        • calmkate 5:09 pm on November 23, 2019 Permalink

          doubt he even knows what ‘silence’ means … not much between his ears except fluffy hair!

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        • Don Ostertag 8:40 pm on November 23, 2019 Permalink

          When i am in a funk I watch a Marx Brothers movie or listen to a favorite song like Sound of Silence.

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    • masercot 7:47 am on November 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I’m a HUGE Marx Brothers fan.

      Harpo adopted several children because he and his wife couldn’t have any of their own. His aim was, in his words, when he got home he’d have a child looking at him “from every window”…

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      • mistermuse 9:35 am on November 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Likewise about the Marx Brothers. If they had made no other films than A NIGHT AT THE OPERA and DUCK SOUP, they would still be remembered forever (I hope).

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        • masercot 8:32 am on November 24, 2019 Permalink

          My favorite, not to be contrary, is A Day at the Races. Why? The great jazz number in the middle of the movie as well as the Tootsie-Frootsie Ice Cream Scene…

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      • mistermuse 10:01 am on November 24, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Although Races isn’t my fav Marx Bros. movie, I’m always up for a jazz number, though this one has a very brief “bug-eyed” shot or two that might be regarded as racist today:

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        • masercot 10:15 am on November 24, 2019 Permalink

          I agree with that but I’ll put up with a little light racism to see a wonderful performance by a jazz artist who died far too young…

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        • mistermuse 7:40 pm on November 24, 2019 Permalink

          I assume you’re referring to vocalist Ivie Anderson, whose gig in this film was one of her rare appearances apart from the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Her performance here (as well as on the many recording she made with the Duke) was indeed wonderful.

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    • Rivergirl 8:46 am on November 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      My father loved the Marx brothers and I grew up on all the films. Thanks for the memories!

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      • mistermuse 9:41 am on November 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Rg. Now I know (at least part of) why you grew up to be who you are (that’s wholly a compliment, btw).

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    • Ashley 9:07 am on November 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Amazing to see and hear Harpo playing the harp. Captivating! So much talent!

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    • D. Wallace Peach 9:19 pm on November 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      “Silence is golden unless you have kids, then it’s just plain suspicious.” So true! Lol. Fun quotes and clips and a beautiful song from Paul Simon. 😀

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      • mistermuse 10:49 pm on November 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        “Fun quotes and clips and a beautiful song” — three for the price of one! Who says I don’t offer bargains? Thanks for the testimonial, Diana!

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    • magickmermaid 3:31 pm on November 25, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Another big Marx Brothers fan here! Classic laugh fest!

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    • tref 9:43 pm on December 1, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Harpo playing the song “Alone” in night at the opera the very height of cinema. I could never grow tired of watching it.

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      • mistermuse 11:25 pm on December 1, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        That is one of many great moments in the movie that I never tire of watching, such as the stateroom scene. The 1930s was truly the height of film making.

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    • barkinginthedark 3:57 am on December 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Priceless MM. Priceless. continue…

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    • mistermuse 9:49 am on December 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you. I’d give your comment a Like, but it doesn’t “take” when I click it.

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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on September 25, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Busy Doing Nothing, human behavior, , , party poopers, quotes, , , , , wage slaves,   

    RETIREMENT TIME 

    Hard as it may be (for me, at least) to fathom, it seems that many people approaching retirement don’t look forward to it because they don’t know what they’ll do with all the time they’ll have when they have no job. That has never struck me as a problem, what with books to be read, writing to be written, learning to be learned (unless you already know everything), trips to plan, music to enjoy, sports to follow, chores to avoid, mislaid items to look for, naps to take, etc….not to mention human behavior forever to be baffled by.

    Believe me, friends, if I had half the time my once-upon-a-time fellow wage slaves assume I have, I would be posting a post almost every day instead of once a week or so (which, I concede, may still be too often for you malcontents and party poopers out there).

    So, how busy am I?

    Oops — how did that clip get there? Fact is, I’m so busy, I don’t even have time to think of more to say about the subject….so I’ll avoid that chore by passing it on to others:

    I have never liked working. To me, a job is an invasion of privacy. –Danny McGoorty

    I’ve crunched the numbers in your retirement account. It’s time to figure out who will be wearing the mask and who will be driving the getaway car. –Unknown financial advisor

    My retirement plan is to get thrown into a minimum security prison in Hawaii. –Julius Sharpe

    I will not retire while I’ve still got my legs and my make-up box. –Bette Davis

    The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off. –Abe Lemons

    I find the biggest trouble with having nothing to do is you can’t tell when you’re done. –Unknown

    As for me, except for an occasional heart attack, I feel as young as I ever did. –Robert Benchley

    I can’t wait to retire so I can get up at 6 a.m. and drive around real slow and make everybody late for work. –Unknown

    What do you call a person who is happy on Monday? Retired. –Unknown

    When a professional golfer retires, what does he retire to? –Evan Esar

    When you retire, you switch bosses — from the one who hired you to the one who married you. –Unknown

    Time’s up. COMING, DEAR!

     

     

     

     
    • obbverse 1:11 am on September 25, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I still am weighed down by the joy(?) of work, so need to dole out my time, of which, there is never enough. I believe retirement will soak up all these drudgery hours wasted at work. Thanks for the light at the end of the tunnel.

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    • calmkate 2:50 am on September 25, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      lol retirement is a struggle for the other half who already has a well established routine .. good luck with yours!

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      • mistermuse 8:25 am on September 25, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Kate. Actually I’ve been retired for some time, but I can still use the good luck!

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        • calmkate 6:36 pm on September 25, 2019 Permalink

          lol I thought you must have been … don’t I remember you telling me you were 110?

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        • mistermuse 7:03 pm on September 25, 2019 Permalink

          Some days I feel like I’m 110, Kate — it must have been one of those days when I told you that.

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      • mistermuse 5:18 pm on October 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Kate, I’ve been trying repeatedly to enter a comment on your “Friday Fun – restful” post but it won’t ‘take.’ Sorry to trouble you, but here it is, if you can use it:

        Since I retired, I run from quarrels —
        because I’m resting….on my laurels.

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        • calmkate 6:10 pm on October 18, 2019 Permalink

          just posted it, sorry about those WP gremlins, others have posted comments ok 🙂

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    • emergingfromthedarknight 3:28 am on September 25, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Having ‘retired’ early due to an injury I can relate to most of those quotes and I love the one on work being an invasion of privacy. I also love it when people ask me. “what do you DO all day?” They have no idea 🙂 The happy fact is the day is free to spend however your heart desires.

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      • mistermuse 8:33 am on September 25, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        You nailed it! When people ask me “what do you DO all day?”, I feel like saying, When you retire, I’ll be more than happy if you to give me all the time you don’t know what to do with.

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    • Ashley 4:31 am on September 25, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Retirement is great! Busy busy busy, doing the things I like, well most of the time! When I was “working” we all used to say “have a great weekend” to each other. Nowadays the weekend lasts for at least 7 days! La la la-la-la-la, la-la, la-la, la la la la la la………
      Great post!

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      • mistermuse 8:37 am on September 25, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Ashley. Among the perks of retirement is that it doesn’t matter what day of the week it is, they’re all the same. Like me, you obviously don’t have a problem with that!

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    • masercot 5:39 am on September 25, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I’m just trying to retire before the sun becomes a red giant and incinerates the Earth… If I live frugally, I think I can manage…

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      • mistermuse 8:40 am on September 25, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Even with Trump & Friends accelerating the process, you will probably still make it to retirement age. Hang in there!

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    • Carmen 6:25 am on September 25, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Having just retired in June (but having summers off anyway) I must say it’s been great so far! :). Hope your retirement’s been great, too!

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      • mistermuse 8:45 am on September 25, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Carmen. Taking early retirement was the best decision I ever made (except, of course, for getting married, having children, and meeting you online. Keep up the good work….I mean, the good retirement!

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    • Rivergirl 7:41 am on September 25, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      With my husband it’s not a lack of things to do in retirement… it’s a mixed bag of having a great paying job with wonderful benefits, enjoying the social aspect of working, having a purpose to getting up every day and the simple joy of seeing his TSP ( government version of IRA ) grow. Personally I wish he’d just chuck it all and relax!

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      • mistermuse 8:51 am on September 25, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        If, and as long as, your hubby loves his job, I don’t blame him. It’s when your job is (or becomes) a pain in the butt that it’s time to bail ASAP.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger 7:58 am on September 25, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Chores to avoid — I am totally on board with that.

      Good essay. See ya.

      Neil S.

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    • D. Wallace Peach 8:39 am on September 25, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I couldn’t agree more. Other than writing, I’m retired, and I’m so busy! As soon as my husband retires we’ll be even busier! Lol. Thanks for the laughs this morning. Great one-liners.

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    • Christie 2:35 pm on September 25, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for the good laugh!
      I love this one: “I can’t wait to retire so I can get up at 6 a.m. and drive around real slow and make everybody late for work”
      Enjoy your retirement!
      🙂

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 3:25 pm on September 25, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Love the quote from Abe Lemons: “The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off.” I refuse to retire and have chosen to continue writing until the “headman” says enough. I’m the boss, so I make sure that I enjoy the holidays off and do fun things on my weekend breaks.

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      • mistermuse 7:13 pm on September 25, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        “Boss Bacchus” has a good alliterative ring to it — even better than “Rosaliene the Riveter” which you might have been called back in WW II days (not that you’re anywhere near that old, of course). 🙂

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    • Elizabeth 5:49 pm on September 25, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I love being retired. I only fear that I might flunk the question in the emergency room some day about what day it is. I often have no idea. And I try to forget the answer to who is President.

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    • Infidel753 10:24 pm on September 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I tend to agree with you. It seems to me that most people who think they’ll have nothing to do with their time when they retire must be very lacking in intellectual interests.

      Even if I’d have trouble filling up time occasionally, I don’t see why the preferred alternative would be still engaging in some form of drudgery so onerous that I would never have considered doing it if I didn’t need the money. Even being bored for a while would be preferable. At least it doesn’t sap your energy in the same way.

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      • mistermuse 12:02 am on September 28, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Another alternative for retirees lacking in intellectual interests, hobbies, or other pursuits would be to volunteer their time with a non-profit organization to help those in need. I would think that making oneself useful to others not only helps others, but would give purpose to one’s own life.

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    • Silver Screenings 6:22 pm on September 28, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      These are great quotes, but the one about the professional golfer retiring made me laugh out loud.

      I’m pleased to hear your retirement seems to be a time of productiveness and fulfillment. 🙂

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      • mistermuse 7:17 pm on September 28, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, SS. Fulfillment is something almost everyone seeks in some form or another, but attaining it in full measure is often dependent on fate and factors beyond our control. I can’t claim ‘full-fillment’– but I’m not complaining (much).

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    • luisa zambrotta 1:01 pm on September 30, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      😉😉🤗

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    • literaryeyes 11:08 pm on October 1, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I like all of these. I’d like a day off, I’m busier than ever. I’ve un-retired a lot of things I wanted to do.

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      • mistermuse 11:26 pm on October 1, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I wish I could un-retire some of the things I wanted to do, but these old bones will no longer cooperate, so they’ll just have to stay retired. No matter — I don’t have time for them anyway (at least, that’s what my head tells me, and my body doesn’t argue….or is it the other way around?).

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    • holliedoc 5:29 am on October 2, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I started my blog in my retirement, to assist in writing down my thoughts and feelings. Originally I wasn’t sure how much I’d enjoy retirement but have since taken up learning Spanish and playing the guitar amongst other things. It’s amazing how quickly you fill up your time in retirement.

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      • mistermuse 12:53 pm on October 3, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        You’ve got that right! My time is not only filled up, but overflowing.

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    • Kally 10:22 am on October 17, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      This is simply so well written! I love it. May I reblog this out and link it back to your blog please?

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    • Robert Smith 7:16 am on October 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Relatable post! Thanks for sharing such an amazing article.

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    • mistermuse 12:54 pm on October 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, Robert. Sharing is caring, as someone once said (maybe it was me — ha ha).

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    • live an untethered life 7:37 pm on November 30, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on Live an Untethered Life and commented:
      I don’t intend to go from 60 to 0. I plan to leap over to a new highway and keep or increase my speed!

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    • Paul Hannah 1:52 pm on December 25, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Hmmm…I avoided retirement like I avoided kids with snotty noses at the grocery store. When I was finally there I saw a flat, endless plain of nothing-to-do. So just this week I started a blog, Retirement-TheSnarkSide. Now I’ve got something fun to do, once I get the hang of WordPress. Thanks Robert.

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    • mistermuse 4:05 pm on December 25, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Paul, I’ve been blogging on WordPress for over ten years, and I still don’t get the hang of their shenanigans (see my posts of Dec. 11th and 15th to give you an idea of one of the problems I have with WP). I hope you have more technological expertise than I, otherwise it may not be as much fun as you anticipate. In any case, good luck…..and Merry Christmas/Happy New Year.

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    • holliedoc 6:07 pm on February 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Well if you happen to get time in your retirement, please do have a look at my retirement blog. I’d be keen to hear your thoughts and would welcome any comments on my articles.
      https://itsthetimeofyourlife.com/

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      • mistermuse 6:53 pm on February 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I attempted to leave a comment on your Nov. 25 2019 post, but apparently it didn’t take. I’ll try to give it another try when I have time, but it won’t be today.

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      • mistermuse 12:15 pm on February 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I tried again today to leave a comment on your Nov. 25 post, but again, it apparently didn’t go through. I’m sorry, but I’m not tech-savvy enough to figure out why, and I can’t keep wasting time trying.

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        • holliedoc 5:43 pm on February 18, 2020 Permalink

          Hmm that’s a shame. I wonder why myself. I’ll have a look into why it’s not possible. Many thanks for your reply!

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on May 19, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Give Me That Old Time Religion, , , , It Ain't Necessarily So, longevity, , , oldest living man, , quotes, , ,   

    SENIOR MUSE SOUNDS OFF FOR OLD TIMERS SAKE 

    In 1984, members of the Oxford Library Club for Retired Professional People were especially looking forward to hearing a guest speaker on “Old Age, Absent-Mindedness, and Keeping Fit.” Unfortunately, the speaker forgot to show up. –excerpted from the book 1,000 UNFORGETTABLE SENIOR MOMENTS

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    MAY being OLDER AMERICANS MONTH, and ME being an older American, I’ve decided to post a post predicated on passing on — make that on passing along — hoary words of wisdom concerning a subject I’m surpassingly qualified to write about, namely …. ….hmmm….uh….ah…. longevity (ha ha — you thought I forgot what I was going to write about, didn’t you?).

    Actually, I must admit to being a bit of a senior citizen-slouch when it comes to longevity — at least, compared to this guy:

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/worlds-oldest-man-146-birthday-long-life-location-country-name-celebrates-old-age-a7505401.html

    And of course, that there this guy is himself a slouch compared to this here this guy:

    Methuselah, as all my bible-believing brethr’n and sistern know, was said to have lived 969 years (Genesis 5:27), so you might think this song is my inspiration to keep marching on:

    But (and I quote) “Who calls that livin’ when no gal’s gonna give in to no man what’s 900 years?”

    So there you have it from Bobby Darin singing the lyrics of Ira Gershwin. Or you can take it from Senior Muse quoting the words of Oscar Wilde: “The tragedy of old age is not that one is old, but that one is not young.”

     

     

     

     
    • mlrover 8:03 am on May 19, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      It Ain’t Necessarily So is one of my favorites.

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    • calmkate 9:18 am on May 19, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      love it .. our resident ‘expert’ on longevity ❤

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    • equipsblog 2:08 pm on May 19, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      You must have read my mind. I think that at least a dozen times a day (or is I think it for the first time, a dozen times a day?)

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      • mistermuse 5:35 pm on May 19, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Well, there’s being “only as old as you feel” — and then there’s this:

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    • Eliza 4:15 pm on May 19, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Imagine being young for eternity??

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      • mistermuse 6:11 pm on May 19, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Being old, I find it hard to imagine. But innocence is for the young, and who am I to throw a sour note into their song?

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    • Rivergirl 8:29 pm on May 19, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I’d like to live to 969 years old… if only to piss off the Social Security office.
      😈

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      • mistermuse 11:34 pm on May 19, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        If the extreme right wing ever gains control of all branches of government, it may not matter how long you live — there probably won’t be a Social Security office (but not to worry; charity will take care of you).

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    • Richard A Cahill 12:22 pm on May 20, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve always thought the world’s oldest man (or woman) to be the ultimate temp job, Sr. Muse.

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    • Elizabeth 5:00 pm on May 20, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I have laughed about a song that promises “I will love you until you’re 70.” Then what? Thanks for the opening laugh.

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    • America On Coffee 9:19 pm on May 20, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Incredible!!

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    • America On Coffee 9:20 pm on May 20, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Video not available.

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      • mistermuse 7:55 pm on May 21, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t know which video you mean. The first is METHUSELAH, the second is GIVE ME THAT OLD TIME RELIGION, and the third is IT AIN’T NECESSARILY SO. If you can’t get the latter two, there are many other versions. If you can’t get METHUSELAH, the name is really all you need to know, so it ain’t necessarily worth the trouble of trying to find a substitute.

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        • America On Coffee 1:38 am on May 23, 2019 Permalink

          Bobby Darin and Methuselah. I found Methuselah and its a great video as well as the old time religion which the world and I really need. Thank you mistermuse for all of your inspirings. Have a great week!

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    • mistermuse 11:58 am on May 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      The OLD TIME RELIGION clip is a scene from the 1960 movie INHERIT THE WIND based on the notorious 1925 “Scopes Monkey Trial” of a Tennessee schoolteacher for teaching evolution. It’s a great film (starring Spencer Tracy) and I highly recommend it.

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    • Silver Screenings 4:49 pm on May 26, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      146 years! Good grief!

      Also, I love a post that includes “Inherit the Wind” and Bobby Darin. Nicely done.

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      • mistermuse 10:53 pm on May 26, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        INHERIT THE WIND was on TCM again last night. Since I hadn’t seen it in several years, I watched it again and enjoyed it as much as ever (though I think Gene Kelly is a bit miscast as the reporter).

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        • Silver Screenings 1:00 am on May 27, 2019 Permalink

          Agreed. I want to like Gene Kelly in that role, but I never quite buy it.

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        • mistermuse 11:24 am on May 27, 2019 Permalink

          Fortunately, Spencer Tracy, Fredric March and the rest of the cast are so spot-on that Kelly’s off-key performance can be given a pass (though not by much).

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      • mistermuse 3:33 pm on May 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Bobby Darin is all but forgotten today but was one of the great singers of his tragically short time in the spotlight.

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    • D. Wallace Peach 1:36 am on May 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Getting old ain’t for wimps, but a sense of humor goes a long way.

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      • mistermuse 11:32 am on May 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        You got that right, Diana. If I didn’t have a sense of humor, I probably wouldn’t have any sense at all!

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    • Don Ostertag 1:32 pm on June 20, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Growing old is better than the alternative – not growing old any longer.

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    • mistermuse 7:05 pm on June 20, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I said that to an old relative in a nursing home years ago, and she said “How do you know — we don’t know what the alternative is.” Now that I’m old myself, I must admit there’s a sense in which she was right. Nonetheless, I plan on living to reach 100 if it kills me.

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on May 12, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: above the law, civility, , , humanity, , legality, , , quotes, , , , Stonewell Jackson, ,   

    TRUMP COULDN’T HAVE SAID IT BETTER 

    As we know, our beloved, above-the-law President, Donald “Stonewall Maximum” Trump, is not one to account for his violations of civility, humanity or legality, but in case he ever feels a need to make excuses for his base….instincts, he can grab on to one of the following old floozies — I mean DOOZIES — for justification. Imitation being the sincerest form of flattery, he may even want to lay claim to them all — no matter the doozies became noted quotes ere Trump ere heard of them or the quotees (well, maybe he heard of the first one.)

    “I haven’t committed a crime. What I did was fail to comply with the law.” –DAVID DINKINS, former NYC Mayor

    “I care not who makes the laws of a nation if I can get out an injunction.” –FINLEY PETER DUNNE, humorist

    “Suppression is 9/10ths of the law.” –EVAN ESAR (a pun on the expression “Possession is 9/10ths of the law.”

    “I simply misremembered it wrong.” –MARK KIRK, former Republican Senator from Illinois

    “My friends, no matter how rough the road may be, we can and we will, never, surrender to what is right.” –DAN QUAYLE, VP of the United States under George H.W. Bush

    “There are people in our society who should be separated and discarded.” –SPIRO AGNEW, V.P. of the U.S. under Richard Nixon

    “I AM the Federal Government.” –TOM DELAY, former GOP Majority leader, after telling a business owner to put out his cigar due to a federal law against smoking in the building

    Now that’s a quote we can lay on THE DONALD without DELAY.

     

     

     

     
    • calmkate 4:54 am on May 12, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      he is way above the law, he doesn’t need any quotes or excuses …
      he simply does what he wants when he wants!

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    • Notes To Ponder 4:55 am on May 12, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on notestoponder.

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    • rivergirl1211 9:01 am on May 12, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      If you or I ignored a subpoena, we’d be in jail. No one should be above the law.

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      • mistermuse 11:53 am on May 12, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Without question, rg. Trump is an ass, and they should put his ass in jail.

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    • Garfield Hug 10:24 am on May 12, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Good post! Trump is untouchable…till the house of cards fall down and then it is the beginning of the end for him.

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      • mistermuse 12:11 pm on May 12, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        It’s obvious that Trump is trying the three S strategy: Sandbag, Stonewall, and String this thing out until the 2020 election, which he thinks he can win by continuing to con enough gullible people to vote for him. I can only hope 2020 voters remember this truism: Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.

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    • D. Wallace Peach 11:51 am on May 12, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I can barely laugh anymore at this disgusting horrible cruel selfish man. You are valiant to try. And I’d be happy to throw the Republicans out with the bathwater. The leaders of that party are corrupt beyond my comprehension. Ugh.

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      • mistermuse 12:35 pm on May 12, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I feel the same, Diana, which is why I’ve laid off Trump for a while. But, because he is so unrelenting in his “horrible cruel” conduct, I think we must be unrelenting in nailing him. He is undoubtedly counting on good people getting so tired of him that they tune him out instead of calling him out.

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        • D. Wallace Peach 1:09 pm on May 12, 2019 Permalink

          I wish Congress (Democrats, at least) would do their jobs and hold him accountable. What wimps! And you’re right, of course, we have to keep talking about it and demanding sanity.

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        • mistermuse 4:13 pm on May 12, 2019 Permalink

          As much as I think Trump deserves to be impeached ASAP, I think House Democrats (led by Nancy Pelosi) are wise to wait until Robert Mueller testifies and gives witness to his 400+ page report and his rebuke of Attorney General Wm. Barr’s brazenly misleading summary of it. In falsely exonerating Trump and delaying release of the actual report, Barr acted more like Trump’s personal attorney than the Attorney General of the United States, and the impact was exactly what Trump and Barr intended: general acceptance of Barr’s initial spin.

          Barr knew that first impressions matter, and the only way to combat that impression of Mueller’s report is to have Mueller himself refute Barr’s summary on live TV. Only then will the majority of the American people learn the truth and support those in Congress who are ready to lead the fight to impeach.

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    • Lisa R. Palmer 11:55 am on May 12, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      So sad, but so true! So many need a good spanking this Mother’s Day! 😉

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      • mistermuse 12:47 pm on May 12, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I agree, Lisa, but since the GOP-controlled Senate will never approve impeachment, the only “spanking” that will chastise Trump is to vote him out of office by an OVERWHELMING margin in 2020.

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    • arekhill1 12:58 pm on May 12, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Reminds me of a lady I was dating who, when I remonstrated her for gossiping, told me, “Richard, I wasn’t gossiping–I was just telling other people what I’ve heard.”

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    • Elizabeth 7:36 pm on May 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Glad to remember that we have outlasted a number of other lying scoundrels.

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    • Chris Karas 3:07 pm on May 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Ahh… the arrogance of political figures. Great quotes.

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    • literaryeyes 1:34 pm on June 29, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      The right-wing and loyal Republicans view him as the Righteous Warrior against the Left and Godless, so he has a good chance of winning again. We need to unite around a candidate, and understand our candidate may not be perfect, but is far above the cringing cowardice and corruption of the current crowd (a multiple of c’s!, like a tongue-twister).

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      • mistermuse 3:24 pm on June 29, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        We DO need to unite around a candidate. Right now, I think there are too many candidates running for the Democratic nomination, as evidenced during the debates by too much interrupting and talking at the same time, resulting in drowning out each other. I hope the field will narrow ASAP to a half dozen or so ‘serious’ candidates (those with the best chance of beating Trump) so that the choices are less cluttered (for want of a better term).

        I, for one, think it is imperative that (among other qualities) the finalist is able to take on the bully Trump in debates and put him in his place. So far, I think Kamela Harris has best demonstrated that ability, but she needs to become better known, and hopefully will become so as other candidates fall by the wayside.

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    • barkinginthedark 5:58 pm on January 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      i fear for us as a (quasi) democracy. continue…

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  • mistermuse 12:02 am on May 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , classic films, friendship, , , , , , Peter Bogdanovich, quotes, race hate, the good old days, the human spirit,   

    WELL(ES) SAID 

    “My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four….unless there are three other people.” –Orson Welles (in his obese later years)

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    Today being the birthday (5/6/1915) of the great director/actor Orson Welles, I’m going to risk repeating myself by repeating myself….with a few selections (including the following clip) from a past post acclaiming Welles and his role in the classic film THE THIRD MAN:

    To those who think the likes of this 1949 film has appeal only for seniors (like me), I’d say such films are called classic because they’re ageless, not made to capitalize on what’s ‘in’ at the moment. To demonstrate, here is a non-senior citizen explaining why she loves it:

    Of Welles, the man grown from “boy genius,” much has been written, but I won’t go into the details of his life/legend here — they can be readily culled by clicking this link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orson_Welles (or less readily culled from recommended books like ORSON WELLES, a 562 page biography by Barbara Leaming). Instead, I will call on some of the wisdom he left behind….and I quote:

    Even if the good old days never existed, the fact that we can conceive such a world is, in fact, a confirmation of the human spirit.

    Living in the lap of luxury isn’t bad except that you never know when luxury is going to stand up.

    I don’t pray because I don’t want to bore God.

    Race hate isn’t human nature; race hate is the abandonment of human nature.

    Don’t give them what they think they want. Give them what they never thought was possible.

    We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we’re not alone.

    When people accept breaking the law as normal, something happens to the whole society.

    Well(es) said, I’d say.

     

     

     

     
    • Red Metal 12:09 am on May 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      He was one talented filmmaker, that’s for sure, and I really do like his pearls of wisdom. It’s a shame more directors don’t use that ethos in their work. Citizen Kane, Touch of Evil, and The Lady from Shanghai are all personal favorites of mine, and even if they had messages, they were still ultimately stories first, which is a large reason they’re able to stand the test of time. I also have a copy of The Magnificent Ambersons and F for Fake lying around; I want to give them a spin at some point.

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      • mistermuse 9:02 am on May 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        To “stand the test of time” is indeed the measure of a classic film (or any creative work, for that matter), and it goes almost without saying that a film doesn’t have to be ‘serious’ to be classic (think Charlie Chaplin, for example).

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        • Red Metal 1:35 pm on May 7, 2019 Permalink

          Yeah, the problem with a lot of modern filmmakers is that they’re more interested in being timely than timeless. The other problem is that they make films in a way that you’re only ever allowed to enjoy them on their terms, depriving them of any kind of applicability. Welles was always a storyteller first – even when he was tackling heavy subjects such as racism as he did in Touch of Evil. I make it a point that I always favor the storyteller over the preacher.

          Also, the fact that a film doesn’t need to be serious to be good is something more critics need to understand. As it stands, what they consider to be good is quite limited.

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        • mistermuse 4:04 pm on May 7, 2019 Permalink

          I couldn’t agree more, R M. Thanks for commenting again.

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    • obbverse 3:36 am on May 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      ‘I don’t pray because I don’t want to bore God.’ Awesome, Orson. And thanks etc. I like and enjoy wordplay so I’m following along.

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      • mistermuse 9:09 am on May 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        That’s one of my favorite quotes as well. As an evolved deist, I stopped boring God years ago — at least, when it comes to praying.

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    • mlrover 8:01 am on May 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      “When people accept breaking the law as normal, something happens to the whole society.” MLKing said something similar that I also like about injustice. Haven’t had morning coffee or I would look it up.

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      • mistermuse 9:14 am on May 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        When I came upon that quote, the rise and reign of Donald Trump immediately came to mind. Something is indeed happening to the whole society, and the longer his reign continues, the more normal it becomes.

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    • rivergirl1211 8:03 am on May 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      A visionary film maker to be sure. I’ve seen many, but am always pleased to discover a new ( to me ) one.

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      • mistermuse 9:24 am on May 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        “A visionary film maker” indeed (and a towering presence as an actor, as well). What a pity that so many of his films were taken out of this hands and/or re-edited out of his vision.

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    • scifihammy 11:47 am on May 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve always admired Orson Welles, so enjoyed your post very much 🙂

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      • mistermuse 12:48 pm on May 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I too have long admired Welles, despite admitting that his work isn’t for all tastes….though the same could be said of how the “masses” have viewed many a ‘misunderstood genius’ and innovator.

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    • arekhill1 1:12 pm on May 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      The War of the Worlds panic was related to me by both my parents, although both denied being personally panicked. I’ve forced myself to sit through Citizen Kane twice, without it improving me measurably. Kind of wish the man had chosen to bore God instead of me.

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      • mistermuse 1:36 pm on May 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t count CITIZEN KANE among my favorite Orson Welles films, although it did make quite an impression on me when I first saw it. When I watched it again years later, I came to the conclusion that it doesn’t bear repeated viewings for those who aren’t “auteurs” (unlike, say, films such as CASABLANCA or THE THIRD MAN) and I haven’t watched it again again.

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 2:42 pm on May 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      MisterMuse, you’ve convinced me that I need to see The Third Man 🙂

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    • Elizabeth 8:16 pm on May 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I saw The Third Man a few months ago after seeing it recommended on another blog. I loved it and could certainly watch it again.

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      • mistermuse 10:56 pm on May 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for sharing your enthusiasm for The Third Man, Elizabeth. I’ve watched it at least a half dozen times over the years, though I do allow a few years to pass between viewings because of the old saying that “familiarity breeds contempt” (though I doubt that would be the case with this film or several others I’ve watched many times).

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    • Eliza 1:29 pm on May 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I love those quotes! Especially the I don’t pray because I don’t want to bore god, and friendship creates an illusion.
      Love, light and glitter…

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      • mistermuse 5:20 pm on May 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I love those two quotes too, Eliza, as well as the last one because it’s so relevant to the reign of Trump and his cronies today and the resulting “new normal” surrounding him.

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        • Eliza 12:41 pm on May 8, 2019 Permalink

          ha ha. What’s the ‘new normal’ with him as president?

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        • mistermuse 6:09 pm on May 8, 2019 Permalink

          Perhaps I should have said “the new abnormal,” Eliza. The very fact that you asked the question shows that abnormal has become so normal with Trump that it seems normal. But you’re right in implying that, after two-plus years as “acting” President, it’s no longer new.

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    • blindzanygirl 3:11 am on May 8, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I just love those quotes. And I also love the film. Many thanks to you

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    • Chris Karas 6:42 pm on May 9, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Great quotes. I chuckled at the lap of luxury bit. Definitely a timeless individual.

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    • mistermuse 6:38 pm on May 10, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      In his obese later years, Welles probably didn’t have much lap left — either physically, or of luxury. So he no doubt knew whereof he spoke.

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    • Silver Screenings 4:57 pm on May 26, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I love listening to Peter Bogdanovich talk about film, especially Orson Welles films. Thanks for sharing this clip. I hadn’t seen it before. 🙂

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    • Don Ostertag 7:53 pm on June 20, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Since I first saw THE THIRD MAN I had it in my top 5 favorite movies. As I grew older I realized it is my number one favorite. I watch it about every 6 months. So much fine acting, direction, script, cinematography, music. And once you are over-thralled by just how fine it is, the last scene comes on and compounds the feeling that it is truly a work of art.

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      • mistermuse 1:07 am on June 21, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I absolutely agree. Everything comes together so perfectly in this film that I don’t think it could improved on. How many movies can you say that about?

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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on February 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Auguste Rodin, Bessie Smith, , , NO BRAINER DAY, poet, President, quotes, Rene Descarte, , , , , thought, ,   

    NO BRAINER DAY 

    I think, therefore I am. –René Descartes 
    I overthink, therefore I post.
    –mistermuse

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    Lately, I’ve been burning too much mental energy cooking up posts to roast Trump (e.g., I almost said toast rump); the heat is turning my face red and giving me the thinking blues:

    Frankly, friends, I think I need to cool it before the strain becomes a drain on my brain and gives me a pain. Fortunately, Feb. 27 is NO BRAINER DAY — a perfect day to post a post which requires little or no thinking. But before you Trump reprobates snidely ask how that would make this post any different from my previous posts, answer me this: how much thought do you think The Donald gives his tweets? Even a smart-ask Trumpite should allow that mistermuse be entitled to one day of devoting the same paucity of gray matter to his post that your Orange Oligarch devotes to his tweets every day.

    With that in mind, I’m giving the rest of this tome over to posting what others thought when they thought about thinking/not thinking. Do I think their thinking will make you think you’re thinking what I’m thinking about thinking/not thinking? Just a thought.

    So, let’s get quoting before I change my mind and start thinking again:

    I think that I think; therefore, I think I am. –Ambrose Bierce

    [I think that I think, therefore] I yam what I yam. –Popeye the Sailor Man

    There is no expedient to which a man will not go to avoid the labor of thinking. –Thomas Edison

    Ours is an age which is proud of machines that think, and suspicious of men who try to. –Howard Mumford Jones

    The best way [for a woman] to win a man is to make him think you think as much of him as he does. –Evan Esar

    In America, we say what we think, and even if we can’t think, we say it anyhow. –Charles F. Kettering

    In closing, did you know Rodin’s THE THINKER was originally called THE POET:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Thinker

    I happen to know that THE POET didn’t appreciate the name change, thus this reaction:

    Mused The Poet to a passing skunk,
    “What good is being called The Thinker?
    To some day convey the aura of a President,
    It should Don the wrap, like you, of The Stinker.”

     

     

     
    • calmkate 12:20 am on February 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Kettering says it best … take deep breaths, calm down … your blood pressure is thru the roof young man ❤

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    • mistermuse 1:39 am on February 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I think what Kettering said applies more to Trump and his supporters, Kate. How does one calm down so long as such a dangerously immoral man remains in power? Call me overly concerned, but Like Popeye (and Trump), “I yam what I yam.”

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      • Yeah, Another Blogger 9:06 am on February 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I’m with you on Trump. He stinks up the joint.

        Neil Scheinin

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        • mistermuse 9:51 am on February 27, 2019 Permalink

          You got that right, Neil. The most worrying thing is that the joint he stinks up is The White House.

          Correction: he stinks up the country, if not the whole world.

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    • scifihammy 8:13 am on February 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I like Your quote. 😀

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    • rivergirl1211 9:18 am on February 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      You’ve given me a lot to think about there…

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      • mistermuse 9:43 am on February 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        You go, rivergirl!

        On second thought, stay — I need all my brilliant, witty, adorable followers (and you too)! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • mlrover 9:32 am on February 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I think, therefore I am. –René Descartes or I overthink, therefore I post. –mistermuse
      I like yours better.

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    • mistermuse 12:40 pm on February 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Manoloprofe, thank you for the like. I read your latest post about William Tell, but there appears to be no way to leave responses on your blog, so I’ll leave my response here:

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    • Eliza 2:54 pm on February 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the smiles
      Happy Wednesday
      Love, light and glitter

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      • mistermuse 6:39 pm on February 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the comment. I’ll take the love and the light, but leave the glitter to pop artists and Hollywood celebs who (apparently) can never have enough!

        Take care, and remember what Abe Lincoln said: “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” 🙂

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    • Richard A Cahill 10:46 pm on February 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I think you failed to write a trump-free post, Sr. Muse. As far as wishing not to abuse Trump in prose, been there, tried to do that, failed miserably myself. I feel your pain.

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    • magickmermaid 7:41 pm on February 28, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      A very well-thought out post! 😀

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    • mistermuse 7:50 pm on February 28, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I think so too, therefore I thank you! 🙂

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    • masercot 7:38 am on March 1, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I do love me some Bessie Smith…

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      • mistermuse 12:48 pm on March 1, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Hopefully, there’s something here to please every reader (except Trump supporters, some of whom may know how to read, and happen upon this post).

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    • Resa 8:34 pm on March 3, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Nice post! I like the Popeye “Yam am”
      Don’t hear much about Popeye, anymore. He’s too, anchored in the past. 😀
      My cat is named Jeep, after Eugene the Magical Jeep! True!

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    • mistermuse 10:57 pm on March 3, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry to say, I’ve never heard of Eugene the Magical Jeep. However, I have heard of Puff the Magic Dragon, so I hope that counts for something! 🙂

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    • Paul Sunstone 2:03 am on March 4, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve come to believe that for most of us, “thinking” is not much different than exploring the insides of our boxes. The boxes our parents, teachers, peers, culture, etc. give us to play around inside of. Now and then, we make an important discovery. “The walls are brown!”

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    • Susi Bocks 12:27 am on March 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I think I need to think about all this carefully. 😉 BTW, “I overthink, therefore I post.” Spot on, Mister Writer! I thoroughly enjoyed your mini-rant. May you be able to de-stress a bit.

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    • Silver Screenings 11:08 am on March 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Hey, I didn’t know The Thinker was originally called The Poet. I always learn something when I come here.

      Also: I love the quote about our society being proud of machines that think, but distrustful of people who try to. Very well said.

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      • mistermuse 7:14 am on March 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the comment, SS — I thought I had replied before, but apparently I forgot. Apparently I need a machine that thinks for me, or at least remembers for me! 🙂

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    • kutukamus 2:20 am on March 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Now this ‘no-brainy’ is something to think over, really 🙂

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  • mistermuse 2:06 am on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: asylum seekers, border separation, , empathy, migrant parents, , quotes   

    SOMEONE CALL A DOCTOR – OUR PRESIDENT IS SICK 

    empathy, n. Identification with and understanding of another’s feelings, situation, and motives. –Webster’s New College Dictionary

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    Unless you’ve been separated from the news since 2017, you’ve no doubt heard of our U.S. President’s “zero tolerance” (zero humanity?) immigration policy, whereby children (including infants and toddlers) are taken from their asylum-seeking mother and/or father at the southern border, resulting in what the New York Times reported as “thousands of migrant parents spending months in agonized uncertainty, unable to communicate with their children and in many cases not even knowing where their children are.”

    Let’s call this unconscionable practice what it is:

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/huppke/ct-met-family-separation-border-children-trump-huppke-20190211-story.html

    In June 2018, a federal judge in San Diego directed the federal government to halt the separations and reunite children with their parents, but federal inspectors found that separations continued to occur. Furthermore, according to the N.Y. Times, the total number of separated children is unknown “because of the lack of a coordinated formal tracking system between the Office of Refugee Resettlement, the arm of Health and Human Services that takes in the children, and the Dept. of Homeland Security, which separated them from their parents.”

    What is wrong with this morally sick President that renders him incapable of empathy, that blinds him to the needs of others, particularly the ‘least’ of us?

    “All children old enough to recognize that they exist as separate (albeit weak and dependent) beings have a strong need to believe that their parents are ultimately good and kind. Parents appear to the child to be omnipotent figures who have everything: food, warmth, love, mobility and so forth. The child desperately needs to feel that these God-like parents are devoted to his or her particular needs and well-being: the consequences of the reverse, for the weak and utterly dependent child, are simply too terrible to contemplate.” — Scott Mann, author, HEART OF A HEARTLESS WORLD

    Someone call a doctor — preferably a heart specialist — for our President.

     

     
    • calmkate 2:35 am on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      psychopaths have NO empathy, he is certifiable … I assure you!

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    • The Whitechapel Whelk 3:58 am on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      You raised my hopes with that title

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    • carmen 7:55 am on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I cannot imagine him being anyone’s Valentine. 😦
      Now you, on the other hand, mistermuse. . . 🙂

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      • mistermuse 10:08 am on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I can’t imagine him as anyone’s Valentine either….but I can clearly see him as the MAD Hater on Halloween.
        Happy Valentine’s Day a day early, Carmen!

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    • mlrover 8:52 am on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      He is not my president. I have too much respect for the office to give that man the title. He is on a par with the murderous A. Jackson who killed thousands of Native Americans in one of our country’s most horrific land grabs.

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      • mistermuse 10:14 am on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Right on, mirover! The other day on TV (I forget which program), Trump was reported to have said that Andrew Jackson is one of his favorite presidents. It figures.

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    • Lisa R. Palmer 11:12 am on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Grr… this makes me so mad! How is it still happenening? How is it he still has supporters? I cannot even fathom the sadistic depths of those who so freakishly and fanatically encourage him…

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      • mistermuse 12:54 pm on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Good question, Lisa. In my opinion, most of his supporters are either willfully ignorant, gullible, or (like many right-wing ideologues and power players) have a stronger ‘financial compass’ than a ‘moral compass.’

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    • Richard Cahill 1:04 pm on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Doctor? In my opinion his heart needs a blood clot the size of a cheeseburger.

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      • mistermuse 6:16 pm on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        In a more charitable vein, how about a heart transplant with a real heart?

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    • Paulie 1:05 pm on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Two years into this mess and nothing shocks me (much) anymore. The mind is more boggled by his supporters and enablers, particularly those in Congress who’ve decided to hitch their careers and legacies to this miserable jackass. What drives them? Power? Financial skin in the game? Racism? A little bit of each? Clearly there’s a complete lack of morality and empathy.

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      • mistermuse 6:22 pm on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        That about sums it up, Paulie. If those who voted for him don’t have buyer’s remorse by now, they never will.

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    • Elizabeth 2:34 pm on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      His parents didn’t earn parents of the year awards themselves. I don’t think he ever received any love. He certainly acts as if he didn’t.

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      • mistermuse 6:44 pm on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Not to ‘disagree,’ Elizabeth, but I think he rec’d love all right — love of power, of domineering wealth, and of being the center of acclaim. A real triple threat, all in one pathetic package.

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        • Elizabeth 8:36 pm on February 13, 2019 Permalink

          That is right on the money. He didn’t get the real thing but its counterfeits.

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    • D. Wallace Peach 5:32 pm on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      He has a narcissistic personality disorder and is incapable of feeling empathy. It’s a real sickness that can turn people into monsters.

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      • mistermuse 6:47 pm on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        On the money, Diana….monsters who are incapable of seeing themselves as they really are.

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      • A. Rinum 10:54 pm on February 19, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Forget about differences in political opinion…
        I don’t even think we’re on the same page regarding morality…
        Children shouldn’t have to suffer because grownups are can’t get along…

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        • mistermuse 1:21 am on February 20, 2019 Permalink

          …or because grownups have forgotten how vulnerable they were as children to circumstances beyond their control or ability to cope (or were so privileged as children that they didn’t have to experience such circumstances).

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        • D. Wallace Peach 11:31 am on February 20, 2019 Permalink

          I used to work as an early childhood mental health counselor, and the trauma these kids are experiencing is outrageous. I wrote a post about the mental health impact on immigrant children, if you’re interested. https://mythsofthemirror.com/2018/06/25/trump-sanctioned-child-abuse/
          (Thanks Mr. Muse for letting me share 🙂 )

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      • mistermuse 11:48 am on February 20, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Diana, for the link to your 6/25/18 TRUMP SANCTIONED CHILD ABUSE post, which I read at the time and liked very much. I appreciate the share, and hope readers of this comment will read it too.

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    • chattykerry 8:07 pm on February 14, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      It is cruel and unusual punishment – why isn’t that cause for impeachment?

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      • mistermuse 8:15 pm on February 14, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        It is, but unfortunately, Republicans still control the Senate. Hopefully that will change in November 2020, but until then, Robert Mueller is our only hope (and even when his report is completed, it may be kept from the public by the Republican Attorney General).

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    • barkinginthedark 7:33 pm on March 3, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      this is a vile thing. continue…

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      • mistermuse 11:06 pm on March 3, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        What can I say? Vile men do vile things, and it doesn’t get much more vile than taking small children from their parents and traumatizing them.

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    • Marysa Writes 4:16 pm on March 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I’m honestly surprised to find a website of people who are not trump supporters. It feels almost unreal.

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      • mistermuse 4:56 pm on March 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t see many Trump-supporter websites, Marysa — for one thing, I don’t seek them, and if I do run into one, I don’t follow it because I’ve found from past experience that we don’t occupy the same universe or speak the same language, thus we talk past each other, and meaningful dialogue is impossible.

        In “real life,” however, engagement is possible. My next-door neighbor is a mild Trump supporter (if you can imagine such a thing), and we get along fine.

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        • Marysa Writes 5:00 pm on March 7, 2019 Permalink

          I’m from Florida, so pretty much everyone I run into is a Trump supporter, and it’s a bit awkward.

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    • bigskybuckeye 4:01 pm on March 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      The comments to this post say it all.

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  • mistermuse 12:11 am on September 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Book Reviews, , , quotes   

    SHORT AND (NOT SO) SWEET 

    Lately I’ve been (and remain) a bit under the weather, so rather than strain my brain trying to write something original, this post will quote from three book reviews which have something pertinent to say about the likes of our favorite President, either directly or by extension (book titles in caps):

    KILL IT TO SAVE IT by Corey Dolgon

    “Dolgon’s astute look at the conservative turn in US politics … offers a fascinating look at the phenomenon that made Donald J. Trump the preferred choice of many voters. The long-term fallout of this turn has many of us thinking far less critically than we should be–exactly as intended–and how and why we’ve learned to tolerate the intolerable.” –Eleanor J. Bader (reviewer)

    UNDER THE COVER OF CHAOS by Lawrence Grossberg

    “In damning detail, Grossberg here lays bare the deep roots of Trumpism. Rather than a break from some imagined pure, nuanced conservatism, Grossberg shows Trump’s manic nonsense is actually a continuation, the result of a long struggle between the new right and the reactionary right. Everyone should read this book if they want to understand the rise of authoritarianism in the United States.” –Henry Giroux (reviewer)

    THEY THOUGHT THEY WERE FREE by Milton Mayer

    An account of the rise of fascism in Germany from 1933-45. As such, “A timely reminder of how otherwise unremarkable and in many ways reasonable people can be seduced by demagogues and populists.” –Richard J. Evans (reviewer)

    Upon further review, I couldn’t have said it better myself.

     

     
    • Paul Sunstone 12:23 am on September 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry to hear you’re under the weather. Trump will either be defeated or be the ruin of us. There’s no third way.

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    • Lisa R. Palmer 8:08 am on September 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Hope you feel better soon, mistermuse, though I can’t hope any of us can feel better about our president or the state of our country. I don’t want us to. We can’t quit until this ends, one way or another…

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      • mistermuse 8:54 am on September 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Lisa. You couldn’t be more right — this must end, one way or another.

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    • masercot 8:24 am on September 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Read Sinclair Lewis’ “It Can’t Happen Here”…

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    • scifihammy 10:20 am on September 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Good book choices!
      And I hope you start to feel better soon. 🙂

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    • Garfield Hug 10:58 am on September 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Feel better Mistermuse. Garfield hugs! I hope sonething gets done to solve Trump’s mentality and improved government style

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    • mistermuse 6:22 pm on September 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, ladies, for the good wishes. Saw my doctor today and he said I’m healthy as an ox (an ox who’s seen better days). Luckily, I’m a night person. 🙂

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    • dunnasead.co 11:44 am on September 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      1. Hope you feel better soon. 2. Thank you so much for writing. Twice even. 3. I don’t ever comment on politics- personal beliefs, but I do like your blog in general very much. 4 the reason you can’t reach me, is that my blog has been turned off so many times, by my psychotic troll, or, in two cases, by me since the comments were so vile I didn”t want anyone looking at them and this was the only way. (I have done music therapy with the very ill- I’m no shrinking violet. These are very very sick people.) 5. Please don’t take the problems personally. They basically locked off all the people who can think or have a heart. But many are now back. And I’m a-workin on it.

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      • mistermuse 12:09 pm on September 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, dunnasead. I can relate to your feelings, and I appreciate your taking time to express them. 🙂

        And speaking of heart….

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    • markscheel1 5:59 pm on September 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Hoping the “weather” improves soon, Muse!

      Mark

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      • mistermuse 10:35 pm on September 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Mark. I saw my doc on 9/12. The bad news is that he couldn’t determine what’s ailing me. The good news is that I’m starting to feel better anyway. I could’ve stayed home and been just as well off!

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    • Carol A. Hand 10:32 am on September 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Sending hugs and best wishes, Mister Muse. ❤

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on September 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Henry James, , old song, quotes, ,   

    A QUOTER OF NINE 

    One must never miss an opportunity of quoting things by others which are always more interesting than those one thinks up oneself. –Marcel Proust

    The idea for this post was born of the mating of the above quote (which came from a book I’m reading about Marcel Proust) with a play on words from the title of this old song:

    The next step was to come up with nine quotes based on the above premise. Almost by default, I chose quotes about quotes. I hope the result isn’t born stillborn — if so, de fault is yours (or mine, if you want to be petty about it). Let’s begin and see how it works out:

    Those who never quote, in return are never quoted. –Isaac D’Israeli

    Pretty things that are well said — it’s nice to have them in your head. –Robert Frost

    I have made it a rule that whenever I say something stupid, I immediately attribute it to Dr. Johnson, Marcus Aurelius or Dorothy Parker. –George Mikes

    Asked to describe his most recent play, a playwright (who Dorothy Parker felt had been copying her) said, “It’s hard to say — except that it’s a play against all isms.” She replied, “Except plagiarism.

    I always have a quotation for everything — it saves original thinking. –Dorothy L. Sayers

    To be amused at what you read — that is the great spring of quotation. –Charles Edward Montague

    While reading writers of great formulatory power — Henry James, Santayana, Proust — I find I can scarcely get through a page without having to stop to record some lapidary sentence. Reading Henry James, for example, I have muttered to myself, “C’mon, Henry, turn down the brilliance a notch, so I can get some reading done.” –Joseph Epstein

    If you want to be quoted, say something you shouldn’t say. –Evan Esar

    I really didn’t say everything I said. –Yogi Berra

    So that makes me a quoter of nine, unless one counts the opening Marcel Proust quote, which doesn’t count as ten unless you’re keeping count, in which case, count it instead as a bonus which would only count if you don’t count Yogi, who said he didn’t say what he said if he didn’t say it (but don’t quote me on that).

     

     

     
    • K. A. Bryce 12:07 am on September 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Very nice, though I was disappointed you didn’t have something by Wilde. Nothing comes to mind offhand and my own book of quotes is in no way organized, but I would have guessed he’d be one of your first. I’m sure he said something scathing about quotes, or at least one would hope so. Smiles>KB

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      • mistermuse 1:08 am on September 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I own a book titled THE WIT AND HUMOR OF OSCAR WILDE which contains many Wilde quotes, but nothing “scathing about quotes.” However, Paul Sunstone came up with a Wilde quotation quote in his comment which follows….and then there’s this from my book, which isn’t too far off course: “I like to do all the talking myself. It saves time and prevents arguments.”

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    • Paul Sunstone 12:14 am on September 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      “Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.” — Oscar Wilde

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    • Richard A Cahill 1:31 am on September 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Any post that mentions the immortal Ms. Parker twice gets a star on my refrigerator, Sr. Muse.

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      • mistermuse 8:25 am on September 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        One of my favorite wits as well, Ricardo. When I’m at wit’s end, I can always count on her to restore my faith in humility (as in ‘humiliating putdowns’).

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    • masercot 6:20 am on September 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      “Quote, unquote and quote”

      “How many quotes is that, Jameson?”

      “Three, sir”

      “Three? Add another quote and make it a gallon”

      Groucho Marx – Animal Crackers

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      • mistermuse 8:39 am on September 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Groucho was such a wise cracker that one would think he would be the Marx Brother at the famous Algonquin Round Table (where Dorothy Parker was ‘queen’), but instead it was Harpo.

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        • masercot 8:45 am on September 5, 2018 Permalink

          I’ve heard that Harpo could be pretty funny. Actually, I heard the same thing about Zeppo. Some biographer talked about how ungodly slow Zeppo Marx drove and the author of the book just got lulled and FELL OUT OF THE CAR. It was probably going about twenty miles an hour at the time…

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    • calmkate 6:30 pm on September 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      lol gave me a smile, nice to see a post other than about him … 🙂

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    • restlessjo 3:22 am on September 7, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I love it! I even remember the song 🙂 🙂 Original thinking is pretty hard, and I may have to spend the rest of my life quoting George Mikes.

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      • mistermuse 9:34 am on September 7, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Jo. That song was actually made popular by Al Jolson several decades before the Bobby Darin rendition, but I chose the Darin clip because he was one of my favorite singers. As you may know, he died tragically young, otherwise he may have given Sinatra a run for his money.

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    • Silver Screenings 3:15 pm on September 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Fabulous quotes, and am very glad to see Dorothy Parker honoured here.

      Also: Bobby Darin was the ultimate in Cool.

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      • mistermuse 6:06 pm on September 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Did you know that Dorothy Parker was also a song writer? If you’ll click on “Dorothy Parker” under “Tags” (right hand column near the top) and scroll down to my June 7 post EXCUSE MY DUST, you’ll come to a clip of I WISHED ON THE MOON, to which she wrote the lyrics.

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    • markscheel1 3:37 pm on September 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Muse,

      Dare I disclose the following? A story of mine, I’ve just been informed, is a finalist in a Dorothy Parker writing contest where entrants are required to take the first line and last line of her “A Telephone Call” story and write their own story seamlessly in between. Furthermore, a little bird landed on my window recently and tweeted that you (and yours) are due for congratulations–and you know what for. So, by golly, congrats!!!!! And many more. 🙂

      Mark

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      • mistermuse 6:14 pm on September 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Congrats on being a Dorothy Parker writing contest finalist, Mark — here’s hoping that your story wins (and, if so, that you post it). Also, thanks for the “you know what” congrats; I’m glad the tweet came from a little bird, not from you know who. 🙂

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    • rivergirl1211 4:59 pm on September 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Well said, or quoted as the case may be.

      “I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation.”
      George Bernard Shaw

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    • barkinginthedark 6:20 pm on September 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      tonite, the stars’ll twinkle and shine, this evening…about a quoter of nine. continue…

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    • barkinginthedark 6:22 pm on September 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      actually i wrote that before i even knew what the Darin clip was. great minds. continue…

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      • mistermuse 7:54 pm on September 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        In a way, that’s similar to Trump — he writes tweets before he knows what he’s talking about.

        (Just kidding — that comparison was a terrible one to make!)

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    • smbabbitt 10:53 pm on September 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Just ran across this (from LOVE’S LABOURS LOST) in an old advertisement for a new book of quotations:
      Moth. [Aside to COSTARD.] They have been at a great feast of languages, and stolen the scraps.
      Costard. O! they have lived long on the almsbasket of words. I marvel thy master hath not eaten thee for a word; for thou art not so long by the head as honorificabilitudinitatibus: thou art easier swallowed than a flap-dragon.

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    • smbabbitt 10:56 pm on September 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry, should have been LABOUR’S

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    • mistermuse 11:45 pm on September 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you!

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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on August 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , kiss and make up, , , , , , , quotes,   

    KISS HER IN THE KISSER AND MAKE UP 

    My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can. –Cary Grant

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    August 25 is KISS AND MAKE UP DAY. In the Cary Grant spirit of occupying myself as best I can, I thought I’d present an assemblage of good old-fashioned “kiss and make up” goodies (the idea being, if you don’t love my premise, you can kiss my assortment). Let’s start with Cary’s take on make-up, which (as you can see) I’m not making up:

    Well, apparently Cary never did make up with that gal, because here he is two years later, singing another love song to another gal:

    It seems that Cary would rather play the field than kiss and make up. Let us therefore pick a dilly of a ditty less playboy-like in character:

    So much for the guys. I give the last word to the gals (they usually have it anyway):

    Kiss and make up — but too much makeup has ruined many a kiss. –Mae West

    Kiss & make up. Maybe making out for a few minutes would help us figure things out. –Katie Anderson

    In trying to get our own way, we should remember that kisses are sweeter than whine. –Ann Nonymous

     
    • masercot 1:45 pm on August 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Wake up (Wake up)
      Grab a brush and put a little makeup
      Hide your scars to fade away the shakeup

      Serj Tankian

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      • mistermuse 2:11 pm on August 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Serj is a little after (not BEFORE) my time, musically speaking….but I appreciate a lyric that most of my non-geezer readers may be familiar with, and that even I can dig.

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 2:13 pm on August 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Enjoyed that 🙂 My ex didn’t like me wearing makeup, but eyed-up* all the women with makeup.
      *Caribbean expression

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    • chattykerry 5:45 pm on August 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I can’t help thinking that Cary Grant seemed to enjoy kissing boys as much or more than girls…

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    • Richard A Cahill 7:32 pm on August 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      ‘Scuse me while I kiss the sky.

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      • mistermuse 8:21 pm on August 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I had to look that one up, Ricardo, and it turns out that you’re just blowin’ smoke (not that I disapprove). 🙂

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    • Paul Sunstone 11:51 pm on August 27, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      “Ann Nonymous” That cracked me up.

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      • mistermuse 12:28 am on August 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I said I’d give the last word to the gals, so on my post, Ann Nonymous is a gal, whether (s)he likes it or not.

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        • Paul Sunstone 2:27 am on August 28, 2018 Permalink

          I’ve always said, “A man of his word is an admirable man” even if he has to lie to be a man of his word.

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    • mistermuse 9:11 am on August 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Paul, I think you may be giving me more credit than I’m due, because (not knowing if Ann Nonymous is guy or gal), I may not be lying….though the quote sounds more likely to have been said by a gal. Nonetheless, I would like to be thought of as at least a half-admirable man, so I’ll concede a 50-50 chance that Ann is a man. 🙂

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    • calmkate 5:39 pm on August 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      lol Cary didn’t even like the girls, it was all just the camera … love this one but the last wins a gold star!

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