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  • mistermuse 1:01 am on September 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: groundhog, , , platitudes, , , time,   

    FOR THE TIME BEING 

    It’s been some time since I laid some poetry on you, but all good things must end (i.e., your luck has run out). What I’m getting at is, I’ve decided to resurrect a few old poems, as well as come up with a new one or two. If you object, you have the right to remain Soylent* because….

    *Soylent: foodstuff made of soybeans and lentils

    A POEM OF EXCEPTIONAL TASTE

    Soybeans and lentils — what a treat!
    I can think of nothing I’d rather eat!*
    Just savor the flavor — they can’t be beat*….
    But then, I’m a groundhog, so I don’t eat meat.

    *except for watermelon: https://riversworld.live/2020/09/04/summer-means-watermelon/

    I’LL TAKE A BRAINCHECK

    “The difference between intelligence and wisdom is that intelligence is knowing half of what you hear or read is garbage, and wisdom is knowing which half.” –Seymour Fisher

    From dilemmas of that class,
    You’ll have to exempt me —
    I’m still stuck on “Is the glass
    Half full or half empty?”

    WISE-ASS PLATITUDES

    Utmost is the wisdom of the platitude —
    But most, sadly, are lacking in latitude.
    Is there never need for deviance?
    I think I shall file a grieviance!
    The grounds? Let’s just say they have an ATTITUDE.

    LONG TIME, NO SEE

    Youth is the stuff of time and place
    The race of years cannot erase,
    Seen through eyes too unwise to see
    That all was not what it seemed to be.

    Age is the stuff of hedging bets,
    Of things undone and old regrets,
    Seeing ourselves as others do,
    Thinking “And so, what else is new?”

     

     
    • blindzanygirl 1:17 am on September 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Brilliant. I love ‘em

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    • calmkate 2:48 am on September 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      give me lentils and soybeans any day … love SFs quote, says it all!
      Like the clip 🙂

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      • mistermuse 6:56 am on September 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        That’s not the first time I’ve used that song. Here’s the clip of I DON’T CARE (sung by Judy Garland) in a post from Jan. 2019:

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    • rawgod 4:03 am on September 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      • Just curious, was the soylent green? or just silent?

      And might I suggest ATTITUDE with an ATTTITTUDDE, dude?

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      • mistermuse 7:17 am on September 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Maybe this answers your first question:

        Your second question is a bit of a stretch, in my HUMBLE opinion.

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    • Rivergirl 7:05 am on September 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Ode to a woodchuck?
      Love it!

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      • rawgod 9:38 am on September 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Actually, Owed to a Woodchuck! But as usual for non-humans, the woodchuck never got the royalties…

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        • mistermuse 10:00 am on September 5, 2020 Permalink

          Rivergirl did share her watermelon with the woodchucks, to whom I’m sure watermelon in the paws is worth royalties in the bush.

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    • Rivergirl 7:13 am on September 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Immortalized in poem?
      The woodchucks are honored.

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    • Eliza 5:35 pm on September 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      This made me smile
      I like the definition of wisdom…

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    • magickmermaid 6:19 pm on September 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      One of the worst films I’ve ever seen was that terrible one called Soylent Green.
      I didn’t know I had a theme song. 🙂
      More poetry, please!

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      • mistermuse 6:56 pm on September 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        “More poetry”? You talked me into it, mm — more poetry coming up (but I won’t say how soon, as I don’t want to lose any readers who haven’t recovered from this post yet).

        As for your “theme song,” here’s an alternative in case you want to upgrade from I DON’T CARE:

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    • arekhill1 4:39 pm on September 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Nicely written, Sr. Muse.

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      • mistermuse 6:19 pm on September 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Gracias, Ricardo. As the lyrics of the above song say, “I should care — and I do.”

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    • Ana Daksina 1:41 pm on September 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I have no grieviance with this work!

      PS — The reader who wants “more poetry” is a keeper

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      • mistermuse 4:11 pm on September 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Ana. Actually, all my readers (including you) are keepers….and even though I enjoy my job as a “you” keeper and get well paid in Likes and Comments, I wouldn’t object to an occasional cash bonus! 😉

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        • Ana Daksina 9:17 pm on September 15, 2020 Permalink

          You’d have no greviance with it? đŸ€Ł

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        • mistermuse 10:09 pm on September 15, 2020 Permalink

          If by “it”, you mean my previous comment, I do have second thoughts, in that (unlike “grieviance” in the WISE-ASS PLATITUDES poem in the post) it didn’t come off as well as I intended. Even so, I won’t turn down an “additional cash bonus” for trying.

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    • masercot 11:47 am on September 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      That first one had Rivergirl written all over it…

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      • mistermuse 12:34 pm on September 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        You got that ‘write’ — her SUMMER MEANS WATERMELON post of Sept. 4 was my ‘inspiration’ for the first poem.

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

      đŸ˜‰đŸ˜‰đŸ€—

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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 1:07 am on November 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , names, , , Thanksgiving, time, , ,   

    A NAME BY ANY OTHER NAME 

    A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. –William Shakespeare

    • * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    When I was young, the above was one of the first truisms I remember coming upon which took me beyond the surface of its simple truth….a proposition, if you will, that by any other name would be as true. After all, what is a name but a representation of what must be named because how else are we to picture in common what is being referred to?  For example, if my name were Mister Muttonhead, I would still be me, though my name would be Mister Muttonhead, not Mister Muse (and I would still smell as sweet).

    With that in mind, I thought I’d try my hand at furthering the Bard’s example by expounding on his original paradigm, to wit:

    Flour by any other name would smell as wheat.

    An alert cat by any other name would smell a rat.

    An antique by any other name would cost far less.

    The God of man by any other name would smell like WHAT’S UP WITH THAT.

    Time by any other name would smell like a flier on life.

    A duck by any other name would quack like the other name.

    A Donald Trump by any other name would quack like an amuck Donald Duck.

    Thanksgiving turkey by any other name would smell like a thankless (but not tasteless) turkey.

    Such is life. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

     

     

     
    • carmen 2:24 am on November 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      So very true, Mister Muse.
      I’m still ‘down under’ and wanted to point out to you that your last line – “Such is Life” is supposed to be the last words uttered by one of Australia’s infamous ‘hero’s – Ned Kelly. Before he was hung in the Melbourne Goal, that is.
      Do have a lovely Thanksgiving and I really hope you avoid the spending frenzy of Black Friday. .. *she shudders*. Hope you enjoy your turkey though!

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      • mistermuse 10:13 am on November 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Carmen. It’s too late for me to wish you a lovely Thanksgiving because, as a Canadian, you had your holiday in October. In Australia, they don’t even have a Thanksgiving day, so the best I can do is wish you a lovely day thinking of Mister Muttonhead — I mean, Mister Muse — enjoying his turkey, while I try not to think of the poor turkey sacrificing his life so a bloke like me could stuff himself like a gluttonhead. Oh, well, at least I can take consolation in knowing it was for a good cause.

        Such is life. 😩

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    • calmkate 2:32 am on November 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      love the play on words … enjoy the family and feast 🙂

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    • masercot 5:49 am on November 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Nice riff, Muse… How ’bout, “A nose by any other name would smell as sweetly”?

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      • mistermuse 10:25 am on November 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I like it, I don’t care what others say — ha ha (sorry, that attempt at humor was a real turkey). Have a great Turkey Day.

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    • scifihammy 8:44 am on November 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Nicely done and Happy Thanksgiving. 😀

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      • mistermuse 10:29 am on November 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, scifi. Tomorrow probably isn’t Thanksgiving in your neck of the woods, but enjoy the day anyway. 🙂

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        • scifihammy 11:05 am on November 21, 2018 Permalink

          No it isn’t – but we have Black Friday looming large!! Seems the shops like to make money!
          And thank you 🙂

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    • rivergirl1211 9:53 am on November 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      An antique by any other name would be far cheaper if it weren’t for Antique Roadshow.
      Great list!

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      • mistermuse 10:46 am on November 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        You got that right, r.g. They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, so I guess Antiques Roadshow might then be called TRASH ROADSHOW. Somehow it doesn’t quite have the same appeal, and Shakespeare’s “rose by any other name” assertion would become a thorny issue. 😩

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        • rivergirl1211 10:53 am on November 21, 2018 Permalink

          My husband loves anyone else’s treasure. We have full barns and a cellar you can hardly walk through to prove it…
          😑

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    • D. Wallace Peach 10:46 am on November 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      The way your mind works makes me smile. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    • Richard A Cahill 12:42 pm on November 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Gobble, gobble to you as well, Sr. Muse.

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    • Don Frankel 5:41 pm on November 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      We could call it a mohaska and it would still smell as sweet but I’m sticking with calling it a rose. It has a certain history to it.

      Happy Thanksgiving.

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    • America On Coffee 8:32 am on November 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Undying! LOL! Happy feast day!… Nov 22nd.

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    • anne leueen 9:48 pm on November 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Made me smile. And the quacking reference drew a distinct chuckle from me. Thanks!

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      • mistermuse 11:33 pm on November 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Glad you liked it. Duck humor has always quacked me up since I was a kid, when Donald Duck was my favorite cartoon character.

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    • markscheel1 8:05 pm on November 26, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Muse,

      Indeed, some names are interchangeable. However, if Adolf Hitler had taken the name of his illegitimate father’s mother, Schicklgruber, would he still have been Hitler? Why, we might have avoided WW II!! LOL

      Thank you, my Thanksgiving was most pleasant. Hope yours was likewise.

      Mark

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      • mistermuse 11:34 pm on November 26, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Mark, I must admit that “Heil Schicklgruber!” doesn’t command quite the same obeisance as “Heil Hitler!” Another ‘benefit’ of the name “Hitler” was that “Schicklgruber” would’ve taken a lot longer to spell and pronounce.

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    • Euphrates. 11:21 pm on January 1, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      LOL!😂
      Enjoyed reading!

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  • mistermuse 1:13 pm on June 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    TIME FLIES 

    It is said that “Time flies when you’re having fun.” As for me, time flies when you can’t believe a certain young woman and I will celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary this fall, and next year on June 23, the oldest of our two daughters (Big One and Little One) will celebrate(?) her 50th birthday. How is it possible that one day the young woman and I got married, and the next thing we know, our girls are older than my oldest clothes (though not by much). Time and fun fly when ‘hangers-on’ in the closet look the same as decades ago….but the reflection in the mirror looks like Methuselah’s grandfather. 😩

    The moral of the story?

    Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
    Old Time is still a-flying;
    And this same flower that smiles today
    Tomorrow will be dying.

    Then be not coy, but use your time
    And while ye may, go marry;
    For having lost but once your prime,
    You may forever tarry.

    –Robert Herrick (from his poem TO THE VIRGINS, TO MAKE MUCH OF TIME, 1648)

    In other words, take the advice of legendary songwriter Irving Berlin (1888-1989) and….

    Oh….I almost forgot: Happy 49th Birthday, Big One!

     

     

     
    • arekhill1 2:05 pm on June 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I’m the eldest of seven, Sr. Muse, and a honeymoon baby like Big One. My mother is continually startled by how old I am.

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      • mistermuse 4:03 pm on June 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I lost my mother years ago, Ricardo, but I’m sure she would react the same as yours if she were still alive.

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    • calmkate 3:34 pm on June 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      lol wow 50 years is most impressive! Well done both of you, love the song …

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      • mistermuse 4:07 pm on June 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Kate. The song is one of Irving Berlin’s lesser-known ones but, I think, one of his best, despite (or maybe because of) its simplicity.

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    • scifihammy 8:17 am on June 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Time does fly!
      Happy Golden Anniversary for later this year. 🙂

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    • Don Frankel 9:51 am on June 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Happy Anniversary Mister and Mrs Muse. Guess it is safe to say…

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      • mistermuse 11:02 am on June 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Don. I guess, having made it through the first 50 years, Mister and Mrs. Muse can make it through the next 50….and then we’ll be in better position to see if we can handle Everlasting.

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    • pjlazos 6:46 am on June 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      So many milestones! Have fun!! Oh, and time is all happening at once so re-live it at your leisure. 😘

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    • D. Wallace Peach 2:53 pm on June 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Time does fly, doesn’t it? I went to my grandson’s 5th birthday party yesterday. He’s starting school in the fall. How did that happen? He was just born last week. 🙂
      An early Happy Anniversary, and Happy Birthday to the Big One.

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      • mistermuse 6:39 pm on June 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        How lucky can you be, to have a grandchild of that age (or any age), Diana. Enjoy his childhood “while ye may,” because TIME FLIES! And thank you for the Anniversary and Birthday wishes.

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    • RMW 12:50 am on June 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Fifty years of wedded bliss…. congrats…. that’s a lot of cat lifetimes. I actually had to use the calculator to figure out what year that was… 1968. For me, life is a lot better now.

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    • barkinginthedark 1:20 am on July 6, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you MM for all the reading…I love this music and thanks for the follow. Barking in the Dark will always endeavor to inform, agitate and, above all, amuse. continue…

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    • Kally 7:15 am on July 7, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Love this song. Advance congratulations to your anniversary and a loving wish for your elder one’s birthday.

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      • mistermuse 8:30 am on July 7, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Kally. You remind me of the Dr. Pepper commercial on TV–you’re “the sweet one.” 🙂

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        • Kally 10:16 am on July 7, 2018 Permalink

          Awwww! I haven’t seen that commercial. We don’t have Dr. Pepper over here but I Guess I’ll YouTube to find out which one! 🙂

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    • Silver Screenings 1:26 pm on July 8, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Every day is a good day for Art Landry & Co., in my opinion.

      Hey, Congrats on your upcoming 50th Anniversay! Woohoo! That is a remarkable achievement.

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      • mistermuse 3:31 pm on July 8, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, S.S.

        Art Landry’s was one of many popular big bands back in the Roaring Twenties. I should probably devote a post or two to remembering some of them: Paul Whiteman, Fred Waring, Ben Selvin, Leo Reisman, George Olsen, etc.

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    • franklparker 11:49 am on August 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Loved this. You may have beaten to 80 by a year three but I claim victory in the marriage duration stakes and having a child over 50. (55 and 53 respectively this September). Must follow you and read more of your poetry and politics.

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      • mistermuse 11:59 am on August 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Frank. I, too, must read more of your posts as time permits — as if it ever does….so I’ll just have to take time and like it (which shouldn’t be too difficult, based on what I’ve read so far).

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  • mistermuse 6:15 pm on June 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , time   

    A PASSING EXAMPLE OF ROAD SAGE 

    BUMPER STICKER:
    TIME IS WHAT KEEPS EVERYTHING FROM HAPPENING AT ONCE

    I hate to be
    the one to tell you,
    but everything IS
    happeningatonce.

    Such being the case, I am taking a few weeks off from blogging* to catch up on what happens when one gets behind from blogging. Be back some time in mid-to-late June. Meanwhile….

    *other than replies to comments, & checking in on your blogs from time to time

     

     
    • arekhill1 6:18 pm on June 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Happy trails, Sr. Muse.

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    • calmkate 5:10 am on June 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      enjoy your break .. missin you already 🙂

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      • mistermuse 9:41 am on June 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Kate, if my wife sees your comment, she may break my neck, which I won’t enjoy. This may end up costing me a barely convincing denial, a dozen roses, and a big box of chocolates.

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        • calmkate 5:23 pm on June 2, 2018 Permalink

          ah hang the expense … she deserves them anyway 🙂 then delete these comments …

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    • Lisa R. Palmer 8:11 am on June 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Enjoy your blog-free-ish vacation, Mr. Muse! May you find much to laugh at accompanied by beautiful music! (Who says payback HAS to be a bitch? Lol!)

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      • mistermuse 9:47 am on June 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Lisa. Speaking of payback, I wonder if Kate would consider paying me back for the roses and chocolates I’ll have to buy to save my skin?

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        • Lisa R. Palmer 11:37 pm on June 2, 2018 Permalink

          If she does, you should use it towards taking your wife out for dinner and dancing. Lol! A happy wife trumps a loyal blogging friend every time… ;D

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    • nicknicklambert 6:23 pm on June 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Wishing you a very productive few weeks!

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    • Don Frankel 8:03 pm on June 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Muse, after you take time off, there is time.

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      • mistermuse 9:26 am on June 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        You surprised me with that one, Don — first, that you would ‘Cyndi Lauper’ me, and second, that her TIME AFTER TIME is not the same song as this one:

        P.S. Sorry, but my “Like” of the Lauper clip was premature. My bad.

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    • pjlazos 11:41 pm on June 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Have fun!

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    • Don Frankel 1:46 pm on June 4, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Funny Sinatra was my first thought but then I decided to shake it up a little.

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      • mistermuse 2:23 pm on June 4, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        No ‘biggie,’ Don. If it had been the same song as the oldie that Sinatra sang, I might have found it interesting to see/hear Lauper’s interpretation, but I’m simply not interested in contemporary Lauper.

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    • markscheel1 11:59 pm on June 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Muse,

      Well, I’ve been behind on my blog, but not voluntarily. Gallbladder surgery can have that effect. Enjoy your hiatus. Is Andre Rieu your cup of tea? Heard his concert tonight from Holland and it blew me away.

      Mark

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      • mistermuse 9:14 am on June 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Mark, you certainly have a lot of gall, undergoing surgery without warning. But as long as you came through with flying colors, all is forgiven. In fact, you can color me pink. 🙂

        As for Andre Rieu as a conductor, he’s a bit of a showman, but (except for showgirls) who isn’t these days? Even I, as a ‘pun-ductor,’ seem afflicted — but unfortunately, it doesn’t do me any good, SHOW-me-the-money wise. Color me blue. 😩

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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on March 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Charles Bukowski, , , , , , Faith Baldwin, Hans Christian Andesen, , , , , Martin Amis, , , , time, Vincent Van Gough, William Faulkner   

    IT’S ABOUT TIME AGAIN 

    Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations. –Faith Baldwin

    A year ago today, I published a post titled IT’S ABOUT TIME which, as it happens, was about time. That post featured songs about time, such as TIME WAITS FOR NO ONE (which is all about time playing the role of an impatient gadabout). For this year’s edition, with Daylight Saving Time coming up this upcoming weekend, I thought I’d save myself time by posting quotes, like the Baldwin above, that carry on the time theme (which almost rhymes with crime scene, which is a site where it is suspected a pun has been committed in bad Faith). So, without further ado, it’s time to get down to cases:

    Things money can’t buy: Time. Inner peace. Character. Manners. Respect. Morals. Trust. Patience. Class. Dignity. –Roy T. Bennett [almost identical with ‘Things on Trump’s Top Ten Never To Do list’]

    I have no faith in human perfectibility. Man is now only more active – not more wise – than he was 6,000 years ago. –Edgar Allan Poe [man “more active” in Poe’s time? Of course he was — humans had yet to become Couch Po(e)tatoes]

    Throughout history man’s inventions have been timesavers — then came television [100 years post-Poe]. –Evan Esar

    I’m afraid of time…I mean I’m afraid of not having enough time — time to understand people, how they really are, or to be understood myself. I’m afraid of the quick judgments or mistakes everybody makes. You can’t fix them without time. –Ann Brashares

    It is looking at things for a long time that ripens you and gives you a deeper meaning. –Vincent Van Gough

    I am almost a hundred years old; waiting for the end, and thinking about the beginning. There are things I need to tell you, but would you listen if I told you how quickly time passes? –Meg Rosoff

    The past is never dead. It’s not even past. –William Faulkner

    It takes a lifetime to die and no time at all. –Charles Bukowski

    And meanwhile time goes about its immemorial work of making everyone look and feel like shit. –Martin Amis

    Enjoy life. There’s plenty of time to be dead. –Hans Christian Andersen

    Being with you and not being with you is the only way I have to measure time. –Jorge Luis Borges

    Over the silent sands of time they go/lovers come/lovers go/and all that there is to know/lovers know/only lovers know. –“Sands Of Time” lyrics, from 1955 film KISMET

     

     

     
    • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC 2:02 am on March 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Loved the quotes, but I REALLY loved the video. Kismet is one of my favorite scores – only coincidentally the first professional show I ever saw (with Alfred Drake and the original cast!!!) – a gift from my wonderful mother when I was a theatre-obsessed youngster.
      xx,
      mgh
      (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
      ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
      “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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      • mistermuse 7:06 am on March 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I absolutely agree re KISMET. Not only is it one of my favorite scores, but one of my favorite musicals (the film version is highly underappreciated, in my opinion). I own the original Broadway cast album and film sound track album — both Alfred Drake and Howard Keel are magnificent!

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        • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC 10:50 am on March 10, 2017 Permalink

          Back in my acting days my dream role was Lalume – but it was never produced during the years I was acting, so I didn’t even get to audition for it.

          I love everything about the show as well – and the Wright & Forrest lyrics for the Borodin source material were delightfully on the money. God bless my mother for insisting that my father pop for the tickets. I’m sure he thought they were a huge waste of money for kids (my next oldest brother was taken as well). In my case, obviously, nothing could have been farther from the truth. I can still recall almost every moment, decades later and can sing along with every song in the entire score.

          I had the original cast album as well, and played it often. Unfortunately, none of my albums made it through one of my many moves (early Beetle albums as well). I actually wept when I unpacked and realized they were missing – didn’t even have a list!
          xx,
          mgh

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        • mistermuse 7:16 am on March 11, 2017 Permalink

          Love your ‘back’ story — thanks for taking time to share it.

          P.S. I dig your “father pop for the tickets” pun. Keep it up and one day you’ll become as notorious a punster as yours too-ly. 😩

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    • scifihammy 5:37 am on March 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Seems like everything’s covered here – except Time on your hands. 🙂

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      • mistermuse 7:18 am on March 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        If you’re speaking of the song TIME ON MY HANDS, I’ll try to remember to include it in my 3/10/2018 post. It’s not that there wasn’t time to include it here or in my 3/10/16 post — it’s just that there are too many great ‘time’ songs to cover in two posts! 🙂

        P.S. As for “Time on your hands” personally, I don’t have any — at least, none EXTRA!

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        • scifihammy 9:18 am on March 10, 2017 Permalink

          haha I was referring to your PS rather than the song, which I don’t know.
          Most of us don’t have enough Time, let alone any left over for our hands! 😀

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    • Don Frankel 6:37 am on March 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Tide doesn’t wait either. But this can’t be complete without.

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      • mistermuse 7:33 am on March 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks to CASABLANCA, “As Time Goes By” is probably the most famous ‘time’ song ever written. But I suspect few people know that the song wasn’t written for the movie — it first appeared in the 1931 theater musical EVERYBODY’S WELCOME. The composer, Herman Hupfeld, wrote over 100 songs, but this was his only big hit, and doubtless would have become long forgotten if not for CASABLANCA.

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    • Garfield Hug 8:19 am on March 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      👍👍👍

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    • arekhill1 10:59 am on March 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      But now the television has been supplanted by the computer, Sr. Muse, a device on which you can work and idle simultaneously.

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      • mistermuse 11:33 am on March 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        The difference is that I seldom fall asleep at my computer, but frequently do so watching TV. On the other hand, some people probably fall asleep reading my posts — maybe I should market my blog as a cure for insomnia.

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    • D. Wallace Peach 12:25 pm on March 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the laughs. I get such a kick out of the quotes and the wry take on time. So many good ones, but I have to say the one by Hans Christian Andersen is my favorite. 🙂

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      • mistermuse 2:49 pm on March 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I must say this is probably one of the best batches of quotes I’ve ever put together…and speaking of “together,” I love the Jorge Luis Borges quote because, in its depth, it is to romance like love is to infatuation.

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    • Carmen 1:54 pm on March 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      No one could fall asleep reading your posts, Mr. Muse! Too busy thinking! 🙂 Thanks for the music vids. . . I like the one from Casablanca, too.

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    • mistermuse 3:14 pm on March 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, Carmen. If my posts cause people to think, maybe it’s because they’re aimed higher than Trump’s half-cocked tweets….but then, I have an unfair advantage — I have a ‘refined’ (yet down-to-earth) audience.

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    • BroadBlogs 9:02 pm on March 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      You find the best quotes! Even when they’re a bit depressing.

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    • mistermuse 12:05 am on March 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you. Some of the quotes are depressing (and some aren’t), but I always look for the best and wisest quotes relative to the subject matter of my post….and in this case, I wouldn’t have done the subject (TIME) justice if I’d left out the depressing ones.

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on December 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , E. B. White, George S. Kaufman, , , , , optimist, , , S. J. Perleman, , time,   

    PARDON MY QUOTES 

    It is easier to buy books than to read them, and easier to read them than to absorb them. –William Osler

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    Now that’s a quote I can relate to — of the near-50 books I bought at that November used book sale I wrote about recently, in 3 weeks I’ve managed to find time to read all of 2 1/2; that’s all of two books (plus half of one) traversed in 21 days, as the crow flies. At that rate, I’ll have bought 50 more books before I’ve read an iota of my quota from the last batch — and I’ve already bought ten more books since then. Nonetheless (actually all the more, both batches combined), rather than completely skip a post as I did December 5, I’ll at least try to save composing-time by posting (aka com-posting) the words of others.

    Fittingly, I’ll quote the six Masters of Wit (from my previous post) to whom Groucho Marx dedicated his book GROUCHO AND ME. The last quote below cites another timesaver some people practice, but rarely admit….however, I’ll open with Robert Benchley, who undoubtedly said the following following A Night At The Opera with the Marx Brothers:

    Opera is where a guy gets stabbed in the back, and instead of dying, he sings.
    –ROBERT BENCHLEY

    I didn’t like the play, but then I saw it under adverse conditions  — the curtain was up.
    — GEORGE S. KAUFMAN

    An optimist is a girl who mistakes a bulge for a curve.
    –RING LARDNER

    Well, if I called the wrong number, why did you answer the phone?
    –JAMES THURBER

    The fact is that all of us have only one personality, and we wring it out like a dishtowel. You are what you are.
    –S. J. PERLEMAN

    Prejudice is a great time saver. You can form opinions without having to get the facts.
    –E. B. WHITE

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    • Carmen 5:33 am on December 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I always thought I was an optimist and, after reading that quote, I know for sure. 🙂 Great quotes for sure!

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    • mistermuse 8:58 am on December 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Carmen, your comment threw me a curve until I went back to the quotes, and then it hit me. No problem, though — how appropriate that the “bulge” quote was made by Ring LARDner! 🙂

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    • Don Frankel 7:53 pm on December 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      A book a week Muse that sounds about what I do. But this reminds me of a time I bought a book at Barnes and Noble and while I’m paying the woman at the counter she asks. “Would you like to join the Barnes and Noble club?” And, I explain that I buy books here and at other book stores and off of guys on the street corner and just about anywhere and I conclude that when it comes to books the term that applies to me is… and I guess you as well Muse, “promiscuous.”

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    • mistermuse 11:19 pm on December 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Actually, a book a week is quite a bit more than I usually manage, Don, but I hope to pick up the pace over the winter when I don’t have grass to mow, leaves to rake, and other work around the house. Now if I could only resist buying more books for the next five years!

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    • BroadBlogs 5:11 pm on December 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      You may not have gotten through all the books, but you’ve got some great quotes!

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    • mistermuse 8:13 pm on December 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I must modestly agree. I like them all so much, I can’t name a favorite.

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    • RMW 6:25 pm on December 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Over the years I accumulated a large library of mostly unread books. I sold many of the books some years ago but lately I’ve been driving carloads over to the local library… makes me feel really good to donate them… but kind of sad when I think of the money that could have been better spent. I still have a good size library of art books and those are in my will! Now I only buy Kindle books and the deal is I have to finish one before I buy another… that plan almost works most of the time!! Hope you get to read all of yours….

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    • mistermuse 8:08 pm on December 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t know what kind of unread books they were that make you sad to “think of the money that could have been better spent,” but my guess is that the money could also have been worse spent, so if you think of it that way, perhaps you would feel differently. In any case, I thank you for the comment and share your hope for my reading goal. 🙂

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      • RMW 9:38 pm on December 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        At least the books have ended up in a good place at the library or a book sale to raise money for the library… so in that sense it isn’t sad… and yes, better than a gambling or drug addiction for sure! Happy reading!

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    • mistermuse 7:00 am on December 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, and Happy Holidays to you.

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    • mariasjostrand 6:48 am on February 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      “Prejudice is a great time saver. You can form opinions without having to get the facts.”
      –E. B. WHITE
      Loved this one 🙂😀

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    • mistermuse 12:23 pm on February 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I agree….and thanks for commenting!

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    • Mary P 12:46 am on May 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      WHITE
      Loved this one 🙂😀 I always thought I was an optimist and, after reading that quote, I know for sure.

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on October 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , , October, , , , time   

    THE OLD MAN AND THE SEASON 

     

    In the unscheduled post which appeared here on my birthday (October 18th), my youngest daughter let the cat out of the bag — her old dog of a dad had just turned certifiably ancient, though I didn’t feel more than a day older than I did on October 17 as a young pup of 79. More’s the pity. Some say age is only a number….but it goes without saying that October is autumn. Yes, if you look at the calendar, September and November lay claim to autumn as well, but let’s be clear — nobody does autumn as well as October. So this will be a post of poems and quotes about aging and autumn, in that order (age before beauty).

    AGE DEPLORE(s) BEAUTY

    What passed for time
    Before time was invented?
    Before there was time,
    How was time prevented?

    If time had a beginning,
    When did time start?
    When it’s time that time end,
    How will time depart?

    Why are there times
    When time frustrates and vexes….
    And last, why must time
    Do its thing to the sexes?

    THE BIG FIX

    While passing through,
    I noticed that
    this world is too much.
    What big teeth it has.
    What big eyes you need.
    What big talk is heard.
    Speak to me.
    But not big.

    I OF THE BE OLDER

    If you think
    I take life
    too seriously you

    are either

    a night and
    day younger than
    I am or

    I do.

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    I am so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. –L.M. Montgomery

    Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves;
    we have had our summer evenings, now for October eves.
    –Humbert Wolfe

    Anyone who thinks fallen leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day. –Shira Tamir

    The tints of autumn … a mighty flower garden blossoming under the spell of the enchanter frost. –John Greenleaf Whittier

    For anyone who lives in the oak-and-maple area of New England, there is a perennial temptation to plunge into a purple sea of adjectives about October. –Hal Borland  

    Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower. –Albert Camus

    Spring is too rainy and summer’s too hot;
    fall is soon over and winter is not.
    –Evan Esar

    Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. –George Eliot

    Autumn sunsets exquisitely dying. –Langston Hughes

    Now Autumn’s fire burns slowly along the woods and day by day the dead leaves fall and melt. –William Allingham

    NOTE: There have been many recordings of AUTUMN LEAVES over the years; I chose the French chanteuse Edith Piaf’s version because it was originally a 1945 French song titled “Les Feuilles Mortes”  (“The Dead Leaves”), and because October (1963) is the month Edith Piaf died and drifted by the window.

     

     

     

     

     
    • painkills2 1:43 am on October 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I searched and searched the internet for just the right Happy Birthday video. Enjoy 🙂

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    • D. Wallace Peach 8:38 am on October 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Happy Birthday. Autumn is a wonderful time of year and life. 🙂 Enjoy.

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    • arekhill1 11:18 am on October 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      ‘Tis the season of big talk, Sr. Muse, so one of your efforts is well said and particularly well-timed.

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    • mistermuse 11:55 am on October 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I can’t wait for the voters to turn the biggest talker into the biggest loser. But of course The Donald hates losers, so rather than admit he lost, he’ll claim (as he’s already doing) that the election was rigged. What a guy!

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    • Don Frankel 10:05 am on October 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      The Fix is in Muse. The Fix is in. Nothing we can do about it except squeeze every last drop out of it.
      BTW your daughter did a helluva job there.

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      • mistermuse 11:59 am on October 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        All the more “helluva job” when you take into consideration that she has Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, an incurable disease by which physical and/or mental exertion cause extreme fatigue and ‘knock her for a loop’ for several days.

        As for the “Fix is in,” The Donald’s antics would be laughable if they didn’t exacerbate an already over-polarized atmosphere in this country. The immediate aftermath of the election could be very interesting, to say the least.

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    • MĂ©l@nie 11:53 am on October 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      mille merci for Edith Piaf… ❀ here's the most popular version performed by Yves Montand who first recites Jacques PrĂ©vert's famous poem:"les feuilles mortes…"

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    • Cynthia Jobin 12:58 pm on October 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      PrĂ©vert est un poĂšte que j”aime bien…

      “…Et la vie sĂ©pare ceux qui s’aiment,
      Tout doucement, sans faire de bruit.
      Et la mer efface sur le sable,
      Les pas des amants dĂ©sunis…”

      merci bien d”avoir prĂ©senter ce “video”….

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    • Mark Scheel 7:31 pm on October 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      mistermuse,

      Wonderful tribute–and most educational–by your daughter. And you certainly outdid yourself with the punning poems. Well, that’s your forte. Oh, and yes, belatedly here’s a very happy birthday wish. 🙂

      Mark

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    • mistermuse 10:23 pm on October 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks to all for your comments. May you all age as beautifully as the autumn leaves. 🙂

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    • inesephoto 6:33 pm on October 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Happy belated birthday! I am sure nothing changed two weeks later 🙂
      Love the song Autumn leaves.

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    • mistermuse 12:02 am on October 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Just as an aside, the English lyrics for AUTUMN LEAVES (originally a French song) were written by Johnny Mercer, who you no doubt know from his many hit songs such as MOON RIVER, DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES, and BLUES IN THE NIGHT (which gave me the idea for the title of my latest post, BOOS IN THE NIGHT).

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on March 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    IT MIGHT AS WELL BE SPRING 

    In the spring, a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love. –Tennyson

    As I write this on the eve (March 19) of posting it on the first day of spring, it might as well be spring because, as a once-upon-a-time young man, I’ve been turning to thoughts of love since I discovered it many springs ago….then I discovered that I hadn’t discovered it, but by then, it was too late to undiscover it. Or something along those lines. Love can be so confusing.

    Anyway, like spring itself this year in Ohio, I’m getting a head start. I need time to gather spring songs for this post, an idea which arose out of my time songs post on March 10. But there seem to be even more love(ly) songs with “spring” in the title than with “time” in the title– so many, in fact, that it’s going to be hard to limit my spring song list to fewer than I’d love to share. But at least the title of this post suggests where to start:

    For song #2, how about two for the price of one — both “spring” and “time” in one title:

    Next, a long-forgotten spring song that’s a particular favorite of mine because its lyrics (by George Marion Jr.) are a marriage of exquisite simplicity and sophistication:

    Wouldn’t you know it? Suddenly, the weather is turning colder. Now it looks like….

    Well, it could be worse. If you live in the southern hemisphere, spring will not arrive for six more months. Fancy that! Fie on thoughts of love so late 😩 — why should those ‘down under’ wait?

    Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
    Old Time is still a-flying;
    And this same flower that smiles today
    Tomorrow will be dying.

    Then be not coy, but use your time.
    And while ye may, go marry;
    For having lost but once your prime,
    You may forever tarry.

    –Robert Herrick (1591-1674)

    Carpe diem.

     
    • linnetmoss 6:37 am on March 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Great post! I love Mandy Patinkin’s body language when he’s singing. And what an amazing tenor voice. Your title made me think of the Rodgers and Hart song “Spring is Here,” with very sad, very “Lorenz” lyrics…

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    • carmen 6:57 am on March 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      You should have been here, mister muse.

      This morning (early) on CBC, Vera Lynn’s “We’ll Meet Again” was played. . .I thought of you right away! 😉

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    • Don Frankel 9:22 am on March 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Of course Muse, no rendition of Spring songs would be complete without…

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    • mistermuse 10:05 am on March 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Don, you old romantic: just as I suspected, you’re a rank sentimentalist (as Claude Rains said to Humphrey Bogart in CASABLANCA). 🙂

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    • arekhill1 3:19 pm on March 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Springtime For Hitler occurred to me immediately, but not immediately enough, apparently, to avoid being beaten out posting it here. ‘Twas Sir Don that seized the carp.

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    • mistermuse 4:36 pm on March 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Never let it be said that I don’t give credit where credit is due, so you are a rank sentimentalist, as well, Ricardo.

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    • BroadBlogs 6:48 pm on March 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Welcome Spring!!!!!!

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    • mistermuse 10:35 pm on March 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Spring has sprung
      The grass has riz
      I wonder where my gas can
      For the lawn mower is.

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    • MĂ©l@nie 6:20 am on March 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Herrick’s poem has reminded me of his French contemporary “pal” Pierre de Ronsard:”Cueillez dĂšs aujourd’hui les roses de la vie.” – ”Pick up the roses of life this very day.“ – in other words: memento mori, carpe diem & gaudeamus igitur! = remember you’ll die, live now(this very day) and therefore, let’s enjoy it! 🙂

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    • mistermuse 10:20 am on March 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Enjoy it, indeed (while not forgetting the many to whom fate has given thorns without roses).

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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on March 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    IT’S ABOUT TIME 

    Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save. –Will Rogers

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    Daylight Saving Time arrives on March 13, when, under penalty of painful death or being forced to watch GOP debate videos every day for the rest of your life (you may find death preferable), by law you must arise at 2 a.m. to set clocks ahead one hour….or, if you don’t wish to get up at 2 a.m., you can simply stay up, which many all-night carousers among my readers do anyway (not naming names, of course, but you know who you are).

    As a retiree, I have neither caroused nor set an alarm clock for years, so this presents a problem. On the one hand — which, by the way, many timepieces no longer have, much less two hands (they now have digitalis or some such new-fangled technology) — I may just ignore Big Bro and risk the consequences. On the other hand, I could drink a gallon of coffee, stay up, and when the time comes, set my clocks ahead –or is it back — one hour?

    Last year, my wife reminded me of an easy way to remember which is which: in spring, spring forward; in fall, fall back….to which I said, “Fine — if it’s so easy, you get up and do it.” Unfortunately, my wife has no sense of humor and cleaned my clock. By the time I came to, it was too past two, so I thought to hell with it, and fell back to sleep. Who needs Daylight Saving Time anyway? If there must be a Saving Time, there ought to be a

    To my fellow earth-and-time-sharing fellow Americans, Mexicans, Franciscans, Anglicans, Wiccans, pelicans, toucans of Cannes who can cancan as too few can….and even Republicans: as you know, these are mean times we’re in. It’s enough to drive you cuckoo. I say it’s time to tune out, take a break, and enjoy some timeless old time songs:

    A note on There’ll Come A Time, played by Frank Trumbauer’s Orchestra featuring the great and legendary 1920s cornetist Bix Beiderbecke: Bix was born on this day, March 10, 1903 (less than two years after his friend, Louis Armstrong), and died tragically young of alcoholism/pneumonia at age 28. Actually, Bix Beiderbecke never died….he just ran out of time. His sound was so transcendent, remembered guitarist Eddie Condon, it hit you where you lived, “like a girl saying yes.”

    I see by ye olde clock on yawnder wall that it’s past midnight. Time to Hit the Road to Dreamland* — but that’s another song for another day.

    *by Harold Arlen & Johnny Mercer, 1942

     

     

     

     
    • Midwestern Plant Girl 6:27 am on March 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Losing an hours sleep is a huge deal for my body. My brain thinks its just got sent to another continent with the jet lag I get đŸ˜ŽđŸ˜©
      I’ll be back to normal in a few weeks. …

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      • mistermuse 8:13 am on March 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Never let it be said that mistermuse won’t help a damsel in distress. Here’s a list of countries that have & don’t have Daylight Saving Time:
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daylight_saving_time_by_country

        As you can see, to escape DST, you could move to Hawaii (but then, who would want to live in paradise? 🙂 ), or even some parts of Canada (if you don’t mind freezing your plants off!). Or you could just stay put and get back to normal in a few weeks (unlike mistermuse, who will never be normal). 😩

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        • Midwestern Plant Girl 8:44 am on March 10, 2016 Permalink

          Normal is sooooo overrated!
          Let’s enjoy our quirkiness 😍😉

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    • linnetmoss 6:35 am on March 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I do love my Chevalier! What a great song 🙂 Now MisterMuse, I’m sure Monsieur would agree with me that as a retiree, you ought to be carousing!

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      • mistermuse 8:27 am on March 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Well, that depends on whether you mean Monsieur Chevalier or Monsieur Muse who would agree. If it’s the latter, Mademoiselle Muse might not only clean my clock, but make my remaining time on earth a lot shorter than I was hoping for. 😩 🙂

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    • Don Frankel 9:57 am on March 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      While a lot of my clocks are computerized and they switch automatically some are still in the 20th Century and well the next day I never quite know what time is, it as it goes by…

      Which of course leads me to this one and no musical rendition of time would be complete without it.

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      • mistermuse 2:07 pm on March 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        You got that right, Don – but as much as I dig As Time Goes By (and get pretty tired doing it, ha ha), there are time songs I like even more, including this one:

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    • arekhill1 11:38 am on March 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Some idiot politician out here wants to eliminate DST out here, on the grounds that the one hour life-lag it induces is too dangerous for Californians to endure. The nanny state would rather the sun start streaming through the blinds at 5 AM in San Diego in June.

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    • mistermuse 2:31 pm on March 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I think it’s safe to say that most Californians (& Americans) would find it much more dangerous if voters don’t eliminate DJT (Donald J. Trump) from becoming Pres. Nonetheless, if that idiot politician wants more daylight, maybe he should get behind a Sunshine Law to make the political process more transparent.

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    • Don Frankel 6:05 pm on March 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Great recording Muse and well she’s just the best.

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    • mistermuse 9:56 pm on March 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Don, when you have a great song (written by Vincent Youmans, Harold Adamson & Mack Gordon) sung by a great vocalist (Billie Holiday) accompanied by great musicians (including Lester Young, Roy Eldridge & Teddy Wilson), it’s time to say it doesn’t get any better than this.

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    • Jane 8:02 am on March 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I love the Will Rogers quote. I often reflect on how many time saving devices we have and yet our days seem so, so busy still! Now that we have email and mobile phones, people expect immediate responses. So while I am very thankful that I’m not slaving over a fire to cook or having to grind and bake my own bread by hand (or am dying of infection from lack of antibiotics), I do wonder why we seem to still be filling up our days with stuff meant to make our lives more efficient but that in reality don’t. That’s why I love walking in the wild – it’s peaceful and being disconnected from the modern world is soothing to the mind. I end up being more productive mentally. In this way, slowing down help me work better in the end. Am I making sense? As for daylight saving, we don’t have it in Queensland. I prefer not to have it, but I guess I am influenced by all the years living on farms where the animals have their own routine based on when the sun rises, not on an artificial time piece. We have plenty of daylight hours here though. I expect it is more useful for people in other parts of the world, who don’t? I always enjoy your posts, even if I don’t get the chance to comment. 🙂

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    • mistermuse 9:02 am on March 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Jane, if anyone ever calls you “Plain Jane,” take it as a compliment, because you know how to lead the good life….and thank you for the kind words at the end. 🙂

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    • tomorrowdefinitely 5:13 pm on March 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      timely musings and great comments as always 🙂 I have to add my own favourite time song:

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    • mistermuse 5:45 pm on March 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I thought I had a few Charles Aznavour records in my collection, but in checking, I do not (though I do own a number of Jean Sablon & other French male vocalists). In any case, I like the song and thank you very much for the clip.

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    • BroadBlogs 6:15 pm on March 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Look forward to DST! Nice to have tunes to accompany it.

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    • restlessjo 2:52 am on March 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      We could write a book about time or the lack of, couldn’t we? Thanks for the smiles 🙂

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    • mistermuse 5:38 am on March 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply

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