George Washington on "Greatness", Trump, and Hair






I wrote, according to at least one review, the “best book ever written” about George Washington, which gave me the idea to write about what George Washington would think of Donald Trump. I thought about it for a day or two, and had lots of ideas, but none of them really floated my boat.

So I gave up.

Then, this morning, half asleep, I wrote this entire essay. Orson Welles used to do that—go to sleep telling himself to write a scene for his current movie, and wake up with the whole thing in his head. It was slightly different for me, as I'd actually given up on the idea.

But, brains are funny things (or is it just me?) In my dreams (as you will see), something happened. Here, in its somnambulant glory, is what my brain concocted (hey, don't blame me, I was sleeping!) (My effusion is below the ad—hey, I gotta make a "george" or two, too....)

Pass it on, if ya like it, and if you don't, please leave a comment telling me why you don't. (Not being a total masochist, also feel free to tell me why you like it, if you happen to be inclined/deranged enough to find merit in this blather)...(!)

Cheers, and here's a short URL (for copying/pasting—it's the URL of this page)
https://goo.gl/zUIrzA

It’s “Immigrant”, not “Migrant”, You Fools. Why Puppies are Better than the “News”.



Every time I’ve seen a news article about something I have first-hand knowledge of, it is almost impossible to tease out even a thin thread of something resembling reality, buried in the miasma of misunderstanding, misinformation, and fantasy.


It’s not a question of getting a few facts wrong.

George Washington & Marilyn Monroe


I decided to write a blog with nothing to say, and without feeling inspired.

The intention behind things is so important. It’s why most actors suck. You can’t fake depth, heart. 

What will a lack of intention do for this blog post? That is to say, it has no direction as I set out. Something about Marilyn Monroe, I think. But what? 

Yet it is backed by something fundamentally good – the values I sharpened and deepened by writing my first book. Also, I hope, it’s guided by the Providence that George Washington, and others, trust to guide them in the right direction. 

It all sounds a bit effete, though, doesn't it. (Well, I am talking about Marylin Monroe...) Hmm....

Aphorisms Schmaphorisms, Part 2 - George Washington's secret to getting what you SHOULD want in life.



What is wrong with these "positive aphorisms"?

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas Edison

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

Life in the Sun?




Life in the Sun?

Stephen Hawking has something to do with a new hundred million dollar effort to find life out there, somewhere. A writer from The Washington Post wrote a banal, and dare I say it, silly (I dared! I dared!) essay about life elsewhere. Well, at least he was trying. He failed, but tried, which is more than I expect from the media's mass manipulators of mendacity,  these days. (Coffee makes me alliterative. Sorry. I’ll try to hold back.)

Positive Aphorisms Ruined with Ruthless Analysis. #1 If you want light to come into your life, you need to stand where it is shining.


If you want light to come into your life, you need to stand where it is shining.Guy Finley

Really? I think this may be confusing a metaphor for the real thing.

Spring, Sprang, None. Kurt Vonnegut and My Eight Seasons






Kurt Vonnegut said that if you stop looking at the heavens, and keep your eyes here on earth, you’ll find there are six seasons, no matter what the solstices and equinoxes and all those things I’m not quite clear on say. He’s close to right. I’m here to add my own two seasons (while renaming his extra two seasons) giving us a nice round infinity-on-its-side number of seasons: 8.

This is the most bang for your buck available. Eight (count ‘em, eight) seasons.

Get ‘em while they’re hot.