Saturday, December 11, 2010

Saturday Cartoons: 1952

I always loved the old Disney, when Walt was still in control...and hope you enjoy this one!

Merry Christmas, to everyone!

And the government shall be upon His shoulders...

...and His name shall be call-ed:



The Mighty God!

The everlasting Father!

The Prince of Peace!

Apparently, there shall never be any room at the inn for the Obamas, and rightly so...they do not seem to have faith in much of anything, sadly.

The Incomparable Andrea Bocelli!

E, Buon Natale a Lei, Signor Bocelli, e la tua famiglia!

Judy at her best...

...and MY best Merriest Christmas Greetings to you ALL!

Today, Tomorrow, and the Past

TODAY...would have been my Dad's 96th birthday. How I wish he had lived to see it. The photo is from 1932, and my Dad is the handsome Czechoslovakian on the right. On the left is his younger brother, my uncle.

He died June 7, 1994, after almost 5 years in a nursing home, suffering from the effects of multi-infarct dementia caused by mulitple strokes.

TOMORROW...would have been my younger son's 41st birthday. He and his Grandpa had some sort of special bond, being born 55 years and one day apart. He died (in a car crash in Poland, where he was redesigning pollution control systems) on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 1996, at the tender age of being two weeks short of his 27th birthday.

THE PAST...comes to life, as do they both--these fine men--and the memories flow, unstoppable, as a river in flood.

In November of 1977, long before each died, I wrote this:

I am the dying:
Your closest friend

Conscious of your tears
Moistening this vanquished flesh.
Death's perpetual parade courses
Victorious over Life ephemeral.

I surrender:
At Christmas
Fourth of July
My birthday
I was:

Copyright 2010


Paul Valery

French poet, essayist, and philosopher
October 30, 1871 – July 20, 1945

"That which has always been accepted by
everyone, everywhere, is almost certain to be false."

"Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs
which properly concern them."

Before the shock of Obama ditching the presser...

...I went to Evanston to pay my internet bill. Below is the Christmas tree in the lobby of Chase Bank, at the corner of Davis and Orrington streets. Isn't it gorgeous--in ALL the colors of MONEY!

Gold. Silver. Copper. Bronze. And, of course, GREEN!

Just wondering how many people took HOW long to decorate this tree? It's 12 feet tall, a bit shorter than 'the Douglas fir' in the White House.

When I arrived home, turned on the computer and found the least-impressive 'empty suit' walking out of what could have been 'an historic' press conference (current AND former presidents), I was, to say the least, not shocked to finally hear confirmation of the fact of just who 'wears the pants' (and not very well, as they are always too tight or too long!) in the White House!

I finally made myself a light dinner: Fresh Campari tomato salad and basil-seared (in extra-virgin olive oil) salmon fillet and a few large black olives. was yummy!

Oh, BTW...the salad consists of chopped tomatoes, pesto sauce, a light pour of extra-virgin olive oil and...that's NOT mozzarella! It's 'firm tofu', which definitely benefits from the pesto!

A satisfying yet simple dinner for one.

Cost: way under $2.00!