Forever Young

May God bless and keep you always,
May your wishes all come true,
May you always do for others
And let others do for you.
May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung,
May you stay forever young,

Bob Dylan


The clearest photo of Mercury ever taken

WOW!

The cure for boredom is curiosity.

There is no cure for curiosity.  

Dorothy Parker



Corgi acts like a spud


Potato or not



or both a pota and not a pot, or neither a pota nor not a pot... pot is none other than not pota and not pot is none other than pot. The same can be said of fries, mash, chips and au gratin.

from the spud Sutra

Just butts & boobs





Artist:  by Julia Heffernan

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Good persuasion tactics

There's a thing/book called The One Sentence Persuasion Course.

It explains why people abandon their friends and family to join cults. It explains why people wake up and find themselves in abusive relationships. It explains the majority of advertisements out there. It even explains the current president of the United States. 

Here it is: People will do anything for those who encourage their dreams, assuage their fears, justify their failures, confirm their suspicions, and throw rocks at their enemies. If you get to the core of what that means, and how to do that, there's very few other persuasion tactics you need to know.



A wise person is one who doesn’t exhibit his knowledge, but keeps some things to her/himself. It seems when dealing with people who are very insecure and fearful, but have power, (as in tyrants, authoritarians, and paranoid persons, if in a vulnerable position, best to not thump one’s chest about being smart and perceptive. they just see it as a challenge, and will go about trying to level you (chip you down to size to reduce their fears).

The safest places - some insights

For any human is fundamentally unpredictable, as peace on earth can never be guaranteed.

We should seek our own peace of mind instead — wherever we are.

The only safe place is in your soul. We’re all going to die, early or late, so why spend so much time looking for a place when you know your ticket is marked anyway. Rather live your life in a way that you live as if you are about to die, ie not out of fear!

In terms of the world, and again taking all factors into consideration, San Marino or Liechtenstein are easily the safest places… unless of course Russia decides to invade Europe. So really, if you are looking for safety, you came to the wrong planet.


For political safety I would choose Japan. I was there a month ago and never felt unsafe - even in Tokyo day and night - neither terrorism nor nut cases running around with guns! I would move there if it was easy and affordable.

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As well, the country is so kind, so super well-organized - the highest level of infrastructure, clean (I saw a piece of garbage on the street one day and joked with my wife that I should take a photo of it), clean-enough air, flowers everywhere, strong sense of environmental protection/recycling, and what seems more bicycles than cars, so pretty peaceful/quiet (Buddhist temples everywhere, which likely accounts for their calm, tolerant demeanor).
In the US? Probably a small town in Eastern Pennsylvania. Pretty much no danger from any weather there. Not much crime. Good access to public transportation between cities (less driving = more safe). 
In the world? Probably an upscale section of a medium sized city in Germany, Switzerland, or Austria. Again, no natural disasters, little crime, great safe public transportation, no dangerous wildlife.



From Quora Where is the safest place in the world
IMAGES:  rustic ship wheel; New England fishermen's crab trap buoys

It's Memorial Day

Memorial Day isn't just about honoring veterans, its honoring those who lost their lives. Veterans had the fortune of coming home. For us, that's a reminder of when we come home we still have a responsibility to serve. It's a continuation of service that honors our country and those who fell defending it. 

Pete Hegseth


Good morning




Others chime in, when it's safe. Be first.


Pepe Le Pew



regular skunk, Spotted skunk, 

Smelly kitten





IMPOSTOR!!

Elephants

Elephant wallpaper


Fictitious "elephant bee"

Imagine running into this on a hike


Me driving

calm, cautious, centered

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My passengers:


Go outdoors, get some perspective

I find it comforting to see how small we are in the grand scheme of things... good perspective ;-))

Sitting on the Troltunga Rock in Norway

The world is bigger than we are.



Left:  UNKNOWN    
Right: Sitting on the Troltunga Rock in Norway

Indian child plays in a dry river bed after the flood waters receded in Allahabad




The sea answers all questions, and always in the same way;

for when you read in the papers the interminable discussions and the bickering and the prognostications and the turmoil, the disagreements and the fateful decisions and agreements and the plans and the programs 
and the threats and the counter threats, then you close your eyes

and the sea dispatches one more big roller in the unbroken line since the beginning of the world and it combs and breaks and returns foaming and saying: "So soon?"

E. B. White "On A Florida Key"


"This is something that has always given me comfort. I hope it lightens your sorrow just a little."

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Sending to all who are undergoing loss.

I am standing upon the seashore. A ship, at my side,
spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts
for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength.
I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck
of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other. 


Then, someone at my side says, "There, she is gone." 

Gone where?


Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast,
hull and spar as she was when she left my side.
And, she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port. 


Her diminished size is in me -- not in her. 

And, just at the moment when someone says, "There, she is gone,"
there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices
ready to take up the glad shout, "Here she comes!" 


And that is dying...

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.

Carl Sagan


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