Morality vs. obedience

How often have you heard, "I was just following orders."  Follow your heart and listen to that voice inside.  Your moral compass should not waver.

Every time.

Actually, have seen several meteorites this past week by just scanning the sky whilst going about my business.

Willie Nelson:

Essential Yiddish words

  1. bissel
    A little bit.
  2. bubbe
    Or bobe. It means Grandmother, and bobeshi is the more affectionate form. 
  3. bupkes
    Not a word for polite company. Means “goat droppings.” Often used by American Jews for “trivial, worthless, useless, a ridiculously small amount” – less than nothing, so to speak. “After all the work I did, I got bupkes!”
  4. chutzpah
    Nerve, extreme arrogance, brazen presumption. 
  5. feh!
    An expression of disgust or disapproval, representative of the sound of spitting.
  6. glitch
    Literally “slip,” “skate,” or “nosedive,” which was the origin of the common American usage as “a minor problem or error.”
  7. gornisht
    More polite than bupkes, and also implies a strong sense of nothing; used in phrases such as “gornisht helfn” (beyond help).
  8. goy
    A non-Jew, a Gentile. As in Hebrew, one Gentile is a goy, many Gentiles are goyim. Putting mayonnaise on a pastrami sandwich is goyish
  9. klutz
    Literally means “a block of wood,” so it’s often used for a dense, clumsy or awkward person. See schlemiel.
  10. kosher
    Something that’s acceptable to Orthodox Jews, especially food. Other Jews may also “eat kosher” on some level but are not required to. Food that Orthodox Jews don’t eat – pork, shellfish, etc. – is called traif. In English, when you hear something that seems suspicious or shady, you might say, “That doesn’t sound kosher.”
  11. kvetsh
    In popular English, kvetch means “complain, whine or fret. ” Reminds you of certain chronic complainers, doesn’t it? But it’s also used on Yiddish web pages for “click” 
  12. maven
    Pronounced meyven. An expert, often used sarcastically.
  13. Mazel Tov
    Literally “good luck,” a congratulation for what just happened, not a hopeful wish for what might happen in the future. When someone gets married or has a child or graduates from college, this is what you say to them. I
  14. mentsh
    An honorable, decent person, an authentic person, a person who helps you when you need help. Can be a man, woman or child.
  15. mishegas
    Insanity or craziness. A meshugener is a crazy man. 
  16. nosh
    To nibble; a light snack, but you won’t be light if you don’t stop noshing. 
  17. oy vey
    Exclamation of dismay, grief, or exasperation. The phrase “oy vey iz mir” means “Oh, woe is me.” 
  1. plotz
    Literally, to explode, as in aggravation. “Well, don’t plotz!” is similar to “Don’t have a cow!” 
  2. shalom
    It means “deep peace,” and isn’t that a more meaningful greeting than “Hi, how are ya?”
  3. shlep
    To drag, traditionally something you don’t really need; to carry unwillingly. When people “shlep around,” they are dragging themselves, perhaps slouchingly. 
  4. shlemiel
    A clumsy, inept person, similar to a klutz. The kind of person who always spills his soup.
  5. schlock
    Cheap, shoddy, or inferior, as in, “I don’t know why I bought this schlocky souvenir.”
  6. shlimazel
    Someone with constant bad luck. When the shlemiel spills his soup, he probably spills it on the shlimazel. Fans of the TV sitcom “Laverne and Shirley” remember these two words from the Yiddish-American hopscotch chant that opened each show.
  7. shmaltzy
    Excessively sentimental, gushing, flattering, over-the-top, corny. This word describes some of Hollywood’s most famous films. From shmaltz, which means chicken fat or grease.
  8. shmooze
    Chat, make small talk, converse about nothing in particular. But at Hollywood parties, guests often schmooze with people they want to impress.
  9. schmuck
    Often used as an insulting word for a self-made fool, but you shouldn’t use it in polite company at all, since it refers to male anatomy.
  10. spiel
    A long, involved sales pitch, as in, “I had to listen to his whole spiel before I found out what he really wanted.” From the German word for play.
  11. shikse
    A non-Jewish woman, all too often used derogatorily. It has the connotation of “young and beautiful,” so referring to a man’s Gentile wife or girlfriend as a shiksa implies that his primary attraction was her good looks. 
  12. shmutz
    Dirt – a little dirt, not serious grime. If a little boy has shmutz on his face, and he likely will, his mother will quickly wipe it off. It can also mean dirty language. It’s not nice to talk shmutz about shmutz. 
  13. shtick
    Something you’re known for doing, an entertainer’s routine, an actor’s bit, stage business; a gimmick often done to draw attention to yourself.
  14. tchatchke
    Knick-knack, little toy, collectible or giftware. 

"Demonstrate genetics using gummy bears"

It's snowing!

New River State Park, NC
"May the light that reflects on water be this wild prayer. May water lift us with its unexpected strength. May we find comfort in the "repeated refrains of nature," the softly sheltering snow, the changing seasons, the return of blackbirds to the marsh. May we find strength in light that pours in under snow and laughter that breaks through tears. May we go out into the light-filled snow, among meadows in bloom, with gratitude for life that is deep and alive. May Earth's fire burn in our hearts, and may we know ourselves part of this flame--one thing, never alone, never weary of life.
So may it be.
"Never Alone or Weary" — Kathleen Dean Moore (Wild Comfort: The Solace of Nature)


December is full of the beauty of Light and love we can bring into our life. You can choose to be stressed or you can choose to let the small stuff go and be peaceful this Holiday season. It really is a choice you make. 
Eileen Anglin


Warm fuzzies

Pets in clothes


Did you even notice the man?

Meanwhile in Florida

Dark humor

To wit:

Slowly I discovered the secret of my art.

It consists of a meditation on nature, on the expression of a dream which is always inspired by reality. With more involvement and regularity, I learned to push each study in a certain direction. Little by little the notion that painting is a means of expression asserted itself, and that one can express the same thing in several ways. Exactitude is not truth, Delacroix liked to say.
Henri Matisse
pink and taupe polka dots- cut velvet upholstery fabric

Our dreams recover what the world forgets.

— James Hillman (Animal Presences)
Like night dreams, stories often use symbolic language, therefore bypassing the ego and persona, and traveling straight to the spirit and soul who listen for the ancient and universal instructions embedded there. Because of this process, stories can teach, correct errors, lighten the heart and the darkness, provide psychic shelter, assist transformation and heal wounds.” 
 ― Clarissa Pinkola Est├ęs, The Gift of Story: A Wise Tale About What is Enough

Good vibrations

Converse sneakers

You are a piece of art

Tech funnies

House M.D. first aired on fox in 2005

*In an exam room*
Patient: are there other ways by which I can get pregnant? like sitting on a toilet seat?
House: Absolutely!
There would need to be a guy sitting between you and the toilet seat, but yes absolutely.
House (also called House, M.D.) is an American television medical drama that originally ran on the Fox network for eight seasons, from 2004 to 2012. The series' main character is Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie), an unconventional, misanthropic medical genius who, despite his dependence on pain medication, leads a team of diagnosticians at the fictional Princeton–Plainsboro Teaching Hospital (PPTH) in New Jersey.
House often clashes with his fellow physicians, including his own diagnostic team, because many of his hypotheses about patients' illnesses are based on subtle or controversial insights. His flouting of hospital rules and procedures frequently leads him into conflict with his boss, hospital administrator and Dean of Medicine Dr. Lisa Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein). House's only true friend is Dr. James Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard), head of the Department of Oncology.
House was among the top ten series in the United States from its second through fourth seasons. Distributed to 66 countries, House was the most-watched television program in the world in 2008.
Quotes on Lies
"Truth begins in lies." First said:[#101], later this is referred to in almost every episode and also has the following corollaries:
"I've found that when you want to know the truth about someone that someone is probably the last person you should ask."
"You want to know how two chemicals interact, do you ask them? No, they're going to lie through their lying little chemical teeth. Throw them in a beaker and apply heat."
Sayings about the World, Reality, People
" the philosopher Jagger once said, 'You can't always get what you want.'"  This is backed up with the song by the Rolling Stones which plays at the end of the pilot and the first season finale.
"Humanity is overrated."
"We all make mistakes, and we all pay a price."
"...there's no I in 'team'. There is a me, though, if you jumble it up."
"Everybody does stupid things, it shouldn't cost them everything they want in life."
"People like talking about people. Makes us feel superior. Makes us feel in control. And sometimes, for some people, knowing some things makes them care."
"Men are pigs. [They will] pretty much have sex with anyone, fat, skinny, married, single, complete strangers, relatives."
"I choose to believe that the white light people sometimes see... they're all just chemical reactions that take place when the brain shuts down.... There's no conclusive science. My choice has no practical relevance to my life, I choose the outcome I find more comforting.... I find it more comforting to believe that this isn't simply a test." More about the white light-near death phenomenon (in this blog).
"It's been established that time is not a rigid construct."
"It's one of the great tragedies of life — something always changes." 
"I was never that great at math, but next to nothing is higher than nothing, right?" 

Quotes about Medicine, Doctors, Dying
  • "We treat it. If she[he] gets better we know that we're right." First said: [#101]
  • "Our bodies break down, sometimes when we're 90, sometimes before we're even born, but it always happens and there's never any dignity in it. I don't care if you can walk, see, wipe your own ass. It's always ugly. Always. You can live with dignity, we can't die with it." First said: [#101]
  • "Patients always want proof, we're not making cars here, we don't give guarantees." First said: [#101]
  • "...treating illnesses is why we became doctors, treating patients is what makes most doctors miserable." First said: [#101]
  • "Occam's Razor. The simplest explanation is almost always somebody screwed up." [#110 Histories]
  • "I take risks, sometimes patients die. But not taking risks causes more patients to die, so I guess my biggest problem is I've been cursed with the ability to do the math." [#111]
  • "Idiopathic, from the Latin meaning we're idiots cause we can't figure out what's causing it." [#117]
  • "It does tell us something. Though I have no idea what." [#119]
  • "The eyes can mislead, the smile can lie, but the shoes always tell the truth." [#119]
  • "Hang up a shingle and condemn the narrowness and greed of Western medicine, you'd make a damn fine living."[#120]
  • "It is the nature of medicine that you are going to screw up." [#121]
  • "It is in the nature of medicine that you are gonna screw up. You are gonna kill someone. If you can't handle that reality, pick another profession. Or finish medical school and teach." [#121]
  • "Tell a surgeon it's okay to cut a leg off and he's going to spend the night polishing his good hacksaw.... they care about their patients. They just care about themselves more. Which is not an unreasonable position. 
  • "Everything we do is dictated by motive." [#201]
  • "If her DNA was off by one percentage point she'd be a dolphin." [#202]
  • "Welcome to the end of the thought process." [#202]
  • "Sometimes we can't see why normal isn't normal." [#202]
  • "You want to make things right? Too bad. Nothing's ever right." [#203]
  • "New is good. Because old ended in death." [#217]

Miscellaneous Sayings of Doctor House
  • "There is not a thin line between love and hate. There is --- in fact --- a Great Wall of China with armed sentries posted every 20 feet between love and hate." [#103]
  • "The most successful marriages are based on lies." [#104]
  • "...the life itself: Sex." [#107]
  • "...the fact that the sexual pleasure center of your cerebral cortex has been over-stimulated by spirochetes is a poor basis for a relationship. Learned that one the hard way." [#108]
  • "And humility is an important quality. Especially if you're wrong a lot.... Of course, when you're right, self-doubt doesn't help anybody, does it?" [#109]
  • "Read less, more TV." [#114]
  • "There's an evolutionary imperative why we give a crap about our family and friends. And there's an evolutionary imperative why we don't give a crap about anybody else. If we loved all people indiscriminately, we couldn't function." [#204]
  • "If you can fake sincerity, you can fake pretty much anything." [#122]
  • "Welcome to the world. Everyone's different, everyone gets treated different. You try fighting that, you end up dying of TB." [#204]    
  • "In this universe effect follows cause. I've complained about it but—" [#205]
  • "The only problem with that theory is it's based on the assumption that the universe is a just place." [#206]
  • "You know me. Hostility makes me shrink up like a— I can't think of a non-sexual metaphor." [#206]
  • "Dying people lie too. Wish they'd worked less, been nicer, opened orphanages for kittens. If you really want to do something, you do it. You don't save it for a sound bite." [#207]
  • "If you talk to God you're religious. If God talks to you, you're psychotic." [#219]
  • "There's nothing in this universe that can't be explained. Eventually." [#219]
  • "Arrogance has to be earned." [#323]
  • "The treatments don't always work. Symptoms never lie." [#323]