Ancient Advice For Modern Times

Wise and needed words.

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What if everything we wanted to know has already been said?

I’m a self-proclaimed nerd. I love dragons, video games, mouth-breathing, and ancient wisdom. Now I’m not saying having an interest in ancient quotes and wisdom makes you nerdy, but I’m saying when you’re at the bar and bring up Confucius, people think it’s a cocktail with a little pink umbrella in it.

Disappointed conversations aside, I’m also a writer. Hence this article, and below are a few quotes filled with ancient wisdom that are worth pondering.

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” — Lao Tzu

This centering advice is often needed when you’re on the shores of starting a new goal and feeling washed over by a wave called “feeling overwhelmed.” I think many of us have grand dreams for our lives, but after we soberly consider the time it will take to see…

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Photo Phriday with a C Major twist from I like to draw

By Aaron Keleny Parks

By Aaron Keleny Parks

For those of you who don’t know, my son, Aaron, is an art student. He is currently in art school in New York City – the land of artist. I was looking at his latest blog post and I really enjoyed his integration of the drawing (which I like), and the lyrics (which I like), and the youtube video of the song (which I liked). It is so creative.

Way to go Aaron! (And that’s not just a mom talking.)

C Major | I like to draw.


Where are you in 2014?


from – peek a boo, where are you?

I wanted to acknowledge the new year in some fashion so this got me to thinkin’ (look out!) not about were we are going in 2014 but where we are now. You can ask this question collectively or individually, which ever suits your fancy because, in my opinion, the answer is still the same: We/You are exactly where you’re supposed to be, and for that matter, exactly where you should be putting your focus.

Now, I know this is not a new concept to most of you, but I think it is a concept that is hard for vast majority of us. We all want to know what is ahead for us as individuals, for our friends and family, for our planet as a whole. We’d all be a lot less stressed if we knew what was coming, though I really doubt that – we’d just find something else to get stress about. One of those other things we tend to perseverate  on is the past: what we did (particularly, what we’ve done wrong), what someone else did to us. But neither strategy gets us very far. Why? Because we’re not concentrating on the here and now, not paying attention to what we are doing or who we are doing it with.  We might be missing something in this very moment that could help us but we are focusing on something that has already happened that we can’t even change or something that hasn’t even occurred yet and might not ever occur. (Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying we shouldn’t look at our past and learn from it. I think that is the only real use to spending time in the past.)

When you spell it out in this fashion, it seems so logical, it seems to make such sense to stop worrying about something that has already happened or something that has yet to occur – both are things we have no control over whatsoever. Ah…but there is the rub. As logical or as helpful as living in the moment may be, it is something we as humans have the most trouble with.

Why is that? Why does this issue take up so much of our time and our energy? I’m not sure, really. I know it has something to do with choice. Our creator (the humorist that he/she is) gave us free choice: choice to dwell on past events, choice to think about our future… But the choice that children and plants and animals exhibit most often is living in the here and now. Why is that?

I’m not quite sure other than I’ve never met a young child that had to take medication for an ulcer or because their blood pressure was too high. These small beings just might be onto something!

I hope you are onto something as well, in the new year to come – but don’t sit around worrying about it, OKAY! 😉

Tarzan’s Birthday

I missed it. It was Tarzan’s birthday yesterday.




Tarzan was created by Edgar Rice Burroughs in 1912. I think I might have one of those original books. I got it from my father’s book collection when he passed. That type of action adventure story would be just what my dad would have liked. In fact, my dad liked Tarzan so much he had vinyl records (they feel like vinyl plates they are so thick) of Tarzan. They sound great on my crank phonograph. I imagine back in 1912, that was quite the story, and seeing how many times it’s been redone in various forms, I think people today still like a good Tarzan story, too.

from one of the original Tarzan movies with Johnny Weissmuller as Tarzan, Maureen O'Sullivan as Jane, and Johnny Sheffield as "boy." I don't know the name of the ape.

from one of the original Tarzan movies (1941) with Johnny Weissmuller as Tarzan, Maureen O’Sullivan as Jane, and Johnny Sheffield as “boy.” I don’t know the name of the ape.

I think a new Tarzan should be coming around again, don’t you think? Maybe I’ll do a knock off it someday. Sounds like a fun project.

A New Year is Upon Us!

Tonight’s December thirty-first,
Something is about to burst.
The clock is crouching, dark and small,
Like a time bomb in the hall.
Hark, it’s midnight, children dear.
Duck! Here comes another year!

Frederic Ogden Nash



 Born August 19, 1902, died May 19, 1971

An American poet known for his humorous, light verse.

What do :-) and :-( and 1982 and today have in common?


On this day in 1982 the first “emoticons” ever were used and were created by is Scott Fahlman, a computer scientist. In 1982, when he was participating in an online forum, he used the :- ) and :( to note when he was making a joke. Little did he know…

New York Times posts follow-up story about fake book reviews

Now I know what my problem is, I haven’t been paying for my reiviews! New York Times posts follow-up story about fake book reviews. I’m not sure why I didn’t think that this was happening, as the blog states: “The stakes are too high, and every system can be gamed if people are smart enough.” I guess the old adage, you can’t believe everything you read, is true.

Herman Melville’s Birthday

Of course, everyone knows Herman Melville  for his famous Moby Dick, and for good reason. I remember the first time I read that book, I had never read a whole story that was written with such lovely prose. Though as with Shakespeare, it takes a while to get used to the  flow of the language. Melville had worked on at least 3 different whaling ships as a young man, so the man did know to what he was speaking of. An interesting little tidbit about this book is that it wasn’t very popular when it came out. The publisher was not able to sell the initial printing of 3000 copies before Melville died. It was brought back and recognized as an accomplished work  in the early 1900s, only after his death. It’s been a very long time since I read Moby Dick. I really need to pick it up again.

(Herman Melville – Born: 1819, New York City-  died: 1891, New York City – 72 years, though his adult, married life was spent in Pittsfield, Mass at the home they called Arrowhead where his and his wife, Elizebeth Shaw, raised their four children and farmed. They moved to New York City in 1863. Arrowhead is presently a museum.)

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