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When the Muse Doesn't Call

My Neighborhood - Local Fauna

My Neighborhood – Local Fauna

A blog entry is kinda like donating blood.  Freely surrendered in the hopes it might be of benefit somewhere, somehow.  There is no anticipation of reward or profit;  it is enough to further the greater good.  Right citizen?

More times of late,  the efficacy of the contribution is not warranted.  In true hermit fashion, I tire of our early 21st century world which is dubiously the rudest and crudest society in history, having jubilantly swept most of the etiquette of speech, table, dress, hospitality, regard for fairness, deference to authority, and the relations of male and female and child and elder under the fraying and filthy carpet of politically convenient illusions. With little fear of physical reprisal, Americans can be as loud, gross, disrespectful, pushy, and negligent as they please.

When money becomes the objective, truth is abandoned.

It has been a grueling week of drilling rig arrival,  punishing road trips and bowling ball deals gone bad because a man’s word is no longer the measure of a true man.   The integrity of that oral pledge must have become meaningless sometimes before when I was not paying attention.

So I look to taking care of my own Tribe.  Those that are held close and dear and are (somewhat) dependent on me to varying degrees.  There are portents of change in front of us should we choose to look and my responsibilities to the Tribe are more important now than at any time in the past. When the writing of this blog becomes a chore to be discharged instead of a creative joy, it is time for introspection.

We live in interesting times; yes, we do.

Jeff Cooper says:

This fashionable buzz word “sensitivity” is beginning to gall. I do not see sensitivity as the necessary attribute of a considerable man. We may search through history for manifestations of sensitivity in the great without particular success. Pericles, Xenophon, Socrates, Caesar, and so on down through Washington, Napoleon, Roosevelt, and Churchill were not distinguished for sensitivity. Thinness of the skin seems to be one of the paramount troubles of the age.

 

End Note:  The Revolution Starts Now by Steve Earle

‘The revolution starts now, in your own back yard, in your own hometown.’

 

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19 comments to When the Muse Doesn’t Call

  • David

    Hi Andy,

    I’m sorry you have had a tough week.

    I remain a glass half full kind of guy. To paraphrase Mother Maybelle, “Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side…”

    http://youtu.be/ZbmQQ4RfzVE

    Thank you for sharing!

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    • Andrew

      David,

      I hear you will have a new neighbor in NC in 2 years.

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  • Ken

    Yessir, it seems as we have lost our moral compass as a whole. Some few segments seem to retain what our mothers hammered into us, but outside our immediate circles we see more and more of a decline in common courtesy. One of my favorite quotes (and I am not positive of the author) is: Our young women have no modesty, our young men do not respect their elders, I despair. [Aristotle]
    Dunno where to lay the blame, but you see it most blatantly in the elected officials in government. They put on a brave show of decorum, but it is shallow. The idiot in the white house is one of the glaring examples of sorry. (off the box now)

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    • Andrew

      Ken

      If you got some time read up on how the Goths overthrew the Roman Empire. I see some startling parallels since our southern border has now been thrown wide open.

      Obama has committed illegal acts in office and should be prosecuted as a criminal.

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  • Joel

    This Spring, I attended part of the national high school robotics competition. It was wonderful seeing hundreds of smart, highly motivated high school kids focused on a competition that demands creativity and intellect. It made me more optimistic for the future.

    Later this Spring, my daughter graduated from law school. She is studying for the bar exam, but already has a paying clerkship with the state courts in Vermont for next year. Her goal is to practice immigration and human rights law. Not the most highly compensated branch of law, but one where she will surely make a difference in the lives of others.

    In June, I participated in Ride the Rockies with 2000 other bikers, ages 15-80, with a wide range of riding ability. It was wonderful to share the magnificent scenery and riding experience with so many healthy, optimistic people.

    I survived a near-death experience in May. Split second made the difference. Now I have a new birthday.

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    • Andrew

      Joel,

      I try to be optimistic in outlook but I fail to reach your level. More and more, I hear a call to be prudent and knowledgeable about what is going on outside the nationalized media spotlight.

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      • Joel

        I’m not clear on why prudence and optimism are mutually exclusive conditions. I’ll certainly match my prudence with anyone elses!

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        • Andrew

          Not Joel. I am just less optimistic than you. You tend to drink a bigger glass of kool aid than me and I do not feel that is prudent.

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          • Joel

            Not Kool Aid, Andy–just a bigger glass of life. I’m happy to say that the balance I’ve struck between optimism and prudence has repaid the effort.

            Of course, as a professional researcher all my adult life, I completely support the goal of being knowledgeable. While it can certainly be challenging to stay knowlegeable, the internet and a well-tuned crap detector are essential allies!

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          • Andrew

            I can agree with that phraseology Joel.

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  • Richard Boyd

    Caliche Cowboy, you have hit the nail squarely on the head. “When money becomes the objective, truth is abandoned.”

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  • Rob

    The world has 7 billion plus people, most with a cell phone number & access to the internet. Easy to say yes to a deal, but not show up & never say anything again.
    My government reads my mail, listens to my phone calls then calls the person who told me about that a traitor… and no one seems to care.

    You talk of a man’s word as his bond, I see a changed world where unless you live next door….

    When your muse is on vacation & you really have to say something…. a photo is always nice.

    Better luck next week!

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  • Larry

    There are a lot of folks out there that are concerned about the direction of our country, state and the lack of civility in our daily lives. I too feel the need to be responsible to my tribe. Politicians ( for the most part) no longer put a priority on service and for the good of society in general. They focus on power and their continuing hold on it and the influence of those who enable them. At my level I cannot effect change but I can do what I can to safeguard my family. Keep in mind that there are a lot of us out there and your blog helps remind us of that. I have never been a glass full or empty person. I try to be pragmatic and approach life that way. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us…….like the music too.

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  • Curmudgeonly, yes, but also true. (You kids! Get off my lawn!)

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  • Joel

    Have you given up on the novel you were writing?

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    • Andrew

      Life intrudes Joel. Very much so at the current time. It is quite possible even blog posts are going to be sparse.

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      • Joel

        Sorry to hear that. Hope your picture improves soon.

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  • Indeed, hang in there, Andy. One good thing: forecast is for a cooler-than-normal and wetter-than-normal summer in Tejas. Seems to be coming true in CenTexland where our daily temps are low-nineties daytime and low seventies at night. Rained again the other day. How about y’all down South?

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    • Andrew

      Some rain, maybe more than last year but my memory fades. At least, no big hail storms this year! The rattlesnakes seem to be enjoying the wet weather and we are dispatching them in abundance.

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