Something Clever

I insist it is always a pleasure to say something clever. True, it may be a bit haughty to say something naughty. I say it’s relieving if it’s not deceiving. I say a sly comment here or there may be dear. I concluded a little coy worded sass can be as graceful as a dance. I say swing of a swig of a little meandering down the lines of composed prose and make them laugh as you fill up the pages.

Gender Obsession

I consider myself to be a liberal. I consider myself sympathetic to the feminist cause. I do, however, find it strange certain women obsess about their being women.

Yes, I am glad they are fond of being a woman. Yes, I am for their equal rights. No, I do not think they should be treated beneath men.

I do, however, find it odd for praising oneself for being a woman and praising other women for being women.

I say this because having an appendage or not having an appendage between your legs says nothing about one’s cleverness, work ethic, or beauty.

Gender is meaningless. Race is meaningless. A person’s choice of religion is meaningless. ( if one does not force it upon others.)

Essentially, what matters is if a person behaves themselves.

She Waited for the Train ( Song)

She waited for the train

She was waiting for it to take her to the plane

Away she would fly away – oh so far way

Away she would fly – without and yet a lot to say

Tell me darling was it the things he said?

Tell me darling was it what your life had bred?

Tell me before you head your way

Tell me before you speed away

She said she had high hopes and gazed up to the sky

She said she had given up on this town’s hope and so it was time to say good by

Away she said – just like paper skippin down the sidewalk in the wind

Away she said- just like her father, as he took his car for a final spin

Tell me darling was it the things he said?

Tell me darling was it what your life had bred?

Tell me before you head your way

Tell me before you speed away.

She stepped onto the train

She gazed ahead  with her mind fixed upon her plane

Away she said. Looking to fill up the paper of her life.

Away she said. Looking and focused on her plight.

Tell me darling was it the things he said?

Tell me darling was it what your life had bred?

Tell me before you head your way

Tell me before you speed away.

Tell me darling was it the things he said?

Tell me darling was it what your life had bred?

Tell me before you head your way

Tell me before you speed away.

Disease, Ritual and Taboo

We have a germ theory of disease. We know what causes certain mental disorders. We know what causes decay.

Disease, mental disorder, and decay used to be explained by evil spirits. These evil spirits were called faeries or demons in the ancient world. This led to the creation of amulets to ward off these spirits. This led to sequences of prayers to produce the same result.

Many times, this keeping away or banishment of evil spirits required both an amulet and a set of prayers.

These demons were said to exist in wooded areas, ruins, in certain plants. They were said to be produced from certain types of sexual intercourse.

This led to certain rituals among certain tribes. This led to many of their taboos.

This production of evil spirits from certain areas, in certain plants and from certain modes of sexual intercourse is all considered bunk today.

So, let us think with modern minds of and throw off this medieval superstition and look to science. I am not saying there is not or is a God, but let us live with the knowledge we have gained through the years and throw off superstition.

If a certain ritual brings you a sense of comfort and communion, fine, however, to insist on the scientific accuracy that this taboo/ritual wards off evil spirits if people do not follow this procedure/taboo will spell doom on the country is absurd.

It is dangerous if one uses their influence in government force others to obey these ancient taboos/rituals because the consequence for nonadherence to these taboos contain no basis in reality.

Marriage is a Legal Construct

We, as a society, need to view marriage without emotion attached. We need to view it in a legal sense because marriage is essentially a legal construct.

Yes, there is the concept of marriage in Christianity but all religions have their own laws of marriage. We are a nation with a plurality of faiths. We are a nation with the concept of separation of church and state enshrined in our constitution.

So, the Christian notion should not be looked at when looking at the laws of marriage in a legal sense.

So, we must view marriage as a purely legal construct. This construct gives couples the right to visit their significant other on their death bead. This construct gives the other member of the relationship the right to inherit property upon the death of the other party. The construct also provides for special tax incentives. There are also penalties for breaching the marriage contract and provisions that must be adhered to if the couple is divorced.

This construct gives the other member of the relationship the right to inherit property upon the death of the other party. The construct also provides for special tax incentives. There are also penalties for breaching the marriage contract and provision that must be adhered to if the couple is divorced.

These laws and benefits are in place for married couples because they provide the framework to build, maintain and care for a family. It does not matter if they are a same-sex coup or a straight couple.

Take Time ( poem/song)

Take your time

You say things are going to be fine

Take you time your say

While life unwinds

I am here

But never really there

What do you mean?

I am here

There is not key to be found

I am locked within my limitations

Take your time

You say things are going to be fine.

Take your time you say as life unwinds.

I am still trying to place

down the pieces And rub

And rub them against each other

In the hope they will fit

And form a picture.

Take your time you say

Things are going to be fine

Take you say while my

Life unwinds

Take my time

You say while refusing to lend a hand

Take my time you say

While my time sifts and shifts

Away granule by granule.

“Too High to Die” – Retread Album Review

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The Meat Puppets were cited by many 90s grunge bands, such as Nirvana and Sound Garden as a major influence. Yet, few listen to them today.

The Meat Puppets most successful album was “Too High to Die.”

A band’s most successful album is not, necessarily, their best, however, a band’s most successful album is a great way to assess a band overall.

The first track on “Too High to Die,” is “Violet Eyes.” The track is ok, however, there is nothing about the track, which separates it from other alternative/grunge acts around the early to mid-90s.

The next track “Never to Be Found,” sounds similar and carries nothing extra. In fact, both tracks sound near identical to one another – as are the remaining tracks on the album.

There is an occasional guitar pick up, but not enough distinguishing markers between the tracks to carry a remarkable difference.

“Too High to Die’s,” most unique track is the country sounding “Comin Down,” and the hidden cover “Where do Bad Go Where They Die,” at the tail end of the album. (In fact, one could argue these are the album’s strongest songs.)

The other highlight tracks on “ Too High to Die,” are the album’s hits “Never to be Found,” and “Backwater.”

These tracks are decent, but they are not notable or distinguishable from other similar acts of the early to mid-90s. The lyrics of the songs are not awful, but they indistinguishable from lyrics written by the local area bar band.

“Too High to Die,” deserves a three out of five.