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// Thursday, April 30, 2009

Life Lessons (Thus Far)

This is not intended to be a complete list; rather, it's a path forward by looking back.

After all, a "life lessons list" is a list forever in progress.
  • Sentiment in the absence of follow-through is emptiness.
  • Stress is powerful and dangerous. Stress corrupts and disrupts. Stress is a demon and must be exorcised.
  • Absolutes come in shades of grey.
  • Pontification: Everyone does it, few admit to it, and even fewer do it with style.
  • Sometimes you don't get what you pray for — and that's a good thing.
  • Integrity, too often, is like a shooting star: a magnificent streak that cannot be held, and leaves no lasting mark.
  • There are times when it's OK to be "context sensitive," for the sake of safety, sanctity, or sensuality.
  • Doing a good job because it's the right thing to do has been trumped by doing a good job provided the price is right.
  • Many people ride the wave of entitlement all the way to the shores of mediocrity.
  • Sometimes humor really is the best medicine.
  • Lies turn up when you least expect them, especially when they pop out of your own mouth.
  • Naps are good.
  • Perfunctory is a silly sounding word to kids and teenagers, and a performance rating for adults.
  • Making progress can be a lot like squeezing blood from a stone.
  • There is more wit and wisdom in the brevity of proverbs, one-liners, adages, quips, and quotes, than in the verbosity of tiring diatribes and endless expositions.
© Copyright 2009 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved.

// Sunday, April 26, 2009

Not So Grey Matter

Not So Grey Matter 2 (c) Copyright 2009 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved. insilentpassage.comNot So Grey Matter 3 (c) Copyright 2009 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved. insilentpassage.com
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A fun little experiment based on a picture of an alien looking mushroom that appeared in a patch of grass overnight (in early Spring).

There was something seemingly sci-fi about that fungus.

© Copyright 2009 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved.

// Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Today's Forecast

Todays Forecast (c) Copyright 2009 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved. insilentpassage.com
Cloudy and grey, with a touch of blue, and a slight chance of dreams.

A stray rumble of inspiration may occur from time to time.

Melancholy index: Near 100%.

 
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Another "mood of the day" piece, this one coming at the break of dawn, on a cold, rainy day, when all is quiet and the coffee is freshly brewed.

There are actually mountains in the horizontal white band of the image; the grey bands that sandwich the white band are layers of darker clouds. It was like looking at a Devil Dog sky.

Dedicated to my wife, who is the sunshine on my melancholy days.

© Copyright 2009 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved.

// Monday, April 13, 2009

Quotes of the Day - Easter Sunday 2009

I always feel a bit eggistential this time of year.

To find your Easter baskets follow the rabbit droppings.

How does the Easter Bunny get into the house? Well, let's just say he's well versed in the fine arts of lock picking and tip-toeing.

Those are chocolate coins. They're good for one visit to the dentist.

What does the Easter Bunny have to do with God? Good question. Let's write to Santa and ask him.

Now kids, always remember to hide your lucky rabbit's foot on Easter eve.

These large chocolate Easter carrots look particularly phallic, which is probably the result of some marketeer's subliminal Spring fertility brainstorm campaign.

OK, which sadist decided it would be fun to hide camouflaged-colored eggs on a green lawn that's heavily peppered with brown leaves?

 
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These all came from my mouth on Easter Sunday, 2009, primarily to entertain my wife, though the rest of the family seemed to enjoy them, too.

A little levity on an otherwise deeply reflective spiritual day.

© Copyright 2009 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved.

// Saturday, April 11, 2009

Faith Is Letterboard

Faith Is Letterboard (c) Copyright 2009 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved. insilentpassage.com
 
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I enjoy clever and thought-provoking messages on the signs outside of churches, lodges, schools, etc. Much wit and wisdom, sometimes with a touch of understated humor, can be expressed in only a few short lines.

I was able to realize the FIL image thanks to the generators provided by Ryland Sanders at says-it.com.

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// Friday, April 10, 2009

Easter 2009

Easter 2009 (c) Copyright 2009 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved. insilentpassage.com
 
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A jumbo egg boiled, dyed, artified, religified. Happy Easter. 8^)

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Nargosiden 3

Nargosiden 3 (c) Copyright 2009 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved. insilentpassage.com
 
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This is how I "see" Nargosiden 3:
Galactic stones rubbed smooth by the currents of time.
Petrified dinosaur eggs tucked into an ancient crevice.
Oblong water pilings moved into place by an eccentric sculptor.
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// Sunday, April 05, 2009

How I Feel as a Parent

How I Feel as a Parent (ASCII-ish) (c) Copyright 2009 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved. insilentpassage.com

 
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One of the greatest things about being a parent is this: knowing that your child or children see you as a kind of superhero.

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Tags and Tendrils

Part 1: The Somber Side
Chasing a rainbow beneath skies painted grey,
As twisters of red spew rivers of crows.
Mindstorms and thoughtmares, the vivid unseen,
These tags and these tendrils are pieces of me.

Part 2: The Lighter Side
What can go tweet,
With TaT now on Twitter?
What is like "gold,"
But doesn't have glitter?
A nugget of words,
Maybe two, maybe three,
These tags and these tendrils
Are pieces of me.

 
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A poem for my Tags and Tendrils concept, my tagsandtendrils.com blog site (retired), my @tagsandtendrils Twitter presence (retired), and bits-and-pieces of me.

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// Saturday, April 04, 2009

In Mental Streams

In mental streams I swim.

 On sky-swallowing tornadoes I ride.

Beneath starlight black I dream.

 Between Heaven and Hell I slide.


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Seasons in Judgment

Scarecrow, scarecrow staked in a field,
Hanged for your power, evil must yield.

From dawn to dusk, through starlight black,
A patchwork protector by nail and by tack.

In rain or in snow, or bent by the wind,
Always a scowl for those that've sinned.

Come drought, come hail, come locusts and crows,
Judgment awaits for the deadliest foes.

In song and in prayer, in poem and charm,
"Scarecrow, my scarecrow, keep us from harm!"

Dedicated to my Notebook Brother.

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// Thursday, April 02, 2009

Little Rag Doll

Little rag doll,
sewn and patched,
forgotten at the back of the closet,
what do you dream?
What do you miss?
What do you want more than anything in the world?

To be carried once again,
in loving arms,
from here to there and to everywhere.

To be held tightly
when night falls,
or thunder rolls,
or a fever rises high and chases away the smile inside.

A hug.

A smile.

One more, "I love you."

© Copyright 2009 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved.

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