hiatus

dumpsterfire2It’s been a few weeks since I’ve bothered to write; the fire in the belly to write anything has pretty much gone out. That’s because the raging dumpster fire of a presidency is pretty much sucking the oxygen out of just about everything else around it.

I’ve a lot on my plate as it is for the next few months, and I have to prioritize how I spend my time. Spending it here writing is unfortunately not the best use of my limited time, so blog writing goes to the absolute bottom of the stack of tasks for me to do.

That doesn’t mean I’m not engaged with the world or I don’t care. Believe me, I am and I do. If, for whatever reason you feel the need to follow my pearls of wisdom, then you can look for me on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter (@wbeebe4). But if you don’t, well, I certainly understand.

If you’d like to follow someone a lot more interesting and who consistently publishes, you can follow the science fiction author John Scalzi on his blog, http://whatever.scalzi.com.

with honor vsco selects

Something different from VSCO this time.

WILLIAM BEEBE — Your work has been curated to VSCO Selects — a showcase of exceptional content from around the globe. Use this link to view and share your work. See it among a selection of the finest content online in VSCO’s Collection.

https://vsco.co/vsco/collection/goto/588a9c861d3a137450617d93

The photo above is part of a larger collection. I am indeed honored. This makes the third time in less than two months that VSCO has recognized some of my work published to their platform. Photo was taken with the iPhone 7 Plus.

the trumpabet – the letter ‘j’

Jealous
adj. Unduly concerned about the preservation of that which can be lost only if not worth keeping.

Jester
n. An officer formerly attached to a king’s household, whose business it was to amuse the court by ludicrous actions and utterances, the absurdity being attested by his motley costume. The king himself being attired with dignity, it took the world some centuries to discover that his own conduct and decrees were sufficiently ridiculous for the amusement not only of his court but of all mankind. The jester was commonly called a fool, but the poets and romancers have ever delighted to represent him as a singularly wise and witty person. In the circus of to-day the melancholy ghost of the court fool effects the dejection of humbler audiences with the same jests wherewith in life he gloomed the marble hall, panged the patrician sense of humor and tapped the tank of royal tears.

Justice
n. A commodity which is a more or less adulterated condition the State sells to the citizen as a reward for his allegiance, taxes and personal service.

Selections taken from the Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce as they apply to the 45th president of the United States.

annie turns 2

Dreamboat Annie, the Labradoodle, or just Doodle for short, turned 2 today. She celebrated with her big sister Ruby Tuesday, a yellow Lab female, with extra treats and a nice long walk. Living with a Doodle has been a “learning experience.” I’ve been living with Labs for the past 35 years. The Doodle is a cross between a Lab and a Standard Poodle. I can see the Lab traits in her, but the other traits I have to ascribe to the Poodle side; wild exuberance well beyond even a Lab is the primary difference between her and Ruby. She’s also extremely intelligent. This I attribute to the fact she’s the product of two of the brightest working dog breeds around. The only breed brighter then either the Poodle or the Lab is the Border Collie. And I shudder to think what might come with a purposeful interbreeding that includes the Border Collie.

Annie’s been a challenge in a good way. She is energetic and demanding of interaction from her people. Except when she wears herself out playing and interacting with everyone including Ruby. Then they both do some hard core napping on their Orvis beds. They’re well made, tough, and easy to clean.

And another surprising characteristic of living with a Doodle is she loves the two Ginger cats. They come up and rub her all the time, and she nuzzles them. I’ve seen them several times napping right next to both Annie and Ruby, but especially Annie.

And if I had to describe what Annie looks like, I’d have to say she’s my living Muppet, both in looks in personality. I love her curly coat and all the various colors. If she were a male, I’d have named him Jacob because of Jacob’s coat of many colors. I was told Annie was turned down because she wasn’t a pure color. That kind of reason is so wrong on so many levels. What those possible owners have missed by not having Annie, and what I’ve gained.

the trumpabet – the letter ‘i’

Idiot
n. A member of a large and powerful tribe whose influence in human affairs has always been dominant and controlling. The Idiot’s activity is not confined to any special field of thought or action, but “pervades and regulates the whole.” He has the last word in everything; his decision is unappealable. He sets the fashions and opinion of taste, dictates the limitations of speech and circumscribes conduct with a dead-line.

Ignoramus
n. A person unacquainted with certain kinds of knowledge familiar to yourself, and having certain other kinds that you know nothing about.

Imbecility
n. A kind of divine inspiration, or sacred fire affecting censorious critics of this dictionary.

Immigrant
n. An unenlightened person who thinks one country better than another.

Immodest
adj. Having a strong sense of one’s own merit, coupled with a feeble conception of worth in others.

Immoral
adj. Inexpedient. Whatever in the long run and with regard to the greater number of instances men find to be generally inexpedient comes to be considered wrong, wicked, immoral. If man’s notions of right and wrong have any other basis than this of expediency; if they originated, or could have originated, in any other way; if actions have in themselves a moral character apart from, and nowise dependent on, their consequences — then all philosophy is a lie and reason a disorder of the mind.

Infidel
n. In New York, one who does not believe in the Christian religion; in Constantinople, one who does. (See GIAOUR.) A kind of scoundrel imperfectly reverent of, and niggardly contributory to, divines, ecclesiastics, popes, parsons, canons, monks, mollahs, voodoos, presbyters, hierophants, prelates, obeah-men, abbes, nuns, missionaries, exhorters, deacons, friars, hadjis, high-priests, muezzins, brahmins, medicine-men, confessors, eminences, elders, primates, prebendaries, pilgrims, prophets, imaums, beneficiaries, clerks, vicars-choral, archbishops, bishops, abbots, priors, preachers, padres, abbotesses, caloyers, palmers, curates, patriarchs, bonezs, santons, beadsmen, canonesses, residentiaries, diocesans, deans, subdeans, rural deans, abdals, charm-sellers, archdeacons, hierarchs, class-leaders, incumbents, capitulars, sheiks, talapoins, postulants, scribes, gooroos, precentors, beadles, fakeers, sextons, reverences, revivalists, cenobites, perpetual curates, chaplains, mudjoes, readers, novices, vicars, pastors, rabbis, ulemas, lamas, sacristans, vergers, dervises, lectors, church wardens, cardinals, prioresses, suffragans, acolytes, rectors, cures, sophis, mutifs and pumpums.

Selections taken from the Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce as they apply to the 45th president of the United States.