Archive for September, 2015

Kindred’s Special: The Wisdom of Comic Tidbits — Teaching Simplified

September 30, 2015

Comic humor can be a relaxing joy as my readers attest to since I introduced “Tidbits”.  My main problem was how to manifest itself into my blogs wherein I could capture some of the more serious articles hopefully attracting the tweeters and Facebook fans to the wide range of material I write.  I hope I have done so. In any event, it seems my ideas continue to gel, especially for those who use the internet instead of buying a newspaper.

Today’s paper cartoonists present a wealth of wisdom:

Pearls Before Swine  asks the question to rate the importance of money got a scale high of 100. How does it affect your work ethic?  Zero.  I found the cause of our economic social structure.

For Better or Worse — a mother’s wisdom. “Honey, nobody wore earrings when I was in the first grade. We were just kids. We thought like kids. We acted like kids. We looked like kids.  This is a time to be young, to be silly!  I want you to be a child and to enjoy your childhood.”  Her daughter piped up: “I’d enjoy it more if I had earrings.”

The Family Circus    Mom is at the kitchen table helping her child with his homework.  His little brother watching from below the table top asked: ” Mommy, when I go to school, will you promise to help me with my homework, too?”

Ziggy   Ziggy visited a plastic surgeon because of his huge nose.  “There’s not much I can do for you. I’m afraid you’re just not drawn very well.  Maybe you could plead your concern with Tom Wilson and Tom II.”

Pickles   “So you’re happy  Sylvia asked you to be her friend on Facebook?” “Of course!  It means she’s inviting me to be part of her inner circle. It’s a sign of trust.”  Then Sylvia sends her a PA-DING! Oops! She wants me to stop sharing so many cat videos.”

Beetle Bailey  General: “Remember men, when you invade a town, don’t destroy any bars.  After winning a battle, we need places to go to celebrate!”

Peanuts   Kids worry and  can cause not getting to sleep.  “I’m going to fail that test tomorrow for sure. Why do they persecute us poor little kids like this? I can’t sleep…I can just feel myself losing weight. I shouldn’t have to lie awake all night worrying like this! I should be asleep with visions of sugar plums dancing in my head…Oh, brother!”

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Kindred’s Special: Democrats– Well cartooned as Jackasses

September 27, 2015

I guess I have to hand it to Ben Carson who eloquently without malice defines the Democrat today as a jackass.  He did not do so naturally but the wisdom of his thoughts and command of the English language by a man who possesses the finest of traits of human kind and speaks softly but with total meaning.  Somewhere I read that language was corrupted on purpose so that the ungodly could not grasp the truth of issues, thus exposing them for the vipers they are in the Land of the godly. Hence, whenever you see the media progressives debauch someone like Ben Carson, then you know the vipers that emerge on the scene.  The simple fact is that liars and deceivers cannot bear up to truisms.

Regrettably many of the old-guard members of the Democrat Party would be aghast at the hijinks seen within the Party faithful today. And to see the United States falling by the wayside would shock them because never since the Revolutionary period and WWII has this country been so corrupt where laws and decency are brazenly ignored and expanded upon with the blessing of the news media that once acted as the watch dog of the government, especially that of Washington, DC.

The headlines in USA Today (9/25/15) D&C read: TO CONGRESS: DON’T FEAR FOREIGNERS.  Well, I got news for the Pope; the USA never did fear foreigners until Obama came along with his Alinsky professor’s PROGRESSIVE movement, used as a means to cover the intent of the embodied Soviet agents in this country, Canada, England, France, Cuba and much of South America.  In fact, his name doesn’t even appear in my spell check.  Most Americans never heard of him or his passions.  But the truth of the matter is that unfortunately the Pope, for all his goodness, sticks his head in the sand and either through his readings and studies has formulated a relative backwards look at the world. The reality is that the USA has done more for the world at large than any other nation because we have prospered with our innovations and ways to make life more meaningful and abundant.  Our power is not to control nations but to ever be present when dangers like earthquakes, floods, storms, etc. bring devastation to whole areas of the world whereby our navy, air force, and even our soldiers and medic volunteers through the Red Cross and other agencies jump in supported financially by the goodness of the American people in emergency situations.  No! We don’t fear foreigners–only those who come here illegally to have babies born here or to wean out those who aspire to harm our citizens, cities, and way of life.  Our rules are simple– you come here, learn the English language, our laws, pledge allegiance to your adopted Nation and be good citizens.  That is not asking too much and if you think it is, then don’t emigrate.  Your choice!

Politicians make me sick.  They are so afraid to simply follow the rules!  Make excuses for this–for that. And why? Because the American people have been bred on the notion that progressive liberalism is the future.  Well, if it is, then I guess I should just keep my mouth shut and let the world run rip-shod over logic seen in the spirit of Ben Carson.

Stick that in your pipe and smoke it!  That will give you a colorful picture of the world you live in.

Kindred’s Special: PSALM 65:5

September 26, 2015

Lord, I think often at night in bed before I sleep about the different directions my life has gone or might have gone had I chosen the numerous paths and roads beckoning.  So many times I walked alone, yet there was a feeling of your presence for which I too often never acknowledged of your guidance.  You were there, leading me often on the road less traveled where my joy and happiness could grow in your Love.  Thank you! Thank you!…for your guidance through your Word.

Kindred’s Special: Comic Tidbits

September 20, 2015

When I was not much more than three years old my mom took me to the carnival in Ithaca where she saw a gypsy tent. Being WWII, she took me in and had my future read.  Well, mom did not exactly believe in it; I was too young to care.  Anyway, she predicted that I would be a general of great armies and involved in many battles.  Mom was not a war hawk so maybe it scared her, I don’t know.  I like to follow the comics page for enjoyment; maybe it developed from my collections of Gene Autry, Red Rider, Roy Rogers, Superman, and Batman comic books.

Aries.  You’ll win the game, stomp the competition and claim victory in the battle of ideas. Knowing this, do you still want to take it on? Consider what the benefit will be beyond the momentary achievement.

You find wisdom in strange places, like the column on bridge where I pick up a bit of wisdom now and then. ” It’s hard to think but harder to act.  It’s hardest to act in accordance with your thoughts.” –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

Garfield  Jon suggests to Garfield a trip to the mountains for an exercise hike.  (What a fine thought. Jon permit me to step away for a moment to ponder your proposal—Z (snoring).

Blondie She says to Dagwood, “Did you hear what I just said, sweetheart? ”  “Yes. You said, nobody listens anymore.  Either that or something about the weather. I was listening but I guess I wasn’t paying much attention.”

Pickles  “What’s that on your arm  Nelson? ”  “A Batman Band-Aid. It means I was brave at the doctor.”  “Ah, very nice. I’ve just got a pain old band-aid on my thumb–It means I was stupid at hammering a nail.”

THAT’S ALL FOLKS!

Kindred’s Special: Comic Tidbits

September 17, 2015

I like comic pages in the newspaper.  There is a joy to experience what these artists and cartoonists have to say that sometimes convey important values that make life interesting and a joy. Lets take a gander!

In Jump Start we experience a day in the life of a cop. “You must have pepper sprayed somebody I can smell it on you.” He tells his wife that his eyes have been watering ever since.  “Cops hate it.”  The kiddies pipe up with, ” We love Dad’s spicy cologne.”

Garfield the cat responds to “You’ve got a lot to learn about being nice.”  Of course a cat cannot talk but thinks, “I know. That’s my favorite excuse.”  Simple but nice.

Blondie  has been around for many years but still has a host of things to tell us about human nature.  She stops at a perfume counter where the salesman cons her with: “Good afternoon ma’am! Would you care to buy some amazing beauty cream? Then using his gimmick of salesmanship adds: “Omigosh, I’m sorry!  You obviously don’t need this stuff!!  Arriving home she passes by Dagwood who asks her what’s in the bag? “Something I obviously don’t need!”

Pickles is one of my favorites and often has Grandma, Grandpa and grandson featured.  “What’s wrong with Grandpa? “He has a tummy ache because he accidently rinsed his mouth with shampoo instead of mouthwash.” “Yuck! How do you feel, Grandpa?” “Okay. Just a bit bubbly.”

Hagar  always has a good spin on life.  Looting a house can have benefits. Carrying off the loot, the cartoon shows the window occupants. “Why are you smiling” says the King to his Queen. She responds with: “I love remodeling!”

Shoe The female judge swears in Mr. Shoemaker. “Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?”  “I do, your honor. By the way, you look fabulous in black.”

The Family Circle “Mommy, I said my prayers. God’s never gonna have to retire when he gets old, will he?”

Ziggy  “ The nice thing about memories is that even if you forget some, new ones will take their place.”

Kindred’s Special: Comic Delights

September 17, 2015

Thought of the Day:  Having the uncanny ability to identify candidates strongest ideas while tweaking their noses as funny debaters, I am pinpointing their frail notions collectively trying my best to overlook such embarrassing innuendoes seen coming from the latest debate that made watching the whole thing worthwhile and kept me awake.  In all, it was encouraging to see a round that reminds me seen in chess tournaments where ideas featuring attacks and defense culminate in such fiery endgames.

Who were the winners and losers? It was a great display of giving it their best wherein the struggle making points and still keeping cool heads sometimes bordered on a boxing cajolery of cloudy tempered meanings. Such duels were actually enlightening from the maze of political correctness displayed in past years proving that the political debate game was worth viewing.  Those who did got rewarded.

It will be interesting to see what the media has to report on the morrow and be sure to understand that the hype will last for days.  Likely it will be just another case of who scored the most points.  But from Kindred, let me simply say–AMEN!

Kindred’s Special: Edward Zwick directs a new Robert J. (Bobby) Fischer movie for release 9/16/15

September 13, 2015

Tobey Maguire stars as Robert James Fischer, affectionately known as “Bobby Fischer” by millions who followed the star dust rise of the boy genius who emerged out of the chess dens of New York City’s Brooklyn and remapped the whole chess world with a shining light to say that chess sport was important and deserved the respect by its devotees, clubs, and the long international heritage associated with it.  He literally pulled it out of the mothballs of a stale status symbol into the modern 20th and 21st centuries.

You perhaps remember Tobey Maguire from his role as Spiderman.  He tackles another role as Bobby Fischer in PAWN SACRIFICE directed by Edward Zwick, a Bleecker Street release.  It is part fiction, part real of this chess dynamo who conquered the chess world, not only in regards his talent  and quest to win the coveted title of World Chess Champion and return it to America but to enrich and bring vigor and life to the pieces and devotees alike.

The movie touches on the frailty of his being and it seems to me the film shortchanges on the personal life and relationships that was housed in his everyday life away from the public image which he fiercely found invasive of his privacy. He did not like people who he felt were using him whether it was imagined or real within his state of mind.  I might suggest his thoughts and feelings about his article on his views of the ten greatest chess players was not wholly related to skill as contributions they made to the advancement of chess and its history–something totally missing from the pens of most writers and critics.

Let Bobby rest in peace and hold for eternity his having walked among us.  Hope all enjoy the movie experience.

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(My love lives within my own spirit. She left 8/25/15, leaving a loving son and husband to carry on until we are one day all together again. She shared the joy of chess with me, attending a number of my chess adventures as she played and enjoyed the game very much.  She inspired my own talent to new highs. We shared much as we both enjoyed gardening, swimming in our pond-lake and pursuing her other creative works. It is the reason why I have not been up to my usual daily writings. I guess I need a little time to myself. Thank you.-Don.)

Kindred’s Spirit: Diagram on my site?

September 5, 2015

Yep.  I found a way used many years past.  To illustrate an endgame masterpiece, the starting position mentally and physically needed will achieve the endgame!

White forces:  Pc7 – Rf7 – Kc6 – Bd5 // Black forces:  Kc8 – Bd6 – Nc5 – Ph2

This game position was reached between Walter Browne W and Bobby Fischer B  with black to move.

Fischer uncorks the brilliant 88…Nd7 and Browne played 89. Kc6, setting up the above position.  A White win evaporates. Fischer plays 89. …h1(Q)! forcing 90. B:Q.  And here is the point of geometric patterns in chess being so stimulating to one’s soul!  90….Ne5 check Knight-fork maneuvers the game into a forced drawn position with …N:R coming.

Kindred’s Special: Comic Tidbits

September 2, 2015

Aries.

Things don’t always run smoothly for you but they run right.  Be glad to see it all shake out in your bag of tricks. The important thing is that you believe and having such faith to experience life’s blessings. That way all things come beneficial over time.

Night out to the ball park.

Want to go see the game with me? Heard its gonna be terrific? I calculate it costs $160 total.

Let me see.  $110 for tickets and parking with $50 for food.  All this to sit beside, in  front of, or behind a bunch of strangers, not to mention where we sit and dodge foul balls. We could sit right here for free with the high DEF and cheap snacks in my den.

Wow!  I think I am in the company of a genius!!

Zigzag!

Only two things happen to me on the weekend.  A wee bit older and yard cleanup.

The Phone Boot!

Blah, Blah, Blah. Yak, Yak.

Yep!  He demonstrates what defines obnoxious.

Doesn’t he get on the customers’ nerves?

Nah. He was obnoxious already before getting his new cell.