Archive for December, 2015

Don’s Best Tidbits

December 10, 2015

Aries – Your not the type to enter a game you know you can win.  What fun is that?  You choose one with a challenge.  You want to learn the value of achievement.  The lesson learned is your goal.

Blondie –  What is it like when you have a little kid being a pest living next to you?  That happens to Dagwood every December. Look Mr. B, I finished my Christmas shopping wish list made with you in mind.  It guarantees quality merchandise and you can order the stuff with discount  of 25% on line.  Really? Waldo you need not have gone to so much trouble.

Pickles –  Grampa is eating a sandwich while his grandson watches.  Grampa, why do you put chips on your sandwich?  I don’t know. Guess I just like the taste and salty crunchiness.  Grandma says it’s one of your “idiot-syncrasies.”

Thought of the Day –  I found out after ordering a load of weed free soil that the cost is not dirt cheap.




The Impossible Dream

December 4, 2015
 There was a time in the American past when commonsense prevailed.  Rustlers and horse thieves when caught red-handed were strung up.  Instant justice.  That was a period when few laws existed and fewer lawmen to carry them out.  Distance between towns and even individual ranches often took days to journey from one to another.
Today, we now see the results of liberalism turned on its head by a growing cancer of socialism of the modern left.  With once rang from justice being simply, “Hang-em high, to modern thought reflections of jail and later on turning out the hoodlums that seem to function in a fog that it has a newer look of and toward “understanding and forgiveness.”
With all this, we now have to put up with infiltration of enemies meant to kill us and we having to be nothing more than sheep being led to the slaughter.

Time With Kindred Spirit, part II

December 4, 2015
Time is a word or thought that can have many meanings within the context of what it entails.  It is multi-faceted with almost endless usages in thought and structure.  In chess, time is often teamed up with the thought of space as the board and men take up their role for play and as they influence the geometric design that continually finds alteration.  For the players, this is little to reflect on, yet is this not the whole of the picture that is found progressing from move one to the final solution?
Colonial players recorded in history I have written about, namely Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, both having seen and played chess during its infancy with perhaps some knowledge of games played by skilled European players.  Both Franklin and Jefferson were equals at the game–both having made use of the pen to build a record of notes and letters as my earlier writings noted showing their deep interest in the game.
Have I any right to suggest that my own thoughts may have at least to some extent been also seen by chess players of the past?  I say this because of the pursuit of such as described by Jefferson’s numerous orders for boards and men from merchants and his own writings on the game that reflects his desire to understand the nature hidden to many (even now) who endeavor to bring some understanding of it’s mysteries.  If lack of skills for seeing the geometric patterns evolving on the board remained hidden in the colonial period, such men and women who enjoyed playing would have been witness to it.
There remains a danger to understanding the thinking and thought processes that the human mind is subject to through visualization  but I believe such has always been within the spirit of people where it is like a fire for some and cold ashes to others.  If we look at the games from the famous England and France chess match won by the Englishman, Howard Staunton, the growing brilliance and advancement of skill for chess seen by those who exceled at such play and as play evolved over time from sharp gambits to solid positional understanding as handed down in principles by Steinitz with continued refinements encompassing the past into today’s ever deepening understanding.  Yet, it seems like when chess seems played out, new inspiring ideas spring forth to find children attracted to it.

Time with Kindred Spirit

December 3, 2015
Once upon a time there was a country called The United States of America.  It was built off from the degrading imperialism of European colonialism.  Early history saw a babe in arms.  It was new; it had new ideas; it had dreamers; it had spiritual life that people saw the potential in the beautiful countryside and natural resources–having many rivers, lakes and because of these natural water systems, travel for colonists enabled a growth in commerce and a wealth that Europeans eyed with a great lust.  But so too, did the colonists.  All remained peaceful until the colonists demanded a seat in Parliament and felt shortchanged in negotiations.
Carried over from this feudal system that permitted bond servants and slave ownership, this ancient system of class carried over from Europe.  Arriving in ships, those not having personal wealth came as bond servants who had to work off their travel expenses to colonials who paid their ship fares; slaves were transported from Africa mainly to be servants to the wealthy or farm hands on the huge estates of wealthy colonists.  Neither possessed rights we cherish today–that of free spirits.
The birth of a Nation came with revolution when the English King George tried to keep a lid on the growing discontent among the colonists whose business savvy gave them a realization that being free of colonial control from the distant mother country  became reality following the step to tax and house British troops in colonial homes.  The birth by casting off the shackles of colonialism was slow to grow but once ignited by these two complaints addressed to the King and Parliament by the American representatives found British troops on the march, colonists who were armed for security, hunting and who had learned to fight like the Indians from behind tree woodlands and earthen works made it apparent that the British were limited to control over the major cities during much of what became known in American history as the Revolutionary War.
Race ahead to current times. Taking into account the above, Americans have become a melting pot of the world’s oppressed and seekers of a new way of life that came to be the guiding light because of France’s gift the United States–The Statue of Liberty and promise to all who immigrate and obey our laws, read, write and speak English  forsaking all ties to mother countries.

End Part One.  Part Two will introduce growth of chess interest among many colonists and new immigrants.