Sunday, March 11, 2007

Our Weekly Sunday Puzzle Page

Random Sunday Blather

Our life together could be said to be astonishingly soporific (perhaps more so for our visitors than for us), but we like it that way. We have reached an age where most surprises tend to be of the unpleasant variety (annoyances minor and major); we still do enjoy agreeable surprises, but they represent a distinct minority of the overall class of amazements, and so are the more welcome for their rare occurrence.

I have lately been wondering why I do not suffer from what is called "cabin fever"; I spend almost every hour inside our mobile home, essentially living in what might be described as a warren (this may be why I identify so closely with mice). It does have the appearance of a tunnel with various recesses, except for the windows through which I peer as I pass them. My only reasonable conclusion is that cabin fever is a condition that I cannot afford to suffer if I wish to lead a happy life.

War, it seems sad to say, is for some reason part of our primitive makeup - when we live in peace, we sublimate our need for war by means of the outlets of sports and the reenactments of past battles. Despite the fact that natural disasters are a perfectly good means of limiting population overage, it appears that we humans are not satisfied with that but must indulge our primal urge to slaughter. It is to be devoutly hoped that our species may someday become civilized enough to move beyond that, and develop the means by which we can play well with others.

Bonnie has shared a few jokes with me, engendered by her choice of tv viewing for this afternoon (Barbarians on the History Channel):

"What battle cries did the Saxons shout as they attacked the Picts?"

"Take your Pict!"

"Go for the Pict of the crop!"

And the Pict battle cry?

"Blood your axe on the Saxon!"

Okay. We'll stop now. Please don't throw anything, you'll only damage your screen.

I heartily accept the motto, "That government is best which governs least"; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe--"That government is best which governs not at all"; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have. Government is at best but an expedient; but most governments are usually, and all governments are sometimes, inexpedient. The objections which have been brought against a standing army, and they are many and weighty, and deserve to prevail, may also at last be brought against a standing government. The standing army is only an arm of the standing government. The government itself, which is only the mode which the people have chosen to execute their will, is equally liable to be abused and perverted before the people can act through it. Witness the present Mexican war, the work of comparatively a few individuals using the standing government as their tool; for in the outset, the people would not have consented to this measure.

From "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience" by Henry David Thoreau

Substitute "Iraqi" for "Mexican" and this becomes a very timely quotation.

A couple more items of note before we publish the puzzle -

Kathy has written a very moving and eloquent entry on what it means to be a small-town American, to revere flag and country, and to experience the emotions that arise when someone we may have known is taken suddenly from us in war. Thank you, Kathy, and be assured that we will NEVER FORGET.

When Carl Sagan was alive, we were attentive readers and viewers of any appearance of his, particularly the PBS series Cosmos. He was known as a popularizer of science, but beyond that, he was a serious and dedicated proponent of rationalism. There is a contemporary scientist who, although speaking in his own unique fashion, wears the mantle of popularizer and rationalist quite well. His name is Neil deGrasse Tyson, and it is well worth anyone's time to expose themselves to his enthusiasm for the scientific. Here is a short article that we found highly enjoyable and would like to share.

This word search was designed for a particular person whom some of you may recognize, hence some of the peculiar search terms.

For everyone, we wish happiness and

Peace.

Bonnie and Walt

8 comments:

gdireneoe said...

Thank you, Sir for another interesting read.  LOVE the puzzle. ;)  C.

sunnyside46 said...

Hi
I loved Carl Sagan too
During the days when we veiwed tv as a
dangerous plug-in drug, we would bring out the little black and white portabel we kept in the closet to watch Cosmos.
Marti

mymaracas said...

Well, I think it's clear why you don't get cabin fever: Your minds are busy roaming the universe. You're taking on everything from the human condition to politics to science -- with a good measure of humor and play thrown in.

Loved the link to the Tyson article. Discover Magazine has a nice website for popular science you might like, if you haven't been there yet, http://discovermagazine.com/ and so does Scientific American, http://www.sciam.com.  

:-)
Vicki

dkb11161970 said...

this covers lots, where DO i start?  the puzzle looks great!  scott and i went to see 300 (about the spartans) the other day, dude!  ask not (oh wait, that was kennedy)  i like the ability to have such peace and solace such as your relationship, to me that is the essence of love, true love.  hugs, debra

randlprysock said...

Woo Hoo another word search!!!!!!!  You guys are awesome!  HUGS,
Lisa

mutualaide said...

Well, since Cabin Fever can't get ya', let me see what I can come up with.  Thanks for the prop Dear Ones.  I LUV ya'!!!

Another word search and I am so excited.  I finally figured out what my difficulty with the last one seems to be:  it's the size when printed.  This one shall be printed and then enlarged for these poor old pititful, but useful eyes.

queenb8261 said...

Sorry I haven't been around in a while. EVERYONE has been sick. Passing around one virus or another. I haven't felt like doing anything. I don't get a day off though. Granddaughters in the house.  Naptime used to be my favorite part of the day but dear 5 yr old has decided she doesn't NEED a nap. I've told her she will regret every nap she chose not to take...someday.
 Another engaging entry. Love Bonnie's jokes about the Picts.  I tend to get cabin fever myself. The days are warming. Hopefully I will feel like taking the girls out. Hope it's warming up your way.
Hugs, Barb  

luddie343 said...

How I miss "Cosmos" though I must say it was Sagan who made the program.  We do have alot more now on 13 with as much intelligent info on the planet and galaxies etc.  But no one could say "billions" like Dr. Sagan, eh? lol.  ("Take your Pict??"  O dear...)  xoxo CATHY