April 27, 2016

Pretty in Pinks

Tiger Eye Viola

Understanding is Overestimated

Why do I try to understand people? I keep telling myself not to bother. My father told me years ago, "Kid, you're wasting a lot of time trying to understand the motives of people's actions." I just keep trying to understand.

I naively believe that if I can find out what makes a person tick, then I can understand them, the person a lot better. I can be more sympathetic, empathetic to their plights. It just never works. 

If we have psychologists and psychiatrists trying to understand sociopaths, why can't I try to understand the people I know? I guess I can and I do but as pops told me, I'm wasting my time. 

We live in a day and age where everyone is so superficial and so phony. The human race is "on" all the time. It's impossible these days to know when someone is actually being a genuine human being. I find this frustrating to no end. 

True, I smile at the grocery store clerk and some times it's a phony grin but really, she doesn't need to know I had a crappy day and my smile might appear genuine. And smiles can be contagious. For the most part of my life though, I am genuine. I am genuine and people take advantage of that. 

Why does everyone need to have a hidden agenda? Why is everyone out to score something from someone else? Where did integrity and honesty run off to? 

Even if I just try to figure out the motives of actions to the direct people in my life, I'm baffled. Why would friends and relatives lie to me or use me for something? I think I need to grow up and realize that it doesn't matter who it is, people are all the same. Yes, broad stroke with a wide brush. I've had 4 decades of this though and I've seen and learned a little bit. If I believe that all people are capable of acting the same, then I'm one step ahead. I realize the possibility of each person screwing me over and it doesn't matter why or what they do, just that I know this lets me relax a bit more. It doesn't matter why certain people do what they do to other people. It only matters that we realize that all people are capable of it. Knowing is half the battle. I won't have to wonder about motives or recount my own steps to see where I might have gone wrong. I just know.

My dad was a decent, genuine guy. And cool too. Even when I didn't know he was teaching me something, he was teaching me something. Understanding is overestimated. Knowing is the key.

April 7, 2016

Morning Glory Love

It is such a simple thing to wake up each morning and be thrilled to be greeted with another bloom or two. The vibrant colours are so pleasing and the delicate yet vigorous Morning Glory never ceases to amaze.


About Bloomin' Time!

By now, everyone I know, everywhere has seen photos my first three Morning Glory seeds as they grew.

It took a few mornings but I finally got to watch one glorious bud open into into full bloom. The entire process took about 90 minutes and I was in awe. The only thing better would have been if I could watch it in time lapse.

April 2, 2016


Well, some nights I stay up late scouring the internet for information. As was last night when I decided I wanted another template for this blog. I found a great free template and downloaded it but it wouldn't let me resize the columns. I was pretty disappointed. It was very late by the time I got something even suitable and to my liking, so-so. I may keep this new template or I might search for something more....groovy. 

Using a word like 'groovy' makes me laugh because I'm not very hip.

Anyway, sorry if the navigation blows or the layout duplications irritate you. It's irritating me too but I don't have time to fix them right now. Maybe on another late night when I'm online instead of getting shut eye.

Until again, take care friends!

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