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Rich and poetic imagery - from a biblical cynic (or realist)

As I have been preparing for Saturday's funeral my mind has been drawn to the biblical book of Ecclesiastes.  It is a collection of the sayings of an anonymous wise woman(or man), who is known as the Teacher, or the Preacher.I am never sure as to whether the Teacher is  a cynic or a realist, but I am glad for her rich and poetic imagery as she meditates on the vanity  (pretentiousness?)  of life in the face of death.  
I especially admire the poetic allusions as they are rendered in the Authorized/King James Version of the bible.
Here is the text:
Ecclesiastes 12King James Version (KJV)12 Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them; 2 While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain: 3 In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they a…

Hooray for Public Services

There is a myth abroad that privatizing public services will lead to lead to greater efficiency, and financial savings.
It is a conservative myth, one that does not stand up under rigorous scrutiny.  
I am grateful for public services. I am grateful because they have to to with service to the wider and broader community.  I think that service is the glue which holds communities together. 
Privatization's bottom line is profit, and in that quest for profit,  service takes a lowly place.
I have previously written about the Sarasota County (FL) Tax Collector's Office which provides an essential public service with enormous efficiency and gracious staff.
I recently took out a book from the "new&q…

From the would be "Misogynist in Chief"

All women are intrinsically devious, weak, untrustworthy, incompetent, deceptive, prone to illness, underhanded, malleable,emotionally unstable, and incapable of wise leadership,

That is the view of the would be "misogynist in chief" Mr. Donald Trump.

I came to this conclusion following his recent attacks on three of the most competent people in American  public life 

THOUGHTFUL, PERCEPTIVE, AND INTELLIGENT MALES  WILL NEVER CAST A BALLOT in favour of  the would be misogynist in chief Mr. Trump.

Sunday 11th/ Sunday Night -Monday Morning/Monday 12th

I was late for Church on Sunday 11th because the north drawbridge to Siesta Key was up. Lo and behold a stern-wheeler came splashing up the intra-coastal , a rare and unusual sight.  it was the Capt. J, (normally based in Fort Myers for day trips on the river.)