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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

ON THE MATTER OF GOD, LIFE AND DEATH

More than half the time when I sit down to do this blog, I have no idea what the subject will be.  Today, I had to get a haircut, and as I had to wait a bit, saw a book in our library that looked like a good five minute reading:  The 2,548 Best Things Anybody Ever Said, selected and compiled by Robert Byrne.  By clicking on that link, you can get a used hard cover edition for one penny from Amazon.  Byrne graduated from the University of Colorado in civil engineering.  He married the daughter of violinist Jascha Heifetz and is noted at billiards.

So, on the matter of God, life and death:
  • If I had been present at creation, I would have given some useful hints.  (Alfonso the Wise, 1221-1284, right, I think)
  • He was a wise man who invented God.  (Plato (427-348 BC)
  • It is the final proof of God's omnipotence that he need not exist in order to save us.  (Peter De Vries, 1910-1993)
  • God has always been hard on the poor.  (Jean Paul Marat, 1743-1793)
  • Man is certainly stark mad.  He cannot make a worm, and yet he will be making gods by the dozens.  (Montaigne, 1553-1592, right)
  • Religions change; beer and wine remain.  (Hervey Allen, 1889-1949)

  • The chicken probably came before the egg because it is hard to imagine God wanting to sit on an egg.  (Unknown)
  • In England there are sixty different religions and only one sauce.  (Francisco Caracciolo, 1752-1799)
  • The trouble with born-again Christians is that they are an ever bigger pain the second time around (Herb Caen, 1916-1997, right)
  • Life is like playing a violin public and learning the instrument as one goes on.  (Samuel Butler, 1835-1902)
  • There is no cure for birth or death save to enjoy the interval.  (George Santayana, 1863-1910)
  • I'm not afraid to die.  I just don't want to be there when it happens.  (Woody Allen, still alive
  • The best way to gain praise is to die.  (Italian proverb)
  • In the long run we are all dead.  (John Maynard Keynes, 1883-1946)
  • When you don't have any money, the problem is food.  When you have money, it is sex.  When you have both, it's health.  If everything is simply jake, then you're frightened of death.  (J. P. Donleavy)
Hmmm...the last well applies to 15 Craigside.  

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Tropical Storm Erica at 45 MPH will traipse through various Caribbean islands, then, strengthen into a hurricane before making landfall near Miami, Florida:


Tropical Storm Ignacio is at 60 MPH, will strengthen into a Category 2 hurricane, but should weaken some, with a projected track just north of the Hawaiian Islands:


But it's a little early to speculate, for the computer models are all over the place:


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