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2 Tough and Crazy people get together and consider life through the Oracle of the Foto. They contemplate  Summer Holidays, Beach, Sun and Sand and SWIMMING. Lizzy tried to think about swimming in the last post but drifted into BEACHES. This Summer has been filled blissfully with SWIMMING. This summer Lizzy saw a little lass swim for the first time. I AM A MERMAID- said she. Lizzy is a SWIMMER – not distances and she always feared she would be asked one day to do as Grace Darling did and brave fierce waters to rescue sailors from a sinking boat or swim across shark infested waters. 60 years later she simply SWIMS. Noone has as yet asked her to swim for 24 hours from a sinking ship to reach a wave battered shore upon which she would likely perish at the last moment. She simply swims and prefers swimming with the children to swimming with dolphins. She saw a small girl try to ride a unicorn in a pool this summer. Last Summer, she swam at New Year in a large pool on top of The Hill on full moon. This year, He finally let sun shine on his skinny legs and now he might be able to swim.

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The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it.
Woodrow Wilson


“I concentrate on preparing to swim my race and let the other swimmers think about me, not me about them.”

Amanda Beard Olympian

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Swimming is not a sport. Swimming is a way to keep from drowning. That’s just common sense!

George Carlin


My Mom said she learned how to swim when someone took her out in the lake and threw her off the boat. I said, “Mom, they weren’t trying to teach you how to swim.”

Paula Poundstone quotes (American Comic, b.1959)


It is easy to swim, when another holds up your head.  (Danish)

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“To understand water is to understand the cosmos, the marvels of nature, and life itself.”
– Masaru Emoto in “The Hidden Messages in Water” –

Northwest Kansas Groundwater Management District No. 4


“Well, my swimming pool problems are solved. I just found myself miles and miles of open lanes.”

“What is that smell?”

“That’s East River.”

“You’re swimming in the East River? The most heavily trafficked, overly contaminated waterway on the eastern seaboard?”

“Technically, Norfolk has more gross tonnage.”

“How could you swim in that water?”

“I saw a couple other guys out there.”


“Well… floating. They weren’t moving much, but they were out there.”

– Kramer and Jerry Seinfeld, in “The Nap”


2 Tough and Crazy people get together and consider life through the Oracle of the Animated Gif. They contemplate family and heritage. They have been Wild Country Travelling for 2 weeks visiting the Living and the Passed.  There’s a good deal of the Scot in HER background. CRAIGS, BELLS, Macs  AND MORE.


If the blood is strong, the heart is Highland!


My heart’s in the Highlands, my heart is not here
My heart’s in the Highlands, a-chasing the deer
A-chasing the wild deer, and following the roe;
My heart’s in the Highlands, wherever I go.

Robert Burns


Or an excerpt from the Declaration of Arbroath
as long as but a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be brought under English rule. It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom — for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself.


Is sàmhach an obair dol a dholaidh. 

Going to ruin is silent work.

GAELIC PROVERBS. The fox and the wolf, walking together, came upon an ass

quietly grazing in a meadow. The fox pointed out an inscription on one of the ass's hind hoofs, and, addressing the wolf, said : "Go you and read that, you are a scholar and I am not." The wolf, flattered by the request, went proudly forward, and coming too close to the ass, got knocked in the head, leaving the fox to enjoy their common spoil. 87 Cha'n i a mliuc is sàimliche Is lugh a dh'itheas de'n drabh. It is not the quietest sow that eats the least. Is theab nach deachaidh. " Almost " went over a rock, And almost didn't.


2 Tough and Crazy people get together and consider life through the Oracle of the Animated Gif. They contemplate Cooking Dinner in the turbo oven. They are not sure about this matter. When the atmosphere is chilled between two  people – is it wise to share the meal or better to eat separately. They will dine ensemble.

The dinner table is the center for the teaching and practicing not just of table manners but of conversation, consideration, tolerance, family feeling, and just about all the other accomplishments of polite society except the minuet.”
Judith Martin

“We have said how necessary it is that in the composure of a sallet, every plant should come in to bear its part, without being overpower’d by some herb of a stronger taste, so as to endanger the native sapor and virtue of the rest; but fall into their places, like the notes in music, in which there should be nothing harsh or grating: And though admitting some discords (to distinguish and illustrate the rest) striking in all the more sprightly, and sometimes gentler notes, reconcile all dissonances, and melt them into an agreeable composition.”
John Evelyn, Acetaria: A Discourse of Sallets (1699)

It is an old maxim in the schools,
That flattery’s the food of fools;
Yet now and then your men of wit
Will condescend to take a bit.
From Cadenus and Vanessa by Jonathan Swift





  “Cold steel was not meant to be an after-dinner dessert!”
–Sword Swallower



    We have remarked that most recently a decided tendency has been apparent in the best English society to adopt a more simple mode of entertainment than has for a considerable time prevailed. Gradually it is beginning to dawn on the leaders of fashion that the best English cookery is by no means inferior to some of the productions of foreign cooks. In point of expensiveness – a very material consideration in the eyes of many – a thoroughly good English dinner may vie with the most elaborate bill of fare composed for the greater part of morsels with high-sounding names. Our real or mock turtle soup, saddle of Southdown mutton, sirloin of Scotch beef, fat capons, choice game, and finely-grown vegetables, are inferior to no class of living throughout the civilised world. What English cookery really does require is skill on the part of cooks, to send up their productions in perfection to table. Whilst nothing is more enjoyable than a well-roasted joint, hot and cleanly served, few kinds of food are equally unsatisfactory, if wanting in these attributes. Conscious of the genuine excellence of our nationa1 dishes, in many of the best Continental establishments the owners keep English servants exclusively to attend to the roasting of meat, and plain boiling of vegetables. Perhaps, when the above facts become more generally known, English housewives will take heart of grace, and no longer apologise to strangers for offering them a simple English repast. The attempt to give foreigners and others, who keep professed cooks, badly-made entrees, is very like sending coals to Newcastle. The labour is not appreciated ; regrets are felt for the host’s well-intentioned efforts, but the failure is none the less great.

As a general rule, the decorations of a dinner-table should only be slightly raised, admitting of an uninterrupted view of each other by the assembled guests. Flowers in pots and growing vines are no longer in favour. They are considered fit only to decorate, a sideboard or side table; and even in such places they may be found in the way, if the space be limited. Fresh flowers only should be used to decorate dinner-tables. Artificial flowers are not in good taste, and are never seen in private houses where refinement prevails. The taste displayed in decorating tables is never so commendable as when applied to some useful purpose. And now that it is the custom to place fruit on the table at the beginning of the repast, the effect produced by grouping fruit is a legitimate object of study. Nothing is more appropriate than a centre-piece composed of dessert fruit, leaving choice flowers to figure in small vases and specimen glasses, in different parts of the table, marking by their position the boundary of certain dishes, and breaking a line of plates and glasses.



Wild Onions with Scrambled Eggs

Every spring when the wild onions come

up, Choctaw women gather the onions and

cook a traditional Wild Onion Dinner. In

Oklahoma, we had Wild Onion Dinners all

over the state at a lot of Indian churches for

a Saturday feast. I helped serve the take-out

orders this year at our church and we

served wild onions with scrambled eggs,

salt pork or chicken, mashed potatoes, pinto

beans and grape dumplings with fry bread

or corn bread. Hundreds of people came

for this traditional feast.


I had a feeling once about mathematics — that I saw it all. Depth beyond depth was revealed to me — the Byss and the Abyss. I saw — as one might see the transit of Venus or even the Lord Mayor’s Show — a quantity passing through infinity and changing its sign from plus to minus. I saw exactly why it happened and why tergiversation was inevitable — but it was after dinner and I let it go. — Winston Churchill



2 Tough and Crazy people get together and consider life through the Oracle of the Animated Gif. They contemplate Travelling down the Highways.  They’re not going tonight. Tonight they’re home on Full Moon but THEY plan to travel next week in the StarWagon – down the Pacific Highway to Kalang and then up the WATERFALL WAY to Armidale.

A traveler to distant places should make no enemies.
Nigerian Proverb




I never saw a discontented tree.   They grip the ground as though
they liked it, and though fast rooted they travel about as far as
we do.  They go wandering forth in all directions with every wind,
going and coming like ourselves, traveling with us around the
sun two million miles a day, and through space heaven
knows how fast and far!
John Muir

A great traveller is a kind of introspective who, as she covers the ground outwardly, so she advances inwardly.Lawrence Durrell (1912 – 1990)
British novelist and poet.Referring to travel writer Freya Stark.

Extensive traveling includes a feeling of encapsulation, and travel, so broadening at first, contracts the mind.

Paul Theroux (1941 – )
U.S. writer.
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Traveling is almost like talking with men of other centuries.René Descartes (1596 – 1650)
French philosopher and mathematician.
Discourse on Method

Penetrate the source and travel the pathways,
embrace the territory and treasure the roads.
You would do well to respect this;
do not neglect it.

    We used to travel to places near and far. Now we get sore butts from riding in the car.


2 Tough and Crazy people get together and consider life through the Oracle of the Animated Gif. They contemplate RESENTMENT – the No1 OFFENDER. SHE says again – NOTHING AT ALL. Lest the pustule burst. Think  first and study. DO NOT LIGHT THAT FIRE.

 I’m hitting the woods just great, but I’m having a terrible time getting out of them.
 ~saying about religious by Harry Toscano

Forgiveness is a virtue, is forgiving, pardon of a fault, remission of a debt. To forgive means give up, cease to harbor resentment, wrath, to remit a debt, to give up resentment or claim to requital for, pardon an offense. Forgiveness is a Primary Law

Confucius said: “…why do you not study the Book of Poetry? The Odes serve to stimulate the mind. They may be used for purposes of self-contemplation. They teach the art of sociability. They show how to regulate feelings of resentment.



How wonderful it would be if we could help our children and grandchildren to learn thanksgiving at an early age. Thanksgiving opens the doors. It changes a child’s personality. A child is resentful, negative or thankful. Thankful children want to give, they radiate happiness, they draw people.

~ Sir John Templeton

Put love first. Entertain thoughts that give life
And when a thought or resentment, or hurt, or fear
comes your way, have another thought that is more powerful
— a thought that is love.
–Mary Manin Morrissey —

He is a fine friend.
He stabs you in the front
Leonard Louis Levinson


“Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends … So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13 v 4-8, 13

There will one day spring from the brain of science a machine or force so fearful in its potentialities, so absolutely terrifying, that even man, the fighter, who will dare torture and death in order to inflict torture and death, will be appalled, and so abandon war forever
Thomas Edison



2 Tough and Crazy people get together and consider life through the Oracle of the Animated Gif. They contemplate RAGE. Savage, suppressed anger and smouldering bushfire resentments. And SHE makes no comment at all.

Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.
William Congreve



 if you want to follow the doctrine of the One,
Do not rage against the World of the Senses.
Only by accepting the World of the Senses
Can you share in the True Perception.”
–   Seng-ts’an you want to follow the doctrine of the One,
Do not rage against the World of the Senses.
Only by accepting the World of the Senses
Can you share in the True Perception.”
–   Seng-ts’an you want to follow the doctrine of the One,
Do not rage against the World of the Senses.
Only by accepting the World of the Senses
Can you share in the True Perception.”
–   Seng-ts’an

Beware – those blind with rage are by destiny ensnared.


 Has thou given the horse strength? Hast thou clothed his neck with thunder? Canst thou make him afraid
as a grasshopper? The glory of his nostrils is terrible. He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength: he goeth on to meet the armed men. He mocketh at fear, and is not affrighted; neither turneth he back from the sword. The quiver rattleth against him, the glittering spear and the shield. He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage: neither believeth he that it is the sound of the trumpet. He saith among the trumpets, Ha ha; and he smelleth the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.
~Job 39:19-25

  Satire should, like a polished razor keen, Wound with a touch that’s scarcely felt or seen. Thine is an oyster knife, that hacks and hews; The rage but not the talent to abuse. – Lady Mary Wortley Montague

The lust of gold succeeds the rage of conquest; The lust of gold, unfeeling and remorseless! The last corruption of degenerate man. – Samuel Johnson

        You purchase pain with all that joy can give, and die of nothing but a rage to live.  Alexander Pope


2 Tough and Crazy people get together and consider life through the Oracle of the Animated Gif. They contemplate the SHEER sit down crying powerlessness of IT ALL. The CENTRELINK  DON’T PAY AUSTUDY TO PHD STUDENTS – Kids don’t live near us and I AM MAD WITH YOU sobbing on the end of the bed tears.

No sooner did I bend over and scratch the soil with the hoe that I began to unearth bits
and pieces … of my past.  Memories forever rooted in time were clustered in my garden
consciousness like potatoes, waiting, crying to be dug up.  …  I plant flowers and vegetables. 
I harvest memories – and life.
–   Nancy H. Jordan, 1993

If someone you love hurts you cry a river, build a bridge, and get over it.

Ticks, bedbugs and a crying child are insupportable. Lebanese




Music has been my playmate, my lover, and my crying towel.  ~Buffy Sainte-Marie




A few acres of heartache
Of, the most sacred ground
But, all “they” see is money
The most valuable, around.

We all know, who will win
It’s “them”, with all the means
It won’t be the souls, that cry
From, those most horrific scenes.

And if “they” build, buildings
Each window, will show
The reflections of a life
Someone, will never know.

There will be, some peeking out
And, looking to the sky
To, see the crash, that took them
And ask, the question, “Why?”

There will be, some looking down
And, trying to find release
Amongst the structures that “they” build
But, there will be no peace.

Del aka Abe Jones

     Happiness lies for those who cry, those who hurt, those who have searched, and those who have tried, for only they can appreciate the importance of people who have touched their lives.

      If a kid asks where rain comes from, I think a cute thing to tell him is “God is crying.” And if he asks why God is crying, another cute thing to tell him is “Probably because of something you did.”



2 Tough and Crazy people get together and consider life through the Oracle of the Animated Gif. They contemplate JOY. That was her mother’s name. JOY. Joy BELL in fact due to she was a Bell Girl born near Christmas and also called Sard – for Sardine because she was tiny. Environmentally friendly my niece Josefine calls the Smallness of our womenfolk.  Joy does not seem to be Lizzy’s default position but SHE can work on it.

  Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy. Theodore Roethke -Thich Nhat Hanh.
Thich Nhat Hanh



He who shares the joy in what he’s grown,
Spreads joy abroad and doubles his own.
Author unknown

  We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.


 We have within ourselves, enough to fill the present day with joy, and overspread the future years with hope.

     Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.

Kahlil Gibran 



Do not look for rest in any pleasure,
because you were not created for pleasure:
you were created for joy.
And if you do not know the difference
between pleasure and joy
you have not yet begun to live.

Thomas Merton




 Tough and Crazy people get together and consider life through the Oracle of the Animated Gif. They contemplate the life of the MOTHER. Thats Because its MOTHERS’ DAY tomorrow with no children or grandchildren about.

A mother is not a person to lean on but a person to make leaning unnecessary.
Dorothy C. Fisher

Grandchildren are God’s reward for not killing your kids.

 Margaret Sanger:

A free race cannot be born of slave mothers.

Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to ‘jump at de sun.’ We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground.
– Quotes by Zora Neale Hurston

My mother used to say, “He who angers you, conquers you!” But my mother was a saint.
Elizabeth Kenny

 Virginia Woolf:

When, however, one reads of a witch being ducked, of a woman possessed by devils, of a wise woman selling herbs, or even a very remarkable man who had a mother, then I think we are on the track of a lost novelist, a suppressed poet. . . indeed, I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.



Tea that helps our head and heart.
Tea medicates most every part.
Tea rejuvenates the very old.
Tea warms the hands of those who’re cold.

J. Jonker, Amsterdam, circa 1670


Mothers, look after your daughters, keep them near you, keep their confidence — that they may be true and faithful.”
Elmina S. Taylor

2 Tough and Crazy people get together and consider life through the Oracle of the Animated Gif. They contemplate DAUGHTERS. SHE has one and one DAUGHTER-IN-LAW. HE has 2 DAUGHTERS. SHE has 2 granddaughters. DAUGHTERS IS GOOD.

A son is a son till he takes him a wife, a daughter is a daughter all of her life.  ~Irish Saying




O Autumn, laden with fruit, and stained
With the blood of the grape, pass not, but sit
Beneath my shady roof; there thou mayest rest
And tune thy jolly voice to my fresh pipe,
And all the daughters of the year shall dance!
Sing now the lusty song of fruits and flowers.
William Blake
To Autumn.

Your children are not your children. / They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
Kahlil Gibran


A daughter is a mother’s gender partner, her closest ally in the family confederacy, an extension of her self.  And mothers are their daughters’ role model, their biological and emotional road map, the arbiter of all their relationships.  ~Victoria Secunda

“The best way to stimulate emancipation is to start to educate your sons to be humans instead of men, and to educate your daughters to be humans instead of women.”
 Annie M.G. Schmidt





The Buddha said, “O monks, you should not see women. (If you have to see them), refrain from talking to them. (If you have to talk to them), you should reflect in a right spirit: ‘I am now a homeless mendicant. In the world of sin, I must behave myself like unto the lotus flower whose purity is not defiled by the mud. Old ones I will treat as my mother; elderly ones as elder sisters; younger ones as younger sisters; and little ones as daughters.’ And in all this you should habour no evil thoughts, but think of salvation.”

“Liberty is the mother, not the daughter, of order



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