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04/01/20 12:15 PM #7103    


James Hamilton, M. D.

I see a saw with a serene scene of sailing on the sea. What an interesting medium for your art, Larry,



04/01/20 12:43 PM #7104    


Michael McLeod

I love an edgy artist, Larry.

04/01/20 01:12 PM #7105    


David Mitchell

On the contrary!

I think this new phase of Larry's art could be "devisive". 


Have you thought of trying to use a frying pan, or an oven? I bet you could cook up some really interesting ideas. But then again, they might only be half baked.



(seriously - this is very clever and imaginative stuff. Well Done! )

04/01/20 02:05 PM #7106    


Mark Schweickart

Jumpin' Jehoshaphat, Jimbo, judging from your judicious rejoinder to Larry's just posted pics, I'd say your alliteration and assonance, as always, allows us to appreciate your awesomely artful use of the tricks of the poetical pursuits. Are you sure you are seriously just one of the so-called science sort? I sense a writer within, ready to report for reassignment, to realize a long repressed reason to reimagine oneself with a new recurring reality -- a reality we see struggling to stretch forth, in forceful strides, as when you say things here on the Forum such as, "I see a saw with a serene scene of sailing on the sea." These words describe not only Larry's whimsically Fosterized sawblades, but also the poeticized soul residing sympathetically somehow within your science-forward exterior so seemingly in command. Respond not, dear poet exposed, we know well what must be your attitude.  Like Whitman, my man, you will also contend, with less-than-humble certitude -- what else but,  "I contain multitudes."

04/01/20 04:01 PM #7107    


David Mitchell

This just in...........


Mark just gnawed through his leash last night and they still don't know he's gotten outside the fences.

04/01/20 07:45 PM #7108    


John Maxwell

Your post reminded me of an instructor I had in school. He was a very creative guy. He made several very funny saw sculptures. Two of them were made from 9" circular saw blades that he chromed. One he glued between two slabs of walnut shaped like slices of bread he called, Saw on Whole Wheat. The other he glued between two similar slabs of maple. He titled that one, Saw on White. He liked making things from everday tools. Once he took spade handles bolted on either end of a shovel handle. Great form, but virtually no function, except for the laughs. Doug Hoppa was his name. For his class I created a piece called, "The World's Only Normal Human Being". It was a live 20 minute show. I also participated in the "lighter than air show", which was an undergrad program. For that I did a piece called "Hot Air Baloon Rides", where I stuffed my VW van with balloons and air mattresses. Loaded people into the back, drove around in circles and told lies. I had dressed in old aviator garb, including long scarf. While restocking my balloons I was using an old belt driven air compressor. The silk scarf I was wearing wrapped around the pulley and nearly choked me to death. Oops. Thankfully my buddy Gil flipped the switch saving my dumbass. That's the day I decided to start wearing bowties. I can actually tie one.

04/02/20 12:43 AM #7109    


James Hamilton, M. D.

Mark, You have discovered and exposed my hidden desire to dump my science oriented life and be a writer! For all these decades my writing has been limited to patient records and is totally DULL!! An example:

  "MSGT (Ret) X is a 72 yo wm c CAD, AODM and COPD who's CC is ⬆️ing DOE.  PMHx is sig for a PTCA in 2007 for SP/MI. PSurgHX Appi in 1984. Meds are unchgd from last note. ROS neg x PND and new LUTS." Etc., etc.

Now, do you see why I like to use alliteration? 😁

On a more serious note, you, as a songwriter, might consider a tribute to all the heroes out there who are risking their lives by  just doing their jobs during this pandemic. Those emergency and first responders, health care personnel, grocery store workers, truck driver and delivery services, etc. The country group, Alabama, did a song years ago praising everyday workers who "send it on down the line". This would be a good starting point to get your creative juices flowing.

Just a thought.. 


04/02/20 09:16 AM #7110    


Thomas McKeon

Just some words of wisdom to make you

Heard a Dr. on TV saying in this time of Coronavirus staying at home we should focus on inner peace. To achieve this we should always finish things we start and we all could use more calm in our lives. I looked through my house to find things i'd started and hadn't finished, so I finished off a bottle of Merlot, a bottle of Chardonnay, a bodle of Baileys, a butle of wum, tha mainder of Valiumun srciptuns, an a box a chocletz. Yu haf no idr how feckin fablus I feel rite now. Sned this to all who need inner piss. An telum u luvum. And two hash yer wands, stafe day avrybobby!!!


Hope it made you smile stay safe love to all.

04/02/20 09:48 AM #7111    

Timothy Lavelle

Hey, Is falling out of your chair while playing a Xbox video game considered a sports injury?

After this is over I am going to go through a whole day without washing my hands!

04/02/20 11:27 AM #7112    


Mary Margaret Clark (Schultheis)

Thank you, Tom for making me smile!!  On another more reflective note.....I have often thought of leaving FB, but then think of how many precious photos I would miss from my very large extended family, both Schultheis and Clark.  I would also miss many opportunities for reflection on the wise words of some of the great people of our time such as this post which I saw today:

Today is the 15 year anniversary of the death of Saint John Paul II, a man of tremendous hope and courage in the most difficult of times. Today in particular lets remember this beloved saint. Pope John Paul II (18 May 1920 – 2 April 2005) was head of the Catholic Church for 27 years (between 1978 and 2005), being the second-longest serving Pope in modern history after Pope Pius IX.

Below are just a few of his beautiful quotes from over the years:

"Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song."

"Do not be afraid. Do not be satisfied with mediocrity. Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch."

"As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live".

"Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought."

"The human being is single, unique, and unrepeatable, someone thought of and chosen from eternity, someone called and identified by name."

“The future starts today, not tomorrow.”

“Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth—in a word, to know himself.”

“There is no evil to be faced that Christ does not face with us. There is no enemy that Christ has not already conquered. There is no cross to bear that Christ has not already born for us, and does not now bear with us.”

“Darkness can only be scattered by light, hatred can only be conquered by love.”

“The most beautiful and stirring adventure that can happen to you is the personal meeting with Jesus, who is the only one who gives real meaning to our lives.”

“The worst prison would be a closed heart.”

Saint John Paul II, then Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, attended that Eucharistic Congress in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1976, and prophetically proclaimed these prophetic words:

"We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has ever experienced. I do not think that the wide circle of the American Society, or the whole wide circle of the Christian Community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-church, between the gospel and the anti-gospel, between Christ and the antichrist. The confrontation lies within the plans of Divine Providence. It is, therefore, in God's Plan, and it must be a trial which the Church must take up, and face courageously."

These are definitely difficult times for our whole world right now with this global pandemic, but there is a reason why God picked you to be living right now during these times.

Great saints are made during the biggest trials. Let us all remember the great Saint John Paul II, be courageous soldiers for Christ, and never, ever give up hope. We were all born for these times and with our faith in God, courage, hope and prayer, we can do this! Be not afraid!


04/02/20 12:17 PM #7113    


Mark Schweickart

Dave -- I was just trying to see Dr.Jimbo's ante, and raise the alliteration/assonance pot, when along comes Tom, who sweeps aside our chips and  announces there is a new game in town, and it's called Spelling Devolution.  Then stumbling, he drops into a chair, gives each of us a malelvolent, challenging, you-know-I'm-going-to-kick-your-ass grin and says,  "Cah t' try a 'and?" 

Of course we just fold, saying. "No way, Tom, you win."

04/02/20 01:21 PM #7114    


Peggy Southworth (Townley)

04/02/20 02:31 PM #7115    


David Mitchell

Ohhh Peggy, That is a good one!

But I have to join Mark in saluting Tom for one of the funniest quotes I have ever heard.


(it ranks up there with that one Donna posted about the conflciting dates of Ohio State in the playoffs and the guy's wedding day)


04/02/20 03:34 PM #7116    


David Mitchell

I have a daughter-in-law who teaches special reading classes in Portland, OR public schools. She is beginning classes againthis week on line, and is required to call each set of parents several days a week (or is it every day?). Among these parents there are 7 different foreign languages spoken. And I believe there are some kids with no computer at home. I cannot imagine how this is going to work?

(Note: Her mother (anybody know Randy Cook?) taught for years at OLP. She taught young doctor Thomas Litzinger, and Chuck and Norma Egglehoff's son, who is now Director of Basketball at Ohio State. I think those two guys played basketbal on the same team for Watterson.  Small world. )

And my oldest daughter in Langley, WA (out on Whidbey Island - in Puget Sound) is having "Zoom" meetings with her 9 year-old son's teacher. And her kids (almost 12 and almost 10) are doing "Google classroom". Her kids said some funny things complaining about not wanting to have their mom teach them their lessons. Sara was also a teacher (4 years in a pretty rough neigborhood in East L.A. public school - about 15 years ago - and she LOVED it! ). She finally got tired of her kids complaining and yelled out "Well, I'm your teacher now!" Things are settling down a bit.

I can see and speak live with my grandkids on the opposite coast. What an age we live in. What a fascinating time to be alive. 


(p.s. that 9 year-old grandson is the same one who has been kicking my backside in on-line chess. But last night he had a lapse of concentration and gave up his Queen early. He was really bummed!

Running totals; Jasper 5 - "Papa Dave" 1

04/02/20 03:54 PM #7117    


Lawrence Foster

Wow!  What a wonderful series of funny posts!

MM - Stick figures are still good art!  I got Cs in art at IC 7th and 8th grade.  There are all differnt kinds of art and many times that art is in the way we exprss ourself.  You an artist of a differnt medium.

Jim - Great alliteration!  Though I did not post these words here when I did my update post on my FB page I included this bad pun,  "I hope you see what I saw."   And then I read your words!!!

And the smiles and laughs kept coming on - Mike, Dave, Mark, Jack, and Peggy:  you guys had me laughing so loud my wife come into the computer room to see if I was okay and she asked me if I'd been drinking. 

Speaking of drinking - then came Tom.  I just hope that after he drank all that good stuff that he didn't become bored and try to cut his bangs.  I hear that people are doing that on their own.

These posts have lifted much of the dark mood from my mind.  Thank you all for these funny uplifting posts.  Keep them coming!!!! 


04/02/20 10:16 PM #7118    


James Hamilton, M. D.





Sometimes reverting to the basics is all we need to do! It works!


04/03/20 09:30 AM #7119    


John Jackson

Jim, your post reminds me of that old saying "A couple of pictures are worth a thousand words".

04/03/20 01:07 PM #7120    


Kathleen Wintering (Nagy)

Tom Mckeon: Loved you piece! And Larry`s pictures are wonderful! THANK YOU again, to Janie, for keeping us in touch!!  Kathy W. 

04/03/20 02:33 PM #7121    


David Mitchell

I am able to stay pretty much upbeat these days, but this really brings me to tears.

"Captain Crozier!"

"Captain Crozier!'

(Over 100 cases diagnosed on board so far - yes they are clustered together here - life on board a carrier is always close. But I can't help admiring the outpouring of loyalty)

04/03/20 02:37 PM #7122    


Michael McLeod

me too.

04/03/20 03:47 PM #7123    

Timothy Lavelle


Thank you.

A few people in some high offices are making really dumb decisions...not many, but a few. The decision to remove this warrior is shameful and hopefully the Navy will have a new head soon. 

04/03/20 05:26 PM #7124    


David Mitchell


I know what - Let's start a pool on how many people we think will be standing by, cheering affectionately as Navy Secretary, excuse me, 'Acting Secretary' - (nobody hangs around D.C. very long these days.), Thomas Modly departs at the end of his carreer. Everybody who wants in throws in two cents, and I get first pick. 

Going outside of the chain of command for this unique reason?

Okay, maybe a caution. Maybe even a reprimand. (a reprimand is serious stuff in the military)

But dismissal ?   



Life on a carrier is different (and so with Submarines). Extremely close quarters. Carriers are  affectionatley referred to as  "a small town of about 3,000 of your closest friends, with an airport on the roof". Social distancing is a near impossibility. Some are saying the Captain panicked. I guess they have never been on a carrier. 

04/04/20 12:04 PM #7125    


Michael McLeod

I'll use a pop-culture, movie-buff reference to opine on this issue, Dave.

All I can say is: "We WANT him on that carrier. We NEED him on that carrier."


Now, for an entry in the "random personal occurances that remind me of our shared Catholic upbringing" category:

I remember how useless I thought certain things that we learned at Watterson were. High on that list was Latin.

What an ungrateful little shit I was.

Understanding the Latin roots of so many of the words in the dictionary wasn't just a practical advantage for me as a writer. Having a sense of that cultural heritage is a part of who I am. Was that what they had in mind when they made us learn that language? Was it a religious thing, or an educational thing, or both?

All I know is I'm all the richer for it.

What prompts me to say this now is that I just wrote a story about an exhibit about Pompeii - the city that was buried and uncannily preserved when Vesuvius blew its top - that may or may not turn up in Orlando this summer depending on how things go with the virus. When I did my research I was struck by how sophisticated and modern Pompeii was, two thousand years ago. So I took that angle with the story. Here is a stretch of it:


"The traveling exhibit, on display from June 6 to Sept.7, uses a wide-screen, window-rattling re-creation to dramatize the catastrophe.  But its chief focus is to create a picture of the luxuries, lifestyles, and day-to-day living experiences of its inhabitants.

"Orlando residents have grown accustomed to the sight of construction cranes on their day-to-day freeway commutes.  So did the workaday citizens of Pompeii as they made their way through the crowded, stone-paved thoroughfares of their city. Because of the damage done by an earthquake 17 years prior, many buildings in the thriving port city and bayside resort community were still being rebuilt on the day Vesuvius exploded.  A model of one of the reconstruction cranes, called a calcatoria, is included in the exhibit, along with other examples of ingenious Roman-made devices, tools, and instruments.  

Chances are you stop by a convenience store as part of your nine to five routine. Pompeii’s commuters  patronized snack bars called thermopolia. None of those customers would get the chance to sample  the freshly-baked loaf of bread, shaped like a pizza and pre-sliced in triangular wedges, preserved in the ashes and destined to become an artifact in the exhibit."

Notice the two Latin words? As I wrote them I thought of that poor nun who taught us Latin -- I can't remember her name. Anyway whatever it is, she is obviously in heaven, if there is a heaven. Because surely all nuns get an automatic pass through the turnstyle out front, plus various upgrades.

All I know for sure is that when I thought of her I wished I had been more appreciative, way back when.

So what was her name? I have a vague memory that she was one of the nice ones, but I can't trust anything in my memory banks anymore.


04/04/20 01:59 PM #7126    


James Hamilton, M. D.


Latin may be a dead language but it's progeny live on! Just look through a copy of Dorland's Medical Dictionary and you will find thousands of words derived from Latin (and Greek). A classic example is one every med student uses to remember the five characteristics of inflammation: rubor, dolor, calor, tumor and functio laesa.

I do not recall the name of the sister who taught Freshman Latin.


04/04/20 04:40 PM #7127    


David Mitchell

Gee whizz Jim,

I think that Laesa family grew up down the street from me. Rubor used to come over and shoot hoops with us in my driveway.  And all this time I thought his name was Robert.


Are you guys thinking of Sister Cecily?  The cutie hiding out in a nun's habit that I did NOT get to have for Latin. 


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