Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 122

On Politics
Cheers to the GOP candidates refusing to attend the Donald Trump debate.

Herman Cain and Donald Trump dropping out of the race does not mean the business people cannot run for president, but it does mean that one anyone runs for president, the need to have a grasp on the issues.

Polls show that the Newt Gingrich is gaining support from Tea Party members. I find the following points interesting:

  • The group opposing Washington insiders is supporting one. The group claiming representation of the people is supporting a former lobbyist.
  • The group claiming to be against giving money to influence decisions is supporting the one who took money to influence decisions.
  • The group claiming that Mitt Romney has flip-flopped too much in terms of health care, abortion, and climate change is racing to the one who has flip-flopped on the same issues and even more.

I listened to portions of several speeches GOP candidates made to a Republican-Jewish organization. I winced on many occasions.

A question to staunch GOP supporters: How can the race for the GOP nomination be weirder?

On Headlines from The Onion (it was a good week)

  • Renewable Energy Source Encoded in Charlie Sheen’s Rants
  • In Major Gaffe, Obama Forgets to Dumb It Down
  • Nation’s Moms Demand Christmas List
  • Half-Asleep Man Pauses 20 Minutes between Socks
  • Rumors of Extramarital Affair End Campaign of Presidential Candidate Who Didn’t Know China has Nuclear Weapons
  • Chinese Paint Tops List of This Year’s Must-Have Holiday Gifts
  • Court Rules Meryl Streep Unable to be Tried by Jury as She has No Peers

On Interesting Reads
I didn’t read as much this week for a number of reasons, so here are some from bloggers.

On Potpourri
2011 became the wettest year in Cincinnati history in October – and then we had the wettest November on record; and, we started this week with 4 inches of rain. The countdown to 2X the annual average is in single digits.

I’m a Bowling Green State University grad, thus this legit headline caught my eye: Bowling Green Travels to Bowling Green. If you find this intriguing, see this past post.

Announcement: Next week I return to a full-time project. Yes, there is the professional aspect of my brain and the lure of additional money to stash for full retirement, yet there is a sadness that I will not be able to keep up with reading, writing, visiting, commenting, and whatever else bloggers do. I will probably reduce to three posts per week soon, and visit where I can and when I can.As the last time, I will visit those visiting here first.

As for this blog goes, the timing is not good because the hits here are increasing. Thursday is one of the busiest days ever! Oh well, I will brace myself for the probable slide to come.

Our friend’s brother said this to attendees at the funeral: Twenty dies before she died, two people went to the hospital for what they thought would be a routine X-ray. What are you doing twenty days from now?

Once discovering that our hospitalized friend was about to leave us, I cried at least once a day for seven days – but I’m getting better. This pic is a closer look at our handbell tribute to her at the funeral, which I said more about earlier this week. For those who enjoy handbell music, a Japanese choir performs Beside Still Waters (arr Howard Starks), which is the beautiful song we played at the funeral. Please click here to watch if the video below doesn’t work.

Meanwhile, in the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

40 thoughts on “Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 122

  1. Frank,

    Wow! Your friend’s brother’s words, how profoundly true…

    As for your site…you will continue getting the hits, I for one, will continue to drop by each morning, bright and early….immediately after checking my email.

    Je te souhaite une bonne fin de semaine, mon ami! Have a great weekend, my friend


    • Meesh,
      Agree – the brother’s words were quite profound. Get this – and 20 days from the time he said it is Christmas Day. Thanks for the encouragement and for being a faithful follower. Cheers to the classy lady in the white hat!


      • Frank,

        Just a few years ago, I was mourning at Christmastime for someone very close to me…out of no where, I received this from a friend… I thought I would share it with you this year.


        I still hear the songs, I still see the lights-
        I still feel your love, on cold wintery nights.
        I still share your hopes, and all of your cares-
        I’ll even remind you, to please say your prayers.
        I just want to tell you, you still make me proud-
        You stand head and shoulders above all of the crowd.
        Keep trying each moment to stay in His grace-
        I came here before you, to help set your place.
        You don’t have to be perfect all of the time-
        He forgives you the slip, if you continue the climb.
        To my family and friends, please be thankful today-
        I’m still close beside you, in a new special way.
        I love you all dearly now don’t shed a tear-
        Cause I’m spending my Christmas with Jesus this year.

        Merry Christmas all of you & a Happy New Year!


  2. I’ve been posting a lot less as well but my hits haven’t dropped too terribly – I think that’s mostly a product of a large amount of previous posts and plenty of readers. You’ll, no doubt, find the same sort of thing since your posts are many, many times better than any of the drivel that I produce on a regular basis!


    • Nachos,
      That’s good to hear about my hits. My range over several years looks like a rolling hill, thus one can tell when I’m on a project and not. Of course a major difference in our two sites is that yours is very specialized and I’m eclectic. Oh well … thanks for the encouragement and many thanks for commenting. Hope all is well with you. Go Reds!


    • Rita,
      Before I started playing, I thought handbell music was limited to standard church hymns and Christmas carols. Whew … was I ever wrong. Besides being ranked in terms of difficulty level. some of it is very “concert” oriented. Our director is experienced as has a good ear and eye for picking music that sounds good to the audience and the appropriate level of difficulty for our group. We primarily play level 3 (1-6 scale), but only practice 75 minutes per week and play once a month (except for our crazy holiday schedule, which this year we play 5 times in 7 weeks).

      Oh well … enough handbell stuff for you. Glad I’ve helped you gain a better appreciation for handbells. Thanks for visiting and commenting.


  3. Rumors of Extramarital Affair End Campaign of Presidential Candidate Who Didn’t Know China has Nuclear Weapons

    that is the perfect onion headline. dripping with sarcasm and pointing out a truth that americans should be ashamed of.


  4. Hi Frank. Just spent a bit of time catching up on your blog. So sorry to hear you’ll be cutting back but I don’t think you’ll have a problem. I only post once a week and the traffic is steadily increasing each day. FMHO, I think posting three times a week is great! I can’t sleep just trying to post once a week–I can’t imagine how you do it posting almost daily. Anyway, I’ll till be one of your faithful readers. I love your blog.

    I really enjoyed the true meaning of Christmas link and got very judgmental over the horrible nativity scenes. When I got to the bacon one, I almost lost my breakfast. Seriously?! Poor Jesus.

    Anyway, Merry Christmas to you and yours, my friend. From one musician to another, I would love to be in the audience when your handbell choir plays. From what you’ve let us see and hear, your choir is pretty darn good.

    Thank you for being so kind to me as a new blogger. I credit a bit of my success to you. All the best! Eleanor


    • E-Tom,
      Thanks for the nice words about our handbell choir … and as you know, I left you a gift on your site.

      Ah ha … so you followed the link to the worst nativities. I think you would agree that one needs a sense of humor for those (and I know you do – but I didn’t want you to choke on your breakfast).

      Meanwhile, as far as my postings go, I try to do something … but not as strenuous on the mind … and as you well know, those take time to prepare. Merry Christmas to you and W-Squared.


  5. Hi,
    “Next week I return to a full-time project”, I wish you luck with everything, and I have you in my RSS feed so it will take more than you disappearing every now and then to get rid of me. 😆
    It’s a busy time for a lot of people at this time of year as well, and it will start to get quite in the blogosphere soon for awhile, so if your getting good hits now, that is more than fantastic.


  6. Beautiful words from your friend’s brother.

    And thanks for the reminder to hit the Onion again.

    Also, glad more people will have the opportunity to see the “meaning of Christmas” post.

    Hope you have a great weekend!


    • El Guapo,
      I imagine the brother’s words caused more than a few people to stop and think for a bit … and thanks for leading me to the Meaning of Christmas!!! Thanks for visiting and have a good weekend.


  7. Frank, your posts are so rich with a variety of wonderful things! I click links to stories both funny and touching, listen to wonderful music, pause to think about things. Loved the handbell video, and was deeply touched by your tribute to your friend. I teared up at the photo of the gloves and bell. Thank you.


  8. I wouldn’t worry too much about the stats, my friend. Your blog remains enjoyable and your readers resilient no matter what life throws your way. Just try not to work TOO hard, okay? 😉
    There is an old poem, which I’ve lost the link to, originally written by a soldier for a fellow soldier. The main thought is “Don’t grieve at my headstone, I am not there.” And from personal experience, I’d throw a push towards “Remember the laughter, and the tears will take care of themselves”.
    Take care, and good luck, my friend. 🙂


    • John,
      Very good advise on all counts. I think all bloggers want more hits … well, until they find it unmanageable … or they cut corners by not interacting with those who take the time to comment (which you know is very important to me). As always John, many thanks for your wit and continual support.


    • John,

      The poem you speak of sounds vaguely familiar….
      However this was written by a Baltimore, Ohio housewife and florist, born in Dayton Ohio. Here it is…

      The identity of the author of this poem was unknown until the late 1990s, when the author revealed that she had written it. Her name was Mary Elizabeth Frye (1905- 2004)…yes, another famous Ohioan.


      • I think this is the one I was thinking of. Gee, I didn’t remember something right … again. At least I’m a creature of habits! 😀 Thanks for finding that. Yeah, Ohio has produced a lot of talented people. Pity most of ’em have managed to miss this area – or moved out before I got here.


  9. John,

    Don’t feel bad because no one really knew who wrote that poem. It was one of these great poems that was authored as “Unknown”. Mary Elizabeth Fry wrote this in 1932,

    However, the origin of the poem was disputed until much later in her life, The authorship was confirmed in the very late nineties (not too long before she died) after much research by Abigail Van Buren, a newspaper columnist.


  10. The Japanese handbell choir’s performance of “Beside Still Waters” was truly beautiful, as much for their lyrical body movements as for the sound. Thanks also for Mary Elizabeth Frye’s poem. I carry with me a copy which my mother gave me soon before she passed away.


    • Eva,
      Hey hey … Glad I hoped you discover The Onion. 🙂 Needless to say, they are great at satire. Sometime this past summer I started including a few headlines from them from the week to help lighten the read. Now, some of my readers look forward to the list! Thanks for visiting and commenting.


  11. Thoughtful quote about the 20 day thing – scary really. I knew a few people here my age in Oz who felt kinda unwell one day and then were gone within a month – very troubling. That’s life I suppose. Sure reminds you to not to piss it away, that’s for sure!

    I was born in ’71 – its a damn good year as far as I’m concerned 😉

    As for the politics in the US – it seems totally bizarre to an outsider – I can’t even describe it – I’m amazed anyone bothers to vote at all – maybe they only do so the ‘other guy doesn’t get in’?


    • Charlie,
      The 20-day quote has stuck in my mind since I’ve heard it. So I was getting my HS tassel in the year of your birth. 🙂 … BTW – US politics is totally bizarre for many of us here! And I’ve written casting a vote against someone (rather than for the vote getter) on more than one occasion. Oh well … it’s Wednesday so I need to head over to your place. Thanks for commenting.


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