Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Double Negative



I don't resolve nuthing 'cept
to reduce the not too inor -
dinate use of the do -
uble negative.

No unhapi
nu
yur

School
4
every1

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Friday, December 26, 2008

Is it "me?"



I asked why he says
that a photo of him is "me."
He then asked his parents,
"what is grandpa doing?

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Crash



I'm going to fly today
as is Santa. I hope we
don't crash, as it would
delay his proceedings.
_______________________
Merry Xmas
2 all & 2 all
a good
nite.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Bad Weather



So sometimes we say "bad weather" just meaning that it was not as good as yesterday. This is "bad weather" in the relative sense. We compare two things and make a judgment based on the contrast between the two. On the other hand, I tried to imagine "bad weather" in the absolute sense. It might be the raining of arrows, as happened to Buddha (in his mind) the night of his enlightenment. Luckily he put up a Buddha shield and the arrows turned to flowers. If he hadn't done that, he would have experience truly "bad weather."

Read more about the middle way.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Go Figure



Go figure. I sold a box of
books for $19 to the 1/2
price bookstore. So I took
a second box of better
books (I was hooked) and
only got $4!!!

Books

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Buddhism and Intimacy



You can't
be far
away

&
still have
intimacy.

Before a Buddhist talk this am we were asked to move closer to the front of the room. Then the priest said that intimacy is important to Buddhism. Here's an excellent article "The Intimacy of Engaging with Suffering" by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel (http://tinyurl.com/98f6xq) which explains the importance of intimacy.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Coffee Now!



Some toys drink coff-
ee. My daughter said the
words shouldn't tell e-
verything so you'll need 2
look @ the picture.

Give
me my
coffee now!

Wired

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Totally Lost



Some haven't found their
keyhole. They have lots
to learn.

Clueless in Texas. The sun
(sic) as a
spiderweb.

Unfortunately, for these
folks, school may not
be the right answer.

Stretch

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Wrong Key



Sometimes we use some-
one else's key because
we can't find our own. It
doesn't fit right & som-
etimes gets stuck.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Lost Key



Some toys would be
ok except they have
lost their keys. So
they just stand there
praying that someone
or something will turn
them on.

Thumb
Twiddling

Give me key

keyhole

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Nada



How do you draw nothing?
I'm thinking of a toy that
doesn't exist because the
factory closed BECAUSE of
the dismal economy.

“Nada” and the Nature of the Universe

For Hemingway, man is born into a completely naturalistic and totally indifferent universe: a universe without supernatural sanction, and thus without purpose, order, meaning, or value. The “nada” (or “nothing”) then focuses on man’s confrontation with the absence of God, the indifference and seeming hostility of the universe, and thus with the absence of purpose, order, meaning, and value in the universe and in human life. (From Mel Miles: http://www.elcamino.edu/Faculty/sdonnell/hemingway.htm)

Nada certainly could make one throw up one's hands. It's fighting against an unbeatable foe. Hard to get in the ring when you know you're foredefeated. However, it's not what Nada is or what it can do to us that is important; rather, it is how we react to it that makes the difference. We cannot control the vagaries of chance and accident in a world full of nothing, but we can control how we react to it. Hemingway's Code is, simply put, an attempt to redefine how we handle unwinnable situations against unbeatable foes, in this case, Nada. Throwing up one's hands is defeatist. Standing up with dignity and saying I can, even when one can't, that's the Code! Santiago in The Old Man and the Sea said it best: "A man can be utterly destroyed, but not defeated." By man, I'm sure he meant one who follows the Code. Of course, Hemingway did blow his head off. . . . (Sean M. Donnell)

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Perhaps I should.



Some toys never make it
out of the factory. They
are not up to snuff. I
do not grieve for these
lost souls. Perhaps I should.

Misfit Bad

Friday, December 12, 2008

Sedentary Lifestyle



Sometimes the toy will
be broken or even the key
is lost. You can either see
this as death or as just a
more sedentary lifestyle.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Not a Metaphor?



I realized today that
there are many other
states for a wind up
toy besides wound & un-
wound. One such state
is "over wound" where the
spring is uselessly too
tight. It will go nowhere
and it is not a metaphor
or is it?

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Weatherman



The weather always ch-
anges, from hot to cold, from
wet to dry, from gentle to
monstrous. Sometimes we
act surprised when she br-
eaks a record. Sometimes
we blame god, sometimes hu-
mans& sometimes we just
throw up our hands &
take what is given to us.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Life



I realized that I"m a
windup toy. Everyday I wind-
up, but I don't go as far
as the day before. When I
was born I had the maj-
or windup, giving me so
many breathes until I ex-
pire. Each breath is unique
& leaves as easily as it
comes.

Monday, December 8, 2008

To Hell in a Handbasket



When I asked my wife
for 1/2 of her cappuc-
ino, she said, "your
mom was right—you R
going to Hell in a ha-
nd basket.

Kim 2 He-
ll

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Uninspired



He could not find any
inspiration in the greatest
ever Oklahoma sunset, w/
lavish abundant textures
and spectrum expanding
colors from
the heavens.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Dead Flies and Dust Bunnies



I swept up 35 dead fli-
es & as many dust bun-
nies hoping someone
would notice the clean-
liness of our abode.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Float



Andy Warhol stopped
walking and used a
wheelchair. After many
days up & down stairs
I'm going to do some-
thing extreme like just
float yogi-style. Start-
ing tomorrow -- maybe.

Float away

No more stair-
s!!!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Elixir Returns



My wife said that sometimes I
do studid things -- like buying eli-
xir. I found out my insurance
will get me the real McCoy so
I returned it & got all my
money back & fodder 4 2
drawings.

Walmar

Elixir
Returns
Here

$ $ $

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Elixar



I got taken by the smooth
talking man selling an elixir
for aches & pains. We'll see
what damages it does. He
said a CEO for Walmart who
has his own jet swears by it.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Fruitcake



Every night she ate her
fruitcake and I salivated. I
paid over & over again for
the fruitcake I stole from a
roommate in college — one thin
slice every day.

An Animated Comment


video
Jeff Ashbaugh

Monday, December 1, 2008

More Open Book



Digging deeper he found
his open book was
written in ob-
scure code.

They said they could read
him like an open book.