(July 19/17), “Beauty Or The Feast (Your Eyes On This Calamity) )”.

Hello, Wonderfuls!  “Happy Days” are here again, and life is cooler than Fonzie and Brylcreem.  🙂

(*Okay, I realize that’s taking the hip-happening appeal of (1974-1984) old-school reference too far….

On the other hand, my little misstep makes it clear that providing Context is a way to give my befuddling dud-lings greater meaning…

And sure, if I’ve miscalculated, my efforts will blow up in my face; but, if Bruno Mars is willing to, “…catch a grenade for ya’…”, then, I am too.

Additionally, today’s offering doesn’t require much of a P.S.; but I will say up front that Me, Myself and I make a guest appearance in my–funny ‘cause it’s true–word play* ).

Here I grow, Adorables…

I’m grateful that gruff old goat, Billy, mowed the lawn yesterday evening…

and that one (out of these three) bedroom windows has a screen….

and that the fan circulating cool, pollen-ated air sounds like muffled ocean waves.

So, even though I awoke to pesky aller-“Geeze!” that have me sea-ing through rivulets of blurry tears, I’m not going to let freshly mown grass rain on my parade…for, wasting staycation time complaining simply doesn’t float my boat.

 And–given the (“Go ahead.”) nod by Me–Myself pipes up, “I second that e-notion!”

“And The Miracles continue”, announces a sarcastic Me.  “After all, you two are always accusing me of never putting Myself first…but I just did!”

“Hey”, prompts I, “let’s not start the morning with internal squabbling, I have a feeling it’s time for some Cap’n Hunch…”

(*Not ones to eat breakfast, Me Myself and I can’t be judged for our juvenile choices….I’m taking baby steps, after all.  And, sure, Generally speaking, eggs benedict (Arnold) is a mature alternative; but a choice made at the expense of betraying my commitment to culinary ignorance*).

BTW, I’ve recently found that my penchant for interrupting myself to give you a peek at my (buried-) deeper thoughts has a theatrical name…

“Breaking The Fourth Wall” is when an actor, performer, or writer addresses the audience directly before shifting back to the world of story-telling/make-believe (think, 1986 movie, “Ferris Beuller’s Day Off”—the lead character turns to the camera at various times, elaborates/expounds, and then returns to the movie).

Making this device my own, I’ll refer to it as the Fourth Wall Stall (F.W.S).  As my mind charts its course for adventure, it’s my way of buying some time to (hopefully) hold your interest by way of levitous segues.

And, to update the term’s historical context, rather than imploring you to—“Come hither, for I have a revelation to impart“—I’ll invite you to, “Psst,let me holla’ at you for a minute”…My version of pulling back the curtain on the (relatively) reserved me who stifles silly urges and utterances.

So, as I was delaying…oops, saying…

Tempted to succumb to the folly of eating cereal in bed, I realize I’d do so at the risk of    s-wallowing in pointless mind chatter.  For, although my bed and I are like two peas in a pod, this particular confidante is a double-edged sword…

If I give her too much time, my pea analogy becomes a “Princess and The Pea” metaphor, whereby—no matter how high and cushy my mattress—I can feel the smallest discomfort (my thoughts become a muddle of strains, pains, and run-way-trains).

Nope, friends, I’m not going to fall into the ivory-tower-trap: it’s time for me to let my hair down (no matter how much it’s counting on a bed-head up-do)…

And, so, having transported myself to the (land of the) living room, I find myself surrounded by evidence of how much I can accomplish when I don’t put my mind to it… 

What I mean is, having neglected to take (among other things) that cup out to the kitchen, those pages of scribbled inspirations off the coffee table, and those…(dress) BOOTS?!  IT’S JULY!…beside that decorative chest, I’ve amassed quite a collection of misplaced clutter—I know where to find it, but failed to put it in its proper place.

Can you relate, Terrifics?

I don’t mean to imply that you aren’t tidy (says the soon-to-be-washed pot).

I meant, can you relate to sometimes waking and entertaining one unhelpful thought after another until—without reservation—you hear the announcement, “Downer, party of six.”?  And, find, if not for getting up for work (and/or children, school etc.), you’d spend too much of your day at an all you can eat buffet of blights?

Well, I’m going to do my best not to waste one moment of staycation on the dark side of the coin…it’s all about how you look at things.

For instance, tidying up will give me a sense of accomplishment, while giving me a bit of the ups and downs that keep my joints limber (I can’t believe the toll that sitting for the vast majority of the workday takes!).

(*And, yes, Gym, I hear you exercising your right to say, “I told you so.”…I get that, “Nothing Compares To You”…and, Super Stars, no Prince tie-in follows this (1990) hit song: I simply love Prince!  Sinead O’Conner did him proud.*)

Oh, but here’s a far-from-fleeting thought…

I wrote half this post yesterday morning, left it for the rest of the day, and continued writing this morning.

In the between, something sooooo exciting happened!!!

Yesterday, while exchanging comments with blogging friend Adam (of “Weird Weekends”), I let him know I’ve long had a celebrity crush on actor, Matt Dillon—and that I especially loved him in the (1983) movie, “The Outsiders”.

When, what do you know?  It was on TV later the same day!

And, even later—when I was watching TCM (Turner Classic Movies)—(1984) Stephen King movie, “Cat’s Eye” referenced the (1841ish) fairy tale, “Three Billy Goats Gruff”!

Now, you might not be wowed by the “coincidence” of “The Outsiders” (the book, by the way, introduced me to “Nature’s first green is gold…”—a line of poetry I referenced in my, “ About Me: Part A”, post).

However, can we agree that the fairy tale reference is striking, given that yesterday morning it popped into my head out of the blue (providing a pun for Billy, the lawn mower…whose actual name is Joshua)?

So, my closing points are these:

There’s no such thing as coincidence—I take these happenings as proof that my higher power (God, as I know Him) is signalling that I am on the right path….such happenstances come to my attention more and more and more…

My second point–the one I had in mind for the theme of this offering–is that we can choose how to see things…we can look for the good, and find it—or we can look for the bad, and there it will be.

And, I, Dazzlers, have a brain that’s shaking the the habit of waking up and wondering what I should be worrying about.  It’s a wonderfully gifted and well-meaning brain (as is yours) that’s willing to learn that new tricks aren’t tricks at all…for, reality is all a (grey) matter of perspective.

So, thank you for giving me the motivation to write my way to greater clarity today…my hope is that I’m also helping you in some way.  Just the very thought of at least making you smile drives me to do what I do…and, I am soooo much better for it. 🙂

God Bless You And Your Loves, Fantastics.

Affectionately, Truly

P.S. I second that e-notion (my play on emotion and notion) is a nod to the (1976) song, “I Second That Emotion” by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles (thanks for the date, Wikipedia); falling into the ivory tower trap and let my hair down (by disappointing it) is a Rapunszel/fairy tale pun (“The Princess And The Pea” is also a fairy tale); eggs benedict (Arnold) is a play on the General’s reputation for being a betrayer (funny thing is, I didn’t even know he was a General–that happy “coincidence” made my Cap’n Hunch (Crunch) pun even better!; and, my workmate/friend, Erin told me about The Fourth Wall technique…she is also the marvel who encouraged me to start a blog 🙂

P.P.S. You can find the fabulous Adam at


and my, About Me: Part A, post at




23 thoughts on “(July 19/17), “Beauty Or The Feast (Your Eyes On This Calamity) )”.

  1. Wow… am I lucky… to have my blog (“My so called blog”)… being mentioned in your wonderful blog and thanks for mentioning me and thanks for posting this wonderful post.

    as a weird aside… After watching the outsiders I wanted to change my name to sodapop…

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  2. I always enjoy feasting on your word-plays. I hear music playing as I read your puns, Truly. Delightful is the best word to describe it. And amazing! I second that E-motion!!!!

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  3. I know all those songs AND the brylcreem. A little dab ‘ll do ya is all I need to shift focus to what’s going right. No coincidence that I needed that reminder.


  4. Ha-Ha, no such thing as coincidences; have you ever considered the odds of meeting someone, say here, and finding a friend…pretty high I will wager, but to find a truly good one possibly less so. But to begin blogging at the same time and meet such a friend must be even lower in the odd scale. To do that and then find both are writing books and are troubled with minds that overthink and mountain up molehills (just been over an old post of yours) and those odds begin to swerve towards unlikely. Serendipity in action; a word I rather like as it happens.

    Keep that brain waking up and I will (on a betting theme) also wager it is now waking up with more clarity than a year ago too. Removing worry allows the executive function to stretch through the mind fog and poke about making choices….something Rose required a significant push to realise!

    Apologies for the late arrival upon this post my friend 🙂

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    1. You and I were definitely meant to connect at this time, and in this way…and, boy, am I grateful for that, Gary….you are one-of-a-kind in all the best ways possible and I am so grateful that we are such good friends! Thank you for this really kind and warm comment….you’ve brightened my day…and, thank you for stressing that I’ve grown..growing can be like losing weight–sometimes the “loser” doesn’t see it because they see themselves all the time. Thanks for your perspective 🙂

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      1. So it seem if you had only posted four times before I dropped onto your world here 🙂

        I try and point out thr growth part because I liken it to cataracts. i.e. they appear so slowly you don’t actually realise until vision is really impaired. My gran had them and everyone, including her, thought she was going blind so never sought advice. When I suggested going to an optician it was treated with disdain; two months later one eye had been done and it was a case of “Why didn’t I do that before!”

        That is also in synch with seeking help early with low mood before it darkens more. Early treatment and help can save years of living in the shadows.

        Often it takes someone outside looking in to see changes that we don’t notice because we are not as pragmatic and able to self assess well. If the changes are small then we simply adjust and fail to see them. You’ve done remarkable things in the last year 🙂

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      2. Thank you so much, Gary….it is so kind of you…so generous to point out that I’ve grown more than I imagined…I sure know I’ve made strides, but, you’re right: benefit of a bird’s eye view is not always apparent until one has enough time to look back on how far they’ve come. A year has gone by so quickly it is easy to focus on moving forward at the expense of taking time to smell the flowers of successful growth. Thanks for your garden view 🙂

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      3. I think it sometimes helps to stop and smell the roses, to coin the horticultural reference. You are right too, time can fly past if days are filled with doing things and looking forward all the time can act in reverse if we don’t analyse the past and assess where we are. I don’t mean negative hunting, but real appraisal of movement. I think some of your blog posts might well act as a record of progress too 😊

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      4. That was one of my expectations when I started blogging…that it would give me the motivation to chart my growth so that had tangible evidence of it….rather than trying to keep track of everything in my head. It’s much easier to look at things when they are spelled out for you. 🙂

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  5. This is just me, reaching out to say “hi” and wondering how you are faring with the flooding in the beautiful province I called home for two years…it also gave me a chance to read this beautiful gem that I somehow missed last summer!

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    1. You are so sweet….I’m at work but will respond if/when I take a break. If not, I will respond after work. Thank you for thinking of me…I’ve been thinking of you, too. Also, I am free of all flood zones and issues–thankfully!!!! Sending you a huge hug 🙂

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      1. This is good to hear…when we have blogging friends all over the world, it’s hard not to think of them when natural events touch their lives…I’ve had to send a note to Hawaii as well!

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