Purring in the Workaday World


“We must be as courteous to a man as we are to a picture, which we are willing to give the advantage of a good light.”  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The boldness of his mind was sheathed in a scabbard of politeness.” ~ Dumas Malone (written about Thomas Jefferson)

“Courtesy is a silver lining around the dark clouds of civilization; it is the best part of refinement and in many ways, an art of heroic beauty in the vast gallery of man’s cruelty and baseness.”  ~ Bryant McGill

Sigh. I’ve got courtesy on my mind today. Pretty much been with me since waking. There were dreams, but no details carried through into my conscious mind. My bad. Certainly I have . . . . oh never mind, I have a bad habit of talking about myself. If what some people tell me is true then I am the only one. I wish! But that is all so irrelevant this morning. Our national crisis, it seems to me, is scandalously highlighting something which started as a lack of respect from some people, and I ain’t namin’ names, k? From there it metastasized. Look around. No, really. Forgive me, but I am shaken, right down deep, by the bold and mindless hatred that is oozing up from our society, for I have seen children tortured, right friggin out in the open. On TV. By people who are all butt-hurt that they can’t do more of it because the whole world is watching. Nuff said. I’m feeling depressed and subdued this morning. It’s been not too long ago that I all but backed down from a bully, and it is starting to get to me. If the dynamic does not abate I’ll have to deal as well with the emergence of my Cougar totem. Sigh. Let’s leave it at that for today. It’s time to wake up that big cat and head on out into the workaday world, purring.

Peace out, y’all. Goof gloriously.


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