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Musings-lite Collection No. 7

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Added: Sun. Dec 09, 2012 6:30pm
Posted in: Living

I was thinking the other day that it is a shame that life isn’t more like the card games I play on my computer. Here, if I don’t like the cards I was dealt, I simply ask for a redeal. In life, there are no redeals; we can only play with a deck that seems infinitely big. In life, the hand we are dealt goes on and on from that never ending deck called life until our lives end and the last card is finally played.

Am I seeing things that aren’t true? In my previous collection I mentioned that as far as I can tell our dog, Niles, is a right-legged dog. Every time he takes a whiz he makes sure he makes sure he can get that right leg out of the way. If he has his left side towards the target he always turns around. Now comes a new observation. I have never seen him back up. When he wants to go the other way he turns around and then proceeds, his nose always leading the way. The more I thought about this, the more I realized that seems to be true for all four-legged creates. The only exception I can think of is a trained horse and then the horse looks awkward as he does so.

Speaking of Niles, he has a philosophy about dog toys - If you throw it, you go get it.

Memories are the souvenirs of our past.

I sometimes wonder - is life and living so unfathomable and complex that it is as Winston Churchill described Russia – “…a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma”. Or is it so complex only because we refuse to accept the simplicity of it?

A friend sent me an email about Paraprosdokians (Winston Churchill loved them). They are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently humorous. The one I especially enjoyed has to do with the difference between knowledge and wisdom, topics I sometimes write about. The paraprosdokIan is: Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

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