Friday Morning FYI – 12/25/2015

Welcome to your Friday Morning FYI – my chance to share observations/wisdom/rants in short, easily consumed form.

Keeping with my holiday tradition, this week’s FYI is a quote from A Christmas Carol. I think it’s particularly noteworthy this year, with the political climate what it is here in the US of A:

From the foldings of its robe, it brought two children; wretched, abject, frightful, hideous, miserable. They knelt down at its feet, and clung upon the outside of its garment.

“Oh, Man! look here. Look, look, down here!” exclaimed the Ghost.

They were a boy and a girl. Yellow, meagre, ragged, scowling, wolfish; but prostrate, too, in their humility. Where graceful youth should have filled their features out, and touched them with its freshest tints, a stale and shriveled hand, like that of age, had pinched, and twisted them, and pulled them into shreds. Where angels might have sat enthroned, devils lurked; and glared out menacing. No change, no degradation, no perversion of humanity, in any grade, through all the mysteries of wonderful creation, has monsters half so horrible and dread.

Scrooge started back, appalled. Having them shown to him in this way, he tried to say they were fine children, but the words choked themselves, rather than be parties to a lie of such enormous magnitude.

“Spirit! are they yours?” Scrooge could say no more.

“They are Man’s,” said the Spirit, looking down upon them. “And they cling to me, appealing from their fathers. The boy is Ignorance. This girl is Want. Beware them both, and all of their degree, but most of all beware this boy, for on his brow I see that written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased. Deny it!” cried the Spirit, stretching out its hand toward the city. “Slander those who tell it ye! Admit it for your factious purposes, and make it worse. And bide the end!”

 

Thanks for reading, and Happy Holidays.

{RDj}

(Black) Friday Morning FYI – 11/26/2015

Welcome to your Friday Morning FYI – my chance to share observations/wisdom/rants in short, easily consumed form.

This week’s FYI comes courtesy of Thomas Jefferson, and will be auto-posted while my girlfriend and I plan a shopping-free Black Friday over breakfast:

“Never buy what you don’t want because it is cheap. It will never be dear to you.”

 

Thanks for reading,

{RDj}

Friday Morning FYI – 10/30/2015

Welcome to your Friday Morning FYI – my chance to share observations/wisdom/rants in short, easily consumed form.

Last night I got the chance to see Trevor Hall live in NYC. I’ve been a fan of his for years, so when the spam email came in from bandsintown saying he was playing Irving Plaza, I took my wallet out so fast I almost lost a finger. It was a great show, and he even played and told the story behind my favorite song (Indigo)¬†from the new album. In that spirit I’m going to keep it light this week and just drop a link to the song:

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Thanks for reading,

{RDj}

Friday Morning FYI – 10/23/2015

Welcome to your Friday Morning FYI – my chance to share observations/wisdom/rants in short, easily consumed form.

This week’s FYI is about the interpersonal dynamics associated with protecting yourself:

There’s a weird, Hollywood-created notion that implies the only way to be happy is to be vulnerable to the point of giving someone power of you. “You complete me.” “If you leave, I’ll die.” “My life would suck without you.” One of the biggest problems with this is how we expect everyone to act this way, and are stupefied when someone doesn’t.

Never be upset with someone for defending themselves, even if that defense takes the form of them walking away from you. When that happens, the problem is probably not with them.

 

Thanks for reading,

{RDj}