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SwampGuy

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joined on 03/28/07
last updated 08/08/11
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What I'm All About

"Mountains cannot be surmounted except by winding paths." (vonGoethe)
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Me, My Life & My Journey

Gender
Male
Age
60
about me
Seeker and Explorer.

Earth guy living a conventional lifestyle. Totally enthusiastic about life. Into pushing boundaries and exploring the fringes of our existence (OK, well when I have spare time).

Focused. Work really hard. Very serious about things I need to be serious about.

Sometimes like to question that status quo. Being a rebel is sometimes a good thing.

I try to be good person. Usually I am.

Sometimes I give off a lot of raw energy.

Goodness and light rule. And curiosity and honesty and generosity and openness and simplicity.

"In wildness is the preservation of the world." (Henry David Thoreau)

"Carpe Diem." (Some wise ancient philosopher who spoke Latin and had a white beard)

Wild imagination. If you want someone to create really cool alternate universes, I'm the guy. Imagination sometimes needs to be subdued with metaphorical tranquilizer darts.

I like wild places. I think swamps are a great metaphor for life. I'm into deep thoughts and whimsical trivia. I'm a really fast keyboarder.

I was a kid once.

Some of my friends say I am a lousy driver. Sometimes I forget to tie my shoes in the morning. Otherwise, I got my act together.

I think laughter is a good thing.

Ask me anything you want.
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Random Thoughts and Wild Imaginings

Did my second sensory depriviation/float at the new float tank center in town.

This was in the Samadhi tank, the classical sensory deprivation tank. First time, I floated in a futuristic-looking tank.

Same water temperature in both, same humidity (very high), same weightless experience floating in 12-15" of H2O for 90 minutes, somewhere between waking and twighlight and sleep. Can't figure out if I fell asleep at either one, but I totally lost track of time and space - once the tank doo... read more
Wed, April 23, 2014 - 4:30 PM permalink - 0 comments
 
April 22. Earth Day 2014, 44th time Earth Day has been observed.

Two thoughts.

First. All weath comes from the Earth. All food, clothing and shelter. All technology, innovation and every comfort and convenience of life. Preserving some semblance of our way of life means honoring and preserving Earth.

Second. For anyone with a spiritual outlook, honoring and caring for the Earth is a spiritual mandate. The Creator (however you want to define him or her) set the evolutionary process in... read more
Tue, April 22, 2014 - 2:49 PM permalink - 2 comments
 
If you want to see something really scary this April 15 Tax Day, check out the USA Budget Deficit Calculator:

www.usdebtclock.org/

As of right now, the federal deficit stands at about $17.579 trillion. But there's no way I can post the exact deficit because it increases faster than I can text.

We're paying for the deficit today, and bigger and bigger chunks of our taxes in interest payments every year.

And here in New York State, the Tax Foundation reports that in addition... read more
Tue, April 15, 2014 - 4:55 PM permalink - 8 comments
 
Temp hit 80 today, the first real spring weekend.

Got out back this weekend and cleaned up the timber, brought out pots and trellises, fertilized, and cleaned up the rock garden.

The rock garden was there when I moved in years ago. It was totally overgrown, and I reclaimed it - but some plants keep wanting to take over. Rock gardens are sort of a time-consuming hobby, and you have to keep weeding constantly to keep it up.

Meanwhile, I managed to get in a short hike, a little running... read more
Sun, April 13, 2014 - 5:12 PM permalink - 1 comment
 
March 30.

Most years, you can see crocuses blooming on this day, and hear the mating calls of the spring peepers (first frogs of the year), and have a day or two of 60-degree temperatures.

This morning - a load of snow dumped on the ground. I'm not sure how much, but I would say 8 - 10".

Enough to have to shovel the driveway. And even after shoveling, I managed to get the car stuck at the end of the driveway from snowpack deposited by the town road crews. My neighbor, who has a snowb... read more
Sun, March 30, 2014 - 7:42 AM permalink - 1 comment
 
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Important Stuff People Said

"Do not go where the trail may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

"When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on." (Ben Franklin)

" ... People would become better if they stopped trying to become better off ..." (Peter Maurin)

"Beauty arrests motion." (Thomas Aquinas)

"Live long and prosper." (Traditional Vulcan greeting)

"It furthers one to cross the great water." (I Ching)

"The unexamined life is not worth living." (Socrates)

"I think, therefore I am." (Descartes)

"Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone, you may still exist but you will have ceased to live." (Mark Twain)

"The truth of a thing is the feel of it, not the think of it." (Stanley Kubrick)

"Life must be lived as play." (Plato)

"Life would be a lot simpler if only I had the source code." (Unknown)

"I haven't figured out the meaning of life, but I've got some pretty good leads." (Pete C, Slayer of Useless Words)

"Try? There is no try. There is only do or not do." (Yoda)

"If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd just type a little faster." (Isaac Asimov)

"Many a false step was made by standing still." (Fortune Cookie)

"Nothing happens until something moves." (Albert Einstein)

"One man with courage is a majority." (Buddha)

"If not now, when?" (Talmud)

"The first halting step toward freedom of the self is the acknowledgment of one's enslavement." (Gerry Spence)

"Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose ..." (Kris Kristofferson)

"It takes many years to grow young." (Pablo Picasso)

"And we should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once." (Nietzsche)

"You really climb for the hell of it." (Sir Edmund Hillary) - Well OK, I really don't agree with this, but this guy is one of the great climbers of all time and he deserves to have his thoughts here.

"I hate quotations. Tell me what you know." (Ralph Waldon Emerson) - Don't agree with this one either.

"If you could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole world would change." (Buddha)

"Mitakuy oyasin ..." (Lakota)

"It is not the mountains we conquer, but ourselves." (Sir Edmund Hillary)

"Sometimes you have to lose your mind before you come to your senses." (Socrates, from The Peaceful Warrior)

"You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus." (Mark Twain)

"I am in love with this world. I have nestled lovingly in it. I have climbed its mountains, roamed its forests, sailed its waters, crossed its deserts, felt the sting of its frosts, the oppression of its heat, the drench of its rains, the fury of its winds, and always have beauty and joy waited upon my goings and comings." (John Burroughs)

"If we are silent, the stones speak." (Unknown)

"There is no finish line." (Unknown)

"It is surely a great calamity for a human being to have no obsessions." (Robert Bly)

"Adventure is worthwhile." (Aristotle)

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Halleluljah!

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The Heavens and the Deep and the Wide

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Whistles the Wind

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Knock at the Door

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On the Rope

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Dylan and the Stones

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Spiral Out - Amazing Possibilities

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Seger Rules

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My YouTube Video

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Stuff I've Said Lately

Floating (blog entry) Did my second sensory depriviation/float at the new float tank center in town.

This was in the Samadhi tank, the classical sensory deprivation tank. First time, I floated in a futuristic-looking tank.

Same water temperature in both, same hum... read more
blog entry posted Wed, April 23, 2014 - 4:30 PM permalink - 0 comments
Re: Happy Easter! (in Tribal Lounge) Yes, Happy Earth Day.

As I wrote in my blog last evening, everything comes from the earth, directly or indirectly. Food, clothing, shelter, technology, conveniences, everything.

Preserving our way of life means we must preserve the earth.
discussion post on Wed, April 23, 2014 - 1:39 AM
Re: Happy Easter! (in Tribal Lounge) Yes, urban folklore has turned many myths into "common knowledge."

Maybe we should start an urban folk lore thread.
discussion post on Tue, April 22, 2014 - 3:17 PM
Earth Day 2014 (blog entry) April 22. Earth Day 2014, 44th time Earth Day has been observed.

Two thoughts.

First. All weath comes from the Earth. All food, clothing and shelter. All technology, innovation and every comfort and convenience of life. Preserving some sembl... read more
blog entry posted Tue, April 22, 2014 - 2:49 PM permalink - 2 comments
Re: Songs that make ya laugh! (in Tribal Lounge) Hit the Road Jack. Haven't heard that in years.

Did Ray Charles mean that as humor - or philosophy?
discussion post on Mon, April 21, 2014 - 4:45 PM
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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

August 31, 2008
" Happy Birthday "

wishing you much love rick..
thanks for being my wonderful friend..
I enjoy yr company...
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