Thoughts on Thinking

"When somebody persuades me that I am wrong, I change my mind. What do you do?" John Maynard Keynes

"If you're unhappy with your life, change your thinking." Charles Fillmore

"The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it." Eckhart Tolle

"People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them." Epictetus

"The unexamined life is not worth living." Socrates

"Consciousness is a terrible thing to waste." PunditGeorge

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


I made it a point
To smile one day
despite what’s all around.
Grousing vanished,
moaning faded,
and complaining walked away.

No matter what,
I could see beyond
to glimpse the inner core
and that was a smile indeed.

After a while
those happy in their grief
stood further away,
and I had a marvelous day.

Guess who was grinning?

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Who Knew?

Maria Salomea Sklodowska, a.k.a. Marie Curie, the Nobel Prize winning (twice) scientist for her explorations into radiation, succumbed in 1934 to a type of anemia likely brought on through her years of exposure to extreme radiation.  Why this conclusion?  Her original papers and notes are still so radioactive that they’re kept in lead-lined boxes and researches must wear protective gear to see them.  Article by Lacy Schley in the May 2017 issue of Discover magazine.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


Joan Eleanor “Jo-El” Taylor Sewell, age 75, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, lost her short but valiant battle with brain cancer on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017, in the company of her family at Grace Home in Shreveport, Louisiana.

She was born July 8, 1941 to Harry M. and Catherine (Riley) Taylor, in Elmira, New York.  The family relocated to Presque Isle, Maine, where she grew up.  Her siblings include Elizabeth (Betty) and husband Jack May in Florida, Harry and Odette Taylor in Vermont, and Timothy and Becki Taylor in Maine.

She is survived by her husband of twenty four years, George Sewell, and his daughter Genia Michaela, and her children Rene Pallay McDonald and husband Scott, Greg Pallay and wife Terresa,  Robert Pallay and  wife Tamara, and long time friends Tom and Shirley Milam of Bossier City.

She asked that any memorial donations be made to St. Jude Childrens Hospital.
Her request for no funeral or memorial service is honored.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Ancient School Recital

Good, better, best
I'll never let it rest -
until my Good is Better,
and my Better is BEST!

(A thought that may indeed bump around in the Night for many...)