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Melee

Posted on: June 2, 2009

melee
\MAY-lay\ | noun

1 : a confused struggle; especially : a hand-to-hand fight among several people

I love this word. It sounds so refined yet it defines something with no refinement at all. And wouldn’t you rather be in a melee than a brawl? It makes you think you were having some kind of classy fight. Although, I wouldn’t mind having a brouhaha or a skirmish. And a tussle wouldn’t be too bad either.

Someone has named their band Melee, which is just plain silly. A pop group called Melee makes no sense whatsoever. (Don’t be fooled by the URL of the site. Melee most definitely doesn’t rock.)

Sand castle virtues are all swept away, in the tidal destruction, the moral melee.

Jethro Tull! Now Jethro Tull most definitely does rock. Ian Anderson made it cool to be a flute player. And I never knew he was Scottish; now I want to hear him talk.
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With air hopefully free of smoke.


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Today is World No Tobacco Day, and this year’s theme is “Tobacco Health Warnings”. If cigarette packs really looked like the one in that picture I think people would have to think twice about continuing to smoke.
More smoke, no mirrors

Today’s quote:

“I am not young enough to know everything.” — Oscar Wilde

Of course I know who Oscar Wilde is and while he is famous for his wit I think they could have picked a more interesting quote from him to use. Nevertheless, he was a very interesting man and while the end of his life was tragic he did seem to live true to himself which is a wonderful thing to be able to do. I thought Stephen Fry did a great job in Wilde, which of course brings us around to a LOTR connection again (everything does after all) but I won’t bore you with that. Read the rest of this entry »

Today’s quote:

“Valor that parleys is near yielding.” — George Herbert

Not really sure I agree with that. And it seems odd to be coming from someone who was a priest. I’ve never heard of George Herbert before, but considering my knowledge is pretty slim that’s not surprising. He was Welsh and thanks to Torchwood I’ve grown to adore the Welsh accent. Torchwood and Ioan Gruffudd. *g* Read the rest of this entry »

Today’s quote:

“Concentration comes out of a combination of confidence and hunger.” — Arnold Palmer

I imagine some people would see this as good advice for any endeavor but it doesn’t feel right to me. “Hunger” really isn’t something you need in every day life to concentrate on your work. And in many cases neither is confidence. But of course, Arnold Palmer is talking about golf. When I looked at his Web site I found out that on this day in 1960 he won the Bob Hope Desert Golf Classic in Palm Springs, CA. And yet more proof that just about everyone is online these days. And to think we all managed just fine without the internet for so many years. Now I think I’d fall over dead without it for any length of time. :-) Read the rest of this entry »

Today’s quote:

“Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labor by taking up another.” — Anatole France

I’d like to say this was true for me but that would be a big fat lie. My relaxation has no relation to labor whatsoever. Then again, this was said before the days of The Sims and Xbox and Wii. :-)

Anatole France won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1921 which is a great accomplishment. But it says something about me that what makes me very excited is his real last name was Thibault. Everyone who took French with me at Western Junior High School in Greenwich will remember the Thibau family (yes spelled differently, but I don’t care). Voila Monsieur Thibeau. Voila Madame Thibeau. Maybe we were talking about Anatole and we didn’t even know it.

Two of his other quotes are worth repeating until they sink into my dense head:

“To accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act.”
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I couldn’t keep up with this before so what do I do? Decide to add even more things to my daily posts. Today launches the first daily thoughts entry: the daily quote from coolquotes.com, the daily poem from poems.com and a random wikipedia search.

Today’s quote:

“Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny.” — Tryon Edwards

It figures that the first quote I get is something that I need to read over and over again until it sinks in and I begin to act on it. The last part also speaks heavily to the change in leadership in this country. For eight years we had a president with no character and the US lost the respect of the world. Now we have a man of character in office, and over the next eight years he’s going to restore the dignity and reputation that we once could be proud of. Read the rest of this entry »

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