“Time is brain”

Some good advice on recognizing and responding to the symptoms of a stroke a non-traditional source – a personal finance blogger, Asset Builder.


Imagine waking up in the morning with difficulty moving your arm. You assume your arm was in an unusual position while you slept. You wait for it to get better.

But it doesn’t.


Please, read the entire article for background on the importance of recognizing the symptoms of stroke, and remember F-A-S-T:


If you experience

  • Facial drooping
  • Arm drifting
  • Speech difficulty, then it’s
  • Time to call 911.

Don’t delay. As Dr. Janardhan reminds us, “Time is brain.”



via Asset Builder.

George Foreman on Muhammad Ali: If you didn’t love him, you must have been jealous, which is the same thing as loving him.

The link, below is the text of George Foreman’s  birthday message to Muhammad Ali (on the occasion of the champ’s 70th birthday).  It’s a great tribute which also speaks volumes to Foreman’s own character.

“I was over-confident when I fought him. I’d gone through fighters who’d beaten him, such as Joe Frazier and Kenny Norton. All I thought was, “Should I be merciful or not?” I thought he was just one more knockout victim until, about the seventh round, I hit him hard to the jaw and he held me and whispered in my ear: “That all you got, George?” I realised that this ain’t what I thought it was.”  . . .

“You can talk with war veterans and not know they have a wooden leg. What they did makes their illness unnoticeable. A hero is a guy that you get into a corner and you beat him and you beat him and you beat him and, rather than going down, he says to himself, “If I go down, all the people that believe in me will go down with me. I must stand.” And because Ali stood, he got injuries”

Please read the complete text…..


Jim Flaherty, 1949 – 2014

Gosh – Jim Flaherty is dead at 64.  I’m really surprised, and surprised at my reaction…he seemed like a nice guy, put into a series of very tough situations and handling them as best he could.  With devotion.

Not much of a retirement for him.  That hardly seems fair.  Probably a lesson for us all in there somewhere.

Postscript, April 10, 2014…

In the words of  political correspondent and author Paul Wells,

[I]n the end, it all comes down to the same question each of us faces in our lives: Are you going to live in fear, or are you going to live? Jim Flaherty was more alive than the next half-dozen politicians and assorted Hill denizens put together. That’s why his death leaves such a shocking emptiness behind. Each of us should contemplate his example.

CBC’s Rex Murphy offered a very moving remembrance of Flaherty on April 10.  The CBC video clip is easily searchable and I won’t include the link here because of the damn ads that precede the tribute.

Post Postscript, April 11, 2014…

This afternoon I attended a luncheon address by Dr. Ray Bassett, Irish Ambassador to Canada.  In his formal address, he offered his reflections on the negotiations leading to The Northern Ireland Peace (Good Friday) Agreement.  At the conclusion of his formal remarks he offered some very kind words about Jim Flaherty, closing with a March 16, 2014 photo of Mr.Flaherty seated with friends in an Irish pub.  It was a wonderful conclusion to an otherwise poorly organized talk.  The Ambassador was in much better form at Colonel By Day in Ottawa last Summer, judging by this video that I found.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZIiqzM6mZ8

The Scale of the Universe | Visual.ly

The Scale of the Universe

Very nice use of technology to display scales.
I think there is a lot of room for speculation at both end of the spectrum.  Relativity theory picks up where Newton left off, but I suspect it doesn’t work at the limits.  The scientists are bumping into virtual walls where experimentation and even measurements are impossible.  So long scientists, and thanks for the fish.  Over to you, creationists.

Wisdom, loosely

From a recent e-mail – they must be true. (And the attributions must be accurate)

When the white missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said ‘Let us pray.’ We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.”  Desmond Tutu

America is the only country where a significant proportion of the population believes that professional wrestling is real but the moon landing was faked.” David Letterman

“I’m not a paranoid, deranged millionaire. Dammit, I’m a billionaire.” Howard Hughes

“After the game, the King and the pawn go into the same box.” Italian proverb

“Men are like linoleum floors. Lay ’em right and you can walk all over them for years.”  May West

“The only reason they say ‘Women and children first’ is to test the strength of the lifeboats.” Jean Kerr

“I’ve been married to a communist and a fascist, and neither would take out the garbage!” Zsa Zsa Gabor

“You know you’re a redneck if your home has wheels and your car doesn’t.” Jeff Foxworthy

“When a man opens a car door for his wife, it’s either a new car or a new wife.”  Prince Philip

“A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kickboxing.”  Emo Philips.

“Wood burns faster when you have to cut and chop it yourself.” Harrison Ford

“The best cure for sea sickness, is to sit under a tree.” Spike Milligan

“Lawyers believe a man is innocent until proven broke.” Robin Hall

“Kill one man and you’re a murderer, kill a million and you’re a conqueror.”  Jean Rostand.

“Having more money doesn’t make you happier. I have 50 million dollars but I’m just as happy as when I had 48 million.” Arnold Schwarzenegger.

“We are here on earth to do good unto others. What the others are here for, I have no idea.” W.H. Auden

“In hotel rooms I worry. I can’t be the only guy who sits on the furniture naked.” Jonathan Katz

“If life were fair, Elvis would still be alive today and all the impersonators would be dead.” Johnny Carson

“I don’t believe in astrology. I am a Sagittarius and we’re very skeptical.” Arthur C. Clarke

“Hollywood must be the only place on earth where you can be fired by a man wearing a Hawaiian shirt and a baseball cap.” Steve Martin

“Home cooking. Where many a man thinks his wife is.” Jimmy Durante

“As I hurtled through space, one thought kept crossing my mind – every part of this rocket was supplied by the lowest bidder.” John Glenn

“If toast always lands butter-side down, and cats always land on their feet, what happens if you strap toast on the back of a cat?” Steven Wright

“America is so advanced that even the chairs are electric.” Doug Hamwell

“The first piece of luggage on the carousel never belongs to anyone who’s there.” George Roberts

“If God had intended us to fly he would have made it easier to get to the airport!”  Jonathan Winters

“I have kleptomania, but when it gets bad, I take something for it.”

Collecting slogans is easy. Living by them is the hard part

I was watching a CSPAN lecture http://rap.wustl.edu/event/2012-fall-keynote-george-will/ by George Will last week. He was speaking about the role of religion in American politics.  Here’s the .pdf version   Will quoted Abraham Lincoln at length and I looked up the quote on the internet – finding this amusing article by sports writer Eric Zorn.  Zorn’s article includes Will’s quote of Lincoln’s.  In his speech Will stressed the importance of Lincoln’s conclusion which I have underlined, below, and which did not appear in the original 1993 Zorn article. (Zorn was making a different point)

January 07, 1993By Eric Zorn.

“This, too, shall pass.”

Mike Ditka choked out these words as he began his farewell speech Tuesday and again to conclude his remarks. And later, when fans were woofing for him in the dusk outside Halas Hall, he came to the window and shouted it to them still a third time. “This, too, shall pass.”

He was referring, obviously, not to his own firing, which will not pass-unless Mike McCaskey does a George Steinbrenner turn and rehires Ditka in a year or two-but to his inner pain at the forced end of his tenure.

“This, too, shall pass.”

The words were not meant for the assembled media or the public, both of which had been ambivalent about Ditka’s future for the last several months, but for the coach himself. Four comforting words, a little mantra, a soothing slogan, a saying to try to get the lump out of his throat.

As an aphorism, it is roughly equivalent to “time heals all wounds” or, one of my favorites, “a quid is still a quid,” from the late British novelist P.G. Wodehouse. To me, Wodehouse is saying that no matter how crummy things seem for you at the moment, the world is still more or less unchanged so it pays to keep things in perspective.

The Wodehouse quote, which I’ve intoned to myself at difficult times over the years, may not be exact. But Ditka’s quotation wasn’t exact either.

The former coach wanted to attribute it to the Bible: “Scripture tells you that all things shall pass,” he said by way of a lead-in.

Yet the words “all things shall pass” do not appear in the Bible according to several concordances and a computer search conducted by the Moody Bible Institute. The closest is in Matthew 24, where Jesus says “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”

He was talking about the apocalypse and not, not even allegorically, about the firings of irascible football coaches.

“This, too, shall pass.”

“Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations” attributes a similar expression to Abraham Lincoln, who lost his job in a far worse way than Ditka did, though you’d never know it from the pitch of this week’s lamentations. The Lincoln quote, however, reveals that Lincoln didn’t claim the saying for his own:

“It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words `And this, too, shall pass away.’ ” Lincoln told the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society in a September 1859 speech in Milwaukee, just up the road from Lake Forest and Halas Hall.

“How much it expresses!” Lincoln went on. “How chastening in the hour of pride. How consoling in the depths of affliction!  [Following is the text that Zorn omitted: “And yet,” said Lincoln, “it is not necessarily true.  Let us hope that if we Americans cultivate the moral world within us as assiduously and prodigiously as we have cultivated the physical world around us, that we may endure.”]

Good sayings are like that, heavy with insight, wisdom and uplifting truth. I’ve collected them myself for years in an untitled spiral notebook that now includes the words of everyone from Pliny the Elder to the pithiest of my former girlfriends.

On page 94, for example, I have scrawled, “The most damning epitaph you can compose (is) `He was at his best only when the going was good,’ ” and credited Alistair Cooke.

On page 82: “Nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.” Will Durant.

Ditka and I are far from alone in our fondness for proverbs. An American Booksellers Association spokesman said there has been “an explosion” in recent years of books containing apt quotations and boiled-down wisdom-titles such as “Life’s Little Instruction Book,” a collection of digested and numbered advice that was the No. 1 trade paperback for 42 weeks last year.

John Baker, editorial director of Publisher’s Weekly, said he traces the boom back to Robert Fulghum’s adage-rich 1988 smash, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.”

Northwestern University sociologist Bernard Beck added that the current popular fondness for aphorisms also has roots in secular self-help movements such as est, corporate training seminars and 12-step recovery programs-all of which rely on neatly packaged precepts, “the functional equivalent of the rosary,” Beck said.

These philosophical, instructional nuggets “are like fast food,” Beck said, “in that they meet the needs of overworked, harried, hectic people without a lot of time.”

“This, too, shall pass.”

A nifty saying, as Lincoln noted in so many words, with a lot to offer. If Ditka had let it be his watchword somewhat earlier in life, when taunted by fans and beset by common sporting misfortunes, he might have maintained his poise and the confidence of management, and not ended up getting a broom in the butt from the Bears.

I’ve learned this much: Collecting slogans is easy. Living by them is the hard part. And you can quote me.

George F. Will – Religion and Politics in the First Modern Nation | John C. Danforth Center on Religion & Politics.