Author Archives: swabby429

About swabby429

An eclectic guy who likes to observe the world around him and comment about those observations.

Just Out Of Reach

It was a large, avant garde wedding. I only knew the groom and his immediate family. A Power Point slide show photo montage of the bride’s and the groom’s lives was projected onto a large screen. I sat on a … Continue reading

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Time Travel

Sometimes, during a peaceful stroll through the neighborhood, I imagine what the town must have looked like when it was first settled. There was a time, over a century ago, when there were effectively two main streets. Those were the … Continue reading

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Musically Inspired …Floral Friday

I decided to play “Kosmos”, an old LP record by the late Isao Tomita yesterday. He released the album back in 1978 and is one of the first “import” records I ever purchased. It is one of a series of … Continue reading

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Setbacks

The last thing we want to hear after suffering a severe setback is that the failure is “a blessing in disguise”. Although the statement may be true most of the time, sometimes, it isn’t. A nation undergoing a revolution might … Continue reading

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Such Vitality

My great-uncle Ivan liked to say that ideas are useless if you don’t do something with them. He said he had seen only a precious few people who came up with good ideas and followed through with the drive and … Continue reading

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Socks

“It knocks my socks off.” When I’m really impressed with something, that’s my go-to phrase. The idiom is quite peculiar, because socks and stockings have nothing to do with feelings of astonishment. Supposedly, the idiom began in the 1940s in … Continue reading

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Put It Into Perspective

Jonathan asked about the qualities I admire in people. Did my early role models live up to them? Looking my friend in the eyes, I answered that it was a complicated question and to give me a few moments to … Continue reading

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