Sunday, July 24, 2011

My little corner of the world

The Goat circa 1971
Sometimes when I'm ranting and bellyaching about something over which I have absolutely no control (I've had a lot of opportunity lately), the Goat will say (usually from behind the newspaper):

"All I can do is take care of my little corner of the world."

Genius, that.

If we all just took care of our little corner of the world, methinks the whole juggernaut would chug along a lot more smoothly. Hence in the interest of the Goat's subtle directive and because today seems like a good day to think about such things: I offer these suggestions:

-If you only take what you need, you'll always have enough.

-Failing to respect the convictions of others only diminishes the strength of your own.

-People have the right to free speech even when you don't like what they're saying.

-If you don't need it, don't buy it on credit.

-An American should support all his fellow Americans, including the ones with whom they disagree with most vehemently.

-If you really believe in your cross, flag or gun, you don't need to wave it around.

-The good guys win even when they lose.

Now I'm off to make pan zucchini (I should give you the recipe sometime), creamed potatoes and bread (the Goat's grilling the chicken).

To the esteemed readership, I bid a lovely Sunday afternoon.

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Bill said...


twinkly sparkles said...

I love the Goat's hair and earnestness. A good man is a good thing to have in this life and you've obviously got one.

Rather than the recipe, can you please come and cook for me?


DogsDontPurr said...

Oh now...don't leave us hanging! Your recipes are da bomb! I love it when you write out your recipes in your special Erin O'Brien way. I don't know why you haven't published a cookbook yet! THAT would really be da bomb!

Leslie Morgan said...

Great shot of young Goat!

A cornerstone of most AA gatherings is the Serenity Prayer and I've told many people if I could just get that down I'd have this life shit all figured out. " . . grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference . . "

Erin O'Brien said...

Hi gang.

This post is a bit preachy and pithy, but it was the only thing saving me from bellyaching about politics and the DC spectacle.

Thanks for suffering Den Mother Erin (although the Goat photo was worth the price of admission on its own).

paul bitzan said...

Sound advice indeed. Smart guy, that Goat.

jford said...

Well said, Erin. Words to live by, and words to review before entering into a discussion or writing a post, especially political ones.