Thursday, May 25, 2017

A Good Ending

A good beginning makes a good ending - so stop right there!


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Der Feind

Death and the Miser
Hieronymus Bosch

A fiend in need is a fiend indeed.


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Strawman Argument?

Metal Drinking Straw
Clutch at It!

A drowning man will clutch at a straw - as if drinking the water will help!


Monday, May 22, 2017

Sort of like proverbs . . .


. . . but without any pretense to wisdom, as the rhyme's attributed to silly old Mother Goose:
Monday's child is fair of face,
Tuesday's child is full of grace;
Wednesday's child is full of woe,
Thursday's child has far to go;
Friday's child is loving and giving,
Saturday's child works hard for its living;
But the child that is born on the Sabbath day
Is bonny and blithe, and good and gay.
As a child, I used to wonder why Wednesday's child should have a life full of woe just for the accident of having been born on a Wednesday. Maybe because Wednesday is Woe-din's day?

By the bye, I disdain to even allude to any in-poor-taste puns on the word "gay."


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Difficult Proverb

Don't put off till tomorrow what you could have done yesterday but can't do today.


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Forgotten Proverbs

Hurricane Grown to Galaxy Size
Wreaking Havoc in  Outer Space

"When push comes to shove, wreak havoc!"


Friday, May 19, 2017

Red grapes, however, are bloody!

Red Grapes: The Bloody Ones

We do refer to "the blood of the grape," but no proverb ever states:
"You CAN squeeze blood from grapes."
Nor have I ever heard any contrarian insist:
"You can NOT squeeze blood from grapes."
But what about white grapes? Leukemic blood?


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Turnips also lack blood!

A Turnip
Hand Attempting To Squeeze  Out Blood

Turnips lack blood, but some people must not realize this because a proverb exists to remind them:
You can't squeeze blood from a turnip.
Good to know, but you and I (probably) already knew it.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Stones - Better Uses Than Lapidation

Blood Cells: The Circle of Life

You can't squeeze blood from a g*ddamn stone - unless it's a fossilized dinosaur bone!

Hmm . . . nearly a poem. I guess more than a single thing can be gotten from a stone.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

If things could talk . . .

Ry Cooder

Apparently, there's a proverb stating:
"Walls have ears."
I can't recall hearing this one, but I'm no wall. Now, I don't really mind if walls have ears, so long as they don't have tongues, because "if doors could tell who's turned the knob," that's already wall enough for me, for if doors could speak, then so would walls be able.

Now, we do say of some people:
"Talking to him is like talking to a wall!"
But is that a problem of hearing or of speaking? Anyway, I'd modify the proverb as follows:
"If walls have ears, they must lack tongues."
Ry Cooder tells us the consequences if things could talk.