A Better Life – Part Two


As previously noted, Parishioners,

A Better Life is possible.

how many lightbulbs -  no; that's not right...

Here are some more Rules:


Live simply

Care deeply

Speak kindly

Love generously

generous to a fault

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride

The Joi of Riding

Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy

Pure. Ecstacy.

Take naps

Stretch before rising

Run, romp, and play daily

Thrive on attention and let people touch you

I wanna feel dirty...

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do

On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass

On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree

mmm; cool, clear water...

When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk

Be loyal

Arnold swears to Be Loyal

Never pretend to be something you’re not

If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it

THIS is what I want

When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently


Every Precious Moment


Simple, isn’t it?



Malcolm Loses It


Reading this excellent Playboy interview, Parishioners, with Miles Davis (thx Kottke!)

by Alex Haley, September 1, 1962

Have you always been so sensitive about being a Negro?

I noticed that the next interview was with Malcolm X

also by Alex Haley, May 1, 1963.

Having read his autobiography (as told to Alex Haley),


the most important book I'll ever read

I was most interested & dove into it.

Begins rather well,

with Br X coming off as a thoughtful, respectful dude,

(although with an agenda to push)

praising the Honorable Elijah Mohammed

for enlightening him

but he gradually loses it…


Some excerpts:

Malcolm X: Insofar as the Christian world is concerned, dictatorships have existed only in areas or countries where you have Roman Catholicism. Catholicism conditions your mind for dictators. Can you think of a single Protestant country that has ever produced a dictator?

Playboy: Germany was predominantly Protestant when Hitler-

Power in defense of freedom is greater than power in behalf of tyranny and oppression.

The Jews pooled their money and bought the hotels that barred them [Negroes]. They bought Atlantic City and Miami Beach and anything else they wanted. Who owns Hollywood? Who runs the garment industry, the largest industry in New York City?

No, when there’s something worth owning, the Jew’s got it. Walk up and down in any Negro ghetto in America. Ninety percent of the worthwhile businesses you see are Jew-owned. Every night they take the money out. This helps the black man’s community stay a ghetto.

* * *

Playboy: Then you consider it impossible for the white man to be anything but an exploiter and a hypocrite in his relations with the Negro?

Malcolm X: White people are born devils by nature. They don’t become so by deeds.

Playboy: You say that white men are devils by nature. Was Christ a devil?

Malcolm X: Christ wasn’t white. Christ was a black man.

Playboy: On what Scripture do you base this assertion?

Malcolm X: Sir, Billy Graham has made the same statement in public. Why not ask him what Scripture he found it in? When Pope Pius XII died, Life magazine carried a picture of him in his private study kneeling before a black Christ.

Playboy: Those are hardly quotations from Scripture. Was He not reviled as “King of the Jews” – a people the Black Muslims attack?

Malcolm X: Only the poor, brainwashed American Negro has been made to believe that Christ was white, to maneuver him into worshiping the white man.

Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery.

Malcolm X: Well, Hannibal, the most successful general that ever lived, was a black man. So was Beethoven; Beethoven’s father was one of the blackamoors that hired themselves out in Europe as professional soldiers. Haydn, Beethoven’s teacher, was of African descent. Columbus, the discoverer of America, was a half-black man.

Playboy: According to biographies considered definitive, Beethoven’s father, Johann, was a court tenor in Cologne; Haydn’t parents were Croatian; Columbus’ parents were Italian-

Malcolm X: Whole black empires, like the Moorish, have been whitened to hide the fact that a great black empire had conquered a white empire even before America was discovered. The Moorish civilization – black Africans – conquered and ruled Spain; they kept the light burning in Southern Europe. The word “Moor” means “black,” by the way. Egyptian civilization is a classic example of how the white man stole great African cultures and makes them appear today as white European. The black nation of Egypt is the only country that has a science named after its culture: Egyptology. The ancient Sumerians, a black-skinned people, occupied the Middle Eastern areas and were contemporary with the Egyptian civilization. The Incas, the Aztecs, the Mayans, all dark-skinned Indian people…

* * *

Malcolm X: Mr. Muhammad says that the red, the brown and the yellow are indeed all part of the black nation. Which means that black, brown, red, yellow, all are brothers, all are one family. The white one is a stranger. He’s the odd fellow.

Playboy: Since your classification of black peoples apparently includes the light-skinned Oriental, Middle Eastern and possibly even Latin races as well as the darker Indian and Negroid strains, just how do you decide how light-skinned it’s permissible to be before being condemned as white? And if Caucasian whites are devils by nature, do you classify people by degrees of devilishness according to the lightness of their skin?

Malcolm X: I don’t worry about these little technicalities.

I believe in human beings, and that all human beings should be respected as such, regardless of their color.

Thoughtful white people know they are inferior to black people. Even Eastland knows it. Anyone who has studied the genetic phase of biology knows that white is considered recessive and black is considered dominant. When you want strong coffee, you ask for black coffee. If you want it light, you want it weak, integrated with white milk. Just like these Negroes who weaken themselves and their race by this integrating and intermixing with whites. If you want bread with no nutritional value, you ask for white bread. All the good that was in it has been bleached out of it, and it will constipate you. If you want pure flour, you ask for dark flour, whole-wheat flour. If you want pure sugar, you want dark sugar.

The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.

…there is plenty wrong with Negroes. They have no society. They’re robots, automatons. No minds of their own. I hate to say that about us, but it’s the truth. They are a black body with a white brain. Like the monster Frankenstein. The top part is your bourgeois Negro. He’s your integrator. He’s not interested in his poor black brothers. He’s usually so deep in debt from trying to copy the white man’s social habits that he doesn’t have time to worry about nothing else. They buy the most expensive clothes and cars and eat the cheapest food. They act more like the white man than the white man does himself.

You don't have to be a man to fight for freedom. All you have to do is to be an intelligent human being.

I was finally caught and spent 77 months in three different prisons. But it was the greatest thing that ever happened to me, because it was in prison that I first heard the teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. His teachings were what turned me around. The first time I heard the Honorable Elijah Muhammad’s statement, “The white man is the devil,” it just clicked. I am a good example of why Islam is spreading so rapidly across the land. I was nothing but another convict, a semi-illiterate criminal.

"I didn't do it" he says, and he throws up his hands...

Playboy: Are you contradicting yourself by denouncing white supremacy while praising its practitioners, since you admit that you share their goal of separation?

Malcolm X: …I prefer the candor of the Southern segregationist to the hypocrisy of the Northern integrationist…

You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.

Playboy: If Muslims ultimately gain control as you predict, do you plan to bestow “true freedom” on white people?

Malcolm X: It’s not a case of what would we do, it’s a case of what would God do with whites. What does a judge do with the guilty? Either the guilty atone, or God executes judgement.

I am for violence if non-violence means we continue postponing a solution to the American black man's problem just to avoid violence.
I believe in a religion that believes in freedom. Any time I have to accept a religion that won’t let me fight a battle for my people, I say to hell with that religion.


On March 8, 1964, Malcolm X publicly announced his break from the Nation of Islam. He said that he was still a Muslim, but he felt the Nation of Islam had “gone as far as it can” because of its rigid religious teachings. Malcolm X said he was going to organize a black nationalist organization that would try to “heighten the political consciousness” of African Americans. He also expressed his desire to work with other civil rights leaders and said that Elijah Muhammad had prevented him from doing so in the past.

One reason for the separation was growing tension between Malcolm X and Elijah Muhammad because of Malcolm X’s dismay about rumors of Muhammad’s extramarital affairs with young secretaries. Such actions were against the teachings of the Nation. Although at first Malcolm X ignored the rumors, he spoke with Muhammad’s son Wallace and the women making the accusations. He came to believe that they were true, and Muhammad confirmed the rumors in 1963.

A Better Life


Life, Parishioners, can be good.

All you hafta do

is all of this:


1. Walk More

If walking isn’t your style, find another form of fitness that works for you.

2. Eat Slower/Less

If you put your fork down in between bites, you will find yourself feeling better.

3. Drink More Water

Is your urine almost as clear as water?

clear as a mountain stream!

4. Drink Less Alcohol

There are a number of other problems associated with drinking booze, including poor sleep habits, dehydration, memory loss, and of course, one-night stands with horrifically ugly people.

5. Drink More Wine

Combine a daily glass of wine with a brisk, hour-long walk.

drinking more wine

6. Meditate/Breathe Deeply

If meditation can help patients who need open-heart surgery, imagine what it can do for you.

7. Stretch Your Muscles

Set a timer on your computer and do a little stretch once an hour.

8. Spend 10 Minutes Outside

Standing outside is (so far) free.

9. Cut Back on Caffeine

Caffeine is a funny kind of drug.. Choose coffee over Mountain Dew.

10. Drink a Cup of Tea

Drinking a cup of tea is healthy and smart.

11. Sleep More

If there is one single thing that you can do to improve your health today, getting more sleep should take priority.

12. Watch Less TV

It’s time to cut back on television. After all, you can get your news from the internet.

13. Laugh Your Ass Off

You don’t have to be an all-around mirthful person.

14. Quit Smoking

Do we really need any details on this one? Everyone knows how terrible smoking is for you. Just stop it. It’s gross.

Yes; must quit. Tomorrow.

15. Eat One (More) Serving of Fruit



How awesome is fruit?

16. Exercise Your Brain

Try keeping a journal. Even if you simply write down the most mundane things that have happened to you. [yay Twitter!]

17. Smile More

It can be hard to smile when you don’t feel happy.

18. Take Your Fish Oil

I always end up burping a gross, fishy scent for a couple of hours

19. Take a Hot Bath

A hot bath can help lower your blood sugar. It’s not something that should be done every single day.

20. Make Love, Not War

Seriously, having sex is not just awesomely fun, sex is good for you. Oh, yes, there are risks, so don’t do anything stupid.

more than just Friends

21. Floss Your Teeth

Flossing is significantly less interesting than having regular, rewarding sex.

22. Adopt a Pet

Assuming you have the financial capacity, having a pet can be a wonderful experience.

23. Get a Massage

Massage can be expensive, so seek out daily coupon email deals, massage schools, friends, and lower-priced massage centers.

24. Plant a Garden

Dry, pickle, or preserve whatever you can’t finish during the growing season, and keep the excitement of homegrown goodness year-round.

25. Take a Fiber Supplement

You don’t need to take anything special, just some Metamucil or Benefiber in the morning  and again before dinner.



Reduce/Eliminate Daily Luxuries


Prevent Repair Costs

Share Toys

Shop on a Full Stomach

Share Baby Clothes

Purchase Generic

Buy in Bulk

Turn off the Lights

Purchase Used Items

much cheaper used

Cut Food Costs

Reduce Reoccurring [sic] Costs

Give Up Caffeine

Let Your Gray Hair Grow

Learn Not to Give Too Much



Groom Your Dogs by Yourself

Don’t Have a Television

Drive Slowly

Go with Local/Seasonal for Flowers



Bargain with a Photographer

Put Your Wedding Online

Get Married on a Weekday

Stop Throwing Away Your Food

Start a Business

Change Jobs

Get a Second Job

Start Saving


See also 17 Uses For Stale Bread


lifted mainly from 25 Healthy Changes You Can Make Today

by Andrea Karim, Senior Writer, 24 May 2011

My grandmother, who spent a better part of her childhood in Nazi prison camps, instilled in her children a strong conviction that wasting food was downright sinful so I live in a rather paranoid world where refusing to take home your leftovers from a night of Chinese food is almost on par with punching a kitten

punch or grenade, kitty?


Sometimes, it’s the little things that make the biggest impact on our lives


26 & 137 – Scientific PROOF of the Existence of God


I am, as you know, Parishioners,

of an Ecumenical disposition

and, if I may allow Seth a little Hubris,

rather well educated

but this is fucking hilarious!


Selected excerpts:

Kabbalah is a collection of secret ancient teachings. Kabbalah and the principles of Kabbalah were formulated and written down in ancient Hebrew 5,000 years before Christ

The Kabbalah Code is the scientific part of the writings of Kabbalah that reflect man’s understanding and speculation of the nature of the Universe through numbers 5,000 years before Christ that are in complete agreement with today’s modern scientific theories in physics, quantum mechanics, and string theory. It is amazing but the ideas embodied in the latest theories in physics can be found in the writings of Kabbalah 5,000 years before Christ

Kabbalah Tree of Life

Scientific PROOF of the Existence of God
by Bill SerGio, The Infomercial King™

Myself and other scientific researchers, physicists, and mathematicians believe that recent breaktthroughs in theoretical physics PROVE the existence of GOD.  I will present the proof here and it is amazing. We start by defining “God” and the properties that God must posses and then demonstrating that something exists in the Universe with those properties.

Definition of God: God is an entity that must have the following properties:

  • Omniscient. God must be All Knowing and have instantaneous knowledge of all things
  • Omnipresent. God must be present everywhere. Here on earth and in a galaxy a million light years away
  • Omnipotent. God must have unlimited power which we can define as the spontaneous ability to create unlimited amounts of energy or matter in any form
  • Self-Aware. God must be “self-aware”

In quantum mechanics it has already been proven that the Universe has ALL of these properties, and therefore, the Universe satisfies this definition of God and is, therefore, God. everything, ourselves included, is connect to and a part of everything else as eastern religion has stated for centuries. We are God and God is us and we are connected to all that exists

several recent proofs in theoretical physics have shown that the Universe must be “self-aware.”

The Ancient Kabbalah

Why Prayer Really Works Over 600 good scientific studies have demonstrated that prayer can heal sick persons. Indouble-blind, clincal cross-over study after study it has beendemonstrated that a group of people praying for a total stranger can affect the health outcome of that sick person thousands of miles away. Now that we know that all things in the Universe are connected through serveral dimensions of ZEO length it is easy to understand how prayer or thought can be instantly trasmitted to a person thousnads of miles away or millions of light-years away.

Kabbalah & String Theory Kabbalah is in complete agreement with science. A rabbi wrote down 5,000 before Christ a mathematical calculation to determine the age of the Universe—he calcualted that it was 13.5 BILLION years old. Unitil just a few years ago scientists believed the Universe was only 3 to 5 billion years old and recently a group of scientists shared the Nobel Prize for showing that the Universe was 13.5 Billion years old

click for full size image

It was written in the works of Kabbalah, 5,000 years before Christ, that the numbers, 26 and 137, which are said to be the fundamental numbers of the universe

Kabbalah teaches God is 26

(The Pixies, however, claim God is 7…)

Richard Feynman, recognized as our foremost authority on the subject of creation, a brilliant physicist, and Nobel Laureate, is quoted as saying that physicists ought to remind themselves of how much they dont know by putting a sign on the walls of their offices with the number, 137

Werner Heisenberg, another giant in the world of physics said that all the problems of quantum theory would disappear only when 137 was explained

Neils Bohr discovered that when electrons absorbed energy they jumped to higher orbits and that these jumps occur  at very specific distances from the nucleus. On his death bed he confessed that he derived these numbers from the number 26 in Kabb

The Kabbalists had an understanding of the structure of the hydrogen atom 5,000 years before Christ and they wrote down the EXACT sequence of numbers above representing the energy levels of the hydrogen atom

the Bohr Hydrogen atom

Bless The Infomercial King™

Want Not for Cake


A Man o These Times, Parishioners,
wants not for cake.

nor Powderfinger’s new album,
nor non-animal rennet.


and Trombionés!

fresh linen on our bed

Fresh linen

fresh fleurs (‘Tish)
fresh fruits

a walk in the pines

gwan Carolina in the pines

the version performed by Lead Belly [sic] and covered by Nirvana does not differ substantially from other variants of the song

Br Tallis also runs a fine vershun.

This is a true story. Steve started playing music in 1962. Music is his calling.

Mister Stephen Tallis receiving his Duke of Edinburghs Gold Award from the Earl of Selkirk

the apricot/plum fleurs
which herald Spring, ‘Tish

plums & apricots & joi

the companionship of a Good Dawg

The styling was more squared-off, versus the curved appearance of the original

small beer
after a hard day’s workan

Mister Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson - in jail - again

Miss Nina Simone

none o yr shit - boy

(she pauses, shouts, repeats, whispers and moans)

Nina & her guys

Oh, and Honourable Mentions to Fuck You, Penguin!

like a Disney character that ends up torturing Bambi’s mother while Bambi watches!

apricot & plum - oh, OK, joi! Jesu I miss Japan!

I believed in the band – I wanted the band to live


huff & puff & all that stuff

they fell apart around me

I drove, I cleaned, I scored, I refereed, I did EVERYTHANG!

and Bambi watched…

In 1986, the Triffids were on the bill of the Australian Made tour. Australia Made was the largest touring festival of Australian music talent that had ever been attempted to that point. Jimmy Barnes and INXS headlined and the rest of the line-up featured Mental as Anything, Divynils, Models, The Saints, I’m Talking [how did they get in there?] and The Triffids.

Anabasii, couriers of antiquity!

Anabasi. Couriers, apparently, o t Antiquities. (wouldn't trust em)

Can a Rev marry himself to the love of his life?  Question asked no definite answer given.

loulou - Ray Liotta can NEVER have you

yes, Hexie


nudiebell - says it all

Every Day Carry


Parishioners know that I am not a man of violence by any means;

preferring to reason with people holding differing ideas & attitudes.

Nonetheless, I do like to Be Prepared whenever I sally forth from The Reverendry.

This fellow has a particularly enlightening approach to preparedness –

his EDC and accoutrements (yes, ‘Tish, that’s French!)  are a little more versatile than my Go Bag,

but nowhere near as sexy!

My approach toward preparedness involves a series of increasingly comprehensive stand-alone modules, starting with my standard EDC at the top of the pyramid, then my supplemental EDC, a Go Bag, various vehicle kits, a GHB, my BoB (that I continually add/subtract individual modules to adapt to a particular situation), an INCH bag, and finally a safe room in my home where most everything is kept (along with several items that are simply too large/heavy/impractical to ever become mobile).

My standard EDC (at least as I choose to define it here) are items that I consistently have in my pockets anytime that I venture outside my neighborhood. [my italics] It does not include food, water, shelter, or the numerous other items that I carry in my laptop shoulder bag (when I actually use one), my Go Bag (which is always within close reach of me whether at home, in the car, or at the office) or the specialty items that I routinely carry when I venture into the wilderness.

AND he has a BMW!

I generally wear TNF Paramount convertible pants, so the Gerber is located in the RH vertical slit pocket, the keychain and mini Bic lighter are in the right front pocket, the MSK in the right front zippered pocket, and a second mini Bic lighter with an o-ring around the top to prevent accidental discharge of butane (not shown) and the OTC medications are carried in the left front pocket. I carry two lighters for the simple reason that I smoke, so the first is the one that I use daily, while the second one remains unused (insuring that I always have a full lighter if needed).

Although not truly EDC by my definition, I generally carry a Glock G27 .40 S&W with two spare magazines anytime that I leave the house, although more often than not it stays in the car while I am at the office, traveling by air to an event, or if I’m meeting with customers/clients.

remember, no liquids allowed...

Bless his little heed!

micro story 3


len cohen and tom were around

we were jannan cab sav, listnan to Lester, arguing about the best guitarist,

then jenny from The Jennys rang an said she was in town

we raced ouf the house like rats – you couldndnt even measure us !

we made it to her hotel in minutes!
and she had hardly any clothes on and a fulull bottle of SC
and a freezer full of cubes

I brought a stack of CDs
but tom thought his were better
len doesn’t have any of that stuff; he doesn’t listen to music that much…
but I made them listen to my new Mia Dysonn album.

tom thought it rocked
but jenny argued (after we heard it)
she said it was a little too “kind”
I know what she means – but it is a *nice* thing to say

jenny left for home the next day – she was only in town for a day

we took taxi back to oupes

len said “that jenny was *wonderful!*”

tom & I nodded in reply

micro story 1


antony walked carefully down the stairs

trying not to make too much creaking and cracking noise

when he reached the bottom

he saw a puddle of doona and pillows

it was his mother and sister

bundled up on the floor

he paused

and pushed the doona fully over them

and was rewarded with a sleepy mmmmmm

he continued to the kitchen

and had a small glass of water

then slowly, carefully tiptoed past the girls

and up the stairs

this was not the first time

Published in: on February 9, 2009 at 4:14 PM  Comments (2)  


Two blowflies、Parishioners,

so obviously In Love

one on the outside
the other within

I bless their Communion

A Tribute to John Cargher

Parishioners may recall

that I was quite fond of

The Man They Called John Cargher.

Vale John Cagher


Another Good Soul has left this earth, Parishioners. John Cargher, the power behind the remarkable Singers of Renown, passed away at his home in Melbourne on Wednesday on April 30th, four days after the broadcast of the final edition of Singers of Renown.

The program’s opening and closing theme is ‘Ho sognato una cassetta‘ from Puccini’s one-act opera Il Tabarro.

I am delighted that OUR ABC has just released A Tribute to John Cargher!

A 3 CD set featuring 2 CDs of his Singers of Renown programmes
– including John Cargher’s distinctive commentary
– and a disc of musical highlights from his other long-running program, Music for Pleasure.

Enjoi, Parishioners!