Saturday, May 28, 2011

From One Kiss to the Next

Your eyes are closed.
The warmth of your lips
is still lingering on mine.
The world has melted away.
All that exists,
all that has any meaning
is here.
Right now.

One hand caresses your face.
The other strokes your back
(looking for wings).
Almost unreal is this moment.
Your eyes are still closed
as I drink of you.

You look at me and I melt.
A smile and my heart
explodes with joy
within me.
A touch and my very being
cries out to hold you.

How does one vie
for the affection of an angel?
What must one do
to prove oneself
worthy of her love?
How can mere words
express the love in my heart for her?
…And not scare her away?

Oh God in heaven!
Grant me this one prayer:
Let me be the man she needs;
she desires;
that she’s been praying for.
Or wake me from this dream ‘fore I die.

All this is the cry of my heart
as I look upon you.
With your eyes still closed.
From one kiss
to the next.

J.P. Wiegand
©Emittravel 2003

The moment between. If one is even capable of thinking during that time, what would be the thoughts. Do you remember such a moment in your life? Go ahead. Take a moment. Remember. And then, take another moment and share it. I'd love to read about it.


© Emittravel 2011

Stuff My Brain Says #10

Just remember: it is far easier to bear one's cross, than to be one bare on a cross. (Thank you Jesus!)

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Stuff My Brain Says #9

I find it amazing that climate change alarmists can claim that hurricanes and tornados are evidence of global warming, but when temperatures dip to record freezing they say, “Move along, move along. Nothing to see here.”

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Stuff My Brain Says #8

The Cleveland Water Department is about to hike rates. One of the reasons given was that there has been a continuing decrease in water use - 80% of the costs for the system are "fixed". So, conserving water results in higher rates. Time to go and let the sprinklers RUN so the costs can go down?!?

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Stuff My Brain Says #7

I figured it out: ObamaCare is the government's way of shoring up Social (in)Security. The less people that reach retirement age the less that has to be paid out, thereby keeping it afloat!

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Stuff My Brain Says #6

Posted as a comment concerning Warren Buffet and Bill Gates discussion on why taxes are too low for the wealthy:

These guys are a joke. If they would just take the standard deductions they would pay more in taxes, but they don't. They use all the available write-offs and loop-holes available. So, they are saying that the only way to get them to pay more in taxes is to have the government FORCE them? Hypocrites. How about just writing a bigger check, or declining any refunds?

And mathematically their argument does not work. If you take all of their wealth, not just their income but sell everything they own, and give it to the government, it wouldn't fund it for four months. THEN where do you go to get the money? It's not an income problem, it is an outgo (spending) problem. When the government consistently spends more than comes in, no amount of income will fix it.

An old saying: When your outgo exceeds your income, your upkeep becomes your downfall!

© Emittravel 2011

Sunday, May 8, 2011

The Writer's Curse

Here it is again
that familiar drawing to write
The ache in the heart
that causes both pleasure
and pain
The irresistible urge to express
and the compulsion to run away

There is no escape
I must pour out what’s inside
To not is to numb my soul
devoid my life of its meaning
I know not what will come out
Let the words come forth
Ride the wave of emotion
until its final crash to shore

No choice but to give in
Pick up the pen
Scrawl my passion
upon a tablet for all to read
Give in to the moment
and seek the blessing
of the writer’s curse

J.P. Wiegand
©Emittravel 2005

I was driving home one evening and was overwhelmed by the urge to write. I believe, no matter what mode of artistic expression you use, that this is a very familiar urge. As soon as I got home I sat down and started writing. I was a bit surprised to see what came out; totally unexpected. I dedicate this blog entry to one of my favorite writers:

Thanks Joan for your inspiration! -j.p.

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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Stuff My Brain Says #4

I'm perfectly fine with someone burning the flag, the Bible, or Koran. I wouldn't do it myself, but I'm fine with someone else doing it. Think about it: the flag REPRESENTS our nation. Our nation is founded on liberty. The First Amendment guarantees us the right to free speech. Burning the flag is a statement that one disagrees with this nation in some way. It is only a piece of cloth. If you take away the right to make that statement you have done more damage to liberty than the burning of that piece of cloth. What it represents is intangible. You can't hurt liberty by destroying a symbol of it.

Same with the Bible or Koran. I don't care if someone buys a copy and burns it. Doesn't matter. What did they do? They burned paper, ink, and possibly a leather binding. That's it. Christians claim the Bible to be the Word of God. It is a holy book. What makes it holy? That particular copy, or what the words represent/say? Would a copy published by a Christian company be any more holy than one published by a secular one? The Word of God is not so fragile that it will fail if a copy of it is burned. Same with the Koran. Muslims believe it is a holy book as well. Why do they get so upset if a physical copy is burned? Don't the words live beyond the printed page? Would deleting the Bible or Koran app (is there such a thing?) from your iPhone be considered the same thing as destroying a physical copy?

© Emittravel 2011

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Stuff My Brain Says #3

Would it change the argument any if we started calling them by the flip titles of Anti-Choice and Pro-Death?

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Stuff My Brain Says #2

How come the gas prices are quick to go up when the price of oil per barrel goes up, but take forever (if at all) for the prices to go down when the price of oil per barrel goes down?

My point: The price of oil dropped to $112/barrel with the death of Osama bin Laden, but the price at the pump went UP ten cents! Don’t tell us that the price at the pump is related to the price per barrel only when it goes up, but conveniently ignore that supply & demand rule when it goes down.

© Emittravel 2011

Monday, May 2, 2011

Stuff My Brain Says

For those who have been reading this blog will note that I tend to write sometimes long, but always well-thought out articles. I normally don't post a link to an article, or a picture, with a comment or two. The bright side is that you the reader get to read articles that try to establish a point or two. The not-so bright side is that I find that I'm posting once or twice a month.

I was having a conversation with my wife, a.k.a "my better half", and she noted that I've been posting short quips to my Facebook page that I don't post to this blog. She stated that the comments are quick, poignant, and sometimes funny, and would give readers of my blog other insights into MHBAO. In other words, give them spoon fulls instead of steam shovel fulls all of the time. Keep writing the full articles, but eliminate the larger gaps between posts.

She is not only beautiful, but extremely wise.

So, in being the good husband and actually LISTENING to my wife, I will start posting these thoughts under the heading of "Stuff My Brain Says". Some will be posted as they strike me, others will be from some of the previous comments I've made on Facebook.

So here is the first installment of "Stuff My Brain Says". Enjoy!

"What? What do you mean: 72 sturgeons?!?" - Osama bin Laden (in honor of his death and burial at sea)

© Emittravel 2011