Hello darkness, my old friend. Can you hear me, now? All I hear is The Sound Of Silence.

 

“The Sound Of Silence”

Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence

In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
‘Neath the halo of a streetlamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence

And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never share
No one dare
Disturb the sound of silence

“Fools” said I, “You do not know
Silence like a cancer grows
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you”
But my words like silent raindrops fell
And echoed in the wells of silence

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the sign said “The words of the prophets
Are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls
And whispered in the sounds of silence”

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Traveling With Pets.

From the home page of PetFriendlyTravel.com:

“Traveling with pets is easy with our guide to pet friendly vacation rentals, hotels and motels, beaches, campgrounds, restaurants & bars, airports, shopping malls, dog parks and much more!”

Visit the Pet Friendly Travel website to learn more.

Oh, and by the way, you may also be interested in a Roland’s Ramblings encore blog entry; if so, just go on over to read:
Travel with your non-human family member. Vacation with your dog.

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Pat Paulsen – The Man Who Would Be President

Bonus!  A Roland’s Ramblings Encore Presentation:
          * President Pat Paulsen,  Posted on September 29, 2008

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The Church Of What’s Happening Now!

“On this day in comedy in 1970 The Flip Wilson Show premiered on NBC.”

 
Flip Wilson created the role of Reverend Leroy, a fast talking Preacher that tells the truth as well as lying and conning you at the same time, who was the minister of the Church of What’s Happening Now!

The Flip Wilson Show was an hour-long television variety show that aired in the United States from September 17, 1970 to June 27, 1974. The show was one of the first American television programs starring a black person in the title role to become highly successful with a white audience.

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“When push comes to shove”

“When push comes to shove” is an idiomatic expression.

Do you know what it means? Well, maybe the following will help.

1. When matters must be confronted, when a crucial point is reached.
2. At a point when, or if, all else has been taken into account and matters must be confronted, one way or another.
3. When one must commit oneself to an action or decision.
“when push came to shove, I always stood up for him”
4. When the pressure is on; when the situation is critical or urgent; when the time has come for action, even if it is difficult.
“He is not a particularly talented builder, but when push comes to shove, he can usually get the job done.”

Follow the embedded link to see synonyms for “when push comes to shove.”

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Adult Children: Keep In Touch With Your Older Parents

As many times as I share things like this, it never seems to be enough. Far too many people let their “busy” lives be the excuse for not seeing their older parents and grandparents.

Parents are not around forever

It seems that no matter how often some people are reminded of this message, they still fail to heed it.
I am so glad that throughout my entire life, I have always tried to maintain contact not only with my parents and grandparents (now deceased, may they rest in peace) but with all my family and friends, so many of whom have left this corporal world.

Spend time with your parents_old couple in bed

May I suggest that you take a look at a Roland Hansen Commentary I published back on February 23, 2015?
You may view it by following the embedded link within its title here:
Call Your Parents and Grandparents. I agree with J. K. Simmons.

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I am still trying to be a better person.

Back on August 16, 2014, I conluded my Roland’s Ramblings entry with the following paragraph:

When Rich died, I made a pledge in his honor to try to be a better person. As I think of Rich each day, I also continue each day in my attempt to keep that pledge; and, I think I have made some progress. However, I feel I have fallen short. Therefore, on the anniversary of the death of my brother, Richard James Hansen, a good, kind hearted, selfless, generous, noble, patriotic, and gentle man, I renew my pledge and will continue to strive to become a better person.

ref: In Honor of my brother Richard James Hansen (January 10, 1945 – August 16, 2013)

Time and time again, I have fallen, and each time, I pick myself up, dust myself off, and start all over again.

Pick Yourself Up, Frank Sinatra – Lyrics

Now nothing’s impossible, I’ve found for when my chin is on the ground,
I pick myself up, dust myself off, and start all over again.
Don’t lose your confidence if you slip, be grateful for a pleasant trip,
And pick yourself up, dust off, start over again.
Work like a soul inspired until the battle of the day is won.
You may be sick and tired, but you be a man, my son.
Will you remember the famous men who have to fall to rise again,
So take a deep breath, pick yourself up, start all over again.

You gotta work like a soul inspired until the battle of the day is won.
You may be sick and tired, but you be a man, my son.
Will you remember the famous men who have to fall and then to rise again,
So take a deep breath, pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again.

Once again now:
Will you remember the famous men who have to fall and then rise again,
So take a deep breath, pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again.

That’s enough now.

Today is another one of those days that I realize I have strayed the course, and it is time to double down in my attempt to fulfill that pledge. It is not a pledge that I made lightly; and therefore, I will not abandon or forsake my solemn oath and promise.

I have found a couple articles that I hope will help me. If you think you may be interested in those articles, go on over to the embedded links for:
9 Ways To Be A Better Person
15 Ways to Become a Better Person

I can only hope that my family and friends will understand my shortcomings, accept the sincerity of my pledge, and help me in my honest desire to be a better person.

I NEED ALL THE HELP I CAN GET!

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