Book of Sayings
An old man's reflections and lessons learned for his children's children
I’ve been collecting famous, and not so famous, quotations since I was a teenager. Some are short pithy sayings, often axiomatic in nature, while others are more provocative and, at times, humorous. This book contains my reflections on those sayings and gives accounts of how they sometimes intersected with my life and taught me things. Ultimately, I hope my essays have some valuable lessons for young adults…including, of course, my children and their children.
Thank our lucky stars we have funny people in this world that keep us laughing.
“…approach living as if it’s an adventure and you’re at the center…not the center of attention but the center in the sense that you’re fully aware and engaged.”
Soon our rational mind and cooler emotions force us to really look at our partner and to analyze them on a scale of ‘liking’. It’s the make or break moment in any relationship.
What was novel was the belief that it was possible to work through thoughts and feelings, talk about them, and eventually find a way to change overall attitudes in such a way that they would alter behaviour, in a good way.
My quarrel with Maslow is basically about context. The ability to achieve the higher needs, like respect from the community or self-actualization, depends on a person’s circumstance.
You must be willing to make mistakes if you want to find answers.
Che Guevara once wrote, ‘If you are capable of trembling with indignation each time an injustice is committed in the world, we are comrades….”
Words may not always be effective or all that useful in communicating.
Those old black and white films are really just shades of grey. There is very little black and white. A lot like life.
My “understanding” of this kind of abstract form of painting, Expressionism, was a slow process. At first, it looked trivial. It was through the paintings of Mark Rothko that I finally “got it
Bobby d's Locavore's Digest
Thinking globally, eating and drinking locally
This collection of stories reflect my experiences as an avid locavore. Over the years, as I’ve traveled through my region, or abroad, I’ve always made a point of visiting interesting local food and beverage producers. For me, they are rock stars.
My Locavore's manifesto has 4 basic rules: 1. Wherever you are, consume locally crafted foods and beverages; 2. Learn the stories of these farmers and producers, and share with others; 3. Travel lightly and buy carbon offsets for all your travels; and, 4. Enjoy the bounty of the planet and help to preserve it.
(Note: These stories are done with the technical advice and expertise of Louise McMullen.)
Stories from the world of wines, including my recommendations
My first memory of drinking wine was at my parents dining room table when I was barely a teenager. The meal was roast beef. The wine was red Bordeaux. The memory stuck. After my college years of consuming lots of beer and cheap wine I somehow developed a palette for fine wine. At university, I took a wine course, acted as a teaching assistant for that course, and eventually taught the same course. Since then I’ve visited many wineries, talked to experts and traveled to many of the world’s best wine regions. For me, wine is a healthy drink which is more than an accompaniment to a meal…it is an integral part of a meal…and my life.