The True Way

Have you ever braved the lonely road?
For we are here but a short time,
And the wind blows us all away.
Have you ever braved the lonely road
And found your true way?

Have you ever sung your own song?
For we are here but a short time,
And the wind blows us all away.
Have you ever sung your own song
And found your true way?

Have you ever loved?
For we are here but a short time,
And the wind blows us all away.
Have you ever loved

And found your true way?

Literary Challenges

Music for Me

For me, Pachelbel’s Canon represents the height of human elation, while Barber’s Adagio represents the depth of human sorrow. The third movement in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade is my most enjoyable piece, although Chopin, Ravel, and Debussy are all knocking at that gate.

Best Philosophy

Mushrooms, To Your Health

Netflix has an interesting documentary about mushrooms and other fungi called “Fantastic Fungi”. Not sure many people realize that mushrooms are technically not plants but, instead, their own separate class of organism: fungus, which live off of and decay dead organic matter.

Mushrooms have been getting a lot of recent attention by nutritionists and other scientists relative to their beneficial effect on the human body — Lion’s Mane for the health of the brain, Turkey Tail for fighting cancers, Chaga and Reishe to support the immune system, Cordyceps for the respiratory system.

The above types of mushrooms are just not available to me locally, but their mushroom powders are all available to me online, although expensive. But if their benefits are half as good as what is claimed, they are worth it.

Best Philosophy

Changing Markets

I think energy sector may be running out of steam, as it has come a long way in a short amount of time…oil may be peaking here, but it won’t be a drop — more of a sideways consolidation, I think. Just my opinion. Also, I’ve noticed a bearish sentiment emerging in the housing sector. The builders are all down today hard, as is Zillow. There’s talk the wood and other commodity prices are causing the builders problems. And housing prices have already gone through the roof — pun intended. It could well be that houses are now priced too high for the available buyers.

A Little Bit Crazy

Tiny Minority of One

I tend to be pro-Russian and pro-Putin, which makes me a tiny minority of one in the US. I think Putin has done a lot for Russia, including creating a very stable country over the last 2 decades — the last thing the West should want is an unstable Russia with its large nuclear arsenal. And he has acted with a lot of restraint relative to his foreign policy. Given that the clear majority of people in Crimea are Russian (56% versus 24% Ukrainian), the annexation of that country into Russia was justified and ultimately sanctioned by popular vote.

It’s unfortunate that the US doesn’t reverse course and seek closer ties with Russia. That would produce a safer and more stable world.

Modern Slave Trade