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Quips, sayings and novel expressions by Frank Ellsworth Lockwood

Short Stuff I Wrote

On questioning foreign policies
Most people seldom question the foreign policies of the US unless they have some kind of economic stake in the outcomes.

On American Acquisions 
Collectively, Americans formed an acquiring culture.

On rationalizing military actions
Americans' capacity to rationalize military actions knows almost no bounds.

On the guy in the sky
If you are on a “path to meet our creator,” you have missed the train. God is not the guy in the sky at the end of your life. God is life itself! You don’t have to wait to “meet the creator.” The creator is everywhere, all around us, in us, above us, below us and among us. Cheers.

On looking for a fight?
Wise saying: People who go looking for a fight will usually find one. Cheers?

On ovens of denial
A generation seeped in ignorance will be baked in ovens of denial, and the children will forage in the refuse of failed civilizations.

On inch-worm thinking (To my Green Party friends)
Please let’s stop thinking in either-or, all-or-nothing terms. We don’t win or lose, we progress or we recede. We gain in smaller or larger increments, and like the little green inch-worm who climbs to the highest limbs, we despise not the day of small things. #inchwormthinking #greenparty

On indisputable arguments
If I argue with myself, I usually win the argument.

On wars “sold” to the public
If a war is such a bad idea that it must be “sold to the public,” you can bet it is an unnecessary war.

On merchants of death
For the merchants of death: One exuse is good as another to sell guns ... or anything else for that matter, up to and including wars.

On resistance
We have no other option but to resist.
We must resist when our political system is hijacked by an irresponsible and corrupt oligarchy.
We must resist when they see the world as their rightful possession.
We must resist unnatural privilege and assumed, divine rights.
We have the giveaway of our democracy to a corporate elite.
We have no other option but to resist.

On joining dog fights
If you are going to get into a dogfight, please come out snarling and snapping.

On duty and truth
We have a duty to speak our truth, but an obligation to listen to the truths of others.

On our truth versus The Truth
Our truth is never entirely The Truth. There is always more to a story. There is always a bigger picture.

On the human “nose”
The human “nose” should be developed to detect things that stink.

On election results
People have an enormous capacity to fool themselves. I should say, “To fool ourselves.” We are rarely aware that we are doing this.

On perceptions
It is so easy to believe the world matches our own biases and perceptions. It often doesn’t.

On the high seas of global politicking
What if every blustering general were kept afloat by a cluster of corporations and banks, all fomenting wars? Huh? What then?

On taking advantage of the confusion
The Democrat and Republican parties are falling apart at the seams in 2016. It would be a real shame if we did not take advantage of the confusion, in order to make good things happen.

On war and personality
Wars never make us over into "who we want to be." Not really.

On diabolical transformation
Someone once told me: "In peace we find who we want to be: In war we discover what we are." But that is not so. In reality, in war we are disfigured, made into something  that we never wanted to be: War is the agent of a diabolical transformation. And later, when we want to become our best selves, we simply cannot undo the makeover.

On remembering voices:
I remember voices from when I was ten years old. Especially that of Ben Roskoni. His booming voice resonated like through his over-sized nose like a foghorn. When he spoke, it seemed the cabin rumbled on it's stilts, and when he laughed, everyone laughed along with him.

On perceived threats
In government, as in religion, not every perceived threat is real.

On my two-bits
I always like to put in my quarter's worth, even if it isn't worth two-cents!

On the Good Book
From a religious perspective, A holy book is the Word of God.  From a spiritual perspective, Everything is The Word of God. From an unbeliever's perspective, Everything is The book of life.

On facts and debates
When I was a kid, I used to wonder how people could be so smart, to have all these facts and figures on the tips of their tongues in debates. Now I know: They make them up!

Older Stuff

On "the right path"
The truth is like a forest: We are all on a road that leads to understanding. Like on a road trip, however, we must look out the windows of life if we are to see where we have been and where we are going. There are many such windows, but if we  pull down the blinds we might as well be sitting still.

The important thing is not to get hung up in a comfortable spot: We should not be afraid to move along with the truth as it becomes apparent to us. (From The Truth 07/27, 2014

Resist the devil: He may not flee from you but he will be shown for who and what he is. (From Resisting the Devil, 11/21/2014

My Dad's Sayings

"Most people just don't know when they are well off." (Frank Edward Lockwood, 1921 - 2007)

"You just don't know when to keep your mouth shut." (Oh, Dad, you were so right. And I still have not learned!)

"Too soon old and too late smart"

"We are good neighbors: He minds his business and I mind mine." (Oh Dad, the two seem to overlap nowadays.)

On presidential truths
According to my dad, "If the President of the United States says something, you can bet your life that it is true." (He was an Eisenhower Republican: I happen know, he changed his mind when a Democrat was elected.)

"If you know there is going to be trouble someplace, stay away from there."

"You didn't hold your mouth right." He always said that when I was fishing and did not get any bites.

"If the bucket has a hole in it, you better plug that hole." (With reference to money and budgets.)

"If you keep doing that you are going to end up in the poor house." (Whenever I was wasteful with money.)

"Don't tell me: Show me."

"People just like to scare themselves."

"Some people, if they had a brain they would take it out and play with it."

"If you make your bed hard, you will have to lay in it."

"Don't shit in your own nest."

My Mom's Sayings

"Everything is just peaches and cream." (When things were going well.)

"Your father is the king of this house!"

"Your father knows best" (Sometimes spoken when she perhaps disagreed with him.)

"Think happy thoughts" (When she was putting us to bed.)

My Great Grandfather's Sayings

"Eat it; it is good for what ails you."

"Eat what's set before you."

"Ho, ho, ho." (Meaning unknown but he would repeat this over and over sometimes. I suspect it is what he said when he disagreed with whoever had been mouthing off -- expressing contrary views -- in the room.)

"You would kick if they hung you with a new rope." (If I complained)

"Eat it, that's the best part for you." (Speaking of things like, apple peelings, bread crusts etc.)

"Why, that's the best part for you!" (Spoken concerning apple peels, bread crusts etc.)

"He's just bored: Give him some work to do." (If I was cranky.)

"Pick that bone clean." (If I wanted more meat.)

"If you were still hungry that (chicken) bone would be clean as a whistle."

"Have some more (peas, green beans) " (If I was still hungry after dinner. He knew I hated peas and had an aversion to green beans as a kid."

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