James M. Emmerling

James M. Emmerling
June 24
Immemorial enjoyment is the most solid of all titles. Tindal, C.J., In the Matter of the Serjeants-at-Law (1840)
There is no heroic poem in the world but is at bottom a biography, the life of a man; also it may be said, there is no life of a man, faithfully recorded, but is a heroic poem of its sort, rhymed or unrhymed. Thomas Carlyle


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 The science of religion is one science within philosophy;

indeed it is the final one.

In that respect it presupposes the other philosophical disciplines

and is therefore

a result!"


I must admit, I admire this new Pope. His humility & all that.Read full post »

 I didn’t always hate Mother’s Day. I really loved it , when I had a mother. But this will be my 10th holiday without one, and it just makes me really depressed.


I had a mother for 37 years, 2 months, 28 days.  She died in the middle/… Read full post »

 Sweet May hath come to love us,
Flowers, trees, their blossoms don;
And through the blue heavens above us
The very clouds move on.


 I am so happy it is finally May.

It is going to bring us all together...albeit somewhat  separately…for…there is s… Read full post »



 From the saints I must take the substance,

not the accidents of their virtues.

I am not St. Aloysius, nor must I seek holiness in his particular way, but according to the requirements of my own nature, my own character and the different conditions of my life.


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 Rena Oblong flicked her forefinger at my nose a few times to wake me up.

She stood over me in a sheer sleeveless gauzy white article that ended a few inches above her knees.

“Hey, do you have a passport?” she said.

“Yes, and may IRead full post »



  • When finally interpreted, the genetic messages encoded within our DNA molecules will provide the ultimate answers to the chemical underpinnings of human existence.

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APRIL 24, 2014 4:55PM

Fuck Spring, Goddammit!



  Dip down upon the northern shore,
O sweet new year, delaying long;
Thou doest expectant nature wrong,
Delaying long; delay no more.




The Spring is suddenly out there, outside my sheltered (still Winter) existence of staying inside.


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Immanuel Kant:


  •  It is therefore correct to say that the senses do not err — not because they always judge rightly, but because they do not judge at all.
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Well, they’ll stone ya when you’re trying to be so good
They’ll stone ya just a-like they said they would
They’ll stone ya when you’re tryin’ to go home
Then they’ll stone ya when you’re there all alone
But I would not feel so all alone
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 She's looking into my eyes, and shes a-holding my hand
She looks into my eyes, she's holding my hand
She say, "you cant repeat the past,"
I say "You can't? What do you mean you can't? Of course you can"





 The first episode of/… Read full post »



Ninety percent of our lives is governed by emotion. Our brains merely register and act upon what is telegraphed to them by our bodily experience. Intellect is to emotion as our clothes are to our bodies; we could not very well have civilized life without clothes,Read full post »

APRIL 14, 2014 11:38AM

OPEN CALL: What Could it All Mean?

It is a paradoxical but profoundly true and important principle of life

that the most likely way to reach a goal is to be aiming not at that goal itself

but at some more ambitious goal beyond it.




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Even though the realms of religion and science in themselves are clearly marked off from each other, nevertheless there exist between the two strong reciprocal relationships and dependencies. Though religion may be that which determines the goal, it has, nevertheless,Read full post »






We cannot avoid
Using power,
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Thomas Hobbes

 (His   famous 1651 book Leviathan established the agenda for nearly all subsequent Western political philosophy..)

 “the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short...”




 This is an Open Call, which means/Read full post »

 Systems, scientific and philosophic, come and go. Each method of limited understanding is at length exhausted. In its prime each system is a triumphant success: in its decay it is an obstructive nuisance.

Alfred north Whitehead



I was watching the news in bed with Rena… Read full post »




Well then! Jesus is single, and Christian, and “on the market”, so to speak.


This doesn’t jibe with a lot of stuff I have read about him in the New Testament, but everyone knows it was written by people who never even met him.


He… Read full post »

April is coming.

Probably the best known literary quote about it is of course T.S. Eliot’s.

April is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.



 He was an expatriate American poet/… Read full post »

MARCH 27, 2014 12:39PM

Shut Up about the Goddamn Plane!

 For the love of God, please!


CNN tells me of “debris fields…300 potential pieces!”


Someone mentions , re . the debris, that they (it?) are in the clutch of “the Antarctic circumpolar currents going west to east…moving laterally, and morphing , l… Read full post »

 ee Cummings:


"   I'd rather learn from one bird how to sing
than teach ten thousand stars how not to dance"



 First of all, I have made my choice about which Media to watch.


To my delight, itRead full post »

MARCH 22, 2014 11:24AM

Rant! Against WORLD WATER DAY, today.

 Today, March 22nd, is WORLD WATER DAY.

Has been for  21 years now…it’s been observed on 22 March since 1993 when the United Nations General Assembly declared 22 March as "World Day for Water".


Water is the foundation of life, the most common of liquids…

Even… Read full post »





As I was half-dozing last night, with the news on, hearing about Putin’s latest statement, something about “ a deep search in the Indian Ocean, trying to find whatever it was he spotted” …and of course the situation in the Crimea , where maRead full post »

Where is the plane,

And what of the Ukraine?


Torn from contemplation of metaphysical matters---lately, the relationship betwixt the body and mind---I am hooked on television.

My hippie sister doesn’t have a tv. She gets her news from NPR. She knows things I should know, but… Read full post »

MARCH 16, 2014 2:07PM

The Lessons of Bacchanalia




Some of us turn off the lights and we live
In the moonlight shooting by
Some of us scare ourselves to death in the dark
To be where the angels fly








Today, I am told by reliableRead full post »

MARCH 14, 2014 10:31AM

Invitation To a Dust Up


 I don’t give a damn what you want to argue about. I just wanna argue.

About: Politics, Religion, Sexuality…

or more interesting topics, like Cats Vs. Dogs ….

 Maybe we can trade theories on where the fuck that goddamn plane is, and what happened to it.Read full post »