Posts Tagged 'Rebecca Kornbluh'

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/08/14


Compassion (Photo credit: elycefeliz)

Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity.”   —   Albert Camus


Generosity (Photo credit: Lawrence OP)


(Another quote that sounds funny, presumably because there is no real context to it.  It definitely sounds like he doesn’t like “charity”, which is a little strange because that does require at least a modicum of generosity.  Maybe he objects to a lot of the formality of charity, as opposed to simple generosity.  There are arguments that the reasons for giving to charities aren’t always altruistic.  Things like; religious obligation, tax benefits and ego issues:  Hey, look at me.  I gave this much to so and so, and this much to so and so, etc.  But, even the act of generosity can be viewed as less than altruistic.   “Cast our bread upon the waters, and it will come back to us tenfold”, which apparently is a misquoting of the Bible.  Giving and being kind is always a good thing, in my opinion, and the idea/belief that the universe is better off for it gives us those warm and fuzzy feelings.  But, I guess it’s a matter of expectation.  If you fully expect that your giving is going to result in your getting – tenfold, no less – then that act of giving/generosity is based on a kind of greed.  Many people give some pretty pricey gifts with the expectation that they will soon/eventually receive expensive gifts in kind.  To be truly generous you have to be able to give with no expectation of getting something in return.  Simple and compassionate acts of kindness, and simple gifts, would seem to be more in the spirit of true generosity.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/11/14

Anthony Burgess Museum 7, Manchester

Anthony Burgess Museum 7, Manchester (Photo credit: @mcnallyconsults)

Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone.”   —   Anthony Burgess

Alex from A Clockwork Orange

Alex from A Clockwork Orange (Photo credit: Gamma Man)

(I think Rebecca has been talking to my wife again!  The dog can still stand me . . . most of the time.  I really need to follow up on that sleep study.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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(Finally) Sunday Cryptoquote – 08/18/13


English: Oscar Wilde, photographic print on ca...

English: Oscar Wilde, photographic print on card mount: albumen. Español: Oscar Wilde, impresión fotográfica en papel de albúmina. Français : Oscar Wilde, une photographie connue. Tirage albumen sur carte. Gaeilge: Oscar Wilde, prionta ghriangraf ar cárta albaimin. Italiano: Oscar Wilde, una fotografia che ci sia pervenuta, ricavata da una stampa fotografica. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I dislike arguments of any kind.  They are always vulgar, and often convincing.”   —   Oscar Wilde

(From one of his plays.  Anyone know which one???  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/07/12

Washington Irving and his Literary Friends at ...

Washington Irving and his Literary Friends at Sunnyside (Photo credit: cliff1066™)

Historic continuity with the past is not a duty, it is only a necessity.”   —   Oliver Wendell Holmes

English: Original title: "The Gambrel-roo...

English: Original title: “The Gambrel-roofed House” Original caption: “Dr. Holmes’s birthplace in Cambridge. Built in 1730; torn down after the death of the Doctor’s mother inn 1862. It was General Ward’s headquarters in the Revolution, and General Warren slept there before the Battle of Bunker Hill.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(In my mind a necessity is greater/more important than a duty, so I don’t quite get Ollie’s use of the word only.  Sure, a duty is an obligation, but there’s still a level of choice involved in carrying out a duty, but a necessity is . . . a necessity!  Certainly, there are consequences to ignoring a duty, but ignoring a necessity – like eating or breathing – leads to a fairly rapid demise.  You wouldn’t think that someone like Oliver Wendell Holmes would use such a snarky tone, to emphasize the point.  To my way of thinking, the quote should be:  Historic continuity with the past is not only a duty, it is a necessity.  Regardless, this quote did make for a challenging cryptoquote.  It would have been a far greater challenge had they made the author less obvious.  Making it O.W. Holmes, or even Oliver W. Holmes, would have made decoding this that much harder.  As it was, the author name was like a key to solving this.  I wish the Cryptoquote people – Rebecca Kornbluh? – would read this blog and wise up!  They need to listen to their uncle!  LOL!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote (Gimme) Spoiler – 08/01/12

Henry David Thoreau by Vallotton in Guantanamo

Henry David Thoreau by Vallotton in Guantanamo (Photo credit: Eugenio Hansen, OFS)

The broadest philosophy is narrower than the worst poetry.”   —   Henry David Thoreau

(Not the biggest poetry fan, so I don’t really get this.  And, I don’t really care.  All I know for sure is as tough as yesterday’s Cryptoquote was . . . today’s was ridiculously easy.  The words “THE” and “THAN” almost jumped off the page, and the author was also a huge give away.  Whenever I see a three word/name author, with words of that length, I immediately think of two authors.  Today’s author and Ralph Waldo Emerson.  I really wish for some of these more recognizable, quotable authors they would vary the name, a la Ralph W. Emerson or R.W. Emerson.  I probably just need to avert my eyes away from the author more, like I do with the cartoon in the Jumble.  On a fun note, queries for yesterday’s Cryptoquote outnumbered the queries for the Jumble.  I think that’s a first.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote FAILURE! – 07/31/12

Question mark

Question mark (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sorry, people!  I don’t seem to have it, today.  I was playing around with it starting with TO HAVE, and with the author being JAMES HOWELL(?), but the rest is not falling into place.  No single letter words, no THE, no double letter words, and nothing ending in ING – that I can see.  Two cups of coffee, and still nothing!  Anybody have any good hints to get me started???   —   YUR

English: Gold bars created by Agnico-Eagle

English: Gold bars created by Agnico-Eagle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Okay.  Here it is, friends.  Thanks to a few anonymous commentators, and Grandpa!

To have gold brings fear; to have none brings grief.”   —   James Howell

I kinda gave up on it.  Just not with it, today, I guess.  Sorry to let you guys down.   —   YUR

(Delayed) Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/08/12


Fox News channel store in the airport

Fox News channel store in the airport (Photo credit: ario_)

To treat your facts with imagination is one thing, to imagine your facts is another.”   —   John Burroughs

(Anyway you look at it, I think that this quote sums up FOX News so much better than their tagline: “Fair and Balanced”!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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