Some Halloween thoughts, old and new
"I don't know that there are haunted houses. I know that there are dark staircases and haunted people."
"The saddest ghouls of Halloween sit in darkened houses as trick-or-treaters scurry past."
"For every bodiless spirit you encounter, there is a spiritless body you really don't want to run across."
"There are moonlit nights when the dead send their ghosts to haunt us -- and dark, misty nights when they come themselves."
"I don't know that there are real ghosts and goblins, but there are always more trick-or-treaters than neighborhood kids."
"Childhood ends when we realize that Santa Claus is make-believe, and the monster in the closet is for real."
"There is a lasting bond forged between two people who have hid together under the same bed."
The Grab Bag
"If you want your explanation accepted, stop explaining."
"To the skeptic, that which cannot be explained is a mystery. To the believer, that which cannot be explained is the explanation."
"It is not necessary that a truthful explanation be to anyone's satisfaction."
"I want to thank God for my life, which is to say, for this brief opportunity to explain myself."
"We all must live our life story, as much as we might prefer to live a synopsis."
"Science has always been less interested in when the world began than in when 2 + 2 started to equal 4."
"All science is reverse engineering, albeit with the steadfast insistence that there was no engineer to begin with."
"Every good speech contains a summary that would have made a great speech."
"The definition of insanity, said Einstein, is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result. And here I thought that was the definition of sex."
Today's cheery thought. In life we are all Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land, in death Faulkner's Intruder in the Dust.
I had this dream where I came face to face with God, and I said, "Lord, why did you create the world?" And God said, "That wasn't me."
"To be bound by our choices is not to have lost our freedom but to have exercised it."
"Failure is the insufficient foresight to have a fuzzy enough goal."
"Most long-married couples, one suspects, married for marriage."
~~ Robert Brault