The forecast calls for chill

The forecast calls for chill

Somewhere along the line, someone decreed that today would be “National Relaxation Day!”

I’m down with that! And it’s a perfect time to pass along my sincere wish that you have an amazing and low-stress day!

This happens to be a regular day off for me. I realize that I may not have a lot of company, this being a Wednesday and all.

But whether you’re on or off the clock, I certainly hope there’s a healthy dose of tranquility and fun in your day.

If the outlook for your day doesn’t seem to be all that mellow, this may be a good opportunity to do what you can to turn it into a more serene scene.

My perfectly-chilled bottle of Pinot Grigio and I are rooting for you.

 

 

A delighted denizen of chilltown, I am,

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

 

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Happy Moon Day 2018, Folks!

Happy Moon Day 2018, Folks!

Yes, it is National Moon Day today. We observe it on July 20th each year because Neil Armstrong first walk on the Moon’s surface on this date back in 1969.

And, yes, I do remember exactly what I was doing on the day! I was touring the U.S. with a high school choral group called the Young Floridians in Concert. We were sponsored by Central Florida YFC and were travelling through upstate New York on that day, heading for our next show.

To help in some small way to mark this auspicious day, I’m contributing one of my own Moon shots I like the best.

You’re welcome!

If you’d like to leave a comment, especially if you have a story to share about what you were doing on that day, please feel free!

 

“Moondog Ben” Basile

 

 

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It’s the 4th of July and this time…

It’s the 4th of July and this time…

It’s the 4th of July and this time our celebration is not like any other year in the 242 year history of our country.

The buffoon whose elevation to the highest office in the land occurred in January of 2017 has proved to be an unmitigated disaster for the USA. This #PoserPrez seems to spend all of his time watching Fox Noise, thinking of new ways to insult our allies and undo the considerable legacy of Barack Obama, all the while searching for new and disgusting strategies to cozy up to his man-crush, Vladimir Putin.

Well, when he’s not a Mar-a-Lago playing golf, that is.

There are so many dimensions to the tragedy unfolding in our corporate life today. As we come to the day on which we celebrate our Independence, it can be a challenge to choose exactly what it is about tRump and tRumpism that sucks the worst.

Is it his cruelty and arrogance? His hard-to-believe, near-total ignorance of the history of our nation? The fact that he knows less-than-zero about how the levers of government work?

Could it be the fact that he demonstrates no interest in carrying out the duties of the Presidency? Is it his complete and thoroughly-documented general incompetence?

Maybe it’s his constant lying, exaggerating, denying, minimizing and just completely making shit up?

Honestly, it’s hard to choose. Pick one. Keep in mind that my short list here is far from complete. Truthfully, I barely scratched the surface.

For me, it’s easy. It’s the fact that our #LyingLoserPrez is trying to march the country towards Fascism. All the signs are there. He is undermining the First Amendment’s protection of journalism, of a free press. He screams “fake news” whenever anyone in the media points out one of his constant lies or just refuses to flatter him sufficiently in their stories.

He is setting us up for a foray into fascism with his constant “other-rizing” of immigrants and minority groups, pushing them farther and farther to the edge of our society and making them vulnerable to having their rights limited or taken away altogether.

Our constitution mandates that everyone within the jurisdiction of the United States receives the protections it affords. Not only citizens. But our unPOTUS still feels perfectly at liberty to separate children from their parents, some of whom are as young as six months, and then lock them in cages; the few places we have been permitted to see where kids have been interned look startlingly like dog kennels.

And this is happening to families whose only crime is the misdemeanor of crossing the border illegally. That describes, roughly, 90% of the families and individuals who have been rounded up by ICE or the Border Patrol. If people crossing the border are asking for asylum, their coming to the U.S. is no crime at all! But they’re being interned and having their children taken anyway without a case being opened for their asylum request.

This would-be tyrant is also fond of ignoring the rule of law. Of acting as though the law of the land simply doesn’t apply to him. And–to compound the felony here–he believes that he has unfettered power to pardon, not only all his family and friends and staff who have engaged in criminal behavior along with him, but to pardon himself!

Right! That’s never been done in the United States. And wrap your mind around this stark reality: our President is claiming the right to pardon himself for crimes he keeps insisting he has not committed! It’s insane! And about 25% of the American people have no problem with it. Or any other criminal outrage coming from the accursed occupant of our White House.

So Happy 4th of July, patriot! Reflect on the unhappy state of our nation today. And resolve to defend Lady Liberty from the many crimes and outrages committed by this petty, corrupt madman. This thoroughly incompetent madman, at that!

And join your fellows in the resistance movement. If we don’t make common cause with one another and defend our once-great nation from this usurper, his enablers and minions, this 242nd celebration for America may be the last one where all her citizens enjoy the full rights and blessings granted them by the Constitution.

 

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

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National Love a Tree Day!

National Love a Tree Day!

Well, that’s what day it is! I’m feeling like they made one of those cool “National Days” just for me!

I love trees. I worship trees! No, I do! I’m just so tickled that this day does, in fact, exist! If it didn’t, I’d try hard to create it!

The banner photo is of a tree or two that I’ll remember for a very long time. Put a trip to Moss Park on your fun list today. That gem is in southeast Orange County, Florida.

And these three at the bottom are special, too. I’m making my way back to the old neighborhood soon to see them again.

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Hey, tree-lover! Get out there and admire a tree or two today. And then give him a big hug! With all that trees do for our species, so many others and for the planet, they certainly have earned our admiration and a caress or two from grateful humans!

And not just today! The Arbor Day Foundation is a non-profit based in Nebraska and its mission is to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. To learn more about the work of the ADF, follow this link.

 

 

An earnest and devout lover of trees, I am,

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

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Reflections on Mothers Day

Reflections on Mothers Day

I do want to wish a most Happy Mothers Day to any Moms who read this humble blog post! Here’s hoping your day is wonderful in every way.

My own mother passed about four years ago. She was a good mother, loved the three of us with her whole heart. Like all moms–and all fathers, too, of course–she had her issues and shortcomings, but she was a tender and loving soul and we never doubted that she loved us intensely. Much love to you today, Lois Marie Basile!

Having that intense and unconditional love is a great blessing in life and I’m acutely aware that not everyone enjoys that blessing on this day of celebration.

If you’re a Mom, I truly do wish you the very best today. Keep loving those kids–of any age–in that crazy, over-the-top way that Moms do; they need it!

If you’re celebrating with your Mom, get all in with it! She deserves it.

For those of you who may have serious issues with your parents–maybe with your Mom–I sincerely hope it can be made better. Do all you can to try to make that happen.

If it’s a situation of complete estrangement, I grieve with you. You have my best wishes, too. I mean that.

For those of you who–like me–don’t have your Mom anymore, I hope you find strong comfort today in remembering her love. Pass some of that around.

Every day of the year.

 

 

Ben Lawrence Basile

 

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Hoppy Easter to my friends!

Hoppy Easter to my friends!

I have just a couple of thoughts for you early on this Easter morning.

The first is that I wish all my friends who commemorate this day a most joyous Easter! If this holiday has little or no meaning for you as a religious observance, let me say that I wish you a delightful spring, full of new, budding insights and lots of time and opportunity to reflect on beginnings,  new growth and moving in new directions! And a burst or two of youthful energy and inspiration thrown in for good measure!

The second thing I want to get into in today’s post is that I don’t have a lot of use for April Fool’s Day. Although an occasional prank may tickle my funny bone without making me loathe the prankster, I find about 90% of what goes on on AFD to be really annoying and I believe it all too often degenerates into a thinly-veiled exercise in bullying and humiliation.

It’s such a good thing that a lot of people no longer find humor in some of those overly-done, passive-aggressive capers that used to be all the rage on the 1st of April!

There is a lot of buzz right now about the fact that Easter is falling on April Fool’s Day this year. I couldn’t remember it ever happening. As it turns out, it did back in 1956. So there aren’t a lot of folks around who have actually experienced this rare event. The next time we’ll see these two very different celebrations fall together will be 2027.

God only knows what kinds of crazy stuff some folks may get into today!

It’s possible, I suppose, that some who can’t bear to let AFD pass without doing something outrageous in the name of fun will find a way to roll together religious ardor and springtime pranksterism! No doubt we’ll hear of some such thing before the 2nd of April rolls around!

In the likely event that such stuff does happen in the next few hours, I’m thinking that yours truly will most likely not be impressed.

The Easter day truth is that wishing my peeps a “Hoppy Easter” is about as far as I’m willing to go in creating mischief on this “eggstradinary” day!

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

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