The Sleeping

"The sleeping and the dead

are but as pictures;

'tis the eye of childhood

that fears a painted devil."

-- Spoken by Lady Macbeth in the Scottish play, Act 2, Scene 2, by Shakespeare

-- Not to be confused with Laddie McBeth, who ran a drinking establishment in County Monaghan, Ireland, and who was known to announce near closing time: "The sleeping and the dead had better be out of my pub by 1 am or else I'll be calling the police!" 


Musical accompaniment: Symphony No. 6 (Pathetique) by Tchaikovsky


More random scribbles that never found their way into a blog ... until now ... Zzzzzz.....


There, Their, They're, Thayer

Writing. It involves words. Made up of letters. The right combination of letters. In the right positions. With the appropriate punctuation, if required.

Here is a handy listing of tricky words and definitions (courtesy of Webster) to reference whenever writing a letter to the editor, or commenting on a blog, or writing out a grocery list.


Feel free to cut out and place on refrigerator.

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your / adj : of or relating to you or yourself

you're / : abbreviation of you are

yore / n : time past and esp. long past - usually used in the phrase of yore, as in Poe's poem, The Raven: "Fancy unto fancy, thinking what this ominous bird of yore / What this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt, and ominous bird of yore / Meant in croaking 'Nevermore.'"


there / adj : in or at that place

there / pron : used as a function word to introduce a sentence

there / n : that place or position

their / adj : of or relating to them or themselves esp. as possessors

their / adj : his or her - used with an indefinite singular antecedent

they're / : abbreviation for they are

Thayer / Sylvanius 1785-1872; b. in Braintree, Mass.; American army officer & educator; considered the father of West Point


its / adj : of or relating to it or itself esp. as possessor

it's / : abbreviation of it is or it has

ITS / acronym for the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America), which according to its website ( "is the leading advocate for technologies that improve the safety, security, and efficiency of the nation's surface transportation system."

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The average American male lifespan is about 75 years. That being said, I liken life to the game of bingo.

For instance, bingo numbers run from B-1 to O-75, with 15 numbers per letter, as follows:

  • B-1 thru B-15 - Ages 1 thru 15. Youth.
  • I-16 thru I-30 - Teenage through early adult years.
  • N-31 thru N45 - Adult years toward middle age.
  • G-46 thru G-60 - Middle age toward maturity.
  • O-61 thru O-75 - Retirement toward end of life.

And like life, bingo can be cruel. For there you'll be, just one number away from a bingo, waiting for that one number to be called, waiting, waiting, waiting ... and then suddenly somebody from across the room yells "B-I-N-G-O!" thus stealing away your dream.

How typical!


Jack Sheedy, G-47

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