Tuesday, September 12, 2017


This is the Winchester House in San Jose, CA.

This is Sarah Winchester, who owned it.
She was the wife of William Wirt Winchester and heiress to his estate and a 50% holding in the Winchester Repeating Arms Company following his death from tuberculosis in 1881.  According to legend, she believed she was possessed by evil spirits, possibly because of her connection to Winchester rifles.  It is said that she believed she would not die as long as construction was still ongoing in the house, hence the "phantom" stairways & doors, 
when she ran out of other things to do.  
It didn't work; she died in 1922.

The reason I brought all this up is that my son referred to my blogging as my own personal Winchester House.  I am 82 years & he thought that as long as I had yet to be published blogs, 
I believed I would not die.  
I am about two months ahead in my blogging & I try to write one or two a day.  
I wrote this one on July 25th.  
I don't believe it but I hope he's right.
So far, so good!!

I believe that our country will survive Trump's presidency.
After all, we've lived through having a compassionate president; Lincoln.
And an (almost) president for life; Roosevelt,
Two near invisible presidents; Eisenhower & Ford,
And a lying president; Nixon.
Surely we can take four years of Trump.

I believe that people are inherently good. 

I believe that puppies can make anyone feel better.
I know this picture always makes me happy:

I believe that music hath charms to soothe the savage breast.
This piece is almost  hypnotic:

I'm not sure if I believe in an all powerful God or not.  
I'm an agnostic leaning towards atheism.  
When I die, I expect there to be nothingness.  
If there actually is a God, I will be pleasantly surprised!!
I've always liked this song, anyway:

I believe I'll go have something to eat----fishducky



  1. My mother loved Ravel's Bolero. We played it (loudly as she always did) at her funeral.
    I too am an agnostic leaning towards atheism.
    Have you noticed that Christians (of various flavours) are the only ones who come to your door and attempt to convert you?

    1. Loved that you played "Bolero" for your mom. I've never had Jehovah's Jews come to my door!!

  2. I love the cartoon about cheeses :)
    If I die before you I'll let you know what's up there so you can be prepared.

  3. This made me think of something I was thinking about the other day. How weird would it be to write a post and schedule it for years ahead to pop up a couple years after I died. Ok thats wrong but thats my wit sometimes.

    1. I only schedule mine a month or so ahead!!

    2. For that to work, you'd have to know when you are going to die.

    3. Birth certificates should come with an expiration date!!

  4. You just have to love Snoopy...He is my hero :)

    At 82 you are still going strong Fran, I hope you are on to something to prevent the inevitable.

    1. I'm not going as strong as I used to, but at least I'm STILL going!!

  5. I remember seeing a documentary about Sarah and the endless construction on that weird house! Fascinating!

    I tend to believe in reincarnation, but if there is nothing at all I won't be disappointed. Not something we can know until we get there--LOL! None of our business, if you know what I mean. We should be more concerned with living right where we are and focusing on what kind of life we believe in living. I chose to believe in all forms of love and compassion and aiming in that direction to the best of my ability. If I am wrong, I don't think I will regret not being a selfish, cruel a$$hole--LOL!

    Speaking of--loved the "Trump" joke. True, in the cartoon he's bald, but I think you know which one I'm talking about--hehe! ;)

    1. I honestly don't know which cartoon you mean!!

    2. businessman to lawyer: Most people recognize the difference between right and wrong? Why wasn't I informed of this?" ;)

  6. I totally lost it on the first one. I can so see that. Can't believe you are so far ahead on your posts. I barely make it once a week. I'm a bit of a weak believer. Kind of "I'd rather believe and be wrong than not believe and be wrong." Think that is called covering your bases. However if we just blank out, I'm good with that.

  7. Scientifically speaking...energy is neither created nor destroyed, but changes form. I don't know where we go, what we do, or what we become...but nothing just ends. There's a transformation of some kind. Only my opinion, of course! Whether we're conscious of it or not, our energy is recycled somehow.

    1. I've seen people who are brain dead (in my opinion) but somehow still move & function!!

  8. I grew up near the Winchester Mystery House. Quite bizarre!

  9. My mom was a deeply religious Catholic. She believed everything they told her and she prayed all the time. Her life was hard but she accepted everything that came her way and insisted that some day, she would get her reward in heaven. I don't believe in an afterlife but do know that part of us is passed on through our DNA, and I look at my daughter's eyes and see my mother. It is a comfort.

  10. All in all this was a bloody great post, liked all the cartoons and the house just so you know

  11. Enjoying your blog and the cartoons especially the atheist "doorknockers". We have a sign on our door to deter salesmen but the religious ones don't seem to think it is for them! I hope you keep blogging for many more years.

  12. Good one Fran. Maybe that's why I continue to write as well. I loved the cartoon about he blank pamphlet. It made me snort.


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