“Sunday Thoughts”

daylight-saving-time“I don’t mind going back to daylight saving time. With inflation, the hour will be the only thing I’ve saved all year.”

— Victor Borge



“One of the ways the telegraph changed us as humans was it gave us a new sense of what time it is. It gave us an understanding of simultaneity. It gave us the ability to synchronize clocks from one place to another. It made it possible for the world to have standard time and time zones and then Daylight Savings Time and then after that jetlag. All of that is due to the telegraph because, before that, the time was whatever it was wherever you were.”
— James Gleick

astronomicalclock“I don’t really care how time is reckoned so long as there is some agreement about it, but I object to being told that I am saving daylight when my reason tells me that I am doing nothing of the kind. I even object to the implication that I am wasting something valuable if I stay in bed after the sun has risen. As an admirer of moonlight I resent the bossy insistence of those who want to reduce my time for enjoying it. At the back of the daylight saving scheme I detect the bony, blue-fingered hand of Puritanism, eager to push people into bed earlier, and get them up earlier, to make them healthy, wealthy and wise in spite of themselves.”

— Robertson Davies

“How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?”

–Dr. Seuss


In case you haven’t done so already, please set your clocks forward one hour in observance of Daylight Savings Time, if applicable in your locale.
Also, today is a great day to change your batteries in your home smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and your HVAC thermostats.
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Press For Progress: Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day. In 107 years, since its inception, women have made great progress. But there is more to do. “Press For Progress” is the 2018 theme of the organization and for women everywhere. Progress for gender parity; progress towards eliminating stereotypes; progress in recognizing women of achievement in sports, business, politics, and all fields; and progress to influence others to recognize these actions as positive and to elevate women to an equal force and contributor to our World community.

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“I raise up my voice – not so I can shout but so that those without a voice can be heard. We cannot succeed when half of us are held back.”

–Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist and youngest Nobel Prize laureate




On March 8th, 2018; “On The Road With Dave” featured a custom header/banner in honor of International Women’s Day.  The background to the blog was bathed in Pantone’s Color of The Year, Ultra Violet. Purple is the official color of International Women’s Day.

IWD explains…

Internationally, purple is a color for symbolizing women. Historically, the combination of purple, green and white to symbolize women’s equality originated from the Women’s Social and Political Union in the U.K. in 1908. Purple signifies justice and dignity. Green symbolizes hope. White represents purity, but is no longer used due to ‘purity’ being a controversial concept. The introduction of the color yellow representing a ‘new dawn’ is commonly used to signify a second wave of feminism. Thus purple with green represents traditional feminism, purple with yellow represents progressive contemporary feminism.


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“Sunday Thoughts”

A Bag of Toolsstumbling-block

Isn’t it strange
That princes and kings,
And clowns that caper
In sawdust rings,
And common people
Like you and me
Are builders for eternity?

Each is given a bag of tools,
A shapeless mass,
A book of rules;
And each must make –stones
Ere life is flown –
A stumbling block
Or a steppingstone.

–R. L. Sharpe



The poet, R. L. Sharpe later amended his work and added two more stanzas, as well as, changing a few word choices.  I do prefer the above version over the amended work.

The Internet is not very forthcoming with information regarding his life and other works.  There is some discussion about the proper title of this poem. I found many copies cited as “Bag of Tools”. It is the most searched phrase.  “Makers of Eternity” may result from the amended version. There are other versions of the poem entitled “Princes and Kings” .

robertsharpetombstoneHis only credible biography is found at FindAGrave and appears to be written by someone from his hometown. He lived in Carrollton, Georgia and worked with a local newspaper.  He died while living in the town.

Though information is sketchy, at best, regarding his life and who he truly was; his work lives on with his poetry. He did endeavor day by day and provided us with our own stepping-stones and encouragement to become a builder of eternity.

Makers of Eternity

Isn’t it strange, that princes and kings
and clowns that frolic in circus rings,
and ordinary folk like you and me
are makers of eternity.

For each is given a bag of tools,
An hourglass, and a book of rules;
And each shall have built when his hour has flown,
a stumbling block or a stepping stone.

One step upon another and the longest walk is ended,
one stitch upon another and the longest rent is mended,
so never be discouraged by the things you have to do,
and think that such a mighty task you never shall get through;

Just endeavor day by day,
another point to gain,
and soon the mountain that you feared
will have become a plain.

–R. L. Sharpe
Aug 14 1872-Apr 19 1951


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“And The Memoriam Goes To…”

oscar-statuette-621On April 4th, 2018, millions across the Globe will tune their televisions and streaming services to the 90th Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Oscars Awards. I will be one of the millions that watches, complains and cheers.

Personally, I will be pulling for the animated feature,  Loving Vincent, winning its own Oscar statue; and complaining that the Academy did not see fit to categorize it as a “feature film” and grouped it with the animated films.

Not to sound morbid, but my favorite segment of the awards ceremony is the “In Memoriam” tribute to the artists and performers that have passed away during the previous year.  I’m not reveling in the deaths of these artists, but recognizing and remembering their contributions to the entertainment industry.  Many of these artists influenced  my childhood and how I view film and television.

I admire The Academy for their inclusion of artists and technicians that are not actors, actresses, producers, or directors.  These below the line artists are the writers, cinematographers, make-up artists, special effects artists, casting directors, and executives that are essential to movie-making and are ever only named in the ending credits of a film; after the stinger or post-credits scenes. These artists and technical production members may qualify for Oscars™; but even then, their ceremony is not even televised. At least they qualify for a photo and credit in their deaths. I salute them all for contributing to my love of film and entertainment.

In 2016, the industry lost many celebrities.  The 89th Academy Awards paid tribute to them all during the Memoriam portion of the program.  Noteworthy, was the tribute of Jennifer Aniston  to actor Bill Paxton, who was not included in the video presentation because he passed away hours before the taping of the show.

Aniston’s tribute and the performance of Sara Bareilles during the “In Memoriam” is your “Saturday Diversion”.

Video courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter. The mini-format can be expanded to full-screen

And now, the 89th Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Awards show,

2017 “In Memoriam”

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