Wednesday, November 23, 2011

De Officiis

There are some also who, either from zeal in attending to their own business or through some sort of aversion to their fellow-men, claim that they are occupied solely with their own affairs, without seeming to themselves to be doing anyone any injury. But while they steer clear of the one kind of injustice, they fall into the other: they are traitors to social life, for they contribute to it none of their interest, none of their effort, none of their means.-- Cicero (De Officiis)

He could be such a scold...but...isn't it so irritating when someone is correct?

Update: I think I've solved the computer problem. I don't feel very well at all but am trying to get ready for Thanksgiving (at friend's in-laws).

Main Subject: I'm pissed off that most of the few emails I received re: IKEA soft toys discussed the virtues of up/recycling toys & buying local. I proclaim the goodness of buying local on both blogs. On Twitter. On Facebook. This is a global fundraising effort; it works well. So basically what I'm saying is eff off. And, you go tell children who must participate in such programs as Toys for Tots that they should be happy with a used toy. I am so angry.

If you've read this far, Tom Palumbo's site has 3 good slideshows. Under celebrity, play the slideshow & you'll see wonderful shots of the young Miles Davis. Oh, & the only reason I chose these photos is because the top one has been labelled 'pout'. My beloved grandfather was generally pleased with me, but mentioned my lower lip problem rather often.

If you celebrate American Thanksgiving, have a happy one. If not, have an easy coast down to week's end. xoxo/Susan

(Tom Palumbo from the Les Halles, Paris 1962 series)


Emily Vanessa said...

Happy Thanksgiving dear Susan! Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos even with computer problems and illness. You're such a trooper and I'm sorry to hear you're not feeling well. I love the Ikea soft toy campaign and don't know what the problem is and I think it's pathetic to write to you and complain. It reminds me of Belmondo in Godard's A Bout de Souffle; "Si vous n'aimez pas la mer, si vous n'aimez pas la montagne, si vous n'aimez pas la ville, allez vous faire foutre!

Giulia said...

You just made me laugh out loud. For that, a big *smooch* - :)

simon said...

do they come in a flat pack?

carina said...

I answered your comment on my own blog, but I'll just write here as well in case you miss the other one. No need to apologize - you did write me a very sweet comment on my birthday!

Love the soft toys. I'm planning to include them in my gift guides.

Hope you are feeling better. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Dear Susan
Popped in to say Happy Thanksgiving!!

Yes I agree that although it is often nice to recycle, people will and do buy new toys,.. so.. by buying the ikea soft toys,.. as stocking stuffers etc. they are creating goodwill... recycling money!! to those that need it most!! Can't believe people would argue about this... some would not consider recycled as appropriate gift and with xmas on it's way!! ...

People exhaust me!!!

Hope today is wonderful for you and that you feel rested and chipper to enjoy the eating and gathering!! As you know no Thanksgiving this way but I know I appreciate those friends such as yourself!!...

PS.. wish I could say eff off sometimes!! hahaha ciao xxx Julie

Julie@beingRUBY said...

With all my ranting forgot to say I love the first two photos!! fabulous!

Giulia said...

Simon - har de har har ;)

Carina - thanks...I look forward to your gift guides every year.

Julie - You, ranter you. I may have to keep you on a tight comment leash. *grin*

simon said...

Julie.. you can say "do you like sex and travel...." that the polite version of "eff off" lol!