Claim Me

Draped in lilac silk
I await you;
Could you love me?

Could you love green eyes,
soft flaming hair?
Warm arms and small hands;
soft lips whispering
your name in passion?

Claim me as yours;
take my heart
be one with me,
become my heart;
beat deeply within my soul…
claim me.

Could you love me…
…a little?


(Ella Kay)

Do You Speaka My Language?

I know, I know, a guy named Giovanni making bad Italian accent jokes. It’s really from that Men At Work song, Down Under. In the song, the Brussels giant responded to the question with a smile and a Vegemite sandwich. He did speak that Aussie’s language, and more than just the verbal kind.

Everyone by now knows that a huge amount of communication is nonverbal. We’ve discussed it here several times and doubtless will again. What communicates successfully can seem a bit random, though – what works for one won’t for another, and a wrong guess will have the opposite desired effect. Frustrating.

Fortunately, there is actually a structure beneath it all that can make sense of it. A little observation, a little self-awareness, and a little selflessness, and things can suddenly be going in a much better direction.

Continue reading


I asked the professors who teach the meaning of life to tell
me what is happiness.
And I went to famous executives who boss the work of
thousands of men.
They all shook their heads and gave me a smile as though
I was trying to fool with them
And then one Sunday afternoon I wandered out along
the Desplaines river
And I saw a crowd of Hungarians under the trees with
their women and children
and a keg of beer and an


(Carl Sandburg)

Rum Drinks for Talk Like A Pirate Day

If you haven’t heard of it yet, it sounds like a goofy joke: International Talk Like A Pirate Day! That’s because it started out as one. You should go have a look at the site I just linked and read the hilarious story behind the thing. The important point to note for our purposes here is that parties of hearties convene all over the world every September 19 for this most unlikely of celebrations, and aside from the obvious movie-pirate speech, people most often dress like a pirate at the parties.

Naturally, they also drink like pirates as well. Which brings us to today’s topic.

Continue reading