Saturday, June 05, 2010


Ten minutes - ready, go (no time for set). "Happy is the heart that still feels pain." - Ingrid Michaelson, discovered by me via Pandora. Pleasant to the ear and good lyrics. Also, via Pandora: "Your heart won't heal right if you keep tearing out the sutures" - The Postal Service. In their song, Nothing Better they have an emotional dialogue, in its power - reminiscent of the great song Father and Son, in which two people debate why they must/can't be together. Nothing Better's playing as I type.

I just used up my allotted time looking up the phrase, "Forgive my writing such a long letter, but I didn't have time to write a short one." I recall citing that in the past and Uri settling who said it. Someone quoted it to me today as a challenge to my love of writing haiku/tanka because they're short. This person attributed it to Oscar Wilde. Uri - and everyone else - who said it? (Uri - and everyone else - was I right for not telling him that I've heard the quote many times before? I never know).


Blogger Groucho said...

"Didn't have time..." struck me as being Mark Twain. A couple of sites support that:
Regards, Mark

June 6, 2010 at 11:13 AM  
Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann said...

Thanks Mark, hope you and yours are well. says it's Blaise Pascal:

June 6, 2010 at 12:39 PM  
Blogger uriyo said...

Hi. Just catching up...

For comparative versions of the Pascal quote, see

And yes, you were right for not making the person feel bad. Even though he misapplied it to attack you. Still.

June 15, 2010 at 1:48 AM  
Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann said...

Thanks Uri, fascinating link. I never knew of this, it seems there's a service where people search for things you need and you tip them. Hmmm.

Wow, Pascal was early. I'll go with that. I see no back up for Kipling. Fascinating.

Thanks for answering my other Q too. Middot work is endless. I recently wrote a poem about traffic being a chance to work on acceptance. I shared it with a friend who I sometimes ride with and he said it was true in theory, but he just didn't have those kind of middot. By the way, he's a rebbe.

June 15, 2010 at 2:32 AM  

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