WARNING. Some of my blog posts are written to poke fun at life’s absurdity. They are intended as satire and not to be taken too seriously. If you are easily offended this site may not be for you.

CONTACT INFO. If you would like to contact me directly without leaving a comment, please do so here at grhorst54@gmail.com I will respond to all messages within one day and I look forward to hearing from any and all who enjoy my posts.

I’m just a middle aged, middle American who wants to think about things philosophically.  I would like to see the whole world become a better place for everybody but I recognize that’s asking a lot and it would require significant sacrifices by a lot of people who aren’t used to sacrificing much of anything.  I love to travel and take photographs of beautiful places. The world has so much to offer if we just stop to take it all in and appreciate what we have, not what we lack.  I have always enjoyed writing and sharing my thoughts on just about any topic but blogging is a first for me and I will be utterly amazed if anybody bothers to read what I have to say.  But hey, I have nothing to lose and everything to gain.  I like those odds.  So here is my personal philosophy statement:

Know thy self – Socrates        Control thy self – Cicero     Help thy self – Kinko

17 Responses to About

  1. inga says:

    please consider: Be thy Self!

    • Marilyn Taylor says:

      Great Stuff!! Didn’t know you could write!

      • grhgraph says:

        I owe it all toEverett Rees. Did you have a favorite? I personally liked the one about great teachers. Now if I could only make a living writing, I could retire up at the lake and sit just there with my tweed jacket, myeasy chair and a stack of donuts pondering all of life’s mysteries. Under those conditions I’d probably only live a few more years but what the heck it would be fun while itlasted. If you have any subjects you would like me to write about please feel free to make suggestions, I’m always looking for new material. Coming up with the original thought is the hardest. After that it just flows. And be sure to pass this on to any friends youthink might like it. I’m trying to develop afollowing of like minded people. Although I doubt there are very many people who have minds like I do. I’vebeen told I remind people of Mark Twain whichis the highest possible compliment and certainly one of my inspirations. Glad you liked it. Guy Horst Horst Graphics Phone (913)831-2626 E-mail grhorst@yahoo.com

  2. Laura says:

    I have always respected you for your morals and ability to be true to thy self and others. It shows through in your writings and in your “about” section of your blog. Kudos to you for pursuing one of your interests further in writing and sharing your thoughts and stories with others.

    Who knows what impact this might have on someone!Way to go and keep it up!

    • grhgraph says:

      I can’t really take too much credit since I am just retelling funny stories from my past. I’m just glad I have a good memory and the ability to write in a way that most people will enjoy. Feel free to share the blog with anyone you think would like it. I’m trying to develop a following of like minded people. I don’t want to commercialize it, so word of mouth is my only marketing plan. I want to be recognized for the quality of the words not because I’m listed on all the search engines. If I get to the top of the list it should be because other people put me there.

      • Stories are a great way to share values and to talk about what is really important. Thanks for your willingness to share. I hope you don’t mind if I share some of your stories with some of the leaders I work with.

      • grhgraph says:

        Dr.Ada, Frankly I’m stunned that you like my stuff. I’m not exactly a household name but I keep trying to write something good and new thoughts spill out of my head with regularity. Is there anything in particular you want to see more of? I take requests. Feel free to share all you want. That’s why I write. I’m not much good to anyone if I keep this all to myself now am I?
        Guy Horst

  3. Wai Wai says:

    If this is God’s gift to you, use it. Happy writing 😀

    • grhgraph says:

      I believe this is my gift from God. It kind of makes up for some of the things he didn’t give me, like good knees. And it does make me happy, especially when people I don’t know, like you, take the time to comment. Was there one particular post you liked the most? Always looking for feedback so I will know what to write about next.
      Thanks again for your comment. Have a great day.

  4. Jim says:

    What’s up Guy? I just came across your blog and read quite a few of your posts. I always knew you had a great frame of mind when it came to life and all of its drivel. It’s nice to know that there is someone out there who understands the big picture (which I won’t elaborate on, after all this is your blog). However, I have to dispute something you quoted, that “life is hard, but it’s harder when you’re stupid.” Sometimes I think that the stupid have it easy. They have the ability to go about their lives believing that the world will stop and start at their convenience. The naïve and immature often seem to have it made, I mean ignorance is bliss, right? But, before I digress into my annoyed worldview, I just wanted to say good job and keep up the good work. I’ll be reading.

    Here are a few quotes that you can use as inspiration for future blogs:

    “The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.”

    “Education makes machines which act like men and produces men who act like machines.”

    “The world is divided into two kinds of people: those who have tattoos, and those who are afraid of people with tattoos.”

    “If drinking is interfering with your work, you’re probably a heavy drinker. If work is interfering with your drinking, you’re probably an alcoholic.”

    • grhgraph says:

      Jim, Thanks for reading and responding. You may be right, ignorance can be bliss but I get to see the effects of stupidity every day that I work with foster kids and it ain’t pretty. When you get a chance you should read. “Frankly my Dear I don’t give a damn” or “No one is more helpless than a newborn father” or “Sex without love is an empty experience” and tell me what you think of those subjects. Great to hear from you and please tell your friends.

  5. Terri says:

    Just wanted to thank you – I’m 51 and attending a Flogging Molly concert with my niece (she’s 40) and we are seriously looking forward to it! Your review is wonderful – and highly informative. I certainly expect it to be exactly as you describe. Sort of reminds me of going to see bands back in the 70’s & 80’s in L.A.

    Thanks again for you review!

  6. John G says:

    I like the way you think and write. Your blogs are enjoyable to read and some hit home especially /2012/01/16/may-you-live-all-the-days-of-your-life-jonathan-swift/ about your father!


    • grhgraph says:

      Thanks for the encouragemnt. It’s easy to write good stuff when you have men like Keith and my Dad to write about.

  7. Lotte says:

    These blogs are awesome!! God has truly given you an amazing talent!! Yes I am one of the like minded you are looking for!!! Don’t ever stop writing!! You are planting good seeds!!!

  8. Nancy Pace says:

    Dear Grrhgraph,

    I stumbled on your blog searching for a Chalice Lighting quote for a little UU meditation I was writing. Thanks for the great Mark Twain (undertaker) quote! I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog. Meanwhile, here’s my meditation on mortality–a gift in return for a gift.

    Please raise you hands if you’re going to die….

    Either the rest of you are uncomfortable raising your hands in a large group, or my meditation is going to start out with some very bad news.

    I have a pretty easy, friendly perspective on death. When we die, maybe we all just go out like candles. Matt Groening described it slightly differently: “Today is the first day of the rest of your short, brutish existence as a sentient creature before being snuffed out into utter nothingness for all eternity.” Hmmm.

    I actually spent the first sixty years of my life trying to figure out “The Truth” with with a capital T—about life. Was life basically good? Or terrible? Were people wonderful? Or awful? Should I be rosy? Or skeptical? Positive—or negative? My answer today is—Yes.

    Mortality can be a tough gig though. And sudden reminders of our mortality can be gut-wrenching. I felt sad all day after running over a tiny squirrel on the way to church a few weeks ago. When random death hits the beautiful and innocent, all of life can suddenly feel entirely precarious, unkind, and unfair.

    Or as Calvin said to Hobbes when his rescued baby raccoon died: “It’s either mean or it’s arbitrary, and either way I’ve got the heebie-jeebies.”

    I used to think—quite smugly—that if I had created the world, I wouldn’t have put death in the mix—certainly not young or grisly death. But impermanence, change and yes, mortality, seem to be the necessary “other sides of life,” of all that gives us life’s rich, surprising, meaningful moments of joy, insight, tenderness, beauty, and love. And besides, if everyone was comfy and secure all the time, what would we progressive UUs do for fun?

    Mark Twain said: “I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.”

    I doubt whether our congregation’s great atheists—I’m talking about you, Phyllis, Dick, John, Doug, Kevin—I doubt whether they ever worry much about mortality. They probably agree with Edward Abbey, who wrote: ”If my decomposing carcass helps nourish the roots of a juniper tree or the wings of a vulture — that is immortality enough for me.” But you guys do know the most annoying thing about being an atheist, don’t you? You’ll never get the satisfaction of telling believers, “I told you so.”

    Maybe death jokes aren’t a proper meditation. But sometimes my meditation stories are a little grim, and I don’t want everyone saying, oh god, not her again. So I’m lightening things up a little this time.

    I’m very lucky to have no fears of either death or hellfire. When I was a little girl, my atheist father found me weeping quietly in the night because my best fundamentalist girlfriend had very regretfully informed me that he, my father, was going to burn in hell forever.

    Dad sighed heavily. Then he asked me a few reasonable—but important—questions. Did I, Nancy, think he, Dad, was a good man? Oh yes, yes. And was God good? Well of course! So—would a good God send a good man to hell? At that moment, the scales fell from my eyes, and I’ve never been afraid of either God or hell since. Thanks Dad!

    By the way, though I’m not afraid of a post-earthly hell, I am legitimately terrified of ending up in an earthly hell. Today’s American eldercare structures simply do not adequately protect our most-vulnerable population from unprincipled profiteers. The whole system seems designed to prevent us from dying inexpensive, comfortable, natural deaths. My current plan is to die young—as late as possible.

    When Roger Ebert, the film critic, lay dying, he wrote: “I know it is coming, and I do not fear it, because I believe there is nothing on the other side of death to fear…. I was perfectly content before I was born, and I think of death as the same state. What I am grateful for is the gift of intelligence, and for life, love, wonder, and laughter. You can’t say it wasn’t interesting. My lifetime’s memories are what I have brought home from the trip. I will require them for eternity no more than that little souvenir of the Eiffel Tower I brought home from Paris.”

    In the silence to follow, let’s meditate on our lives’ most precious souvenirs.

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