Thus Spoke Ginger

Thus Ginger Spoke

I began my adult life going down my yellow brick road when I returned from studying overseas at New College of the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. I got a job and the very next thing that I got was an Irish Setter, and her name was Ginger. Over the next handful of years, my three children came along. Ginger literally helped them to toddle their way down their long yellow brick roads of their lives.

Nearly fifty years later, I am still journeying on my yellow brick road, but the road has entered the twilight years of my life. In the past decade, I have danced with death twice and both times successfully. I've had a couple other dances, which weren't life-threatening. Nevertheless, dancing with death caused me to realize that the remainder of my journey is limited. Therefore, I took seriously these two recent concerns. I went to my internist who did dozens of tests and found out that neither would result in ending my journey in life.

The very next thing that I did was to get an Irish Setter puppy. Guess what her name is? Man, my new puppy brought back a flood of many memories. However, this Ginger is different, or, perhaps, I am more in tune and listen to my newest Ginger more than I did a half century ago with my first Ginger. My new puppy has a bed where she plays with her toys, but, more importantly, Ginger watches me while I teach online or as I write essays for my webpage.

Ginger in her bed

One day, I heard what sounded initially like purring. I turned toward Ginger, and she began to talk. Ginger wanted to talk about the political issues that interested me. She said that Nietzsche wrote a book, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, which is the English title of the Nietzsche's German title, Also sprach Zarathustra. Ginger sees herself as a modern-day version of Nietzsche. Ginger suggested that I used that as the title for this index page, Thus Spoke Ginger. Additionally, she suggested that I write about her observations on life in this newest section.


Morning Mist  thumbnail Morning Mist on the La Mancha Moor Learning About Love
Ginger Santayana thumbnail Ginger and Santayana Remember the Past
Ginger and I thumbnail Ginger and I Promises To Keep and Miles To Go Before We Sleep
Ginger Longshanks  thumbnail Ginger AKA Longshanks
A Child Educated  thumbnail “A Child Educated Only at School... Is An Uneducated Child.”
Mr. Lee thumbnail Mr. Lee and Mr. Rotteveel Two Stories: About When I Was Young and When I Am Old
Ginger and Ra Ra thumbnail Ginger and Ra Ra My Pet Family
Lammie Coo thumbnail Lammy Coo Was Crewed By Gingie Pooh
When Dreaming  thumbnail When Dreams Aren’t Realized What Should You Do?
The Issue of Kissing thumbnail Ginger And the Issue of Kissing
Minnows or Manhood  thumbnail Minnows or Manhood Or Scent of a Woman....
Ti Ti Poem thumbnail Ti Ti and I A Most Haunting Relationship
Unconditional Love  thumbnail Ginger And Her Unconditional Love
Birthday Cake  thumbnail Self-Portraits... By Vincent, Jack, and Owen
Dump Me Off thumbnail Just Drop Me Off And Ginger’s Toy Dog
Pledge Allegiance  thumbnail I Pledge Allegiance To Donald the Dumb
Donald the Dumb's Dilemma thumbnail Donald the Dumb’s Dilemma Falling from Great Heights
Breaking News thumbnail Breaking News from Ginger About Trump Colluding with the Russians and Putin
Jack and Owen's Creation thumbnail Jack and Owen’s Creation A Birthday Cake for Their Mother
Haunting of Hachi  thumbnail The Hauntings of Hachikō and Bobby… And the Haunting of My Gingers
Ginger's Predecessors thumbnail Ginger’s Predecessors And My Domesticated Carnivore
Morphing Of My World thumbnail Class, Easter Ham, and Kayaking... The Morphing of My World
I'm Not Going Silently  thumbnail Do Not Going Gently Into That Good Night I Will Rage
Ginger's World thumbnail Ginger’s World… Donald the Dumb’s Cave
The Meaning of Life thumbnail The Meaning of Life It Is All About Fighting the Good Fight for Others
Bowl of Cherries thumbnail Life Is a Bowl of Cherries Or the Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men
This Little Piggy Had Roast Beef thumbnail This Little Piggy Had Roast Beef... And Ginger Devoured the Little Piggy’s Ear
Pride Before Fall thumbnail Pride Before Fall Learnings from History
Chick Magnet  thumbnail Chick Magnet And the Hauntings
The Hauntings thumbnail The Hauntings About Bobby and the Gingers
Ginger's Bed thumbnail Ginger's Bed Fit for a Queen
A Tweet to God... thumbnail A Tweet to God... A Tweet from James Baldwin
Ginger's Explanation...  thumbnail Ginger's Explanation... For Her Man Cave
On Riding to Samara thumbnail On Riding to Samara Then and Now....
Invictus thumbnail Invictus Thank You, Mrs. Davis
A Dog's Purpose thumbnail A Dog's Purpose The Person's Purpose
Romney and Irish Setter  thumbnail Romney and Irish Setter The Political Right is Often Wrong.
Kennedy Socks thumbnail Kennedy Socks Presidents and Camelot
Thus Spoke Dr. Marchand...  thumbnail Thus Spoke Dr. Marchand... And Ginger
Ginger, Socks, and Poe thumbnail Ginger, Socks, and Poe Finding Lenore....
Lambs Eat Ivy thumbnail Lambs Eat Ivy And Ginger Eats Lamb Ears
The Meaning of Ginger thumbnail The Meaning of Ginger The Winter Solstice
Ginger, the Dances, and the Lady  thumbnail Ginger, the Dances, and the Lady It Is All About Determination