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. . . because we need the eggs   1 comment

Tom Turner 2013 (1 of 1)-2 B-W framed blogThomas R. Turner, May 23, 1942 – November 13, 2014

Today we are flying to Seattle to be with my brother’s daughters, Vanessa and Lisa and their families and friends to celebrate his life in words that communicate thoughts and feelings manifested in knowledge, experience and love.

My brother often shared and laughed about the closeness to home the following Woody Allen quote was for us:

“It reminds me of that old joke – you know,
a guy walks into a psychiatrist’s office and says, 
hey doc, my brother’s crazy! 
He thinks he’s a chicken.

Then the doc says,
why don’t you turn him in?

Then the guy says,
I would but I need the eggs.

I guess that’s how I feel about relationships.
They’re totally crazy, irrational, and absurd,
but we keep going through it because we need the eggs.” 

Saturday’s celebration of Tom’s (aka, Bobby) life will include a “sharing” program, because we need the eggs!

You may call me Tommy, you may call me Jimmy
You may call me Bobby, you may call me Zimmy
You may call me T.R, you may call me Ray
You may call me anything but no matter what you say.

You’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody,
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody.

— minor changes to Bob Dylan’s “Gotta Serve Somebody”

Click to see a pdf file of “In Loving Celebration of Thomas R. Turner.” Tom’s Celebration


Ode To The Gambling House of Worship   1 comment

We just got back from Rancho Cucamonga, Temecula wine country and Pala Casino in southern California where we were spending time with Joy’s family. Pala Casino Spa Resort is a nice place in the Temecula wine country near San Diego. Being the non-gambler in the family, I spent most of my time outside near the pool area reading, and writing. 

Pala Casino Spa Resort Pool Area

Pool Bar Cafe

 Ode To The Gambling House of Worship

Buttons pushed
Touching the screen
Smoke in my eyes —

I play.

Grabbing a drink
Easing the loses
The game goes on —

Lights flashing.

Smoke getting worse
Eyes watering
Load ringing noise —

I cry, others yell.

A gaming cathedral
Worshiping the machine
Matching the slots —

Lacking virtue.

Seeking intellectual guidance
To know the details
Of their religious addition —

Old or new.

A life structured around decline
Dazzling down
Totality of existence —

Seeking more stimulation.

Dare I avoid the slot?
In a race against time
Slowed by the machine —

Mysteriously slanted.

The machine’s hunger
Has a taste against the odds
Ignoring the probability —

Credits dissolve.

Indistinguishable from reality
A creature of habit
Occupying all space —

Dependence avoided.

Not sharing the obsession
I cash out
Walking away —


Others entering
Stumped over walkers
Old and shabby —

Pitted and scarred.

This house of worship
At best, a place
For people watching —

What the hell!

I prefer to watch the sunset
From the mountain high
Dreaming of tomorrow —

Cleared for action.

With every act
A reminder of
Thought put into deed —

Orthodox acceptance.

Seeking relationships
I enter the cathedral
Not for the gaming —

“. . . we need the eggs!” *

* A reference to a Woody Allen quote in Annie Hall.


I’m Not Here For The Moment — Watching Woody Allen’s “Stardust Memories,” Again!   Leave a comment


Source: Krishna

I’m not here at the moment

I’ve out searching for meaning.

All I can see is human suffering

With happiness only a side dish

Often never making it to the table.

Still, the search goes on

In a minefield of conspiratorial sound bits

What does everybody want?

Please, I’m tired — go away!

Suddenly, those memories flashed through my mind

Yes, those Stardust Memories.



Posted July 9, 2011 by kenneturner in Art, Information, Life, Music, Philosophy, video

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. . . visiting in Houston   Leave a comment

I will be posting more on our visit to Houston later, but for now I share the following from Woody Allen on, “What drives you nuts?”

“The human predicament: the fact that we’re living in a nightmare that everyone is making excuses for and having to find ways to sugarcoat. And the fact that life, at its best, is a pretty horrible proposition. But people’s behavior makes it much, much worse than it has to be.”


Posted May 8, 2011 by kenneturner in Commentary, Family, Friends, Life

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Whatever Makes You Nervous   2 comments

Image by Chase Jarvis — Source:

Over the years, photography has become my primary vehicle for carrying me through the door to the world of art, all it’s beauty and expressions of our universal connections. The Internet has made my wish to connect and share easier and more profound. Hardly a day goes by that my existence isn’t extended in-depth and insight.

For sometime my blog has had a link to the blog, Chase Jarvis is a well-known photography and filmmaker based in Seattle.  I love his work, but more importantly, I’m impressed with his use of social media as a creative outlet to the world of art. For Jarvis, social media is not going away, “. . . I think it’s going to change a lot over the next couple of years, but it’s interesting how that integrates with a creative person or with creativity in general.”

Yesterday, Jarvis posted a short entry, titled, “Whatever Makes You Nervous,” where he references Michael Jordan’s response to his golfing friends wanting to know how much they’re betting against one another on each hole. Apparently, Jordan’s stock response is: “Whatever Makes You Nervous.”

For Jarvis, that’s what we should bet on ourselves, every time. “Not what makes you comfortable, but what makes you nervous.” His point being that we must push our comfort level to grow.

All of us who have ever experienced some degree of success, did so by our willingness to take risks. As a young adult, one of my biggest fears was speaking in front of a group of people. But, I knew I needed to take on the fear and face the risk of making a fool of myself, which I have done many times. The degree my skills have improved, and any level of success I have accomplished, has been due to my confronting and pushing the stress level.

The Jarvis posting is a great reminder of how to succeed in life. And, as one reply to the posting noted by sharing the Woody Allen quote:

“If you’re not failing, you’re not trying hard enough!”


Posted December 3, 2010 by kenneturner in Art, Information, Life, Photography, video

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