Thursday, January 23, 2020

Reflections: Expanded Edition


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1086425642/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i4
5 x 8 in, 202 pages

     I long promised myself to expand the original booklet-size version of Reflections to make it the equivalent of my previous books.  This at last has been accomplished.  The expanded edition doubles the size and content of the earlier edition, and, together with Round Up The Usual Subjects and The Second Collection, completes a three-book set that includes the whole of my writings. 

     I expect that Reflections: Expanded Edition will be the last of my books, and if so, I am content to have it be my final legacy.  It is certainly the most diverse collection of my writings and, I think, the most genuinely thoughtful  -- a bit less whimsical than the others, a little more soul-searching, perhaps, and in the personal essays and email excerpts, more revealing of the fellow behind the sayings.  That said, I haven't forgotten to toss in a chuckle or two.

   The book has had only a tiny sale since its release last fall, substantially smaller than my other books -- a fact both perplexing and disappointing.  It has moved me to post this little promotion.  I hope I can entice you to give the book a look-see.   My thanks in any case.


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 I am offering inscribed copies of Reflections: Expanded Edition at $9.00 per copy.  Shipping is included.  Alas, I must restrict this offering to USA mailing addresses only.  If interested, just send check, along with your mailing address and inscription info to the address below.  If you wish to pay by PayPal, address payment to bobbrault@att.net and let me know mailing address/inscription details by email.  Thank you.

Robert Brault
49 Byron Drive
Avon, CT 06001

bobbrault@att.net

Monday, January 20, 2020

Monday Musings #4

Perhaps you cannot make anyone's thankless task less difficult, but you can always make it less thankless.


To let no one ever know of your vulnerabilities is to let no one ever know of your courage.


Often, when we think of our journey to happiness, we think of the one-way trip we took to find it -- and of all the round-trips we've taken to keep it.


If man can create artificial intelligence, then God can, too, and, in fact, there is a well-known description of how He once did.


It is not the meaning of life we seek.  Life is getting the kids off to school and the dog fed.  It is the meaning of meaning we seek.


What you find, having crossed your personal Rubicon, is that you can cross back over -- but that is the direction where they collect the toll.



To know history is to inherit the ultimate "To Do" list.


You wonder if a pessimist gets satisfaction recalling moments of hope that did not fool him for a minute.


~~ Robert Brault

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Thursday Thoughts #3

A life of hope and optimism may sometimes disappoint, but there are far less cheerful lives that also disappoint.


The trouble with self-love is that it doesn't last, and it's the devil to go your separate ways.


It's a good friend who always knows the right words to leave unsaid.


He was a sad and lonesome clown,
And she was the circus that came to town.

Photo Art by Allecia, "Wisdom For The Ages"

Two wrongs don't make a right, but some folks seem hellbent on finding out how many wrongs will.


I know enough about reality to know that people who say, "The reality is..." don't know, either.



It's a sad lament -- the happiness you might have found if you had taken the path that still lies right there in front of you.


Sometimes, to remove the clutter from your life, you must leave the clutter where it is and put yourself out on the curb.


~~ Robert Brault

Monday, January 13, 2020

Monday Musings #3

Everyone wants happiness, but few want it at the cost of having their unhappiness disturbed.


Few choose to live in the city of Happiness, preferring the quiet safety of East Happiness or West Happiness.


In the end, what makes us all equal is that we are all just passing through.


I have been alone in a crowd and, in fact, have many times sought a crowd for that purpose.


"Alone in Crowd" - shuttlestock.com

Where there's life, there's hope -- principally the hope that there is something beyond life.


We all play the leading role in our own life story, however badly, at times, miscast.



The promise to love forever is always based on the barest acquaintance with love and the tiniest sampling of forever.


Sometimes two people can get to know what the other is thinking by occasionally telling each other.



~~ Robert Brault

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Thursday Thoughts #2

Political party -- where people of shared values form an allegiance and then proceed to sacrifice their values to the allegiance.


A question likely to be heard on Judgment Day:  "You did WHAT in My name?"


Politics is always about what to do when the right thing to do is a non-starter.


In my loneliest dream, I am alone on a station platform, having missed the last train to eternity. 


Photo Art by Allecia, "Wisdom For The Ages"

A question I would ask a young person, "If you aren't planning to disturb the status quo, what exactly do you plan to disturb?"


Nothing spurs achievement like having someone in your life to astonish by it.


It is rare to find a successful marriage that failed as a test of friendship.


It is a bit too late, after you say "I love you," to start parsing out the promises not included.


~~ Robert Brault

Monday, January 6, 2020

Monday Musings #2

Even the longest and happiest marriage can use an occasional confirmed love sighting.


It is a persistent daily challenge -- trying to change your life for the better without changing it.


One thing certain about anyone you think has had it easy in life is that they are not personally aware of it. 


Rick Lewis at elysianwaters.com

Never be discouraged by people who don't know what you're about to accomplish.


You wonder -- if God had created Eve first, would the need for a helpmate have been quite so obvious?


Who would not travel back in time and do the right thing -- unless, of course, it were possible.


How do you know it's your own funeral?  One way to tell is that you're the only person there properly dressed for the occasion.


~~ Robert Brault

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Thursday Thoughts #1


There's a chance, of course, that the person who always gives you a disapproving look actually approves of you but doesn't have a look to go with it.


If I try to do the right thing, it is not so that people will say, "Thank you," but so that people will say "I thought it was you."


It is hard sometimes to pinpoint the exact moment in your life when you lowered your goals to your consolations. 


There comes a time in life when you just wish Opportunity would stop bothering you.

"Peaceful Plaice" Ken Devine at kendevineart.com

A question to ask yourself every day is whether the moment you've been waiting for might be in progress.


If you will keep your eyes open to it, there is always some gosh-darn thing that will restore your faith.


Eventually you realize that if it weren't for the calm before the storm, there wouldn't be any peace and quiet at all.


Occasionally it's good to have a conversation with someone who simply will not tolerate your nonsense.


~~ Robert Brault