The Jackdaw Journal
A Publication of M2 Communications

jack-daw [JAK-dah], n. 1. a glossy, black, European bird, corvus monedula, of the crow family, that nests in towers, ruins, etc.; has a proclivity to collect bright objects that attract its attention; can include bits of ice, things round or square, twigs, filaments of light bulbs; specialist on the lookout of what fits the construction of its nest.

jackdaw journal [JAK-dah JERN-al], n. 1. a repository of bright objects — wit, wisdom and whimsey — collected and/or created by Michael McKinney.   2. a web log or blog


Out of Context Archives
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Wisdom in Scoop

August 5, 2008

In Evelyn Waugh's Scoop, a brilliant satire of the 1930s tabloid press, he writes this line describing a character: "He was gifted with the sly, sharp instinct for self-preservation that passes for wisdom among the rich."

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Emotional Entropy

January 3, 2008

In Civilized Man’s Eight Deadly Sins, Nobel Prize winner Konrad Lorenz, wrote about the pursuit of happiness:
Pleasure may be achieved without paying the price of strenuous effort, but joy cannot. Intolerance of unpleasurable experience converts the natural ups and downs of human life into an artificial plain, the great waves of mountain and valley becoming a scarcely noticeable ripple, and light and shade a monotonous gray. In short, intolerance of unpleasurable experience creates deadly boredom.

The wish to avoid all suffering implies the withdrawal from an essential part of human life.

What's New?

April 19, 2007

Real estate sales trainer Mike Ferry seminar attendee shouts, "Got any new material?" Mike gently replies, "Got any new problems?" Then, persistent questioner, "Are you gonna cover the same thing as last year?" Mike replies, "Are you still doing the same thing as last year?"

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