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The Patient Ox (aka Hénock Gugsa)

G r e e t i n g s !

** TPO **
A personal blog with diverse topicality and multiple interests!

On the menu ... politics, music, poetry, and other good stuff.
There is humor, but there is blunt seriousness here as well!

Parfois, on parle français ici aussi. Je suis un francophile .... Bienvenue à tous!

* Your comments and evaluations are appreciated ! *

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Facebook is trivial ! ~ by Hénock Gugsa

Facebook is trivial ! 
~ by Hénock Gugsa ~

We all should realize by now that Facebook is not a dependable repository for our ideas, our thoughts or labored mental efforts.  I wish that the opposite were true ... but Facebook is not that serious or high-minded a platform for worthy projects.  You don't know what kind of an audience you might get for any of your serious endeavors because Facebook is a wasteland or, if you prefer, a mere sinkhole.

On Facebook, you are bound to encounter the following possible negative reactions to your efforts...
     1 - People don't expect to find  or read your work here on Facebook, especially your well-researched and authoritative efforts.  Everybody (and that includes your friends) is skeptical and wary about the authenticity of your work.  They ask : If you are so dedicated, why not write a book and profit from its sale? 
     2 - People don't have the time to read a lengthy work.
     3 - People suffer from various forms of attention-deficit-disorder!
     4 - Some people may even be envious and don't want to acknowledge let alone give you credit for your work.  They will not give you any feedback, and they will act as if they have not seen your posts (i.e. missed them).
     5 - There is no documentation system, no organized archival structure on Facebook for the users.  Everything is fleeting and has a short life span. There is even a limit to how long something stays up on a timeline, even your own !   Yes, you can scroll and scroll ... but that is tiresome, pointless, and a huge waste of time.
I have a constructive suggestion as an alternative to Facebook : personal blog!  You can do all your serious work there.  In the meantime, alert your friends and others that you have a personal blog  and announce the URL address in your profile section of your Facebook account.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Kamala and Sarah ! ~ by TPO

Kamala and Sarah ! 
~ by TPO ~ 
❤️  💙  ❤️
A super-wonderful Instagram chat
- Kamala Harris and Sarah Cooper - (July, 2020)
~ funny, serious, intelligent and everything in between !

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Pat Schneider, American poet/writer/teacher (1934-2020)

The Patience of Ordinary Things 
~ by Pat Schneider (1934-2020) ~ 


Sunday, August 16, 2020

"Our Better Angels ..." ~ by Hénock Gugsa


"Our better angels" by Nancy Zola

"Our Better Angels ..." 

~ by Hénock Gugsa ~

Hénock Gugsa ===>
Kudos to my friend, Nancy Zola,  for this beautiful work.  She was inspired by Eritrean/Ethiopian photo images I've been posting on Facebook from time to time! 💙 💛 ❤️
Nancy Zola ===>
Watercolor by Nancy Zola, "Our Better Angels " series.  Hénock Gugsa, your posts of Ethiopian and Eritrians have found their way into my subconscious and back out again as a graceful, yet vulnerable young angel.  Thanks!

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

The Scowler ~ by Hénock Gugsa


 The Scowler 

~ by Hénock Gugsa ~

He looks like those overpaid fashion models who are always scowling.  What is he lacking in his life to be pissed off and berate the less-than-fortunate in this harsh world ?!

Greed and Hate are going to destroy this nation.  🙃 🥴