Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout would not take the garbage out – Shel Silverstein



by Shel SilversteinSarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout
Would not take the garbage out.
She’d wash the dishes and scrub the pans
Cook the yams and spice the hams,
And though her parents would scream and shout,
She simply would not take the garbage out.
And so it piled up to the ceiling:
Coffee grounds, potato peelings,
Brown bananas and rotten peas,
Chunks of sour cottage cheese.
It filled the can, it covered the floor,
It cracked the windows and blocked the door,
With bacon rinds and chicken bones,
Drippy ends of ice cream cones,
Prune pits, peach pits, orange peels,
Gloppy glumps of cold oatmeal,
Pizza crusts and withered greens,
Soggy beans, and tangerines,
Crusts of black-burned buttered toast,
Grisly bits of beefy roast.
The garbage rolled on down the halls,
It raised the roof, it broke the walls,
I mean, greasy napkins, cookie crumbs,
Blobs of gooey bubble gum,
Cellophane from old bologna,
Rubbery, blubbery macaroni,
Peanut butter, caked and dry,
Curdled milk, and crusts of pie,
Rotting melons, dried-up mustard,
Eggshells mixed with lemon custard,
Cold French fries and rancid meat,
Yellow lumps of Cream of Wheat.
At last the garbage reached so high
That finally it touched the sky,
And none of her friends would come to play,
And all of her neighbors moved away;
And finally, Sarah Cynthia Stout
Said, “Okay, I’ll take the garbage out!”
But then, of course it was too late,
The garbage reached across the state,
From New York to the Golden Gate;
And there in the garbage she did hate
Poor Sarah met an awful fate
That I cannot right now relate
Because the hour is much too late
But children, remember Sarah Stout,
And always take the garbage out.


Your Professional Decline Is Coming (Much) Sooner Than You Think: Here’s how to make the most of it.


This article was really impactful to me. It’s worth a read if you have about 25 minutes.

Written by Arthur C. Brooks for The Atlantic.


Rachel Held Evans


Credit to the New York Times for bringing my attention to Rachel Held Evans. Her story is an inspiring and tragic one.

The NYTimes Daily podcast had a featured episode on June 3rd, 2019.

To listen to it is inspiring, thought-provoking, and quite moving. It compelled me enough to want to write a blog post about her.

From Wikipedia:

Rachel Held Evans (née Rachel Grace Held; June 8, 1981 – May 4, 2019) was an American Christian columnist, blogger and author. Her book A Year of Biblical Womanhoodwas on The New York Times e-book non-fiction best-seller list[1] and Searching for Sunday made The New York Timespaperback nonfiction best-seller list.[2]

Evans was placed in a medically-induced coma in April 2019 following an allergic reaction to medication for an infection.[14][15] By May 2, “severe swelling of the brain” worsened her condition, and she died on May 4.[16][17]

Here is the link to the podcast from the NYTimes:

In a brief but prolific career, a young writer asked whether evangelical Christianity could change. In doing so, she changed it.

Here is An Evening with Rachel Held Evans

She made the most of her life. She questioned. She has left a legacy.


Daniel Cloud Campos


Daniel Cloud Campos is a dancer and choreographer. One of the most noteable recent works was choreographing “The Other Side” from The Greatest Showman. Turns out he is also the bartender in the scene. Check it out here:

He also has performed with Madonna and Michael Jackson. He continues to choreograph, direct, act, create music, and musicals.

What also caught my attention was a Ted Talk he did back in 2014 titled, ‘Emrace your fears”.


Wanted to post this week to support a working artist, trying to bring new and creative works into the world.


The Mustang


From Wikipedia: The Mustang is a 2019 drama film directed by Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, from a screenplay by Clermont-Tonnerre, Mona Fastvold and Brock Norman Brock. It stars Matthias Schoenaerts as an incarcerated convict who participates in a rehabilitation program centered around training of wild horses. Jason MitchellGideon AdlonConnie Britton and Bruce Dern appear in supporting roles. The Mustang is based on an actual rehabilitation program in Carson CityNevada.[2]

We recently went to see this film, didn’t know much about it.

It’s really quite something. Hard to believe these are actors. Some are prison volunteers.

It’s compelling and based on an actual program. Mattias Schoenaerts gives one of the best performances of the year. Makes one ponder about forgiveness and redemption.


The Upside


From Wikipedia:

The Upside is a 2019 American comedy-drama film directed by Neil Burgerand written by Jon Hartmere. It is a remake of the French 2011 film The Intouchables, which was itself inspired by the life of Philippe Pozzo di Borgo. The film follows a paralyzed billionaire (Bryan Cranston) who strikes up an unlikely friendship with a recently paroled convict (Kevin Hart) whom he hires to take care of him. Nicole KidmanGolshifteh Farahani, and Julianna Margulies also star. It is the third remake of The Intouchables after the Indian film Oopiri and the Argentinian film Inseparables (both 2016).

Recently went to see this film, reluctantly, as it has a 40% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. However, it also has an 87% fresh rating from the audience score.

Turns out, I’m siding with the audience. The performances were very strong, especially that of Bryan Cranston. It was moving, funny, well-paced.

I’ve been moving more and more towards the audience scores on Rotten Tomatoes. Bohemian Rhapsody is another example of the audience deciding the fate of a film, not just the critics anymore.

Check it out. There is something good there.


Sex Education


Sex Education is a Netflix Original British Series that premiered on January 11, 2019. At first glance, and from the surface, it is attention getting because of it’s title. But after binge-watching the entire series, I assure you it is much more.

The premise via wikipedia is: Sex Education follows “a socially awkward high school virgin who lives with his sex therapist mother. He teams up with ‘whip-smart bad-girl’ Maeve to set up a clinic to deal with their fellow students’ weird and wonderful problems.”

I’ll admit, I hesitated writing about this show due to it’s explicit content. The show has nudity, adult language, and many sexual situations.

However, it also made me wonder why we as a society worry more about sex than violence. And, this show has heart. It presents relatable conflicts and even some smart solutions.

Apparently, it has been a hit enough that Netflix annouced a Season 2 on February 1st.

Not for the faint of heart, but surely worth checking out.