Doubt is Healthy And Other Thoughts

Ok, let’s try and make this the final big post of the evening, punctuated by a healthy dose of lyrics and or mention of the music I am listening to.

“Call me a joker, call me a fool
Right at this moment I’m totally cool
Clear as a crystal, sharp as a knife
I feel like I’m in the prime of my life
Sometimes it feels like I’m going too fast
I don’t know how long this feeling will last
Maybe it’s only tonight

Darling I don’t know why I go to extremes
Too high or too low there ain’t no in-betweens
And if I stand or I fall
It’s all or nothing at all
Darling I don’t know why I go to extremes “
I Go To Extremes
Storm Front Released: 1989

Over at The Muqata there is an interesting post in which a guest blogger expresses their doubts about his belief in Judaism. I appreciate it on a number of different levels. One of the things that it reminds me of is my belief that doubt can be a positive thing. It can be used as motivation to inspire you to look inside and gain a deeper understanding about who you are and why you believe what you believe.

I am troubled by people who never question their beliefs. It is part of growing as a person to ask yourself why you believe as you do. As long as you don’t allow doubt to prevent you from moving on with your life. Sometimes you just have to take a chance.

Psychotoddler recently lost his father. There is a very nice story about him that I urge you to check out here.

The last five songs on my iPod are:

Cry Baby Cry- The Beatles
The Analog Kid- Rush
Glamour Boys- Living Color
Don’t Stand So Close To Me ’86- The Police
Bitter Pill- Motley Crue

The Five Most Popular Posts on my blog as of this moment are

What do you Call Your Blog?
Some Quotes That Resonate With Me
Sounds of My Youth
Random WebSites You Might Enjoy
What Are Your Favorite Song Lyrics?

“I’m young enough to still see the passionate boy I used to be
But I’m old enough to say I got a good look at the other side
I know we got to work real hard, maybe even for the rest of our lives
But right now I just want to take what I can
Get tonight

While the night is still young
I want to keep making love to you
While the night is still young”
The Night Is Still Young
Greatest Hits Volume I & II Original Release: 1985

If I had to pick ten books and ten albums to take to a desert island I would be in big trouble, but I am going to do this exercise as a stream of consciousness thing.


  1. The Fellowship of The Ring
  2. Lord Foul’s Bane
  3. The Talmud (In the modern age it is safe to say that I could take it all with me)
  4. Robinson Crusoe
  5. The Iliad
  6. Don Quixote
  7. Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince
  8. The Sword of Shannara
  9. The New Way Things Work- Macaulay
  10. The Phantom Toolbooth


Ok, I am going to hedge on this one a bit and name artists. It is late and my brain is turning to mush, so this will have to suffice.

  1. Bruce Springsteen
  2. Johnny Cash
  3. Ray Charles
  4. Queen
  5. The Beatles
  6. U2
  7. Red Hot Chili Peppers
  8. Metallica
  9. Sarah Mclachlan
  10. Holst- The Planets

And there you have my stream of consciousness answers which begs the question of how much variation there would be if I was asked this at a different time. Good question, I haven’t an answer, right now.

Lailah tov from LA.

This is the end
Beautiful friend
This is the end
My only friend, the end

It hurts to set you free
But you’ll never follow me
The end of laughter and soft lies
The end of nights we tried to die

This is the end
The Doors- The End

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  1. saus June 1, 2006 at 7:13 pm

    Ahh the sword of shannara, classic..

    People have pilfered much of that series from my bookshelf, bastards.

    Also, it is Shavuot today so I’m going to have to pitch the old testament over the talmud for stranded on an island reading ; )

  2. Jack's Shack May 31, 2006 at 4:04 am


    I like World Party- Good stuff.


    You have good taste. 😉


    Yes it is.

  3. Attila May 31, 2006 at 1:54 am

    The Phantom Tollbooth is a classic.

  4. bornfool May 30, 2006 at 1:03 pm

    LOTR, Lord Foul’s Bane, the Shannara books, they would be on my list, too. Much of the same music as well.

  5. Mirty May 30, 2006 at 7:42 am

    Laila tov to you. I’m up at a ridiculous hour. I don’t know why. Woke up from a dream saying aloud: “I got it! I got it!” which sounds like I was catching a softball — something I never actually achieved in real life, unless you count catching it with my eye socket.


    Billy Joel is not first on my list of rock-and-roll poets, but does fall somewhere after Jackson Browne. Not bad stuff.

    Songs I added to my iPod today:

    “Be My Baby” – The Ronettes (original)
    “Put the Message in the Box” – World Party
    “Corazon Espinado”- Santana. (I’ve been listening to the Spanish radio station. They play great stuff, including this song and some Shakira tunes that sound better in Spanish.)

    Glad to hear your iPod returned home.

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