Music 16: Billy the Goat

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This is Billy the Goat. Constantly playful! Constantly cunning! He will work his way out of the most complex system of fences and chains.

Watch out for those sharp horns. He will charge full speed, and hit you with the impact of a powder puff! He loves to play, but I wouldn’t like to be hit full-on for real!

Goats are the most loveable of creatures. He will complain loudly if he doesn’t get his goodnight hugs.

 

13 thoughts on “Music 16: Billy the Goat

          1. Nitin

            Today I’d rather have a Bubble than a Rambo! Rambo was a German Shepherd and he was loyal and sweet to us, but hated the enemy! But that was a different time. Now I live in an apartment complex in a noisy industrial part of the city, and some crazy people in the complex can’t tolerate Beagles. So Rambo will be too volatile.

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              1. Nitin

                That is part of the mystery of Nitin now, but I’ll just say, I want to move somewhere else because I’m not connected to my surroundings (in any sense). A flawed man with Calvinistic roots (although I dislike that term. Sometimes I wonder if he only got his theology right judging by the brutal theocracy he established in Geneva. Now I even doubt the theology part) who once believed in grunge only because he lives that ostracised life needs to walk away from both the Christians here and this life. I’ll keep the blog because it gives me room to talk to people like you. One day, I’ll tell you.

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                1. Bruce Goodman Post author

                  When I was in Zurich (talking of Calvin) I visited Huldrych Zwingli’s church. There was no one about, so I climbed over the chains preventing the public from climbing the steps to Zwingli’s pulpit, and announced in a loud voice: We will now say three Hail Marys for the pope’s intentions, and you will get a plenary indulgence…

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                  1. Nitin

                    Well, you still live to tell the tale! I’ve thought about what you said, and realize today that both sides spilled blood and are plagued with controversy. And that is present even today. I won’t talk much about Christianity. But among the Christians (Catholic and Protestant) after the apostolic era, six lives or their sayings influenced me once. These are Augustine, John Wesley, Jonathan Edwards, David Martyn-Llyod Jones and William Cowper. The last life was just tragic. It makes me want to weep sometimes. I know that there is a Protestant edge to this, but that is my current background. And I will have to include women too. I think I’ll start with Flannery O’Connor once I finish reading her short stories. And I don’t know much about Dostoevesky’s religious background and don’t want to anymore, but Crime and Punishment was the first novel I read. I was very young and didn’t get it then, but I now do.

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                    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

                      Flannery O’Connor is one of my heroes. I think she might be one of the great writers of all time! There certainly is a Protestant edge to your named list, but what is marvellous is the wealth of insight the one side ignores about the other. I was brought up in the John Henry Newman (perfection lies in changing often), Gerard Manley Hopkins, G.K. Chesterton traditions. Each ( yours and mind) add diamonds to the wonderful human inuksuit…

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                    2. Nitin

                      G.K. Chesterton’s answer to a newspaper asking authors, “What wrong with the world today?” just says it all. That’s the diamond that someone sincere (forget both sides) realizes.

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  1. feedinghangrymonsters

    Goats are amazing! I find ours to remind me of dogs. They love hugs and cuddles and they have senses of humor too. We have 2 goats Beer and Larry. Your Billy looks like our Larry whom we call Loud Larry because he is! Beer will chase you sometimes and he can easily hop the fence to their pen although he doesn’t do it unless hes upset like once when we had to take Larry to the vet Beer kept jumping the fence and he would get on the chairs on the front deck and stare in the front window as though demanding I bring his friend back lol.

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