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The popularity of today’s reality television shows demonstrates conclusively the satisfaction that results from seeing other people in difficult circumstances, not because people are inherently cruel but because when the show is over, the viewers are still fine.  All that is required from us is sympathy, and it’s easy to be sympathetic because it costs us nothing.  When it comes time to sacrifice, however, the price is no longer zero, and that is when the value of one’s character can be calculated.
   –  Colonel Jack Jacobs (Ret.)
Medal of Honor recipient
from his book “If Not Now, When?
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My intellectual taste ran to simple, comfortable constructs, and nothing was more comfortable than leading soldiers and doing soldierly things and living among people who were performing very difficult tasks at the lowest level in pursuit of an ideal.  Being on staff was life as a bureaucrat, and bureaucracies are organized to do routine things in a routine way.  They are committees, notoriously inefficient and obstructionist enemies of the people.  I wanted to be a platoon leader, I liked being a platoon leader, and I wanted to continue being a platoon leader.
 

–  Colonel Jack Jacobs (Ret.)
Medal of Honor recipient
from his book “If Not Now, When?
 

[There is something refreshing (and admirable) about a person who wants to be at the focal point of contact – be it with a customer (salesman) or an enemy (soldier).  Or, come to think of it, a mother breastfeeding her baby.  —  KMAB]

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To a twenty-one-year-old, time is irrelevant.  It disappears over the horizon to infinity, and you don’t have an appreciation for time until you get to be old.  Because they are afraid they’ll never wake up, old people often don’t sleep well at night, and they know that you can cheat the Angel of Death by taking short naps in the daytime, when the Angel of Death is ostensibly occupied in China, where it’s nighttime.  But at the age of twenty-one, you’re going to live forever, and you can sleep all day if you want to.
 

–  Colonel Jack Jacobs (Ret.)
Medal of Honor recipient
from the book “If Not Now, When?“ by Col. Jacobs and Douglas Century

 

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Who is more to be pitied, a writer bound and gagged by policemen or one living in perfect freedom who has nothing more to say?
 

—  Kurt Vonnegut

 

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It’s just that simple.  You go to work.  You always go to work.
 

—  Samuel L. Jackson
from “Who’s Afraid Of A Large Black Man?” by Charles Barkley

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To close out the weekend, here’s another handful of song lyrics to read, think about (go listen to) and enjoy:
 

If “The Boss” could see the economic problems (and irony) in America in the ’80’s, why are we still facing them thirty years later?  —  Born In The USA
 

Here’s a couple by Darius Rucker.  If you’ve ever been driving by yourself on a freeway at 5:00am and the fog is so thick you can barely see the traffic lines (let alone any signs), this one will touch a nerve.  —  I Hope They Get To Me In Time
 

This second D.R. song is for all of us Dads who missed too much just makin’ sure there was a roof and food…  —  It Won’t Be Like This For Long
 

The last two of this handful are from Rodney Atkins.  The first is just a great story about living in America.  —  These Are My People
 

The second is about persevering…  Some times you just gotta keep on keepin’ on…  —  If You’re Going Through Hell
 

All of these MUST be listened to!!  As much as the words will mean on reading, some song lyrics are meant to be heard sung – these five are definitely in the “hearing” group.
 
 

 

 

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I’m in love with words – any words – all words – and I want to share them around.

—  Jo Bryant
Kiwi/Australian Writer, Poet, and Potential Amateur Photographer
 

[Visit Jo’s WordPress blog by clicking on her name above…  And Jo, I grok words too!!  —  KMAB]

 

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