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This is your life.
Do what you love,
And do it often.
If you don’t like something,
Change it.
If you don’t like your job,
Quit.
If you don’t have enough time,
Stop watching TV.
If you are looking for the love of your life,
Stop;
They will be waiting for you
When you start doing things you love.
Stop over-analyzing,
Life is simple.
All emotions are beautiful.
When you eat,
Appreciate
Every
Last
Bite.
Open your mind,
Arms,
And heart
To new things
And people,
We are united in our differences.
Ask the next person
You see
What their passion is,
And share your inspiring dream
With them.
TRAVEL OFTEN;
Getting lost
Will help you
Find yourself.
Some opportunities come only once;
Seize them.
Life is about the people you meet,
And the things you create with them,
So go out
And start
Creating.
Life is short.
Live your dream
And WEAR your passion.
[I keep stumbling across this statement/manifesto on websites and blogs.  The above is my “interpretation” of it.  You can find more at:  http://shop.holstee.com
I have nothing to do with the site.  I just like the manifesto…  —  KMAB]
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The subjects of every state ought to contribute towards the support of the government, as nearly as possible, in proportion to their respective abilities; that is, in proportion to the revenue which they respectively enjoy under the protection of the state.
   —  Adam Smith
from his book: “The Wealth of Nations“, 1775
[From each according to his ability sounds suspiciously like Communism to me.  Obviously, Adam Smith would know nothing about capitalism or taxation cause he was “only” one of the pioneers of political economics.  Just saying…  —  KMAB]
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Well, today my blog (this here disturbance) turns three years old.
My first entry was the obligatory: “Hello, World!
I didn’t particularly note the first or second anniversary.  I guess, I wanted a certain body of work to accumulate before I thought much about recognizing it as an accomplishment.
The blog started slow – about three or four entries per month.  Some days I had that many posts alone and then had nothing to say for weeks (days) at a time.  Since 17 January 2011, I’ve had a post every day.  Most of them are simply quotes which gave me pause and / or made me think and I’m simply passing them on to anybody who happens to stumble across my site.  Sometimes I comment on the quote.  More often than not, I simply throw them out there for the reader to consider without my bias.  Every couple of weeks I post something a little more substantial.  When this happens, sports, politics and my family are the normal topics.
Other UBIs (“Useless Bits of Information) about my blog:
As of today, 29 July 2012, I will have had –
988 Posts
175 Pages
206 Comments
I will have used up about 2% allowed free space (about 52 MB);
I will have had about 12,000 views (all time)  (probably 25-33% are my own views just admiring my handiwork);
About 52 of my entries have been book reviews (some entries have multiple books), but basically I’m averaging about a book every three weeks.
About 49 of my entries have been movie reviews (again many of the entries are for multiple movies and some are re-reviews of movies I’ve taken a 2nd – or 50th – look at, and just feel like adding more comments to/about.
Probably 90% of my pages are song lyrics, poems or speeches which particularly moved me at some point in my life.
There about 70 folks following my Blog via the blog (WordPress) itself,  but there’s no way to tell how many are looking at it frequently – or simply deleting the notification.  Beyond that, there’s another 83 folks following my blog via Facebook and 12 more who follow via twitter.  I have no idea what they’re seeing off of twitter feed, unless it’s merely the daily titles.
Anyway, three years and no end in sight…
I hope you’re enjoying reading my 2¢ worth enough to come back every once in a while, and, as I said at the beginning of all of this, I hope you “Live long and prosper!
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Last night, Hil, Sarah and I watched the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics in London.  At the very end, there was a performance by Sir Paul McCartney singing “Hey, Jude“.
Seeing Sir Paul reminded me that a week or so ago, I caught a bit of “Forrest Gump” while I was channel surfing.  Forest was being interviewed by Dick Cavett and next to him (Forest) was John Lennon.  They went through a little spiel which was meant to “seem” as if it was the creative idea behind my favorite Lennon song: “Imagine“.
Seeing Sir Paul also reminded me of one of my favorite songs by him: “Silly Love Songs“.
I’ve been meaning to add them both to my Poems page for some time, but have never gotten around to it.  Anyway, it’s done now.  Both touch my soul in completely different ways – the latter seems frivolous and the former profound – but both are simple AND serious – about love (and singing) and about peace.
Both bring warm smiles to face and heart and a wistfulness for other times and for what might have been had they stayed together longer (or rejoined in later years).
As always, read the words and then go listen to the songs.   Enjoy!
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There are seven sins in the world:
Wealth without work;
Pleasure without conscience;
Knowledge without humility;
Commerce without morality;
Science without humanity;
Worship without sacrifice; and,
Politics without principle.
  —  Mahatma Gandhi
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Life is like a ten-speed bicycle.  Most of us have gears we never use.
  —  Charles M. Schulz
(Cartoon Artist, creator of “Peanuts“)
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I just get sick and tired, quite frankly, of all this talk.  Everything that has to do with the federal branch of government … is bad, and states are good.  I remind you that … the reason the federal government got into 90% of the business it got into is that the state[s]…  did not do the job.
  —  Vice-President Joseph “Joe” Biden (then Senator Biden of Delaware)
A member of the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1981 at the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court nominee Sandra Day O’Connor
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