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The state’s magnanimity to those offenders whom it would find too expensive to punish.
   —    Ambrose Bierce
From:  “The Devil’s Dictionary
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I don’t know how many folks ever bother to look at anything on my page except the actual blog posting for that day.  On the right hand side I have a category of links to pages I find interesting.  The category is titled: “Tributaries And Eddies” (TAE).
TAE’s tend to be sites from folks who have “liked” one or more of my postings and who I’ve tracked back to see what their site looks like.  If I find the site “interesting” and relatively frequently maintained, I put it on my list for sites to add to TAE.  Now, “interesting” doesn’t mean I agree with the site content or purpose and I tend to not include company sites (although that’s not a hard and fast rule either).  They simply tickle my fancy (for whatever reason) at the time I view them.
About every six months or so, I go visit each current TAE and drop those which are no longer maintained and add one or more from my list.  Again, I don’t have a firm rule on how many I keep on the list and it’s been over twenty and as low as four or five.  I mean no offense to any who notice their site has been dropped.
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In international politics, the union of two thieves who have their hands so deeply inserted in each other’s pockets that they cannot separately plunder a third.
    —    Ambrose Bierce
From:  “The Devil’s Dictionary
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Fear less; hope more.  Eat less; chew more.  Talk less; say more.  Hate less; love more.
   —    Pauline Phillips (better known as “Dear Abby“)
[During the great age of newspaper reading (much of my early adult life), I always looked forward to reading sports, the comics and the personal columnists.  Sometimes they were funny, most times warm and fuzzy, occasionally, brutally honest.  “Dear Abby” was among the best.  You can learn good manners (and she taught them), but a gentle touch (charm and class) are much more difficult to come by.  Pauline Phillips exuded all of the above…  R.I.P.  Wednesday, 16 January 2013 at the age of 94.    —    KMAB]
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The
Problem
Is
That I Lived
Half
My Life
Before
I Realized
It Was A
Do It
Yourself
Job
   —    Anonymous
[…And, so far, most of the other half, still looking for the instructions.   —    KMAB]
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In the last week, I tried a bit of humor – just to see if anyone noticed (or cared).
First I posted:

What Now, Then?

January 11, 2013 by kmabarrett
I am not now
That which I have been
   ―   Lord George Gordon Byron
From: “Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage
[No, I haven’t read the whole poem…  But I liked this one line.    —    KMAB]
A few days later, I posted:

A Toe In The River

January 15, 2013 by kmabarrett
I am not now
That which I have been.
   -–    Lord Byron
From: “Childe Harold
[As stated by Heraclitus of Ephesus:  “You can never step into the same river; for new waters are always flowing on to you.”  To which I would add, and you are always at least slightly older.  But, more importantly, are you greater (wise, kind, gentle) or lesser (bitter, cruel, hard)?    —    KMAB]
The version posted earlier received five “likes”.  The second version received three “likes”.  The three likes were from completely different people.
Now, I don’t know if the first five recognized the duplication and chose not to comment (or to “like” again), or simply didn’t notice (or didn’t care).
In any case, this was not a duplication error.  It was (for me) a subtle play on both the Byron quote and my second comment (including the quote by Heraclitus) that we are never the same person, even when we read the same thing a few days later.
I’ve been told humor is not funny if you have to explain the joke…  How come I’m still smiling?
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Can you, Will you, Please?

Can you see my soul?
Or is it beyond your reach.
Can you hold my hand?
Or is it beyond your grasp.
Can you trust my word?
Or is it beyond your faith.
Can you stand beside me?
Or is it beyond your strength.
Will you see me near you?
Trying to understand.
Will you see me near you?
Reaching for your hand.
Will you see me near you?
Gaining in your faith.
Will you see me near you?
Strengthening your strength.
Please look behind my eyes,
And try to reach my soul.
Please offer me your hand,
Together we can hold.
Please let me gain your faith,
I would not cause you fear.
Please let me stand beside you,
Please let me, please be near.
[This is one of the few poems I’ve written where I also recorded the date: 27 April 1972.
To see more of my poems, you can go to my Poems page, which also contains links to some of my favorite poems, speeches and song lyrics.   —    KMAB]
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Four things a man must learn to do
If he would make his record true:
To think without confusion clearly;
To love his fellow man sincerely;
To act from honest motives purely;
To trust in God and Heaven securely.
    —    Henry Van Dyke
[I have also seen this titled simply “Four Things“, but the blog title above is how I recorded it in my journal years ago.   —    KMAB]
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I am not now
That which I have been.
    —    Lord Byron
From : “Childe Harold
[As stated by Heraclitus of Ephesus:  “You can never step into the same river; for new waters are always flowing on to you.”  To which I would add, and you are always at least slightly older.  But, more importantly, are you greater (wise, kind, gentle) or lesser (bitter, cruel, hard)?   —    KMAB]
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Physical bravery is an animal instinct; moral bravery is a much higher and truer courage.
    —    Wendell Phillips
[I am not sure the first part is true, but I agree that most times you have more time to consider the long term effects of your moral decisions / actions and so a lack of courage becomes easier to rationalize.   —    KMAB]
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Books Are…

Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent.
    —    Stephen King
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Begin by standing on a comfortable surface, where you have plenty of room at each side.
With a 2kg potato bag in each hand, extend your arms straight out from your sides and hold them there as long as you can.  Try to reach a full minute, and then relax.
Each day you’ll find that you can hold this position for just a bit longer.  After a couple of weeks, move up to 5kg potato bags.
Then try 25kg potato bags and then eventually try to get to where you can lift a 50kg potato bag in each hand and hold your arms straight for more than a full minute.  (I’m at this level.)
After you feel confident at that level, put a potato in each bag.
[Many thanks to my friend Dave (in Liverpool) for emailing this to me.    —    KMAB]
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I am not now
That which I have been
   ―    Lord George Gordon Byron
From:  “Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage
[No, I haven’t read the whole poem…  But I liked this one line.   —    KMAB]
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The more you say, the less people remember.  The fewer the words, the greater the profit.
    —    François Fénelon
[Unfortunately, all too often, my ego gets in the way of my speech (and writing).   —    KMAB]
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True bravery is shown by performing without witness what one might be capable of doing before all the world.
   —    Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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