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All men fear death.  It’s a natural fear that consumes us all.  We fear death because we feel that we haven’t loved well enough or loved at all, which ultimately are one and the same.  However, when you make love with a truly great woman, one that deserves the utmost respect in this world and one that makes you feel truly powerful, that fear of death completely disappears.  Because when you are sharing your body and heart with a great woman the world fades away.  You two are the only ones in the entire universe.  You conquer what most lesser men have never conquered before, you have conquered a great woman’s heart, the most vulnerable thing she can offer to another.  Death no longer lingers in the mind.  Fear no longer clouds your heart.  Only passion for living, and for loving, become your sole reality.  This is no easy task for it takes insurmountable courage.  But remember this, for that moment when you are making love with a woman of true greatness you will feel immortal.  I believe that love that is true and real creates a respite from death.  All cowardice comes from not loving or not loving well, which is the same thing.
And when the man who is brave and true looks death squarely in the face like some rhino hunters I know or Belmonte, who is truly brave, it is because they love with sufficient passion to push death out of their minds.  Until it returns, as it does to all men.  And then you must make really good love again.  Think about it.
  ―  Woody Allen
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On This Day In:
2012 Fuller
Life On The Range
More Classics
2011 Stoned Again?
2010 Insubordination… And That’s Why I Love Her!
Losing – Week One

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Four Score

At eighty, a man has experienced everything: love, and its ending; ambition, and its emptiness; several foolish beliefs, and their rectification.  Fear of death is not very great; affections and interest concern people who have died and events of the past.  In a cinema theatre when the show is continuous the spectator has the right to retain his seat as long as he wishes to do so, but actually, when the scenes he has already witnessed reappear on the screen, he leaves the theatre.  Life is a continuous show.  The same events take place every thirty years, and they become boring.  One after another the spectators take their departure.
    —  André Maurois
[I don’t know…  I’ve watched some movies fifty or more times.  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2012 The Ruler
2011 Forever
2010 Just Cuz
How Do You Mend A Broken Heart?
It’s Alive!! (3rd Pair Shoe Review)

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The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
    —  Edmund Burke
[I can’t believe I’ve been posting to this blog for over four years and I’ve never cited this quote before!  Particularly since I’ve used it in some of my “replies” on other blog sites.  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2012 B8
2011 I’m Definitely Not In Control

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See, that’s the tragedy of the human condition.  No one WANTS to be corrupted by power when they set out to get it.  They have good, even noble reasons for doing whatever it is they do.  They don’t want to misuse it, they don’t want to abuse it, and they don’t want to become vicious monsters.  Good people, decent people, set out to take the high road, to pick up power without letting it change them or push them away from their ideals.
But it keeps happening anyway.
History is full of it.  As a rule, people aren’t good at handling power.  And the second you start to think you’re better at controlling your power than anyone else, you’ve already taken the first step.
  —  Harry Dresden
The narrative character in the novel: “Cold Days
Written by: Jim Butcher
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On This Day In:
2012 Take Time
2011 A Mother’s Lesson
2010 3rd Pair – Shoe Review (DOA and Final)

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Eureka

If men could regard the events of their lives with more open minds they would frequently discover that they did not really desire the thing they failed to obtain.
  —  André Maurois
[Perhaps contentment does come from a little less desire.  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2012 Slow Me
2011 He Said What?!?
2010 Gritty
3 and 3
Just A Hunch
Wall Street – Movie Review
2nd Pair – Shoe Review (Aborted and Final)

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To be is to do.
  —  Socrates
To do is to be.
  —  Sartre
Do be do be do…
  —  Sinatra
Scoo bi doo bi doo!
  —  Scoobidoo
[Not every post has to be serious…  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2012 A Lover
2011 What Have We Found Here
Words

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I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells.  I honor the place in you which is of love, of truth, of light, and of peace.  When you are in that place in you and I am in that place in me, We Are One.
 From: http://idealisticrebel.wordpress.com/2013/08/23/my-last-words-for-today/
[Also: “I see you!”
Also: “I acknowledge you.”
I frequently end my responses to comments and my replies to other folks posts with the salutation “Namaste”.  It’s a word I’ve “known” forever, but never really comprehended.  I used to believe it was a simple greeting, like “hello” or “see you later”.  I was discussing this with the owner of an Indian restaurant and he said, “No, sir!  It is so much more.”  And then he explained some of its different levels of meaning.  Being me, I then went home and looked it up on the internet, and indeed, the word / spirit of the word, has many meanings.   —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2012 Looking Up
2011 Et Tu Brute?

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This life is what you make it.  No matter what, you’re going to mess up sometimes, it’s a universal truth.  But the good part is you get to decide how you’re going to mess it up.  Girls will be your friends – they’ll act like it anyway.  But just remember, some come, some go.  The ones that stay with you through everything – they’re your true best friends.  Don’t let go of them.  Also remember, sisters make the best friends in the world.  As for lovers, well, they’ll come and go too.  And baby, I hate to say it, most of them – actually pretty much all of them are going to break your heart, but you can’t give up because if you give up, you’ll never find your soulmate.  You’ll never find that half who makes you whole and that goes for everything.  Just because you fail once, doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything.  Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie?  So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.
  ―   Marilyn Monroe
[From a blog I follow: http://dshenai.wordpress.com
The specific post is:   http://dshenai.wordpress.com/2013/07/09/insightful-inspirational-quotes-about-life/
Happy Birthday, Princess!
Love, Dad  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2012 Be Not Old
2012 National League Western Division Champions!!!
2011 What Kind Of Work Do You Do?
2010 Another Loser… And Come November

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I read an article once that said that when women have a conversation, they’re communicating on five levels.  They follow the conversation that they’re actually having, the conversation that is specifically being avoided, the tone being applied to the overt conversation, the buried conversation that is being covered only in subtext, and finally the other person’s body language.
That is, on many levels astounding to me.  I mean, that’s like having a freaking superpower.  When I, and most other people with a Y chromosome, have a conversation, we’re having a conversation.  Singular.  We’re paying attention to what is being said, considering that, and replying to it.  All these other conversations that have apparently been going on for the last several thousand years?  I didn’t even know that they EXISTED until I read that stupid article, and I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one.
I felt somewhat skeptical about the article’s grounding.  There were probably a lot of women who didn’t communicate on multiple wavelengths at once.  There were probably men who could handle that many just fine.  I just wasn’t one of them.
So, ladies, if you ever have some conversation with your boyfriend or husband or brother or male friend, and you are telling him something perfectly obvious, and he comes away from it utterly clueless?  I know it’s tempting to think to yourself, “The man can’t possibly be that stupid!”
But yes.  Yes, he can.
  —  Harry Dresden
The narrative character in the novel: “Cold Days
Written by: Jim Butcher
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On This Day In:
2012 Enquiries
2011 The Prize: Understanding
2010 Can You Tell My Scanner Works?
Rebecca – The Early Years
James – The Early Years
Brothers By Another Mother

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Do you need any more reason to smile or happy?
Take a walk, relax yourself…
Look at the nature.
Smile from your heart!
From one of the blogs I follow:  http://lijiun.wordpress.com
The specific post is at:   http://lijiun.wordpress.com/2013/08/11/fountain-of-joy/
[Sometimes we forget how glorious each day is…  And the beauty which surrounds us!  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2012 Like You
2011 Got Days?
2010 K9 Humor – Has Anyone Seen My Setter? (Must read!!)
A Longer Blog Than You Want To Read (Probably)
2009 Back and Forth and Round Again…

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I wasn’t born to stand on the sidewalk, I was born to fly around crazy in the sky!
  —  C. JoyBell C.
[Found at:  http://courtingmadness.wordpress.com
The specific post is: http://courtingmadness.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/i-wasnt-born-to-stand-on-the-sidewalk/
There is an image to go with the quote.  Please click through to the original posting for the full effect.  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2012 Greater Love
2011 Before

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All my life I’ve looked at words as though I were seeing them for the first time.
 —  Letter (9 April 1945);
Published in “Ernest Hemingway: Selected Letters 1917–1961
Edited by Carlos Baker
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On This Day In:
2012 Make Both
2011 Are You Happy Yet?

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Where there is thought, there will be philosophy in one form or another: the stronger the thought, the stronger the philosophy.
  —  Cubby
[A comment on one of the postings on my blog…
The specific posting was:  https://kmabarrett.wordpress.com/2013/08/12/precis/
Cubby’s blog is: http://reowr.wordpress.com/  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2012 Two Tribes
2011 Made Any Assumptions Lately?

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Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.  We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?  Actually, who are you not to be?  You are a child of God.  Your playing small does not serve the world.  There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.  We are all meant to shine, as children do.  We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.  It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.  And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.  As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
  —  Marianne Williamson
[From one of the blogs I follow:   http://365daymiracles.com
The specific posting is at:  http://365daymiracles.com/2013/08/15/vulnerability-shedding-your-skin/
—  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2012 Acquaintance, n.
2011 On Why His Father Was A Great Teacher
A Baker’s Dozen

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Suffering and beauty lift us out of self-absorption to something greater than ourself.  Even humor, a touch of beauty for its dip into joy, helps us get over our bad self for the moment.  There is lightness.  Life isn’t all about shuffling along under a load.  We can set it down.  Trust that Someone or something’s got our back, be it God or friend or peace with self.  When we hope or even fear as we ought from the lessons of literature and poetry, we realize a fresh reverence.  Privy to the vast range of possibilities ancient and modern tales disclose, we learn new ways of responding to challenges and can exchange the load for a dream.
  —  From one of the blogs I follow: http://aholisticjourney.wordpress.com/
The specific post is: http://aholisticjourney.wordpress.com/2013/08/05/the-writing-process-ii-why-we-read-part-4/
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On This Day In:
2012 Abnormal, adj.
2011 Large Families
On The Brink

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