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Best Wishes For 2014!

Here’s to you, my blog readers,
Give of yourselves…
Love others (and tell them often)…
Enjoy long walks (preferably) while holding someone’s hand, nutritious food and candle-light meals, good reading, music which touches your soul, and quiet moments for reflection…
Look forward (Hope), while living in the moment (Enjoy), and not forgetting the past (Memories)…
May you have a happy, healthy and prosperous 2014!
Please have a happy (and safe) New Year’s Eve!
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On This Day In:
2012 My Creed
2011 It Probably Isn’t So

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Whatever the problem, be part of the solution.  Don’t just sit around raising questions and pointing out obstacles.
   —  Tina Fey
From her book: “Bossypants
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On This Day In:
2012 The Only Way to Win
2011 Honest Writing

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The only difference between the Democrats and the Republicans is that the Democrats allow the poor to be corrupt, too.
    —  Oscar Levant
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On This Day In:
2012 Are We, Are We?
On Not Playing The Game
Scale
2011 Nutcracker And Nooks
Seeing Differences

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…I intend to speak of my faith and my people as well as I can, and I will tell the truth.
One note on style: if I sometimes write here with a light hand, it is not because I am the less serious in what I say.  It is no service to the reader to load him with technical jargon to convince him that my words have weight.  I have risked being as clear and pleasant as I could, and I have worked very hard for clarity.
  —  Herman Wouk
From the Prologue to his book:  “This Is My God
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On This Day In:
2012 Working On Reality
2011 Massive Contradictory Changes

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A man must be both stupid and uncharitable who believes there is no virtue or truth but on his own side.
    —  Joseph Addison
[Musta been talkin’ ’bout Rush Limbaugh…  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2012 That’s Success!
2011 Losing At Dominos
2010 1,001

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No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices.
  —  Edward R. Murrow
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On This Day In:
2012 Inside All Truth Is A Vacuum
2011 So, Whom Are We Trying To Fool Then?

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There are only two ways to live your life.  One is as though nothing is a miracle.  The other is as though everything is a miracle.
  —  Albert Einstein
 [This quote was originally found on one of the blogs I follow, maintained by Deodatta Shenai-Khatkhate:  Deo Volente  at: (http://dshenai.wordpress.com/)
The actual post is:  http://dshenai.wordpress.com/2013/07/09/insightful-inspirational-quotes-about-life/
Thanks, Deo!  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2012 Merry Christmas – 2012
2011 I Have Seen

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Music is the voice that tells us that the human race is greater than it knows.
    —  Napoleon Bonaparte
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On This Day In:
2012 Positive Thoughts
Hope Works
2011 Look! Up In The Sky…
Humility Before The Unknowable

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Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.
  —  Frank Zappa
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On This Day In:
2012 High Anxiety
2011 And I’m Taking Me There
2010 1,000

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I understand why we do that now.  It’s a help, not a threat.  It’s something to remind you how important words are.  Ideas are important.  Principles are important.  Words are important.  Your word is the most important of all.  Your word is who you are.
  —  Tom Clancy
[Found on a blog I follow: http://dshenai.wordpress.com/
The specific post is:  http://dshenai.wordpress.com/2013/10/03/tribute-to-tom-clancy-with-his-insightful-quotes/
Thanks Deo!  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2012 Mine Stands
2011 Aversions

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Today I’ve added two song lyrics to my Poems page.  I’ve also updated six more of the ones already on the page to include the YouTube videos.
The additions are: “Lydia – The Tattooed Lady” and “People Got To Be Free“.  The performances are by Groucho Marx, and The Young Rascals, respectively.
Both of these songs are songs which just popped into my head when I woke up and stuck there for the rest of the day.  Both are from my earlier years – the first (“Lydia“) before I understood the “implications” of being a female in the circus and “tattooed”.  While humorously presented, it has a quite serious side.
The second song is from one of my all time favorite groups as an early youth: “The Young Rascals“, later shortened to just “The Rascals“.  These guys had a string of hits, and this is one of my favorites.  I’m sure there will be more to come…
My favorite lines are:
Ask me my opinion,
My opinion will be
It’s a natural situation
For a man to be free
The six updates are:
I Am A Rock
Like A Rock
I Hope You Dance
She’s Gone
Like A Rolling Stone
I’m A Believer
If you don’t know these songs or haven’t read the lyrics lately, you owe it to yourself to check them out.  Then you can drop down to the bottom of the page to enjoy the performance.
As always, read the lyrics, enjoy the performances, then go support these artists or the artists of your choice.  Participate in supporting the Arts locally!  Keep Art alive in your community!
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On This Day In:
2012 Telling Her
2011 On Torture

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It is better to teach a few things perfectly than many things indifferently, and an overloaded curriculum is useless.  The object of instruction is not to produce technicians, but good active minds.
    —  André Maurois
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On This Day In:
2012 Telling Her
2011 On Torture

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What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity.  These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.
  —  Joseph Addison
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On This Day In:
2012 Simple, Ordinary And Wonderous
2011 Humane Writers

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There once was a time in history when the limitation of governmental power meant increasing liberty for the people.
In the present day the limitation of governmental power, of governmental action, means the enslavement of the people by the great corporations, who can only be held in check through the extension of governmental power.
   —  President Theodore Roosevelt
14 September 1912
[Does anybody seriously wonder why I love me some TR???  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2012 Feeling It
2011 Stretching Science

 

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Underneath this flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.
   —  Oscar Levant
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On This Day In:
2012 Essential Experience
2011 Lest We Forget Those Still In Harm’s Way
Sound Familiar?

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