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Not everybody can be famous, but everybody can be great because greatness is determined by service.
   –  Martin Luther King, Jr.
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On This Day In:
2013 You Really Should Wear More Sweaters
Here I Am God
2012 The Serenity Prayer
2011 The Victory Of Life

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Knowing a great deal is not the same as being smart; intelligence is not information alone but also judgement, the manner in which information is coordinated and used.
    —  Carl Sagan
Found on the site: THINKING SCI-FI
Located at:  http://thinkingscifi.wordpress.com/
The specific post is:  http://thinkingscifi.wordpress.com/2014/03/06/cosmos-revisited/
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On This Day In:
2013 My Heart Is Described
2012 Keen To Be Alone
2011 The Ideal Business…
2010 55

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Cosmos is a Greek word for the order of the universe.  It is, in a way, the opposite of Chaos.  It implies the deep interconnectedness of all things.  It conveys awe for the intricate and subtle way in which the universe is put together.
  ―  Carl Sagan
From his TV Show: “Cosmos
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On This Day In:
2013 Attention To Detail
2012 Aequanimitas!
2011 Consider This

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Unpaved

Some people try to turn back their odometers.  Not me, I want people to know “why” I look this way.  I’ve traveled a long way and some of the roads weren’t paved!
  —  Will Rogers
[Happy Birthday to me!  Here’s to the unpaved roads… and miles to go, before I sleep!!   —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2013 Headstones
2012 Keeping Young
2011 Lessons Well Learned

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Anyone who isn’t confused really doesn’t understand the situation.
  —  Edward R. Murrow
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On This Day In:
2013 But The Odds Are Against It
2012 Far Better Off With Books
2011 Timid And Fainthearted

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The people to fear are not those who disagree with you, but those who disagree with you and are too cowardly to let you know.
  —  Napoleon Bonaparte
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On This Day In:
2013 Ears And Tongue
2012 The Story Of Joe (Middle-Class Republican)
2011 Happy Birthday, Diana
Depending On Kindness

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After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring.  He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him…
 The moral:  When you’re full of bull, keep your mouth shut.
  —  Will Rogers
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On This Day In:
2013 Where Are Your Mountains
2012 Spherical Knowledge Of Hamsters
2011 Taking Stock Over Time

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 I don’t know how I got over the hill without getting to the top.
  —  Will Rogers
[Happy Birthday, Bro!  Hopefully, there are many more to come…  Love ya, Kev  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2013 New Adventures And Old Hopes
Caving In
2012 Bits And Bobs And Birthdays
Always Hope
2011 Wet Snow And Long Hills

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We do not completely love those at whom we cannot smile.  There is something inhuman in absolute perfection which overwhelms the mind and heart, which commands respect, but keeps friendship at a distance through discouragement and humiliation.  We are always glad when a great man reassures us of his humanity by possessing a few peculiarities.
  —  André Maurois
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On This Day In:
2013 Robbed Again
2012 Good Hearts
2011 Interesting Reading
What Are You Lookin’ At?

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Just Setting Out

I never set out to be weird.  It was always other people who called me weird.
  —  Frank Zappa
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On This Day In:
2013 Scott’s Inscription
2012 Good Knowledge
2011 Social Safety Nets

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Keep away from people who try to belittle your dreams.  Small people always do that, but the really great ones make you feel that you too, can become great.
  —  Mark Twain
[Found on one of the blogs I follow: http://stevendavisuk.com/
The specific posting is: http://stevendavisuk.com/2014/02/08/12-inspiring-quotes-to-get-you-motivated-now/
  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2013 Bitter Stand
2012 Lost For Words
2011 On Market Reactions…

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One glance at (a book) and you hear the voice of another person – perhaps someone dead for thousands of years.  Across the millennia, the author is speaking, clearly and silently, inside your head, directly to you.  Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people, citizens of distant epochs, who never knew one another.  Books break the shackles of time.
   —  Carl Sagan
Found on the site: THINKING SCI-FI
Located at:  http://thinkingscifi.wordpress.com/
The specific post is:  http://thinkingscifi.wordpress.com/2014/03/06/cosmos-revisited/
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On This Day In:
2013 Ethics And Standards
2012 Swing Higher
2011 Convicted For Life

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If something doesn’t work exactly right, or maybe needs some special treatment, you don’t just throw it away.  Everything can’t be fully operational all the time.  Sometimes, we need to have the patience to give something the little nudge it needs.
  ―  Sarah Dessen
Quoted on the web site: The Mirror Obscura, located at:  http://themirrorobscura.com/
The specific posting is:  http://themirrorobscura.com/2014/03/04/writing-journal-entry-4/
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On This Day In:
2013 The Journey Will Be Joy
2012 Hopeful Flights
2011 Irrationally Predictable
Lawful Restraint

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Always keep in mind Rule One of archaeology: Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.
 —  Kenneth C. Davis
From his book: “Don’t Know Much About The Bible
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On This Day In:
2013 Spelling God’s Name
2012 Love Your Life And Sing
Feeling Under the Weather?
2011 Cheers, Friend!

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While I was on the space station, I used Twitter to ask hundreds of thousands of people what they would like me to take a picture of.  Resoundingly, the answer was “home.”  Everyone, from all around the world, wanted to see their hometowns.  I found that thought-provoking.  After millennia of wandering and settling, we are still most curious about how we fit in and how our community looks in the context of the rest of the world.  A curiosity of self-­awareness, now answerable by technology.
This is where the answers to our problems will start.  ­People across the planet need to see and internalize an accurate global vision of place and individual account­ability — to recognize the problems that face us all and the technologies that exist to combat them.  Our young ­people need to be able to look up, to look beyond the horizons of their forebears, and see the wisdom and opportunity that comes from a more universal sense of responsibility.
The International Space Station is a phenomenal laboratory, an unparalleled test bed for new invention and discovery.  Yet I often thought, while silently gazing out the window at Earth, that the actual legacy of humanity’s attempts to step into space will be a better understanding of our current planet and how to take care of it.
It is not a perfect world, but it is ours.  Sometimes you have to leave home to truly see it.
  —  Chris Hadfield
From an article: “We Should Treat Earth as Kindly as We Treat Spacecraft
The on-line version of the article is at: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/11/chris-hadfield-wired/
In the December 2013 issue of Wired magazine:  http://www.wired.com/
[I have subscribed to “Wired” for over a decade.  It is well worth the money for anyone who fancies himself (or herself) a futurist!  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2013 Precious Friend
2012 It Couldn’t Be Done
Feeling Surrounded?
2011 Surprise!

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