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…I know what death is and all you people don’t even know what life is.
There’s nothing noble about dying.  Not even if you die for honor.  Not even if you die the greatest hero the world ever saw.  Not even if you’re so great your name will never be forgotten and who’s that great?  The most important thing is your life little guys.  You’re worth nothing dead except for speeches.  Don’t let them kid you any more.  Pay no intention when they tap you on the shoulder and say come along we’ve got to fight for liberty or what ever their word is there’s always a word.
Just say mister I’m sorry I got no time to die I’m too busy and then run and run like hell.  If they say coward why don’t you pay any attention because it’s your job to live not to die.
     —    Dalton Trumbo
From: “johnny got his gun
[I’ve heard it said this book is the most shocking anti-war novel ever written.  To me, it is more than that.  It is a statement about a man who lives on.  Though by all normal definitions, he is dead.  He lives on…     —    KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2014 Which Is It?
2013 Making You Stronger
2012 Sick Of Being Sick
Greater Than Power
2011 Clear, Specific And Measurable
2010 The Runner’s High
Into The Dark…

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In his life he neither asked nor gave mercy to his foes; he demanded only that conflicts be joined on real explicit issues.
    —    Perry Miller
From: “The Puritan Way of Life
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On This Day In:
2014 Feeling Kept?
Chillin’
2013 The Lucky Few
2012 A Post-Valentine’s Day Message
2011 Risk, Lyrics, Starting Over, And My Trip To The ER
Lucky Choice

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[Happy Valentine’s Day, Hil!!  Pop!  You snuck up from behind!
All my love,
Always,
Your Kev
XXX
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On This Day In:
2014 Awakening
2013 Drowsy In Comfort
2012 Happy Valentine’s Day
2011 Own Your Bible

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When it shall be found that much is omitted, let it not be forgotten that much likewise is performed.
   —    Samuel Johnson
From the Preface to his “English Dictionary
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On This Day In:
2014 Precise Order
2013 Uh, No. Not Really…
Deep Regions
2012 A Pre-Valentine’s Day Message
2011 Easy Like Sunday Morning
May I Have A Little More, Please…
2010 Valleys and Peaks

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Success

I hold no dream of fortune vast,
   Nor seek undying fame.
I do not ask when life is past
   That many know my name.
I may not own the skill to rise
   To glory’s topmost height,
Nor win a place among the wise,
   But I can keep the right.
And I can live my life on earth
   Contented to the end,
If but a few shall know my worth
   And proudly call me friend.
    —    Written by: Edgar Albert Guest
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On This Day In:
2014 Create The Fact
2013 Overpowering Curiosity
2012 On Planning The Invasion Of Iraq…
2011 This And That
I’m Bettin’ On The Bible

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He who knows all the answers has not been asked all the questions.
    ―    Confucius
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On This Day In:
2014 On Faith
2013 My Name Is Charles Stein
2012 Faiths And Sorcery
Made And Kept Free
2011 Multi-Source Learning

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If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours.  If they don’t, they never were.
    ―    Kahlil Gibran
[I don’t know if this is interesting to anyone else, but the first time I distinctly remember hearing this quote was when Lee Majors was being interviewed just after his separation from Farrah Fawcett-Major back around 1979.  They were later divorced in 1982.    —    KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2014 Questioned Faith
2013 At Home In Fire
2012 A Tale Of Two Books
More Meaning
2011 Back At The Millstone
To Learn, Teach

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There are no faster or firmer friendships than those formed between people who love the same books.
   ―    Irving Stone
From his book:  “Clarence Darrow for the Defense
[Found on one of the blogs I follow:  http://mylittlebookblog.com/
The specific post is at: http://mylittlebookblog.com/2014/09/26/there-are-no-faster-or-firmer-friendships-than-those-formed-between-people-who-love-the-same-books-%e2%80%95-irving-stone-clarence-darrow-for-the-defense/
Another blog site well worth visiting.  I would only add that this is provided the people have an opportunity to share / communicate their love.  Hence, social networks in general and blogging in particular.   —    KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2014 Neither Head Nor Heart
2013 Lonely, Foolish, Love Songs
Batting 1.000
Coward, n.
2012 At Least A Little More Difficult
2011 Speaking Of Fear

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Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.  Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.  Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.  Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.  Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
    —    Calvin Coolidge
[Emphasis provided by yours truly…    —    KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2014 The Promise Of Future Love
2013 Christian, n.
2012 Praise
Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood
2011 A Few More Lyrics From The Past
5 For The Price Of 1

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Cosmically, I seem to be of two minds.  The power of materialist science to explain everything — from the behavior of the galaxies to that of molecules, atoms and their sub-microscopic components — seems to be inarguable and the principal glory of the modern mind.  On the other hand, the reality of subjective sensations, desires and — may we even say — illusions, composes the basic substance of our existence, and religion alone, in its many forms, attempts to address, organize and placate these.  I believe, then, that religious faith will continue to be an essential part of being human, as it has been for me.
   —    John Updike
From the article: “Testing the Limits of What I Think and Feel
Found at one of the blogs I follow:  The Bully Pulpit    Located at:  www.jrbenjamin.com
The specific post is at:   http://jrbenjamin.com/2015/01/17/john-updike-what-i-believe/
[A site well worth visiting…    —    KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2014 Pride And Remembrance
2013 Repeating Bad Memories
2012 No Sooner
2011 Just Cheesy!
Are You Illin’?

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Man is a great enough creature and a great enough enigma to deserve both our pride and our compassion, and engage our fullest sense of mystery.  I shall certainly never do as much with my life as I want to, and I shall sometimes fail miserably to live up to my conscience, whose word I do not distrust even when I can’t obey it.  But I am terribly glad to be alive; and when I have wit enough to think about it, terribly proud to be a man and an American, with all the rights and privileges that those words connote; and most of all I am humble before the responsibilities that are also mine.  For no right comes without a responsibility, and being born luckier than most of the world’s millions, I am also born more obligated.
    —   Wallace Stegner
From: “Everything Potent Is Dangerous
Found at one of the blogs I follow:  The Bully Pulpit  //http:/www.jrbenjamin.com
The original post is at:  http://jrbenjamin.com/2015/01/18/wallace-stegner-what-i-believe/
[The site is well worth a visit…   —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2014 Rage And Fury
2013 Successful Children
2012 For God So Loved The World
2011 Go Cheeseheads!!
Structured Mentality

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Retaining youthful enthusiasm is an art.  If you can be like a child in some ways, staying open and curious, you will never stop learning.  You will never stop improving.
     —    Laird Hamilton
Quoted in the article: “The Maestro“, written by Lee Jenkins
In Sports Illustrated, 21 April 2014
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On This Day In:
2014 Caution
2013 Treat Her Like A Lady
2012 Build New Worlds
2011 I Grok Elegance
Standing Relish

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Last night I watched a really terrific movie: “Finding Forrester“, released back in 2000, and starring Sean Connery as William Forrester and Rob Brown as Jamal Wallace.  The movie is basically a master / grasshopper movie with Connery in the Juan Sánchez Villa‑Lobos Ramirez : Yoda : Mr. Miyagi role and Brown in the Connor MacLeod : Luke Skywalker : Daniel Larusso role.  But, instead of the swords, “The Force”  and karate, the lessons are about ideas, words, writing and seeking your own path in the world.
The movie is fairly predictable in terms of story line, pace and resolution (happy ending), but it works!  Connery is masterful but Brown manages to hold his own in their joint scenes and more than hold his own when he is the focus of the scene.  The dialogue is witty and mature allowing the characters to grow in the relationship of their friendship.  One of my favorite scenes is the two of them watching “Jeopardy” and Forrester thinks Wallace doesn’t know something (the author of a work) and makes a comment, to which Wallace replies with the name and the riposte: “I’ll take poor assumptions for $800, Alex.”
Two (of many) strong performances in a movie about seeking and finding personal growth with several brilliantly insightful comments about human nature (and writing).  Good for a laugh, several chuckles and a tear-up (if you’re a softy like me).  Highly recommended!!
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On This Day In:
2014 Ouch!
2013 Revelations
2012 Movies And Juicing
Brady Gets #4 (Prediction)
Happy To Get Up
2011 What About Good Blogs?
2010 Slowly, Slowly…

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They deem me mad because I will not sell my days for gold; and I deem them mad because they think my days have a price.
   ― Kahlil Gibran
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On This Day In:
2014 Ouch!
2013 Revelations
2012 Movies And Juicing
Brady Gets #4 (Prediction)
Happy To Get Up
2011 What About Good Blogs?
2010 Slowly, Slowly…

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Sincerity becomes apparent.  From being apparent, it becomes manifest.  From being manifest, it becomes brilliant.  Brilliant, it affects others.  Affecting others, they are changed by it.  Changed by it, they are transformed.  It is only he who is possessed of the most complete sincerity that can exist under heaven, who can transform.
   ―   Confucius
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On This Day In:
2014 Prayers For Junior
Senseless
2013 Interesting Drink
Super Bowl XLVII Declared A No Bird Zone
2012 Smile
2011 Come Forward

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