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“Again” should equal a gain.
     —     Shraga Silverstein
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On This Day In:
2015 At Five
2014 Touching The Past
The Supreme Question
2013 Children Will Judge
2012 Liar, n.
2011 Freedom To Doubt

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Just be glad you’re not getting all the government you’re paying for.
    —    Will Rogers
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On This Day In:
2015 Positively Aiming Higher
2014 Suspicious Minds
2013 We Are Not Alone
2012 Lawyer, n.
2011 Each Day Remember…
2010 Impossible Dreams of Camelot

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The worst lies are those whose blade is false, but whose handle is true.
    —    Henry Ward Beecher
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On This Day In:
2015 Nothing But Pride
2014 Go
2013 Well, Does It?
2012 Near Misses Aren’t Successes
2011 Uncomfortable Feelings
2010 San Francisco (favorites)…
Bullets or Butter?

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Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.
    —   Oscar Wilde
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On This Day In:
2015 Get Change
2014 Trapped (Again)
2013 Someone Else Believes
2012 The Practical Value of Science
2011 Seize Gladly The Difficult Task
A Constitutional Conversation
2010 The Fierce Urgency Of Now…

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They say that even if I live, it’s not living.
Because the sky, without you,
seems like a windowless prison.
They say that even if I laugh, it’s not laughing.
They say I look shabby and it looks like I’m crying.
Even if I loved you, I couldn’t say it.
I couldn’t even show any sign of emotion.
I missed you even when I slept.
As you live, as you live, as you live
when you’re having a hard time blame me for
your sadness until you feel refreshed.
As you cry, as you cry, as you cry and you’re worn out.
If it’s really hard for you then just once could
you remember me, as you live?
They say that even if I laugh, it’s not laughing.
They say I look shabby
and it looks like I’m crying.
Even if I loved you, I couldn’t say it.
I couldn’t even show any sign of emotion.
I missed you even when I slept.
Against our will we’ll laugh.
Against our will we’ll live.
Because even if you’re by my side,
even if you’re by my side, you cry.
As you live, as you live, as you live
when you’re having a hard time blame me for
your sadness until you feel refreshed.
Even if you burn, even if you burn, even if you burn me,
you can burn everything so nothing’s left until
you feel refreshed.  As I’ve lived.
As I’ve lived.
Written by:  Ryu Jae Hyun
Performed by:  Joseph Busto
Original performed by:  SG Wannabe  (original version below)
[This is the second of two videos offered showing the talents of Joseph Busto.  There is a TV show in Korea called “I Can See Your Voice“.  The premise of the show is that a current “Pop” star can see if you have vocal talent just by looking at you.  The contestants are not allowed to speak until the final, when they sing a duet with the Pop star.  You may be great.  You may be horrible.  Supposedly, no one knows until you start to sing.  (Hence, the crowd reactions!)
In the first round, the contestants simply stand there.  In round two, they get to lip-sync to a song so the Pop star can see if they have performance talent.  (Still, no speaking or singing.)  In the final round, the Pop star kicks off the duet and then the contestant jumps in.  In my last post, I showed the duet.  Joseph did so well, they had him do an encore.   This song is apparently a famous love song from 2005(ish).   This, in itself is interesting, because it means when this song was first a big it, most of the audience were either pre-teens or early teens, and yet you can see how much the song (and the performance) move them.   Thanks again to George Beierly for turning me on to this.   —    KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2015 A Terrifying Cycle
2014 Rights
2013 Do Bold Things
2012 Seven Causes
2011 I Feel A Tingle Coming On

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When I open my eyes
In the morning I thought of you
I look out the window I thought of you
Blankly another passes by again
Would you sometimes think about me I thought of you
Everything around me
Gets colored by you with familiar scent
A flower blooms and I thought of you
Whenever I see pretty things I thought of you
It’ not my type but I hum the
The lyrics that you liked, I thought of you
Love has found me
Everything around me Blooms in my heart in colors
I’ve never seen before
The blue sky has colors of rainbows
The split allies are like drawings of Monet
Looking at me changed so much
It’s kind of funny
I can’t do anything about it I thought of you all day like a fool
Blankly another passes by again
When I open my eyes
In the morning I thought of you
I brush my teeth I thought of you
Blankly another passes by again
Would you sometimes think about me I thought of you
A flower blooms and I thought of you
I drink coffee I thought of you
Looking at me changed so much
It’s kind of funny
I can’t do anything about it I thought of you all day like a fool
I thought of you
I thought of you
Written and performed by: John Park  (original video immediately below)
[A few nights ago, and old friend (George Beierly) emailed me and said, “You have to check this out!”.  I did and he was 100% correct!  Thanks, Bro!  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2015 A Terrifying Cycle
2014 Rights
2013 Do Bold Things
2012 Seven Causes
2011 I Feel A Tingle Coming On

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Some words are not so absolute as they sound.  Take the word “nothing“:  A woman who has nothing to wear also never has room in her closet.
     —     John P. Grier
[And then, of course, there are males like me, with loads to choose from, but wear the same thing every day.    —    KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2015 A Terrifying Cycle
2014 Rights
2013 Do Bold Things
2012 Seven Causes
2011 I Feel A Tingle Coming On

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Never mistake knowledge for wisdom.  One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.
    —   Eleanor Roosevelt
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On This Day In:
2015 Crawl Towards The Light
2014 Sweet Songs
2013 The Wife Of An Ordinary Man
2012 Three Words
2011 Know Anyone Like This?
2010 Apoplexy??
When Breaking Up Is Hard To Do…
Sibling Awareness

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Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
     ―    Martin Luther King Jr.
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On This Day In:
2015 Surprise! No Evidence
2014 Real Ideals
2013 A Happiness Weapon
2012 An Eagle Has Departed
Ummm
And In My Prayers
2011 Welcome Doubt
2010 Talk, Talk, Talk…
Every Day At Least
Democratic Suicide
Pleasurable Reading
Loose Joy
Do, Er, Write – Whatever
This Glorious Company
Relax With A Good Book
Neither Vice Nor Weakness
That’s Rich!
Man Will Prevail!!!
Frankly Speaking to Arizona
Brother By Another Mother

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Marx, in the mid-nineteenth century, thought that whoever owned the tools and technology – the “means of production” – would control society.  He argued that, because work was inter-dependent, workers could disrupt production and seize the tool from their bosses.  Once they owned the tools, they would rule society.
Yet history played a trick on him.  For the very same inter-dependency gave even greater leverage to a new group – those who orchestrated or integrated the system.  In the end, it was neither the owners nor the workers who came to power.  In both capitalist and socialist nations, it was the integrators who rose to the top.
It was not ownership of the “means of production” that gave power.  It was control of the “means of integration”.
   —    Alvin Toffler
From his book:  “The Third Wave
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On This Day In:
2015 No Worries
2014 Devouring The Present
2013 But So Far…
Twice Moved
2012 Just Like Bubbles
2011 Caring and Driving
Achieve Greatly
2010 Unwise To Trust
Attitude
If The Mind Is Not Tired
Irrationally Crazy
2nd Pair – Shoe Review
Ahnu – Gesundheit!
2009 As for me…
Health Care Reform Now!!

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Fight not because you are told to fight, but because you are free to fight.  Then you are answerable only to yourself and to the world you cherish most highly.
     —    John Phoenix (Mack Bolan), from his journal
[Mack Bolan is a fictional character from the “men’s” action/adventure series: “The Executioner” written by Don Pendleton.  Bolan is an American vigilante who goes around the country killing Mafiosi because he feels they are beyond the law.  The series is sometimes credited with being the foundation of the 70s/80s genre of male action / adventure novels.  It was also the inspiration for Marvel’s character: “The Punisher“.  The series ran about forty volumes and then Bolan switched to a “war” on terrorists.  I bought and read the entire original series and started on the Phoenix line, but got bored and lost interest.  The series was sold to a different publisher and they hired a team of writers to take over.  The series didn’t have the same flavor for me.  Wikipedia reports the series is still going and has over 600 (!!) volumes.
Forty years ago, I’d have thought the words “answerable only to yourself” were the most significant.  Now, with age, and hopefully a bit more wisdom, I’d put more emphasis on the “and to the world you cherish most highly“.  We may all be actors in a play, but none of us are an island.    —    KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2015 Verbal Fluency
2014 Familiar
2013 Unbending
2012 Simple Sayings
2011 Wupped Again?
2010 3 and 1…
Musical Notes…
Doubt Tries…
Northwest Passages – Evening Two
The Beierly’s Web Site

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The American’s conviction that he must be able to look any man in the eye and tell him to go to hell [is] the very essence of the free man’s way of life.
    —    Walter Lippmann
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On This Day In:
2015 Green Binge
2014 Overdone
2013 The Courage To Remake The World
2012 Minor Gifts
2011 I Love It When A Plan Comes Together…
2010 Eloquence
Cleaning the Chalk Board

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Man is condemned to be free, because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.
     —     Jean-Paul Sartre
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On This Day In:
2015 Details
2014 Here’s One…
2013 Non-Fungible Commodities
2012 Hope And Tears
2011 Just Long Enough
Meaningful Thoughts

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All men dream: but not equally.  Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake up in the day to find it was vanity, but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.
   —   T. E. Lawrence
[For some reason, I was sure I’d posted this before!  I can’t find it.  So, here it is at last (for you dreamers).  —   KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2015 Three Roars
2014 Be R-E-L-E-V-A-N-T
2013 Lacking
2012 So Small A Thing
2011 Is Your Time Valuable?

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I have never found the companion that was as companionable as solitude.
    —     Henry David Thoreau
[Henry never met my wife!  LOL!  For an introvert (like me), she’s been pretty special and has shaped my life in ways I could never have expected.    —    KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2015 Food Change ==> Health Change
2014 10 Commandments Of Logical Arguments (Fallacies)
2013 Sociology Of The Future
2012 1010
There In The Sunshine
2011 Not Enough Time

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