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Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes.
     —    Peter F. Drucker
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On This Day In:
2016 Just Like My Mother
2015 All Omissions Are Mine
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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Gifts

The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity.
     —    Benjamin Franklin
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On This Day In:
2016 30 Seconds
2015 Success
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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Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
    —    Emma Lazarus
The poem:  “The New Colossus” inscribed on the Statute of Liberty
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On This Day In:
2016 Why Do You Write/Blog?
2015 Can Your Repeat The Question, Please?
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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And that marks Democrats’ first job in this new era: We will stand up to bigotry.  There is no compromise here.  In all its forms, we will fight back against attacks on Latinos, African Americans, women, Muslims, immigrants, disabled Americans  —  on anyone.   Whether Donald Trump sits in a glass tower or sits in the White House, we will not give an inch on this, not now, not ever.
    —    Senator Elizabeth Warren
[Found at one of the blogs I’ve stumbled on:   http://friendnature.wordpress.com/
The original post is at:   http://friendnature.wordpress.com/2016/11/11/join-senator-elizabeth-warren-standing-up-to-bigotry/    —    KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2016 Why Do You Write/Blog?
2015 Can Your Repeat The Question, Please?
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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Stars Above

Do not complain beneath the stars about the lack of bright spots in your life.
    —   Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson
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On This Day In:
2016 Where Do You Stand?
Health Update
2015 Leaving On A Mid-Night Train
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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Truly Generous

The most truly generous persons are those who give silently without hope of praise or reward.
     —    Carol Ryrie Brink
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On This Day In:
2016 Choose Your Destiny
2015 Fast And Firm
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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Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach.  Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world, will help immensely.  It is not given to us to know which acts or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good.  What is needed for dramatic change is an accumulation of acts, adding, adding to, adding more, continuing.  We know that it does not take everyone on Earth to bring justice and peace, but only a small, determined group who will not give up during the first, second, or hundredth gale.
One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul.  Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times.  The light of the soul throws sparks, can send up flares, builds signal fires, causes proper matters to catch fire.  To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these – to be fierce and to show mercy toward others; both are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity.
   —    Clarissa Pinkola Estes
You Were Made For This (Awakin.org, Jan 28, 2008)
[From one of the blogs I follow: Live & Learn
Run by David Kanigan
The specific post is located at: http://davidkanigan.com/2016/12/01/lightly-child-lightly-97/   Well worth checking out both sites.    —    KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2016 Here’s Lookin’ At You Kid
2015 How To Be Omnipotent
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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Always laugh when you can, it is cheap medicine.
   —    George Gordon Byron
More commonly known as “Lord Byron
Tim Naftali, the former director of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library who teaches history at New York University, said that it isn’t out of the ordinary for presidents to appoint cabinet members with differing viewpoints.
What is “unusual” about the incoming Trump administration, he said, is that his core White House leadership team doesn’t have the administrative background that’s useful in “managing policy differences.”
“The key here is not the fact that these are smart, successful people who view the world differently,” Mr. Naftali said.  “That’s not new.  It’s the fact that the center of the operation has absolutely no experience managing policy differences.”
From an article written by: Damian Paletta
The article is titled: “Trump’s Cabinet Picks Disagree With Him on Key Issues
Appearing in: The Wall Street Journal, dtd:  27 Dec 2016
The following is the link to the article:   http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trumps-cabinet-picks-disagree-with-him-on-key-issues/ar-BBxCz3S?li=BBnb7Kz
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On This Day In:
2016 The Expected Cure
2015 Of Two Minds
2014 Pride And Remembrance
2013 Repeating Bad Memories
2012 No Sooner
2011 Just Cheesy!
Are You Illin’?

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In the end, the only power we have is to set an example.  To realize that everyone deserves kindness and respect, even the ones being rude to you.  Not because they are nice but because you are.
[From one of the blogs I follow:  The One Thing I know For Sure.  The link to the specific post is:   http://dianereedwiter.wordpress.com/2017/01/06/being-nice-is-as-simple-as-that/   Another site worth looking into.    —    KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2016 Zero To Some = Most
2015 Born More Obligated
2014 Rage And Fury
2013 Successful Children
2012 For God So Loved The World
2011 Go Cheeseheads!!
Structured Mentality

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We’ve never seen anything this bizarre in our lifetimes, where up is down and down is up and everything is in question and nothing is real.
    —    Charles Lewis
Founder of the Center for Public Integrity and the author of a book about presidential deception, on President Trump’s first days in office.
From the New York Times 1/29/2017
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On This Day In:
2016 But You Have To Learn It Feels Good
2015 Never Stop
2014 Caution
2013 Treat Her Like A Lady
2012 Build New Worlds
2011 I Grok Elegance
Standing Relish

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If you aren’t rich, you should always look useful.
   —    Louis-Ferdinand Céline
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On This Day In:
2016 But Doctor, I Never Learned How To Read
2015 Punch The Keys, For God’s Sake!
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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Experience is a dim lamp, which only lights the one who bears it.
   —  Louis-Ferdinand Céline
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On This Day In:
2016 Inconvenienced By Degree
2015 Sincerity
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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There are the few who make things happen; the many more who watch things happen and the overwhelming majority who have no notion of what happens.
   —   Nicholas Murray Butler
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On This Day In:
2016 To My Brother
2015 For Junior
A Roman Rome
2014 Hmmm
2013 What’s A Motto With You?
2012 Worthy Companions
2011 Bourne Again
Which Ten Are You In?

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What was really defeated in Vietnam, Baritz  concludes, was American culture, specifically business management techniques and the cult of technology.  These are our vaunted strengths, and it was these strengths that brought about our defeat.
From his account, Baritz draws two conclusions.  First, as long as our culture is bureaucratic and technological we should avoid situations that demand strength of character, political skill or a sense of history.  A bureaucratic culture does not value these skills and so cannot produce them.  Second, the only way to avoid future Vietnams is to revise ideals of citizenship, public service and military honor.  As long as individual Americans encourage themselves to “look out for number one”, the nation will continue to “crash around the world in the dumb and murderous way it did in Vietnam.”
[The above were quotes from a review of the book: “Backfire: A History of How American Culture Led Us into Vietnam and Made Us Fight the Way We Did” (1985©), written by Loren Baritz.   Unfortunately, my journal (circa 1985) does not indicate who wrote the review or where it was published.  It also does not indicate that I ever actually read the original work.  If anyone should happen to recognize the quotes, please let me know and I will provide an accurate attribution.    —    KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2016 Feeling Endangered?
2015 One Day
2014 Too Bad
2013 Unfinished
2012 First Steps Along The Path
2011 A Small Part Of Future Webs

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