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This is the America we live in…
In this country, professional athletes can be blackballed from employment or fined by the their league for peaceful protest against an unfair criminal justice system.  And, the President can call them: “SOB’s” who should be fined or fired or deported.
In this country, the executive branch (President) can use border control and immigration staff to forcibly separate children from their parents because the families are seeking entry into the United States.  Some of the families are attempting to enter illegally.  Some are attempting to enter legally and seeking asylum.  Some are attempting to enter illegally and seeking asylum.  It is my understanding ALL groups are having their families / children separated until the asylum request has been adjudicated and / or the illegal entries have been processed.  And the kicker is there is no system to track which children are which and / or track them for reunification with their parents / family once a decision has been made.
The President is blaming the Democrats because they haven’t solved the immigration problem – even though it is the Republicans which control both houses of Congress, the Executive Branch and conservative Justices (appointed by Republican Presidents) form the majority of the US Supreme Court.
The Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security says: “We are just doing our job trying to enforce the laws…”
For once, I can agree with a Republican: Senator John McCain (on Twitter):
“The administration’s current family separation policy is an affront to the decency of the American people, and contrary to principles and values upon which our nation was founded.  The administration has the power to rescind this policy.  It should do so now.”
But remember, according to President Trump: It is the Fake News (Free Press) which is the Country’s greatest enemy.
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On This Day In:
2017 Go Where?
2016 Returning To The Same Box
2015 The Hunter’s Music
2014 Dedication
2013 Unhappy Alternatives
2012 Implications
2011 Never Let Us Down

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The World Cup is upon us and today my son and I watched England defeat Tunisia by the score of 2 to 1 in both teams opening game of group play.
It probably should have been 5 or 6 to 1, but England missed on what appeared to be multiple “easy” chances in the first half.  (Easy to my eyes, anyway.)  Still, a win is a win.  Three points to England!  The teams which win their first game in group play, go on to advance to the next stage about 60% of the time…  Fingers crossed!!
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On This Day In:
2017 Go Where?
2016 Returning To The Same Box
2015 The Hunter’s Music
2014 Dedication
2013 Unhappy Alternatives
2012 Implications
2011 Never Let Us Down

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In civilized life, law floats in a sea of ethics.
    —    Chief Justice Earl Warren
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On This Day In:
2017 Go Where?
2016 Returning To The Same Box
2015 The Hunter’s Music
2014 Dedication
2013 Unhappy Alternatives
2012 Implications
2011 Never Let Us Down

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One always has a better book in one’s mind than one can manage to get onto paper.
    ––    Michael Cunningham
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On This Day In:
2017 Just Doin’ It
2016 Definitely Not Bell Shaped
2015 Dreadful Pity
2014 Worse Than Useless
2013 Personal Prisons
2012 So, Not Yet Then
2011 Real Love

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Earlier in the week (Tuesday & Wednesday), I went in to the doctor’s office for a “nuclear” (Adenosine / Thallium Study) stress test on my heart.  I suffer from AFib.  Anyway, yesterday I met with my cardiologist for the results.  I am all clear with no blockages at all.  Yippie!!
This was my second nuclear test in five years.  (I’ve also taken the standard treadmill test twice in the last 10 years.)  The last one was the same results.  I was having (again) radiant pain in my left chest / shoulder / arm / elbow / wrist / hand, so the test was just to be on the safe side and make sure nothing had changed since the last test.  Same results as last time, so that’s even better.
I told the doctor I’ve started going to the pool as he advised and I’m feeling a lot better for it.  He said terrific.  He added, he would like me to eat a little healthier and try to get my weight down.  We discussed it and I (of course) agreed to try.  I see him again in six months – unless something changes…
The not so good news is that while boiling water for dinner (ravioli) last night, my wife spilled a pot of boiling water on her lap.  So, after a visit to Urgent Care, she got some pain killers and instructions for taking care of the 2nd degree burns.  Fortunately, instead of rising, the blisters all but went away during the night, so we got away very lucky.  I had a terrible night (lack of sleep) worrying about accidentally touching hurting her.  My Fitbit, said I got a little over two hours of interrupted sleep.  It needs a minimum of three hours to identify the types of sleep (deep / light / REM / awake).  Hil, on the other hand, got over eight hours and slept like a log.  LOL!!!  How do you spell relief?  (SLEEPING wife = happy husband!)
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On This Day In:
2017 Forms Of Conservation
2016 Oh, So Lacking
2015 e pluribus unum
2014 Nothing So Far Removed
2013 Positions
2012 Two Errors
2011 Long Live The King!

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We are writers, and we never ask one another where we get our ideas; we know we don’t know.
    —    Stephen King
From his book:  “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
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On This Day In:
2017 Forms Of Conservation
2016 Oh, So Lacking
2015 e pluribus unum
2014 Nothing So Far Removed
2013 Positions
2012 Two Errors
2011 Long Live The King!

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“I’m plugging away, not fading away,” Hirono says.
If Trump’s presidency has renewed her sense of purpose, it has not instill a love for political combat.  “I never refer to what I do as my career.  What kind of career is it that you have to run for office every two years and go out there and ask total strangers to support you?” she asks.  “It’s what I do.  It’s my service.”
So why not retire?
“One person can make a difference,” Hirono says.  “My mom changed my life by bringing me to this country.”  Plus, she says, the President needs a counterbalance.  “The battles that we win,” she says, “never stay won.”
Senator Mazie Hirono
As quoted by Philip Elliott in his article: “Hawaii’s Mazie Hirono is the Senate’s only immigrant and a thorn in the President’s side
Appearing in: Time Magazine
28 May 2018
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On This Day In:
2017 Been There, Thought That
2016 Diligent Students
2015 Unanswered Prayers
2014 Pray, v.
2013 As I…
2012 But We Need Room
2011 A Definition Of Leadership

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The most amazing thing about trees is it doesn’t actually matter how rich you are.  You can never buy a really old, beautiful tree.
     —     Steve Jobs
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On This Day In:
2017 To Infinity And Beyond
2016 And Some Unawake, Too
Winds And Reign
2015 Natural Shapes
2014 Seeing The Light
2013 Requirements
2012 Tricked Again
2011 Liberty And Justice For Earth
2010 Home Again, Home Again, Jig-A-De, Jig…

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A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it.
    ––    Edward P. Morgan
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On This Day In:
2017 Representative Government For The 99%
2016 Trying To Ignite Ice
2015 Or Increasingly Unwilling To Pay For…
2014 Returning Time
2013 Gentle Invitation
2012 Pleading The Insanity Defense
2011 Graduations And Conservatives
The Big Sin

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Laughter, songs, and dance create emotional connection; they remind us of the one thing that truly matters when we are searching for comfort, celebration, inspiration or healing:  We are not alone.
    —    Brené Brown
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On This Day In:
2017 Never Give Up
2016 Which Generation Are We?
Congratulations, Kyle!
2015 Centered
2014 Economic Trinity
2013 At Both Ends
2012 Holding Allowance
2011 The Power Of Good

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Having imagination it takes you an hour to write a paragraph that if you were unimaginative would take you only a minute.
    —    Franklin Pierce Adams
[Maybe procrastination has a little bit to do with it, too.    —    KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2017 Explaining Working Class Support For Donald
2016 Not In My Experience
2015 Effort
2014 Honest Wants
2013 Faith, n.
2012 Surprise Me
2011 Confused With Truth

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Sometimes we feel that life’s a battle, and we’re alone.  We feel that when no one is willing to hear us out, or when no one is willing to fight the fight with us.  We feel that we are alone when there’s no out to reach out.  When staring outside the window, we see only darkness and silence.
So why is it that we need someone else?  Why is it that we have to feel as if there’s something missing, something that’s been taken away from us, something that only another person can give us?
Something that can’t be bought.
Something that can’t be stolen.
Something that can’t be defined or understood or seen.
Something we all need, we all want.
And when you find that something, that’s when you’re complete.  Perfect.  Happy.
That’s when all your dreams become possible, no matter how crazy they really are, when your biggest fears die.
You’re not afraid anymore.
You’re not alone anymore.
Love is simply this: we give the best of our hearts to someone who’s willing to fight the fight with us.  Nothing else really matters.  Distance, age, sex, whatever.
    —    Aishwarya Shah
[The above quote is an excerpt from a post on a blog I am now following:   http://eclipsedwords.com/
The specific post is located at:  http://eclipsedwords.com/2018/06/04/modern-love/
If you have a free minute, you might enjoy checking it out…    —    KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2017 Kindness
2016 Dealing With It
2015 Too Many Choices!
2014 Vini, Vidi, Vici
2013 Heroes
Education, n.
2012 Who I Want To Be
2011 Mythic Forgetfulness

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On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft” (2000©)  —  book review
Who hasn’t day-dreamed of writing the “great American novel” and becoming wealthy and celebrated?  Okay, maybe not me in over 40 years, but still…
Today’s book review is for “On Writing“, by Stephen King.  Yes, that Stephen King.  The horror novelist / writer.  Well, actually, he does write in other genres, too, but that’s the one I know him for.  This book came recommended to me by various sources – some “best of” lists and also a couple of blogs / sites I follow.  I found it on sale for $3 at my local Half-Price Books store, so I snatched it up.
The book is basically a three-part tome: King’s life leading up to writing, how to write well, and finally, advice on life and how to get started getting your writing published.  Part one is extremely interesting and amusing.  I got several belly laughs out of it.  Part two is mundane, yet (probably) useful.  I have already begun applying some of King’s suggestions in my own writing here on this blog.  Part three will probably be useful if I ever (again) imagine myself sitting down to write the great American novel or autobiography.  One of King’s recommendations is to write about what you know.  I’m afraid the only thing I know the most about is me.  (Sad, but true.)
So, final recommendation: very highly recommended!  Is this the finest book I’ve ever read on being a writer.  Yes!  With the qualification it is also the only book I’ve ever read on being a writer.  Having said that, it is a fast read at less than 300 pages and I found it enjoyable and informative.  And, of course, multiple quotes will appear on this blog in the future…
One last mention: King recommends all wanna-be writers start off by reading Strunk & White’s “The Elements of Style“.  (According to part 1 in the book, King is a former high school English teacher.  Go, figure.)  Fortunately, for cheapskates like me, the book (“Elements“) is out of copyright and you can find it in pdf format at multiple locations on the web.  At fewer than 30 pages, it should also be a quick read.  The book cover on Amazon looks very familiar, so maybe King’s book is the second book I’ve read on writing.  LOL…  I probably read “Elements” in high school and blotted the contents out of my memory.
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On This Day In:
2017 Summer Pale
2016 Ain’t It Funny
2015 At Both Ends
2014 Whiner(s)
2013 Just Passing Through
2012 Dog-gone Heaven
2011 Occasional, Sad Results

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If you choose bad companions, no one will believe that you are anything but bad yourself.
    ―    Aesop
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On This Day In:
2017 Summer Pale
2016 Ain’t It Funny
2015 At Both Ends
2014 Whiner(s)
2013 Just Passing Through
2012 Dog-gone Heaven
2011 Occasional, Sad Results

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Golden State Warriors Sweep the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2018 NBA Finals!!!

Image of Dubs are 2018 NBA Champs Baseball Cap

Dubs are 2018 NBA Champs

Congrats to the Golden State Warriors on winning the 2018 NBA Finals in a four game sweep.  Game 1: Close, but won in OT.  Game 2: all Steph.  Game 3: all KD.  Game 4: too much of KD and Steph in blow-out “no-mas” victory to end the series.  Two titles in a row!  Oh, my!  There goes those Dubs!
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On This Day In:
2017 The Best?
2016 Timely Opinions On “The Donald”
Even Allowing For Coincidence
2015 First Things First
2014 Without The Other
2013 Earn This
Seeking A View
2012 Stumblin’ Along My Way
We’re Proud Of You, Jr!
Union Card
Two Philosophies
2011 Simply Unpredictable

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