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Little Drummer Boy

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Please take a minute to listen to the message at the end of the music.
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On This Day In:
2019 Looking Forward To Tomorrow (2019 Version)
2018 Not One Cent!
Looking Forward to Tomorrow
2017 Make Glad The Heart Of Childhood
2016 Sincerest Flattery
The President-elect: Making Spirits Bright
2015 What Are You Looking At?
2014 Ite, Missa Est
2013 I Hear Voices
2012 Positive Thoughts
Hope Works
2011 Look! Up In The Sky…
Humility Before The Unknowable

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There is a better thing than the observance of Christmas day, and that is, keeping Christmas.
Are you willing…
   to forget what you have done for other people, and to remember what other people have done for you;
   to ignore what the world owes you, and to think what you owe the world;
   to put your rights in the background, and your duties in the middle distance, and your chances to do a little more than your duty in the foreground;
   to see that men and women are just as real as you are, and try to look behind their faces to their hearts, hungry for joy;
   to own up to the fact that probably the only good reason for your existence is not what you are going to get out of life, but what you are going to give to life;
   to close your book of complaints against the management of the universe, and look around you for a place where you can sow a few seeds of happiness.
Are you willing to do these things even for a day?  Then you can keep Christmas.
Are you willing…
   to stoop down and consider the needs and desires of little children;
   to remember the weakness and loneliness of people growing old;
   to stop asking how much your friends love you, and ask yourself whether you love them enough;
   to bear in mind the things that other people have to bear in their hearts;
   to try to understand what those who live in the same home with you really want, without waiting for them to tell you;
   to trim your lamp so that it will give more light and less smoke, and to carry it in front so that your shadow will fall behind you;
   to make a grave for your ugly thoughts, and a garden for your kindly feelings, with the gate open  —
Are you willing to do these things, even for a day?  Then you can keep Christmas.
Are you willing…
   to believe that love is the strongest thing in the world  —
   stronger than hate, stronger than evil, stronger than death  —
   and that the blessed life which began in Bethlehem nineteen hundred years ago is the image and brightness of the Eternal Love?
Then you can keep Christmas.
And if you can keep it for a day, why not always?
But you can never keep it alone.
Written by:    Henry Van Dyke
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On This Day In:
2019 Looking Forward To Tomorrow (2019 Version)
2018 Not One Cent!
Looking Forward to Tomorrow
2017 Make Glad The Heart Of Childhood
2016 Sincerest Flattery
The President-elect: Making Spirits Bright
2015 What Are You Looking At?
2014 Ite, Missa Est
2013 I Hear Voices
2012 Positive Thoughts
Hope Works
2011 Look! Up In The Sky…
Humility Before The Unknowable

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Don’t Miss Your Life

Favorite Line(s):
I missed her first day of school
Man,
What kind of crazy fool
Lets such a precious moment pass
We all know time goes way too fast
Hold on tight
’Cause it don’t happen twice
Don’t miss your life
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On This Day In:
2019 Ruff Clean
2018 Sounds Like A Blog To Me
2017 My Fear For America
2016 Proceeding Still
2015 Seeing Rainbows
I Am A Runner
2014 The Law Of The Perversity Of Nature
2013 One Standard Deviation
2012 High Anxiety
2011 And I’m Taking Me There
2010 1,000

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The earth laughs in flowers.
   ―    Ralph Waldo Emerson
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On This Day In:
2019 Ruff Clean
2018 Sounds Like A Blog To Me
2017 My Fear For America
2016 Proceeding Still
2015 Seeing Rainbows
I Am A Runner
2014 The Law Of The Perversity Of Nature
2013 One Standard Deviation
2012 High Anxiety
2011 And I’m Taking Me There
2010 1,000

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Come See About Me

Favorite Line(s):
I’ve been crying
‘Cause I’m lonely
(For you)
Smiles have all turned
To tears
But tears won’t wash away
The fears
That you’re never ever gonna return
To ease the fire that within me burns
It keeps me crying baby
For you
Keeps me sighin’ baby
For you
So won’t you hurry
Come on boy,
See about me
(Come see about me)
See about your baby
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On This Day In:
2019 Foundational Pillar Of Civilized Discourse
2018 Seven Minutes. Not Six, Not Eight
2017 Falling Forward One Step At A Time
2016 And Without Expectation
2015 Just Do It
I Am A Runner
2014 Some Things I Learned (Mostly) In The Army:
2013 Who You Are
2012 Mine Stands
2011 Aversions

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We need someone who will stand up and speak up and speak out for the people who need help, for people who are being discriminated against.  And it doesn’t matter whether they are black or white, Latino, Asian or Native American, whether they are straight or gay, Muslim, Christian, or Jews.
    —     John Lewis
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On This Day In:
2019 Foundational Pillar Of Civilized Discourse
2018 Seven Minutes. Not Six, Not Eight
2017 Falling Forward One Step At A Time
2016 And Without Expectation
2015 Just Do It
I Am A Runner
2014 Some Things I Learned (Mostly) In The Army:
2013 Who You Are
2012 Mine Stands
2011 Aversions

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Really Wheelie

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On This Day In:
2019 Word Up
2018 But Much Is Worth Learning
2017 Mr. President, About Global Warming
2016 Starting To Stumble
2015 Begin Combat
I Am A Runner
2014 Just Dig ‘N It, Why?
2013 Additions
The Object Of Instruction
2012 Telling Her
2011 On Torture

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Margaritaville

Favorite Line(s):
I blew out my flip flop
Stepped on a pop top
Cut my heel,
I had to cruise on back home
But there’s booze in the blender
And soon it will render
That frozen concoction
That helps me hang on
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On This Day In:
2019 Word Up
2018 But Much Is Worth Learning
2017 Mr. President, About Global Warming
2016 Starting To Stumble
2015 Begin Combat
I Am A Runner
2014 Just Dig ‘N It, Why?
2013 Additions
The Object Of Instruction
2012 Telling Her
2011 On Torture

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Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.
   —    Dr. Leo F. Buscaglia
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On This Day In:
2019 Word Up
2018 But Much Is Worth Learning
2017 Mr. President, About Global Warming
2016 Starting To Stumble
2015 Begin Combat
I Am A Runner
2014 Just Dig ‘N It, Why?
2013 Additions
The Object Of Instruction
2012 Telling Her
2011 On Torture

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Ol’ Man River

Favorite Line(s):
Ol’ Man River,
That Ol’ Man River
He don’t say nothin’,
He must know somethin’
Ol’ Man River,
He just keeps rollin’ along
He don’t plant taters
And he don’t plant cotton
And them what plants ’em,
Are soon forgotten
But Ol’ Man River,
He just keeps rollin’ along
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On This Day In:
2019 And Integrity For Today’s Elected Republicans
2018 A Faulty Start, Too
Honorable Resignation And Syria
2017 Beneath The Tree Of Wisdom
The Republican Rape Of The American Middle Class
2016 Something Authentic Happened
2015 Back On The Bricks
On, Rocinante!!
2014 Changing Frequently
2013 Trifles
2012 Simple, Ordinary And Wonderous
2011 Humane Writers

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Man is more interesting than men.  God made him and not them in his image.  Each one is more precious than all.
   —    Andre Gide
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On This Day In:
2019 And Integrity For Today’s Elected Republicans
2018 A Faulty Start, Too
Honorable Resignation And Syria
2017 Beneath The Tree Of Wisdom
The Republican Rape Of The American Middle Class
2016 Something Authentic Happened
2015 Back On The Bricks
On, Rocinante!!
2014 Changing Frequently
2013 Trifles
2012 Simple, Ordinary And Wonderous
2011 Humane Writers

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The Love I Lost

Favorite Line(s):
I can remember planning
Building my whole world around you
I can remember hoping
That you and I could make it on through
But something went wrong
We loved each other
We just couldn’t get along
Take a good look at me
I’m in misery, can’t you see?
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On This Day In:
2019 Curing With Salt
2018 A Politician With Skills
And / Or A Genuine Smile
2017 A Lone, Brave Voice…
2016 Job Security
2015 For I Have Always Lived Violently
2014 We Stand !! (I Stand With George)
Additional Requirements
2013 In The Present Day
2012 Feeling It
2011 Stretching Science

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If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with the success unexpected in common hours.
    —    Henry David Thoreau
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On This Day In:
2019 Curing With Salt
2018 A Politician With Skills
And / Or A Genuine Smile
2017 A Lone, Brave Voice…
2016 Job Security
2015 For I Have Always Lived Violently
2014 We Stand !! (I Stand With George)
Additional Requirements
2013 In The Present Day
2012 Feeling It
2011 Stretching Science

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I Am A Rock

Favorite Line(s):
I’ve built walls,
A fortress
Deep
And mighty,
That none may penetrate.
I have no need of friendship;
Friendship causes pain.
It’s laughter
And it’s loving
I disdain.
I am a rock,
I am an island.
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On This Day In:
2019 I Just Remember It As Fun
#45: IMPEACHED!!!
2018 Prediction: Morning Is Coming After A Long Night Of #LyingDonald
2017 While Congress Slept
2016 And A Fellow Who Insists On Telling Us He’s Smart?
2015 Curves Ahead
2014 Sitting?
2013 Misperceptions
2012 Essential Experience
2011 Lest We Forget Those Still In Harm’s Way
Sound Familiar?

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The future ain’t what it used to be.
   —   Yogi Berra
[Of course, my memory is failing with age.  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2019 I Just Remember It As Fun
#45: IMPEACHED!!!
2018 Prediction: Morning Is Coming After A Long Night Of #LyingDonald
2017 While Congress Slept
2016 And A Fellow Who Insists On Telling Us He’s Smart?
2015 Curves Ahead
2014 Sitting?
2013 Misperceptions
2012 Essential Experience
2011 Lest We Forget Those Still In Harm’s Way
Sound Familiar?

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