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Living is worthwhile if one can contribute in some small way to this endless chain of progress.
    —    Paul Dirac
[Found on one of the blogs I follow:  “ram H singhal
Located at:  https://ram0singhal.wordpress.com/
The specific post is at:  https://ram0singhal.wordpress.com/2021/07/13/1933-nobel-prize-in-physics-paul-adrien-maurice-dirac/
Please visit the original site if you have a spare moment.    —    KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2021 Life Measures
First Thing Every Morning
2020 Like #45 And Many Of His Supporters
(Leap Year 29th) With Some Epic Scenery Along The Way
2019 Creative Prayer Time
ADF: Day 9:5
2018 #DumbDonald: Start With Hearing What You Don’t Want Said
2017 The Press Is NOT The Enemy
2016 It Ain’t Easy
(Leap Year 29th) Or Try To, Anyway…
(Leap Year 29th) Circles Within Circles
2015 A Series Of Funerals
2014 And Your Point Is?
2013 Infinitely Care
2012 In My Room
(Leap Year 29th) Stingray – TV Series Review  (This is my most popular post since starting my blog – hands down!  It still draws hits almost every week.  The hits seem to come mostly from Central Europe.  I guess the show must be in syndication there.  //  2020 update:  While this is still my all-time, most popular post, it is no longer being viewed every week – or even month.  I guess the show is no longer in syndication.)
(Leap Year 29th) A Single Thread
2011 Lyrical Mixture
Teaching = Translating

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It isn’t much good having anything exciting, if you can’t share it with somebody.
    —    Winnie the Pooh
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On This Day In:
2021 On Your Marks, Get Set…
Absolutely Nothing
Roses And Chores
2020 Which Is Which
2019 Were You Saying Something?
2018 Ethics Lesson
2017 May I Have Some More, Please?
2016 A Little Lost
2015 This High Place
2014 Elected Madness
2013 Well Written
2012 Related Parts
2011 The King Is Oscar
Better Reputation?

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POEM: Lesson Learned
If I’ve learned anything,
if the years of schooling and the degrees have done me any good,
if the stacks of books that have passed before my eyes shed any light,
it’s the recognition of the ubiquity of darkness,
&
of the fact
that it’s better to learn to cautiously navigate the cave
than to pretend there’s no darkness.
[This poem is from one of the blogs / sites I follow which is titled:  the !n(tro)verted yogi
The site can be found at:  https://berniegourley.com/
The specific post is:  https://berniegourley.com/2020/12/07/poem-lesson-learned/
Please visit the original site if you have some spare time.    —    KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2021 I Like Curves More, Too
I Don’t Know What I’d Do
2020 Pay It Forward
2019 From My Sullied Prison
2018 In My Room (2)
2017 Pretending
2016 And Songs Too…
2015 On The Road To Failure
2014 Each Moment
2013 Conversation
2012 4 Down, 11 Done (At Last)
I’m Not Afraid
2011 Who’s Risk Is It, Anyway?

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People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.
    —    Winnie the Pooh
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On This Day In:
2021 Facing The Headwinds
Still Thankful, Still Don’t Read Well
2020 Write For Yourself
2019 I’m Actively Irresponsible
2018 I Will Love You… Forever
2017 Pebbles In Your Shoe?
2016 Resolute Will
2015 Absorbed And Civilized
2014 Relax And Lead
2013 Location, Location, Location
2012 Are You Really Good?
2011 Relatively Objective, Anyway

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Politicians and diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason.
    —    Mark Twain
[Found at one of the blogs I follow:  “A Pondering Mind
The site is located at:  https://aponderingmind.org/
The specific post is at:  https://aponderingmind.org/2020/05/17/politicians-and-diapers-must-be-changed-often-and-for-the-same-reason-mark-twain/
Please visit the original site if you have a spare moment.   —   KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2021 I’m Still Learning To Play
What Are You Looking For?
2020 All You Can
2019 No Wall And Not One Dollar
‘Cause It Makes Me Scratch
2018 Mirror, Mirror
2017 Keep On Keeping On
2016 Reflections
2015 Is It Time Yet?
2014 Ask Any Follower
2013 Cornered Or Surrounded?
2012 Escape
2011 Achievement
Not Unreasonable Enough

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Rules for a Better Life

These are my rules for a better life.
• Be polite
• Take time to enjoy the little things
• Keep your promises
• Smile more
• Be grateful
• Do your best
• Don’t compare yourself to others
• Get enough sleep
• Always be learning
• Be humble
• Admit your mistakes
• Forgive yourself and others
• Be helpful
• Spend time with family and friends
• Live within your means
• Maintain a healthy lifestyle
• Be honest
• Pay attention to the world around you
• Listen to people
By:  Lynn Thaler
[This list was from a post on a blog / website I followed:  http://lynnthaler.com/
The original post was at:  http://lynnthaler.com/2019/07/15/rules-for-a-better-life/
The site no longer appears to be active.  …I guess that’s what happens when I wait two-plus years to cite from it.    —    KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2021 But That’s Certainly Irrational
Just Goin’ To My Room
2020 The Butterflies Are In Trouble
2019 The Deep Center
2018 Oh, Heaven (Too)
2017 Now Pausing Makes Sense
2016 Just Spicy
Only One Part
2015 Positive Acts Of Creation
2014 One Thing Is Clear
2013 Corrections
See Greatness
2012 Gemutlichkeit
2011 Back On The Asphalt

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A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people.  It is a never failing spring in the desert.
    ―     Andrew Carnegie
[Found at one of the blogs I follow:  “I didn’t have my glasses on….
Located at:  https://ididnthavemyglasseson.com/
The specific post is at:  https://ididnthavemyglasseson.com/2017/03/11/im-a-reflection-of-the-community-tupac-shakur/
Please visit the original blog / site if you have a minute…    —    KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2021 And Usually The Former
The Real Heir…
2020 The Doggie Dab
A Fork In The Road
2019 #LyingDonald’s Problem With The News And Truth
2018 Oh, Hell
2017 No Welcome Mat Here
2016 Making It Up
A Missed Beat
2015 We Are All Explorers
2014 Still Trying To Cope
2013 Dear Diary (A good chuckle!)
2012 Conveniently Sequential
2011 King’s Speech Number Four
Rational Probability

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The most beautiful curve on a woman’s body is her smile.
    —    Bob Marley
[Found on one of the blog’s I follow:  “A Pondering Mind
Located at:  https://aponderingmind.org/
The original post is:  https://aponderingmind.org/2021/08/23/the-most-beautiful-curve-on-a-womans-body-is-her-smile-bob-marley/
Please visit the original site if you have a few minutes to spare…    —    KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2021 Life Is…
Thank You Guardians (OTG)*
2020 Why #DonTheCon Hates, Belittles And Fires Honest Government Employees
2019 What Do You Want?
2018 Wakanda Forever
I’d Be Happy With Another Score (Or So)
2017 In Defense Of A Free Press
2016 Lost Opportunity
2015 Are You Listening Ladies?
2014 Practice, Practice, Practice
2013 A Fist Full Of Confusion
2012 Teaching Faith
2011 The Heart Of Terror
The Proportion Of Gravity And Probability

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Give me a room whose every nook is dedicated to a book.
    —    Robert Southey
[We recently had a neighbor drop in.  She had been discussing books with my wife and wanted to drop off one she had just finished and was recommending.  (Readers are the biggest “pushers” in the world.)  Anyway, the neighbor was saying she had far too many books and she needed to donate / give away some of them.  My wife chuckled.  The neighbor looked quizzical…  I opened the door to one of my rooms and she saw a wall of books / LP’s / CD’s approximately 18ft long and shelved from floor to ceiling (mostly books).  I said that’s only one of two rooms.  My wife thanked her and said she’ll be happy to borrow some books.    —   KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2021 One Month In: Learning To Play Guitar
Cause The Melody Keeps Haunting Me
2020 Working On My 2019 Tax Returns
2019 Three Beliefs
2018 He Found Them On-Line
2017 Maybe In A Future World
2016 Largely A Mystery
2015 Tools And Weapons
2014 Likes And Dislikes
2013 Pillars Of Learning
2012 Another JCoM Review
Move It
2011 Expected Value

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THE IMPORTANCE OF PERIODIC REVIEW
For precisely the reasons I’ve just outlined — that science is a process, not a set of accepted facts — it’s a good idea (and very common) for scientists, whether professionals or students, to review for themselves both how the scientific web of knowledge was assembled historically, and how it holds together nowadays.  This kind of exercise is a sort of brain calisthenics;  it keeps the mind fresh and clear.
Every time I reconsider what I know from scratch, I learn something new.  Typically I find connections between well-known facts that I hadn’t previously recognized.  Sometimes I discover gaps in my own logic, and a couple of times in my career I’ve even discovered gaps in the scientific community’s logic.  So it’s well worth going through this kind of introspection, even starting at the beginning with basic astronomy.
    —     Professor Matt Strassler
[Found at one of the blogs / websites I follow:  “Of Particular Significance“, at:  https://profmattstrassler.com/
The specific post is:  https://profmattstrassler.com/2022/02/11/why-simple-explanations-of-established-facts-have-value/
Please visit the original site if you have a few spare moments.    —    KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2021 I’m Retired, I Always Have Time For It!
Just Mice Elf
That Was A Shot In The Arm
2020 Decide, Support, Vote
2019 Aware Some
2018 Know Any Christians?
2017 The Only Thing I Can Give…
2016 Wiser But Less Cocksure
2015 Not Today
Wicked
2014 …Am Too
2013 Credible?
2012 Both
2011 Risking Hidden Linkage

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First, I do not sit down at my desk to put into verse something that is already clear in my mind.  If it were clear in my mind, I should have no incentive or need to write about it.  We do not write in order to be understood;  we write in order to understand.
    —    Cecil Day-Lewis
[Found at one of the blogs I follow:  Just A Small Town Girl…
The specific post is at:  C.D. Lewis Quote – Just A Small Town Girl… (sauj4.com)
Please visit the original site if you have a few spare moments…    —    KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2021 So How Should We Persuade The Dangerous?
Can A Loser Ever Win?
2020 Maybe More Than A Very Few
2019 Missing Failure
2018 Praise God
2017 Necessary Gaps
2016 Nor My Dogs
2015 Say What?
I’m A Dog, Too!
Beginnings
2014 Astonishing Choices
2013 Three Hard Tasks
2012 The Only Remains
2011 Personal Capability
What Price Failure?
Both Of W’s Elections
Tea (Baggers) Anyone?

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The true measures of a church are not “how many” but “how loving,” not “how relevant” but “how real”.
    —     Robert Lewis
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On This Day In:
2021 Moments With You
I Remember I Told My Sorrow
2020 A Post-Valentine Thought
2019 A Little Magic
‘Cause It Makes Me Feel Happy
The Mark Against Your Name
2018 Nice To Meet You
2017 All Nations & Religions
2016 Given The Choice
Why Is He Wearing Red?
2015 Within The System
2014 None But…
2013 Obviously Longer
2012 A Childhood Poem
Who Are You Callin’ Leather-Faced?
2011 In No Particular Order
The Need For Proof

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Who are we?  We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people.
    —    Carl Sagan
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On This Day In:
2021 Put ‘Er There
Are You Goin’ On Again?
2020 And In The Back
2019 Sunlight Stream
2018 Wars Without Taxes
2017 Multiplication And Division
2016 I Went To The Woods…
2015 I’ve Got To Run
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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The Order of the Engineer is an association for graduate and professional engineers in the United States that emphasizes pride and responsibility in the engineering profession.  It was inspired by the success of the Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer, a similar and much older Canadian ceremony, and is a common presence in American engineering schools.
Oath:
Before joining, members must take an oath to abide by a code of ethics called the “Obligation of an Engineer“:
I am an Engineer.  In my profession, I take deep pride.  To it, I owe solemn obligations.
As an engineer, I pledge to practice integrity and fair dealing, tolerance and respect, and to uphold devotion to the standards and dignity of my profession.  I will always be conscious that my skill carries with it the obligation to serve humanity by making the best use of the Earth’s precious wealth.
As an engineer, I shall participate in none but honest enterprises.  When needed, my skill and knowledge shall be given, without reservation, for the public good.  In the performance of duty, and in fidelity to my profession, I shall give my utmost.
During the ceremony, engineering graduates take the Obligation of the Order.  After each member takes the obligation, they put their hand through a large representation of the Engineer’s Ring.  A member of the Order of the Engineer then places a stainless steel ring, known as the Engineer’s Ring, onto the little finger of the graduate’s dominant hand.  The ring is worn on the little finger so that it will drag across any surface on which the wearer writes, providing a constant reminder of the engineer’s oath.
Each inductee takes the obligation, signs a certificate of obligation and wears the ring as a symbol of their pride in the Order and their obligation to the profession, as well as the public.  Often, friends and family join the new initiates to celebrate after the ceremony.
This information was found at:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_the_Engineer
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On This Day In:
2021 And Last Minute Blog Posts
This Boy Just Ain’t Right
2020 Pat, Pat, Pant, Pant
2019 You (Too) Are Related
A Blind Squirrel Finds An Idiot
2018 My Hope
2017 We All Lose
2016 Wants
2015 Let Us Join
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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My Girl

[Happy Valentine’s Day, Hil!!  I’ve got all the riches one man can claim…
All my love,
Always,
Your Kev
XXX
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On This Day In:
2021 Happy Valentine’s Day – 2021!!
Our Love’s No Mystery
Backyard Narcissus
2020 Happy Valentine’s Day – 2020!!
2019 Happy Valentine’s Day – 2019!!
2018 Happy Valentine’s Day – 2018!!
2017 Happy Valentine’s Day – 2017!!
2016 Happy Valentine’s Day – 2016!!
2015 To My Special Lady
2014 Awakening
2013 Drowsy In Comfort
2012 Happy Valentine’s Day
2011 Own Your Bible

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