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The vegetable life does not content itself with casting from the flower or the tree a single seed, but it fills the air and earth with a prodigality of seeds, that, if thousands perish, thousands may plant themselves, that hundreds may come up, that tens may live to maturity;  that, at least one may replace the parent.
    —     Ralph Waldo Emerson
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On This Day In:
2021 Unnoticed Perfection
You Just Don’t Realize
2020 Maybe After A Couple Of Hundred Years I Think About It
Worth The Time I’ve Waited
2019 Courage Facing Temptation
2018 I Can’t Laugh At #45
2017 Release, Harmonize, Illuminate
2016 One Trouble With Television
2015 I Am Lucky And I Am Grateful
2014 Future Envy
2013 We Do Not Want To Learn That
2012 Social Inhibition
2011 Studying Chinese Food
Are You Bored, Too?
2010 Rant, Pant, Deep Breath – Reality

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There is no chance and anarchy in the universe.  All is system and gradation.  Every god is there sitting in his sphere.
    —    Ralph Waldo Emerson
[“When I works, I works hard.
When I sits, I sits loose.
And when I thinks, I falls asleep.
… I always thought this was a Satchel Paige quote, but I’ve not been able to find any direct attribution.  I welcome any reader’s input.    —    kmab]
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On This Day In:
2021 My Fear Is She Loses This Bet
Gotta Stay Hungry
2020 Still On The Obstacle Course?
Thunder
2019 Expecting A December Correction
2018 Dominoes II (Update From Last Year’s Post)
2017 Dominoes
2016 Itchin’
2015 In The Not So Distant Future
2014 Sources
2013 Three Essentials
2012 Just Looking
2011 Religious Lessons
2010 View From Under The Bus… (A mid-term report card on the Obama Administration. Long, but still worth reading for historical perspective.)

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The most wasted day of all is that on which we have not laughed.
    —     Nicolas Chamfort
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On This Day In:
2021 Seeking Emergence
Walking Alone
2020 51 Days Until The Moron (#45) Is Out Of Office
Tearing The Roof Off It
2019 #Impeach45: Once A Buffoon, Now A Bad Joke
2018 Good Sense
2017 E Pluribus Unum
2016 Lacking
2015 Chip, Chip, Chip
2014 nom de plume
2013 The Real Reason
From The Book
2012 When Young
2011 14 Ways To A Better Judgement

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People disparage knowing and the intellectual life, and urge doing.  I am content with knowing, if only I could know.
     —    Ralph Waldo Emerson
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On This Day In:
2021 Become Daily
Just Pickin’
2020 So, You Think You Know The Answer?
The One You Come Running To
2019 His Promises, OUR Hopes
2018 Where I Write
2017 At Last, An Honest Philosopher…
2016 Fake It ‘Til You Make It
2015 Hell Toupée
2014 Corrected And Amended
2013 Too Few
2012 Three Characters
2011 Universal Payment
2010 Privatizing the TSA?  (An old – and long – post, but still relevant!!)

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Quality

A person who sees Quality and feels it as he works is a person who cares.  A person who cares about what he sees and does is a person who’s bound to have some characteristics of Quality.
    —     Robert M. Pirsig
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On This Day In:
2021 Eye On The Prize
Everything That’s Precious
2020 And Most Adults Don’t Either
And It Burns, Burns, Burns
Just Dessert
2019 Happy Thanksgiving (2019)
2018 And Smiles…
2017 Or Savor A Little Longer…
2016 Sometimes I Just Want To Smell The Flowers
2015 One Truth – Done Well
2014 Now In Imagination, On The Other Hand…
2013 No Plan, No Map
2012 Singing About Love
2011 The Awesome Power Of Truth

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Oh, the laws of physics and of logic…  the number system…  the principle of algebraic substitution.  These are ghosts.  We just believe in them so thoroughly they seem real.
    —     Robert M. Pirsig
From his book:  “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
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On This Day In:
2021 So Will Persistence
I Won’t Shed A Tear
2020 Minute Fractions Of Happiness
There’s Angels Everywhere
2019 Far Too Often
2018 A Divided / United Nation
2017 What We Want
2016 To The Extent
2015 Ambition
2014 More Branches To Climb
Just In Time — Happy Thanksgiving (2014)
2013 For And Against
2012 De Mortuis Nil Nisi Bonum
2011 Similar And Different
2010 Reminiscing
Differences

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If any ideology is so serious that you can’t have fun while you’re doing it, it’s probably too serious.
    —    Larry Wall
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On This Day In:
2021 Certainly Ending
The Moment When
2020 #45: The Biggest Loser’s Self-Image
Happy Thanksgiving 2020!!
2019 Defining Trumpism In Today’s Republican Party
2018 #45: It’s Tougher Being President
2017 Consequences
2016 Shouting At The Void
2015 Crab Feed
Happy Thanksgiving (2015)
2014 Beyond Proof
2013 Poor Students Of History
2012 Between Two Worlds
2011 Common Humanity
2010 The Last Two Olympians

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You can’t change the past.  You can’t even change the future, in the sense that you can only change the present one moment at a time, stubbornly, until the future unwinds itself into the stories of our lives.
    ―    Larry Wall
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On This Day In:
2021 Happy Thanksgiving (2021)!
When You Get Where You’re Going
2020 Still In School
The First Deuce
Escape From Planet Junkyard
2019 Will John Bolton Testify?
2018 Just Maybe
2017 Police In My Review Mirror
2016 Full And Rich
2015 Go Deeper
2014 Intentional Mapping
2013 The Sweet Path
2012 Living Free And Abolition
Morning Wood
2011 I Resemble That Remark

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A composer’s job involves the decoration of fragments of time.  Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.  Living composers are entitle to proper compensation for the use of their works.  (Dead guys don’t collect — one reason their music is chosen for performance.)
    —    Frank Zappa
From his book:  “The Real Frank Zappa Book
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On This Day In:
2021 Why We Protect The First Amendment
When A Voice Can Make You Cry
The March Continues…
2020 #45: And State Prison Waits When You Leave Office
I Keep Getting Up
Difficult To Relax
2019 Looking For A Republican With A Profile In Courage
2018 Hammers, Bells And Songs
2017 My Friends
2016 In Need Of Some Work
2015 Elections Have Consequences
2014 An Ear Of Happy Accidents
2013 Powerful Substitute
2012 Heroes Restored
2011 As You Should

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I realize that a lot of people feel that speaking out against unions is almost:  ‘Un-American.’  I remind them:  not all of America is unionized — in fact, the vast majority of Americans are not — and glad about it.
Some people fear that if the unions were to vanish, the labor situation would return to the way it was in the beginning, with child labor and sweatshops.  I agree with them.  Large employers do tend toward unscrupulous behavior when nobody is looking over their shoulder.
So, what the bottom line here?  I would like to see more honesty in business — at both ends of the table.  Honesty in U.S. business appears to be at its lowest ebb in history.
There are a number of reasons for that.  When political leaders do not demonstrate honesty, when people lie constantly in the media — everybody gets used to “The Big Lie” as a way of life.  At that point, honesty becomes a quaintly outmoded concept — nobody wants to be honest anymore, because if they are, they might finish last.
I would say that today, dishonesty is the rule, and honesty the exception.  It could be, statistically, that more people are honest than dishonest, but the few that really control things are not honest, and that tips the balance.
    —     Frank Zappa
From his book:  “The Real Frank Zappa Book
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On This Day In:
2021 Momentary Offering
Happy Noise
2020 No Crumbs
Too Many Detectives On This Case
A New Day Is Coming
2019 Or In This Case – What’s Wrong
2018 Just Passing Through
2017 True Torture
Happy Thanksgiving – 2017 !!
2016 Overtaken
2015 Alone Praying
2014 A Full Man
2013 Off Defending The Universe
Taking Precautions
2012 Never, Never, Never
2011 Testing 1, 2, 3

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A sure way to lose happiness, I found, is to want it at the expense of everything else.
    —    Bette Davis
There is no way to happiness.  Happiness is the way.
    —    Wayne Dyer
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On This Day In:
2021 Still Trying To Understand
V Memories From Saudi Arabia
2020 Sometimes Just Being There Is Enough
And I Owe It All To You
2019 Or Live For It
2018 Happy Thanksgiving (2018)
2017 Grateful Humility
2016 Obstacles
Election + 2 Weeks
2015 Done What You Could
2014 Impossible To Other Men
2013 Just In Case
2012 Isn’t This Just Pleasant?
2011 No Void In Sight

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My theory on housework is, if the item doesn’t multiply, smell, catch fire, or block the refrigerator door, let it be.  No one else cares.  Why should you?
    —    Erma Bombeck
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On This Day In:
2021 Still Building
Golden
2020 Books And Blogs
You Don’t Know What I Got
2019 #45 Is The Inverse
2018 A Message To The White House Press Corps
2017 Eeny Meeny Miny Moe
Binge, Binge, Binge
2016 Feeling Warm Yet?
Four Documentaries
2015 Just Like All The Others
2014 In My Own Vanity
2013 Filled With Words
2012 Lectio Auget Existentiae Meae
2011 Lied Lately?
2010 Born To Work At Faux News
Lost Again (Uh, Make That Still)
Qui Genus Humanum Ingenio Superavit
They’re Back… (Part 1)

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Nothing Left

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’.
    —    Erma Bombeck
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On This Day In:
2021 Small Curves
One For Me
2020 Like Belief In Truth And Facts
Hey #45, Are You Tired Of LOSING Law Suits Too?
2019 Many Forms
2018 Serenity Prayer
2017 But The Clock Says It’s Already Two Minutes 30 Seconds to Midnight
2016 Towards No Regret
2015 109 And Beyond
2014 Are You Waiting?
2013 Traditional Human Sacrifice
2012 A Division Of Men
2011 Miles, Legends and Superwoman
Got Tragedy?
2010 My Company For A Prince!!
On The Shoulders Of Titans

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With that said, I don’t advise embracing the irrational or acting against your own interests.  It will not make you happy, nor will it prove a point.  Randomness is a poor substitute for genuine freedom.  Instead, perhaps you should reconsider the unstated premise of your query, which is that your identity is defined by your consumer choices.  Your fear that you’ve become boring might have less to do with your supposedly vanilla taste than the fact that these platforms have conditioned us to see our souls through the lens of formulaic categories that are designed to be legible to advertisers.  It’s all too easy to mistake our character for the bullet points that grace our bios:  our relationship status, our professional affiliations, the posts and memes and threads that we’ve liked, the purchases we’ve made, and the playlists we’ve built.
What remains more difficult to predict are the qualities that make you truly distinct:  your thoughts and beliefs, your personal history, the unspoken nuances of the relationships that have made you who you are, and the unbounded expanse of moral and imaginative possibilities that constitutes your own mind.  Attending to those aspects of yourself is the work of a lifetime — and far from boring.
    —     Meghan O’Gieblyn
From her article:  “Dear Cloud Support:  Am I Stuck In A Groove
Appearing in:  Wired Magazine;  Dtd:  Dec 2021 / Jan 2022 issue
There is also an online version at:  https://www.wired.com/story/cloud-support-music-apps-predictability/
[But I believe the article may be behind a paywall.  I am a subscriber to the hard-copy magazine.    —    kmab]
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On This Day In:
2021 Too Bad Politics And Greed Get In The Way
Little Prayers
2020 Precarious Fools
A Shining City Upon A Hill
2019 How #45’s Father Raised Him For Incompetence
2018 Describing #45 – “The Loser” – As A Successful Businessman
Raking – #PresidentIdiot Proposes Full Employment For California
2017 Federal Deficit, National Debt And Tax Cuts For The 1%
2016 Picky, Picky, Picky
2015 Another Limitation On Religion
2014 Enduring
2013 Tell Me More…
2012 Passing…
2011 Fake It ‘Til You Make It

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I have yet to find the person . . .  who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than he would do under a spirit of criticism.
    —     Charles Schwab
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On This Day In:
2021 Misunderestimated
The Sincerest Form Of Flattery
Four Fifths Of Music
2020 Doctor’s Orders
Make That Seven Orders…
2019 Innocent
2018 Ripost
2017 Just Asking…
2016 And 4
How Tall Do You Stand?
2015 More Prejudice
2014 Say What?
2013 Daring Errors
2012 Are You Comfortable?
I Just Have To
In Flux
2011 True New
2010 A Job Well Started Is A Job Half Done
I See With My One Good Eye

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