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This is a time for each and every one of us to look into our own heart, to look into our own community, find someone who is in need, find someone who is wanting, find someone who is looking up to us, and for each and every one of us to reach down, to reach back, to reach across, to lift up a fellow American and put him on the road to success in this wonderful country of ours.
    —    Colin Powell
From his speech at the “President’s Summit for America’s Future” (1997)
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On This Day In:
2021 Feeling Younger
In It
2020 One Person
2019 More Likely Unsinging
What’s At Stake…
2018 But What Are You DOING About November?
Or His Elected Position
2017 Some Good
2016 Edges
Sums
2015 I Hope Not
2014 Study The Means Of Expressing Yourself
2013 That Stubborn Thing
2012 Like Mike
2011 Flawless Or Candid
2010 Browning…

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A poor, charitable person can sometimes feel rich, a miserly Croesus never.
    — Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
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On This Day In:
2021 Choose Strength
Release Your Fears
2020 No Fear
2019 Propaganda vs. Art
2018 What Did You Bring Up?
2017 Waiting For My First Strike
2016 Mostly Just Masticating
2015 Don’t Mess With Mosa
How Long Is This Run?
2014 The Importance Of Being Forgetful
2013 Anyway
2012 Habit Forming
2011 And In The Other Hand(ful)
In Love With Words
Boundless Naïveté
Who Did You Say Signed Off On This Treason, Pat?

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As long as I have food I don’t need when someone else has none, or have two coats and someone else has none, I share in a constantly repeated crime.
    —     Leo Tolstoy
Happy Thanksgiving to all my readers / followers!
Today, (like every day) I am thankful for a loving family and for friends I enjoy spending time with.  Next, I am thankful I live in this day and age (toilet paper, indoor plumbing, refrigerated food, relatively hi-speed internet) with all of our advancements.  And, finally, I thank God (or the universe) for not having been given an “easier” life.  It’s difficult to say I’ve lived a “hard” life because I have been graced with so many opportunities, but I’ve tried to squeeze the marrow from the bone and live life with few (and no major) regrets.  I doubt it (my life) would have been as interesting or as much fun, if it had been easier.
Hopefully, as you read this, you too are thankful for whatever graces / blessings you have this day…  And be prayerful for (and charitable to) those less fortunate.
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On This Day In:
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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“Are you a socialist?” Ted Turner asked Carl Sagan.  “I’m not sure what a socialist is,” Sagan replied.
But I believe the government has a responsibility to care for the people,” Sagan said.
“I’m talking about making people self-reliant, people able to take care of themselves,” he continued.  “There are countries which are perfectly able to do that.  The United States is an extremely rich country, it’s perfectly able to do that.  It chooses not to.  It chooses to have homeless people.”
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On This Day In:
2021 Outside Yet?
Have You Ever Won?
2020 Choice
More Rain Forecast
2019 He Claims It’s Fake News And Spies
2018 Mine, Too
2017 Who’s Turn Is It Now?
2016 Before You Vote In November…
2015 Two Faithful Thoughts
2014 Love Light
Orange October (III) – Giants Advance To National League Championship Series (NLCS)
2013 Nothing Ridiculous
2012 Keeping Faith
2011 Summon Us, Don’t Criticize Us
2010 Obama’s Wars – Book Review
Game Two – Hearbreaking Loss

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A mature person is one who does not think only in absolutes, who is able to be objective even when deeply stirred emotionally, who has learned that there is both good and bad in all people and in all things, and who walks humbly and deals charitably with the circumstances of life, knowing that in this world no one is all knowing and therefore all of us need both love and charity.
    —    Eleanor Roosevelt
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On This Day In:
2019 Tomorrow Is Valentine’s Day
Inverted U Curve
2018 Still More Prejudice
A Well Trod Path Of Hopes, Expectations And Surprise
2017 …And With It Civilization
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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The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
     —    Mahatma Gandhi
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On This Day In:
2019 Too True
2018 Simon Says
2017 Next Cell
2016 Important Knowledge
2015 Are You Still The Exception?
2014 In Answer
Days Are Passing
2013 Opportunity
2012 Appropriate Qualities
2011 A Place To Hang My Hat

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Six essential qualities that are the key to success:  Sincerity, Personal Integrity, Humility, Courtesy, Wisdom, Charity.
     —    Dr. William Menninger
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On This Day In:
2018 The Trouble With Bookstores
Another No Chew Diet
2017 Biased World View
2016 Control In The Age Of Entanglement
2015 Okay, Maybe Not Ceaseless
2014 Can Do
2013 Are You Helping?
2012 Inside All Truth Is A Vacuum
2011 So, Whom Are We Trying To Fool Then?

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All knowledge is sterile which does not lead to action and end in charity.
    —    Cardinal Desire Joseph Mercier
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On This Day In:
2021 Still Dangerous
My Destiny
2020 Explaining And Gilding
That Way
2019 Lead To Action
2018 Listen And See
2017 The Big Illusion
2016 What Are You Thinking About?
2015 What The Framers Chose
2014 Lost Anything Lately?
A Life Of Science
2013 Serve The World
2012 Acquaintance, n.
2011 On Why His Father Was A Great Teacher
A Baker’s Dozen

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The best gifts to give:
To your friend, loyalty;
To your enemy, forgiveness;
To your boss, service;
To a child, a good example;
To your parents, gratitude and devotion;
To your mate, love and faithfulness;
To all men and women, charity.
    —    Oren Arnold
[In the original, the quote is a single sentence.  I’ve modified the format to suit my “poetic” taste.  There is a variation on this quote which reads:  ]
“A Christmas gift suggestion:  To your enemy, forgiveness.  To an opponent, tolerance.  To a friend, heart.  To a customer, service.  To all, charity.  To every child, a good example.  To yourself, respect.”    —    Oren Arnold
[I like both versions – even when it’s not Christmas Season.    —    KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2018 Sweep!!!
We Must Be Living In TRULY Historic Times
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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The bread which you do not use is the bread of the hungry; the garment hanging in your wardrobe is the garment of him who is naked; the shoes that you do not wear are the shoes of the one who is barefoot; the money that you keep locked away is the money of the poor; the acts of charity that you do not perform are so many injustices that you commit.
   —   St. Basil the Great
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On This Day In:
2018 Irreplaceable Sparks
2017 Saving For April 15th
2016 First Wish
2015 Tracing Shadows
2014 One Thing
2013 More Is Less
2012 The Screw-Up Gene

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Most High glorious God,
Enlighten the darkness of my heart.
Give me right faith,
sure hope and perfect charity.
Fill me with understanding and knowledge,
That I may fulfill your commands.
     —     St. Francis of Assisi
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On This Day In:
2017 First Things First
2016 Why Would We Expect Truth From A Liar?
Unknown Fear
2015 Something Pagan
2014 A Note To Self
2013 Determining Our Degree Of Freedom
2012 Journalism And Fantasy
Known Knowns
Jerk, n.
2011 Love Questions

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We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread.  They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing:  the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.
    —     Viktor Frankl
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On This Day In:
2017 Could You Repeat The Question?
2016 Still Busy?
2015 Why, Just This Morning…
2014 Just Kindness
2013 Now Shaking
2012 Absurdity, n.
2011 Minor Changes
Things I’ve Learned From Life – Nana Carter
Acting Out

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I will charge thee nothing but the promise that thee will help the next man thee finds in trouble.
     —     Mennonite Proverb
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On This Day In:
2017 Hopefully, I’m Good Company
2016 Maybe Not Most
2015 Differences That Matter
2014 But Sometimes It Takes A Village
2013 Laughter > Grief
2012 Pioneers
2011 It Is Free

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If you haven’t got charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.
    —    Bob Hope
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On This Day In:
2015 From The Inside Out
2014 Alone And Free
2013 Superstition Is Your Way
2012 Escape Hatches
2011 Sing Like No One Is Listening

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To the extent that people are willing to give of themselves, to devote themselves to pursuits beyond their own immediate calculations of self-interest, they tend to be more successful, to contribute more to society and to receive more benefits themselves.
   —   George Gilder
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On This Day In:
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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