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Fear less; hope more.  Eat less; chew more.  Talk less; say more.  Hate less; love more.

—  Pauline Phillips (better known as “Dear Abby”)

[During the great age of newspaper reading (much of my early adult life), I always looked forward to reading sports, the comics and the personal columnists.  Sometimes they were funny,  most times warm and fuzzy, occasionally, brutally honest.  “Dear Abby” was among the best.  You can learn good manners (and she taught them), but a gentle touch (charm and class) are much more difficult to come by.  Pauline Phillips exuded all of the above…   R.I.P.  Wednesday, 16 January 2013 at the age of  94.  —  KMAB]

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The passing of Neil Armstrong today reminded me of another great American who I recently read hasn’t been doing too well lately: Willie Nelson.
I was never much of a “country” music fan until I got to Germany while I was serving in the Army.  My roommate was from Dallas, Texas and had been a DJ while working his way through college.  Anyway, he liked lots of different types of music, but was particularly fond of country and was a big fan of Willie’s.  Many is the night we sat around listening to Willie, drinking and playing cards.
Although my roommate was a “typically” obnoxious Texan about most things, he did manage to pass on to me a deep appreciation for country music and I’ll always be grateful for that.
Anyway, here’s the lyrics to one of my favorite Willie Nelson songs: “Always On My Mind“.  I think all hard-working family men will be able to appreciate the words and the spirit of the song.  And hopefully, a bunch of you long suffering wives will too…
As always, enjoy the lyrics and then go listen to Willie sing it.  It’s been covered by loads of others, so take your pick of your favorite…
And, Willie, get well soon.  You’re in our thoughts and prayers.

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That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.
  —  Neil Armstrong
10:56 p.m. ET on 20 July 1969
The first words spoken after setting foot on the moon.
[Rest In Peace, Neil.  As long as humanity looks at the moon and stars, your name will be remembered…   —  KMAB]

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