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To make something good, just do it.  To make something great, just re-do it, re-do it, re-do it.  The secret to making fine things is in remaking them.
    —    Kevin Kelly
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On This Day In:
2021 The Real World Effect Of Fox News’ Lies
Anymore
2020 #45: White House Turnover
R.I.P.: Eddie Van Halen
Gee Whiz
2019 Two Peace
2018 The Sensation Of Human Intimacy
2017 One Night In A Thousand Years
2016 A Considerable Amount Of Work
2015 Panzer Soldier
2014 Babies (I)
2013 Patriotic == Tell The Truth
2012 30 Days To Go
2011 Altering The Course

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Some people have greatness thrust upon them.  Very few have excellence thrust upon them.
    —    John W. Gardner
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On This Day In:
2021 Or Blog Every Day
Every Woman Should Have One
2020 Where Are We Going?
2019 One Before I Go
2018 And Blog Posts, Too
2017 Just Doin’ It
2016 Definitely Not Bell Shaped
2015 Dreadful Pity
2014 Worse Than Useless
2013 Personal Prisons
2012 So, Not Yet Then
2011 Real Love

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Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood?  Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh.  To be great is to be misunderstood.
    ―     Ralph Waldo Emerson
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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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To achieve great things, two things are needed:  a plan and not quite enough time.
   —    Leonard Bernstein
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On This Day In:
2020 Why #45 Is In The Dark
180 Day Health / Weight Update (Mar 2020)
2019 Tonight I Am All Blacks
In All Its Messy Complexity
2018 Danger = Opportunity
2017 True And Great
Sand At The Beach
2016 There Is A Difference Between Dangerous And Frightening
2015 Always A Goal
2014 Standing Strong
2013 Shaken And Stirred
The Bird With The Broken Wing
2012 Friends In High Places
2011 Objective Independence

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America’s greatness has been the greatness of a free people who shared certain moral commitments.  Freedom without moral commitment is aimless and promptly self-destructive.
     —    John W. Gardner
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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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As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.
    —    Mahatma Gandhi
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On This Day In:
2019 Inside Your Head
2018 Lingering Curiosity
2017 Just Kidding
2016 The Danger Of Walls
2015 Protection
2014 Let It Go
2013 Don’t Know And Not Telling
2012 A Challenge For Progress
2011 Dependent Difficulty

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Doing what needs to be done may not make you happy, but it will make you great.
    ―    George Bernard Shaw
[They won’t.  But they should…    —    kmab]
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On This Day In:
2022 Are You Confused?
2021 Working On The Ordinary
Smoothed My Jagged Edges
2020 Republican Senators Should Vote For Conviction Of #45
2019 Carry It
2018 Simple
2017 Knowledge Pays
2016 Brief Glimpses And Full Glances
2015 Pursuing Perspective
2014 Wearing Down?
2013 Labouring Under A Curse
2012 Listen To Yourself
2011 Career Tips (Part 1)
No Captain Dunsel

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Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some hire public relations officers.
    —    Daniel J. Boorstin
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On This Day In:
2018 Sounds Like #45’s White House
2017 Have We Started Winning Yet?
2016 Still Springy
2015 Well Concealed
2014 The History Of Warriors
2013 A Cult Of Ignorance
2012 Counting Valor
Understanding Faith
2011 I Can Hear You Now
2010 Inception

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The measure of a country’s greatness is its ability to retain compassion in times of crisis.
     —    Thurgood Marshall
Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice
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On This Day In:
2017 The Voice Of Experience
2016 Who And When
2015 Change Process
2014 What Is Still Possible
2013 Strength Is There
2012 Beyond Reasonable Doubt
2011 Celebrating Values
2010 Is it just me, or is it suddenly dark around here?
Dance!

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When small men attempt great enterprises, they always end by reducing them to the level of their mediocrity.
   —    Napoléon Bonaparte
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On This Day In:
2022 A Happy Realization
2021 Is Science Cumulative?
We’re Aging With Time
2020 Where #45 Is Leading The Republican Party
2019 Your Own Blog Posts
The Man With A Code
2018 Choose Goodness
2017 Developing Translations
2016 Think Like A Hero
2015 Reductionism
2014 Gravitation, n.
2013 Ups And Downs
2012 Nerd Heard – And Good-Bye
Your Continuum
2011 Career Tips (Part 2)

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Not everybody can be famous, but everybody can be great because greatness is determined by service.
    ––    Martin Luther King, Jr.
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On This Day In:
2013 You Really Should Wear More Sweaters
Here I Am God
2012 The Serenity Prayer
2011 The Victory Of Life

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A prudent man should always follow in the path trodden by great men and imitate those who are most excellent, so that if he does not attain to their greatness, at any rate he will get some tinge of it.
      ―      Niccolò Machiavelli
From:  “The Prince
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On This Day In:
2021 Even If I Have An Opinion
We’ve Just Gotten Confirmation
2020 #45: A Word Of Advice
But I’m In No Hurry To Get There
Decision Made: #46 — Go Joe
2019 Like Many Forms Of Art
Two Towers
2018 Land Of My Birth – Executive Order Notwithstanding
Keeping It Real…
2017 Use A Bigger Can
2016 Vote Tomorrow – 8 November 2016
2015 Old Bond
2014 Preferences
2013 Prudence
2012 Reason Against Reasons
2011 The 1% Rule Of Large Groups
2010 Going, Going, On…
Expect Mike
Wasted Again?
You Did?
Reflecting Plenty
Old Math
Mental Images
Here’s Lookin’ At You, Kid
Learn
Nothing Feared Today
I Had Other Plans
Ratings…
Really?
Encourage Greatness

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Be not afraid of greatness.  Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.
  —  William Shakespeare
From:  “Twelfth Night“, Act 11, Sc. 5
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Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself.
   —    Edmund Lee
[And maybe we should ALL try looking a little harder…    —    kmab]
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On This Day In:
2022 Suggestions (The Order Of Precedence Is Optional)…
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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The criterion of a man’s greatness is his ability to lift up all who live in his time.
    —    Sydney Smith
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