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In three words I can sum up everything that I have learned about life.  It goes on.
  —  Robert Frost
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On This Day In:
2018 Gratitude And Warmth
Remembering Loss, Sacrifice And Service
Making Little Ones Out Of Bigger Ones
2017 Never Forget
2016 It’s All Greek To Me (Well, Latin Actually)
2015 Truism
2014 Thank You
2013 Really
2012 Ordinary Five Minutes Longer
2011 The Wealth Of Sons (And Daughters)

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Slow down and enjoy life.  It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast; you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.
  —  Eddie Cantor
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On This Day In:
2018 Here And Hope
2017 Choose
2016 All I Ever Wanted
2015 Compassionate Toward Yourself
2014 All And None
2013 Voices In The Dark
2012 Does Uncommonly Flexible = Flip-Flopping?
2011 A Modest Review Of A Modern Day Classic
Encouragement Is The Path To Immortality

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If you take too long in deciding what to do with your life, you’ll find you’ve done it.
  —  Pam Shaw
The shortest answer is doing.
  —  Proverb
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On This Day In:
2018 Thought Experiments
Day 38: Going Crazy
2017 Which Did You Learn?
2016 Shape And Limit
2015 Me Either
2014 Just Business
2013 Beautiful Adventure
2012 Precedence
2011 Ya Think?

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Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose.
  —  Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
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On This Day In:
2018 Just Bake The Cake, Man
2017 Visible Proof
2016 Poor Enough Means
2015 Still Standing
Follow Your Heart
2014 Just Reminded
2013 A Fine Balance
2012 One Measure
2011 Seeking The Common Ground
In Brightest Day…

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Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music; the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people.  Forget yourself.
  —  Henry Miller
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On This Day In:
2018 Two: A Current President With Both
2017 Watch This Space
2016 Beyond The Foundation
2015 Become An Affliction
2014 Just Setting Out
2013 Scott’s Inscription
2012 Good Knowledge
2011 Social Safety Nets

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Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier.  The way it actually works is in reverse.  You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.
  —  Margaret Young
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On This Day In:
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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A life is like a garden.  Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory.  LLAP
  —  Leonard Nimoy
Back in January (click here), I posted the observation that I had just reached 1,221 email followers.  I found this an “interesting” number because it is a palindrome (reads the same backwards as forwards).  I also mentioned that I was looking forward to reaching 1,234 followers.  Again, solely because it is an interesting number: the earliest sequential number number possible with four digits.
Image of 1,235 email followers.
Today, I hit “1,235” email followers.  Now, some may ask why is that worth noting when I never posted anything about 1,234.  Three reasons…
First:  The “achievement” was a milestone, but it was not a goal.  To me, a goal is the end – like a world championship.  A milestone is a step along the way – all of the wins (and losses) along the way to reaching the goal.  I would argue, the steps you take to reach the next milestone are as significant in reaching the goal as reaching each milestone.  And, many times, the road is as important as the destination.
Second:  The “achievement” was transitory.  The morning I woke up and found I hit 1,235 (first time), I had actually missed seeing the “milestone” (1,234) because I’d picked up two new followers overnight.  This highlighted the transitory nature of arbitrary milestones.  I have since seen (and reached) “1,234” followers several times since then.  For whatever reason, some of my followers stopped following and I have also gained others.  I have actually been back down to 1,232.
I don’t really know why I  gain or lose followers.  I can only say I gain and lose most followers around days when I post about politics (criticizing Trump) or religion – particularly if I post a series (three of four days in a row).  There seems to be a tolerance level for followers: one or two times is okay, but don’t keep beating the same drum.  And, that’s okay, I’m often tempted to do the same with blogs I follow.  I don’t, but I am tempted.  LOL.
And, third:  in it’s own way, “1,235” is more interesting than “1,234”.  For the latter, adding the first digit to each in the sequence produces the next in the sequence.  1+2=3, 1+3=4.  Here, the next interesting number occurs with one place shift: “12,345”.  In the former, the number pattern increase is summing two adjacent numbers to produce the next in sequence. 1+2=3, 2+3=5.  Here, the next number in the progression would be “12,358” (still with only one place increase).
Of course, “12,321” is the next palindrome, which is also interesting.
But, why “just” interesting and not fascinating?  Well, I started playing with the numbers and what I found “fascinating” was that at a certain point it is the “visible” number which is easier to find interesting.  For example: “12”, “123”, “1221”, “1234” are all visually appealing (to me).  But, and I’m not sure why, “1,221” and “1,234” are less so.  I’m leaning to the lack of symmetry caused by the “comma” between the “1” and the “2”.  In which case, “123,321” becomes the next “true” visual palindrome.  I’m not sure if the difference is “unique”, but it is unexpected (to me) and therefore, (to me) fascinating.  Why?  Because looking back at the original post, after passing the milestone, I realized I used the number “1221” in the title and not the comma delimited “1,221”.  Somehow, I was unconsciously preferring the use (in the title) of the visual palindrome over the normal numeric representation even though logically they are equivalent.  So, while the numbers are interesting, it was my recognition of use which (to me) is fascinating.
But, like I said, this is just me being me.
(PS:  “LLAP” = “Live Long and Prosper”)
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On This Day In:
2018 Me, Too
2017 Apt Enough?
2016 Now Or Ever
21, Pause, Restart
2015 I Am Shocked, Sir, Shocked…
Lucy & FSND-2
2014 Less Difficult
2013 The Spirit Of Liberty
2012 The Essential Freedom Of Aloneness
2011 A Problem Of Scale
Fred Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
2010 Another Book, Another Jog…

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Life itself can’t give you joy,
Unless you really will it.
Life just gives you time and space
It’s up to you to fill it.
  —  Chinese proverb (I’ve also seen it attributed as “Anonymous”)
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On This Day In:
2018 Can We Talk About Me?
2017 About Change
Gordian
2016 Are Your Prayers Functioning?
2015 Expressing Love
2014 Cyclical Attitudes
2013 Footprints
2012 Broken Resolutions
Bin It

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If you could choose one characteristic that would get you through life, choose a sense of humor.
  —  Jennifer James
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On This Day In:
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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Life’s tough . . .  it’s even tougher if you’re stupid.
  —  John Wayne
“I loved my previous life.  I had so many things going,” Trump told Reuters in an interview.  “This is more work than in my previous life.  I thought it would be easier.”
  —  Stephen J. Adler, Jeff Mason, Steve Holland
From a Reuters article / interview:  “Exclusive: Trump says he thought being president would be easier than his old life
You can find the article on-line at:   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-100days/exclusive-trump-says-he-thought-being-president-would-be-easier-than-his-old-life-idUSKBN17U0CA
[I guess that’s what happens when you go from a spoiled rich kid (70 year old child when elected) to someone (President of the United States and leader of the Free World) who has to “work” because the job demands it of you.  Which is probably why he never really wanted the job.  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
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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The Worst

I used to think the worst thing in life was to be alone.  It’s not.  The worst thing in life is end up with people who make you feel alone.
  —  Robin Williams
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On This Day In:
2017 #DonTheCon In The Oval Office
2016 Are You Like #AmnestyDon And Sarah Palin?
2015 Begin Today
2014 Look Again (At Life’s Illusions)
2013 None Knows
2012 Yet
2011 No End In Sight
2010 Back At It…

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My brothers, if this is the last sound made by the last living man, it must be shouted loud and clear.  Life is a gift of God.
  —  Kiril Lakota (Pope Kiril I)
The main character in the novel: “Shoes of the Fisherman
Written by:  Morris L. West
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On This Day In:
2017 Unless You Genuinely Are Small
2016 B1
2015 Five Things
2014 Have Faith
2013 Found In A Mine
2012 Two-Sided Coin
2011 Passionately Scorned Rules

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Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around.  You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more.  You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you.  When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement.  They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself.  Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful.  There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around.  You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are.  The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever.  Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again.  Colours seem brighter and more brilliant.  Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all.  A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face.  In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby.  Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you.  You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do.  Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon.  You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible.  You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you.  You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end.  Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile.  Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life.
  ―  Bob Marley
[On this date, 34 years ago, my Hil came back to me (from Liverpool) and we began our life together…  And our love is still new and growing.  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2017 Thinking Out Loud
2016 Fighting Change
2015 Get Change
2014 Trapped (Again)
2013 Someone Else Believes
2012 The Practical Value of Science
2011 Seize Gladly The Difficult Task
A Constitutional Conversation
2010 The Fierce Urgency Of Now…

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Believe me!  The secret of reaping the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously!
  —  Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
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On This Day In:
2017 A Good Habit
2016 The Minds Of Trumpism
2015 Expressing Nonsense
2014 A Real Fight
2013 Unravelling
2012 I Resolve
2011 Practice, Practice, Practice
2009 Phoenix Trip (July ’09)

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Rest not!  Life is sweeping by;
  go and dare before you die.
Something mighty and sublime,
  leave behind to conquer time.
   —  Johan Wolfgang Goethe
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On This Day In:
2017 And Wealth A Poor Substitute For Ability
2016 Neither Darkness Nor Shadows
2015 It Took Roots
2014 Hard Evidence
2013 Full Participation
2012 Roving (Again)
Ooops, Again
2011 Why Not?

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