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If you were to bother to read my books, to behave as educated persons would, you would learn that they are not sexy, and do not argue in favor of wildness of any kind.  They beg that people be kinder and more responsible than they often are.  It is true that some of the characters speak coarsely.  That is because people speak coarsely in real life.  Especially soldiers and hardworking men speak coarsely, and even our most sheltered children know that.  And we all know, too, that those words really don’t damage children much.  They didn’t damage us when we were young.  It was evil deeds and lying that hurt us.
    —    Kurt Vonnegut
Letter to Charles McCarthy
16th November 1973
From:  “Kurt Vonnegut: Letters
Edited by Dan Wakefield
Found at one of the sites I follow:  “Letters of Note
The site is located at:  https://news.lettersofnote.com/
The specific post is:  https://news.lettersofnote.com/p/most-letters-from-a-parent-contain?s=r
Please visit the original site if you have a spare minute or two…    —    KMAB]
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2014 Affirming The Wall
2013 Maintain The Freedom
2012 All Good
2011 Fountains Of Life
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There are several kinds of love.  One is a selfish, mean, grasping, egotistical thing which uses love for self-importance.  This is the ugly and crippling kind.  The other is an outpouring of everything good in you — of kindness and consideration and respect — not only the social respect of manners but the greater respect which is recognition of another person as unique and valuable.  The first kind can make you sick and small and weak but the second can release in you strength, and courage and goodness and even wisdom you didn’t know you had. . .
If it is right, it happens  —  The main thing is not to hurry.  Nothing good gets away.
    —    John Steinbeck
From:  Letter to his lovesick son, Thom, 10 Nov 1958
Taken from:  “Steinbeck: A Life in Letters
I found it at:  https://news.lettersofnote.com/
The specific post is:  https://news.lettersofnote.com/p/he-is-already-your-slave-this-would
[Please visit the original site if you have a spare moment.     —     KMAB]
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On This Day In:
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2019 Looking Forward To Tomorrow (2019 Version)
2018 Not One Cent!
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2017 Make Glad The Heart Of Childhood
2016 Sincerest Flattery
The President-elect: Making Spirits Bright
2015 What Are You Looking At?
2014 Ite, Missa Est
2013 I Hear Voices
2012 Positive Thoughts
Hope Works
2011 Look! Up In The Sky…
Humility Before The Unknowable

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My mind has changed during the last twenty or thirty years…  Poetry of many kinds… gave me great pleasure…  Pictures gave me considerable, and music very great delight…  But now for many years I cannot endure to read a line of poetry…  Music generally sets me thinking too energetically on what I have been at work on, instead of giving me pleasure.  I retain some taste for fine scenery, but it does not cause me the exquisite delight which it formerly did.
My mind seems to have become a kind of machine for grinding general laws out of large collections of facts, but why this should have caused the atrophy of that part of the brain alone, on which the higher tastes depend, I cannot conceive.  A man with a mind more highly organised or better constituted than mine, would not, I suppose, have thus suffered;  and if I had to live my life again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week;  for perhaps the parts of my brain now atrophied would thus have been kept active through use.  The loss of these tastes is a loss of happiness, and may possibly be injurious to the intellect, and more probably to the moral character, by enfeebling the emotional part of our nature.
    —     Charles Darwin
From:  “The Autobiography of Charles Darwin: 1809-1882
[Originally found at one of the blogs / websites I follow:  https://www.themarginalian.org/
The specific post is:  https://www.themarginalian.org/2021/11/28/darwin-life/
Please visit the original site if you have a some time…    —    KMAB]
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2017 The Great Leveler
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2016 Election + 1 Month
2015 Dance And Sing
2014 A Measuring Stick For Progress
2013 Courtly Love Or Victory Over Habit
2012 Have We Met?
2011 Efficiently Useless

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What I meant was, some people stand in front of a tree and the first thing they notice is the trunk.  These are the ones who prioritize order, safety, rules, continuity.  Then there are those who pick out the branches before anything else.  They yearn for change, a sense of freedom.  And then there are those who are drawn to the roots, though concealed under the ground.  They have a deep emotional attachment to their heritage, identity, traditions …
    —     Elif Shafak
From:  “The Island of Missing Trees: A Novel
Originally found at a blog / website I follow:   https://davidkanigan.com/
The specific post is at:
https://davidkanigan.com/2021/11/15/monday-morning-wake-up-call-276/
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2014 One Life
2013 Reason Is Your Light
2012 Bordering Manhood
2011 Even Christ Couldn’t

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Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow.
 
Seriously!  I mean starting right now, do art and do it for the rest of your lives.
 
    —     Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
 
From a letter to students at Xavier High School in New York City in response to an invitation to visit their school.
The quote is part of a larger response which was found on one of the blogs I follow:  https://news.lettersofnote.com/
The specific post can be found at:  https://news.lettersofnote.com/p/make-your-soul-grow
 
[Please visit the original site if you have a spare minute.    —    KMAB]
 
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2016 Election Results
2015 Speak Louder
2014 Why I Frequently Give In
2013 Am Remembering
2012 Sustained Fear
2011 Commitment
   

 

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Experience one beautiful thing a day.  However small.  However trivial.  Read a poem.  Play a favorite song.  Laugh with a friend.  Gaze at the sky just before the sun’s final tumble toward night.  Watch a classic movie.  Eat a slice of lemon drizzle cake.  Whatever.  Just give yourself one simple reminder that the world is full of wonders.  Even if we are at a point in life where we can’t appreciate things, it sometimes helps to remember there are things in this world to enjoy, when we are ready.
    —     Matt Haig
From: “The Comfort Book
[Found at a blog I follow:  https://davidkanigan.com/
The specific post is:  https://davidkanigan.com/2021/09/20/monday-morning-wake-up-call-269/
Please visit the original site if you have a free moment…    —    KMAB]
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2016 Mirror, Mirror
2015 Speaking With Forked Tongue
2014 The Code
2013 Eventually Formed
2012 Remember To Vote Tomorrow
2011 It Sounds Like Chaos Theory To Me

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Cancer Awareness Ribbons

Cancer Awareness Ribbons

The National Cancer Survivors Day is a secular holiday celebrated on the first Sunday in June in the United States.  The day is meant to demonstrate that life after a cancer diagnosis can be a reality.  My mom, who recently turned 87yrs old, is a 25+ years Cancer survivor.  (Go Mom!!)
Colored ribbons have come to mean support for many causes.  Above are the colors relevant to Cancer.  Please take a moment to pray for those currently suffering from all the various forms of cancer (and their families and loved ones).
Click on the link to visit the “Official” website of the National Cancer Survivors Day
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Today I spent a great deal of time on the web looking into William Faulkner after reading a copy of his acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize for Literature for 1949.  In looking him up, I discovered the site (web and blog) of one Richard J. Geib.
Although an openly avowed Republican, Richard demonstrates a remarkable (for Republicans) ability to think, reason and write.  —  Just kidding Rich!!  —
In all seriousness, this is one heavy dude.  I don’t know him (yet);  I’ve not emailed him or contacted him (yet);  but everyone really needs to go look at his site!!  I’ve added his site link to my Faith, Family and Friends category because anyone who reads and thinks this much (and writes this well) is a soul-brother of mine in the time-space continuum.
Live long and prosper, bro!
[Update:  (2022)  I recently removed the link to Richard’s blog from my page / sidebar.  Richard is now a disavowed Republican and seems to consider himself an “Independent”, but he strikes me more as “Libertarian”.  Fair enough…  I continue to follow his posts, but I no longer feel his site rates any promotion on my blog.  I don’t believe his site got any click-thru’s from my blog anyway, so I’m sure it’s no loss to him.     —    kmab]
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