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I swear to the Lord,
I still can’t see,
Why Democracy means,
Everybody but me.
  ―  Langston Hughes
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2017 A Little More, Please
2016 In Full Vigor
2015 A Good Lad
2014 Who Dare Not Speak
2013 I Love Beer
2012 Trial By Jury
2011 First Class
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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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Death, Be Not Proud

Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;
For those whom thou think’st thou dost overthrow
Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
From rest and sleep, which but thy pictures be,
Much pleasure; then from thee much more must flow,
And soonest our best men with thee do go,
Rest of their bones, and soul’s delivery.
Thou art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men,
And dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell,
And poppy or charms can make us sleep as well
And better than thy stroke; why swell’st thou then?
One short sleep past, we wake eternally
And death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.
   —  John Donne
From:  “Holy Sonnets
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2016 A Sweet Smelling Blog Post
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2015 Getting The Story Right
2014 Like Shells On The Shore
2013 More And Why
2012 How To Gain Effective Fire
2011 Patriot Act

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“Indispensable Man”

Sometime when you’re feeling important;
Sometime when your ego’s in bloom
Sometime when you take it for granted
You’re the best qualified in the room,
Sometime when you feel that your going
Would leave an unfillable hole,
Just follow these simple instructions
And see how they humble your soul;
Take a bucket and fill it with water,
Put your hand in it up to the wrist,
Pull it out and the hole that’s remaining
Is a measure of how you’ll be missed.
You can splash all you wish when you enter,
You may stir up the water galore,
But stop and you’ll find that in no time
It looks quite the same as before.
The moral of this quaint example
Is do just the best that you can,
Be proud of yourself but remember,
There’s no indispensable man.
The above poem was written by: Saxon White Kessinger
The poem text was found as an image at: The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally
The specific link to the post is:  http://annkoplow.wordpress.com/2017/10/16/day-1750-water/
The site is maintained by: Ann Koplow
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2017 We Need To Continue Experimenting
2016 Consistently
2015 We Must Dissent
2014 Now What?
2013 Judgement
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2011 Just Getting Up
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THE CALL TO MINISTRY
TO SERVE IN THE SPIRIT OF JESUS IS
TO GROW IN FAITH
TO KNOW CHRIST  …  AND TO MAKE HIM BETTER KNOWN
I will do more than belong, I will participate.
I will do more than care, I will help.
I will do more than believe, I will practice.
I will do more than be fair, I will be kind.
I will do more than forgive, I will forget.
I will do more than give, I will serve.
I will do more than teach, I will inspire.
I will do more than be friendly, I will be a friend.
I will do more than live, I will grow.
I will do more than dream, I will work
[The above was a hand-out given by Father Padraig Greene at our parish ministry faire.  There are multiple versions (of the poem / prose) with minor variations of this online with various attributions.  They include: Edith Hensley, Edward Everett Hale and William Arthur Ward.  I don’t know which is the original version or author.  —  KMAB]
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2016 On What Matters…
2015 Social Security
2014 Bewitching
2013 Visiting Joy
2012 Dedication To Today
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Punctuation

If I could be any mark of punctuation…
I would like to be a comma,
To me, periods are too abrupt.
And exclamation marks are too flashy!!!!
Semi-colons are too technical;
And dashes are too – drawn – out –
But a comma is nice,
It’s a brief pause,
A chance to rest in between ideas,
And that is how I think I would like my life described,
[This isn’t the first “poem” I ever wrote, but it was the first I added to this blog site.  You can find it – and more – linked from the “Poems” tab at the top.  Please leave a comment if you happen to enjoy any of them.  —  KMAB]
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Hold fast to dreams,
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird,
That cannot fly.
   ―  Langston Hughes
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