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When you live in the shadow of insanity, the appearance of another mind that thinks and talks as yours does is something close to a blessed event.
    —     Robert M. Pirsig
From:  “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values
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On This Day In:
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2019 A Dynamic And Adaptable System
2018 Speak Your Mind
2017 And I Thought It Was Just Me Getting Old
2016 One For Whole
2015 A Good Present
2014 And Your Point Is?
2013 Our Never-Ending Task
Furloughed
2012 More Mature Than I Thought
2011 Outlaw’s Music
Can Do!

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The solutions all are simple — after you have arrived at them.  But they’re simple only when you know already what they are.
    —    Robert M. Pirsig
From his book:  “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values
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On This Day In:
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2019 Future Tools
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2018 Four Loves
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2017 Faith In Science
2016 What The World Calls
2015 Say What?
2014 Start Today
2013 Fly!!
2012 Greater Love
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Some things you miss because they’re so tiny you overlook them.  But some things you don’t see because they’re so huge.
    —    Robert M. Pirsig
From his book:  “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
[To “save” American democracy we need three things:  A voting rights act (to save the people’s right to decide our leaders);  increased vaccinations (single payer health care would be nice, too);  and, an infrastructure bill which make fighting climate change a national priority.  Unfortunately, one or two will not be enough – and the clock is ticking…    —    KMAB]
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On This Day In:
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2019 Slow Wisdom
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2018 Young, Fun And Playing Well
2017 Earning Your Blessings
2016 A Suggestion…
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2015 Looking For The Needles In The Haystacks
2014 The Definition Of A Gentleman
2013 Thar She Blows (Not)!
2012 Naturally
2011 Been Here, Done That
Remember
2010 Timeless Classics

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Not sure of much of anything these days.  Maybe that’s why I talk so much.
    —    Robert M. Pirsig
From his book:  “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
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On This Day In:
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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The past exists only in our memories, the future only in our plans.   The present is our only reality.
    —     Robert M. Pirsig
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On This Day In:
2020 Role Reversal
Time To Defend The Constitution (Part I)
Time To Defend The Constitution (Part II)
2019 Right Or Wrong
2018 Open Doors
2017 When It Deserves It
2016 Expiation For Rest
2015 You’ll Get Through It
2014 A Special Kind Of Fall
2013 Very Rewarding
2012 MIB3 – The Team Is Closer Than Ever
Yet
2011 Little By Little

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What keeps the world from reverting to the Neanderthal with each generation is the continuing, ongoing mythos…  the huge body of common knowledge that unites our minds as cells are united in the body of man…
   —    Robert M. Pirsig
[I’m looking at you Texas and Mississippi…  How many “extra” / more have to die before you tell your folks to wear masks?    —    KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2020 With Friends Like This…
2019 Still Better Than Third
2018 A Tough Row To Hoe
2017 Just In Case
2016 Republicans Eat Their Young
2015 Still 99%
2014 Affirming The Wall
2013 Maintain The Freedom
2012 All Good
2011 Fountains Of Life
Staying Alive

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You look at where you’re going and where you are and it never makes sense, but then you look back at where you’ve been and a pattern seems to emerge.
   —    Robert M. Pirsig
From:  “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
[A “Fractal” is a curve or geometric figure, each part of which has the same statistical character as the whole.  A “Mandelbrot Set” is description of a type of fractal.  Somehow, this quote strikes me as a viewing of a personal relationship as a Mandelbrot set which appears to repeat itself over and over again, no matter the scale at which it is viewed.  Like the love I feel waking up each morning and saying “Good Morning” to my wife.    —    KMAB]
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2013 Hours, Days, And Years
2012 In Kev Are In Hil
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A Good Post

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An experiment is never a failure solely because it fails to achieve predicted results.
    —    Robert M. Pirsig
From his book:  “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
[Sometimes an experiment is a failure solely because it achieves what should have been expected results.   Hey, let’s elect an immoral (lying, cheating and tax-evading) failure of a businessman and see if he can be an honest politician who will set aside his personal and financial interests to work for the good of the country.  Yeah, that’s a GREAT idea!    —     KMAB]
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On This Day In:
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2014 Nurtured By The Voices
2013 Précis
2012 Fear And Understanding
2011 Just Being Human

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The place to improve the world is first in one’s own heart and head and hands, and then work outward from there.
    —    Robert M. Pirsig
From his book:  “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values
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On This Day In:
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2017 Are You Talking To Me?
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2014 Fond Memory?
2013 Distress, Hope, Trust
2012 Creating Interlocking Fragility
2011 Four Stories And A Gospel
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The truth knocks on the door and you say, “Go away, I’m looking for the truth,” and so it goes away.  Puzzling.
    —    Robert M. Pirsig
From his book:  “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
[If you are willing to (and going to) listen to lies anyway, why pretend you are interested in watching the “news”?    —    KMAB]
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On This Day In:
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2012 The Serenity Prayer
2011 The Victory Of Life

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Bouncing on beds, I remember from childhood, is a great depression reliever.
   —    Robert M. Pirsig
From his book:  “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values
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On This Day In:
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2017 While Congress Slept
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2013 Misperceptions
2012 Essential Experience
2011 Lest We Forget Those Still In Harm’s Way
Sound Familiar?

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When one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity.  When many people suffer from a delusion it is called a Religion.
   —    Robert M. Pirsig
From his book: “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values
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On This Day In:
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2017 He Says, It Says
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2014 Ssshhush, You Are Not Alone
2013 So I Chose Living…
2012 For However Short A Time…
2011 Take A Deep Breath And Continue (Or Not)
2010 Tootsie-Roll Day

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He came to see his early failure as a lucky break, an accidental escape from a trap that had been set for him, and he was very trap-wary about institutional truths for the remainder of his time.
    —     Robert M. Pirsig
From his book:  “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
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On This Day In:
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2017 Hannity And Limbaugh
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Your common sense is nothing more than the voices of thousands and thousands of these ghosts from the past.  Ghosts and more ghosts.  Ghosts trying to find their place among the living.
    —    Robert M. Pirsig
From his book:  “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
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On This Day In:
2018 Sunrises, Rainbows And Newborn Babies
2017 Untold Agony
2016 Just Borrowed
2015 Warning
2014 Always More Productive
2013 Is Not
2012 Loosely Translated
2011 Your Opinions Are Not My Facts

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My favorite cure for boredom is sleep.  It’s very easy to get to sleep when bored and very hard to get bored after a long rest.
     —    Robert M. Pirsig
From his book:  “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
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On This Day In:
2017 Who’s Turn Is It Now?
2016 Before You Vote In November…
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2014 Love Light
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2013 Nothing Ridiculous
2012 Keeping Faith
2011 Summon Us, Don’t Criticize Us
2010 Obama’s Wars – Book Review
Game Two – Hearbreaking Loss

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