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Go where your body and soul want to go.  When you have the feeling, then stay with it and don’t let anyone throw you off.  That is following your bliss.
  —  Joseph Campbell
[Please forgive my French play on words…  I have sought (and occasionally found) a “temporal shift”, but I have never found, followed, or really sought bliss.  I am more of a “do your duty” person than I am a “follow your bliss” person, anyway.  I refer you to “The Para’s Prayer“.   —  KMAB]
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2019 Live For Something
2018 My Dogs Beat ‘Em Up
Is Your Sky Falling?
2017 Unseen Here, Too
2016 Criticized Anyway
2015 Sometimes The Truth Hurts
2014 All Agreed, Say “Aye”
2013 Two Books, Two Movies
Just Because
2012 God’s Requirements
2011 Greater Purity

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I am content; that is a blessing greater than riches; and he to whom that is given need ask no more.
   —   Henry Fielding
[Unfortunately (or fortunately), I’m probably still closer to “The Para’s Prayer” than I am to the above quote.  But, it sounds like a nice place to end up (eventually).   —    KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2016 Equal Justice
2015 Not Enough
2014 Are You Even Listening?
2013 Namaste
2012 Looking Up
2011 Et Tu Brute?

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Agreement makes us soft and complacent; disagreement brings out our strength.  Our real enemies are the people who make us feel so good that we are slowly but inexorably pulled down into the quicksand of smugness and self-satisfaction.
   —  Sydney Harris
[Reminded me to say “The Para’s Prayer“…  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2016 Size Matters
2015 Maybe The Best Thing
2014 Ready To Be Fried?
2013 A Real Lover
2012 Winning Wars
2011 A Different Lesson

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To ask that the laws of the universe be annulled in behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy.
  —  Ambrose Bierce
From:  “The Devil’s Dictionary
Our prayers are answered not when we are given what we ask, but when we are challenged to be what we can be.
  —  Morris Adler
[For a prayer I used to say whenever I had a big decision looming, see:   The Para’s Prayer on my Poems page.  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2013 As I…
2012 But We Need Room
2011 A Definition Of Leadership

 

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O, do not pray for easy lives.  Pray to be stronger men.  Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers.  Pray for powers equal to your tasks.
  —  Phillip Brooks
From:  “Going Up To Jerusalem
[This reminds me of the lines in “The Para’s Prayer” found off my Poems page…
Once and for all
Let me be sure to have them always,
For I will not always have the courage
To ask you for them.
—  KMAB]
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Today I had a long day working on modifying/updating an application I’ve had running at work for several years.  I work in Human Resources and we use a departmental database I developed several years ago to keep track of various things.  (How’s that for a description full of banal generalities?)
Generally, the project is interesting because it will tie another function into the application.  Specifically, it’s interesting because the main application is about four years old and this will be the first major modification.  It should allow me to review (and hopefully improve on) some of the things that got thrown together in the heat of the initial development.
On the drive home, I randomly remembered two poems from many years ago.  In Broken Images was a poem I first read as an introduction statement to a science book I had in high school.  Philosophically, it’s always been a guide post warning me to think for myself and question what I (and others) “know” to be absolutely true.  The Para’s Prayer was also an introduction statement in a book.  I don’t remember the book.  I believe it was called Devils In Baggy Pants, but I’m not sure.  I read it back while I was a young, gung-ho trooper in the Army.
I hope you enjoy them both.  In case you’re interested – I still have the courage to ask…
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