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January 1, 2011

New Doors

When one door of happiness closes, another one opens: but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us....
—Helen Keller

Source: Quotablecards.com

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December 31, 2010

Finished!

There will come a time when you believe everything is finished.
That will be the beginning.
—Louis L'Amour

Source: Quotablecards.com

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November 15, 2010

Something to Do

Thank God every morning when you get up that you have something to do that day which must be done, whether you like it or not.
—James Russell Lowell

Source: Compendium Inc's Facebook Page on Monday, 15 November 2010.

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November 10, 2010

Simplicity

Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity.
—Plato

Source: Presentation Zen Design: Simple Design Principles and Techniques to Enhance Your Presentations [Paperback] by Garr Reynolds 2010 New Riders ISBN-13: 978-0321668790
See also: Garr's blog at http://presentationzen.com

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September 1, 2010

Bring on That Dream World

There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.
—Douglas Everett

Source: Inspired Quote of the Week email subscription from Compendium, Inc.
See also:
> Douglas Everett on Wikipedia

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July 16, 2010

Hating Air-Conditioned Potties

Yesterday when I was pulling up her britches after she went potty, she said, “Boy, I hate these air-conditioned potties! They freeze my butt! Why do these people keep the potty so cold?”

And the answer I (my beautiful Bride) gave to her about the air-conditioned potty? Well, here goes:

“I guess these people want to have a high turnover in the potty. If it’s freezing cold, they can get people in and out fast. There aren’t any people outside the door waiting to use the potty right now, but if there’s ever a long line waiting to get in, we’re ready for them!”

She was happy with that, and when she’s happy, I’m happy too.
—Mama, July 15, 2010

Source: Caregiving on my Sweet Bride's Blog. This was a conversation she had with her 92 year-old Mom!

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July 2, 2010

Egotists, They Talk

One nice thing about egotists... they don't talk about other people.
—David Heimbach

Source: From Dave's email subscription, forwarded by my wonderful Bride, Carol

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June 11, 2010

we must rise with the occasion

It is not "Can any of us imagine better?" but "Can we all do better?" Object whatsoever is possible, still the question recurs, "Can we do better?" The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.
—Abraham Lincoln

Source: Abraham Lincoln , Second Annual Message [to Congress] December 1, 1862
> John T. Woolley and Gerhard Peters, The American Presidency Project [online]. Santa Barbara, CA. Available from World Wide Web: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=29503.

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November 23, 2009

How Do You Respond to a Problem?

The problem is rarely/never the problem. The response to the problem invariably ends of being the real problem.*
—Tom Peters
*Perception is all there is!

Source: Email subscription tom peters! Quotes of 23 November 2009.
See also: tompeters!.

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November 2, 2009

Use Me Thoroughly Up!

I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. Life is no "brief candle" for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
—George Bernard Shaw

Source: Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac for Monday, November 2, 2009.

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October 2, 2009

Be the Change

We need to be the change we wish to see in the world.
—Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

Source: WikiQuote's Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
> WikiQuote says of this quote:
"As quoted in "Arun Gandhi Shares the Mahatma's Message" by Michel W. Potts, in India - West [San Leandro, California] Vol. XXVII, No. 13 (1 February 2002) p. A34; Arun Gandhi indirectly quoting his grandfather. See also. "Be the change you wish to see: An interview with Arun Gandhi" by Carmella B'Hahn, Reclaiming Children and Youth [Bloomington] Vol.10, No. 1 (Spring 2001) p. 6"
> Today is the birthday of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, born this day in Porbandar, a coastal town in present-day Gujarat, India, on 2 October 1869. On 30 January 1948, Gandhi was shot while having his nightly public walk on the grounds of the Birla Bhavan (Birla House) in New Delhi.
> See also Wikipedia's Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.

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June 11, 2009

Be Open to New Ideas

Never stop learning and adapting. The world will always be changing. If you limit yourself to what you knew and what you were comfortable with earlier in life, you will grow increasingly frustrated as you age.
—David Niven, Ph.D. in Be Open to New Ideas: Number 13 of The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People

In research on older Americans, what predicted satisfaction more than finances or the state of their current relationships was their willingness to adapt. If they were willing to chnage some of their habits and expectations, their happiness was maintained even when their circumstances changed. Those who were resistant to change, on the other hand, were less than one-third likely to feel happy.
—Clark, F., M. Carlson, R. Zemke, F. Geyla, K. Patterson, and B. L. Ennevor. 1996. "Life Domains and Adaptive Strategies of a Group of Low Income, Well Older Adults." American Journal of Occupational Therapy 50:99.

Source: The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People: What Scientists Have Learned and How You Can Use It. by David Niven, Ph.D. 2000 HarperCollins ISBN: 0-06-251650-7
See also: Country Inns & Suites by Carlson Read & Return It program.

WashingtonPost.com's Faces of the Fallen: By Service: Navy
U.S. Service members who died in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom

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January 1, 2009

Happy New Year Message

Some well-known words from Abraham Lincoln, delivered to Congress in December 1862, have been cited often in the past few months. They are worth citing once more on this day: "The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country."

Lincoln added in that speech: "Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history." That's as true now as it was in the much darker year of 1862. The imperative to act wisely and well is just as urgent.

Oh, and while we're at it, happy New Year.
—Washington Post editorial. January 1, 2009

Source: Washington Post online The New Year: There is good reason for trepidation, but also for hope. published January 1, 2009. Accessed January 1, 2009.

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December 2, 2008

Growing a Great Society

A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.
—Greek proverb

Source: Tuesday, December 2, 2008 Teachers: Jokes, Quotes, and Anecdotes 2008 Calendar by Andrews McMeel Publishing ISBN-13: 978-0-7407-6680-0

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September 29, 2008

Complete Satisfaction Does Not Exist

Realize that complete satisfaction does not exist.
Set your sights on being generally satisfied and generally happy, not expecting every aspect to be perfect. Complete satisfaction does not exist because everything can be improved upon. Those who accept this can appreciate what they have. Those who do not accept this can never appreciate what they have even as their circumstances improve. Strive to improve. Don't try to be perfect.
—David Niven, Ph.D. in Realize that complete satisfaction does not exist: Number 89 of The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People

Those who believe they will fail to achieve their goals are unhappy, but so too are those who believe they will exactly meet their goals. Those who are the happiest believe they will meet some of their goals and will receive satisfaction from multiple aspects of their lives..
—Chen N. 1996. "Individual Differences in Answering the Four Questions for Happiness." Ph.D. diss., University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia.

Source: The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People: What Scientists Have Learned and How You Can Use It. by David Niven, Ph.D. 2000 HarperCollins ISBN: 0-06-251650-7
See also: Country Inns & Suites by Carlson Read & Return It program.

WashingtonPost.com's Faces of the Fallen: By age: 34-year-olds
U.S. Service members who died in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom

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September 22, 2008

Dent the Universe!

Let's make a dent in the universe.
—Steve Jobs

Source: Saturday/Sunday, September 20/21, 2008 Teachers: Jokes, Quotes, and Anecdotes 2008 Calendar by Andrews McMeel Publishing ISBN-13: 978-0-7407-6680-0

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September 4, 2008

Hunger for Life That Gnaws in Us All

I would hurl words into this darkness and wait for an echo, and if an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight, to create a sense of hunger for life that gnaws in us all.
—Richard Wright

Source: Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac for Thursday, September 4, 2008.
> It is the birthday of American novelist Richard Wright born on a farm near Roxie, Mississippi in 1908. He died November 28, 1960 (aged 52) in Paris, France.

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July 22, 2008

Mr. Rogers and Success

The thing I remember best about successful people I've met through the years is their obvious delight in what they're doing...and it seems to have very little to do with worldly success. They just love what their doing and they love it in front of others.
—Fred Rogers

Source: Tuesday, July 22, 2008 Teachers: Jokes, Quotes, and Anecdotes 2008 Calendar by Andrews McMeel Publishing ISBN-13: 978-0-7407-6680-0
See also:
> The World According to Mr. Rogers by Fred Rogers 2003 ISBN 1-4013-0106-1
> Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

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July 2, 2008

Your Wild and Precious Lfe

I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

—Mary Oliver from her poem, The Summer Day

Source: Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac for Monday, June 30, 2008.

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April 28, 2008

Do You Keep the Channel Open?

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.
—Martha Graham

Source: Garr Reynold's blog: Presentation Zen, April 12, 2008 entry Ichi-nichi issho: Each day is a lifetime
See also:
> The incredibly inspiring The Last Lecture | Randy Pausch and the lecture itself :
(about 76 minutes you can't miss!)

Update: July 25, 2008
Randy Pausch, 47, Dies; His ‘Last Lecture’ Inspired Many to Live With Wonder
By DOUGLAS MARTIN
Published: July 26, 2008 (NY Times Online)
Dr. Pausch was the Carnegie Mellon University professor whose “last lecture” made him a Lou-Gehrig-like symbol of the beauty and briefness of life.

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March 18, 2008

Pursue a dream

What do you pack to pursue a dream, and what do you leave behind?
—Sandra Sharpe

Source: Reach for the Stars window card series, by Compendium, Inc.

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February 28, 2008

Do What You Can

Do what
You can
,
Where
You are,
With what
You have!
—Theodore Roosevelt

Source: quotablecards: A card I gave myself on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008 in Portland, Oregon.

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February 14, 2008

Finish Each Day

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

Source: Teachers: Jokes, Quotes, and Anecdotes Daily calendar Thursday, February 7, 2008 Andrews McMeel Publishing ISBN-13: 9780-7407-6680-0

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January 29, 2008

Are You a Leader?

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.
—John Quincy Adams

Source: Teachers: Jokes, Quotes, and Anecdotes Daily calendar Monday, January 28, 2008 Andrews McMeel Publishing ISBN-13: 9780-7407-6680-0

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January 4, 2008

Giving Credit

If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.
—Sir Isaac Newton

Source: Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac for Friday, January 4, 2008
It is the birthday of Sir Isaac Newton who was born in Woolsthorpe, England in 1643. He died on 31 March 1727 and was buried in Westminster Abbey.
See also:
> The BBC's Historic figures: Isaac Newton

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December 26, 2007

Let's Dance

It may be that we are doomed, that there is no hope for us, any of us, but if that is so then let us set up a last agonizing, bloodcurdling howl, a screech of defiance, a war whoop! Away with lamentation! Away with elegies and dirges! Away with biographies and histories, and libraries and museums! Let the dead eat the dead. Let us living ones dance about the rim of the crater, a last expiring dance. But a dance!
—Henry Miller in Tropic of Cancer

Source: Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac for Wednesday, December 26, 2007
It is the birthday of Henry Miller who was born in New York City in 1891. He died June 7, 1980 in Pacific Palisades.
See also:
> Valentine Miller's Henry Miller: A Personal Collection
> Wikipedia's Henry Miller

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November 19, 2007

THE Something I Can Do

I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something I will not refuse to do the something I can do.
—Helen Keller

Source: Because of You series window card by Compendium, Inc.

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November 2, 2007

Who said, "Lost!"?

I have never been lost, but I will admit to being confused for several weeks.
—Daniel Boone

Source: Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac for Friday, November 1, 2007
⇒ Today is the birthday of Daniel Boone, born near Reading, Pennsylvania in 1734. He died in 1819.

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November 1, 2007

No Mistakes; No Discoveries

We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success.
We often discover what will do by finding out what will not do;
and probably he who never made a mistake, never made a discovery.
—Samuel Smiles

Source: Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail Again. Fail Better. Herter Studio. Running Press. 2006 ISBN 13: 978-0-7624-2514-3

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September 18, 2007

Change My Mind?

Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.
—John Kenneth Galbraith

Source: The Portable Life 101: 179 essential lessons from the New York Times bestseller Life 101: Everything We Wish We Had Learned in Life In School—But Didn't by Peter McWilliams 1995 ISBN: 0-931580-41-2

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September 11, 2007

Horse Leaps

Half the failures of life arise from pulling one's horse as he is leaping.
—August Hare

Source: Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail Again. Fail Better. Herter Studio. Running Press. 2006 ISBN 13: 978-0-7624-2514-3

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August 24, 2007

Gather Rosebuds While You May

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying,
And this same flower that smiles to-day
To-morrow will be dying.
—Robert Herrick

Source: Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac for Friday, August 24, 2007
⇒ Today is the birthday of Robert Herrick, born in London in 1591. He was buried at Devon on October 15, 1674.

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August 19, 2007

Okay to Make Mistakes?

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
—George Bernard Shaw

Source: Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail Again. Fail Better. Herter Studio. Running Press. 2006 ISBN 13: 978-0-7624-2514-3
⇒ See also: George Bernard Shaw

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August 5, 2007

Is There Good Judment in Politics?

Good judgment in politics, it turns out, depends on being a critical judge of yourself. It was not merely that the president did not take the care to understand Iraq. He also did not take the care to understand himself. The sense of reality that might have saved him from catastrophe would have taken the form of some warning bell sounding inside, alerting him that he did not know what he was doing. But then, it is doubtful that warning bells had ever sounded in him before. He had led a charmed life, and in charmed lives warning bells do not sound.

People with good judgment listen to warning bells within. Prudent leaders force themselves to listen equally to advocates and opponents of the course of action they are thinking of pursuing. They do not suppose that their own good intentions will guarantee good results. They do not suppose they know all they need to know. If power corrupts, it corrupts this sixth sense of personal limitation on which prudence relies.

A prudent leader will save democracies from the worst, but prudent leaders will not inspire a democracy to give its best. Democratic peoples should always be looking for something more than prudence in a leader: daring, vision and — what goes with both — a willingness to risk failure. Daring leaders can be trusted as long as they give some inkling of knowing what it is to fail. They must be men of sorrow acquainted with grief, as the prophet Isaiah says, men and women who have not led charmed lives, who understand us as we really are, who have never given up hope and who know they are in politics to make their country better. These are the leaders whose judgment, even if sometimes wrong, will still prove worthy of trust.
—Michael Ignatieff

Source: Getting Iraq Wrong [requires paid subscription] by Michael Ignatieff published August 5, 2007 in the New York Times Magazine.

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July 20, 2007

Three "Rs" Enough?

The three Rs — reading, 'riting, and 'rithmetic — are no longer enough. We must add the three C's — computing, critical thinking, and capacity for change.
—Fred Gluck, former manager director, McKinsey & Co.

Source: Number 164: The Pursuit of WOW!: Every Person's Guide to Topsy-Turvy Times by Tom Peters Vintage 1994. ISBN: 0-679-75555-1

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July 3, 2007

Sleep, Perchance to Dream

All our dreams are going to come true,
so we better have some good dreams.
—Joe Davis, biotech artist associated with MIT

Source: Java House counter on July 3, 2007.
Java House
210 W Evergreen Blvd # 400
Vancouver, WA 98660
(360) 737-2925
See also:
⇒ Viweing Space's Joe Davis: Genetics and Culture

WashingtonPost.com's Faces of the Fallen: By age: 36-year-olds
U.S. Service members who died in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

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June 20, 2007

To Attempt Tetrameter

Why, asks a friend, attempt tetrameter?
Because it once was noble, yet
Capers before the proud pentameter,
Tyrant of English. I regret
To see this marvelous swift meter
Deamean its heritage, and peter
Into mere Hudibrastic tricks,
Unapostolic knacks and knicks.
But why take all this quite so badly?
I would not, had I world and time
To wait for reason, rhythm, rhyme,
To reassert themselves, but sadly,
The time is not remote when I
Will not be here to wait. That's why.
—Vikram Seth in his The Golden Gate: A Novel in Verse

Source: Rice University's Minstrels Why, Asks a Friend, Attempt Tetrameter?
⇒ British Council: Arts, ComtemporaryWriters Vikram Seth Biography
⇒ Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac for Wednesday, June 20, 2007

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June 11, 2007

The Nature of Courage

Courage is doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared.
—Eddie Rickenbacker

Source: The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader by John C. Maxwell 1999. Thomas Nelson, Inc. ISBN: 0-7852-7440-5, page 39.
See also:
⇒ Auburn University's biographical sketch, Edward Vernon "Eddie" Rickenbacker.

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
—Eleanor Roosevelt

Source: The Quotations Page on Eleanor Roosevelt.
See also:
Biography of Eleanor Roosevelt at WhiteHouse.gov.

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June 7, 2007

Is This the Best Part of Your Life?

We hear that youth is wasted on the young. People who say this are accepting the myth that only the young can enjoy life to the fullest. The truth is that older people do not consider their young days to be their best days; most enjoy their senior years more than any other part of their life.
—David Niven, Ph.D. in You have not finished the best part of your life.: Number 98 of The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People

Researchers conducted a long-term study of Northern Californians, interviewing subjects multiple times over three decades. When asked when they had been the happiest in their lives, each time eight out of ten answered "right now."
—Field D. 1997. "Looking Back, What Period of Your Life Brought You the Most Satisfaction?." International Journal of Aging and Human Development 45: 169.

Source: The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People: What Scientists Have Learned and How You Can Use It. by David Niven, Ph.D. 2000 HarperCollins ISBN: 0-06-251650-7
See also: Country Inns & Suites by Carlson Read & Return It program.

WashingtonPost.com's Faces of the Fallen: By age: 33-year-olds
U.S. Service members who died in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom

My daughter, Jennifer, celebrates her thirty-third birthday this month.

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May 29, 2007

Even Better

Just when you think you know exactly how it's going — it gets even better.
—Unknown

Source: Java House counter on May 29, 2007.
Java House
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Vancouver, WA 98660
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May 25, 2007

We the People

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
—Preamble to the United States Constitution

Source: The National Archives US Constitution Transcript.
⇒ It was on this day in 1781 that the Constitutional Convention convened in Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At the time, Independence Hall was the Pennsylvania State House.
See also:
⇒ The National Archives Constitution of the United States: A History.

WashingtonPost.com's Faces of the Fallen: By Age / 24-year-olds
U.S. Service members who died in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom

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May 16, 2007

You Count

When you become part of something, in some way you count. It could be a march; it could be a rally, even a brief one. You're part of something, and you suddenly realize you count. To count is very important.
—Studs Terkel

Source: BrainyQuote.com's Studs Terkel Quotes.
It is the birthday of StudsTerkel, born Louis Terkel in the Bronx, New York City in 1912.
See also:
⇒ Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac for Wednesday, May 16, 2007.
⇒ Wikipedia.org's Studs Terkel

WashingtonPost.com's Faces of the Fallen: By Age / 21-year-olds
U.S. Service members who died in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom

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May 1, 2007

Hijacking of Morality

The greatest tragedy in mankind's history may be the hijacking of morality by religion.
—Arthur C. Clarke, science fiction writer (1917–

Source: Java House counter on May 1, 2007.
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April 30, 2007

The experiment entrusted to American People

I dwell on this prospect with every satisfaction which an ardent love for my country can inspire, since there is no truth more thoroughly established than that there exists in the economy and course of nature an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness; between duty and advantage; between the genuine maxims of an honest and magnanimous policy and the solid rewards of public prosperity and felicity; since we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained; and since the preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government are justly considered, perhaps, as deeply, as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.
—President George Washington, New York City, April 30, 1789

Source: Yale Law School's, The Avalon Project First Inaugural Address of George Washington.
See also:
⇒ Library of Congress Presidential Inaugurations George Washington, First Inauguration, April 30, 1789.
⇒ White House's Biography of George Washington.

WashingtonPost.com's Faces of the Fallen: Marines
U.S. Service members who died in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom

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April 5, 2007

Keep Reading

Those who read books benefit from what they learn and the entertainment they receive. But, in addition, they get to exercise their brain, and when we do that, we feel satisfied that we are spending our time wisely.
—David Niven, Ph.D. in Keep Reading: Number 94 of The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People

Reading engages the mind. Reading materials, by exercising our memory and imagination, can contribute to happiness in ways similar to active positive thinking. Regular readers are about 8 percent more likely to express daily satisfaction.
—Scope E. 1999. "A Meta-Analysis of Research on Creativity." Ph.D. diss., Fordham University, New York, NY.

Source: The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People: What Scientists Have Learned and How You Can Use It. by David Niven, Ph.D. 2000 HarperCollins ISBN: 0-06-251650-7
See also: Country Inns & Suites by Carlson Read & Return It program.

WashingtonPost.com's Faces of the Fallen: Army National Guard
U.S. Service members who died in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom

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March 26, 2007

Getting Even

You never get ahead of anyone as long as you try to get even with him.
—Unknown

Source: Java House counter on March 26, 2007.
Java House
210 W Evergreen Blvd # 400
Vancouver, WA 98660
(360) 737-2925

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March 20, 2007

Nothing Constant

There's nothing constant in the world,
All ebb and flow, and every shape that's born
Bears in its womb the seeds of change.
—Ovid

Source: Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac for Tuesday, March 19, 2007.
⇒ Ovid was born on this dayin 43 B.C. in the village of Sulmo, just east of Rome. He died in Tomis, now Constanţa AD 17.
See also:
Ovid's Metamorphosis.
⇒ On WikiPedia: Ovid's biography.

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March 15, 2007

Run for It

What I admire is her optimism. Rationally considered, she could not have packed all her stuff into the house in one trip. But there are times when people will not accept rational limitations. Go for it. Because you just might pull it off. And she did. Mostly.

What's this about?
In such moments as these I see the pilot light of reckless courage fire reserves of fuel to meet the small challenges of daily life. A stubborn refusal to accept obvious limitations. A delight in taking risks and defying odds. She didn't notice me across the street. It wasn't a performance, but an innate personal response to a challenge. It's a miniscule example of what's brought to bear in far more heroic situations. People run into burning buildings to save a life out of the same inclination. It's just a matter of scale.

That's a good thing about us. Something to like. What seems improbable just might be possible. More often than not, given the options, we don't play it safe and dry. We run for it.
—Robert Fulghum

Source: RUN FOR IT published March 05, 2007, Written Sunday, March 4, 2007 Seattle, Washington by Robert Fulghum.

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March 8, 2007

Protecting Free Thought We Hate

If there is any principle of the Constitution that more imperatively calls for attachment than any other it is the principle of free thought, not free thought for those who agree with us but freedom for the thought that we hate.
—Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Source: BrainyQuote's Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotes
⇒ Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. was born on this day in 1841, in Boston, Massachusetts. He died of pneumonia in Washington, D.C. on March 6, 1935.
⇒ See his New York Times Obituary, Washington Holds Bright Memories of Justice Holmes's Long and Useful Life.
⇒ Also, Arlington National Cemetery's biography, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. Captain and Brevet Colonel, U.S. Army, Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court.

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March 6, 2007

150 Years Since the Horrid Dred Scott Decision

The words 'people of the United States' and 'citizens' are synonymous terms, and mean the same thing. They both describe the political body who, according to our republican institutions, form the sovereignty, and who hold the power and conduct the Government through their representatives. They are what we familiarly call the 'sovereign people,' and every citizen is one of this people, and a constituent member of this sovereignty. The question before us is, whether the class of persons described in the plea in abatement compose a portion of this people, and are constituent members of this sovereignty? We think they are not, and that they are not included, and were not intended to be included, under the word 'citizens' in the Constitution, and can therefore claim none of the rights and privileges which that instrument provides for and secures to citizens of the United States. On the contrary, they were at that time considered as a subordinate [60 U.S. 393, 405] and inferior class of beings, who had been subjugated by the dominant race, and, whether emancipated or not, yet remained subject to their authority, and had no rights or privileges but such as those who held the power and the Government might choose to grant them.
—Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, March 6, 1857

Source: U.S. Supreme Court DRED SCOTT v. SANDFORD, 60 U.S. 393 (1856) on FindLaw.com
Dred Scott Decision on the US National Archives and Records Administration Web site.
⇒ "The decision of Scott v. Sandford, considered by legal scholars to be the worst ever rendered by the Supreme Court, was overturned by the 13th and 14th amendments to the Constitution, which abolished slavery and declared all persons born in the United States to be citizens of the United States."—US National Archives and Records Administration
Dred Scott Case Collection of the Washington University in Saint Louis.

February 28, 2007

Good Idea Source

The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.
—Linus Pauling

Source: Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac for Wednesday, February 28, 2007.
⇒ Linus Carl Pauling was born in Portland, Oregon, on February 28, 1901. He died on August 19, 1994 on his ranch near Big Sur in California.
See also:
Linus Pauling biography on the Oregon State University's Linus Pauling Institute.

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February 22, 2007

Living Peacefully With the Past

In order to live more peacefully with the past, it helps to remember that once we know better, we tend to do better. Prior to knowing, we generally do our best, and while it's true that from the perspective of the present, our best doesn't always seem good enough, we can at least give our past selves the benefit of the doubt. We did our best with what knowledge we had. Beyond this, we serve the greater good most effectively by not dwelling on the past, instead reigning our energy and knowledge into our present actions. It is here, in this moment, that we create our reality and ourselves anew, with our current knowledge and information.
—extract from the DailyOM for Thursday, February 22, 2007

Source: For the entire contemplation visit: DailyOM The Past In Light Of The Present: Knowing Better Now published Thursday, February 22, 2007.

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February 15, 2007

Humble Reasoning

In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.
—Galileo Galilei

Source: Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac for Thursday, February 15, 2007.
⇒ It is the birthday of Galileo Galilei born in Pisa, Italy in 1564. He died in 1642 at his home outside Florence, Italy.
See also:
⇒ Rice University's The Galileo Project

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February 7, 2007

Not Always Easy

Some of our goals and dreams come to fruition so easily that it is as if an unseen hand has done much of the work for us. When this happens, we say it must have been meant to be. On the other hand, when dreams and goals require a tremendous amount of effort, we may interpret this to mean that our dream is not meant to be. However, difficulty is not necessarily a sign that our hopes and plans are ill-fated. On the contrary, difficulties and challenges along the path can be important parts of the project's overall meaning.
—extract from the DailyOM for Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Source: For the entire contemplation visit: DailyOM Not Always Easy: Meant To Be published Wednesday, February 7, 2007.

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February 1, 2007

Foolish with Enthusiasm

You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm!
—Unknown

Source: The counter at:
Java House
210 W Evergreen Blvd # 400
Vancouver, WA 98660
(360) 737-2925

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January 30, 2007

Happy Birthday, FDR

In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.

The first is freedom of speech and expression--everywhere in the world.

The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way--everywhere in the world.

The third is freedom from want--which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants-everywhere in the world.

The fourth is freedom from fear--which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor--anywhere in the world.

That is no vision of a distant millennium. It is a definite basis for a kind of world attainable in our own time and generation. That kind of world is the very antithesis of the so-called new order of tyranny which the dictators seek to create with the crash of a bomb.
—Franklin D. Roosevelt

Source: Annual Message to Congress, January 6, 1941 [commonly referred to as the Four Freedoms Speech] by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Thirty-Second President 1933-1945.
President Roosevelt was born on this day in 1882 in Hyde Park, New York. He died: April 12, 1945 in Warm Springs, Georgia.
See WhiteHouse.gov's very short biography of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

January 25, 2007

Be Happy: Listen to Music

Music communicates to us on many different levels, and our favorite music tends to transport our mind to its favorite place.
—David Niven, Ph.D. in Listen to Music: Number 75 of The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People

A positive effect on mood was foumd for 92 percent of individuals when they listened to the music of their choice. Excitment and happiness were typical reactions to the music.
—Hakanen, R. 1995. Emotional Use of Music by African American Adolescents" Howard Journal of Communications 5:124.

Source: The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People: What Scientists Have Learned and How You Can Use It. by David Niven, Ph.D. 2000 HarperCollins ISBN: 0-06-251650-7
See also: Country Inns & Suites by Carlson Read & Return It program.

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January 22, 2007

Forgiveness and Understanding

When we truly forgive, we reach an understanding that allows us to forgo anger or grief. We become ready to let go of the past, despite its painful memories—but not the memories themselves. these remain though we do not dwell on them.The emotional undertow lessens and is brought under control; most of the time, at any rate. We accept, however reluctantly, that we cannot change the past, and become willing to move forward. Through forgiveness of the wrongdoer, and ourselves, we can learn to love and laugh again. We choose to embrace the present, to move on to whatever new experiences life has in store for us, and to face them strengthened by our survival.
—Gillian Stokes

Source: Forgiveness: Wisdom from Around the World by Gillian Stokes Red Wheel 2002 ISBN: 1-59003-036-2.

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January 17, 2007

Have One Hell of a Time

We seem to be going through a period of nostalgia, and everyone seems to think yesterday was better than today. I don't think it was, and I would advise you not to wait ten years before admitting today was great. If you're hung up on nostalgia, pretend today is yesterday and just go out and have one hell of a time.
—Art Buchwald

Source: thinkexist.com's Art Buchwald quotes.
See also:
Art Buchwald passed away on Wednesday, January 17, 2007 in Washington, DC. He was born on Oct. 20, 1925, in Mount Vernon, N.Y.
Wikipedia's Art Buchwald.
NY Times Art Buchwald obituary. [May require free registration]
NY Times The Last Word: Art Buchwald. [May require free registration]

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December 26, 2006

Victory at Trenton, 1776

In justice to the Officers and Men, I must add, that their Behaviour upon this Occasion, reflects the highest honor upon them. The difficulty of passing the River in a very severe Night, and their march thro' a violent Storm of Snow and Hail, did not in the least abate their Ardour. But when they came to the Charge, each seemed to vie with the other in pressing forward, and were I to give a preference to any particular Corps, I should do great injustice to the others.
—General George Washington, 1776

Source: The Library of Congress' The Learning Page, Washington Describes Victory at Trenton, New Jersey, December 27, 1776
On this day, December 26, 1776, the American Continental Army defeated the Hessian soldiers garrisoned in support of the British Army at Trenton, New Jersey, after crossing the Delaware River in the late evening of Christmas Day.

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December 17, 2006

Only Art

Only Art held [me] back; for it seemed unthinkable for me to leave the world forever before I had produced all that I felt called upon to produce.
—Ludwig van Beethoven

Source: Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac for Sunday, December 17, 2006
It was on this day that Beethoven was baptized in 1770 in the city of Bonn, which would eventually become part of Germany. No one knows for sure when he was born. He died on March 26th 1827 in Vienna, Austria.
See also: Beethoven's Website's Biography: Ludwig von Beethoven

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December 2, 2006

Challenges - Purpose?

Challenges make you discover things about yourself you never really knew. They're what make the instrument stretch–what make you go beyond the norm.
—Cicely Tyson

Source: December 1st entry: Office Perpetual Calendar by Judy Johannesen, Haymarket, Virginia

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November 21, 2006

Edison and Mary Had A Little Lamb

Mary had a little lamb its fleece was white as snow;
And everywhere that Mary went, the lamb was sure to go.
It followed her to school one day, which was against the rule;
It made the children laugh and play, to see a lamb at school.
And so the teacher turned it out, but still it lingered near,
And waited patiently about till Mary did appear.
"Why does the lamb love Mary so?" the eager children cry;
"Why, Mary loves the lamb, you know" the teacher did reply.
—Sarah Hale, of Boston, Massachusetts, USA 1830

It was on this day (Nov. 21st) in 1877 that Thomas Edison announced that he had invented a new device for recording and playing back sound, which he called the phonograph. He had been working on a device to record telephone communication when he stumbled upon the right design, using a stylus and a tinfoil cylinder. The first thing he recorded was himself reciting the poem "Mary Had a Little Lamb."
—Garrison Keillor

Source: Rhymes.org.uk's Mary Had a Little Lamb
Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac for Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2006

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November 16, 2006

Want to Improve the World?

The place to improve the world is first in one's own heart amd head and hands, and then work outward from there.
—Robert M. Pirsig

Source: Teachers: Jokes, Quotes, and Anecdotes Daily calendar Thursday, January 12, 2006 Andrews McMeel Publishing ISBN: 0-7407-5200-6

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November 14, 2006

Get to Sea as Soon as I Can

Call me Ishmael. Some years ago - never mind how long precisely - having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. It is a way I have of driving off the spleen, and regulating the circulation. Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people's hats off - then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can. This is my substitute for pistol and ball. With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship. There is nothing surprising in this. If they but knew it, almost all men in their degree, some time or other, cherish very nearly the same feelings towards the ocean with me.
—Herman Melville

On this day in 1851, Harper & Brothers published Moby-Dick, by Herman Melville (books by this author). The British publisher accidentally left out the ending of the book, the epilogue. This confused a lot of British readers, because without the epilogue there was no explanation of how Ishmael, the narrator, lived to tell the tale. It seemed like he died in the end with everyone else on the ship. The reviews from Britain were harsh, and costly to Melville. At the time, Americans deferred to British critical opinion, and a lot of American newspaper editors reprinted reviews from Britain without actually reading the American version with the proper ending. Melville had just bought a farm in Massachusetts, his debts were piling up, he was hiding them from his wife, and he was counting on Moby-Dick to bring in enough money to pay off his creditors. The book flopped, partly because of those British reviews. As a writer, Melville never recovered from the disappointment.
—Garrions Keillor

Source: online Moby Dick by Herman Melville online by Princeton University
See also: Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac for Tuesday, November 14, 2006

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November 9, 2006

Dissent vs Disloyalty

We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it.
—Edward R. Murrow

Source: The Best Liberal Quotes Ever: Why the Left is Right by Wlliam Martin. Sourcebooks, Inc. 2004 ISBN: 1-4022-0309-8

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November 8, 2006

Now What?

For years now, the Democrats have been not only the minority party, but a particularly powerless minority, elbowed out of virtually any role other than that of critic. The House Democrats will have to shift from the role of tactical opposition to shadow government. They will have to pass bills bills that might not make it into law, but that would provide a clear idea of what their party would do if it were really in control.

And while they are trying to build a new majority, the Democrats need to remember what happens when a party in power loses its way.
—New York Times editorial staff

Source: The Democratic House New York Times editorial page, November 8, 2006. [requires registration]

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November 1, 2006

Had a Good Life?

There is no objective way to tell if you have had good life, a good day, or a good hour. Your life is a success based only upon your judgment.
—David Niven, Ph.D. in Number 34 of The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People

Knowing whether someone has recently suffered a personal set-back or personal triumph is not as good a predictor of how satisfied they are with their lives as is knowing how they perceive the causes and consequences of those events.
—Staats, S., M. Armstrong-Stassen, and C. Partillo. 1957. "Student Well-Being: Are They Better Off Now?" Social Indicators Research 34:93

Source: The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People: What Scientists Have Learned and How You Can Use It. by David Niven, Ph.D. 2000 HarperCollins ISBN: 0-06-251650-7
See also: Country Inns & Suites by Carlson Read & Return It program.

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October 30, 2006

Contracting Before Expanding

Sometimes our lives contract before they expand. We may be working hard on ourselves spiritually, doing good in the world, following our dreams, and wondering why we are still facing constrictions of all kinds-financial, emotional, physical. Perhaps we even feel as if we've lost our spirituality and are stuck in a dark room with no windows. We may be confused and discouraged by what appears to be a lack of progress. But sometimes this is the way things work. Like a caterpillar that confines itself to a tiny cocoon before it grows wings and flies, we are experiencing the darkness before the dawn.
—extract from the DailyOM for Monday, October 30, 2006

Source: For the entire contemplation visit: DailyOM Going Through The Opening: Contracting Before Expanding published October 30, 2006

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October 21, 2006

You Have Not Finished the Best Part of Your Life

We hear that youth is wasted on the young. People who say this are accepting the myth that only the young can enjoy life to the fullest. The truth is that older people do not consider their young days to be the best days; most enjoy their senior years more than any other part of their life.
—David Niven, Ph.D. in Number 98 of The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People

Researchers conducted a long-term study of northern Californians, interviewing subjects multiple times over three decades. When asked when they had the happiest in their lives, each time eight out of ten answered "right now."
—Field, D. 1997. "Looking Back, What Period of Your Life Brought You the Most Satisfaction?" International Journal of Aging and Human Development 45:99

Source: The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People: What Scientists Have Learned and How You Can Use It. by David Niven, Ph.D. 2000 HarperCollins ISBN: 0-06-251650-7
See also: Country Inns & Suites by Carlson Read & Return It program.

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October 11, 2006

Feeling Inferior?

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
—Eleanor Roosevelt, born this day in 1884 in New York City

Source: The Best Liberal Quotes Ever: Why the Left is Right by Wlliam Martin. Sourcebooks, Inc. 2004 ISBN: 1-4022-0309-8
See also: Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac for Wednesday, October 11, 2006
and Biography of Eleanor Roosevelt at WhiteHouse.gov

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October 3, 2006

Life Does Not Hinge on One Element

Don't let your life hinge on one element.

Your life is made up of many different facets. Don't focus on one aspect of your life so much that you can't experience pleasure if one area is unsettled. It can become all you think about, and it can deaden your enjoyment of everything else—things you would otherwise love.
—David Niven, Ph.D.

Source: Number 37, The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People: What Scientists Have Learned and How You Can Use It by David Niven, Ph.D. HarperCollins 2000 ISBN 0-06-251650-7 (pbk.)

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September 20, 2006

On Being Flexible

Flexibility is the capacity to bend without breaking, as well as a continual willingness to change or be changed in order to accommodate new circumstances. People with flexible minds are open to shifting their course when necessary or useful; they are not overly attached to things going the way they had planned. This enables them to take advantage of opportunities that a more rigid person would miss out on. It can also make life a lot more fun. When we are flexible, we allow for situations we could not have planned, and so the world continues to surprise and delight us.
—Daily Om, excerpt

Source: Daily OM for Wednesday, September 20, 2006, for the complete meditation.

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September 15, 2006

Walking Through: When Doors Open

When a door opens, walk through it. Trust that the door has opened for a reason and you have been guided to it. Sometimes we have a tendency to overanalyze or agonize over the decision, but it is quicker to simply go through the door and discover what's there as that's the only way to know. Even if it doesn't seem right at first, opening this door may lead to another door that will take us where we need to go.
—Daily Om, excerpt

Source: Daily OM for September 15, 2006, for the complete meditation.

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September 4, 2006

The Old Australian Ways

US Navy photo by PH1 Bruce McVicar

PREBLE and JOHN PAUL JONES visit Portland, Oregon (Jun 10, 2006)

AEGIS Arleigh Burke class Guided missile destroyers USS John Paul Jones (DG 53) and USS Preble (DDG 88) moored in Portland for the 99th Rose Festival.

I am proud to say thatI helped build these ships when I worked at the AEGIS Program Office in the 1990's.

The London lights are far abeam
Behind a bank of cloud,
Along the shore the gaslights gleam,
The gale is piping loud;
And down the Channel, groping blind,
We drive her through the haze
Towards the land we left behind --
The good old land of `never mind',
And old Australian ways.

The narrow ways of English folk
Are not for such as we;
They bear the long-accustomed yoke
Of staid conservancy:
But all our roads are new and strange,
And through our blood there runs
The vagabonding love of change
That drove us westward of the range
And westward of the suns.
 .......
So throw the weary pen aside
And let the papers rest,
For we must saddle up and ride
Towards the blue hill's breast;
And we must travel far and fast
Across their rugged maze,
To find the Spring of Youth at last,
And call back from the buried past
The old Australian ways.

When Clancy took the drover's track
In years of long ago,
He drifted to the outer back
Beyond the Overflow;
By rolling plain and rocky shelf,
With stockwhip in his hand,
He reached at last, oh lucky elf,
The Town of Come-and-help-yourself
In Rough-and-ready Land.

And if it be that you would know
The tracks he used to ride,
Then you must saddle up and go
Beyond the Queensland side --
Beyond the reach of rule or law,
To ride the long day through,
In Nature's homestead -- filled with awe
You then might see what Clancy saw
And know what Clancy knew.
—A.B. "Banjo" Paterson, excerpted from THE OLD AUSTRALIAN WAYS

Source: A.B. Paterson: Selected Poems published 1992 by Angus & Robertson Book ISBN 0-207-1726-4
See the online version at THE OLD AUSTRALIAN WAYS

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August 28, 2006

Hear a Little Song, Every Day

One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Source: Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac for Monday, August 28, 2006
It is the birthday of Goethe, born this day in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, in 1749. Goethe died in Weimar on March 22, 1832.
Read a short biographical sketch of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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July 2, 2006

Stevenson's Resolution

I have resolved from this day on,
I will do all the business I can honestly,
have all the fun I can reasonably,
do all the good I can do willingly,
and save my digestion by thinking pleasantly.
—Robert Louis Stevenson

Source: Teachers: Jokes, Quotes, and Anecdotes Daily calendar Saturday/Sunday, July 1/2, 2006 Andrews McMeel Publishing ISBN: 0-7407-5200-6
See also: The Literature Network's Robert Louis Stevenson - Biography and Works

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June 4, 2006

Battle of Midway: June 4, 1942

F/A-18 Flightdeck CVN-72

U.S. Navy photo by PHAN James R. Evans

Flightdeck CVN-72: Pacific Ocean (March 30, 2006)

Flight deck personnel work to ready an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Fighting Vigilantes of Strike Fighter Squadron One Five One (VFA-151) for take-off from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) during a snow storm. Lincoln and Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2) are currently underway in the Western Pacific conducting a scheduled deployment.

It was on this day in 1942 that the Battle of Midway took place over the Pacific Ocean. It was one of the first battles fought almost entirely in the air, and it's considered one of the major turning points of the Pacific half of World War II. At the time, the Japanese had a far superior naval and air fleet, and they had scored a series of victories over the Allies since bombing Pearl Harbor. They hoped to seize Midway Island because it was the last American outpost in the central Pacific. They could have use it to stage an invasion of Hawaii, which would have given them complete strategic control over the Pacific Ocean.

The Japanese had one of the largest and most heavily armed navel fleets ever assembled up to that time. They launched their first attack early in the morning on this day in 1942. The Japanese pilots dropped their bombs on the Midway airfield, and then flew back to their carriers to refuel and reload with bombs.

The U.S. knew that the Japanese would be attacking that day, because they had cracked the Japanese codes, but they didn't know where the Japanese fleet was located. While the Japanese were refueling, a squadron of American bombers noticed the wake of a small Japanese ship and decided to follow it. When they descended from the clouds, they realized that they had accidentally stumbled upon the Japanese fleet, caught almost defenseless, with all their planes docked and refueling. The American bombers dove down from 12,000 feet, dropped their bombs on the Japanese aircraft carriers, and took off again.

In just five minutes, the U.S. bombers had delivered a devastating blow to the Japanese fleet. The battle raged for three more days, but the Japanese never recovered from that first attack. Their navy was shattered, and from that battle onward, they were on the defensive. The Japanese never won another decisive naval battle for the rest of the war.
—Garrison Keillor

Source: Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac for Sunday, June 4, 2006
See also US. Navy's Navy Historical Center Midway FAQs

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May 25, 2006

Meek Young Men: Think!

Meek young men grow up in libraries, believing it their duty to accept the views, which Cicero, which Locke, which Bacon, have given, forgetful that Cicero, Locke, and Bacon were only young men in libraries, when they wrote those books.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

Source: Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac for Thursday, May 25, 2006
It is the birthday of Ralph Waldo Emerson who was born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA in 1803.
Books by Emerson

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May 23, 2006

No Calling More Demanding

No calling in our society is more demanding than teaching; no calling in our society is more selfless than teaching; and no calling is more central to the vitality of a democracy than teaching.
—Roger Mudd

Source: Teachers: Jokes, Quotes, and Anecdotes Daily calendar Thursday, May 18, 2006 Andrews McMeel Publishing ISBN: 0-7407-5200-6

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May 17, 2006

One Single Good Action

A teacher who can arouse a feeling for one good action, for one single good poem, accomplishes more than he who fills our memory with rows and rows of natural objects, classified with name and form.
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Source: Teachers: Jokes, Quotes, and Anecdotes Daily calendar Saturday/Sunday, May 13/14, 2006 Andrews McMeel Publishing ISBN: 0-7407-5200-6

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April 4, 2006

Test a Man's Character

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
—Abraham Lincoln

Source: March 22rd entry: Office Perpetual Calendar by Judy Johannesen, Haymarket, Virginia

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April 3, 2006

Unsolvable Problems

We are continually faced with great opportunities, which are brilliantly disguised as unsolvable problems.
—Margaret Mead

Source: Teachers: Jokes, Quotes, and Anecdotes Daily calendar Tuesday, March 30, 2006 Andrews McMeel Publishing ISBN: 0-7407-5200-6

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March 29, 2006

Your Own Resolution

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.
—Abraham Lincoln

Source: Abraham Lincoln quotes on www.PresidentLincoln.com

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March 14, 2006

Our Finest Moments

The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.
—M. Scott Peck

Source: Thinkexist.com's M. Scott Peck Quotes
See also: M. Scott Peck's biography on his "official" M. Scot Peck Web site

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March 7, 2006

Busy About?

It is not enough to be busy—
So are the ants.
The question is:
What are we busy about?
—Henry David Thoreau

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February 15, 2006

Boldness Has Genius

What ever you can do,
or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius,
power and magic in it.
—Johann von Goethe

Source: The Portable Life 101: 179 essential lessons from the New York Times bestseller Life 101: Everything We Wish We Had Learned in Life In School—But Didn't by Peter McWilliams 1995 ISBN: 0-931580-41-2
See also:
Roots.com's Goethe Biography
Memorial for Peter McWilliams, 1950—2000

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February 6, 2006

The Real Patriot

The real patriot:
is the fellow who gets a parking ticket and
rejoices that the system works.
—Anonymous

Source: February 3rd entry: Office Perpetual Calendar by Judy Johannesen, Haymarket, Virginia

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February 5, 2006

Stroke of Luck

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Royal Australian Navy photo by Able Seaman Paul Berry

Sydney, Australia (Jan. 30, 2006) – USS PINCKNEY (DDG 91) and the World Famous Sydney Opera House

The guided missile destroyer USS PINCKNEY (DDG 91) transits pass the World Famous Sydney Opera House as she made a scheduled port visit to Sydney.

PINCKNEY was participating in the Pacific 2006 International Maritime Exposition at Sydneys Exhibition Centre. This was a major international event that showcased the latest in maritime and naval technology from throughout the world.

Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
—attributed to His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Source: Insight from the Dalai Lama Daily Calendar Friday, January 27, 2006
See Also: The Tibetan Government in Exile: About His Holiness The Dalai Lama

 

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February 1, 2006

Done With Great Things

I am done with great things and big plans, great institutions and big success. I am for those tiny, invisible lovinghumna forces that work from individual to individual, creeping through the crannies of the world like so many rootlets, or like the capillary oozing of water, which, if given time, will rend the hardest monuments of pride.
—William James

Source: Teachers: Jokes, Quotes, and Anecdotes Daily calendar Tuesday, January 31, 2006 Andrews McMeel Publishing ISBN: 0-7407-5200-6

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January 31, 2006

Presidential Criticism

The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the Nation as a whole. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else.
—Theodore Roosevelt, Editorial in the newspaper Kansas City Star, May 7, 1918

Source: Quotations of Theodore Roosevelt by The Theodore Roosevelt Organization.

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January 20, 2006

Understanding Heart in a Teacher

An understanding heart is everything in a teacher, and cannot be esteemed highly enough. One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feeling. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child
—Carl Jung

Source: Teachers: Jokes, Quotes, and Anecdotes Daily calendar Saturday/Sunday, December 31, 2005 / January 1, 2006 Andrews McMeel Publishing ISBN: 0-7407-5200-6

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January 9, 2006

Making It Meaningful

Old friends pass away,. new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend—or a meaningful day.
—attributed to HH the Dalai Lama

Source: Insight from the Dalai Lama Daily Calendar, Thursday, January 6th 2006 entry
See Also: The Tibetan Government in Exile: About His Holiness The Dalai Lama

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December 26, 2005

In the Direction of Dreams

I have learned this at least in my experiement: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.
—Henry David Thoreau

Source: Teachers Daily calendar Saturday/Sunday, December 24/25, 2005
See also: Literature Network's Biography of Henry David Thoreau

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December 20, 2005

We Ask That You Don't

WE ASK THAT YOU DON'T:
Throw sand.
Be selfish.
Disparage others.
Talk shit.
Duck responsibility.
Play the busy card.
Leave others hanging.
Make excuses.
Disappear.
Make promises you don't keep.
Say it can't be done.

JUMPING ON HAND GRENADES.
There is usually a fairly large portion of work on each and every plate here. Getting all that work done in the time allotted can sometimes be a challenge, but our unwritten policy has always been to drop whatever we're doing when somebody needs our help. Maybe they will come right out and ask for help. Or maybe you just notice that something isn't getting done so you pitch in until it is done. The reason we do this is simple. The person you help today may be the person you need help from on that fateful day when a hand grenade rolls into your office.
—Crispin Porter + Bogusly, Miami Florida Ad Agency

Source: The Crispin Porter + Bogusly Employee Handbook
I really think these are wonderfully supportive direction!

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December 18, 2005

Happy Birthday, Steven Spielberg

US Navy photo CVN-74 underway Pacific Ocean

US Navy photo PHAN Leah Gaines

A Fine Navy Day? STENNIS (CVN-74) Underway ASTERN!

(Dec. 14, 2005) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74) steams Full Astern during a scheduled maneuver designed to test the ships rudders. STENNIS is undergoing sea trials in the Pacific Ocean after an 11-month overhaul at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. Go snipes, and it's great this maneuver was completed during daylight. These evolutions almost always are conducted in the wee small hours of the morning!

It's the birthday [December 18th]of the filmmaker Steven Spielberg, born in Cincinnati, Ohio (1946). His parents had a difficult marriage and eventually got separated. Spielberg escaped from all the tension in the house by making amateur movies with his father's super-8 camera. He made two movies about World War II, and a movie about a UFO invasion, starring his sisters as victims. His mother helped with special effects. He got a local movie house to show one of his films when he was eighteen, and he made $500 in one night.

Though he applied twice to the film program at the University of Southern California, he didn't get in, and he ended up going for a degree in English from California State University at Long Beach. One day, he was taking a tour of Universal Studios when he slipped by security, found an abandoned janitors' closet, cleaned it up, and turned it into an office. He discovered that if he wore a suit and tie he could walk right past the security guards at the front gate, and he began coming in to his office every day. He made a short silent movie that caught the attention of some executives, and that got him a contract to make TV movies. He was only twenty-one years old.

Spielberg's first feature length movie The Sugarland Express (1974) got good reviews, but it was a box office disappointment. For his next project, he started working on a movie about a seaside town being terrorized by a man-eating shark. It was an incredibly difficult movie to make. The robot shark they used kept breaking down. They had to shoot almost half the movie on a boat. They went over schedule and over budget. The producers of the film had worried about hiring such a young director, and their fears seemed to be coming true. As the work on the film dragged on and on, Spielberg began to worry that his career as a filmmaker might be over.

But when it finally came out in 1975, Jaws made more money than any other movie had ever made up to that point in history. It's often been called the first blockbuster, because it was the first summer movie that teenagers went back to see again and again throughout the whole summer that it was released. Ever since Jaws, Hollywood studios have been releasing action packed movies every summer, trying to duplicate Spielberg's success.

Seven years later, Spielberg topped the success of Jaws with his movie, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) about a young boy who's recovering from the breakup of his parents' marriage when he befriends an alien that has been left behind by his spaceship. Spielberg has called E.T. his most personal movie. He said, "It's about how I felt when my parents broke up... I responded by escaping into my imagination to shut down all my nerve endings... I dreamed about going to space or having space come to me."

Today Steven Spielberg is arguably one of the most popular entertainers in history. Three of his movies are among the top ten highest grossing films of all time.
—Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac for Sunday, Dec. 18, 2005

Source: Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac for Sunday, Dec. 18, 2005
See also: All Movide Guide: Steven Spielberg

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December 16, 2005

Fragile Shoot Grows Brave

Courage is sometimes frail as hope is frail: a fragile shoot between two stones grows brave toward the sun though warmth and brightness fail, striving and faith the only strength it knows.
—Frances Rodman

Source: Daily Inspirational Calendar Monday, December 14, 2005 entry

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December 6, 2005

Sail Away From Safe Harbor

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didnt do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
—Mark Twain

See The Mark Twain House and Museum Biography

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November 29, 2005

Men and Women Doing New Things

The principle goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done; men and women who are creative, inventive, and discoverers, who can be critical and verify, and not accept, everything they are offered.
—Jean Piaget

Source: Teachers Daily calendar Saturday/Sunday, November 26/27, 2005
See also: Jean Piaget Society

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November 27, 2005

A Man's Real Strength

A man should be like tea:
His real strength appearing when he gets in HOT WATER!
---Unknown

Source: November 27th entry: Office Perpetual Calendar by Judy Johannesen, Haymarket, Virginia

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November 22, 2005

Men Who Question Power

JFK close-up photo Cronkite interview Sep. 2, 1963

NARA: ARC Identifier: 194259,

President interviewed by Walter Cronkite

President Kennedy ( close-up ). Hyannisport, MA, Squaw Island., 09/02/1963

The men who create power make an indispensable contribution to the Nations greatness, but the men who question power make a contribution just as indispensable, especially when that questioning is disinterested, for they determine whether we use power or power uses us.
—John F. Kennedy: Amherst College, Oct 26, 1963 - Source JFK Library, Boston, Mass.

Source: John F. Kennedy Quotations - the Quotation Pages

The President is shot
On November 21, 1963, President Kennedy flew to Texas to give several political speeches. The next day [November 22, 1963], as his car drove slowly past cheering crowds in Dallas, shots rang out. Kennedy was seriously wounded and died a short time later. Within a few hours of the shooting, police arrested Lee Harvey Oswald and charged him with the murder. On November 24, another man, Jack Ruby, shot and killed Oswald, thus silencing the only person who could have offered more information about this tragic event. The Warren Commission was organized to investigate the assassination and to clarify the many questions which remained.

Source: A Biography of John Fitzgerald Kennedy on the The John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library
See also: The National Archives - JFK Assassination Records Collection

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November 17, 2005

Do What You Have to DO

You can do what you have to do, and sometimes you can do it better than you think you can.
—Jimmy Carter

Source: Daily Inspirational Calendar Monday, November 14, 2005 entry

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November 11, 2005

Owed by So Many to So Few

USS Chaffee DDG 90 photo

US Navy: JO3 Ryan C. McGinley

USS CHAFEE (DDG 90) Returns to Pearl

On (Nov. 9, 2005) crew man the rails aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90) as she returns to Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Chafee returned to Pearl Harbor after a regularly scheduled deployment as part of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

I helped build these Arleigh Burke Class DDGs

Today is Veterans Day, honoring Americans who have served in the armed forces.

November 11 was originally called Armistice Day because it was on this day in 1918 that the First World War came to an end. The armistice was signed at 11:00 AM, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of the year. After four years of brutal trench fighting, nine million soldiers had died and 21 million were wounded. It was called "The War to End All Wars," because it was the bloodiest war in history up to that point, and it made many people so sick of war that they hoped no war would ever break out again.

Many intellectuals and artists were disillusioned by the war. The philosopher Bertrand Russell said, "All this madness, all this rage, all this flaming death of our civilization and our hopes, has been brought about because a set of official gentlemen, living luxurious lives, mostly stupid, and all without imagination or heart, have chosen that it should occur rather than that any one of them should suffer some infinitesimal rebuff to his country's pride."
—Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac for Friday, Nov. 11, 2005

B-17s in Flight WW2 photo

Bob's B-17 Page

My Father-in-Low, Earl, served with the 8th Air Force in WW2

Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
—Winston Churchill of Britain's fighter pilots during the Battle of Britain, 1940

Source: BBC History: Battle of Britain

LCVPs Lingayen Gulf, 09 JAN 1945 photo

The History Place.com | Pacific War

Lingayen Gulf, January 9, 1945

Landing barges sweep through the waters of Lingayen Gulf carrying the first wave of invaders to the beaches of Luzon following a naval bombardment of Japanese shore positions.

My Dad, Richard C., serving with the US Army's 612 Port Company, was here on this day in the first or second wave ashore.

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of it as a final resting place for those who died here that the nation might live. This we may, in all propriety do. But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead who struggled here have hallowed it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.

It is rather for us the living, we here be dedicated to the great task remaining before us--that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion--that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.
---Abraham Lincoln November 19, 1863

Source: University of Oklahoma Law Center's U.S. Historical Documents Collection

USS Stribling (DD-867) photo

Joseph Rachel Destroyer Photo Archive

USS STRIBLING (DD-867) Enters Monaco, June 1972

I served in USS STRIBLING (DD-867) from August 1970 through July 1972 as Main Propulsion Assistant. I was aboard STRIB when this picture was taken. View another photo of STRIB, with "bone in her teeth."

Honor the Men and Women of our Armed Forces
I honor my Dad's service in the US Army in World War 2 in the Pacific. He was on New Guinea, the Phillipines, and Japan as part of the Occupation Forces. Dad was in the first or second waves to go ashore during the landings at Lingayen Gulf, January 9, 1945, during the invasion of Luzon.
I honored my Father-in-Law's service in the US Army in World War 2 in the European Theater. He served with the Eighth Air Force based in England.
I honor my Brother-in-Law, Bill, who served in the US Navy in USS CONSTELLATION during the Viet Nam War and the Cold War.
I honor all my other family members and friends I've known through the years, for their honorable service.
I honor all my shipmates of the many commands I served at sea and ashore in the US Navy from 1970 to my retirement in 1994 during the Viet Nam War and the Cold War.

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October 30, 2005

The Work of a Teacher

The work of a teacher—exhausting, complex, idisyncratic, never twice the—is at its heart, an intellectual and ethical enterprise. Teaching is the vocation of vocations, a calling that shepherds a multitude of other callings. It is an activity that is intensely prcatical and yet transcendent, brutally matter-of-act, and yet fundamentally a creative act. Teaching begins in challenge and is never far from mystery.
—William Ayres

Source: Teachers Daily Inspirational Calendar Thursday, October 27th, 2005

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October 26, 2005

Await the Result

When you have done your best, await the result in peace.
—Frank Vizarre

Source: Little Miracle series window card by Compendium, Inc.

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October 24, 2005

Rosa Parks: Free, Free at Last

People always say that I didn't give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn't true. I was not tired physically, or no more tired than I usually was at the end of a working day. I was not old, although some pople have an image of me as being old then. I was forty-two. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.
—Rosa Parks, reflecting upon her experience on that bus on December 1st, 1951 evening in Montgomery, Alabama.

Source: Washington Post, Oct. 24, 2005 article, Civil Rights Icon Dies at Age 92

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October 22, 2005

What Great Thing

What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?
—Dr. Robert H. Shuller

Source: Reaching for the Stars series window card, Comoendium, Inc.

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October 9, 2005

Nothing is Impossible

Nothing is impossible; there are ways that lead to everything, and if we had sufficient will we should have sufficient means. It is often merely for an excuse that we say things are impossible.
—Francois de la Rochefoucald

Source: Daily Inspirational Calendar Monday, September 12, 2005 entry

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October 6, 2005

Things That Matter Most

Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.
—Johann von Goethe

Source: Teachers Daily Calendar Tuesday October 4, 2005 entry

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October 3, 2005

Shortcut to Winning and Success

There is no shortcut to winning and success. There is only getting started and sticking to it.
—Anonymous

Source: Daily Inspirational Calendar Friday, September 30, 2005 entry

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October 2, 2005

An Argument's Aim

The aim of an argument or discussion should be progress, not victory.
—Joseph Joubert

Source: Inspirational calendar Sat/Sun June 16/17 June 2002 entry. Sunday, June 16, 2002 was Father's Day.
See also Joseph Joubert: Wikipedia Entry

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September 28, 2005

Real Courage

You risked your life, but what else have you risked? Have you ever risked disapproval? Have you ever risked economic security? Have you ever risked a belief? I see nothing particularly courageous in risking one's life. So you lose it, you go to your hero's heaven and everything is milk and honey 'til the end of time. Right? You get your reward and suffer no earthly consequences. That's not courage.
Real courage is risking something you have to keep on living with, real courage is risking something that might force you to rethink your thoughts and suffer change and stretch consciousness. Real courage is risking one's clichs.
—Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction

Source: Words I Wish I Wrote: A Collection of Writing That Inspired My Ideas by Robert Fulghum published by HarperCollins 1997 ISBN: 0060175605

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September 18, 2005

Education's Aim?

The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think—rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with the thoughts of other men.
—James Beattie

Source: Teachers Daily Calendar Saturday/Sunday Ari 17/18, 2004

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September 15, 2005

Hard Work, Not Enough It Is

Hard work isn't enough.
A man must move forward too.
I never saw a man pick a field of corn standing in one place
—Unknown

Source: September 13th entry: Office Perpetual Calendar by Judy Johannesen, Haymarket, Virginia

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September 14, 2005

A Thing Impossible?

Nothing is impossible; there are ways that lead to everything, and if we had sufficient will we should always have sufficient means. It is often merely for an excuse that we say that things are impossible.
—François de La Rochefoucauld

Source: Inspirational Calendar Monday, September 12, 2005 entry

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September 12, 2005

Consider the Source, or the Idea?

If an idea comes from someone very gentle or great, without much thinking about the idea itself, one tends to be more accepting of the idea. We must rely more on the substance of the idea, rather than the authority of the person who it comes from
—attributed to HH the Dalai Lama

Source: Words of Wisdom Daily Calendar, Thursday, November 18th 2004 entry
See Also: The Tibetan Government in Exile: About His Holiness The Dalai Lama

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September 9, 2005

Do What You Can

It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can do only a little.
Do what you can.
—Sydney Smith

Source: Inspirational Calendar Thursday, September 8, 2005 entry
See also Wikipedia's article Sydney Smith, English writer and clergyman

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September 7, 2005

Entrusted Talent

Work while you have the light. You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you.
—Henri Frederic Amiel

Source: Inspirational Calendar Monday, September 5, 2005 entry
See also: Henri Frederic Amiel on Wikipedia.org

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September 4, 2005

Obstacles Melt Away

Most of our obstacle would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them.
—Orison Swett Marden

Source: Inspirational Calendar, Thursday, August 18, 2005 entry
See also: Orison Swett Marden.com

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August 23, 2005

Fellowship is Joyful

Take time to enjoy the community of others.

Fellowship is a joyful part of being alive, though easy to neglect in this busy world. Make time to spend with close friends or people who share your interests. Talking to a special friend can be therapeutic while gathering in a group can be a potent stress reliever. Remember, shared joys are increased while shared pain is lessened.
—Daily OM for Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Source: DailyOm, Aug. 23, 2005 Steps In The Right Direction: Tools For Balance

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July 18, 2005

Learning Naturally

Give the pupils something to do, not something to learn; and the doing is of such a nature as to demand thinking; learning naturally results.
—John Dewey

Source: Teachers Daily Calendar Saturday/Sunday, July 16/17, 2005
See also: John Dewey - Wikipedia, the Free Encylopedia

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July 16, 2005

Need to Go Further

Sometimes we need to go further than we thought we could. We need to go past our fear, past our uncertainty, past the bend we can't see beyond. If we stay on the course, and go round the bend, we may find what we're looking for.
—Melody Beattie

Source: July 16th entry Journey to the Heart: Daily Meditation on the Path to Freeing Your Soul by Melody BeattieHarperCollins 1996 ISBN 0-06-251121-1
See also: Melodie Beattie's Web site

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June 21, 2005

Why Not?

"Why not?" is a slogan for an interesting life.
—Mason Cooley

Source: May Your Dreams Come True window card series by Compendium, Inc., Lynwood, WA

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June 8, 2005

Poetry: A Definition

If I read a book [and] it makes my whole body so cold no fire ever can warm me, I know that is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.
—Emily Dickinson to Thomas Wentworth Higginson

Source: Writer's Almanac: Wednesday, June 8, 2005 by Garrison Keillor
It was on this day in 1862 that Emily Dickinson wrote to Thomas Wentworth Higginson asking him to be her friend and her advisor.

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May 31, 2005

When Inspired by Great Purpose

When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds;
your mind transcends limitations, your conciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you dreamed yourself to be.
—Patanjali

Source: Teachers Daily Calendar Satrurday/Sunday 28/29 May 2005 entry
See also: Online biographic notes about Patanjali

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May 24, 2005

Sharing Wisdom: Becoming a Mentor

There are many kinds of mentors and though we may feel intimidated by the responsibility, it is a role we should embrace. We are here on earth to learn and to pass on life's lessons to others. Whether we mentor someone throughout their life with guidance and counsel or for just a moment by letting someone confide in us, we are doing a valuable service. When someone reaches out, take their hand. They are saying that they trust your wisdom.
—DailyOm for Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Source: DailyOM email subscription

Today, May 24, 2005, would have been the 58th birthday of my late wife, Maureen. She passed away from complications from cholangiocarcinoma August 15, 2005, shortly after her 50th birthday. I learned much about life, love, cancer, friends, family and my character sharing life with her for just over 27 years of marriage. Altogether, we knew each other for 31 years. I honor her life, in spite of my still harboring some very unpleasant memories of my experiences with her. I do pray she has found peace and forgiveness on the other side of the veil. I forgive her for the injuries she inflicted upon me, both emotionally and physically. I pray that our daughter, Jennifer, may one day be moved to reconciliation with me.

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May 11, 2005

Triumph of Enthusiasm

Every memorable act in the history of the world is a triumph of enthusiasm. Nothing great was ever achieved without it because it gives any challenge or any occupation, no matter how frightening or difficult, a new meaning. Without enthusiasm you are doomed to a life of mediocrity but with it you can accomplish miracles.
—Og Mandino

Source: Daily Inspirational Calendar Tuesday, May 10, 2005 entry
See also: The World of Og Mandino, Salesman

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May 8, 2005

Reliving V-E Day in the City of Lights

Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
But he'll remember, with advantages,
What feats he did that day.
—Shakespeare: Henry V

Regarding V-E (Victory in Europe) Day 60 years ago today. The Germans have surrendered. We are still in Paris. The six of us who have been together since England are standing on the parapet of Sacred Heart Cathedral atop Montmartre, overlooking the city. It is getting darker by the minute. Night is falling.

At almost the moment of total darkness Paris has been blacked out for four years we are overwhelmed. There is an explosion of light and music everywhere in the city.

In a single moment every streetlight, every electric sign, every square decorated with festive lanterns springs to life as bands in each of these places begin to play. The sound of the singing of "La Marseillaise" comes from everywhere. The war is over in Europe! The nightmare is ended.

For Europe, Parisians, the darkness is now behind them. I can now look forward to going home, to once again hug and kiss my mother, my sister, and to be with my beloved Anita and be married, a union that is now in its 60th year.
—Seymour Robinson

Source: Mr.Seymour Robinson's Letter to the Editor of the Los Angeles Times May 8, 2005
See also: US State Department's Eyewitness to History: Recollections of VE Day 1945

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May 7, 2005

Days of Remembrance 2005

Liberation of Prisoners of Ebensee May 7, 1945

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Prisoners at the time of liberation of the Ebensee camp, a subcamp of the Mauthausen concentration camp. This photograph was taken by Signal Corps photographer Arnold E. Samuelson. Austria, May 7, 1945.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has designated "From Liberation to the Pursuit of Justice" as the theme for the 2005 Days of Remembrance (May 1 - 8, 2005) in honor of the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Nazi concentration camps and the subsequent prosecution under international law of major Nazi war criminals at Nuremberg, Germany. Reflection on the liberation of thousands of Jews and other prisoners from Nazi camps and the prosecution of Nazi perpetrators reminds us that we must take action to prevent atrocities and vigorously pursue justice for the victims of such acts of hatred and inhumanity.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM)

See also: USHMM Holocaust Encyclopedia MAUTHAUSEN Concentration Camp

 

The wrongs which we seek to condemn and punish have been so calculated, so malignant, and so devastating, that civilization cannot tolerate their being ignored, because it cannot survive their being repeated.
—Justice Robert Jackson, Chief U.S. Counsel to the International Military Tribunal, Nuremberg, Germany, November 21, 1945

Source: The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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May 6, 2005

Earth Feels Needed

Jogging is very beneficial. It's good for your legs and your feet. It's also very good for the ground. It makes it feel needed.
—Charles M. Schulz

Source: Email of 04 May 2005 from a former student
See also the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center

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May 2, 2005

Cross the Sea

You cannot cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.
—R. Tagore

Source: Inspirational Calendar April 30/May 1, 2005 entry

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April 4, 2005

Purpose in Life

. . . . I wish you a great life filled with wisdom, happiness and fullfilment. May your days be spent in work that is engaging, on pursuits that are inspiring and with people who are loving. I'd like to leave you with the following words of George Bernard Shaw, which capture the essence of the final lesson far better than I ever could:

This is the true joy in life, being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one, being a true force of Nature instead of a feverish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and, as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.

I want to be thoroughly used up when I die. For the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life for its sake. Life is no brief candle for me. It's a sort of splendid torch which I've got to hold up for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.

Source: Who Will Cry When You Die? Life Lessons From the Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin S. Sharma 1999 HarpersCollins ISBN 0-00-638578-8

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March 29, 2005

It's Easy

It it were easy, it would have been done before.
—Jeanne Yaeger

Source: Daily Inspirational Calendar, Wednesday, March 23, 2005

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March 26, 2005

Unbending Principles

I am a man of fixed and unbending principles, the first of which is to be flexible at all times.
—Everett Dirksen

Source: Leadership Quotes on wisdomquotes.com
See also: Senator Everett Dirksen's Biography

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February 17, 2005

Shrimp is the Fruit of the Sea

Anyway, like I was sayin', shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, sautee it. Dey's uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There's pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. That- that's about it.
—Bubba [played by Mykelti Williamson] in the movie Forrest Gump (1994)

Source: Memorable Quotes from Forrest Gump (1994)

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February 16, 2005

All I Really Need to Learn

Most of what I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sandpile at Sunday school.
These are the things I learned:
  • Share everything.
  • Play fair.
  • Don't hit people.
  • Put things back where you found them.
  • Clean up your own mess.
  • Don't take things that aren't yours.
  • Say you're sorry when you hurt someone.
  • Wash your hands before you eat.
  • Flush.
  • Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
  • When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.
  • Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the styrofoam cup: The roots go dwon and the plant goes up and nobody really kows how or why, but we are all like that.
  • Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the styrofoam cup—they all die. So do we.
  • And then remember that Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned—the biggest word of all—LOOK.

Source: All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten: Uncommon Thoughts on Common Things by Robert Fulghum 1989 Villard Books
See also All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten : Fifteenth Anniversary Edition Reconsidered, Revised, & Expanded With Twenty-Five New Essays ISBN: 0345466179

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February 10, 2005

Dreams We Can Make Come True

How great it is when we come to know that time of disappointment can be followed by times of fulfillment; that sorrow can be followed by joy; that guilt over falling short of our ideals can be replaced by pride in doing all we can; and that anger can be channeled into creative achievements...and into dreams that we can make come true.
—Fred Rogers

Source: The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember by Fred Rogers 2003 ISBN 1-4013-0106-1
See also: Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

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February 6, 2005

Affection & Compassion

At the beginning of our lives and again when we become old we appreciate others' help and affection. Unfortunately, between these two periods of our lives, when we are strong and able and can look after ourselves, we neglect the value of affection and compassion.
—attributed to HH the Dalai Lama

Source: Words of Wisdom Daily Calendar, Wednesday, December 8th 2004 (First Day of Hanukkah) entry
See Also: The Tibetan Government in Exile: About His Holiness The Dalai Lama

February 1, 2005

Are You Ready?

If you are not ready today you will be even less so tomorrow.
---Ovid

Source: Teachers Daily Calendar, January 31, 2005 entry

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January 29, 2005

Who is Your Mentor and Teacher?

The mentor/teacher is the person who sees who you are, sees your beauty, falls in love with it, helps and inspires it, giving it a chance to bloom in the world.
---James Hillman

Source: Teachers Daily Calendar, January 20, 2005 entry
See also: Insight & Outlook's Interview with James Hillman

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January 27, 2005

Auschwitz Liberated 60 Years Ago: 27 Jan 1945

Thou shalt not be a victim.
Thou shalt not be a perpetrator.
Above all, thou shalt not be a bystander.
---Holocaust Museum Washington, DC

Source: WisdomQuotes.com

It's very important. You are the last generation that can talk to the survivors, we are every day less. We can give living testimony...to let the world know, to try to get them to learn even though they don't, so that it doesn't happen again.
Auschwitz Survivor Trudy Spira

Source: Heads bowed in the snow, old and young pay silent tribute The Scotsman.com Friday, Jan. 28, 2005

Auschwitz Liberation Commemorated
During World War II, more than 1.5 million people died at three Auschwitz death camps before Soviet troops arrived to free the remaining prisoners. 60 years later, survivors and world leaders commemorated the liberation and reflected on one of humanity's darkest chapters, the Holocaust that claimed the lives of more than 6 million people.

Source: Washingtonpost.com We Will Never Forget: Photo Gallery

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January 20, 2005

We Live For?

What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for others?
---George Eliot

Source: Practice Kindness series window card by Compendium, Inc.

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January 17, 2005

I Have a Dream

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood . . . that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today
---Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered 28 August 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.

Source: Teachers Daily Calendar, January 15/16, 2005 entry
See also: American Rhetoric's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: I Have a Dream

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January 7, 2005

Anyway: The Paradoxical Commandments

People are illogical, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs, but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.

Dr. Kent M. Keith in Anyway: The Paradoxical Commandments, Finding Personal Meaning in a Crazy World, G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2001, ISBN 0-399-14945-7.

Source: Used by permission of Dr. Kent M. Keith. See Anyway, The Paradoxical Commandments - Do It Anyway

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January 6, 2005

Achieving Greatness

All greatness is achieved while performing outside your comfort zone.
---Greg Arnold

Source: Daily Inspirations Calendar Wednesday, January 5, 2005 entry

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December 29, 2004

99 Ways to say "Good job"

Here I am on vacation and still thinking about teaching!

Hope this (long) list is of some help. On the theory that positive comments are more valuable than negative, perhaps this list will help. It's an old list and it's been around and some of it is obvious, but it may be helpful to remind ourselves of the value of being positive with students.

1. You're on the right track now!
2. You're doing a good job!
3. You did a lot of work today.
4. Now you've figured it out.
5. That's RIGHT!
6. Now you have the hang of it.
7. That's the way!
8. You're really going to town.
9. You're doing fine.
10. Now you have it!
11. Nice going.
12. That's coming along nicely.
13. That's great
14. You did it that time!
15. GREAT!
16. FANTASTIC!
17. TERRIFIC!
18. Good for you.
19. You outdid yourself today.
20. GOOD WORK!
21. That's better.
22. Exce11ent!
23. That's a good boy/girl!
24. Good job, (Robert)!
25. That's the best you've ever done.
26. Good going!
27. Keep it up.
28. That's really nice.
29. WOW!
30. Keep up the good work!
31. Much better!
32. Good for you!
33. That's very much better.
34. Good thinking!
35. Exactly right!
36. SUPER!
37. Nice going.
38. You make it look easy.
39. I've never seen anyone do it better.
40. You are doing that much better today.
41. Way to go!
42. Not bad.
43. SUPERB!
44. You're getting better every day.
45. WONDERFUL
46. I knew you could do it.
47. Keep working on it; you're getting better
48. You're doing beautifully.
49. You're really working hard today.
50. That's the way to do it!
51. Keep on trying!
52. THAT'S it.
53. Nothing can stop you now.
54. You1ve got it made!
55. You are very good at that..
56. You are learning fast.
57. I'm very proud of you.
58. You certainly did well today.
59. You've just about got it.
60. That's good.
61. Jim -- happy to see you working like that.
62. Jim -- proud of the way you worked today.
63. That's the right way to do it.
64. You are really learning a lot.
65. That's better than ever.
66. That's quite an improvement.
67. That kind of work makes me very happy.
68. MARVELOUS!
69. You've figured it out.
70. PERFECT!
71. That's not half bad.
72. FINE!
73. You've got your brain in gear today.
74. That's IT!
75. WOW! figured that out fast,
76. You remembered!
77. You're really improving.
78. I think you've got it now.
79. Well look at you go!
80. You've got that down pat.
81. TREMENDOUS!
82. OUTSTANDING!
83. I like that.
84. Couldn't have done it better myself.
85. Now that's what I call a fine job.
86. You did that very well.
87. Congratulations!
88. That was first class work.
89. Right on!
90. SENSATIONAL!
91. That's the best ever.
92. Good remembering.
93. You haven't missed a thing.
94. It's a pleasure to teach when you work like that.
95. You really make my job fun.
96. Congratulations! You got (number) right!
97. You've just about mastered that.
98. One more time and you'll have it.
99. You must have been practicing.
----Creative Teaching December 2004 Newsletter

Source: Creative Teaching Web site periodic newsletter

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December 17, 2004

Wright Brothers Take Flight

First Flight, December 17, 1903

Source: Wright Brothers History

First Flight, December 17, 1903.

It was on this day in 1903 that Orville and Wilbur Wright successfully completed the first sustained, power-driven flight, in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The Wright brothers had chosen Kitty Hawk because of its consistently high winds, and had practiced there with gliders in 1900 and 1902. By 1903 they had built an engine that would allow them to fly, and discovered a new method for steering during flight. Each brother flew twice, but it was the final flight, made by Wilbur, that was actually controlled and lasted the longest, fifty-nine seconds. The first flight, made by Orville, lasted twelve seconds and was recorded in a now-famous photograph. The flights were witnessed by four adults and a boy. They were reported only by local newspapers, and much of the reporting was not accurate.

Source: Wright Brothers History: The Tale of the Airplane, A Brief Account of the Invention of the Airplane researched, written, and designed by Gary Bradshaw

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December 15, 2004

Opportunities to Help Others

Great opportunties to help others seldom come,
but small ones surround us every day.
---Sally Koch

Source: Practice Kindness series window card by Compendium, Inc.

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December 14, 2004

Unresolvable Disputes?

It is my belief that there are no such things as unresolvable disputes in the world.
---HH The Dalai Lama

Source: Words of Wisdom Daily Calendar, Tuesday, December 14th 2004 (Human Rights Day) entry
See Also: The Tibetan Government in Exile: About His Holiness The Dalai Lama

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December 13, 2004

Humanity's Survival

Humanity's survival depends on the health of the community in the same way that ants and bees coexist. Such small insects create communities without any religion, any constitution, or any law.
People can do the same if they develop compassion so they feel responsible for others.
---HH The Dalai Lama

Source: Words of Wisdom Daily Calendar, Friday, December 10th 2004 (Human Rights Day) entry
See Also: The Tibetan Government in Exile: About His Holiness The Dalai Lama

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December 10, 2004

One Phone Call to Make

If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? ....
And why are you waiting?
---Stephen Levine

Source: QuoteWorld.com's Deathbed Search Results
See also Wisdom Channel's Thinking Allowed Interview with Stephen Levine.

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December 6, 2004

Choices You Get

You don't get to choose how you're going to die, or when.
You can decide how you're going to live now.
-- Joan Baez (b. 1941), American folk singer, political activist

Source: QuoteWorld.com search results for deathbed quotations

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November 29, 2004

Out of the Ruts of Ordinary Perception

To be shaken out of the ruts of ordinary perception, to be shown for a few timeless hours the outer and inner world, not as they appear to an animal obsessed with survival or to a human being obsessed with words and notions, but as they are apprehended, directly and unconditionally, by Mind at Large -- this is an experience of inestimable value to everyone and especially to the intellectual.
--Aldous Huxley The Doors of Perception

Source: some-guy.com Words of Wisdom

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November 24, 2004

Risks to Take

There is the risk you cannot afford to take,
and there is the risk you cannot afford not to take.
---Peter Drucker

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November 20, 2004

Efficiency ... in Reverse

There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.
---Peter Drucker

Source: Peter Drucker Quotes on CreativeQuotations.com

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November 15, 2004

To Be Criticized

Long experience has shown me that to be criticized is not always to be wrong.
---Anthony Eden

Source: The Little Book of Humorous Quotations, Chapter 4, Social Comment edited by Alison Bullivant 2004 Barnes & Noble Books ISBN 0-7607-3776-2
See also BRITANNIA.COM's page about Prime Minister Anthony Eden

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November 14, 2004

Your Reputation

Until you've lost your reputation, you never realize what a burden it was or what freedom really is.
---Margaret Mitchell

Source: CreativeQuotations for November 8 for Margaret Mitchell

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November 13, 2004

I Hate War

I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its studpidity
---Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890 - 1969)

Source: Military Encounters: Quotations on War & Peace edited by Robert Edwards, Barnes & Noble Books 2004 ISBN 0-7607-6324-0

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October 21, 2004

Sea Fever

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea's face and a grey dawn breaking.

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull's way and the whale's way, where the wind's like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quite sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick's over.
----John Masefield (1878-1967) (English Poet Laureate, 1930-1967)

Source: Elise's Wonderful, Inspirational Collection of Quotes, and Poetry, and Sayings

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September 27, 2004

Mulga Bill's Bicycle

'Twas Mulga Bill, from Eaglehawk, that caught the cycling craze;
He turned away the good old horse that served him many days;
He dressed himself in cycling clothes, resplendent to be seen;
He hurried off to town and bought a shining new machine;
And as he wheeled it through the door, with air of lordly pride,
The grinning shop assistant said, "Excuse me, can you ride?"

"See here, young man," said Mulga Bill, "from Walgett to the sea,
From Conroy's Gap to Castlereagh, there's none can ride like me.
I'm good all round at everything as everybody knows,
Although I'm not the one to talk -- I hate a man that blows.
But riding is my special gift, my chiefest, sole delight;
Just ask a wild duck can it swim, a wildcat can it fight.
There's nothing clothed in hair or hide, or built of flesh or steel,
There's nothing walks or jumps, or runs, on axle, hoof, or wheel,
But what I'll sit, while hide will hold and girths and straps are tight:
I'll ride this here two-wheeled concern right straight away at sight."

'Twas Mulga Bill, from Eaglehawk, that sought his own abode,
That perched above Dead Man's Creek, beside the mountain road.
He turned the cycle down the hill and mounted for the fray,
But 'ere he'd gone a dozen yards it bolted clean away.
It left the track, and through the trees, just like a silver steak,
It whistled down the awful slope towards the Dead Man's Creek.

It shaved a stump by half an inch, it dodged a big white-box:
The very wallaroos in fright went scrambling up the rocks,
The wombats hiding in their caves dug deeper underground,
As Mulga Bill, as white as chalk, sat tight to every bound.
It struck a stone and gave a spring that cleared a fallen tree,
It raced beside a precipice as close as close could be;
And then as Mulga Bill let out one last despairing shriek
It made a leap of twenty feet into the Dead Man's Creek.

'Twas Mulga Bill, from Eaglehawk, that slowly swam ashore:
He said, "I've had some narrer shaves and lively rides before;
I've rode a wild bull round a yard to win a five-pound bet,
But this was the most awful ride that I've encountered yet.
I'll give that two-wheeled outlaw best; it's shaken all my nerve
To feel it whistle through the air and plunge and buck and swerve.
It's safe at rest in Dead Man's Creek -- we'll leave it lying still;
A horse's back is good enough henceforth for Mulga Bill."
---A. B. "Banjo" Paterson
First Published in The Sydney Mail, 25 July 1896

Source: University of Queensland (Australia) online rendition of  Mulga Bill's Bicycle
From Paterson's collection of poetry Rio Grande's Last Race and Other Verses, 1902
Placed in my heart during the weekend of Sep. 24 - 26, 2004

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September 26, 2004

Even the Dark Moments

Trust Even the Dark Moments
While on our journey, life can sometimes get bleak. Dark passages may envelop us.
    Expect these moments. Often they come at the deepest period of working things out. It can be a time of despair, frustration, dead ends, anguish, and angst. Sometimes these moments are brief; sometimes they last a long time. But usually they are necessary.
    Plan on these moments. They are not the end of the journey. They are the passageway through the tunnel and into the light. In just a little while, you will feel, see, and know the purpose of what you're going through. Soon it will become clear. You will mve out of the darkness and into the light.

Trust even the bleak times
When you reach the end of
the tunnel, then you will
know why this all had to be.

Source: September 26th entry: Journey to the Heart: Daily Meditations on the Path to Freeing Your Soul by Melodie Beattie ISBN 0-06-251121-1

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September 19, 2004

To Sea Again

Call me Ishmael. Some years ago - never mind how long precisely - having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. It is a way I have of driving off the spleen, and regulating the circulation. Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people's hats off - then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can.
--Ishmael from Herman Melville's Moby Dick
Read a really COOOL Last Minute Book Report on this Book, Moby Dick

Source: Prineton University's Moby Dick Online Chapter i - Loomings

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August 12, 2004

When the Music Stops

The trouble with nude dancing is that not everything stops when the music does.
---Robert Helpman

Source: The Little Book of Humorous Quotations edited by Alison Bullivant 2004 Barnes & Noble Books ISBN 0-7607-3776-2

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August 11, 2004

Universal Human Rights

I write this on the 86th birthday [July 19, 2004] of Nelson Mandela, who is also a chair-man. He is the chairman of the social conscience of the human race. He never gave up he never gave in. He is the living proof that the long goal, the great dream, is paid for by those who do what they can with what they have where they are, day by day by day by day. Until someday, when humankind realizes how far we have come by virtue of the steadfastness of those who have clear maps in their minds for the invisible road that leads to universal human rights. Every day he persevered moved us all further down the road.
---Robert Fulghum

Source: Robert Fulghum's Current Stories, July 19, 2004 entry.

On this day, we celebrate the ninety-second birthday of my dear Father-in-Law, Earl. He is truly an inspiration and a friend. I cherish his brotherhood, and his faith and love in me and my sweet bride and wife, his daughter. I can only hope to be half as vibrant and full of life when I am 92 as he is today. Bless you, Dad.

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August 3, 2004

Not the Critic (or, Man in the Arena)

It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly,
so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.
---Theodore Roosevelt in his "Citizenship in a Republic," Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910

Source: Theodore Roosevelt Association's Theodore Roosevelt Quotes

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August 2, 2004

Attempt a Great Thing?

What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?
---Dr. Robert H. Schuller

Source: Reach for the Stars window card series, Compendium, INc. Edmonds, WA

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July 30, 2004

Students Will Never Forget

They may forget what you said,
but they will never forget how you made them feel.
---Carl W. Buechner

Source: Teachers daily calendar entry for Thursday, July 29, 2004

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July 29, 2004

Spotless Future

Whatever your past has been,
you have a spotless future.
---Melanie Gustafson

Source: Little Miracles series window card by Compendium, Inc.

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July 10, 2004

Benefits of Travel

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.
---Mark Twain

Source: The Ultimate Pocket Positives: a Second Antholgy of Inspirational Thoughts Editor: Maggie Pinkney 2002 ISBN 1-86503-579-3

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June 27, 2004

Great Things Accomplished

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream,
not only plan, but also believe.
---Anatole France

Source: Expect a Miracle series window card by Compendium, Inc., Lynnwood, WA

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June 24, 2004

Attitude: My, You Do Have An Attitude!

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.
Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill.
It will make or break a company a church a home.
The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change the past we cannot change the fact that people will act a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable.
The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude
I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.
And so it is with you we are in charge of our attitudes.
---Charles Swindoll

Source: Shared with me by my Bride on Monday, June 21, 2004

This quote of Charles Swindoll very much feels to me almost the same sentiment expressed by Robert Fulghum in his Credo: Imagination is Stronger.

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May 28, 2004

Smoking Consquences

I am always dismayed and appalled at the number of students at Heald who smoke. I worry about their health and mine, when I am forced to walk through the gamut of smokers on my way the Heald's front door. I am exposed to secondary smoke.

The US Surgeon General issued the Consequences of Smoking Report on May 27, 2004
Key Findings
The Report has four major conclusions.

  • First, it affirms that smoking harms nearly every major organ of the body, often in profound ways, causing many diseases and significantly diminishing the health of smokers in general.
  • Second, quitting smoking has immediate as well as long-term benefits. Within minutes and hours after smokers inhale that last cigarette, their bodies begin a series of changes that continue for years. Among these health improvements are a drop in heart rate, improved circulation, and reduced risk of heart attack, lung cancer and stroke. By quitting smoking today a smoker can have many healthier tomorrows.
  • Third, smoking so-called low-tar and low-nicotine cigarettes provides no clear benefit to health.
  • Finally, the list of diseases caused by smoking has been expanded to include abdominal aortic aneurysm; acute myeloid leukemia; cataract; periodontitus; pneumonia; and cancers of the cervix, kidney, pancreas, and stomach.

Source: The US Surgeon General's Consequences of Smoking Report of May 27, 2004.

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May 12, 2004

Light and Shadows

There is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don't.
---Blaise Pascal

Source: Expect a Miracle series window card; Compendium, Inc., Lynwood, WA

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May 4, 2004

Life for Our Children

Let us put our minds together and see what kind of life we can make for our children.
---Sitting Bull

Source: Teachers daily calendar, Thursday April 29th, 2004 entry

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April 29, 2004

Things Put First

Be assured that you'll always have time for the things you put first.
---Liane Steele

Source: Brilliance series window card by Compendium, Inc.

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April 28, 2004

Do A Thing Right

It takes less time to do a thing right than to explain why you did it wrong.
---Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Source: Public Speaking: Quotations article by Advanced Public Speaking Institute.

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April 26, 2004

Doing Our Best

Nobody knows what is the best he can do.
---Arturo Toscanini (1867-1957)

Source: Whatever It Takes Window Card Series, Compendium Inc., Edmonds, WA

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April 15, 2004

Knowledge and Wisdom

Never mistake knowledge for wisdom.
One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.
---Sandra Carey

Source: Brilliance series window card, Compendium, Inc. Edmonds, WA

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March 11, 2004

Make a Life

from what we get, we can make a living:
what we give, however, makes a life.
---Arthur Ashe

scribe: mary anne m.b.l. radmacher online at word garden

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March 9, 2004

Fear to Attempt

Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.
--from "Measure for Measure" by William Shakespeare

Source: Teachers Daily Calendar, Thursday, Mar 6/7.

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March 4, 2004

Too Late?

It is never too late to be what you might have been.
--George Eliot (Marian Evans)

Source: Brilliance series, Compendium, Inc.

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February 26, 2004

The Future ...

Eleanor Roosevelt said:

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

Source: May Your Dreams Come True series, Compendium, Inc, Lynwood, WA

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