Life has no meaning without purpose. To lack purpose is to deny the existence of God and to admit that our life is an evil, stupid joke. (Giuseppe Mazzini in A Calendar of Wisdom by Leo Tolstoy, 18 December)
Your life may be cut short at any time; therefore, your life should have a deep purpose, a significance that will not depend on whether it is short or long. (Anonymous, A Calendar of Wisdom, Leo Tolstoy, 23 November)
I finished reading a couple of books yesterday, the first two in the New Year. I posted to WeRead and to my own computer database of Books Read in 2010. I'm off to a good start. Of course, I actually started reading both books in 2009.
The Washington Redskins hired their new miracle coach, Mike Shanahan, yesterday. They are going to pay him seven million dollars a year. He's about to get a wake-up call. The Washington quarterback, Jason Campbell, is no John Elway and there is no hometown advantage for playing at sea level. BTW, did you read that the outgoing coach, Jim Zorn, will be paid 2.4 million because he was fired before his contract ran out? That's a pretty good bonus for failure.
While on the subject of so-called professional sports, the mediocre Washington Wizards, formerly The Bullets, have a gun scandal on their hands. I read that the team can terminate the contract of Gilbert Arenas for this incident. I think his contract is for over 100 million dollars. They should take advantage of this opportunity to get their money back. Because the team is in shambles the new owner and his new coach could use the money to rebuild the team.