Friday, November 30, 2012
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Sunday, November 25, 2012
The majority of people now understand not only the uselessness, but also the stupidity and cruelty of any war.
War is murder. No matter how many people get together to commit murder or what they call themselves, murder is the worst sin in the world.
Until such time as people reject the power of government to govern, to tax, to legislate, and to punish, war will never stop. War is the consequence of the government's power.
(All quotations from A Calendar of Wisdom by Leo Tolstoy, 25 November)
25 November 2012
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Friday, November 23, 2012
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Image of seagulls in the movie - Finding Nemo
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
A focused, consistent, positively motivated and disciplined character is essential to making your life story have a happy ending. (Iyanla Vanzant, Until Today! 10 September and 8 September) 20 November 2012
Monday, November 19, 2012
On Sunday night, 18 November 2012 I watched the first two-hour episode of the Ken Burns PBS program - The Dust Bowl. The rest of the program will be shown in another two-hour segment on Monday night. I thought the program was excellent, shocking and very moving. I always enjoy anything that Peter Coyote narrates. During the years of the Dust Bowl my parents were in their thirties and living in central and eastern Nebraska. My maternal grandfather, John Carlson, was the owner of a hardware store in the little town of Mead in Saunders county. During the Great Depression he suffered business losses from which he never recovered and which impacted all of us.
19 November 2012
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Friday, November 16, 2012
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Photo: Mr. Dickie - Catoctin Mountain Orchard, near Thurmont, MD
Underpromise and overperform.
That's my motto.
(Fran Coyne in Keepers Of The Wisdom by Karen Casey, 6 November)
14 November 2012
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Photo by Mr. Dickie: Honey at Catoctin Mountain Orchard
Monday, November 12, 2012
Sunday, November 11, 2012
about the crises in our cities,
about the irresponsibility of the youth,
but our complaints have no good effect.
They solve nothing.
They only add to the frustration and turmoil.
What might we do instead?
(Karen Casey, Keepers Of The Wisdom, 10 November)
11 November 2012 (Veteran's Day)
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Friday, November 9, 2012
Photo: Cape May Lighthouse at Cape May, NJ by Mr. Dickie
There is no need for me to accept blame for another person's irrational actions. (One Day At A Time In Al-Anon, 4 October)
Self-inquiry puts you in touch with vital information about yourself which you have ignored, denied or may not be aware of. (Iyanla Vanzant, Until Today! 26 July)
It is easy to fool oneself about motives, and admitting it is hard, but very beneficial. (One Day At A Time In Al-Anon, 26 September)
... we can get unlimited benefits from changing our way of thinking. No realistic person would consider this an easy task; indeed there is nothing more difficult in life! (One Day At A Time In Al-Anon, 24 September)
Many situations can be clarified by the passing of time. (Theodore Isaac Rubin in Touchstones, 21 August)
Just for today, allow the little surprises of life to provide you with some more information that you need to know. (Iyanla Vanzant, Until Today! 26 September)
... pass what you have learned on to someone you know who is not moving. (Iyanla Vanzant, Until Today!, 19 August)
9 November 2012
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Some of your hurts you have cured,
And the sharpest you've even survived,
But what torments of grief you've endured,
From evils which never arrived.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson in One Day At A Time In Al-Anon, 13 August0
7 November 2012
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Monday, November 5, 2012
We must endure surprises, pressures and blows from the world as a normal part of life. (Touchstones, 24 August)
... a society built on luxury, on wantonness, on pride, on callousness to human life, and personality is necessarily doomed ... (William Barclay, The Revelation Of John, Vol. 2, p. 164)
5 November 2012