The purpose of Mr. Dickie's Blog is to provide a place where I can post quotations I like and write about things that are on my mind. As of the summer of 2011 I have NetworkedBlogs posting a link to this blog to Facebook.
When I let personal piques and resentments interfere with what I know to be my proper conduct, I am on the wrong track and I am undoing all I have built up by doing the right thing. (Twenty-Four Hours A Day, 24 June) 30 July 2012
You must develop the discipline to think right. This will give you the discipline to act right. When you are disciplined in your thinking and acting you always feel good. (Iyanla Vanzant, Until Today! 20 July) 29 July 2012
Admit to yourself that no matter how much you want them, or how hard you work to get them, some things simply won't work out the way you want them to. (Iyanla Vanzant, Until Today!, 6 July) 28 July 2012
... The prophets taught that adherence to God's will would bring divine favor whereas disobedience would lead to hardship -- and surely obedience would be better for everyone involved, especially the poor, needy, and weak. The prophets, in short, were concerned about issues of real life - poverty, homelessness, injustice, oppression, the uneven distribution of wealth, the apathetic attitudes of those who have it good toward those who are poor, helpless, and outcast. ... (Bart D. Ehrman, God's Problem, p. 54)
[Mr. Dickie's comment: The issues of real life haven't changed in thousands of years.]
23 July 2012
In all cases, when people use violence, you should try to convince them not to. You should try to apply wise, convincing arguments, appealing not to the everyday world, but to their higher spiritual understanding. Then, when you succeed, you will have the complete satisfaction of your conscience. (Leo Tolstoy, A Calendar of Wisdom, 17 July) 17 July 2012
We blame little things in others and pass over great things in ourselves; we are quick enough in perceiving and weighing what we suffer from others, but we mind not what others suffer from us. (Thomas 'A Kempis, The Imitation Of Christ, in One Day At A Time In Al-Anon, 9 May) 10 July 2012
There's a time - all too brief as it too soon becomes apparent - to be little; a time to be in between; and a time to be old. Let each have its season. Let little be little. (Malcom Forbes, in Chicken Soup For The Father's Soul, p. 87) 8 July 2012
To the end of our days, life is a lesson imperfectly learned.
(Harrison E. Salisbury in Touchstones, 11 May)
I didn't post to either blog on Saturday, 30 June 2012.
The power was out all day after the windstorm just before midnight on Friday. Our neighborhood experienced the worst wind damage we have seen since we moved here in 1978. Personally we were very lucky. It will probably cost less than $500 to repair the damage to our roof. Many others in our development of about 120 homes weren't so lucky. There is considerable damage to roofs, decks, trees and a few cars. Power was out from a few minutes into the storm until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. We consider it a blessing that our outage was only eighteen hours.
I walked around for several hours yesterday talking to the neighbors and observing the damage. I noticed two houses with generators. Now I know where two couples smarter than us are living.
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