Sunday, February 27, 2005

quote of the day

The deepest need of man is to overcome his separateness, to leave the prison of his aloneness.' - Eric Fromm

Saturday, February 26, 2005

resident curmudgeon Highway
Tower of Commitment9
Family Farm12
Mt. Happiness164
Fame City371
Please Drive Carefully

Where are you on the highway of life?


what I'm reading now

Here's a book about how the far right conservatives have managed to persuade the American working people to vote against their own interests.

insightful analysis Posted by Hello

Friday, February 25, 2005

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

quote of the day

Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room.
-- Sir Winston Churchill

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Sunday, February 20, 2005

Saturday, February 19, 2005

tara's first job

Service with a smile is Tara's motto as she serves us at Quizno's sandwich shop. Posted by Hello

quote of the day

'If we wish to understand the nature of reality, we have an inner hidden advantage: we are ourselves a little portion of the universe and so carry the answer within us.'
- Jacques Boivin

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

quote of the day

For the most part, fear is nothing but an illusion. When you share it with someone else, it tends to disappear.
-- Marilyn C. Barrick

Sunday, February 13, 2005

quote of the day

The grass is not, in fact, always greener on the other side of the fence. Fences have nothing to do with it. The grass is greenest where it is watered. When crossing over fences, carry water with you and tend the grass wherever you may be.
-- Robert Fulghum, It Was on Fire When I Lay Down on It

Saturday, February 12, 2005

life on fast forward

Dennis, a fellow letter carrier, told me about an article he read on the web explaining why time seems to pass faster as we age than when we were young. The article states that when we're older we are learning less and having fewer new life experiences and this causes time to seem to be passing quicker.
So when I retire, to keep my remaining life from fast forwarding like a video tape, I'll have to keep learning and having new experiences? It's too late to join the Army and become an Airborne Ranger, and besides I wouldn't want to embarrass those younger guys who couldn't keep up with me. I don't think I have the time to go back to school and pursue brain surgery or rocket science, besides, with my short term memory I would probably leave some medical hardware in someone's brain or in the case of rocket science, the space probe to Uranus would probably find an anatomically correct target but be geographically off the mark.
I guess I'll grow a garden and sell tomatoes by the side of the road. Marley Kate and Hunter can help. Tara and Sam use to like to do that with me. And then there's travel. I've yet to see the world's largest ball of twine, or the Petrified Forest. The readers of this blog will be looking forward to those photos, I'm sure.

quote of the day

True remorse is never just a regret over consequences; it is a regret over motive.
Mignon McLaughlin

Friday, February 11, 2005

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Lizzie the wonder dog

A few days ago we looked out the window to see our neighbor's cows in our back yard. Dorothy called the neighbors and I went out to herd them back down the road. I looked for a stick to prod and harass the cows, and by the time I found the perfect one, Lizzie had rounded up the cows and herded them onto the road where my neighbor was waiting in his truck to coax them on home. If I could speak dog-ese I would explain to Lizzie that she's a Cocker Spaniel and they just don't do those things. She's always doing things that she doesn't know she can't.

quote of the day

Weird, isn't it? Somehow in the dead of winter when its 40 below, so cold your words just freeze in the air, you think you'll never hear a robin's song again or see a blossom on a cherry tree, when one day you wake up and bingo, light coming through the mini blinds is softened with a tick of rose and the cold morning air has lost its bite. It's spring once again, the streets are paved with mud and the hills are alive with the sound of mosquitos.
Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider, Northern Exposure, Mud and Blood, 1993

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

quote of the day

To always be intending to live a new life, but never find time to set about it -- this is as if a man should put off eating and drinking from one day to another till he be starved and destroyed.
Sir Walter Scott

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

quote of the day

To the loved ones of the victims of 9/11, to them who are here in the room, to those who are watching on television: Your government failed you. Those entrusted with protecting you failed you. And I failed you. We tried hard, but that doesn't matter, because we failed. And for that failure, I would ask, once all the facts are out, for your understanding and for your forgiveness.
Richard A. Clark

I do not need to explain why I say things. That's the interesting thing about being the president. Maybe somebody needs to explain to me whey they say something, but I don't feel like I owe anybody an explanation.
George W. Bush

I will never apologize for the United States of America. I don't care what the facts are.
George H. W. Bush

Monday, February 07, 2005

quote of the day

You must give some time to your fellow men. Even if it's a little thing, do something for others - something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it.
Albert Schweitzer (1875 - 1965)

Sunday, February 06, 2005

what I'm reading now

Here is a very readable book on overcoming depression and anxiety. For more information on Dr. Emery, go to

This is an excellent book on dealing with depression through cognitive therapy. Posted by Hello

quote of the day

No matter how far you have gone on the wrong road, turn back.
Turkish Proverb

Saturday, February 05, 2005

quote of the day

Drawn forward by debt, desire, or both, Americans are emerging as the first addicts of the technological age, driven still by some ancient instinct for self-preservation that in our time of affluence is misplaced....It is in this blind pursuit of material prosperity that Americans have begun to push the boundaries of human adaptation, as is evidenced by rising levels of greed, anxiety, and obesity.
Peter C. Whybrow, M.D. from American Mania: When More is Not Enough

Friday, February 04, 2005

quote of the day

I've often said, the only thing standing between me and greatness is me.
Woody Allen

Thursday, February 03, 2005

quote of the day

After I'm dead I'd rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one.
-- Cato the Elder

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

quote of the day

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them.
George Bernard Shaw, "Mrs. Warren's Profession" (1893) act