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Quote of the Month

Dec 2022 Leo Tolstoy "The Three Questions!"

Dec 2021 Mr. Rogers "You've Got to Do It!"

Dec 2020 Dr. Craig Smith "We Mush On"

Dec 2019  Admiral McRaven "Ten Things I Learned at Navy Seal Training" 

Dec 2018  The Walin' Jennys "One Voice" 

Dec 2017  Eastwood, Jacob, Sutton "Flying Home" (Sully's Theme) 

May 2017  Wallace & Gleenie-Smith  "Mansions of the Lord"

Dec 2016  Margery Williams  "The Velveteen Rabbit" or How Toys Become Real!

Aug 2016  "The Olympic Motto" "Olympic Creed" "Scout's Motto"

May 2016 Kent Keith "The Paradoxical Commandments of Leadership" "Anyway"

Dec 2015 Abraham Lincoln "Civil War Condolence Letter: Death, Loss and Memory"

Aug 2015 Wisdom from Dr. Seuss

Apr 2015  Socrates "The Test of Three..."

Dec 2014  "Maybe this time..." Cabaret, 1972

Aug 2014 Robin Williams, Dead Poet's Society "Carpe Diem"

Apr 2014 Don Miguel Ruiz "The 4 Agreements"

Dec 2013 Shakespeare "The 7 Ages of Man"

Aug 2013  Anias Nin "hibernating"San Antonio

Apr 2013  H. W. Longfellow "Psalm of Life"

Dec 2012  "this day's greatest gift"

Aug 2012 L. P. Jacks "working or playing"

Apr 2012 Winne the Pooh "sometimes....."

Dec 2011 Constantine P. Cavafy "Ithica"

August 2011 Sherman Alexie "never slow dance with your skeletons"

May 2011 Jack LaLanne "LaLanneisms"

Dec 2010 Hans Christian Anderson"The Emperor's New Clothes"

May-Jun 2010 "Attitude- The Three Hairs"

Jan-Feb 2010 Dean Alfange "My Creed"

Nov-Dec 2009 W. H. Murray "Commitment"

July-August 2009 Albert Maltz "Indian Wedding Prayer"

May-June 2009 Dorthea Brande "The Will to Fail"

Mar-Apr 2009 James Redfield "The Tenth Insight" "Together we are going somewhere"

Jan-Feb 2009 William Ernest Henley "Invictus"

Nov-Dec 2008 Jack London "Jack London's Credo"

Aug-Sep 2008 David Foster and Carol Sager "The Prayer"

Jun-Jul 2008 John Mitchum and John Wayne "America, Why I Love Her"

Apr 2008 Richard Bach "Jonathan Livingston Seagull"

Feb 2008 Antonio Carlos Jobim "Corcovado, Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars"

Dec 2007 Lewis Carroll "...the happy summer days."

Oct-Nov 2007 Benjamin Franklin "The 13 Virtues..."

Aug-Sep 2007 D'Invilliers "Then wear the gold hat..."

Mar-Apr 2007 Dr. Christian "As i drove i found Spring"

Jan-Feb 2007 England Dan & John Ford Coley "I'd  really love to see you tonight"

Nov-Dec 2006 Robert Frost "The Road Not Taken"

Sep-Oct 2006 Barbara Streisand "Putting It Together"

Jul-Aug  2006 Theodore Roosevelt "The Man in the Arena"

June  2006 Max Ehrmann "Desiderata" 

May 2006 Alan Cohen "the Main Thing.."

April 2006 Henry David Thoreau "If one advances confidently..."

February 2006 Elizabeth Barrett Browning "How do i love thee.."

January 2006 James Allen "You will be what you will to be..."

December 2005 Dr. Bernie Segal, "We'll See"

November 2005 Steve Jobs, "You've got to find what you love"

September 2005 Og Mandino "I will greet this day with love in my heart..."

August 2005 "Adventure"  Gandalf and Bilbo, the Hobbit.

July 2005 Rudyard Kipling  "If...."

June 2005 John Donne "No Man is an Island" "Death Be Not Proud"

May 2005 George Washington "Washington's Order on Profanity"

April 2005 Kalidasa Indian Poet "The Salutation of the Dawn"

March 2005 R. L. Sharp "A Bag of Tools"

February 2005  Douglas MacArthur "Duty, Honor, Country"

January 2005  William Osler M.D. "A Way of Life"

December 2004 Leo Tolstoy "What Men Live By" "The Three Lessons of God"

November 2004  Martin Buber "There are those who"

October 2004  Benjamin Franklin "On Death"

September 2004 Marianne Williamson "Our Deepest Fear"

August 2004 Audrey Hepburn  "Beauty"



Dec 2022  Leo Tolstoy "The Three Questions"



"IT ONCE OCCURRED TO A CERTAIN KING that IF he always knew the right time to begin everything; IF he knew who were the right people to listen to, and whom to avoid; and, above all, IF he always knew what was the most important thing to do, he would never fail in anything he might undertake. And, this thought having occurred to him, he had it proclaimed that throughout his kingdom that he would give a great reward to anyone who could teach him what was the right time for every action, and who were the most necessary people, and how he might know what was the most important thing to do."


The King finally went to a wise hermit who gave him this answer.


"Remember then: there is only one time that is important, Now! It is the most important time because it is the only time we have any power. The most necessary person is the one with whom you are, for no man knows whether he will ever have dealings with anyone else: and the most important affair is to do that person good, because for that purpose alone was man sent into this life." 







Childrens' Picture Book by Jon J. Mugh








Dec 2021  Mr. Rogers "You've Got to Do It"


You can make-believe it happens, or pretend that something’s true.
You can wish or hope or contemplate a thing you’d like to do,
But until you start to do it, you will never see it through
‘Cause the make-believe pretending just won’t do it for you.


You’ve got to do it.
Every little bit, you’ve got to do it, do it, do it, do it
And when you’re through, you can know who did it
For you did it, you did it, you did it.


If you want to ride a bicycle and ride it straight and tall,
You can’t simply sit and look at it ’cause it won’t move at all.
But it’s you who have to try it, and it’s you who have to fall (sometimes)
If you want to ride a bicycle and ride it straight and tall.


You’ve got to do it.
Every little bit, you’ve got to do it, do it, do it, do it
And when you’re through, you can know who did it
For you did it, you did it, you did it.


If you want to read a reading book and read the real words too,
You can’t simply sit and ask the words to read themselves to you.
But you have to ask a person who can show you one or two
If you want to read a reading book and read the real words, too.


You’ve got to do it.
Every little bit, you’ve got to do it, do it, do it, do it
And when you’re through, you can know who did it
For you did it, you did it, you did it.


It’s not easy to keep trying, but it’s one good way to grow.
It’s not easy to keep learning, but I know that this is so:
When you’ve tried and learned you’re bigger than you were a day ago.
It’s not easy to keep trying, but it’s one way to grow.


You’ve got to do it.
Every little bit, you’ve got to do it, do it, do it, do it
And when you’re through, you can know who did it
For you did it, you did it, you did it.


"You've Got to Do It" 1981


Music and Lyrics by Fred M. Rogers website



EXTRA: Hear Mr. Rogers speak at a Senate Subcommittee in 1969 about "What do you do with the Mad that you feel?"




Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers at Amazon!




Dec 2020  Dr. Craig Smith "We Mush On" 

The COVID-19 crisis has been shared eloquently by Dr. Craig Smith, Chief of Surgery at Columbia New York Presbyterian, one of the first "hospital hotspots" in the United States.  He has become one of the Pandemic Poets.  Please read his letter of 20 Mar 20 in which he describes the dire situation at his hospital. This was the 3rd week of the crisis in the US.  By now, none of us should have a problem understanding what he is writing about.  Here is the last paragraph.


"The next month or two is a horror to imagine if we're underestimating the threat. So what can we do? Load the sled, check the traces, feed Balto, and mush on.  Our cargo must reach Nome. Remember that our families, friends, and neighbors are scared, idle, out of work, and feel impotent. Anyone working in health care still enjoys the rapture of action.  It’s a privilege!  We mush on."



Dr. Craig Smith, 20 Mar 20 "We Mush On" Columbia Website


Dec 2019  Admiral McRaven "10 Things I Learned at Navy Seal Training" 

University of Texas at Austin

2014 Commencement Address


1. Start each day with a task completed. Make your bed,

2. Find someone to help you through life,

3. Respect everyone,

4. Know that life is not fair,

5. Know you will fail often,

6. Take some risks,

7. Step up when the times are the toughest,

8. Face the bullies,

9. Lift up the downtrodden,

10. And, Never, ever give up…..



Admiral William McRaven at Wikipedia





Dec 2018  The Wailin' Jennys "One Voice" 



This is the sound of one voice

One spirit, one voice

The sound of one who makes a choice

This is the sound of one voice

This is the sound of one voice


This is the sound of voices two

The sound of me singing with you

Helping each other to make it through

This is the sound of voices two

This is the sound of voices two


This is the sound of voices three

Singing together in harmony

Surrendering to the mystery

This is the sound of voices three

This is the sound of voices three


This is the sound of all of us

Singing with love and the will to trust

Leave the rest behind it will turn to dust

This is the sound of all of us

This is the sound of all of us


This is the sound of one voice

One people, one voice

A song for every one of us

This is the sound of one voice

This is the sound of one voice


The Wailin' Jennys


Lyrics by Ruth Moody






Dec 2017  Eastwood, Jacob, Sutton "Flying Home" (Sully's Theme)



tell me your story. i'll tell you mine.

sing me your song. i'll follow line by line.

draw me near let me hear the things you've treasured.

patient as falling snow standing inside the questions.

i'll be guessing by what truths our souls are measured.

each of us rising from worlds unknown.

within your trials i'll see my own.

still there are journey's that are yours alone.

you were born for the storm you have to weather.

true as the winter wind you faced moment bravely.

you and i we're on our own and yet together.

walking a path we can't define.

tell me your story. i'll tell you mine.

sing me your song. i'll follow line by line.

let the night fall with the lightness of a feather.

trusting the coming dawn.

we can not hold the morning.

you and i we're on our own and yet together.

for in the end. we'll all flying home.


Clint Eastwood, Jacob Christian and Tierney Sutton Band




Sully (also known as Sully: Miracle on the Hudson[) is a 2016 American biographical drama film directed by Clint Eastwood and written by Todd Komarnicki, based on the autobiography Highest Duty by Chesley Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow. The film stars Tom Hanks as Sullenberger, with Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, Anna Gunn, Autumn Reeser, Holt McCallany, Jamey Sheridan, and Jerry Ferrara in supporting roles. The film follows Sullenberger's January 2009 emergency landing of US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River, in which all 155 passengers and crew survived with only minor injuries, and the subsequent publicity and investigation. Sullenberger is a graduate  of the United States Air Force Academy Class of 1973.

From Wikipedia


May 2017  Wallace & Gleenie-Smith "Mansions of the Lord"

Beautiful Tribute Hymn by West Point Glee Club!

To fallen soldiers let us sing
Where no rockets fly nor bullets wing
Our broken brothers let us bring
To the Mansions of the Lord

No more bleeding, no more fight
No prayers pleading through the night
Just divine embrace, Eternal light
In the Mansions of the Lord


Where no mothers cry and no children weep
We will stand and guard though the angels sleep
All through the ages safely keep.

From Wikepedia :"Mansions of the Lord" is a hymn written by Randall Wallace and set to the music of Nick Glennie-Smith

"Mansions" was originally written for the 2002 film We Were Soldiers, We Were Soldiers is a 2002 war film that dramatizes the Battle of Ia Drang on November 14, 1965. The film was directed by Randall Wallace and stars Mel Gibson. It is based on the book We Were Soldiers Once… And Young (1992) by Lieutenant General (Ret.) Hal Moore and reporter Joseph L. Galloway, both of whom were at the battle.

Dec 2016  Margery Williams "The Velveteen Rabbit" or How Toys Become Real


The Skin Horse had lived longer in the nursery than any of the others. He was so old that his brown coat was bald in patches and showed the seams underneath, and most of the hairs in his tail had been pulled out to string bead necklaces. He was wise, for he had seen a long succession of mechanical toys arrive to boast and swagger, and by-and-by break their mainsprings and pass away, and he knew that they were only toys, and would never turn into anything else. For nursery magic is very strange and wonderful, and only those playthings that are old and wise and experienced like the Skin Horse understand all about it.

"What is REAL?" asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. "Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?"

"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child
loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real."

"Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit.

"Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are Real you don't mind being hurt."

"Does it happen all at once, like being wound up," he asked, "or bit by bit?"

"It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."


Margery Williams "The Velveteen Rabbit" 1922

 The Velveteen Rabbit at Wikipedia

Read Online at Project  with Illustrations

Aug 2016  "The Olympic Creed", "Olympic Motto", "Scout Motto", and "The Fields of Friendly Strife", "Coast Guard Motto" & "Texas Motto"


The Olympic Creed  "The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well."


Pierre de Coubertin got the idea for the phrase adopted as the Olympics Creed from a speech given by Bishop Ethelbert Talbot at a service for Olympic champions during the 1908 Olympic Games.


The Olympic Motto  "Citius, Altius, Fortius" "Faster, Higher, Stronger"


friend of Baron Pierre de Coubertin, Father Henri Martin Didon of the Dominican order, was the principal of Arcueil College, near Paris. An energetic teacher, he used the discipline of sport as a powerful educational tool. One day, following an inter-school athletics meeting, Didon ended his speech quoting three Latin words: Citius, Altius, Fortius (Faster, Higher, Stronger). Struck by the succinctness of this phrase, Baron Pierre de Coubertin made it the Olympic motto, pointing out that "Athletes need 'freedom of excess.' That is why we gave them this motto...a motto for people who dare to try to break records."



The Scouts Motto   "Allzeit Bereit" "Be Prepared"

  • Be Prepared in Mind by having disciplined yourself to be obedient to every order, and also by having thought out beforehand any accident or situation that might occur, so that you know the right thing to do at the right moment, and are willing to do it.
  • Be Prepared in Body by making yourself strong and active and able to do the right thing at the right moment, and do it.

Hilary Saint George Saunders' book The Left Handshake: The Boy Scout Movement during the War, 1939-1945 had the first letter of each chapter spell out the Scout motto. The chosen words are: Bravery, Enterprise, Purpose, Resolution, Endurance, Partnership, Assurance, Reformation, Enthusiasm and Devotion.


The Fields of Friendly Strife   "On the fields of friendly strife are sown the seeds that on other days and other fields will bear the fruits of victory"   General Douglas McArthur


The Coast Guard Motto   "Semper Paratus"  Always Ready!  The Official Coast Guard Marching Song


The Life and Death Brigade Motto  "In Omnia Paratus"  "Prepared for all things".

Gilmore Girls "You Jump, I Jump Jack"  Season 5, Episode 7, 2 Nov 2004 


The Texas Motto  "Equidae Ocius, Femina Terra, J. Danielus Pristinus, Amplius Pecunia"  "Faster Horses, Younger Women, Older Whisky, More Money!"

Tom T. Hall  "Faster Horses (The Cowboy and the Poet)"  1975




May 2016 Kent Keith "The Paradoxical Commandments of Leadership"   "Anyway"

  1. People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway.
  2. If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway.
  3. If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway.
  4. The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
  5. Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway.
  6. The biggest men with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men with the smallest minds. Think big anyway.
  7. People favor underdogs, but follow only top dogs. Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
  8. What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway.
  9. People really need help but may attack you if you do help them. Help people anyway.
  10. Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth. Give the world the best you have anyway.

Kent Keith 1968 "The Silent Revolution"

Kent Keith The Mother Teresa Connection to The Paradoxical Commandments of Leadership

"According to Lucinda Vardey, in Mother Teresa: A Simple Path (New York: Ballantine Books, 1995), page 185, there was "a sign on the wall of Shishu Bhavan, the children's home in Calcutta." This is what the sign said:"

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.  Love them anyway.

If you do good, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.  Be good anyway.

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

The good you do today, will often be forgotten.  Do good anyway.

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

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

People really need help but may attack you if you 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've got anyway.

The Mother Teresa Connection to The Paradoxical Commandments of Leadership by Kent Kieth

The Final Analysis Version attributed to Mother Teresa seen often on the internet is:

Do Good Anyway. The Paradoxical Commandments I Quote Investigator


US Air Force Academy Center for Character and Leadership Development!

Aimed at Polaris, the North Star!Aimed at Polaris, the North Star!


US Air Force Academy Center for Character and Leadership Development!  Review of Building it!



Dec 2015 Abraham Lincoln "Civil War Condolence Letter: Death, Loss and Memory"

By the end of 1862, the tragic immensity of the war’s carnage had settled into fact, and Lincoln had already written a number of painful letters of consolation.  None, however, spoke more eloquently to the searing devastation of loss, and the haunting promise of solace, than the 166 words he penned to twenty-two year old Fanny McCullough.

Executive Mansion,
Washington, December 23, 1862.

Dear Fanny

It is with deep grief that I learn of the death of your kind and brave Father; and, especially, that it is affecting your young heart beyond what is common in such cases. In this sad world of ours, sorrow comes to all; and, to the young, it comes with bitterest agony, because it takes them unawares. The older have learned to ever expect it. I am anxious to afford some alleviation of your present distress. Perfect relief is not possible, except with time. You can not now realize that you will ever feel better. Is not this so? And yet it is a mistake. You are sure to be happy again. To know this, which is certainly true, will make you some less miserable now. I have had experience enough to know what I say; and you need only to believe it, to feel better at once. The memory of your dear Father, instead of an agony, will yet be a sad sweet feeling in your heart, of a purer and holier sort than you have known before.

Please present my kind regards to your afflicted mother.

Your sincere friend
A. Lincoln


Original Handwritten letter available at Shapell Manuscript Collection








Aug 2015  Wisdom from Dr. Seuss


“Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so…get on your way!”

"A person's a person, no matter how small.”

"Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.”

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

“Oh the things you can find if you don’t stay behind.”

“Think and wonder. Wonder and think.”

"And when things start to happen, don’t worry. Don’t stew. Just go right along, you’ll start happening too!”

“Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.”

“You'll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.”

Idea and images's from Huffington Post Dr. Seuss's Prescription for a bad day.

Seussville Official Random House Web Site

Dr. Seuss at Wikipedia


Apr 2015  Socrates "The Test of Three"

"Socrates Louvre" by Sting. Licensed under CC by SA.

Keep this philosophy in mind the next time you hear, or are about to repeat a rumor: In ancient Greece (469 - 399 BC), Socrates was widely lauded for his wisdom.

One day the great philosopher came upon an acquaintance, who ran up to him excitedly and said, "Socrates, do you know what I just heard about one of your students...?"
"Wait a moment," Socrates replied. "Before you tell me, I'd like you to pass a little test. It's called the Test of Three."
"Test of Three?"
"That's correct," Socrates continued. Before you talk to me about my student let's take a moment to test what you're going to say."
The first test isTruth.

"Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?"
"No," the man replied, "actually I just heard about it."

"All right," said Socrates. "So you don't really know if it's true or not. Now let's try..

The second test, the test of Goodness.

"Is what you are about to tell me about my student something good?"
"No, on the contrary..."

"So, Socrates continued, you want to tell me something bad about him even though you're not certain it's true?"

The man shrugged, a little embarrassed.

Socrates continued, "You may still pass though because there is a...

The third test - the filter of Usefulness.

"Is what you want to tell me about my student going to be useful to me?"
"No, not really..."
"Well," concluded Socrates, "if what you want to tell me is
neither True nor Good nor even Useful, why tell it to me at all?"
The man was defeated and ashamed and said no more.


Socrates at Wikipedia



Dec 2014  "Maybe this time" Cabaret 1972


Glee Lyrics 2009

Kristen Chenoweth - April,

Lea Michele - Rachel



Maybe this time,
I'll be lucky
Maybe this time
He'll stay
Maybe this time
For the first time
Love won't hurry away

He will hold me fast
I'll be home at last
Not a loser anymore
Like the last time
And the time before

Everybody loves a winner

So nobody loved me
Lady peaceful, Lady happy
That's what I want to be
All of the odds are
They're in my favor

Something's bound to begin

It's gotta happen

Happen sometime

Maybe this time I'll win

Everybody they love a winner

So nobody loved me

Lady peaceful, Lady happy
That's what I want to be

All of the odds are
They're in my favor

Something's bound to begin

It's gotta happen

Happen sometime

[Rachel and April, starting at different times]
Maybe this time I'll win


Music - John Kander

Lyrics - Fred Ebb


GLEE - Maybe This Time (Full Performance) (Official Music Video) HD



Kristen Chenoweth "Maybe This Time" NewNowNext Awards 2014


The Original Liza Minnelli "Maybe This Time" Cabaret 1972




Aug 2014 Robin Williams "Carpe diem" Dead Poet's Society 1989


"Gather ye rosebuds while ye may.' The Latin term for that sentiment is Carpe Diem. Now who knows what that means?...Seize the day.  Gather ye rosebuds while ye may. Why does the writer use these lines?  ...Because we are food for worms, lads.   Because, believe it or not, each and every one of us in this room is one day gonna stop breathing, turn cold, and die.

Now I would like you to step forward over here and peruse some of the faces from the past.   You've walked past them many times.   I don't think you've really looked at them. They're not that different from you, are they?   Same haircuts.   Full of hormones, just like you.   Invincible, just like you feel.   The world is their oyster.   They believe they're destined for great things, just like many of you.   Their eyes are full of hope, just like you.   Did they wait until it was too late to make from their lives even one iota of what they were capable?   Because you see gentlemen, these boys are now fertilizing daffodils.   But if you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you.  

Go on, lean in. Listen.   Do you hear it? (whispering in a gruff voice) Carpe.  Hear it? (whispering) Carpe. 

Carpe Diem.  Seize the day boys.  Make your lives extraordinary."

Robin Williams as Welton Academy English teacher John Keating in " Dead Poets Society (1989)

To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
   Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today
   Tomorrow will be dying.

The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun,
   The higher he’s a-getting,
The sooner will his race be run,
   And nearer he’s to setting.

That age is best which is the first,
   When youth and blood are warmer;
But being spent, the worse, and worst
   Times still succeed the former.

Then be not coy, but use your time,
   And while ye may, go marry;
For having lost but once your prime,
   You may forever tarry.

Robert Herrick 17th Century


Apr 2014 Don Miguel Ruiz "The 4 Agreements"

1. Be Impeccable with your Word: Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the Word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your Word in the direction of truth and love.

2. Don’t Take Anything Personally
Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.

3. Don’t Make Assumptions
Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.

4. Always Do Your Best
Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.



Dec 2013 Shakespeare "The 7 Ages of Man"





All the world’s a stage,
        And all the men and women merely players;
        They have their exits and their entrances,
        And one man in his time plays many parts,    




His acts being seven ages.        
1      At first the infant,
        Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms;
2      And then the whining schoolboy,

         with his satchel and shining morning face, creeping like snail unwillingly to school.

3      And then the lover,  
        Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
        Made to his mistress’ eyebrow.

4     Then a soldier,
        Full of strange oaths, and bearded like the pard, 
        Jealous in honor, sudden and quick in quarrel,
        Seeking the bubble reputation even in the cannon’s mouth.

5     And then the justice,
        In fair round belly with good capon lined,
        With eyes severe and beard of formal cut, 
        Full of wise saws and modern instances; And so he plays his part.
6     The sixth age shifts
        Into the lean and slippered pantaloon,
        With spectacles on nose and pouch on side;
        His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
        For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,
        Turning again toward childish treble, pipes and whistles in his sound.
 7     Last scene of all,
        That ends this strange eventful history,
        Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
        Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.


Monologue from William Shakespeare's As You Like It, spoken by the melancholy Jaques in Act II Scene VII.



Aug 2013 Anias Nin "hibernating"


“You live like this, sheltered, in a delicate world, and you believe you are living. Then you read a book (Lady Chatterley, for instance), or you take a trip, or you talk with Richard, and you discover that you are not living, that you are hibernating.


The symptoms of hibernating are easily detectable: first, restlessness. The second symptom (when hibernating becomes dangerous and might degenerate into death): absence of pleasure.


That is all. It appears like an innocuous illness. Monotony, boredom, death. Millions live like this (or die like this) without knowing it.


They work in offices. They drive a car. They picnic with their families. They raise children.


And then some shock treatment takes place, a person, a book, a song, and it awakens them and saves them from death. Some never awaken”


The Diary of Anais Nin, Vol. 1:1931-1934

French Born author 1903-1977


Anais Nin Wikipedia



Apr 2013 H. W. Longfellow "A Psalm of Life"


               SAID TO THE PSALMIST

Tell me not in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.

Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou are, to dust thou returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.

Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each tomorrow
Find us farther than today.

Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled drums, are beating
Funeral marches to the grave.

In the world's broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
Be a hero in the strife!

Trust no Future, howe'er pleasant!
Let the dead Past bury its dead!
Act, - act in the living Present!
Heart within, and God o'erhead!

Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sand of time;

Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o'er life's solenm main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.

Let us then be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (February 27, 1807 – March 24, 1882) was an American poet and educator whose works include "Paul Revere's Ride", The Song of Hiawatha, and Evangeline. He was also the first American to translate Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy and was one of the five Fireside Poets. From Wikipedia.


The above poem was first published in the Knickerbocker Magazine in October 1838. It also appeared in Longfellow's first published collection Voices in the Night. It can be found, for example, in: Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. The Complete Poetical Works of Longfellow. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1893.

From Poem of the Week.

Psalm of Life - H. W. Longfellow (by Paul Scofield)  YouTube



Dec 2012 "this day's greatest gift"

We can't change the past…
But we can gather up
It's lessons and move on,
Stronger and wiser.

We can't control the future…
But we can send our dreams
Ahead of us
To help prepare the way.

We can live each moment…
Heart and soul,
And cherish this day's
Greatest gift…
The gift of now.

May peace with the past
And faith in the future,
Gently guide you through each
Precious moment of Today.


"A master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which; he simply pursues his vision of excellence in whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both."

1932  “Education through Recreation” by Lawrence Pearsall Jacks.

Michelle Jenneke, 19  year old Australian 100M Hurdles, A Master in the Art of Living!



Apr 2012 Winnie the Pooh "sometimes..."



sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a

bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping

slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly

know everything there is to be known...







A.A. Milne(18 January 1882 – 31 January 1956) was an English author, best known for his books about the teddy bear Winnie-the-Pooh and for various children's poems. Milne was a noted writer, primarily as a playwright, before the huge success of Pooh overshadowed all his previous work.


Dec 2011 Constantine P. Cavafy "Ithica"

ithica web

"Keep Ithica Always In Your Mind"
© Rex Hausmann


When you set out for Ithaka
ask that your way be long,
full of adventure, full of instruction.
The Laistrygonians and the Cyclops,
angry Poseidon - do not fear them:
such as these you will never find
as long as your thought is lofty, as long as a rare
emotion touch your spirit and your body.
The Laistrygonians and the Cyclops,
angry Poseidon - you will not meet them
unless you carry them in your soul,
unless your soul raise them up before you.

Ask that your way be long.
At many a Summer dawn to enter
with what gratitude, what joy -
ports seen for the first time;
to stop at Phoenician trading centres,
and to buy good merchandise,
mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
and sensuous perfumes of every kind,
sensuous perfumes as lavishly as you can;
to visit many Egyptian cities,
to gather stores of knowledge from the learned.

Have Ithaka always in your mind.
Your arrival there is what you are destined for.
But don't in the least hurry the journey.
Better it last for years,
so that when you reach the island you are old,
rich with all you have gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaka to give you wealth.
Ithaka gave you a splendid journey.
Without her you would not have set out.
She hasn't anything else to give you.

And if you find her poor, Ithaka hasn't deceived you.
So wise you have become, of such experience,
that already you'll have understood what these Ithakas mean.



August 2011 Sherman Alexie "never slow dance with your skeletons"

Submitted by Karla Alaniz

"Before he left for good, though, he turned back to Junior
and me and yelled at us.  I couldn’t really understand what he was
saying, but Junior swore he told us not to slow dance with our

        “What the hell does that mean?” I asked.

        “I don’t know,” Junior said.

        There are things you should learn.  Your past is a skeleton
walking one step behind you, and your future is a skeleton walking
one step in front of you.  Maybe you don’t wear a watch, but your
skeletons do, and they always know what time it is.  Now, these
skeletons are made of memories, dreams, and voices.  And they can
trap you in the in-between, between touching and becoming.  But
they’re not necessarily evil, unless you let them be.

        What you have to do is keep moving, keep walking, in step
with your skeletons.  They ain’t ever going to leave you, so you
don’t have to worry about that.  Your past ain’t going to fall
behind, and your future won’t get too far ahead.  Sometimes, though,
your skeletons will talk to you, tell you to sit down and take a
rest, breathe a little.  Maybe they’ll make you promises, tell you
all the things you want to hear.

        Sometimes your skeletons will dress up as beautiful Indian
women and ask you to slow dance.  Sometimes your skeletons will
dress up as your best friend and offer you a drink, one more for the
road.  Sometimes your skeletons will look exactly like your parents
and offer you gifts.

        But, no matter what they do, keep walking, keep moving. 
And don’t wear a watch.  Hell, Indians never need to wear a watch
because your skeletons will always remind you about the time.  See,
it is always now.  That’s what Indian time is.  The past, the
future, all of it is wrapped up in the now.  That’s how it is.  We
are all trapped in the now."


The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven is a 1993 collection of interconnected short stories by Sherman Alexie


Official Website of Sherman Alexie


May 2011 Jack LaLanne "LaLanneisms"

Jack LaLanne fervently believes every human being can attain maximum body health and fitness if they will practice moderation, eat the most natural foods, and exercise on a regular basis. Over the years on national television, radio talk shows and in feature stories written about Jack, certain ideas stated by Jack have become little gems known as “LaLanneisms”

Here are a few of Jack’s words of wisdom:

  • Anything in life is possible if you make it happen.
  • Anything in life is possible and you can make it happen.
  • Your waistline is your lifeline.
  • Exercise is King, nutrition is Queen, put them together and you’ve got a kingdom.
  • Don’t exceed the feed limit.
  • The food you eat today is walking and talking tomorrow.
  • Ten seconds on the lips and a lifetime on the hips.
  • Better to wear out than rust out
  • Do – don’t stew.
  • People don’t die of old age, they die of inactivity.
  • First we inspire them, then we perspire them.
  • You eat everyday, you sleep everyday, and your body was made to exercise everyday.
  • Work at living and you don’t have to die tomorrow.
  • I can’t die, it would ruin my image.
  • If man makes it, don’t eat it.
  • If it tastes good, spit it out.
  • What’s it doing for me?
  • Your health account is like your bank account: The more you put in, the more you can take out.
  • If one apple is good, you wouldn’t eat 100.
  • It’s not what you do some of the time that counts, it’s what you do all of the time that counts.
  • Make haste slowly.
  • Eat right and you can’t go wrong.



Dec 2010 Hans Christian Anderson "The Emperor's New Clothes"

....So off went the Emperor in procession under his splendid canopy. Everyone in the streets and the windows said, "Oh, how fine are the Emperor's new clothes! Don't they fit him to perfection? And see his long train!" Nobody would confess that he couldn't see anything, for that would prove him either unfit for his position, or a fool. No costume the Emperor had worn before was ever such a complete success.

"But he hasn't got anything on," a little child said.

"Did you ever hear such innocent prattle?" said its father. And one person whispered to another what the child had said, "He hasn't anything on. A child says he hasn't anything on."

"But he hasn't got anything on!" the whole town cried out at last.

The Emperor shivered, for he suspected they were right. But he thought, "This procession has got to go on." So he walked more proudly than ever, as his noblemen held high the train that wasn't there at all.

The Emperor's New Clothes

At Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



May-Jun 2010  "The Three Hairs"


There once was a woman who woke up one morning,
looked in the mirror,
and noticed she had only three hairs on her head.
Well, she said,
 I think I'll braid my hair today!
So she did.
And she had A
Wonderful Day!

The next day she woke up ,
looked in the mirror
and saw that she had only two hairs on her head
Hmmm, she said,
I think I'll part my hair down the middle today!
so she did.
And she had a
Grand Day!

The next day she woke up,
looked in the mirror and noticed that she had only one hair on her head.
Well, she said,
today I'm going to wear my hair in a pony tail.
So she did.
And she had a
Fun Day!

The next day she woke up,
looked in the mirror and noticed that there wasn't a single hair on her head.
Yea, she exclaimed,
I don't have to fix my hair today!

Attitude is everything.



Jan-Feb 2010 Dean Alfange "My Creed"

I do not choose to be a common man. It is my right to be uncommon - if I can. I seek opportunity - not security. I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me. I want to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed.

I refuse to barter incentive for dole. I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence: the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of Utopia. I will not trade freedom for beneficence nor my dignity for a handout. I will never cower before any master nor bend to any threat. It is my heritage to stand erect; proud and unafraid to think and act for myself; to worship as I please, to enjoy the benefits of my creations, and to face the world and boldly say, "This I have done." All this is what it means to be an "AMERICAN".

The Honorable Dean Alfange was an American statesman born December 2, 1899, in Constantinople. He served in the U.S. Army during World War I and attended Hamilton College, graduating in the class of ’22. Hamilton offers the “Dean Alfange Essay Prizes” established by Dean Alfange and awarded to the students who write the best and second-best essays on a feature or an issue of American constitutional government.

This creed is the  message of the Jack and Greta Stalsby Foundation, a charitable foundation  based in San Antonio Texas which has as it's goal to give back and help others to become “equal” and “have a chance” in life through education.







Nov-Dec 2009 W. H. Murray "Commitment"

"Until one is committed there is hesitancy,

the chance to draw back,

always ineffectiveness....


The moment one definitely commits oneself,

then Providence moves too.


All sorts of things occur to help one

that would otherwise never have occurred.


A whole stream of events issues from the decision,

raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents

and meetings and material assistance,

which no man could have dreamt would have come his way."


W. H. Murray 1951  The Scottish Himalayan Expedition



July-August 2009 Albert Maltz "Indian Wedding Prayer"


Spoken at the Wedding of Ben Christian and Monika Zikri, 25 July 09, Los Angeles, California.

Now you will feel no rain,
for each of you will be shelter for the other.

Now you will feel no cold,
for each of you will be warmth to the other.

Now there is no more loneliness,
for each of you will be companion to the other.

Now you are two persons,
But there is only one life before you.

Go now to your dwelling
to enter into the days of your
Life together.

And may your days
be good and long
upon the earth.


Albert Maltz
Apache Wedding Prayer at Wikipedia


May-June 2009 Dorothea Brande "The Will to Fail "

TWO YEARS ago I came across a formula for success which has revolutionized my life. It was so simple, and so obvious once I had seen it, that I could hardly believe it was responsible for the magical results which followed my putting it into practice.

The first thing to confess is that two years ago I was a failure. Oh, nobody knew it except me and those who knew me well enough to see that I was not doing a tenth of what could be expected of me. I held an interesting position, lived not too dull a life—yet there was no doubt in my own mind, at least, that I had failed. What I was doing was a substitute activity for what I had planned to do; and no matter how ingenious and neat the theories were which I presented to myself to account for my lack of success, I knew very well that there was more work that I should be doing, and better work, and work more demonstrably my own.

So we slip  through the world without making our contribution, without discovering all that there was in us to do, without using the most minute fraction of our abilities, either native or acquired.   If we manage to be fairly comfortable, to get some respect and admiration, the taste of ‘a little brief authority” and some love, we think you have made a good bargain, we acquiesce in the Will to Fail.  


We even pride ourselves on our shrewdness, not suspecting how badly we' have been cheated, that we have settled for the compensations of death not the rewards of life.”

Dorothea Brande, "Wake up and Live" 1936

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Wake Up and Live the  1937 Musical at Wikipedia


Mar-Apr 2009 James Redfield "The Tenth Insight "Together we are going somewhere"

"Together we are going somewhere, each generation building upon the accomplishments of the previous one, destined for an end we can only dimly remember.  We're all in the process of awakening and opening up to who we really are, and what we came here to do, which is often a very difficult task.  Yet I firmly believe that if we always integrate the best of the traditions we find before us and keep the process in mind, each challenge along the way, each interpersonal irritation can be overcome with a sense of destiny and miracle.

    I don't mean to minimize the formidable problems still facing humanity, only to suggest that each of us in our own way is involved in the solution.  If we stay aware and acknowledge the great mystery that is this life, we will see that we have been perfectly placed, in exactly the right position . . . to make all the difference in the world."

James Redfield, "The Tenth Insight"



Jan-Feb 2009 William Henley "Invictus"

Out of the night that covers me,
      Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
      For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
      I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
       My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
      Looms but the horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
      Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
      How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
      I am the captain of my soul

Arguably his best-remembered work is the poem "Invictus", written in 1875. It is said that this was written as a demonstration of his resilience following the amputation of his foot due to tubercular infection.

William Ernest Henley at Wikipedia




Nov -Dec 2008 Jack London "Jack London's Credo"

I would rather be ashes than dust!
I would rather that my spark should burn out
    in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot.
I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom
    of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.
The function of man is to live, not to exist.
I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them.
I shall use my time.


The source above comes from a book edited by Irving Shepard, Jack London's Tales of Adventure (New York: Doubleday, 1956), p. vii.

Jack London Online Collection

Jack London at Wikepedia



Aug-Sep 2008 David Foster & Carol Sager "The Prayer" 


I pray you'll be our eyes, and watch us where we go
And help us to be wise in times when we don't know
Let this be our prayer, when we lose our way
Lead us to the place, guide us with your grace
To a place where we'll be safe
I pray we'll find your light, and hold it in our hearts
When stars go out each night,
remind us where you are
Let this be our prayer, when shadows fill our day
Help us find a place, guide us with your grace
Give us faith so we'll be safe
A world where pain and sorrow will be ended
And every heart that's broken will be mended
And we'll remember we are all God's children
Reaching out to touch you
Reaching to the sky
We ask that life be kind, and watch us from above
We hope each soul will find another soul to love
Let this be our prayer, just like every child
Who needs to find a place, guide us with your grace
Give us faith so we'll be safe
Needs to find a place, guide us with your grace
Give us faith so we'll be safe


Version Recorded by Angie (Granddaughter) and Rose (Daughter in Law) Christian and played at the Memorial Service, 12 Aug 08, for Sara Sipes, Dr. Christian's Mother who passed on 8 Jul 08.

I pray you'll be our eyes, and watch us where we go
And help us to be wise in times when we don't know
Let this be our prayer, when we lose our way
Lead us to the place, guide us with your grace
To a place where we'll be safe
I pray we'll find your light, and hold it in our hearts
When stars come out each night,
The dark will be aglow.
Let this be our prayer, when shadows fill our day
Lead us to a place, guide us with your grace
Give us faith so we'll be safe.
To know a world no longer filled with sorrow

A world where children dream of tomorrow

A world of hope and love for one another
Reaching for our brother for eternity.
We ask that life be kind, and watch us from above
We hope each soul will find another soul to love
Let this be our prayer, just like every child

Lead us to a place, guide us with your grace
Give us faith so we'll be safe
Lead us to a place, guide us with your grace
To a place where we'll be safe.


Sara Blanche Rogers Christian Sipes Tribute Page

The Prayer (Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Jun-Jul 2008 John Mitchum and John Wayne "America, Why I Love Her"

"America, America, God shed his grace on thee..."

You ask me Why I Lover Her? Well, give me time and I'll explain.
Have you see a Kansas sunset or an Arizona rain?
Have you drifted on a bayou down Louisiana way?
Have you watched a cold fog drifting over San Francisco Bay?

Have you heard a bobwhite calling in the Carolina pines,
Or heard the bellow of a diesel at the Appalachia mines?
Does the call of Niagara thrill you when you hear her waters roar?
Do you look with awe and wonder at her Massachusetts shore,
Where men who braved a hard new world first stepped on Plymounth's rock?
And do you think of them when you stroll along a new York City dock?

Have you seen a snowflake drifting in the Rockies, way up high?
Have you seen the sun come blazing down from a bright Nevada sky?
Do you hail to the Columbia as she rushes to the sea,
Or bow your head at Gettysburg at our struggle to be free?

Have you seen the mighty Tetons? Have you watched an eagle soar?
Have you see the Mississippi roll along Missouri's shore?
Have you felt a chill at Michigan when on a winter's day
Her waters rage along the shore in thunderous display?
Does the word "Aloha" make you warm? Do you stare in disbelief
When you see the surf come roaring in at Waimea Reef?

From Alaska's cold to the Everglades, from the Rio Grande to Maine,
My heart cries out, my pulse runs fast at the might of her domain.
You ask me Why I Love Her? I've a million reasons why:
My Beautiful America, beneath God's wide, wide sky.

"And crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea."

America, Why I Love Her, by John Wayne, with Billy Liebert and the poetry of John Mitchum, was published in 1977 by Simon and Schuster.

Check out a nice  Flash Version of this Classic narrated by John Wayne at

Sagebrush Patriot





Apr 2008 Richard Bach "Jonathan Livingston Seagull"

Excerpt from Part 2 .."a one-in-a-million-bird" and "the gull sees farthest who flies highest."


"The only answer I can see, Jonathan, is that you are pretty well  a
one-in-a-million bird. Most of us came along ever so slowly. We went  from
one world into another that was almost exactly like it,  forgetting  right
away where we had come from, not caring where we were headed,  living  for
the moment. Do you have any idea how many lives we must have gone  through
before we even got the first idea that there is more to life than  eating,
or fighting, or power in the Flock? A thousand lives, Jon,  ten  thousand!
And then another hundred lives until we began to learn that there is  such
a thing as perfection, and another hundred again to get the idea that  our
purpose for living is to find that perfection and show it forth. The  same
rule holds for us now, of course: we choose our next world through what we
learn in this one. Learn nothing, and the next world is the same  as  this
one, all the same limitations and lead weights to overcome."


"You know the proverb,  and  it's
true: The gull sees farthest who flies highest. Those gulls where you came
from are standing on the ground, squawking and fighting among  themselves.
They're a thousand miles from heaven - and you say you want to  show  them
heaven from where they stand! Jon, they can't see their own wingtips! Stay
here. Help the new gulls here, the ones who are high enough  to  see  what
you have to tell them."

The last point was the telling one, and Sullivan was right  "The gull
sees farthest who flies highest."



Part Two Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Richard Bach 1973

Full Text of Book . pdf File

Jonathan Livingston Seagull at Wikipedia



Feb 2008 Antonio Carlos Jobim "Corcovado"


A gentle force of nature, Antonio Carlos Jobim loved the way that Joao Gilberto tamed the Samba into Bossa Nova. By merging this with American jazz, European classical influences and his unique melodic gifts, Jobim became one of the few songwriters to rank alongside the likes of George Gershwin and Cole Porter. Even once you get past "The Girl of Ipanema" and discover such bittersweet gems as "Wave," "How Insensitive" and "Corcovado," only part of his canon is truly Bossa Nova.



Quiet nights of quiet stars,

Quiet chords from my guitar 
Floating in the silence that surrounds us
Quiet thoughts and quiet dreams,

Quiet walks by quiet streams,

and a window looking on the mountains and the sea.
How lovely! this is where i want to be.
Here, with you so close to me,

Until the final flicker of life's ember.
I who was lost and lonely, believing life was only
A bitter tragic joke, have found with you 
The meaning of existence oh, my love.


Um cantinho, um violão
Esse amor, uma canção
Pra fazer feliz a quem se ama

Muita calma pra pensar
E ter tempo pra sonhar
Da janela vê-se o Corcovado
O Redentor, que lindo!

Quero a vida sempre assim
Com você perto de mim
Até o apagar da velha chama

E eu que era triste
Descrente desse mundo
Ao encontrar você eu conheci
O que é felicidade, meu amor.



By Charlie Byrd  Most  Beautiful Version of this Song!  EVER!!!





The Best Of The Century

In this sad, shadowy song about lynching in the South, history's greatest jazz singer comes to terms with history itself. 

1st RUNNER-UP Corcovado by Antonio C. Jobim;   2nd "A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall" by Bob Dylan



Dec 2007 Lewis Carroll "...the happy summer days."

Alice's Adventure in Wonderland

Chapter XII

Alice's Evidence, Last paragraph..



"Lastly, she pictured to herself how this same little sister of hers would, in the after-time, be herself a grown woman; and how she would keep, through all her riper years, the simple and loving heart of her childhood: and how she would gather about her other little children, and make their eyes bright and eager with many a strange tale, perhaps even with the dream of Wonderland of long ago: and how she would feel with all their simple sorrows, and find a pleasure in all their simple joys, remembering her own child-life, and the happy summer days."


Lewis Carroll  "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"


Lewis Carroll  was the pen-name of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson.

Biography Here


Alice's Adventures in Wonderland at Wikipedia


Oct - Nov 2007 Benjamin Franklin "The 13 Virtues.."

Franklin in 1783, an engraving from a painting by Joseph Duplessis.


Practical advice on obtaining a perfectly moral bearing.

From his autobiography.


Franklin sought to cultivate his character by a plan of thirteen virtues, which he developed at age 20 (in 1726) and continued to practice in some form for the rest of his life.



"In the various enumerations of the moral virtues I had met with in my reading, I found the catalogue more or less numerous, as different writers included more or fewer ideas under the same name. Temperance, for example, was by some confined to eating and drinking, while by others it was extended to mean the moderating every other pleasure, appetite, inclination, or passion, bodily or mental, even to our avarice and ambition. I propos'd to myself, for the sake of clearness, to use rather more names, with fewer ideas annex'd to each, than a few names with more ideas; and I included under thirteen names of virtues all that at that time occurr'd to me as necessary or desirable, and annexed to each a short precept, which fully express'd the extent I gave to its meaning.

These names of virtues, with their precepts, were:

  1. TEMPERANCE. Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
  2. SILENCE. Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
  3. ORDER. Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
  4. RESOLUTION. Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
  5. FRUGALITY. Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing.
  6. INDUSTRY. Lose no time; be always employ'd in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
  7. SINCERITY. Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly.
  8. JUSTICE. Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
  9. MODERATION. Avoid extreams; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
  10. CLEANLINESS. Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths, or habitation.
  11. TRANQUILITY. Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
  12. CHASTITY. Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another's peace or reputation.
  13. HUMILITY. Imitate Jesus and Socrates.

My intention being to acquire the habitude of all these virtues, I judg'd it would be well not to distract my attention by attempting the whole at once, but to fix it on one of them at a time; and, when I should be master of that, then to proceed to another, and so on, till I should have gone thro' the thirteen; and, as the previous acquisition of some might facilitate the acquisition of certain others, I arrang'd them with that view, as they stand above."


Excerpt from The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin



The 7 Deadly Sins and Gilligan's Island

Aug - Sep 2007 D'Invilliers "Then wear the gold hat"


"Then wear the gold hat, if that will move her;

If you can bounce high, bounce for her too,

Till she cry

“Lover, gold-hatted, high-bouncing lover, I must have you!”

Thomas Parke D'Invilliers


Thomas Parke D'Invilliers is both a pen name of Francis Scott Fitzgerald and a character in his quasi-autobiographical first novel, This Side Of Paradise. In the novel, D'Invilliers represents the poet John Peale Bishop, a friend of Fitzgerald's at Princeton and a member of the class of 1917.

The introduction for Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby features a poem ostensibly by D'Invilliers called Then Wear the Gold Hat.



The Great Gatsby at Wikepedia






Mar Apr 2007 Dr. Christian "As i drove i found Spring"


As I drove,  each grove gradually gave its evidence of

 Spring and new life.

 First a glimpse of green haze here and there.

 Slowly those imperceptibly fused into a thin

 Green veil cast over each naked limb.

 Now and then a flowering dogwood broke the scene.

 Finally the green gushed forth unleashed

 And a new spring was born. 

I found Spring as I drove.


 As I drove,  the ground too gradually greeted me

 With its proclamation of Spring

 Brown mounds broke thru slowly melting white

 Showing patches of yellow grass yearning to grow.

 Green faintly surfaced,  drawn forth by a

 Pleading sun and then melted to form a

 Lush blanket which was soon spotted with the

 other colors of Spring, Red Clover, Yellow Daisies,


I found Spring as I drove,


and I wanted to share it with you…


Charles Christian 1979


This was written in 1979.  I had begun my CardioThoracic Surgery residency at Wilford Hall and the Air Force sent me to St. Lukes Hospital of Milwaukee for some training for 3 months, Jan-Mar 79.  This turned out to be the coldest, snowiest winter Milwaukee had ever had. It was the first time all schools closed.  The seniors in high school were sent around the city on foot to check each and every house to make sure people were OK.  We had to live at the hospital because you could not get around the streets!

On 1 April 79 my rotation was over and I started driving back to San Antonio and Wilford Hall.  When I left Milwaukee there was still much snow, three days later in Texas it was spring.

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Jan Feb 2007 England Dan and John Ford Coley "I'd really love to see you tonight"  1976


Hello, yeah it's been awhile

Not much how 'bout you?

I'm not sure why I called

Guess I really just wanted to talk to you


And I was thinking maybe later on

We could get together for awhile

It's been such a long time

And I really do miss your smile



I'm not talking 'bout movin' in

And I don't want to change your life

But there's a warm wind blowing the stars around

And I'd really love to see you tonight


We could walking through a windy park

Or take a drive along the beach

Or stay a home and watch TV

You see it really doesn't matter

much to me


I won't ask for promises

So you won't have to lie

We've both played this game before

Say I love you

Say goodbye



I'm not talking 'bout movin' in

And I don't want to change your life

But there's a warm wind blowing the stars around

And I'd really love to see you tonight

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Nov-Dec 2006 Robert Frost "The Road Not Taken"

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, 
And sorry I could not travel both 
And be one traveller, long I stood 
And looked down one as far as I could. 
To where it bent in the undergrowth, 
Then took the other, as just as fair, 
And having perhaps the better claim, 
Because it was grassy and wanted wear, 
Though as for that, the passing there 
Had worn them really about the same, 
And both that morning equally lay 
In leaves no step had trodden black. 
Oh, I kept the first for another day! 
Yet knowing how way leads on to way 
I doubted if I should ever come back. 
I shall be telling this with a sigh 
Somewhere ages and ages hence: 
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -- 
I took the one less travelled by, 
And that has made all the difference. 
 Frost Place Home



A unique literary experience
in a beautiful setting
— Robert Frost’s homestead in Franconia, New Hampshire




Robert Frost

At Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



Sep-Oct 2006 Barbara Streisand "Putting It Together"


 “The art of making art is putting it together bit by bit, beat by beat”

—Barbara Streisand, “Putting It Together”

Barbra Streisand
(from The Broadway Album)

Barbra:Look, I've spent a lot of time working on this --
Voice 1:Look, no one's gonna buy it -- no one.
Voice 2:No one in Middle America, anyway. That's for sure.
Voice 3:He's right!
Voice 1:Sweetheart, it's just not commercial!
Barbra:What is commercial?
Voice 2:It's not what's selling nowadays.
Voice 1:I mean - personally, I love it, but --
B (sung):Be nice, girl!
Voice 3:Nobody's into this kind of material.
B (sung):You have to pay a price, girl!
Voice 2:This album needs a hit single we can push.
B (sung):They like to give advice, girl!
Voice 1:The whole idea's too risky.
B (sung):Don't think about it twice, girl!
Voice 2:The audience won't understand this kind of thing!
B (sung):It's time to get to work!
Barbra:I disagree! Why don't you wait until you hear it?
Voice 3:This is like your old stuff!
B (sung):Art isn't easy.
Voice 3:You've got to appeal to the kids.
B (sung):Even when you're hot.
Voice 2:Why would you want to make an album like this anyway?
B (sung):Advancing art is easy.
Voice 1:I think we ought to talk seriously about this.
B (sung):Financing it is not!
Voice 2:Why take chances?
B (sung):A vision's just a vision if it's only in your head!
Voice 1:Nobody respects your artistic integrity more than I do, but -
B (sung):If no one gets to hear it, it's as good as dead!
Voice 2:You have to think about you career!
B (sung):It has to come to life!

B (sung):
Bit by bit / Putting it together
Piece by piece / Only way to make a work of art
Every moment makes a contribution
Every little detail plays a parts
Having just a vision's no solution
Everything depends on execution

Putting it together / That's what counts!
Ounce by ounce / Putting in together
Small amounts / Having it can make a work of art
First of all you need a good foundation
Otherwise it's risky from the start
Takes a little cocktail conversation
But without the proper preparation
Having just a vision's no solution
Everything depends on execution

The art of making art
Is putting it together / Bit by bit

Voice 2:Do we really need all these musicians?

Link by link / Making the connections Yes we do!
Drink by drink / Taking every comment as it comes
Learning how to play the politician
Like you play piano, bass and drums
Otherwise you'll find your composition
Isn't gonna get much exhibition

Art isn't easy
Every minor detail / Is a major decision
Have to keep things in scale
Have to hold to your vision

Voice 1:Why don't we talk about this over dinner, darling?

What's a little cocktail conversation
If it gets the funds for your foundation
Every time I start to feel defensive --
I remember vinyl is expensive!

Voice 3:Would you agree to do an interview?
Barbra:Maybe one!

Dot by dot / Building up the image
Shot by shot / Keeping at a distance doesn't pay
Soon as you remember your objective
Keeps all your privacy away
A little bit of hype can be effective
As long as you can keep it in perspective
Even when you get some recognition
Everything you do you still audition

Art isn't easy
Overnight you're a trend / You're the right combination
Then the trend's at an end
You're suddenly last year's sensation!

All they ever want is repetition
All they really like is what they know
You gotta keep a link with your tradition
Got to learn to trust your intuition
While you reestablish your position
So that you can be on exhibi-
Spoken:So that your work can be on exhibition!!!

B (sung):
Be new, girl!
They tell you till they're blue, girl!
You're new, or else you're through, girl!
And even if it's true, girl,
You do what you can do!

Bit by bit / Putting it together
Piece by piece / Working on the vision night and day
All it takes is time and perseverance
And a little luck along the way
Putting in a personal appearance
Gathering supporters and adherents

Voice 1:Well, she's an original!
Voice 3:WAS!

Noting every song but in addition
Harmonizing each negotiation
Balancing the part that's all musicians
With the part that's strictly presentation
Balancing the money with the mission
Till you have the perfect orchestration
Even if you do have the suspicion
That it's taking all your concentration

The art of making art
Is putting it together / Bit by bit
Beat by beat / Part by part
Sheet by sheet / Chart by chart
Track by track by bit by reel by stack by stock by stick by steel
by shpiel and the-e-e-en, It's the state of the art!


Barbara Streisand at Wikipedia








Jul-Aug 2006 Theodore Roosevelt "The Man in the Arena" 



It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, 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 the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.

by Theodore Roosevelt
(From a speech delivered in Paris in 1910)









June 2006 Max Ehrmann "Desiderata"


Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let not this blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore, be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann 1927







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May 2006 Alan Cohen " The Main Thing..."

The rascal sage Nasrudin stood on the bow of a ferryboat next to a pompous professor. "Have you ever studied astronomy?" asked the professor.

"I can’t say that I have," answered the mystic.

"Then you have wasted much of your life," the scholar declared. "Knowing the constellations, a skilled captain can navigate a boat around the entire globe."

A while later the intellectual asked Nasrudin, "Have you studied meteorology?"

"No," answered Nasrudin.

"Then you have wasted most of your life," chided the academician. "Methodically capturing the wind can propel a sailing ship at astounding speeds."

Another while passed, and the professor continued to quiz Nasrudin, "Have you ever studied oceanography?"

"Not at all."

"My, how you have wasted your time! Awareness of the currents helps sailors find food and shelter."

A few minutes later Nasrudin approached the professor and nonchalantly asked him, "Have you ever studied swimming, doctor?"

"Haven’t had the time," the professor answered haughtily.

"Then you’ve wasted all of your life. The boat is sinking."

Before setting out on a project, relationship, career, or life, you must set your priorities. You must decide what is important and what is a detail. Then, simple as it sounds, the success of your endeavor depends on remembering what is important and what is a detail. One of my favorite affirmations is: The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. What is your main thing? Are you living true to it?


Alan Cohen Alan Cohen is the author of many popular inspirational books, including the best-selling The Dragon Doesn’t Live Here Anymore and Mr. Everit’s Secret: What I Learned from the World’s Richest Man.





April 2006 Henry David Thoreau "If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams..."

"Double row of Arbor Vitae, near Battle Ground, May 18, 1902" (Courtesy Concord Free Public Library)I left the woods for as good a reason as I went there. Perhaps it seemed to me that I had several more lives to live, and could not spare any more time for that one. It is remarkable how easily and insensibly we fall into a particular route, and make a beaten track for ourselves. I had not lived there a week before my feet wore a path from my door to the pond-side and though it is five or six years since I trod it, it is still quite distinct. It is true I fear, that others may have fallen into it, and so helped to keep it open. The surface of the earth is soft and impressible by the feet of men; and so the paths with which the mind travels. How worn and dusty, then, must be the highways of the world, how deep the ruts of tradition and conformity! [...]

I learned this, at least, by my experiment 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 a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings. In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness. If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.

Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862  Walden. “Conclusion.” Ed. J. Lyndon Shanley. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1971. 323-324.




Feb 2006 Elizabeth Barrett Browning "How do I love thee.."

 Elizabeth Barrett Browning How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and Ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seem to lose
With my lost saints -- I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! -- and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806 - 1861)


January 2006   James Allen "You will be what you will to be.."


"You will be what you will to be;

Let failure find it's false content

In that poor word, "Environment"

But Spirit scorns it, and is free.


It masters time, it conquers space;

It cows that boastful trickster, Chance.

And bids the tyrant Circumstance

Uncrown, and fill a servants place.


The human Will, that force unseen,

The offspring of deathless Soul,

Can hew a way to any goal,

Though walls of granite intervene.


Be not impatient in delay,

But wait as one who understands;

When spirit rises and commands,

The Gods are ready to obey."


James Allen 1864-1912










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December 2005   Dr. Bernie Segal, "We'll See"


Dr. Bernie Siegel

"There is a man who has a farm, and his whole livelihood depends on his horse to plow the field. One day he is out plowing and suddenly the horse drops dead. The people of the town say "That's very unfortunate." And the man says, "We'll see."

A few days later somebody feels sorry for him and gives him a horse for a gift. The townspeople say, "You're a lucky man. And the man says, "We'll see."

A couple of days later the horse runs away and everybody says, "You poor guy." And the man says, "We'll see."

A few more days go by and the horse returns with a second horse and everybody says, "What a lucky guy." And the man says, "We'll see."

The man had never had two horses before, so he and his son decided to go riding, and the boy falls off one of the horses and breaks a leg. The townspeople say, "Poor kid." And the man says "We'll see."

The next day the militia comes into town grabbing young men for the army, but they leave the boy behind because he has a broken leg. Everybody says, "What a lucky kid." And the man says, "We'll see."

Dr. Bernie Siegel, Author, "Love, Medicine and Miracles"




Nov 2005 Steve Jobs, Commencement Address Stanford June 2005.Excerpts from, Please see link for Complete Text.

"I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I've ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That's it.  No big deal. Just three stories.

The first story is about connecting the dots.

My second story is about love and loss.

My third story is about death."


"And the only way to do great work is to love what you do."


"If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?"


"Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. "


"Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish."


Steve Jobs, CEO Apple Computer and Pixar Animation Studios, 12 Jun 2005




Complete text at Stanford Report


YouTube Video of Speech




Sept 2005 Og Mandino "I will greet this day with love in my heart..."  Excerpt from "The Greatest Secret in the World"

The Scroll Marked II...


"I will greet this day with love in my heart...


For this is the greatest secret of success in all ventures. Muscles can split a shield and even destroy life itself but only the unseen power of love can open the hearts of man. And until I master this act I will remain no more than a peddler in the marketplace. I will make love my greatest weapon and none on who I call can defend upon its force... my love will melt all hearts liken to the sun whose rays soften the coldest day."


I will love all manners of men for each has qualities to be admired even though they be hidden.


I will love the ambitious for they can inspire me.

I will love the failures for they can teach me.

I will love the kings for they are but human.

I will love the meek for they are divine.

I will love the rich for they are yet lonely.

I will love the poor for they are so many

I will love the young for the faith they hold.

I will love the old for the wisdom they share.

I will love the beautiful for their eyes of sadness.

I will love the ugly for their souls of peace.


And most of all I will love myself.


For when I do I will zealously inspect all things which enter my body, my mind, my soul and my heart. Never will I overindulge the requests of my flesh, rather I will cherish my body with cleanliness and moderation. Never will I allow my mind to be attracted to evil and despair, rather I will uplift it with the knowledge and wisdom of the ages. Never will I allow my soul to become complacent and satisfied, rather I will feed it with meditation and prayer. Never will I allow my heart to become small and bitter, rather I will share it and it will grow and warm the earth.

  Og Mandino, "the Greatest Secret in the World"  The Scroll Marked II






August 2005 "Adventure"  Gandalf and Bilbo, the Hobbit.


''Very pretty!' said Gandalf. 'But I have no time to blow smoke-rings this morning. I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it's very difficult to find anyone.'


'I should think so – in these parts! We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner! I can't think what anybody sees in them,' said our Mr. Baggins. ....'We don't want any adventures here, thank you! You might try over The Hill or across The Water.' "







July 2005 Rudyard Kipling "If.."

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;

If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with wornout tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run -
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man my son!

Rudyard Kipling 1865-1936  English Writer and Poet

From "Rewards and Fairies" 1910




If—  Background of the Poem

Rudyard Kipling  Biography

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June 2005 John Donne "No Man is an Island" "Death Be Not Proud"


Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions, 1624

Meditation 17 (Excerpt From)

Nuc lento sonitu dicunt, morieris.
Now this bell tolling softly for another, says to me, Thou must die.

...No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were. Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee...

John Donne (1573-1631)

Inspiration for Hemingway's  "For Whom the Bell Tolls"   Wikipedia "For Whom the Bell Tolls"


Complete Text of Meditation 17 with annotations


Holy Sonnet 10 "Death Be Not Proud"


Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;
For those whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow,
Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
From rest and sleep, which but thy pictures be,
Much pleasure; then from thee much more must flow,
And soonest our best men with thee do go,
Rest of their bones, and soul's delivery.
Thou art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men,
And dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell;
And poppy or charms can make us sleep as well
And better than thy stroke; why swell'st thou then?
One short sleep past, we wake eternally,
And death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die


John Donne (1573-1631)


John Donne Society         

Wikepedia "John Donne"

John Donne Poems at Poetseers. org

Complete Works of John Donne at The Literature Network with Biography





May 2005 George Washington "Washington's Order on Profanity"

General Orders

3 August 1776

The following General Orders, issued to the Continental army at New York abut three weeks before the Battle of Long Island and known as Washington's order on profanity, is adapted from The Papers of George Washington, Revolutionary War Series, vol. 5, pp. 551-52. Varick transcript, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., Washington Papers.

Head Quarters, New York, August 3rd 1776.

Parole Uxbridge. Countersign Virginia

That the Troops may have an opportunity of attending public worship, as well as take some rest after the great fatigue they have gone through; The General in future excuses them from fatigue duty on Sundays (except at the Ship Yards, or special occasions) until further orders.[1]  The General is sorry to be informed that the foolish, and wicked practice, of profane cursing and swearing (a Vice heretofore little known in an American Army) is growing into fashion; he hopes the officers will, by example, as well as influence, endeavour to check it, and that both they, and the men will reflect, that we can have little hopes of the blessing of Heaven on our Arms, if we insult it by our impiety, and folly; added to this, it is a vice so mean and low, without any temptation, that every man of sense, and character, detests and despises it.

Clarkson and Chase under confinement for Desertion, and reenlistment into the Artillery, from another Corps, to return to Capt: Bauman's Company until Col. Ellmores Regiment, who claims them, comes into camp.

1. This order was rescinded in the General Orders of 25 August 1776: "The General Order against working on Sunday is revoked the time not admitting of any delay" (Revolutionary War Series, vol. 5, p. 125).

"General Orders on Profanity", Original Hand Written Document by General Washington

Can Be found at

The Papers of George Washington, Site Maintained by Alderman Library, University of Virginia


April 2005 Kalidasa Indian Poet "The Salutation of the Dawn"



    Listen to the Exhortation of the Dawn!
    Look to this day.
    For it is life, the very life of life.
    In its brief course lie all the verities and realities of your existence.
         The bliss of growth;
                The glory of action;
                           The splendor of beauty;
    For yesterday is already a dream,
    and tomorrow is only a vision;
    But today well lived, makes every yesterday
    A dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope.
    Look well, therefore, to this day!
    Such is the salutation of the Dawn.


Kalidasa, Indian Poet, Choice of the Season, Sanskrit Sloka


March 2005 R. L. Sharp "A Bag of Tools"

Isn't it strange that princes and kings,

And clowns that caper in sawdust rings,

And common folks like you and me

Are builders for Eternity.

Each is given a bag of tools,

A shapeless mass and a book of rules,

And each must make, ere life is flown,

A stumbling block or a stepping stone.

R.L Sharp, Freelance Writer (1870-1950)

From the book Masterpieces of Religion Verse, edited by James Dalton Morrison (Harper, 1948) and Poems that Touch the Heart, which was compiled by A. L. Alexander (Doubleday, 1941 and 1956). "Best Loved Poems of the American People" (selected by Hazel Felleman, Doubleday & Co., 1936).

On Denton Cooley's Statue, Texas Heart Institute, Houston, Texas.

Poem was Inspiration for  "Book of Rules"  by The Heptones  Caribbean Reggae Band  1973  YouTube




Dave Marsh (USA) - The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made (1989)



Michaelangelo Matos (USA) - Top 100 Singles of the 1970s (2001)




Listen to  "Book of Rules" Song Sample Here


 "Book of Rules" was Rerecorded by Bobby & The Midnites - Bob Weir  1981 (Pre Grateful Dead)  Historical Review of Song


February 2005  Douglas MacArthur "Duty, Honor, Country"  Excerpt From   Delivered to the Corps of Cadets 12 May 1962, West Point, NY.  One of the Top 100 Speeches of all Time!

Duty,  Honor, Country

Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying points: to build courage when courage seems to fail; to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith; to create hope when hope becomes forlorn.

Unhappily, I possess neither that eloquence of diction, that poetry of imagination, nor that brilliance of metaphor to tell you all that they mean. The unbelievers will say they are but words, but a slogan, but a flamboyant phrase. Every pedant, every demagogue, every cynic, every hypocrite, every troublemaker, and I am sorry to say, some others of an entirely different character, will try to downgrade them even to the extent of mockery and ridicule.

But these are some of the things they do. They build your basic character. They mold you for your future roles as the custodians of the nation's defense. They make you strong enough to know when you are weak, and brave enough to face yourself when you are afraid. They teach you to be proud and unbending in honest failure, but humble and gentle in success; not to substitute words for actions, not to seek the path of comfort, but to face the stress and spur of difficulty and challenge; to learn to stand up in the storm but to have compassion on those who fall; to master yourself before you seek to master others; to have a heart that is clean, a goal that is high; to learn to laugh, yet never forget how to weep; to reach into the future yet never neglect the past; to be serious yet never to take yourself too seriously; to be modest so that you will remember the simplicity of true greatness, the open mind of true wisdom, the meekness of true strength. They give you a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions, a freshness of the deep springs of life, a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity, an appetite for adventure over love of ease. They create in your heart the sense of wonder, the unfailing hope of what next, and the joy and inspiration of life. They teach you in this way to be an officer and a gentleman.

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Listen to Gregory Peck in "MacArthur" 1977  Portions of the Speech.








January 2005  Sir William Osler M.D. "A Way of Life"



"Now the way of life that I preach is a habit to be acquired gradually by long and steady repetition.


It is the practice of living for the day only, and for the day's work, Life in Day-Tight Compartments...


Touch a button and hear, at every level of your life,

the iron doors shutting out

The Past...the dead yesterdays.


Touch another and shut off, with a metal curtain,

The Future...the unborn tomorrows.


Then you are safe for today.


The load of tomorrow added to that of yesterday, carried today makes the strongest falter.


William Osler  April 1913



"Each day needs that shalt thou ask, Each day will set it's proper task." Goethe







Sir William Osler's "A Way of Life"!


See Dr. Christian's Collection of this Address for a full copy!








December 2004 Leo Tolstoy "What Men Live By" "The Three Lessons of God" paraphrased..


I have several collectable versions of this short story that I have found at rare book sites on the internet. The top one was published in 1970 and the lower one is a limited edition of only 150 published in 1951. Both are beautifully illustrated.


Learn, "What dwells in man".

Love has been given to men

To dwell in their hearts.


Learn, "What is not given to man".

It is not given to men

To know their own needs.


Learn, "What Men Live By".

Man does not live by care for himself

But by the love for them that is in other's hearts.



God does not wish men to live apart, and therefore he does not reveal to them what each one needs for himself; but he wishes them to live united, and therefore reveals to each of them that they are needful to each other's Happiness.

Leo Tolstoy  1828-1910 




View, Download and Print a .pdf Version of "What Men Live By"


 Version at Christian Classics Ethereal Library  "What Men Live By"




Dr. Christian has several collectable out of print versions of this classic and moving short story by Leo Tolstoy written in 1881.   Most of these have beautiful illustrations. Check out his "What Men LIve By" Web Page for more details and excerpts/artwork from these versions.




November 2004 Martin Buber


"There are those who suffer greatly,

and cannot tell what is in their hearts,

and they go their way full of suffering.




If they meet someone,

Whose face is bright with laughter,

He can quicken them with Gladness.




It is no small thing to Quicken a Human Being..."


Martin Buber 1878-1965

Jewish philosopher, theologian, bible translator, writer, poet

Martin Buber Homepage


October 2004  Benjamin Franklin "on Death"

    "A man is not completely born until he be dead.  Why then should we grieve that a new child is born among the immortals, a new member added to their happy society?


     We are spirits.  That bodies should be lent to us, while they can afford us pleasure, assist us in acquiring knowledge, or in doing good to our fellow creatures, is a kind and benevolent act of God.  When they become unfit for these purposes and afford us pain instead of pleasure, instead of an aid become an encumbrance, and answer none of the intentions for which they were given, it is equally kind and benevolent that a way is provided by which we may get rid of them.  Death is that way..


    Our friend and we were invited abroad on a party of pleasure  which is to last forever.  His chair was ready first and he is gone before us.  We could all not conveniently start together; and why should you and I be grieved at this, since we are soon to follow and know where to find him?"


Ben Franklin on his brother John's death 1756

On Death.pdf, Dr. Christian, Calligraphy Version








September 2004 Marianne Williamson "Our Deepest Fear"

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

From: A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles Harper Collins, 1992 (from Chapter 7, Section 3) Link to 1992 Abridged Audio version Link to Paperback Reprint, 1996 edition by Marianne Williamson.


.August 2004 Audrey Hepburn on Beauty


For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.

For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.

For a slim figure,

share your food with the hungry.

For beautiful hair, let a child run his fingers through it once a day.

For poise, walk with the knowledge you'll never walk alone.

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, redeemed, and redeemed.

Never throw out anybody.

Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm.

As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.

Audrey Hepburn



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