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Ready as I Need to Be


“Oh God! to hear the insect on the leaf pronouncing on the too much life among his hungry brothers in the dust!”

– The ghost of Christmas past from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

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A Friday Night in Paris

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“This is an enemy for life, as well as an enemy of life.”
– Christopher Hitchens

Place Your Bets

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“There are two times in a man’s life when he should not speculate: when he can’t afford it and when he can.”

– Mark Twain, from Pudd’nhead Wilson’s Calendar Read more…


Parched Yard

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“I’ve been brought down to zero, pulled out and put back there
I sat on a park bench, kissed the girl with the black hair
And my head shouted down to my heart you better look out below
Hey, it ain’t such a long drop, don’t stammer, don’t stutter
From the diamonds in the sidewalk to the dirt in the gutter
And you carry those bruises to remind you wherever you go”

– John Prine, from Bruised Orange (Chain of Sorrow) Read more…


October Baseball


“But what do you expect,
When you raise up a young boy’s hopes
And then just crush ’em like so many paper beer cups

Year after year after year, after year, after year, after year,
‘Til those hopes are just so much popcorn for the pigeons beneath the ‘L’ tracks to eat”

– Steve Goodman, from A Dying Cubs Fan’s Last Request Read more…


Mistifying Adulation


“There are advantages to being elected President. The day after I was elected, I had my high school grades classified Top Secret.”

– Ronald Reagan Read more…


For a Limited Time Only

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“And when you feel like this try to imagine
That we’re all like frail boats on the sea
Just scanning the night for that great guiding light
Announcing the jubilee”

– Mary Chapin Carpenter, from Jubilee Read more…

I’m Only Passing Through


“I never said, ‘I want to be alone.’ I only said ‘I want to be let alone!’ There is all the difference.”

– Greta Garbo Read more…

Both Sides of Desire with Rickie Lee


“Yes my heart was opened
No, no I don’t look back
Because I’m riding around heaven
In Elvis Cadillac
Riding around in heaven
In Elvis Cadillac”

– Rickie Lee Jones, from Elvis Cadillac Read more…

July 10

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

– Dr. Suess Read more…

Teach Your Children Well


“It’s a father’s duty to give his sons a fine chance.”

– George Eliot, from Middlemarch Read more…

Smiles in the School Cafeteria

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“Telephone’s ringing, but I don’t answer it
’cause everybody knows that good news always sleeps till noon”

– Michael Timmins from Sun Comes Up It’s Tuesday Morning Read more…

Early Morning Trades


“In the summer, the song sings itself.”

– William Carlos Williams Read more…

Check Your Democracy at the Door


“The best way of keeping a secret is to pretend there isn’t one.”

– Margaret Atwood, from The Blind Assassin Read more…


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