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Election Day is Only 281 Days Away

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“Monday, Monday, can’t trust that day;
Monday, Monday, it just turns out that way.
Oh, Monday, Monday, won’t go away;
Monday, Monday, it’s here to stay.
Oh Monday, Monday
Oh Monday, Monday”

– Mamas and Papas
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The Days Float Through My Eyes

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“I watch the ripples change their size
But never leave the stream
Of warm impermanence and
So the days float through my eyes”

– David Bowie, from Changes Read more…

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Ram On 2015 – Part 2

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Here is a loose recap of Ram On for 2015 (part 2). Read more…

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Ram On 2015 – Part 1

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Here is a loose recap of Ram On for 2015 (part 1). Read more…

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Souls and Fairy Tales

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“These are times that try men’s souls.”

“The Cunning of the Fox is as Murderous as the Violence of the Wolf”

– Thomas Paine, from The American Crisis Read more…

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Election Day is Only 330 Days Away

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“We have facts,’ they say. But facts are not everything–at least half the business lies in how you interpret them!”

-Fyodor Dostoeyevksy, from Crime and Punishment Read more…

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Ready as I Need to Be

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“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
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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…

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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…

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October Baseball

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“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…

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Mistifying Adulation

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“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…

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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

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“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…

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