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An Extra Twenty Minutes of Sleep


“When I was young, I was so interested in baseball that my family was afraid I’d waste my life and be a pitcher. Later they were afraid I’d waste my life and be a poet. They were right.”

– Robert Frost

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Can it Core a Apple?


“Tell me O Chef of the Future, can it core a apple?”

– Ed Norton to Ralph Kramden Read more…


Crank Up That Old Victrola

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“Turn on channel six, the President comes on the news
Says, ‘I get no satisfaction, that’s why I sing the blues.’
His wife says, ‘Don’t get crazy, Lord, you know just what to do,
Crank up that old Victrola, put on them rockin’ shoes.'”

– Bob Weir, from One More Saturday Night Read more…


Peculiar Exemptions


“When a Religion is good, I conceive that it will support itself; and when it cannot support itself, and God does not take care to support, so that its Professors are oblig’d to call for the help of the Civil Power, ’tis a Sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one.”

– Benjamin Franklin in a letter to Richard Price, October 1780 Read more…

All in the Name of Love


“It’s such a delight
To watch them dance
Free of sacrifice or romance
Free of all the things that we hold dear
Is that clear, Your Excellency?”

– Patti Smith, from “Amerigo” Read more…

Ernie Banks


“Whenever someone, on seeing something, realizes that that which he now sees wants to be like some other reality but falls short and cannot be like that other since it is inferior, do we agree that the one who thinks this must have prior knowledge of that to which he says it is like, but deficiently so?”

– Plato, Phaedo, 74d-e Read more…

A Penny for Your Thoughts


“When someone asks you, A penny for your thoughts, and you put your two cents in, what happens to the other penny?”

– George Carlin Read more…

Blood-Stained Calling Card


It is said by some devout Muslims that the true meaning of the Koran can only be gained when read in its original Arabic. Some scholars will tell us the same. You say that you don’t speak Arabic? You lose. God is a monoglot. Read more…

Ram On 2014

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A loose recap of Ram On for 2014. Read more…

Sing a Hymn for His Soul


“Sing a hymn for my soul
Stand by me as I grow
I’m just tryin’ to climb up nine hills in seven short days
Sing a hymn for my soul
Let’s go home”

– Joe Cocker, from “Sing a Hymn for My Soul”

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Pleats (Another First World Problem)


I geared up for combat shopping this morning and headed over to Nordstrom for sale day. Back in the day, we’d go out to Nordstrom for the big sale four strong. Everyone looking for ties and shirts they thought I’d like. How I delighted in those ventures with the ones that I loved. Read more…

Ask Tony Horton


“When you climb to the top of the mountain
Look out over the sea
Think about the places perhaps, where a young man could be
Then you jump back down to the rooftops
Look out over the town
Think about all of the strange things circulating round

It ain’t easy, it ain’t easy
It ain’t easy to get to heaven when you’re going down”

– David Bowie, from “It Ain’t Easy” Read more…


Walk the Talk


I like the rain. I tell people that. When I was a student, I would get off the bus before it reached my stop sometimes, just to walk. The rain didn’t deter me and if time and circumstances permitted, it attracted me. It still does. Read more…


A Friendship that Stands Clear

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We can measure our time together in decades now,
But we don’t.

Too many miles in between short us,
And the world conspires to cheat us of the things that matter.

Years of joy and faith together,
Bring us to the here and now.

Decades together,
Prepare us for this moment to share. Read more…


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