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Teach Your Children Well

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“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

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“In the summer, the song sings itself.”

– William Carlos Williams Read more…

Check Your Democracy at the Door

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

– Margaret Atwood, from The Blind Assassin Read more…

Election Day is Only 547 Days Away

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“Pay attention to the fine print. It’s much more important than the selling price.”

– Francis Underwood
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May 3

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“The maturity of man—that means, to have reacquired the seriousness that one had as a child at play.”

– Friedrich Nietzche, from Beyond Good and Evil Read more…

Maple Trees Just a Little Bit Duller

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“If the summer kept a secret
It was heaven’s lack of rain
Golden days and amber sunsets
Let the scientists complain
Came the autumn, drained of color
Ghosts in the water beg for more
Maple trees just a little bit duller
Than the memory of the year before”

– Paul Simon, from Love and Blessings Read more…

Scalloped Outlines

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“When time, blissfully awry, spreads milky arms across the black expanse, to sleep, of what does time dream. And, thus unraveled, of where does time long.”

– Patti Smith Read more…

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A Never-Ending Loop

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“Understandably proud of this pre-eminence, we yet realize that America’s leadership and prestige depend, not merely upon our unmatched material progress, riches and military strength, but on how we use our power in the interests of world peace and human betterment.”

– President Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Even on April Fool’s Day

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What meets the eye is sometimes blurry. Emotional reactions may first seem irrational and therefore swept away in defense. But sometimes, that’s too hasty.

Be still. There’s nothing foolish here. Life’s enrichment sits past your gate. Where the fog clears. There’s wisdom. Even today. On April Fool’s Day. Read more…

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An Extra Twenty Minutes of Sleep

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“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?

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

– Ed Norton to Ralph Kramden Read more…

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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…

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Peculiar Exemptions

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“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…

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