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Maple Trees Just a Little Bit Duller


“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


“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…


A Never-Ending Loop


“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


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…


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

Bruce with Lillian Thiesen Spring 1979 001

“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

Ram 1976

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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