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June 26, 2008

Quotes for June 26th, 2008

Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.
-- Karen Kaiser

Not all who wander are lost.
-- J.R.R. Tolkien

Unemployment is capitalism's way of getting you to plant a garden.
-- Orson Scott Card

People love to admit they have bad handwriting or that they can't do math. And they will readily admit to being awkward: I'm

such a klutz! But they will never admit to having a poor sense of humor or being a bad driver.
-- George Carlin

The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for

white, or women created for men.
-- Alice Walker

There is eloquence in screaming.
-- Patrick Jones

History is a better guide than good intentions.
-- Jeane Kirkpatrick

The fastest way to succeed is to look as if you're playing by somebody else's rules, while quietly playing by your own.
-- Michael Konda

Well, if crime fighters fight crime and fire fighters fight fire, what do freedom fighters fight? They never mention that part

to us, do they?
-- George Carlin

I think of lotteries as a tax on the mathematically challenged.
-- Roger Jones

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't.
-- Erica Jong

Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.
-- Soren Kierkegaard

Friends aren't jumper cables. You don't throw them into the trunk and pull them out for emergencies.
-- Charlie Krueger

Without darkness there are no dreams.
-- Karla Kuban

The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.
-- G.K. Chesterton

Ninety-eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hard-working, honest Americans. It's the other lousy two percent

that get all the publicity. But then - we elected them.
-- Lily Tomlin

Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies.
-- E.B. White

Factorials were someone's attempt to make math look exciting.
-- Steven Wright

June 25, 2008

New Discussion Space

NEW DISCUSSION SPACE ON FACEBOOK

I have set up a FACEBOOK fan site for The Other Pages. Facebook allows me to post material and answer questions, and allows you, as users to post questions, comments, and material of your own.

 You can search on "The Other Pages" on Facebook (http://facebook.com), or click on this link:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Other-Pages/17383669929?ref=ts

Facebook does a wonderful job of preventing junk mail - a major problem for T.O.P.; So please visit the Facebook Site, and click on "Become a Fan".

 Thanks,

 --Steve

 

June 23, 2008

Commentary for the Rainy Season

Poetry Break for the week of June 23rd, 2008

As I am sitting here listening to the thunder outside (our Florida rainy season is in full swing) I ran across this entry from Bob Blair's Poetry Break, this day in 2000 - though he was writing from Texas at the time (and Longfellow was way up north).

Poets are supposed to be good at words, so it's not surprising that the words and phrases they invent often become part of our ordinary language. But it's important, because what we say reflects how we think.

Take the tag line of today's poem, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's The Rainy Day. If you've never said "Into each life some rain must fall", I'll bet you've at least thought it. That you were quoting Longfellow is not the important point, though: those words reflect an attitude and a set of beliefs that go back before you or Longfellow were born. The idea is strong enough that, when Longfellow captured it in iambic pentameter, it became part of the language.

--Bob Blair 


The Rainy Day

Written at the old home in Portland

THE day is cold, and dark, and dreary;
It rains,and the wind is never weary;
The vine still clings to the mouldering wall,
But at every gust the dead leaves fall,
And the day is dark and dreary.

My life is cold, and dark, and dreary;
It rains,and the wind is never weary;
My thoughts still cling to the mouldering past,
But the hopes of youth fall thick in the blast,
And the days are dark and dreary.

Be still, sad heart, and cease repining;
Behind the clouds is the sun still shining;
Thy fate is the common fate of all,
Into each life some rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary.

--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Quotes for the week of June 23rd


The problem is time. There just isn’t enough time. Men won’t spend a whole day away from their family anymore.
--Walter Hurney, Real Estate Developer, Hauppauge, NY, on the recent decline in popularity of Golf as an activity, in the NYT online edition, 21Feb2008

This isn’t news. It does nothing to change the human rights situation, which continues to be unfavorable, or to end the one-party state. There’s no reason to celebrate.
--Elizardo Sánchez, Cuban Dissident, on the announcement that Fidel Castro would not seek a return to the presidency, 20Feb2008

Independence is a catharsis. Things won’t change overnight and we cannot forget the past, but maybe I will feel safe now and my nightmares will finally go away.
--Antoneta Kastrati, 26, resident of Peja whose family was killed by ethnic Serbs, on Kosovo’s declaration of Independence, 18Feb2008.

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