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“The moral of this story, of course, is that you’re not going to hear the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band by listening to records and downloading mp3s in your room. You have to get out and get caught up in the spirit, yell and scream, dance if you feel like it, and walk out at the end with a thousand volts of power coursing through your body.

They’re playing tonight. You’re probably not going to be there, but they’re out there somewhere. Go find them.”
–Ed Ward, “The Greatest Rock Band in the World”, Paste Magazine (Feb 07)


“I’m a conservative, but I’m not mad at everybody over it. And I think that one of the things I’ve had to realize is that…for example, I’m pro-life, but I think life begins at conception, but I don’t think it ends at birth. We have to be concerned about a child’s education, and health care, safe neighborhoods, clean water, the access to a college education. That is pro-life, to care about a child’s entire life and it’s consistent with what I think we need to be talking about.”
–Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR), on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Too old to rock and roll, too young to die


“Middle age is when you’re faced with a choice between two evils, and you choose the one that will let you get home by 9:30.”
–Ronald Reagan.

I can so relate…


“The country is run by extremists, because moderates have shit to do.”
–John Stewart, “The Daily Show”

Today’s meditation

When Pablo Casals was 95, he would practice his cello six hours a day. Someone asked him ‘Why do you do that?’

He said, ‘Because I think I’m making progress.’


“We all have chosen the “wrong” decision at some time or another which has drastically affected our lives. You can’t change any of those things. I wouldn’t so much dwell on the past. I’d put that same energy and time into changing things now. We learn from our mistakes and try not to make them again.”
–Becca Allen (chirosinger)


In response to my last post, eiblyn mentioned having the Thoreau quote on a magnet on her fridge, which reminded me of the magnet I have on my fridge and I thought I’d post it.

“live with intention.
walk to the edge.
listen hard.
practice wellness.
play with abandon.
choose with no regret.
continue to learn.
appreciate your friends.
do what you love.
live as if this is all there is.”
–mary anne radmacher

As a credo, I could do much worse.

Quotes and contemplations

I keep a quotes file. I’ve kept a quotes file since I was in college, although my original one was in a notebook and got lost in the fire, so the one I have currently only dates back a few years. In it, I note things that strike me as either funny or profound. Some of them are from famous people, but many of them are just things that see in the course of reading Livejournal or Usenet or mailing lists or whatever i happen to be perusing.

Sometimes, I go through it to see what jumps out at me, and then I ponder that for a while. It’s a good way of focusing my mind, and sometimes I’ll find that something hits me with a different or deeper meaning than it did when I first selected it.

quote of the day

“The struggle is good. Being unsure of what God is calling you to is good.
Wrestling with angels and demons in the wilderness is good. Not knowing is
good. Being afraid is good. Being real and human and wanting truth so bad
that you can taste it is good.”
–Gordon Atkinson (Real Live Preacher)

Things you don’t hear everyday

Today, on “Out of Context Theatre”:

“I was thinking giant prophylactics as hats.”
–overheard on #filkhaven

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