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“When a friend calls to me from the road
And slows his horse to a meaning walk,
I don’t stand still and look around
On all the hills I haven’t hoed,
And shout from where I am, “What is it?”
No, not as there is a time to talk,
I thrust my hoe in the mellow ground,
Blade-end up and five feet tall,
And plod: I go up to the stone wall
For a friendly visit.”

posted at 12:18 pm
on Aug. 31, 2009

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“The sign on the door of opportunity reads PUSH.”

posted at 2:19 am
on Aug. 31, 2009

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“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”

posted at 11:33 am
on Aug. 27, 2009

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“He’s an overinstaller.”

posted at 7:13 pm
on Aug. 26, 2009

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“Job Qualifications: You must have built several websites utilizing a CMS. We will be looking at your sites and calling references so please be honest about which elements of the project were yours.”

posted at 2:25 pm
on Aug. 25, 2009

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“If you act subservient to someone, you give them permission to act superior to you.”

posted at 10:25 am
on Aug. 21, 2009

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“Chick peas give me gas. They should be called chick poos.”

posted at 10:49 am
on Aug. 19, 2009

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“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air”

posted at 4:41 pm
on Aug. 18, 2009

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“Ask yourself whether you are happy, and you cease to be so.”

posted at 11:05 am
on Aug. 10, 2009

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“We can be happy, we tell ourselves, teeth gritted. We should be happy. We will be happy. That is a modern article of faith. But it is also a relatively recent idea in the West which dates from the 17th and 18th centuries, a time that ushered in a dramatic shift in what human beings could legitimately hope to expect in and from their lives.”

posted at 11:01 am
on Aug. 10, 2009

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“[Religious food laws] train us to master our appetites; to accustom us to restrain our desires; and to avoid considering the pleasure of eating and drinking as the goal of man’s existence.”

posted at 12:22 am
on Aug. 10, 2009

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“I should be more like Noah. It took Noah decades to build his ark.  Can you imagine the mockery he must have received from doubting neighbours? If Noah were alive today, he wouldn’t be wasting his time checking out what blogs said about him. He’d be down at Home Depot buying more lumber. Starting today, I’m going to be more like Noah. Toughen up.”

posted at 1:04 am
on Aug. 9, 2009

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“Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don’t criticize
What you can’t understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Rapidly agin’
Please get out of the new one
If you can’t lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin’.”

posted at 4:13 pm
on Aug. 5, 2009

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“Stardust is
the hardest thing
to hold out for.
You must
make of yourself
a perfect plane-
something still
upon which
something settles-
something like
sugar grains on
something like
metal, but with
none of the chill.
It’s hard to explain.”

posted at 11:29 am
on Aug. 3, 2009

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“Jesus waited THREE days to come back to life. It was perfect! If he had only waited ONE day, a lot of people wouldn’t have even heard he died. They’d be all, “Hey Jesus, what up?” and Jesus would probably be like, “What up? I DIED yesterday!” and they’d be all, “Uhh, you look pretty alive to me, dude…” and then Jesus would have to explain how he was resurrected, and how it was a miracle, and the dude’d be like “Uhh okay, whatever you say, bro…” And he’s not gonna come back on a SATURDAY. Everybody’s busy, doing chores, workin’ the loom, trimmin’ the beard, NO. He waited the perfect number of days, THREE. Plus it’s SUNDAY, so everyone’s in church already, and they’re all in there like “Oh no, Jesus is DEAD”, and then BAM! He bursts in the back door, runnin’ up the aisle, everyone’s totally psyched, and FYI, that’s when he invented the high five. That’s why we wait three days to call a woman, because that’s how long Jesus wants us to wait…. True story.”

posted at 10:55 am
on Aug. 3, 2009

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“Are you happy with your life? Yes. But not in a static sense. There’s a lot left to be done.”

posted at 9:47 am
on Aug. 3, 2009

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