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Thought for Monday, Jun 30, 2008

Life is easier than you'd think;
all that is necessary is to
accept the impossible,
do without the indispensable,
and bear the intolerable.

-Kathleen Norris
Columnist and novelist
Bits and Pieces June 2008

Thought for Friday, Jun 27, 2008

Golden Oldie

The world is a dangerous place to live -
not because of the people who are evil
but because of the people who don't
do anything about it.

-Albert Einstein

PAX Proverbs Plus - 03-08-04

Thought for Thursday, Jun 26, 2008

Golden Oldie

Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the year.

-Spanish Proverb
PAX Proverbs Plus - 03-10-04

Thought for Wednesday, Jun 25, 2008

Golden Oldie

If you don't have time to do it right
when will you have time to do it over?

-Old Photocopy Wisdom

Thought for Tuesday, Jun 24, 2008

Golden Oldie

If I could hit it on the head
it wouldn't be an estimate.

-Dr. Pete

Thought for Monday, Jun 23, 2008

Golden Oldie

Don't order the soup du jour. You never know
what it's going to be from one day to the next.

-Hugh Mulligan

Thought for Friday, Jun 20, 2008

Golden Oldie

Two Atoms were walking together.
The first Atom said "I lost an electron".
The second Atom said "Are you sure"?
The first Atom said "I am positive".

-Submitted by Herr Kemper
who took great pains
to disavow authorship

Thought for Thursday, Jun 19, 2008

When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low, and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit ---
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.

Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar,
So, stick to the fight when you're hardest hit --
It's when things go wrong that you mustn't quit.

-Edgar Guest
QOTDay 1/8/03


tftd remembers that the Texas Driver's License
Handbook m a n y years ago had a poem by
Edgar A. Guest.

The point of the poem was to remember to watch
out for others even if you had the right-of-way.

one line said (I believe) "young mother soon to
have her baby born". It ended with the line,
It isn't the right of way that counts,
but the simple way of right.

Thought for Wednesday, Jun 18, 2008

Golden Oldie

Freedom is the right to be wrong,
not the right to do wrong.

-John Diefenbaker

Thought for Tuesday, Jun 17, 2008

Golden Oldie

Don't ask your barber
if you need a haircut.

-H.D. "Cotton" Galvin

Thought for Monday, Jun 16, 2008

Did you remember Flag Day was Saturday?

The History Of Flag Day
The Fourth of July was traditionally celebrated as America's birthday, but
the idea of an annual day specifically celebrating the Flag is believed to
have first originated in 1885. BJ Cigrand, a schoolteacher, arranged for
the pupils in the Fredonia, Wisconsin Public School, District 6, to
observe June 14 (the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of The
Stars and Stripes) as 'Flag Birthday'. In numerous magazines and newspaper
articles and public addresses over the following years, Cigrand continued
to enthusiastically advocate the observance of June 14 as 'Flag Birthday',
or 'Flag Day'.

On June 14, 1889, George Balch, a kindergarten teacher in New York City,
planned appropriate ceremonies for the children of his school, and his
idea of observing Flag Day was later adopted by the State Board of
Education of New York. On June 14, 1891, the Betsy Ross House in
Philadelphia held a Flag Day celebration, and on June 14 of the following
year, the New York Society of the Sons of the Revolution, celebrated Flag

Following the suggestion of Colonel J Granville Leach (at the time
historian of the Pennsylvania Society of the Sons of the Revolution), the
Pennsylvania Society of Colonial Dames of America on April 25, 1893
adopted a resolution requesting the mayor of Philadelphia and all others
in authority and all private citizens to display the Flag on June 14th.
Leach went on to recommend that thereafter the day be known as 'Flag Day',
and on that day, school children be assembled for appropriate exercises,
with each child being given a small Flag.

Two weeks later on May 8th, the Board of Managers of the Pennsylvania
Society of Sons of the Revolution unanimously endorsed the action of the
Pennsylvania Society of Colonial Dames. As a result of the resolution, Dr.
Edward Brooks, then Superintendent of Public Schools of Philadelphia,
directed that Flag Day exercises be held on June 14, 1893 in Independence
Square. School children were assembled, each carrying a small Flag, and
patriotic songs were sung and addresses delivered.

In 1894, the governor of New York directed that on June 14 the Flag be
displayed on all public buildings. With BJ Cigrand and Leroy Van Horn as
the moving spirits, the Illinois organization, known as the American Flag
Day Association, was organized for the purpose of promoting the holding of
Flag Day exercises. On June 14th, 1894, under the auspices of this
association, the first general public school children's celebration of
Flag Day in Chicago was held in Douglas, Garfield, Humboldt, Lincoln, and
Washington Parks, with more than 300,000 children participating.

Adults, too, participated in patriotic programs. Franklin K. Lane,
Secretary of the Interior, delivered a 1914 Flag Day address in which he
repeated words he said the flag had spoken to him that morning: "I am what
you make me; nothing more. I swing before your eyes as a bright gleam of
color, a symbol of yourself."

Inspired by these three decades of state and local celebrations, Flag Day
- the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777 - was officially
established by the Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30th,
1916. While Flag Day was celebrated in various communities for years after
Wilson's proclamation, it was not until August 3rd, 1949, that President
Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as
National Flag Day.


Thought for Friday, Jun 13, 2008

Golden Oldie

Gluttony is not a secret vice.

-Orson Welles

Thought for Thursday, Jun 12, 2008

"I'd love to go out with you, but I have to stay home and see if I

Thought for Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008

A child can go only so far in life without potty training. It is not
mere coincidence that six of the last seven presidents were potty
trained, not to mention nearly half of the nation's state legislators.
-- Dave Barry

Thought for Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008

When properly administered, vacations do not diminish productivity:
for every week you're away and get nothing done, there's another when
your boss is away and you get twice as much done.
-- Daniel B. Luten

Thought for Monday, Jun 9, 2008


Named after the late existential philosopher, SARTRE is an extremely
unstructured language. Statements in SARTRE have no purpose; they just
are. Thus SARTRE programs are left to define their own functions.
SARTRE programmers tend to be boring and depressed, and are no fun at

Thought for Friday, Jun 6, 2008

Time changes all things: there is no reason
why language should escape this universal law.

-Ferdinand de Saussure,
linguist, (1857-1913)
AWAD Issue 309

Tommy Duncan (Bob Wills' Texas Playboys)
confirmed the first part of this quotation.


Thought for Thursday, Jun 5, 2008

If you wish to live wisely, ignore sayings -- including this one.

Thought for Wednesday, Jun 4, 2008

Cinemuck, n.:
The combination of popcorn, soda, and melted chocolate which
covers the floors of movie theaters.
-- Rich Hall, "Sniglets"

Thought for Tuesday, Jun 3, 2008

"When I get real bored, I like to drive downtown and get a great
parking spot, then sit in my car and count how many people ask me if
I'm leaving."
-- Steven Wright

Thought for Monday, Jun 2, 2008

Golden Oldie

We can often do more for others
by trying to correct our own faults
than by trying to correct theirs.

-Francis Fenelon
From Penny Pennington 2001/10/01-
tftd would certainly try
to correct its faults...
if it had any.

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