Monday, October 31, 2011

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Golden Oldie

Life moves pretty fast.
Ya don't stop and look
around once in a while,
ya gonna miss it!

-Ferris Bueller (on his day off)

(Penny Pennington's TodaysThought 2001/06/06)
(And on the 82nd annual academy awards (2010))

Friday, October 28, 2011

Friday, October 28th, 2011


If you see a fellow ahead of the crowd,

A leader of men, marching fearless and proud,
And you know a tale whose mere telling aloud
Would cause his proud head to in anguish be bowed,
It's a pretty good plan to forget it.

If you know of a skeleton hidden away

In a closet, and guarded and kept from the day
In the dark, and whose showing, whose sudden display,
Would cause grief and sorrow and life-long dismay,
It's a pretty good plan to forget it.

If you know of a spot in the life of a friend,

(We all have such spots concealed, world without end)
Whose touching his heartstrings would sadden or rend,
Till the shame of its showing no grieving could mend,
It's a pretty good plan to forget it!

If you know of a thing that will darken the joy

Of a man or a woman, a girl or a boy,
That will wipe out a smile or the least way annoy
A fellow, or cause any gladness to cloy,
It's a pretty good plan to forget it.

-Source Unknown
Submitted by Jay

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

I couldn't remember when I had been so disappointed.
Except perhaps the time I found out that M&Ms
really *do* melt in your hand ...

-Peter Oakley

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

The first time you quit, it's hard.
The second time, it gets easier.
The third time,
you don't even have to think about it.

-Paul "Bear" Bryant

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Sunshine is delicious,
rain is refreshing,
wind braces us up,
snow is exhilarating;
there is really no such thing as bad weather,
only different kinds of good weather.

-John Ruskin

Monday, October 24, 2011

Friday, October 21, 2011

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Ignisecond, n.:
The overlapping moment of time when the hand is locking the car
door even as the brain is saying, "my keys are in there!"
-- Rich Hall, "Sniglets"

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Golden Oldie

Everyone has a photographic memory.
Some just don't have film.

-Eternal Truths
Reported by The Good, Clean
Funnies List (

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Tact is the ability to tell a man
he has an open mind when
he has a hole in his head.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Golden Oldie

As the man said who was about to be tarred and feathered,
and run out of town on a rail, "If it wasn't for the honor
of the thing I would just as soon walk."

-H.D. "Cotton" Galvin,
when presented with
a dubious honor or

Monday, October 17, 2011

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Golden Oldie

Si hoc adfixum in obice legere potes,
et liberaler educatus et nimim propinquus ades!

[translation: If you can read this bumper sticker,
you are both very well educated and much too close!]

-From Instant Attitudes
Submitted by Thomas David Nichols

Friday, October 14, 2011

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Experience is what causes a
person to make new mistakes
instead of old ones.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Golden Oldie

We should be thankful for the good things we have
and, also, for the bad things we don't have.

Twin Spin

He is a man of sense
who does not grieve for what he has not,
but rejoices in what he has.

The (Other) TFTD

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

George Washington's 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to
acknowledge the providence of Almighty God,
to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits,
and humbly to implore His protection and favor;
and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by
their joint committee, requested me to "recommend
to the people of the United States a day of
public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by
acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and
signal favors of Almighty God, especially by
affording them an opportunity peaceably to
establish a form of government for their safety
and happiness:"


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

It is literally true, as the thankless say,
that they have nothing to be thankful for.
He who sits by the fire, thankless for
the fire, is just as if he had no fire.
Nothing is possessed save in appreciation,
of which thankfulness is the indispensable

But a thankful heart hath a continual feast.

-W.J. Cameron
Submitted by Daryl R. Gibson

Friday, October 7, 2011

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Golden Oldie

It is the soldier, not the reporter,
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet,
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the campus organizer,
Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier,
Who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protestor to burn the flag.

Father Dennis Edward O'Brian, USMC


Veterans Day change just didn't stick

Today's question:

Why didn't Veterans Day become a Monday holiday along with Presidents Day,

Memorial Day, Columbus Day and some others?

There are some things you just don't mess with. ...

And Veterans Day (is one of them).

Veterans Day originally was known as Armistice Day and marked the end of

World War I at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918 - 11th hour, 11th day, 11th month.

Congress designated that date as Armistice Day in 1926, and it became a

national holiday in 1938. In 1954, President Eisenhower signed a bill
designating Nov. 11 as Veterans Day.

Then in 1968 came the Uniform Holiday Bill, which shuffled some holidays

to Monday to give a lot of people three-day weekends. This moved Veterans
Day to the last Monday in October.

Do you remember that? Probably not, because most states just ignored it

because they liked having Veterans Day on Nov. 11. The first
last-Monday-in-October Veterans Day was celebrated Oct. 25, 1971, and
pretty much just confused and annoyed everyone.

In 1975, President Ford signed a law that took Veterans Day back to

Nov. 11, and it's been that way since 1978. Why did it take three
years? Don't ask me, I don't know.

When Nov. 11 falls on a Sunday, the holiday is observed on Monday. If it's

on Saturday, the holiday is observed on Friday.

As near as I can tell, the reason Veterans Day didn't catch on as a Monday

holiday just seems to be the historic significance of the date - the whole
11-11-11 thing. People just want it to be on Nov. 11 and, by golly, it's
going to be on Nov. 11.

So what's the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day?

Did your grandma use to call Memorial Day Decoration Day? Mine did.

The idea is that on Memorial Day, we remember and honor all those men and

women who lost their lives fighting for their country.

And the idea is that on Veterans Day, we honor all those who served in war

or peace, the living and dead.

-Clay Thompson
Arizona Republic
Nov. 7, 2005

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-
bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the
road to the drug store, but that's just peanuts to space.
-- "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Golden Oldie

If wisdom's way you wisely seek,
Five things observe with care,
To whom you speak,
Of whom you speak,
And how, and when, and where.

-William Norris

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Golden Oldie

Yes, risk taking is inherently failure-prone.
Otherwise, it would be called sure-thing-taking.

-Tim McMahon
~The (Other) Thought For The Day~

Monday, October 3, 2011

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Golden Oldie

Sainthood emerges when you can listen to someone's tale of woe
and not respond with a description of your own.

-Andrew V. Mason, M.D.