Friday, November 30, 2012

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday,
the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the
people of these States to the service of that great
and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of
all the good that was, that is, or that will be;
that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him
our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and
protection of the people of this country previous to
their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold
mercies and the favorable interpositions of His
providence in the course and conclusion of the late
war; for the great degree of tranquility, union,
and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the
peaceable and rational manner in which we have been
enable to establish constitutions of government for
our safety and happiness, and particularly the
national one now lately instituted for the
civil and religious liberty with which we are
blessed, and the means we have of acquiring
and diffusing usefulknowledge; and, in general,
for all the great and various favors which
He has been pleased to confer upon us.


                  -George Washington, President
                   3 Oct 1789

                   First official presidential
                   proclamation issued in the US.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Be willing to make decisions.
         That's the most important quality in a good leader.
                   -General George S. Patton
                    General George S. Patton quotes

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

It is impossible to defeat
    an ignorant man in argument.
              -William G. McAdoo,
               lawyer and politician

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

The perfect bureaucrat everywhere
    is the man who manages to make no
    decisions and escape all responsibility.
              -Brooks Atkinson,
               Once Around the Sun, 1951
               (1894 - 1984)

Monday, November 26, 2012

Monday, November 26th, 2012

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)

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


With tomorrow being Thanksgiving, I won't be sending out Thoughts until next Mon. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Golden Oldie

                 On Patience

   Patience serves as a protection against wrongs
   as clothes do against cold.  For if you put on
   more clothes as the cold increases, it will
   have no power to hurt you.  So in like manner
   you must grow in patience when you meet with
   great wrongs, and they will then be powerless
   to vex your mind.

               -Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
                Artist, architect and engineer
                Cited in BITS & PIECES
                BITS & PIECES: Home Delivery 2001/08/16

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

  The problem with people who have no vices
   is that generally you can be pretty sure
   they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues.

                 -Elizabeth Taylor
                  From Penny Pennington

Monday, November 19, 2012

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Don't be humble ... you're not that great.
                -- Golda Meir

Friday, November 16, 2012

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Golden Oldie

   As I remember it, the biggest disappointment about growing up
   was finding out that adults didn't really have any secret
   knowledge about what to do in times of trouble.
                              -Beryl Pfizer

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Golden Oldie

           Worry is the darkroom
           where negatives are developed.

               -Heard on the radio 2001/06/04
                by Michael J. Ciha

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

If you don't go to other men's funerals they won't go to yours.
                -- Clarence Day

Monday, November 12, 2012

Monday, November 12th, 2012

     People who have what they want
     are very fond of telling people
     who haven't what they want
     that they don't want it.
                -Ogden Nash

Friday, November 9, 2012

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Coward, n.:
        One who in a perilous emergency thinks with his legs.
                -- Ambrose Bierce, "The Devil's Dictionary"

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Golden Oldie

     A fine is a tax for doing wrong.
     A tax is a fine for doing well.

                 -The Lion
                  February, 2001

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Every day is a Saturday,
     unless it is Sunday.
     I still wear a watch because I
     do not want to be late going
     nowhere to do nothing.
     When asked what am I doing now that
     I am retired - I answer, little
     as I can and mostly what I please.
          -Ruminations from Herr Kemper
           on Retirement

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

My spelling is Wobbly.
    It's good spelling but
    it Wobbles, and the letters
    get in the wrong places.
          -A. A. Milne (1882-1958)
           From Daryl R. Gibson's
           Weekday Wisdom

Monday, November 5, 2012

Monday, November 5th, 2012

 If a man does not keep pace with his companions,
   perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer,
   Let him step to the music which he hears,
   however measured or far away.
                -Henry David Thoreau
                 Quoted in Bits and Pieces
                 October 2009

Friday, November 2, 2012

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Given three requisites - means of existence,
    reasonable health, and an absorbing interest-
    those years beyond sixty can be the happiest
    and most satisfying of a lifetime.
                     - Earnest Elmo Calkins
                       Bits and Pieces Oct 2009

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself
    but talent instantly recognizes genius.
               - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
                 _The Valley of Fear_
                 Bits and Pieces Oct 2009