Friday, December 23, 2016

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

“Too often we…enjoy the comfort of opinion
         without the discomfort of thought.”  (JFK)

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016


        ... Had this been an actual emergency,
            we would have fled in terror,
            and you would not have been informed.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

  “Disappointments should be cremated, not embalmed.”

                               (Henry Haskins)

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

    "The society which scorns excellence in plumbing
     as a humble activity
     and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because
     it is an exalted activity will have neither
     good plumbing nor good philosophy ...
     neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water."

Monday, December 19, 2016

Monday, December 19th, 2016


         "It took me fifteen years to discover
         that I had no talent for writing, but
         I couldn't give up because
                by that time I was too famous."

                     -Robert Benchly

Friday, December 16, 2016

Friday, December 16th, 2016

 Make sure you finish speaking before
            your audience has finished listening.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Thursday, December 15th, 2016


           Whenever anyone says, "theoretically",
           they really mean, "not really".

                        -Dave Parnas

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

Simon's Law:

        Everything put together falls apart sooner or later.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

 “There are two kinds of people,
         those who finish what they start and so on.

                     -(Robert Byrne)

Monday, December 12, 2016

Monday, December 12th, 2016

“You can’t see the future through a rearview mirror.”

                            -(Peter Lynch)

Friday, December 9, 2016

Friday, December 9th, 2016

 The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind in others
                  the conviction and will to carry on.

                                -(Walter Lippman)

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

My wife said I was hard of hearing...
                At least I think that is what she said.

                           Local ad for hearing aids.
                           (As best I can rememort. tftd)

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

There's a fine line between courage and foolishness.
Too bad it's not a fence.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Golden Oldie

            If you don't like someone,
            the way he holds his spoon makes you furious;

            if you like him,
            he can turn his plate over
            into your lap and you won't mind.

                               -Irving Becker

Friday, December 2, 2016

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Golden Oldie

   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

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Golden Oldie

           The next meeting of "Who did it?, A Grammatically
           Correct Mystery Book Club" will be ....

                          -Meeting notice in the
                           Moby Dickens Bookstore
                           Taos, New Mexico

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016


       What good is a ticket to the good life,
       if you can't find the entrance?

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

Golden Oldie

    Mitchell's Law of Committees:
        Any simple problem can be made insoluble
           if enough meetings are held to discuss it.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Monday, November 28th, 2016

Golden Oldie

           You probably wouldn't worry about what people think of you if you could know how seldom they do.

                                          -Olin Miller.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016


        Never try to outstubborn a cat.

                -- Lazarus Long, "Time Enough for Love"

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

 You cannot propel yourself forward
                by patting yourself on the back.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Monday, November 21st, 2016

 “Defeat is not the worst of failures.
         Not to have tried is the true failure.”*

                (George E. Woodberry)

Friday, November 18, 2016

Friday, November 18th, 2016

  “When you find yourself in a hole,
         the first thing to do is to stop digging.” *

               From the Penny Pennington tftd

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

  “You don’t drown by falling in the water;
         you drown by staying there.”*

                    (Edwin Louis Cole)

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

"Experience is not what happens to you.
         It’s what you do with what happens to you.”


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

They say they climb mountains because they are
     there.  I wonder if it would astound them to
     know that the very same reason is why the rest
     of us go around them.

                  -S. Omar Baker (1894-1985)
                   Poet and writer
                   "Bits & Pieces"
                   November 2004

Monday, November 14, 2016

Monday, November 14th, 2016

 I use not only all the brains I have,
           but all I can borrow.”

                            -(Woodrow Wilson)

Friday, November 11, 2016

Friday, November 11th, 2016

 A good listener is not only popular everywhere,
      but after a while he gets to know something.

                       -(Wilson Mizner)

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Snacktrek, n.:
        The peculiar habit, when searching for a snack, of constantly returning to the refrigerator in hopes that something new will have materialized.
                -- Rich Hall, "Sniglets"

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Just because you don't take an interest in politics
           doesn't mean that politics won't take an interest in you.

                                      (Pericles . 430 B.C.)

Monday, November 7, 2016

Monday, November 7th, 2016

The answers you get depend on the
         questions you ask.

                             (Thomas Kuhn)*

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

    Drew's Law of Highway Biology:

        The first bug to hit a clean windshield lands
        directly in front of your eyes.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Don't let success go to your head
               or failure go to your heart.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Tuesday, Nov 1st, 2016


                 The law will never make men free;
                 it is men who have got to make the law free.

                              -Henry David Thoreau

Monday, October 31, 2016

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Without teamwork,
                   you only have yourself to blame.

                          (Bob Piwonka)

Friday, October 21, 2016

Friday, October 21st, 2016

You are entitled to your own opinions.
        You are not entitled to your own facts.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

 Storms make trees take deeper roots.

                   -(George Herbert)

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

 Whether you think
                       that you can or
                       that you can't
                       you are usually right

                               (Henry Ford)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

 Learning is not compulsory; neither is survival.*

                             (W. Edwards Denning)

Monday, October 17, 2016

Monday, October 17th, 2016

"Plaese porrf raed."
                -- Prof. Michael O'Longhlin, S.U.N.Y. Purchase

Friday, October 14, 2016

Friday, October 14th, 2016

We cannot control the tragic things that happen to us,
          but we can control the way we face up to them.

         (From the one who wishes to remain anonymous.)

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

      "I do not feel obliged to believe that the same
      God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect
      has intended us to forego their use."

                        -Galileo Galilei

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.
       Talent will not;
       nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
       Genius will not;
       unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
       Education will not;
       the world is full of educated derelicts.
       Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
       The slogan 'Press On' has solved and will always solve
       the problems of the human race.

                          (Calvin Coolidge)

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016


        "For three days after death
         hair and fingernails continue to grow
         but phone calls taper off."

                     -Johnny Carson

Monday, October 10, 2016

Monday, October 10th, 2016

 There is a time to let things happen and
         a time to make things happen.

                         (Hugh Prather)

Friday, October 7, 2016

Friday, October 7th, 2016

Nothing is easy to the unwilling.

                                 (Nikki Giovanni)

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

We must believe in luck.
           For how else can we explain the success
           of those we don't like?

                      (Jean Cocteau)

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016


           "You can't teach people to be lazy -
           either they have it, or they don't."

                        -Dagwood Bumstead

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

 There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently
           what should not be done at all.

                                 (Peter Drucker)

Monday, October 3, 2016

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

The one thing that
                  doesn't abide by majority rule
                  is a person's conscience.

                                (Harper Lee)

Friday, September 30, 2016

Friday, September 30th, 2016

Ability is what you are capable of doing.
      Motivation determines what you do.
      Attitude determines how well you do it.

                           (Lou Holtz)

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

  Of those who say nothing,

                few are silent.

                   (Thomas Neill)

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016


          If while you are in school,
          there is a shortage of qualified
          personnelin a particular field, then by the time
          you graduate with the necessary qualifications,
          that field's employment market is glutted.

                        -Marguerite Emmons

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Monday, September 26, 2016

Monday, September 26th, 2016

The best years of your life are the ones
       in which you decide your problems are your own.
       You do not blame them on your mother,
       the ecology, or the president.
       You realize that you control your own destiny.

                                   -(Albert Ellis)

Friday, September 23, 2016

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

 You can't see the future through a rearview mirror.

                                  -(Peter Lynch)

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

A leader is one who knows the way,
               goes the way, and shows the way.

                          -(John C. Maxwell)

Monday, September 19, 2016

Monday, September 19th, 2016

A positive attitude will not solve all your problems,
   but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.

                            -(Herm Albright)

Friday, September 16, 2016

Friday, September 16th, 2016

There are no secrets to success.
          It is the result of preparation, hard work,
          learning from failure, and persistence.

                        -(Colin Powell)

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

Well done is better than well said.

                           (Ben Franklin)

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

Golden Oldie


                    Line that separates y'all from youse-guys.

                              -Michael Sullivan tag line

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Monday, September 12, 2016

Monday, September 12th, 2016

 What we see depends mainly on what we look for.

                         (John Lubbock)

Friday, September 9, 2016

Friday, September 9th, 2016

 The past and the future are great places to visit,
       but you don't want to live there.

                              (Tom Payne)

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

You can't help someone get up a hill
             without getting closer to the top yourself.

                   (General H. Norman Schwarzkopf)

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

   If you woke up breathing, be thankful.
          You have another chance!

            (From the one who wishes to remain anonymous.)

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Write a wise saying
        and your name will live forever..


        (From the one who wishes to remain anonymous.)

Friday, May 27, 2016

Friday, May 27th, 2016

Golden Oldie

         I don't like spinach,
         and I'm glad I don't,
         because if I liked it I'd
         eat it, and I just hate it.

                -Clarence Darrow

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Golden Oldie

       Never borrow for what you don't need.
       Never think you need what you have to borrow for.

                         -Irish Proverb

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

 Golden Oldie

          May those that love us, love us;
             and those that don't love us, May God turn their hearts;

                and if He doesn't turn their hearts, may He turn their
                   ankles so we'll know them by their limping.

                                          -Old Irish Toast

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Golden Oldie

            The older the fiddle,
              the sweeter the tune.

                        -Irish Proverb
                         PAX Proverbs Plus
                         - 11-24-03

Monday, May 23, 2016

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

 Goals are dreams with deadlines.

                       (Diana Scharf-Hunt)

Friday, May 20, 2016

Friday, May 20th, 2016

                -- E. E. CUMMINGS

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Random Thoughts as We Age

         If God wanted me to touch my toes,
         he would've put them on my knees.

                    -Good Clean Funnies List

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

 What we learn from the past is that
                we seldom learn from the past.

              (From the one who wishes to remain anonymous.)

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

   Defeat is not the worst of failures.
          Not to have tried is the true failure.

                 -(George E. Woodberry)

Monday, May 16, 2016

Monday, May 16th, 2016

 Teachers open the door,
                        but you must enter by yourself.

                                    (Chinese Proverb)

Friday, May 13, 2016

Friday, May 13th, 2016

You're never too old to become younger.
                -- Mae West

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

As you walk down the great highway of life,
           ask yourself one question:
                   Why don't I own a car?

  (From the one who wishes to remain anonymous.)

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Instead of putting others in their place,
          try putting yourself in their place..


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Monday, May 9, 2016

Friday, May 6, 2016

Friday, May 6th, 2016

There is a kind of victory in good work,
                  no matter how humble.

                                   -(Jack Kemp)

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

"Why isn't there a special name for the tops of your feet?"
                -- Lily Tomlin

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

We should certainly count our blessings,
            but we should also make our blessings count.

                                  -(Neal A. Maxwell)

Tuesday, May 3, 2016


Fri May 27th I will be taking a summer break.  I will be back to posting early Sept.

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Watch your thoughts; they become words.
        Watch your words; they become actions.
        Watch your actions; they become habits.
        Watch your habits; they become character.
        Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.


Monday, May 2, 2016

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

If your actions inspire others to dream more,
            do more, and become more, you are a leader.

                             -(John Quincy Adams)

Friday, April 29, 2016

Friday, April 29th, 2016

When tempted to fight fire with fire,
           remember that the fire department
           usually uses water.


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Sometimes your only available transportation
                  is a leap of faith.

                              -(Margaret Shepard)

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Words have special powers.

               The power to create smiles or frowns.
               The power to generate laughs or tears.
               The power to lift up or put down.
               The power to motivate or demotivate.
               The power to teach good or evil.
               The power to express love or hate.
               The power to heal or harm.

                    Choose your words carefully.

                              (A.D. Williams)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Nothing is easy to the unwilling.

                           -(Nikki Giovanni)

Monday, April 25, 2016

Monday, April 25th, 2016

  If no one is following,
                   you're not leading.

                          =(Keith H. Ferguson)

Friday, April 22, 2016

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

Children aren't happy without something to ignore,
And that's what parents were created for.
                -- Ogden Nash

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Never eat more than you can lift.
                -- Miss Piggy