The Write Down Book~Revised

PAY ATTENTION, STUPID!

Excerpts from a Write-Down-Book
on the human condition. (Revised)

By The Norm

A foreword….
Some years ago, when I worked in a saloon, I’d noticed when I was in conversation I would sometimes say things that got a surprised or startled reaction from others.
I would come up with unbidden, short phrases that would describe a feeling or a situation in such a way that would appear particularly fitting or wise.
Not that I was wise, you understand. My own life was proof of that.

It’s just that the phrase itself uniquely fit a given situation or seemed a particularly appropriate response to a problem or a question. Some had an almost “parable-ish” tone to them.
I didn’t always know where they “came” from but I got in the habit of writing some of these things down in various and odd places. (Phone book dividers, napkins, etc., etc.)
One day a guitarist friend of mine, Tommy Mayfield, from, I believe, Alabama, observed this and said “Oh, Yer a Write-Downer!”
And so, it would appear, I was…
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So one day I bought myself my first “Write Down Book” and started saving these little bits as I went along.
I certainly had a fertile field to work in. At the time I worked in a now extinct medium sized Saloon in a medium sized town in California, Redwood City by name and there I roosted for twenty years. I can’t think of any other environment that could provide such a river of varied humanity as a good ol’ fashioned Honky-Tonk.
It was your classic “meat-market.” It was a young people’s bar with live music and livelier people frantically going through their Mating Rituals, secure in the seductive irresponsibility brought on by The Pill.
I was and am something of an eccentric. In spite of that (or maybe because of that) I was the guy who, over the years, hundreds of people came to get an Answer.
But sometimes, from out of nowhere, short phrases would float up in my mind. I’d blurt them out to folks and they’d go away feeling reflective if not actually feeling better and I would feel compelled to jot them down. Eventually I would transfer them to my book.
From time to time my friends would glance through the book and seem captivated by it.
Then they would borrow it.
Particularly when they were troubled or confused. And when they brought it back, they seemed more thoughtful, a little stronger.
Those who had borrowed it said that they just leafed through it until they found whatever they were looking for.
It would leap off the page at them. Or so they would tell me.
I suggest you read it the same way…

It’s been a few years since all that got written. I went through it recently (2013) and culled a lot of items I felt no longer had merit. Truth be told, a lot of it was hippie muddletalk.
I got rid of a lot of it and added some new stuff…

Added a few while I was at it…

THE WRITE-DOWN BOOK

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Rule number one:

PAY ATTENTION, STUPID!
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Things change…
And you must permit this to be.
So when you have a Golden Moment
Have it!
And be ready for the next…
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Never forget,… that chirping, hard kernel of loneliness will always be with you.
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There is no one who can refute your knowledge that all decisions in your life are ultimately your own.
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Teddy Bears don’t hug back.
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“Hate” is a word that is interchangeable with “Fear”.
You can only hate a person if you fear them.
Think about that…
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There ain’t nothin’ you can say,
Buy,
or do.
If they don’t want you there, you ain’t a-gonna be there!
Sorry, chillun’, but that’s just the way it is.
_____

But that’s O.K.
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If you get a chance to do something nice for somebody, do it!
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So you want an answer for “Why”.
That’s easy. “Because” That’s why! ~/~
Don’t pick up a gun unless you intend to shoot it…
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Sometimes, saying “I don’t care” is just another way of saying
“Ow”
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If you want to be loved, be lovable…
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One of the hardest facts of life there is to admit that there are some things that you just can’t do a damn thing about.
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Take a lesson from the Bedouin of the desert.
He survives because he knows where all the water holes are.
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Sometimes we turn aside someone’s effort to “do something nice” for us…
That’s awfully Selfish isn’t it?
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The more times you go ‘round the sun, the more you find what The Truth is.
And the closer you get to The Truth the harder it is to define…
…probably because it’s so simple.
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Rationalizing something don’t make it right.
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No matter how hard you try, you cannot prove a Lie. ~/~
What is Truth?
Why, chillun’, it’s right there in front of you…
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We all have our little games don’t we?
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Everything in Life has its Purpose.
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Nothing is pre-ordained.
At least not so we can understand it…
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“Love” has many definitions.
No, “Love” has but one definition.
Both of the above are true.
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Emotions have Nothing to do with Reality.
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“YaButs” don’t count.
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Don’t let your mouth get ahead of your mind.
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You’re nowhere near loving yourself, are you?
Why not?
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Jealousy has nothing to do with Love
…and everything to do with self-pity.
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Nobody ever learned anything by talkin’.
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Never be afraid to admit a mistake.
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If you want people to listen to you, talk quietly…
Loudness just makes people fearful and defensive.
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Share, dammit!
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You are so Hungry, child.
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Dignity is the shine on the Golden Rule.
It is knowing who you are, liking it and giving
others their Dignity also,
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The closer we get to talking about what we’re most shy and timid about,
the more intellectually vague we get…
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What are the rules of love?
You find this out when you’re:
a. dating
b. intimate
c. married
…and you hear these words:, “Now that we’re…”
a…dating”
b. intimate…”
c. married…”
You can brace yourself for a list of new rules.
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Be careful of your judgments.
Never judge a band on one hearing…
Or people either…
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Going into a relationship is not unlike getting a puppy…
Y’ gotta feed ‘em,
Y’ gotta pet ‘em
Y’gotta take ‘em for walks…
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Honesty is not always the Truth.
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Sometimes, he who shouts loudest knows least about what he’s
saying.
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Only one person knows a secret.
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Everyone has fantasies.
Most fantasies should be left just that:
Fantasies…
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Beauty is a Glow from within…
Sometimes it has a shiny top.
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Show me a person who is never Jealous
and I’ll show you a damn Liar!
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If I were to change a thing in Thee or Me
‘twould be to soften our Harshness in the
Judging of Others.
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Love is spelled T-R-U-S-T
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Never forget..
No matter where you go or what you do
Your shadow sticks to your feet.
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Part of Wisdom is realizing two things:

You don’t really Know a helluva lot.
The best you can do
is to remind folks of what they already Know.

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The Hard One:

“Give fully of thyself!”
(You gotta be kidding!)
O.K. then, try:
“I Love You”

What’s the difference?
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Don’t put yourself in the position of being responsible
for other peoples Happiness…
It’s a stupid person who makes others responsible for theirs…
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Don’t be afraid to be the First
or Last
To say I Love You…
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Freedom ain’t the same thing as Security…
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How many “Just One Mores” are good for you?
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There’s no Can like a Can Of Worms.
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One of the Nicest things you can be is Gentle…
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Camelot has walls of Styrofoam
and was made at Universal studios…
But it looks gooood!
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Tomorrow will be here soon enough.
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…it’s only me.
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Did you eat today?.
Of course, if you did, it’s only because some other Critter
didn’t eat it first…
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No matter how right you are,
If they won’t listen, you might as well be wrong.
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A gift given with the anticipation of something in return
is no longer a gift…
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The more money you have, the more contempt you can buy with it.
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If you use people long enough, you’ll find that they tire of grasping for the carrot-on-the stick.
All that will be left are the people that care about others less than you do.
Then you’ll really be in trouble…
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It’s difficult to rationalize being upset about something you could change…
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Bittersweet is remembering those loved who have gone to other paths, other places other loves…
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If you understand the word Compromise you have a vague idea of how to make a marriage work.
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Good Manners don’t cost a dime!

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Today is tomorrow’s History and soon will exist only in old newspaper files and Halloween costumes.
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No matter how good an actor you are you cannot hide
Lying…
Anger…
or a new Love…
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You can’t start over…
But you can try again.
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Look at the word
un comfort able.
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Guilt is lacking the ability to accept the possibility that
the mistakes you make can be forgiven…
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Wisdom, or at least part of it,
is realizing that sometimes you have an awfully big mouth.
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You can’t drown your troubles.
They have an ugly habit of floating back to the surface again.
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“Things would be perfect,” you say, “if only he/she would change.”
Listen, Child, people don’t change, they just become more like who they is.
Would you really change for anyone but yourself?
Not bloody likely…
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You create your own happiness/unhappiness
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Don’t get too close to that candle, little moth…
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A Wise One neither applauds or condemns your past.
But they are extremely interested in what you’re going to do next.
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Giving up is easy

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Lord, save me from myself, for I am a hypocrite.
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Somewhere, deep inside you there’s a you that’s crying so hard its tummy hurts.
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No matter how hard I try I can’t break myself of the notion
that I can instantly come up with an easy solution to my problems.
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It’s tough understanding the importance of being Fair when Life Isn’t.
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You’re like the little kid who always wishes he’d grabbed the other box of Cracker Jack.
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If you say “No” often enough
They’ll stop asking.
Is that really what you want?
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I love you.
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Infinity is two mirrors looking at each other.
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I don’t know either.
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The secret to being a good lover is to proceed as though
this is the only time you’ll be able to be with that person
and you want their memory of the encounter to be sweet…
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Are we There yet?
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How many is enough?
Good Question.
` ~/~
Honey, I hope I didn’t hurt you too bad…
I know I hurt myself…
Ow.
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“Promise” is a very tough word.
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Religion is an Opinion of the Ways of God.
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Don’t pick your nose when other people are watching.
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Be careful. An Alligator is dangerous on both ends.
So are some people…
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Love is sometimes like history. Much of the time you don’t realize its impact till time passes.
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If you must hurt someone try to have a Bandaid in your hand.
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With Love, Time is the True Test.
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Try not to hate those who reject you…
Don’t compound their Guilt.
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To Teach you must have Patience.
And, Dammit, you’re a Teacher whether you like it or not!
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What are you going to tell The White Light when it asks
“Well, how’d you do this time?”
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“Infatuation” comes from two Latin words meaning
“To make a Fool of”
Think about that…
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Warning…
If they can, they probably will.
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“Honesty” is defined as “Freedom from Lying”
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Ain’t easy is it?
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If you had better diction you could mumble more clearly.
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Before you open that Can of Worms, read the label carefully.
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Friends are family that you make on your own.
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Lessons in Life are seldom Taught.
They are Learned.
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Take responsibility for your choices.
That’s what decisions are, you know…
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Analyze your wishes and your motives…
and remember, some wishes are Monkey’s Paw wishes…
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Really, now…
How hard did you try?
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The first Lie,
When you Lie,
Is to yourself
Because you know what the Truth is.
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You don’t fall in Love…
It falls on you!
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You make your own reputation.
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Nobody is always anything.
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Did you ever notice how difficult it is to do things the hard way?
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Either keep your Promises
Or don’t make ‘em.
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The Leaves of Autumn,
The Chaff from the Wheat.
The ashes from the Hearth…
Were they ever there to start?
I thought so at the time…
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Leave them alone!
They will come home…
Waggin’ their tails behind ‘em.
(if those damn dogs down the road don’t get ‘em first.)
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When you’re feeling down, remember that just getting through the day is a succession of Miracles.
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“Why are we here?” you ask?
To set an example of course!
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Giving Love
is not the same as Buying Something.
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Problems?
Suuuure!
We all have Problems. ‘S human nature, y’know?
Emotions?
Suuure!
The whole Do-It-To-Yourself kit!
Everything’s’ there!
Fear, Bravery, Love, Hate, Joy, Sadness…
Every kind of hot and cold running Emotion.
To be changed on a whim, too often at someone else’s
expense.
After all, Problems got to eat too.
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What you need is:
A dry place to sleep
And something to eat tomorrow…
Everything else is what you want!
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“Should ‘a’? ”
Waddaya mean, “should ‘a’?”
That’s as bad as “was gonna!”
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It’s a Mans World…
But it’s a Ladies Choice.
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If you understand the word “Patience” the idiots of the world will
show themselves in time for you to get out of reach.
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You can only hurt your friends…
Your enemies won’t let you get that close.
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Jealousy is a hard driver.
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Did you ever watch a young bird try to fly?
It will, because it must. It is Gods Design that Birds Fly.
But they don’t always get it on the first try…
Now.
What did you do today?
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Nothing makes sense all the time.
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“My life is a mess, “ she wailed, “when will it stop?”
“When you turn to a new page.” said I.
“Or, you can keep re-reading this chapter since you seem to like it so much.
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If you think you’re an Angel, check your feet for mud first.
Besides, I don’t think Angels have feet…
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God has Purpose.
You have Choices.
Which is one of Gods Purposes.
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Please use your words as communication sounds, not weapons.
Weapons are used and no one uses a weapon accidentally…
Weapons hurt and only hurt.
Which might say something about your argument.
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Don’t look for plaudits when you do something nice for someone.
A Good Thing done right is done and in place. It cannot be taken away…
The finest praise comes unbidden and when you least expect it.
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SURPRISE!
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What does the Voice of God Sound like?
…a lot like your conscience, I think.
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If you had it all, where would you put it?
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It’ll scar…
But it’ll pass..
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Right now, all I’m getting out of life is smart.
But not smart enough.
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Ev’rybody’s got an act!
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You can’t lose what you never had.
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Do you remember, when you were a kid, skipping a flat rock across a pond…as many times as you could…
Making Ripples…
Little Rings to Big Rings into Infinity;
Leaving a brief Mark that disappears into calm…?
My Life has been like that flat rock skipping…
Did I do it wrong?
I don’t think so…
But I’m not done yet.
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What you like,
What you expect
And what you get
Only agree sometimes.
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You Choose to be who you are.
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You don’t have to try very hard to make things worse.
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Whatever you say, sweetie…
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If kept promises were food
We’d all starve to death…
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Don’t ask.
It cuts down on disappointment.
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I don’t know either…
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If this had been in the 1860’s
I do believe I’da shot him!
Gut shot him…
Watched him die!

Would’ve got a ten dollar Bounty
For killin’ a Varmint…
And a twenty dollar Penalty
For Litterin’
But I’d have shot him anyway!
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God, daily, places before you opportunities for more happiness…
Don’t block it.
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Sometimes the best way to help them is to Leave them Alone!
Are you Listening, Bo Peep?
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“Why?” you ask?
Sometimes it’s proof that God
has a sense of Humor.
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One of the hardest tasks is finding the “real” world.
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When you criticize,
Be sure it’s not a Mirror you’re pointing at…
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You cannot change the World…
You can change your World.
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“Wishing” and “Doing” are two entirely different things.
You did know that, didn’t you?
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Accomplishments need not all be big ones.
But then, there really are no little ones.
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How silly of you to blame others for your problems.
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Change your Lightbulb.
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Some of the things you do are really dumb, you know that?
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Don’t tell someone they can’t do or be something…
They might believe you and never try…
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Fair ain’t got nothin’ to do with it.
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Unfortunately, Human Nature being what it is…
All your “goods”
Can be negated by one bad.
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If you don’t learn from that Mistake…
It’ll be back.
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“Getting it right” just flattens “had it wrong.”
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Yagottawanna
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I can’t believe you did that~
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So you’re In Love…
Remember, Clouds are only Pink for a little while…
You’ll be O.K. as long as you realize this.
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Revenge is a waste of time.
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Whatever you think your assignment is,
I can assure you it is not to be someone
else’s Diaper…
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Don’t shirk your own responsibilities
by taking on the responsibilities of others.
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Don’t use Guilt as a weapon.
It’ll turn into resentment all too soon.
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Why do you hang onto something that’s not even there?
Why would you even want to?
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Few things are as futile as trying to change someone
into something they’re not.
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Run from your fears all you want.
But, sooner or later, you’ll have to stand and fight.
Fear is an emotional Bully.
And everything they say about Bullies is true.
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I think I’ll go get me a dipperful of Rainbow…
Want to come along?

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What’s in your bed?
Oh well,
It is your bed after all…
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You can do anything you really want to…
You can even pick up a live Rattlesnake if you want to.
The trick is to pick him up when he’s sleeping.
This takes a little practice because they have no eyelids.

Did you ever stop to think that what you want to do might
not be in your best interests?
Like picking up live Rattlesnakes?
Especially sleeping ones?
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Communicate.
No one can read your mind.
Nor can you read theirs.
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A one-sided Love Affair is like riding a see-saw by yourself.
And is about as much fun.
And makes about as much sense.
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I realize you’ve heard it before…
But have you Listened yet?
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Don’t feel smug just because that snake bit the other feller and not you.
He ain’t the first or last to get bit…
And that ain’t the only snake around, either.
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The only thing cut and dried in Life is Beef Jerky.
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There’s a subtle difference between giving someone a Present
and giving them what they didn’t ask for…

There’s also a subtle difference between giving them a present
and giving them what they did ask for…

Then, too, there’s a subtle difference between giving them a
Present and giving them what they need.
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There are other Centers in the World besides yours.
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You can’t go swimming carrying a bag of rocks.
You must change something…
You could give up swimming.
Or get rid of the rocks.
What good is dragging around a bag of rocks anyway? ~/~
Do now.
Talk later…
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Number your paper from one to twenty-five.
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Your perception of what Life is all about changes constantly…
If it doesn’t, you’re not looking.
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Remember your Mission!
You, ah, do remember your Mission, don’t you?
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You do a lot of really dumb things
For someone who thinks they’re so smart…
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It can almost be said that the best the good things
you do are accidental…
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Your potential for growth
Is a Rose to bloom as a Glory.
Don’t use all the water on the Weeds
Or your Rose will die…
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There’s always a Bad Guy in your act.
And it’s all his fault.
Right?
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Don’t confuse Love with Need or Desire.
They’re not quite the same.

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Pardon me, but did you ever think you might be
messing with the wrong people?
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Just what did you expect, anyway?
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Careful, child, Keep poking that critter with a stick and he’ll Bite You.
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Would you know “It” if you saw it?
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Some things get Broke.
Some things get Broker.
We should Fix them or get Rid of them, shouldn’t we?
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Feeling sorry for yourself is a terrible waste of time.
And Boring besides.
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Some people insist on fixing their Lifeboat with an Icepick.

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When you bitch
It’s because you have a complaint…
When I bitch, I have an attitude.
How come that applies?
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People are often concerned about being remembered after they’re gone.
They want to “make their Mark”, leave a “Monument.”
Your true Monument is how you Touch people right now.
But you’ll no sooner be in the ground when people start
changing the memories around and they never get it right…
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You figure out what the word “friend” means yet?
It’s an over-licked Label sometimes…
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We all kinda wish Magic were real. Funny, isn’t it?
It may well be there is no magic.
There is, however, Imagination…
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Don’t fret so much about what you cannot do.
Focus, instead, on what you Can do.
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Practice does not make perfect.
It just makes you more skilled at what you’re practicing.
Perhaps that’s why you do dumb things so well.
…diligently, too!
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Don’t allow your Promises to become Lies looking for a home.
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How many times have you struggled and fought to climb a Wall
only to find that the Gate was open all the time?
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It’s not so much what Life does to you as much as it is what you’ve done to your Life.
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Emotions and feelings have no brains at all…
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I didn’t mean to get so pushy…
or pullie, either.
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Don’t hold it too tight or you’ll crush it to death.
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Everybody’s got something slitherin’ under their bed…
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Life is so much easier when you learn to be selective about what you allow to get you down.

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You may be surprised to know that God doesn’t play favorites.
It’s Greed and Selfishness that make it look that way.
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Faith and Trust are pretty much the same thing.
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No matter how cool Luke walks
He’s just as scared as you are.

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`You don’t need brains to be a Fool.
Or a lot of practice…
Only a natural talent.
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It ain’t what you ask for…
It’s how you ask for it.
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Fix the damn thing! It’s wobbling!
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Am I wrong or does it seem to you that the sects
that claim to have a special deal with God
are the most restrictive and exclusionary?
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Slow Down
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No matter what you did today, tomorrow has its own plans.
…and Opportunities.
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Sometimes the most important letters you write are the ones unsent.
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When you get right down to it, Life is Fascinating…
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First you figure out what you’re lookin’ for…
(You’re sure now?)
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What really matters is kindness…
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Acceptance (but not Complacency) once understood, often
removes a lot of the reasons to be angry.
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How are you doing being you?
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Life’s hard lessons include the mistake of thinking that we don’t make mistakes.
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When you’re trying to catch something, consider the Frog.
He waits ‘till his prey is in range, then he makes his grab.

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Seeking the approval of others can be a frustrating waste of time
when you finally realize that the most wonderful approval
is that which you receive unasked…
It’s priceless because it’s free.
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If you learn to take Coincidences for granted it’s much easier to sort out the Miracles.
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What you Say has no weight
Compared to what you Do…
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Here’s an excellent condensation of Human History:
“They’re at it again!”

Not specific enough? O.K., try:
“The _________ are at it again!”
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I used to wonder if it was gonna be Booze or Women that was gonna be the Death of me.
So I quit drinkin’…
Now I know…!
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Why do you hold it so tight?
Maybe it doesn’t want to be there…
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People who are rude should be pitied for the high Tower of Lonely they’re building.
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In Life, from time to time, I feel like the tail-gunner in an old Bomber.
Going like a Bat out of Hell
Seeing only what was
No idea who’s flying this thing
And when I see fighters coming to shoot at my plane there’s nobody around to do anything about it but me!

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Did you really do that?
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The best way to appraise an Actors’ skill is to see what they do with the unexpected.
That includes your act, y’know…
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So.You went to the Sea, wet your toes and now you’re going to tell me you’re a Swimmer?
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In
Sanity
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If my Foresight
Was as good as my Hindsight
I could lead a blameless Life
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Choices are Made…
Decisions are Necessary.
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You’re really fooling yourself if you think you can Get Even.
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What Happened Ma?
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Sanity
Is
In
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Were they really Mistakes?
Or is that just the way we Learned the Lesson?
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Be careful, your insecurities are showing.
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A phrase you should consider when you perceive a “failure,”
Yours or theirs…
“By whose measure?”
Then listen carefully to the answer…
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On Patience and Tolerance.
Doc Holliday had No Patience. He just shot ‘em out of hand, letting them fall where they may.
Wild Bill Hickock had Patience. He’s Reason with them a little then he shot ‘em out of hand,
letting them fall where they may…
Wyatt Earp, a Paragon of Patience and Tolerance.
He’d Reason with them and if that didn’t work he’d simply whack
‘em upside the head with his pistol and haul ‘em off to the pokey to
reflect on their evil ways.
~/~
One of the Joys of wearing Boots is that it doesn’t matter if your socks don’t match.
~/~
I have a Warehouse full of Hula-Hoops…
I thought it would last forever.
~/~
The trick to Understanding someone is much simpler if you first accept who they are.
~/~
If you’re the only one laughing
There’s something Wrong with the Joke…
~/~
You can’t run your Life on Memories…
They’re not too accurate, y’know.
~/~
I run when I hear the word “Guarantee.”
~/~

Sometimes Life feels like you’re laying railroad track
and the train is only a quarter mile behind you…
…and moving!
~/~

The problem with putting people on pedestals is that you get an awful
crick in your neck looking up at them…
Besides, pedestals wobble.

~/~
Having an opinion
And knowing something
Are often two totally different things.
~/~
God guarantees all His work with the usual stipulation against the
Consumer tampering with the Product.
…This includes your Life.
~/~
A Loan of Money is a Gift until it’s paid back.
~/~
The Road of Life…
You can stand on the sides or you can get on it.
If you get on it you’d best keep movin’
Or something will run right over you!
~/~
You can’t fulfill your life’s ambition
holding someone else’s hand.
Unless your life’s ambition is to be a professional hand-holder.
~/~
Beware of the Gonna Bird.
~/~

Drink all the water you can, boys, it’s a long way across the desert!
~/~

It’s not so much “False Hope”
As it is Unreasonable expectations…
~/~
You feel most Free
When you are most Honest.
~/~
Giving Love is its own reward.
It is neither a lever or a hammer…
~/~
Some people get an awful lot of mileage on a Maybe.
~/~
Remember Caligula!
Shows that you don’t have to be Sane to Rule…
Being a Boss is not a Qualification.
It is a Situation.
~/~
It is most infuriating when people interpret your intention to speak
as their cue to talk at the same time.
Like a verbal drag race…
~/~
In the Corrida of Life, I’m for the Bull!
~/~
There’s Rocks in every Garden
~/~
As you view others…
As you treat others…
How would the world be if everyone viewed and
treated others as you do?
If the world would not immediately become a better place
perhaps you need to make some adjustments.
~/~
Relationships are just like any other Ship.
They leak…
You plug the leaks or the Ship sinks.
~/~
All I have seen
is not the same as I’ve seen it all.
~/~
According to Genesis, God created Man in his own image.
Problems commenced when Man tried to make God in his image.
Pinocchio did not create Gepetto.
~/~
I’m a character I used to play in my movie actor days…
~/~
People get mad at God when he won’t fix their Mistakes and
Lets them wallow in their selfishness.
~/~
Got an objective?
All you need do is work toward it steadily… it’ll meet you on the road.
Bit it won’t come and get you…
~/~
Understanding someone is permitting them to be themselves
as opposed to who you thought they were, or worse,
What you want them to be…
~/~

If you’re resentful of what they have or what they do…
And wish it was you having or doing…
Ask yourself if you’d do what they did to be in that position.
If it’s not worth the work to you
It’s not worth the reward.
So hush up about it.
~/~
Bigotry, plain and simple, is the assertion that another human
being isn’t worth your courtesy and good manners.
~/~
Did you do anything today that’d make your Momma proud?
~/~
For the things I did when I shoudn’ta
And the things I didn’t do when I shoulda
I’m sorry.
~/~
Remember what a Hotshot you said you were going to be when you were in Junior High?
~/~
Being punctual is a Promise made.
Being consistently late is an insult to the person kept waiting
because a Promise has been broken. Again.
~/~
Sing to yourself
~/~
The World is a trap
And we’re in it…
At least you are.
~/~
Try not to traumatize Wildlife. We all must try to live together.
~/~
People err when they think that the way they perceive things
is the way Things Are.
~/~

The solution must be within…
That’s where the problem is.
~/~
Imagination is the air in the balloon.
~/~
Just because someone isn’t living their Life
the way you think they should
does that make them wrong?
~/~
Don’t leave your homework out where the dog can get it.
~/~
Audiences (and we’re all performers)
are a lot like the neighbors’ Dog.
Sometimes he’ll let you on the porch.
Sometimes he won’t.
~/~
Don’t let Trust Rust.
It’s too hard to fix.
~/~
If you see a Crisis coming,
check out your real options
Before your Imagination wins the
unfought fight and beats you up.
~/~
Your Problems are simple.
It’s your Imagination that’s Complicated.
~/~
“Rise, take up your bed and walk.” doesn’t just refer to
a physical problem, you know…
~/~
Judges are elected or appointed.
There are no Born Judges.
~/~
God, when he created Mankind, He gave him marvelously adapted forepaws,
a blinding curiosity and tremendous intelligence. This gave him startling creative
and technological ability far surpassing the other animals.
But the Gizmo that would let Mankind use all this stuff sanely was left out and substituted with Free Will.
~/~
What does “I Want” have to do with anything?
~/~
The point of an argument should not be who is right.
…It should be the means to a settlement.
~/~

Did you ever notice that in some groups you could take up a
Collection and not get fifty cents worth of Common Sense?
~/~
Honor is to earn,
to have
…and to give
~/~
If you must reprimand, try not to humiliate.
~/~
Musicians…
Tell ‘em they’re out of tune, they’ll fix that.
Tell ‘em they’re too loud, they get huffy.
~/~
I know where lives a Squirrel with no tail.
You think you got problems!
~/~
A morality tale about the emergence of New Ideas…
Once upon a time, far back in the memory of man, a certain guy came up with the brilliant idea
that some loads could be moved easier if they were set and rolled along on a very round piece of log he’d found in the forest.
Well, he told folks that “only his Log” was the one to use and he charged folks to use it. Wouldn’t allow another round log in camp.
Pretty slick. He didn’t have to work at all. Just live off the proceeds from his Log.
Well, some kid got to studying the situation and, working with flint and fire,
carved out two wheels and an axle.
The Log-guy murdered the Wheel-guy in his sleep.
But he couldn’t kill the Wheel…
~/~
Own up to your big contribution to the Chaos in your life.
~/~
Love
and a desire to Possess
are not the same.
~/~
If somebody exhorts you to “ have Faith,” give it a study and be sure
it’s not just a means to have things their way. Be Careful.
That’s too much like “God told me” and frankly I get to watching
my back and my bankbook around such folk.
~/~
Just because you think it’s a good idea doesn’t mean it IS a good idea!
~/~
If you’re sorry about something you did, that’s one thing…
If you’re sorry about something you got caught at…
That requires some thought as to its credibility.
Or its sincerity…
~/~
When you’re not in it, you have Wisdom, you have all the Answers.
When you are in it, all that Logic and Sense flat out Vanishes!
~/~
Beware of “Hafta”
~/~
Some folks, when they want something from you, are as clever as a
Squirrel trying to get at a Bird Feeder.
~/~
Never
Make a Deal
Make a Promise
or
Give a Reprimand
…if you’re under the influence of Booze, Drugs, Anger or Jealousy…
~/~
Learning is a Lifelong Chore.
Get on it!
~/~
Set an Example
Oooops!
I see you have already.
~/~
The proof is in the Show.
Desire and Good Intentions
Don’t fill a House.
~/~
Don’t turn an Accident into an Attack.
~/~
Inflexibility is awfully Restricting, don’t you think?
~/~
People accepted are people loved…
~/~
The things you have done in your life, particularly to others,
that don’t have Love attached to it, may have to be done over.
~/~
If you’ve lost your Curiosity, you’re doing something Wrong.
You can’t possibly have it all figured out. Yet.
~/~
Render unto Beurocracy
What is Beurocracy’s.
~/~
The only power your Boss has over you is the inconvenience
of being out of a job.
~/~
You can’t build your own esteem by tearing down others.
~/~
Every Sheep has its own place in the Flock.
Some have more Wool than others
But none have enough to make a whole suit.
~/~
Every time you’ve ever done something really stupid in your life
you probably had a little flash of “Should I do this?”
~/~
The Worse thing about a Lie is that there’s no Truth to it.
~/~
Don’t try to make people like you. It can’t be done.
You can make ‘em dislike you however…
~/~
Real Teachers need not announce that they are Teachers.
~/~
Don’t blame me!
Come to think of it,
Don’t blame them either!
~/~
It ain’t the Lesson
It’s the Practice.
~/~
Ain’t got time to read your Billboard!
Too busy tryn’ to keep my car on the road!
~/~
Remember what the creatures of the wild teach us…
Avoid all critters big enough to eat you
And rowdy enough to injure you.
~/~
Half empty or half full…?
Depends if you’re buyin’ or sellin’.
~/~
“Only?”
Very, very few things are really “Only.”
~/~
If someone “makes” you do something it’s usually because you gave
them the power to do this…
Why did you let that happen?.
~/~
When the Lies start
The Trust stops
~/~
Some people treat God like a Hooker.
Ignored till a need arises
Forgotten once The Need is taken care of.
And Shunned when others are around.
~/~
Unfortunately, all the qualities we attribute to Rats
Fit humans as well if not better…
~/~
Good Manners work.
~/~
In matters of the heart, you never know if you’ve done the right thing
until it’s too late to make any difference one way or another…

~/~
How is it that no matter how much you plan
It always happens differently
But you always say
“I knew it all along.”
~/~
Two Stupids Do Not One Smart Make
~/~

Some of my favorite things…

A Squirrels’ Ego..
.
Honeybees Sparkling in the Sun…
Deer floating through a Meadow…

The Pure Joy of a dog chasing a Frisbee…

Butterflies that Flutterby…

Seagulls playing on a Thermal…

The words “Lovely”, “Gossamer,” “Melody…”

Baby mammals trying to synchronize four legs…

Getting a letter instead of a bill…

Puppy Breath…

Spring’s translucent Green…

The smell of creosote on railroad ties on a Hot, Summer day…

The babbling color of Fall in the Woods…

The deep, Black and White quiet of the first heavy Snow…

A really clear Rainbow…

~/~
Please take good care of You.
You’re the only one of you we have…
~/~

With you I don’t know if I’m hearing the last verse of our song
Or the turnaround for the next verse…
But the music keeps playing…
~/~

Decisions…
are Consequential Choices…
~/~
“Chantilly”
…such a pretty word…
~/~
Most people will tell a Lie
If the situation Warrants It…
Hopefully to protect another Soul.

But it’s still a Lie…

If you lie to me, Please make it Worth It.
For a Lie it shall still be…
And it’s difficult to make a Lie worth anything…
~/~
“Na’en They Say Hae I…”
And I believe they’re right…
~/~
If You Harm Yourself…
I will Spend The Rest Of My Life
Blaming Myself
For Not Coming With What You Needed
And “If Only…”
Will Always Be On My Mind…
~/~
Requiem
~/~
I Don’t Mind A Storm…
Storms Pass…
“Partly Cloudy, Chance Of Rain”
Is, In It’s Own Way, Worse…
It’s The Uncertainty…
~/~
Ones mouth…with practice…
Will Addle a perfectly good idea, spreading confusion like wildfire…
And practice we have a-plenty…
~/~
Don’t get even…
Why not?
Can’t be done, that’s why…
~/~
Song about Romantic Love…
“Does The Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor On The Bedpost Overnight?
~/~
“ ‘Old Hickory’ said “We can take ‘em by surprise if we didn’t fire our muskets till we looked ‘em in the eyes.”
~/~
From time to time the fog clears and you question the wisdom of selecting that particular beach for your landing.
~/~
What an interesting movie is Body Language…
~/~
‘Doubt’ is very often your lucid self desperately trying to tell you something…

~/~
Leaves fall in layers…
So do people in your life…
~/~
And the next act is…
~/~
The Situation
looks so, so, sad…
in so many ways…
But I guess, in so many ways…
It always was…
~/~
Ambiguity
~/~
Hail, Mary…
Full of Grace…
~/~
“Every Action Has An Equal And Opposite Reaction”
We’ve always known that…it was taught to us in school…
So why, knowing that, do we fail to Duck?
~/~
Is there a Line?
~/~
They either want you to Leave Them Alone…
Or to Come Get Them
And it’s not always clear which is the safer road…
~/~
Try just being Nice.
It’s the Golden Rule, you know…
~/~
Is it “dysfunctional” or is it “the best you can do”?

And if that’s the case…

…should we be afraid?
~/~
Can you imagine what the world would be like if we really, truly, “did the best we can” ?
~/~
One of the Joys of being alone
Is being alone…
~/~
On Tolerance…
Oh well, there’s them, too…
~/~
If you do…
or if you don’t…
Will the result of your decision change your life?
~/~
You know you’ve been hanging around bars too long when the other customers look like they should be spanked and sent home.
~/~
Learn as you go…
~/~

Today I felt like Rhett Butler…
“How,” you say?
“Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”
That’s how…
~/~
Improvise
~/~
I’m either a hot dog in a frankfurter world…
Or a frankfurter in a hot dog world…
I forget which…
~/~
The thing about this test is that you won’t know it’s over until they tell you to put your pencil down…
~/~
Talk lower…
And slower…
And your communication skills
Will improve immensely,
~/~
What was that?!
~/~
Always noticed is the woman wearing ‘The Little Black Dress.’
… a true American Icon
~/~
No matter where they are…
Most people are trying to escape.
~/~
It’ll probably get a good review…
But it’s not likely to get an Oscar…
~/~
You learn by Experimentation…
Careful Observation…
Or Surprise.
In your case, (since you’re still here)
Methinks a good deal of luck is involved.
~/~
It’s your turn this week…
~/~
The Phone Booth
Has become an Endangered Species.
And is nearly extinct.
Breeding pairs are increasingly hard to find…
~/~
You don’t need to be the Alpha Wolf…
It’s too much work.
Even dangerous sometimes.
~/~
“…Get On The Strawberry Roan….”
~/~
Some women walk into a room as if their ankles were tied together with a 12 inch piece of string.
~/~
Everyone who has a pet should take it to Obedience School.
~/~
Did God really want us to multiply in the manner we have?
~/~
The Ol’ Grey Mare is an Endangered Species
~/~
Don’t eat in front of a hungry man.
~/~
That’s too much sugar for a dime…
~/~
I saw someone ‘toss’ a shot of Jack Daniel’s
Shame!
Bourbon is sippin’ whiskey!
~/~
You may be good…
…but you ain’t that good…
~/~
If you don’t learn…
How can you teach…?
~/~
At a birthday party someone rearranged
the ‘Happy Birthday’ letters on a cake to read ‘Phapy Ribtady’

Ever so much more fun…
~/~
If you want to be seen,
Don’t hide in the woods
~/~
Saloon Scene #1
I just saw a roomful of people prove that they weren’t 22 anymore…
And it didn’t matter
Because for a while they felt like they were 22 again for awhile
And that’s all that matters…
~/~

All too often bands set up with the idea that the musicians must be heard over the drums.
This is wrong.
They should set up so that the singer can be heard without straining…
~/~
What a mess…
~/~
I am sorry for those who never experienced the sheer joy of anticipation
waiting for the current issue of Life magazine or the Saturday Evening Post
with the latest Norman Rockwell cover.
I pity those who never experienced that for there is no equal…
~/~
Store Bought
vs
Home Made
~/~
What have they done to Vodka?
It used to be the ‘no tell’ drink…tasteless, odorless…
Now it comes in flavors…
~/~
The tattoo…
Only impresses other tattoo wearers and wannabe’s
~/~
I don’t have time to lie.
Tried it once or twice.
Didn’t work very well.
So I gave it up.
~/~
The hardest constraints in life are those we put on ourselves.
Actually they are the only ones that get put on us.
Those constraints we blame on others are actually our own put on by choice and agreement.
~/~
“Life” isn’t moving too fast…
You are…
~/~
On the Serengeti
The predators and scavengers know when it’s the other guy’s turn.
~/~
“Should”
Now there’s a word…
~/~
Laugh at it, folks…
~/~
Blink once in a while.
~/~
In days of old you used to have mail order brides.
Now you can almost build your own woman.
Buy boobs, buy nails, buy a tuck, use a little Botox. a tattoo here and there…
Soon ‘natural’ will be considered strange…
~/~
Honey, you married the wrong man.
~/~
Entering a saloon is almost like being thrust back into your high school years in that you want to be
accepted and be popular by a group of self centered creatures.
It’s worse, actually. They’ve been drinking…

~/~
Lord, save us from The Birthday Song
~/~
You are blessed if you are raised near woods and acted out tales of Robin Hood and Tarzan.
Beats any electronic game all hollow…
~/~
Science has it all wrong.
Living longer is not the ideal.
Staying thirty longer.
That is the ideal.
~/~
Get it in writing.
~/~
One of the greatest magic tricks
Is how women can take two sticks like chop sticks
And thrust it through their hair into an almost bun.
And it stays there.
How do they do that?
~/~
“Ready for my close-up Mr. Demille”
Are you sure?
~/~
Some Assembly Required.
Please read the flipping directions…
~/~
Were you ever in love?
Really?
Did you ever get hurt?
Really?
~/~
Breathe…
Blink…
Continue…
~/~
Such a complex path
To answer such a simple question…
~/~
It’s scary when their masks slip…
~/~
Is the fishing hole dry…
Or are you using the wrong bait?
~/~
Find a Mirror…
Look…
~/~
It’s always nice to be kissed by a pretty girl.
~/~
I’m ever so glad I’m not important enough to ‘need’ a cell phone.
~/~
Who can say why people do
What they do…?
~/~
If you don’t want to get its attention
Don’t poke a stick at it.
~/~
Nothing works better than Honest and Natural…
~/~
How can I even notice the stupid things others do in view of my own stupid acts…?
~/~
Suicide by bartender.
~/~
Want a quick study on what is decreed as beauty in America?
Go to the shampoo aisle in any supermarket and look at the models on the L’Oreal boxes.
~/~
Don’t be mad at me.
I ain’t worth the trouble…
~/~

I saw a mourning dove (such a graceful, sweet, bird)
the other day with a twig in her beak obviously for nest-building purposes
and got to speculating how far a human would get making a bird nest using
just a pair of tweezers, which is about as close to a bird beak as we could come……

Bird nests are one of the more taken for granted miracles of nature because they just DO it.

We won’t even Think of a pair of tweezers and Bowerbird or Weaver nests.

~/~
It’s not that important
~/~
Is there anything as forgettable as someone else’s wedding?
~/~
Don’t mind me…
I’m just part of the parade…
~/~
Right after the ‘little black dress’
Comes the ‘little summer dress’
~/~
I’ll never understand why women allowed the hemlines of the fifties.
~/~
The music box ran down tonight…
Someone bought the little ballerina that was on it and took her away…
~/~
I don’t have a pot to pee in as they say…
Not too bad a thing…
I’ll go out with what I came in with
The true ‘God’s Plan’
I like it…
Makes going much easier….
~/~
She either has the prettiest breasts in the world
Or you see before you money well spent on a brassiere…
~/~
Y’know…on those days where you don’t think you’re getting much
It could be you’re most likely getting just what you deserve…
~/~
When I say ‘I love you’
There’s no stickum attached to it.
~/~
James Butler Hickock
Stylish paranoia
~/~

Some brassieres, particularly for more endowed women,
are a wonder of design.
Deserving of commendation above and beyond the call of duty
for some of the challenges they deal with.
~/~
Make sure the bad things people say about you are not true…
If they are true, guess whose problem it is…?
~/~
Well, we’re here today…
We’re probably going to be there tomorrow.
That’s their problem…
~/~
Why should I make me part of your problem…?
Perhaps to give you strength.
~/~
The country musicians of today look largely like caricatures.
~/~
I love you…
For no particular reason…
~/~
When you look at the way someone and the way they conduct their life
saying to yourself “If I were them I would do things differently…”
Remember…
It is likely that someone else is looking at the way you conduct yours
the very same way…
~/~

Ahhh…
There you are… all aboil with self-righteous anger.
Here is my question.
What does all that anger fix?
~/~
Suicide never makes sense
To those left behind…
~/~
You don’t have to be strong…
~/~
Wisdom is applied common sense
~/~
How different the world would be.
If we had only asked first…
~/~
There are some people who live their entire lives without anyone hailing them from the other side of a room.
~/~
If only we could be
What those who love us think they see…
~/~
Isn’t it funny that no matter how muxed up our own lives are
we’re always ready with an opinion on what someone else is doing wrong in theirs…?
~/~
Without lonely people a saloon could not exist.
~/~
Just about the time you think you’ve seen it all…
You find you were grossly mistakein.
~/~
If you have to tell people how cool you is…
You ain’t…
~/~
When there’s a choice between money and honor…
Money usually wins…
~/~
Oh, well…
Never mind…
They probably won’t believe you anyway…
~/~
Just because she’s pretty doesn’t mean she can cook
~/~
When someone tells you how to do something and they start with
“All ya gotta do is…”
Look for an exit…
~/~
It is human to have a mental list of standards to expect of others…
It is folly to expect them to meet those standards
~/~
It broke
I don’t care
It didn’t work right anyhow…
~/~
Love…
And what you want…
Aren’t always the same thing…

~/~
Don’t believe everything your spell checker tells you…
~/~
You’re not as good as you could be
~/~
There are so many things you don’t get to learn when you think you know it all
~/~
‘Differeng’ and ‘Better’ are not the same thing.
~/~

You can’t get even with all of them.
Besides, ‘getting even’ is grossly overrated and the satisfaction gained is short lived.
~/~
being louder
does not make you righter
~/~
You being accepted for who you are
Is not the same as
Them liking the person they see
~/~
Anger
and
Hate
fix nothing…
in fact
Anger
and
Hate
destroys…
~/~
Breaks?
Let me tell you about ‘breaks’
“Breaks” are siezed opportunity
~/~
Some Lessons
Just don’t get learnt…
~/~
Take some paper.
Take as many sheets as you need.
Now make a list of what the world owes you.
Bring it to me.
I’d really like to see it…
~/~
This may be my last life.
I’d like it to be of
Corrected Mistakes
and trimmed loose ends
~/~
I can’t afford to retire so I’ll do this for a while.
~/~
You cannot defend “What If” scenarios as if they were facts.
They are scenarios.
~/~
If you don’t get in there and grab a bite
They’ll eat it all.
~/~
Here’s the thing about spiders…
Just because she has a web
Doesn’t mean she’s eating.
It Does mean she’s hungry…
~/~
Being punctual is keeping a promise
Being stood up is a lesson.
~/~
‘Prove it’ he said
And I did not.
Whyfore should I try to prove it
Just because he sneered at it?
~/~
Once you realize life ain’t fair
You’re actually in a better position
Because it makes you modify your expectations to be more realistic.
Don’t lose track of your dreams, though…
~/~
DO Something!
Doing Nothing accomplishes little…
And it’s a Waste of Time besides…
~/~
Life is experiencing the consequences of the choices you made.
~/~
No matter how chawed up and spat out you think you are
I guarantee there is Something out there that thinks you’re a meal.
~/~
Things I shouldn’t have done and did
Things I should have done and didn’t
~/~
It’s all in the expectations
~/~
Mundane is a constant.
Just be aware that some people’s ‘mundane’
is hungrier, colder and more physically uncomfortable than your mundane.
~/~
Beware of “secrets”.
Secrets are breeding places for lies.
~/~
Humans aren’t very good at managing their own affairs.
Probably because they’re too busy trying to manage other people’s affairs.
~/~
Mourning, I think, is wishing we would have said “I love you” one more time and knowing the fault is our own for not having done so.
~/~
The sooner you quit blaming others for the consequences of decisions You made
the easier it is to find a solution for your problems.
~/~
When ignorance is backed by stubbornness it becomes stupidity.
~/~
…to be continued…

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