Monday, December 24, 2007

HL Mencken

Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Edward Everett Hale

I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something I can do.

Edward Everett Hale

Look up and not down, look forward and not back, look out and not in, and lend a hand.

Vicomte de Chateaubriand

You are not superior just because you see the world in an odious light.

Henry Ward Beecher

Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?

Monday, December 17, 2007

Albert Einstein

My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Latin Class Joke

nunquam ubi sub ubi


You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose.

William Shakespeare

Our doubts are traitors,
And make us lose the good we oft might win
By fearing to attempt.

Mack Newton

I think we need to understand one thing; the things we want out of life, our desires, have to be stronger than the things we're afraid of - if we're serious about being successful.

Charles Richards

Don't be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of.

Lou Holtz

No one has ever drowned in sweat.

Babe Ruth

It's hard to beat a person that never gives up.

Denis Waitley

There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.

Albert Einstein

If A equals success, then the formula is: A = X + Y + Z, X is work. Y is play. Z is keep your mouth shut.

Albert Einstein

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning.


Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007


I enjoy art and I've been known to buy a print now and again. In the next breath, I must also admit that I know almost nothing about art and have a color vocabulary that would be exhausted by trying to identify all of the contents of a 24 pack of Crayola crayons.

Today as I was poking around a few artist's sites, I was struck by the fact that I'm seeing the medium of Giclée listed more and more often. I've seen it for several years, but until about ten years ago I had no idea what Giclée is. In case you are as ignorant as I was, let me enlighten you. Giclée is French for really expensive ink jet printer. Yup. It is a fancy word that allows them to sell a really expensive piece of art that they just shot out of the ink jet printer sitting on their desk. Great. What is even better is how you pronounce it. Zhee-clay. Gah.

HL Mencken

The most common of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Marie Curie

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.

Monday, December 03, 2007


Can someone explain what the hell is going on here. Why aren't we more outraged by this? Why haven't we heard about this? Have I just not been listening. More over, where is the outrage from the Religious Right? Seriously, I am incensed. I could care less that this guy was probably corn holing somebody important in an administration that is openly hostile to gay rights. What I do care about is that he was entering and leaving the White House under an assumed name and that he was throwing softball questions at the president while more serious reporters were being denied access. OK. I actually do care about this guy's background. It just shows me how empty the phrases Religious Right and Moral Majority have become.