Saturday, January 29, 2011

Incubus on Self-Determination


Sometimes, I feel the fear of uncertainty stinging clear
And I can't help but ask myself how much I'll let the fear
Take the wheel and steer

It's driven me before and seems to have a vague
Haunting mass appeal
But lately I'm beginning to find that I
Should be the one behind the wheel

Whatever tomorrow brings
I'll be there with open arms and open eyes yea
Whatever tomorrow brings
I'll be there I'll be there

So, if I decide to waiver my chance
To be one of the hive
Will I choose water over wine
And hold my own and drive?

It's driven me before and it seems to be the way
That everyone else gets around
But lately I'm beginning to find that when
I drive myself my light is found

Whatever tomorrow brings
I'll be there with open arms and open eyes yea
Whatever tomorrow brings
I'll be there I'll be there

Would you choose water over wine?
Hold the wheel and drive

Whatever tomorrow brings
I'll be there with open arms and open eyes yea
Whatever tomorrow brings
I'll be there I'll be there

Incubus: Brandon Charles Boyd, Michael Aaron Einziger, Alex Katunich, Christopher Kilmore, Jose Athony Pasillas II
Make Yourself, 1999



Law and Order Wisdom

Mike Logan: Oh, the Patriot Act, yeah, well, I read that in its original title: 1984.

Detective Mike Logan (Chris Noth) to Detectives Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Eames (Kathryn Erbe) regarding access to information and the post 9.11.01 reactive "Patriot" Act.

Charlie Rubin, Writer
Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Stress Position
Season 4, Episode 13, February 13, 2005
Wolf Films, NBC Universal Television

To read or revisit (check your library):
1984 written by George Orwell, copyright 1949
Animal Farm written by George Orwell, copyright 1946


Sunday, January 23, 2011

Joseph Campbell on Transcendence

We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.

Joseph Campbell

Monday, January 17, 2011

Martin Luther King, Jr. on Aspiration

Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.

Martin Luther King, Jr.


Thursday, January 13, 2011

Franklin Delano Roosevelt on America

Remember, remember always that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt


Bruce Lee on Fortitude

I am learning to understand rather than immediately judge or to be judged. I cannot blindly follow the crowd and accept their approach. I will not allow myself to indulge in the usual manipulating game of role creation. Fortunately for me, my self-knowledge has transcended that and I have come to understand that life is best to be lived and not to be conceptualized. I am happy because I am growing daily and I am honestly not knowing where the limit lies. To be certain, every day there can be a revelation or a new discovery. I treasure the memory of the past misfortunes. It has added more to my bank of fortitude.

Bruce Lee


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Robert Frost on Reflection

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Robert Frost

Source: Robert Frost, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” from The Poetry of Robert Frost, edited by Edward Connery Lathem. Copyright 1923, © 1969 by Henry Holt and Company, Inc., renewed 1951, by Robert Frost. Reprinted with the permission of Henry
Holt and Company, LLC. Source: The Random House Book of Poetry for Children (1983)

Wendy Feiereisen on Grief

You don't get over it
You just get through it
You don't get by it
Because you can't get around it
It doesn't just "get better"
It just gets different
Every day...
Grief puts on a new face.

Wendy Feiereisen
Grief ©2005®

from the book I Wasn't Ready To Say Goodbye, by Brook Noel & Pamela D. Blair, PH.D.

Leo Buscaglia on Grief

I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love.

Leo Buscaglia

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

John F.Kennedy on Discourse

We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.

John F. Kennedy


John F.Kennedy on Civility

So let us begin anew - remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof. Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate. Let both sides explore what problems unite us instead of belaboring those problems which divide us.

John F. Kennedy
Inaugural address, January 20, 1961
Read the Speech.

For our Congress - be Americans first. - LJF.


Jon Stewart on Rhetoric

I do think it's important to watch our rhetoric. I think it's a worthwhile goal not to conflate our political opponents with enemies if for no other reason than to draw a better distinction between the manifestos of paranoid madmen and what passes for acceptable political and pundit speak. It would be really nice if the ramblings of crazy people didn't in any way resemble how we actually talk to each other on TV. Let's, at least, make troubled individuals easier to spot.

Reflecting on the shooting of Congressional Representative Gabrielle Giffords, where 13 other people were wounded and 6 killed at a grocery store in Tuscon, Arizona on Saturday, January 8, 2011.  The act of one individual American.

Jon Stewart
The Daily Show
January 10, 2011
Comedy Central


Saturday, January 1, 2011

Mark Twain on Human Nature

New Year's Day: Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.

Mark Twain


Hal Borland on Perspective

Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.

Hal Borland