Monday, December 30, 2013

Peter Drucker on Good Practice

Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all.

Peter Drucker

Source: freelancers union on facebook and lifehacker.com

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Christmas Song Wisdom: Jingle Bell Rock

Jingle Bell Rock

Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock
Jingle bells swing and jingle bells ring
Snowin' and blowin' up bushels of fun
Now, the jingle hop has begun

Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock
Jingle bells chime in jingle bell time
Dancin' and prancin' in Jingle Bell Square
In the frosty air

What a bright time, it's the right time
To rock the night away
Jingle bell time is a swell time
To go glidin' in a one-horse sleigh

Giddy-up jingle horse, pick up your feet
Jingle around the clock
Mix and a-mingle in the jinglin' beat
That's the jingle bell rock, yeah

Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock
Jingle bells swing and jingle bells ring
Snowin' and blowin' up bushels of fun
Now, the jingle hop has begun

Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell twist
Jingle bells chime in jingle bell time
Dancin' and prancin' in Jingle Bell Square
In the frosty air

What a bright time, it's the right time
To rock the night away
Jingle bell time is a swell time
To go glidin' in a one-horse sleigh

Giddy-up jingle horse, kick up your feet
Jingle around the clock
Mix and a-mingle in the jinglin' feet
That's the jingle bell, that's the jingle bell,
that's the jingle bell rock

Joe Beal and Jim Boothe
Words and Music
1957, Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.

Christmas Song Wisdom: I'll Be Home for Christmas

I'll Be Home for Christmas

Dreaming of home at this Christmas time
Even more than I usually do
And although I know it's a long road back
I promise you

I'll be home for Christmas
You can count on me
Please have snow and mistletoe
And presents by the tree

Christmas Eve will find me
Where the love light gleams
I'll be home for Christmas
If only in my dreams

I'll be home for Christmas
You can count on me
Please have some snow and mistletoe
And presents by the tree

Christmas Eve will find me
Where the love light gleams
I'll be home for Christmas
If only in my dreams
If only in my dreams

Kim Gannon, Walter Kent, Buck Ram
Words and Music
1948, Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.

Christmas Song Wisdom: I Believe in Father Christmas

I Believe in Father Christmas
They said there'll be snow at Christmas
They said there'll be peace on earth
But instead it just kept on raining
A veil of tears for the virgin's birth

I remember one Christmas morning
A winters light and a distant choir
And the peal of a bell and that Christmas tree smell
And their eyes full of tinsel and fire

They sold me a dream of Christmas
They sold me a silent night
And they told me a fairy story
'till I believed in the Israelite

And I believed in Father Christmas
And I looked at the sky with excited eyes
'till I woke with a yawn in the first light of dawn
And I saw him and through his disguise

I wish you a hopeful Christmas
I wish you a brave new year
All anguish, pain and sadness
Leave your heart and let your road be clear

They said there'll be snow at Christmas
They said there'll be peace on earth
Hallelujah Noel be it heaven or hell
The Christmas we get we deserve

Greg Lake and Peter Sinfield
Words and Music
1975, Music Sales Corp.

Christmas Song Wisdom: White Christmas

White Christmas

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know
Where the tree tops glisten
And children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow
 

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
With every Christmas card I write
May your days be merry and bright
And may all your Christmases be white
 

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
just like the ones I used to know
Where the tree tops glisten
And children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow
 

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
With every Christmas card I write
May your days be merry and bright
And may all your Christmases
May all your Christmases
May all your Christmases be white


Irving Berlin
Words and Music
1950, Universal Music Publishing, Ltd.

Source: metrolyrics.com and musicnotes.com

Christmas Song Wisdom: You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch

You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch
You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch.
You really are a heel.
You're as cuddly as a cactus,
You're as charming as an eel,
 
Mr. Grinch, 
You're a bad banana with a greasy black peel.

You're a monster, Mr. Grinch.
Your heart's an empty hole.
Your brain is full of spiders.
You've got garlic in your soul, 

Mr. Grinch.
I wouldn't touch you with a
Thirty-nine and a half foot pole.

You're a vile one, Mr. Grinch.
You have termites in your smile,
You have all the tender sweetness of a seasick crocodile,
 
Mr. Grinch,
Given the choice between the two of you,
I'd take the seasick crocodile.

You're a foul one, Mr. Grinch.
You're a nasty wasty skunk.
Your heart is full of unwashed socks.
Your soul is full of gunk,

Mr Grinch,
The three best words that best describe you,
Are as follows, and I quote"
Stink!
Stank!
Stunk!

You're a rotter, Mr. Grinch
You're the king of sinful sots
Your hearts a dead tomato squashed with moldy purple spots,

Mr. Grinch,
Your sole is a appalling dump heap
Overflowing with the most disgraceful
Assortment of deplorable rubbish imaginable,
Mangled up in tangled up knots.

You nauseate me, Mr. Grinch
With a noxious super naus
You're a crooked jerky jockey and,
You drive a crooked hoss,
 
Mr. Grinch!
You're a three-decker sauerkraut
And toadstool sandwich,
With arsenic sauce!

Dr. Suess and Albert Hague
Words and Music
1966, Alfred Music Publishing Co., Inc.

Albert Hague played Mr. Shorofsky in Fame.

Christmas Song Wisdom: Winter Wonderland

 Winter Wonderland

Over the ground lies a mantle of white
A heaven of diamonds shines out through the night
Two hearts a-thrilling
In spite of the chilling weather

Love knows no season, love knows no clime
Romance can blossom any old time
Here in the open
We're walking and hopin' together

Sleigh bells ring, are you list'ning?
In the lane, snow is glist'ning
A beautiful sight, we're havin' tonight
Walkin' in a winter wonderland

Gone away is the blue bird
Here to stay is the new bird
He sings a love song as we go along
Walkin' in a winter wonderland

In the meadow we can build a snowman
Then pretend that he is parson brown
He'll say "are you married?" we'll say "no man,
But you can do the job when you're in town."


Later on we'll conspire as we dream by the fire
To face unafraid, the plans that we've made
Walkin' in a winter wonderland.


In the meadow we can build a snowman,
And pretend that he's a circus clown
We'll have lots of fun with mister snowman,
Until the other kids knock him down.

When it snows, ain't it thrilling,
Though your nose gets a chilling
We'll frolic and play, the Eskimo way,
Walking in a winter wonderland.

Walking in a winter wonderland,
Walking in a winter wonderland.


Dick Smith and Felix Bernard
Words and Music
1934, Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.

Source: musicnotes.com and lyricsmode.com

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Craig Johnson on Critical Thought

I thought about what I didn't know, about how I knew the anecdotes, but perhaps, not the story.

Sheriff Walt Longmire in the first person.

Craig Johnson
Death Without Company
A Walter Longmire Mystery
©2006 Craig Johnson, Penguin Group

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Neil deGrasse Tyson on Perspective

I didn't even know there were stars to look at to not see. If you don't know that they're there, you don't know that you're missing them.

Neil deGrasse Tyson
On the light pollution in New York City and the lack of starry nights in an urban sky; from Exceptional Research Opportunities Program Meeting, May 16, 2008

Source: haydenplanetarium.org

Christmas Song Wisdom: It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
With the kids jingle belling
And everyone telling you "Be of good cheer"
It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year


It's the hap-happiest season of all
With those holiday greetings and gay happy meetings
When friends come to call
It's the hap - happiest season of all 


There'll be parties for hosting
Marshmallows for toasting
And caroling out in the snow
There'll be scary ghost stories
And tales of the glories of
Christmases long, long ago 


It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
There'll be much mistltoeing
And hearts will be glowing
When love ones are near
It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year 


There'll be parties for hosting
Marshmallows for toasting
And caroling out in the snow
There'll be scary ghost stories
And tales of the glories of
Christmases long, long ago


It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
There'll be much mistltoeing
And hearts will be glowing
When love ones are near
It's The Most Wonderful Time
It's The Most Wonderful Time
It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year


Johnny Marks
Words and Music
1964, St. Nicholas Music
From broadcast television: Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer
1964, Rankin/Bass Productions 

  
Source: azlyrics.com and musicnotes.com

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Frederick Douglass on Rising

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.  

Fredrick Douglass


Let's never forget.

Dalai Lama XIV on Kindness

This is my simple religion. No need for temples. No need for complicated philosophy. Your own mind, your own heart is the temple. Your philosophy is simple kindness.
 
Dalai Lama XIV

Source: goodreads.com

Kent M. Keith on Kindness

The Paradoxical Commandments

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway. 


The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway. 


People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.


Kent M. Keith 
The Silent Revolution: Dynamic Leadership in the Student Council  
© Copyright Kent M. Keith 1968, renewed 2001 

Source: goodreads.com

Christmas Song Wisdom; The Christmas Song

The Christmas Song

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire
Jack Frost nipping at your nose
Yuletide carols being sung by a choir
And folks dressed up like Eskimos
Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe
Help to make the season bright
Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow
Will find it hard to sleep tonight

They know that Santa's on his way
He's loaded lots of toys and goodies on his sleigh
And every mother's child is gonna spy
To see if reindeer really know how to fly

And so I'm offering this simple phrase
To kids from one to ninety-two
Although it's been said many times
Many ways, Merry Christmas to you
 

Mel Torme and Robert Wells
Words and Music
1946, Sony Music/ATV Music Publishing

Sources: metrolyrics.com and musicnotes.com

Christmas Song Wisdom: Feliz Navidad

Feliz Navidad

Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Prospero Ano y Felicidad

Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Prospero Ano y Felicidad

I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas
I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas
I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas
From the bottom of my heart

I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas
I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas
I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas
From the bottom of my heart

Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Prospero Ano y Felicidad.

Repeat 

Jose Feliciano
Words and Music
1970, J & H Publishing Co.

Song Lyric Wisdom: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high
There's a land that I've heard of once in a lullaby. 


Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream,
Really do come true.

Someday I'll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me.
Where troubles melt like lemon drops,
Away above the chimney tops,
That's where you'll find me.

Somewhere over the rainbow, blue birds fly
Birds fly over the rainbow
Why then, oh why can't I? 


If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow
Why, oh why can't I?


E. Y. Harburg and Harold Arlen
Words and Music
1938, Alfred Publishing Company, Inc.

Sources: lyrics007.com and musicnotes.com 

Friday, December 13, 2013

Joseph Campbell on Nature

The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe to match your nature with Nature.

Joseph Campbell

Source: goodreads.com

Francis Bacon on Superstition

The root of all superstition is that men observe when a thing hits, but not when it misses.

Francis Bacon

Source: goodreads.com

Groucho Marx on Superstition

If a black cat crosses your path... it signifies that the animal is going somewhere.

Groucho Marx

Source: goodreads.com

Christmas Song Wisdom: Coventry Carol

Coventry Carol

Lully, lullay, thou little tiny child
By, by, lully, lullay 
Lullay, thou little tiny child
By, by, lully, lullay

O sisters too, how may we do?
For to preserve this day
This poor young ling for whom we do sing
By, by, lully, lullay

Herod the king in his raging
Charged, he hath this day
His men of might in his own sight
All children young to slay

Then woe is me, poor child for thee
And ever mourn and say
For thy parting nor say nor sing
By, by, lully, lullay

Traditional Carol
Circa 1591

Christmas Song Wisdom: Let It Snow

Let it Snow

Oh the weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful
And since we've no place to go
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!!

Oh, it doesn't show signs of stopping
And I've bought some corn for popping
The lights are turned way down low
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

The fire is slowly dying
And my dear is still goodbyeing
But as long as you love me so
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It snow

When we finally kiss goodnight
How I'll hate going out in the storm!
But if you'll really hold me tight
All the way home I'll be warm

Oh, it doesn't show signs of stopping
And I've brought some corn for popping
The lights are turned way down low
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

When we finally kiss goodnight
How I'll hate going out in the storm!
But if you'll really hold me tight
All the way home I'll be warm

The fire is slowly dying
And my dear is still goodbyeing
But as long as you love me so
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

Jule Styne
Words and Music
1945, Alfred Publishing, Inc.

Thema Bryant-Davis on Compassion

When someone is going through a storm, your silent presence is more powerful than a million empty words.

Thema Bryant-Davis

Source: John Edward on facebook

Jon Stewart on Character

If you don't stick to your values when they're being tested, they're not values: they're hobbies. 

Jon Stewart

Source: Freelancers Union on facebook

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Ray Hunt on Navigating

This isn’t just some commercial thing; I wouldn’t do it.
This is life.
This is reality.
There’s no rulebook on this and it’s damned hard to grasp because it comes from deep down inside.
I’ve been trying my whole life and I’m still working at it.... 


Ray Hunt
Horse Trainer

Thanks to the Sonoma Coastal EquesTraining Center on facebook

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Cesar Millan on Transformation

Dogs can teach us to become more conscious about the energy that we project. World transformation comes with self transformation. Once you transform the way you think, everything around you changes and that's the beauty of having a dog. We always talk about the unconditional love dogs give us, but it's also the sense of awareness that dogs bring to us that help transform our lives.

Cesar Millan

Source: Cesar Millan on facebook

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Nelson Mandela on Fulfillment

Let there be justice for all. Let there be peace for all. Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all. Let each know that for each the body, the mind and the soul have been freed to fulfill themselves. 

Nelson Mandela

Source: goodreads.com

Thank you and farewell.