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"Put forward your expectations of treatment and conduct such that they are consistent and clear."
  - Gandhi, (Autobiography)

"Come in she said, I'll give you shelter from the storm."
  Bob Dylan (Shelter From The Storm)
"Mao now, more than ever ..."





"For indeed, [the Spartans] prerogative being thus reduced within reasonable bounds, the Spartan Kings were at once freed from all further jealousies and consequent danger, and never experienced the calamities of their neighbors at Messene and Argus, who, by maintaining their prerogative too strictly, for want of yielding a little ... lost it all."
  Plutarch (Lives - written of Lycurgus)
"Happiness is an angel with a serious face"
"the lost generation"
  Gertrude Stein

"But true Peace.  A harmony of spirit, a comfort of courtesies.  Security for our beloveds and their beloveds."

  Maya Angelou (Amazing Peace)


"The quieter you become, the more you can hear."

  Baba Ram Das


"Just because you can, doesn't mean you should."

  My Father


"No object is mysterious, the mystery is in your eye."

  Elizabeth Bowen


"Of course, it is possible to look for truffles on naked roof tiles if one has nothing else to do."

  B. Traven as Ret Marut in Der Ziegelbrenner


"I am straight, but I'm not narrow."

  Equal Rights Saying


"You cannot think your way to right action, you have to act your way to right thinking."

  David Milch


"Sadists have often pretended to be masochists, until they gain power.  Money is often the tool that brings their true being to light."



"Not every place sells real cheese whiz, some places sell processed cheese whiz"

  A Prison Inmate


"What we call reality is an agreement that people have arrived at in order to make life more livable."

  Louise Nevelson


"The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks."

  Tennessee Williams


"An old pond - The sound of the water, when a frog jumps in."



"God has all the answers, everyone else just brings data."

  From a sign in my Father's old office


"It's easy to be brave from a distance."

  Sioux Proverb


"People can question your choices, accuse you of things, but your real work and your integrity will [win] out."

  Angelina Jolie


"From the beginning, the marriage was what Billy has called "happily incompatible," full of tenderness and friction. Ruth's role, as she saw it, was both to support and to challenge her ambitious, charismatic husband - and she did so unflinchingly.  When their son Franklin was wearing his hair fashionably long in the 1970's, Ruth reminded the boy's aghast father that hair was not a moral issue.  When, over lunch at the White House, Lyndon Johnson wanted Billy to help him choose a running mate, Ruth kicked her husband sharply under the table, "You should limit yourself to moral and spiritual advice," she said, "not political advice."  Once asked by an interviewer whether as a Christian woman, she had ever considered divorce, Ruth replied: "Divorce? No. Murder? Yes."

  Newsweek - June 25, 2007 "The Heart of the Family" (Obituary for Ruth Bell Graham, wife of Billy Graham)


"A strong man stands up for himself.  A stronger man stands up for others."



"The truth knocks on the door and you say, "Go away, I'm looking for the truth." and so it goes away.  Puzzling."

  Robert Pirsig

Maybe I was meant
to become,
from rock,
soft and warm
beside the waves.
I'd like to be nice
for toes and
little boy shovels
and little girl games
as opposed to
slingshot fodder
or standing stones
with fancy names.
I'd rather make someone happy
than be a symbol, a lookout
or a craggy cove.
  rfg3, (Sandy Toes)

  Copyright 2006 rfg3



We each get to choose the person we want to be.