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March 31st, 2009 by stephanie

Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you!

– Pericles (430 B.C.)

Penny for your Thoughts.

March 31st, 2009 by stephanie

Or, well, thoughts of those whom we should have read or been aware of by now.  But then, with the educational system that most of us grew up in? Maybe not so much. So, to enlarge your education, allow me to share a few priceless “thoughts”.



Ernest L. Woodward

So great has been the endurance, so incredible the achievement, that, as long as the sun keeps a set course in heaven, it would be foolish to despair of the human race.


Ralph Waldo Emerson

So much of our time is preparation, so much is routine, and so much retrospect, that the path of each man’s genius contracts itself to a very few hours.


Samuel Johnson

Some desire is necessary to keep life in motion.


Thomas Fuller

Some have been thought brave because they were afraid to run away.


Jane Rubietta

Someone may have stolen your dream when it was young and fresh and you were innocent. Anger is natural. Grief is appropriate. Healing is mandatory. Restoration is possible.


Stephen Covey

Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.


Kenneth Hildebrand

Strong lives are motivated by dynamic purposes.


Vincent Lombardi

Success demands singleness of purpose.


Booker T. Washington

Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.


Priceless thoughts for the rest of your week.


Some Weekend Party Tips. Verbal, That Is.

March 28th, 2009 by stephanie

Ok, so if you’re like me, there is some event, or appointment or gathering that you will attend this weekend. And, as is the case of late, the topic of bailouts, corruption and money will certainly come up. So, if you’re looking for something new and pithy to say, I thought I’d provide you with a few options. Certainly one of the below will be a hit with your crowd. Some of these are pretty funny.


Enjoy! And have a great weekend.


1. In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm and three or more is a congress.

— John Adams


2. If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed.

— Mark Twain


3. Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But then I repeat myself.

— Mark Twain


4. I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.

— Winston Churchill


5. A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.

— George Bernard Shaw


6. Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.

— James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994)


7. Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.

— Douglas Casey, Classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown University


8. Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.

— P.J. O’Rourke, Civil Libertarian


9. Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.

— Frederic Bastiat, French Economist (1801-1850)


10. Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.

— Ronald Reagan (1986)


11. I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.

— Will Rogers


12. If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free!

— P.J. O’Rourke


13. In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.

— Voltaire (1764)


14. Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you!

— Pericles (430 B.C.)


15. No man’s life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session.

— Mark Twain (1866)


16. Talk is cheap…except when Congress does it.

— Anonymous


17. The government is like a baby’s alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.

— Ronald Reagan


18. The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.

— Winston Churchill


19. The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.

— Mark Twain


 20. There is no distinctly native American criminal class…save Congress.

— Mark Twain

March 28th, 2009 by stephanie

A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.

— Thomas Jefferson

March 28th, 2009 by stephanie

What this country needs are more unemployed politicians.

— Edward Langley, Artist (1928-1995)

March 26th, 2009 by stephanie

Question: What do you get when you pour hot water down a rabbit hole?


Answer:  A Hot Cross bunny.

March 26th, 2009 by stephanie

If Easter says anything to us today, it says this: You can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there. You can nail it to a cross, wrap it in winding sheets and shut it up in a tomb, but it will rise!

– Clarence W. Hall

Hot Cross Buns.

March 26th, 2009 by stephanie

If you are a musician, have been a student of music, or had music classes in school, the above phrase may have left you humming or singing, “Hot Cross Buns, Hot Cross Buns…” or better yet you were doing the number system as you sang, “3,2,1….3,2,1” (the numbers used instead of the notes!)

But some of you, I bet, went right to the food option. Yep. Sticky gooey Hot Cross Buns! It’s Easter time folks! Bring on the food!

Believe it or not, Resurrection Season has begun. Mardi Gras is past (the night of feasting and frantic festivity), along with Ash Wednesday (the day to repent for what you did on Tuesday) and Lent is in full swing.

But back to the food. In case you didn’t know, Easter, as with any other holiday has foods associated with it. I appreciate that folks like to diet and look good, but lets face it, most holidays and celebrations just center around food. And I for one, love that!

At Easter you have Lamb (symbolic of the Lamb of God, Jesus, who was sacrificed for our sins), and then there are those yummy, historic, hot cross buns!

So, as usuall, I did my research to dig up the scoop on the buns.

Apparently, you can find a presence of them as early as about 40 years after Christ’s death! Who knew? When archaeolgists excavated the ancient city of Herculaneum (Southwest Italy) which had been buried under volcanic ask and lava since 79 A.D., they found two small loaves, each with a cross on it, among the ruins.

In England nowadays, hot cross buns are served at breakfast on Good Friday morning. They are small, usually spiced buns whose sugary surface is marked with a cross. The English believe that hanging a hot cross bun in the house on this day offers protection from bad luck in the coming year. According to superstition, crossed buns and loaves baked on Good Friday never went moldy.

For a long time bakers, by law, were only allowed to bake and sell the buns at burials, on Good Friday, or at Christmas. There was actually a decree issued in 1592 (during the reign of Elizabeth I) that shows that exact ruling.

It’s hard for those of us in Western cultures to believe, or imagine, that religion and faith used to be so much a part of people’s everyday lives. To think that there were laws actually created that dictated the protection of its remembrance may be a bit difficult for us to understand. To the extent of baked good sales no less! But alas, ’tis true.

With that, you might want to build in some Hot Cross Buns into your upcoming Easter festivities. If anything, to relive the tradition, and to spread the good news. That Christ be remembered, no matter how creative the method, is always a good thing.

Just my thoughts.


March 25th, 2009 by stephanie

The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.


— Cicero, 55 BC

March 25th, 2009 by stephanie

I am not a teacher but an awakener. – Robert Frost (1874-1963) Poet

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