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“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.” ~Benjamin Franklin, the only person to have signed all four of the documents that helped to create our United States: the Declaration of Independence (1776); the Treaty of Alliance with France (1778); the Treaty of Peace between England, France, and the United States (1782); and our Constitution (1787). He helped write parts of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. He was the founder of the University of Pennsylvania, the American Philosophical Society, the Pennsylvania Hospital, and the Franklin and Marshall College.

Thanks to public education, most people today believe that America is a “democracy.” But we’re not a democracy. We’re not “mob-ruled” as much as the puppet masters would like us to be. Our country was founded to be ruled by law, through representatives, which makes us a Constitutional Republic. This form of representation is not only manifested in the way our government is structured, but also in the way that we elect our presidents. The delegate process and the Electoral College ...Read More Read more »

Steak and eggs, medium and sunny, with espresso, straight and perfectly-drawn, by the fire, crackling and aromatic in my own hearth, beautiful and warm, while overlooking my lake, sparkling and embracing, which is reflecting what is right now MY blue sky on MY crisp, autumn day, while shining upon my ceiling its dancing lighting, prompting my reflecting upon the comfort and health of my loved ones and myself, is one of the best delectations in life.

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Probably the single most important paradigm shift of our lifetime.

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John Lennon was a boy scout and he sang in his church choir.

Years later, when a friend asked him what was the best lyric he ever wrote, he answered without hesitation; “All you need is Love.” My favorite of his profundities is, “When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment. I told them they didn’t understand life.” He also said, “There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, ...Read More Read more »

She: “There’s a spider in the bathroom. Will you please take care of it?”

Me: “I’ll raise it like it is one of my own, and have a little cry when it moves into its own place.” little-johnny Read more »

Diana Krall’s cover of Tom Waits’ wonderful song moves it up out of end-of-week melancholy into Saturday night/Sunday morning mellow. Mmmmm.

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Desiderata, with glossary and the meaning of life.

happy_artist_doggie_by_grolderarts-d7kt3xm Desiderata Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser ...Read More Read more »