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The Middle Path, One Day At A Time


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Quotes

You have to go through yesterday to be who you are today.

When you take things too seriously, you get old. You have to be silly. Whenever people say, “Hey, man, are you ever going to grow up?” That’s when you know you’re doing things right.

~ Ricky Martin


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Letters of Note

Letters of note is a remarkable collection of — well — notes and letters, from famous people to a variety of recipients, from Elvis’ form letter to his fans when he was in the Army, to Marlon Brando’s affectionate letter to Tennessee Williams.  Originals are shown, but also transcriptions (which in some cases is a very good thing).

Be prepared to waste a lot of time.  But maybe it’s not such a waste, after all.

http://www.lettersofnote.com/

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Quote of the Week:

Until the Vatican gets it through its thick skull that sexual abuse isn’t a sin but a crime, isn’t a moral weakness but a dangerous pathology, it’s going to continue putting up with predators within its ranks, thinking they can say they’re sorry and make it all go away. It will go on holding the devil responsible for its own worst acts. And it will continue condemning its youngest and most vulnerable members to hell on earth.

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“It’s enormously significant to me that the only description in the Bible about salvation is tied to one’s willingness to act on behalf of one’s fellow human beings. The ones who will be deprived of salvation–the sinners–are those who’ve turned away from their fellow man. People responsive to the great human condition, and who’ve tried to alleviate its misery–these will be the ones who join Christ in Paradise.”

~ Sen. Edward Kennedy, True Compass: A Memoir


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Nearly 16,000 turn out for Dalai Lama at Foxboro

Rhode Island news | projo.com | The Providence Journal

People sometimes ask me for a blessing because they think I can heal them. Healing power — nonsense! Miracle power — nonsense. I’m just nothing. Just a human being. Just the same as you.”


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The American crescent

Abdi says he would sacrifice his life for the country he calls home.

The taxi driver taking me to the airport in Minneapolis is not referring to his birthplace, Somalia, but to the US – the place where he has lived for the last 13 years.

Abdi is part of a 44,000-strong Somali community in the liberal western state of Minnesota, most of who are Muslim.

My own adopted home, England, has an even larger Somali community, which has been settled for longer, but they do not tend to think of England as home.

But in Minnesota, Somalis – no less scarred or traumatised by their experiences – seem to have planted roots deeper and faster than any Somali community I have seen in the world.

They do not talk of returning home, they are home.

The Somali community’s sense of belonging in Minnesota runs contrary to the image many people may have of an irreconcilable conflict between America and Islam.

Al Jazeera English – Americas – The American crescent


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Published Without Comment…

Dear Readers,

After putting some research into the provenance of
this article, I find too many questions about its origin, and have been
unable to uncover anything that supports its authenticity.  Neither
have Snopes.com, who list it as “Undetermined.”  That is not good
enough for someone who, while not my kind of guy, has served this
country faithfully for many years.

Although I remain a staunch
supporter of Senators Obama and Biden and find the possibility of
Senator McCain and Governor Palin getting into the White House to be
absolutely chilling, I must, nonetheless, apologize to the senator, his
supporters and to you for having posted it without checking more
carefully.  This is precisely the kind of character assassination we
have come to expect from the “other side,” and I regret having been an
unwitting party to it.