Archive for November, 2015

Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.


—Sir Francis Bacon

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Many people believe that the first Thanksgiving took place to honor the Wampanoag tribe and its leader, King Massasoit, who had helped the Pilgrims learn to successfully plant in their new land.  However, the first Thanksgiving took place in 1621 to give thanks to God for giving them a bountiful harvest, a tradition dating back centuries in England.

Giving thanks to their Creator was also a Native tradition after a successful harvest, so one could imagine the wonderful scene of both the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag celebrating together on that incredible day in 1621.

—Penn Wealth, excerpt from “An American Thanksgiving”


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In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

George Orwell at a typewriter

—George Orwell

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First study to conceal what thou art; seek wisdom a little while unto thyself.  Thus grows the fruit; first, the seed must be buried in the earth for a little space; there it must be hid and slowly grow, that it may reach maturity.  But if it produce the ear before the jointed stalk, it is imperfect—a thing from the garden of Adonis.  Such a sorry growth art thou; thou hast blossomed too soon: the winter cold will wither thee away!


—Epictetus, Greek Philosopher, 55 AD – 135 AD

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W.H. Auden Friday

We are all here on earth to help others; what on earth the others are here for I don’t know.

Auden, WH

—W.H. Auden

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All things are ready, if our minds be so.


—William Shakespeare, Henry V


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The busy man has few idle visitors; to the boiling pot the flies come not.

Franklin Ben

—Ben Franklin

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No one is free who does not lord over himself.



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All great and honorable actions are accompanied with great difficulties, and both must be enterprised and overcome with answerable courage.


—William Bradford

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Thoreau on Gratitude

Thoreau Thanksgiving

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