Quote of the Day – Martin Luther King Jr.

Today you get two great quotes for the price of one – both are very timely.

While we honor the great Martin Luther King Jr., on this holiday, today is a good day to pause and remind ourselves that: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

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Merry Christmas!

Wishing you and yours all the best during this holiday season and that Santa brought you everything you wanted this year. (Books make great gifts!) Thanks for all your support in 2017. Here’s to a kinder, friendlier and prosperous 2018 for us all.

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas! God bless us everyone.

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Quote Of The Day – Robert Frost

Today’s Quote Of The Day – or rather This Month’s Quote Of The Day as it’s been a while since the last one (sorry) – comes from the one and only Robert Frost, who was an American poet and he knew it, perhaps best known for The Road Not Taken. He was also born in San Francisco, which means he was probably a Giants fan for a couple of years, when they didn’t suck. Anyway, here’s to discovering.

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Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”

– William Arthur Ward

While this has indeed been a very weird year we all have a lot to be grateful for, and this is a great opportunity to focus on and acknowledge all the positive things in our lives.
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday filled with lots of  love, appreciation, gratitude, laughter, a big-ass turkey with all the trimmings, and football (yes, we’ll be watching football as always) with family, friends, pets and loved-ones.
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Happy Halloween!

I hope you all have a highly-festive, semi-spooky, candy-filled, rock-free Halloween today!

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Let’s look at the bigger picture here.

Hey look, some sanity!

I encourage you to watch these three minutes from Dallas sportscaster Dale Hansen talking about what Trump doesn’t understand about the national anthem and the right to protest, courtesy of Media Matters for America.

Dallas sportscaster Dale Hansen talking about what Trump doesn’t understand about the national anthem and the right to protest.

And by the way, just a little reminder: the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag says “…indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

That’s the whole point of Colin Kaepernick’s protest — as a country we’ve lost sight of those values, and we can’t look the other way among wrongdoings against African Americans and minorities in the United States. If Colin or anyone one chooses not “to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” then that’s their right to do so. It’s not being disrespectful to our military – its because of our military and everyone who’s fought and died for every American’s rights of equality, life, liberty and happiness that he and anyone else can choose do so.

As Dale states in this video clip:

“The young black athletes are not disrespecting America or the military by taking a knee during the anthem; they are respecting the best thing about America.”

I think the 49ers original statement last year about Kaepernick’s protest said it the best:

“The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony. It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose and participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.”

And now we have a president trying to take away Americans’ right to peacefully protest against something they/we feel is wrong by saying they should be fired for doing so, through social media of all things. He’s saying that any protest you don’t agree with, is a protest that should be stopped. Those thoughtless remarks not only miss the entire point of the protests, but creates more division in our country than ever.

For the record, I love my country, I love our flag, and I love our military – and I bet most, if not all, of those athletes protesting last weekend do too. It’s a reminder that we need to be doing a better job as a country (for which the flag stands) of being “indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” And Trump needs to be doing a better job of being a president — for everyone. Maybe he can start by actually reading the Constitution.

Let’s maybe look beyond the symbolic gesture being made during the national anthem and more at the larger issue the protest is representing, and do something about it.

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Quote Of The Day – G. K. Chesterton

Howdy. It’s been a while. Sorry.

Today’s much anticipated and long over due Quote Of The Day comes from Gilbert Keith Chesterton, or G.K. Chesterton, a British journalist, novelist, poet, biographer, and essayist active during 1900-1936. He is often referred to as the prince of paradox by “making his points with popular sayings, proverbs, allegories, after first turning them inside out,” as described by Time magazine. Chesterton is probably best known for his popular series of short stories featuring the fictional priest/detective character Father Brown, weird glasses and bad haircuts.

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