Saturday, May 31, 2008

The Desert

"Night comes to the desert all at once, as if someone turned off the light." ---Joyce Carol Oates; "Interior Monologue" (1969)

Common Roots

"There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no slave who has not had a king among his." ---Helen Keller; The Story of My Life (1903)

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Blind Optimism

"Hilary's [Clinton] nothing if not an optimist: she sees the pantsuit as half full." ---David Letterman; 20 May 2008

Monday, May 19, 2008

Higher Education

The faculty members might just as well keep their seats. There'll be no diving for this cigar. . .Well I thought my razor was dull until I heard his [the introducing professor's] speech. . .As I look out over your eager faces, I can readily understand why this college is flat on its back. The last college I presided over, things were slightly different. I was flat on my back. Things kept going from bad to worse, but we all put our shoulders to the wheel, and it wasn't long before I was flat on my back again. " ---Groucho Marx, in his first speech as a new college president in Horse Feathers

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

True Humility

God loves us, not because of who WE are, but because of who HE is. ---Marie Byars

Friday, May 9, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!

Children are the most delightful pledges of a loving marriage. They are the best wool on the sheep. ---Martin Luther

It is well known that children, according to the ordinary course of things, bear not only the physical appearance of their parents, but also their moral and mental characteristics. ---Martin Luther

In all simplicity, and without any argument, children believe that God is gracious and that there is an eternal life. ----Martin Luther

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Try Something New

Here's a novel thought: how about putting more people with a sociology or cultural anthropology background into the State Department??? ---Marie Byars

Saturday, May 3, 2008


"I could dance with you till the cows come home. On second thought, I'd rather dance with the cows till you came home!" Groucho Marx in Duck Soup