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Be A Well And Not A Fountain

“The hardest of all is learning to be a well of affection, and not a fountain;
 to show them we love them not when we feel like it, but when they do.”
-- Nan Fairbrother

(Courtesy of A Flower a Day)

For The Self-sufficient Among Us (And Those Aspiring)

“I don't need anyone to rectify my existence. The most profound relationship we will ever have is the one with ourselves.” - Shirley Maclaine

Is That A Sword In Your Pocket Or Are You Just (un)Happy To See Me?

Ambivalence - Although it walks and talks like a passive action, the result is vastly different.

“Ambivalence is one of the sharpest, deadliest weapons one can wield against a loved one.”


Departing The 'Me' Generation... Shaping The Footprints We Leave

Courtesy of Brandon this morning:

"I cannot believe that the purpose of life is to be happy. I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be compassionate. It is, above all to matter, to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all. "

-Leo Rosten

Put Your Heart On A Treadmill... For Longevity, Prosperity

In remembering Tim Russert last week, NBC Nightly News ran a segment about the work that Russert did for kids, specifically the Boys & Girls Club of Washington, D.C.

He donated proceeds from his speeches and advocated for youth advancement all the time -- many qualities people didn't know about him.

The piece concluded with one of Russert's favorite sayings:

"No exercise is better for the human heart than reaching down to lift up another person."


The Residue Of 'Temporary Madness' Is... A Deeper Love

Thanks to Stephen for posting this on his page.

"Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being 'in love' which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident." (taken from Captain Corelli's Mandolin)

The Best Of Men... Are Tenacious And Youthful In One Package

Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, appearing on the tribute "Meet The Press" episode celebrating Tim Russert (1950-2008), honored the longtime host today with a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt:

"Remember, the nicest men in the world are those who always keep something of the little boy in them."

True for all of us. That show,
the longest running in TV history, will have enormous shoes to fill.

Who's going to operate the whiteboard this November? Sad

David Gregory is a great choice to replace Russert, even though it is way too early to be thinking about that.

After all, someone could only succeed him -- he was irreplaceable... especially during this unprecedented and historic political year.


Selfish Is As Selfish Does

"I am convinced that the majority of people would be generous from selfish motives, if they had the opportunity."

Charles Dudley Warner

I don't care what the reasons are -- just be generous. But... intention is always nine-tenths of a life lived well, so there's that, too.

I Just Love That Gary Nurenberg.

His lead into a CNN piece this afternoon on the Powerball jackpot (now up to $300 million), was absolutely classic. On how everyone is clamoring for the cash:

"If we weren't a nation of dreamers, the lines wouldn't be this long."

I'd add a link to his CNN bio, but I couldn't find one on the
anchors & reporters page. Sad