a random find each day keeps the boredom at bay . . .
collected awesomeness
It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry.
Thomas Paine
No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be true.
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Everybody, soon or late, sits down to a banquet of consequences.
Robert Louis Stevenson
Nothing ruins a face so fast as double-dealing. Your face telling one story to the world. Your heart yanking your face to pieces, trying to let the truth be known.
Jessamyn West

This made me snarf my Salted Caramel Mocha. Damn you.

(via wilwheaton)

Not exactly the case this election, but if you replace the elephant with Mitt Romney … hmmmmmm.


“Another Such Victory and I’m Undone!”  11/09/1922
From the Clifford Berryman Political Cartoon Collection 

The Republican Party desperately fought to retain control of Congress in the 1922 midterm elections. Although prepared to lose some of their seats, they lost many more than expected and emerged from the election with only a very slim majority in both houses. As the beaten and battered elephant in the cartoon suggests, another attempt to maintain the Republican majority through such a brutal election cycle would likely end in defeat.

via DocsTeach

Sometimes I wonder if a belief in the afterlife is the comfort for a life spent in perpetual procrastination … to see is better than to hope/plan/expect to see; to love is so much more fulfilling than to hope/plan/expect to love. Great lessons from a great man and his erudite spouse.



“For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.” - Carl Sagan

How fortunate we are, in the vastness of space and time, to experience such love.

Just spent a white-knuckle election night annoying people on Facebook. Now, to sleep, perchance to dream, of all the promises made and how we all might ask what we can do to make our nation a better place.


The moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life — the sick, the needy, and the handicapped.
Hubert Humphrey
You know what getting married is? It’s agreeing to taking this person who right now is at the top of his form, full of hopes and ideas, feeling good, looking good, wildly interested in you because you’re the same way, and sticking by him while he slowly disintegrates. And he does the same for you. You’re his responsibility now and he’s yours. If no one else will take care of him, you will. If everyone else rejects you, he won’t. What do you think love is? Going to bed all the time?
Jane Smiley