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Photos of the Week – January 9, 2021

Since this has been such an awful week here in the U.S., I feel the best photos are those of baby donkeys and elephants.  Anyone familiar with American politics shouldn’t miss the analogy.  But please tell me – what images make you happier?

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Word of the Week – January 9, 2021

Prospicience

Noun

Latin, 15th century

The action of looking forward; foresight.

Example:  Despite anxiety over this week’s chaos, my prospicience always compels me to be optimistic.

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Cartoon of the Week – January 9, 2021

Kirk Walters

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Most Prophetic Quote of the Week – January 9, 2021

“The die is cast for the Republican Party.  It will be destroyed on January 6th in much the same way the Whig party was destroyed by the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act in 1854.  The act unraveled the Missouri compromise and allowed for the westward expansion of slavery.  The party could not survive its factionalism.  There could be no more accommodation, compromise and partnership between pro-slavery and anti-slavery Whigs.  A new political party was born, the Republican Party.  That party will divide into irreconcilable factions on January 6th.  The 6th will commence a political civil war inside the GOP.  The autocratic side will roll over the pro-democracy remnant of the GOP like the Wehrmacht did the Belgian Army in 1940.  The ‘22 GOP primary season will be a bloodletting.  The 6th will be a loyalty test.”

Steve Schmidt

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Worst Quotes of the Week – January 9, 2021

Courtesy of Donald Trump:

“So look.  All I want to do is this.  I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have.  Because we won the state.”

In a recorded phone call to the Georgia Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger

“To all of my wonderful supporters, I know you’re disappointed, but I also want you to know that our incredible journey has only just begun.”

In response to the riots of January 6

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Best Quotes of the Week – January 9, 2021

“History will rightly remember today’s violence at the Capitol, incited by a sitting president who has continued to baselessly lie about the outcome of a lawful election, as a moment of great dishonor and shame for our nation.”

Barack Obama, in response to Wednesday’s riots in Washington, D.C.

“Well, the deaths are real deaths.  I mean, all you need to do is to go out into the trenches, go to the hospitals, see what the health care workers are dealing with.  They are under very stressed situations in many areas of the country.  The hospital beds are stretched.  People are running out of beds, running out of trained personnel who are exhausted right now. That’s real.  That’s not fake.  That’s real.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci, on ABC’s “This Week”, in response to guest host Martha Raddatz asking about a tweet by President Trump calling the coronavirus case and death toll “fake news” and blaming it on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention methodology

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Years of New Year’s

Since my mother’s passing in June, these have been the first holidays I’ve spent without either of my parents. Many other friends, relatives and neighbors are also gone. In the 1970s and 80s, we through a lot of parties – often just for the hell of it! People enjoyed coming to our house, as we always had good food, good music and good times. The house is strangely silent for the most part now. And all those extraordinary moments of happiness and frivolity are safely ensconced in my mind forever.

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Welcoming the 1980s – from right to left, my father, my mother’s younger sister and my mother.  One of my aunt’s daughters is at far left. Welcoming the 1980s – from right to left, my father, my mother’s younger sister and my mother. One of my aunt’s daughters is at far left.

On December 31, 2010, I decided spontaneously to go out for New Year’s Eve.  I had been laid off nearly three months earlier from an engineering company and wondered when things would improve.  I visited my favorite bar just north of downtown Dallas and was glad to encounter a few friends and acquaintances.  As I stood near the DJ booth, surveying the eclectic crowd, I suddenly recollected the very first New Year’s party my parents had decided to throw – 1973.

We had moved into our new house in suburban Dallas a year earlier.  My parents had already made friends with several neighbors; their ebullient personalities attracting even the most staid of individuals.  As the clock struck midnight, and we welcomed 1974, I pulled…

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Happy New Year 2021!

“Celebrate endings – for they precede new beginnings.”

Jonathan Huie

“Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.”

Alan Cohen

“To the old, long life and treasure; to the young, all health and pleasure.”

Ben Johnson

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”

C.S. Lewis

“We will open the book.  Its pages are blank.  We are going to put words on them ourselves.  The book is called opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”

Edith Lovejoy Pierce

“You are never too old to reinvent yourself.”

Steve Harvey

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”

George Eliot

“Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.”

Alfred Lord Tennyson

“Life is change.  Growth is optional.  Choose wisely.”

Karen Kaiser Clark

“Never underestimate the power you have to take your life in a new direction.”

Germany Kent

“Every moment is a fresh beginning.”

T.S. Eliot

“Life’s not about expecting, hoping and wishing, it’s about doing, being and becoming.”

Mike Dooley

“I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.”

Thomas Jefferson

“Many years ago, I made a New Year’s resolution to never make New Year’s resolutions.  Hell, it’s been the only resolution I’ve ever kept!”

D.S. Mixell

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”

E.E. Cummings

“The magic in new beginnings is truly the most powerful of them all.”

Josiyah Martin

“Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”

Carl Bard

“This year, be structured enough for success and achievement and flexible enough for creativity and fun.”

Taylor Duvall

“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go.  They merely determine where you start.”

Nido Qubein

“Youth is when you’re allowed to stay up late on New Year’s Eve.  Middle age is when you’re forced to.”

Bill Vaughan

“As long as I am breathing, in my eyes, I am just beginning.”

Criss Jami

“Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.”

Helen Keller

“Every time you tear a leaf off a calendar, you present a new place for new ideas.”

Charles Kettering

“New year – a new chapter, new verse, or just the same old story?  Ultimately we write it.  The choice is ours.”

Alex Morritt

“Each year’s regrets are envelopes in which messages of hope are found for the new year.”

John R. Dallas, Jr.

“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

“The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written.”

Melody Beattie

“Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, do it.  Make your mistakes next year and forever.”

Neil Gaiman

“What the new year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the new year.”

Vern McLellan

“You will never win if you never begin.”

Helen Rowland

“An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in.  A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.”

William E. Vaughn

“Strength shows not only in the ability to persist, but the ability to start over.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”

Dan Millman

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.”

Henry David Thoreau

“Nothing in the universe can stop you from letting go and starting over.”

Guy Finley

“Every single year, we’re a different person.  I don’t think we’re the same person all of our lives.”

Steven Spielberg

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

Nelson Mandela

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

Neale Donald Walsch

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Image: ‘Seacrest Sunset’ by DecorumBY

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December 2020 Countdown – December 31!

“Stand for something or you will fall for anything.  Today’s mighty oak is yesterday’s nut that held its ground.”

Rosa Parks

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December 2020 Countdown – December 30!

“If you think taking care of yourself is selfish, change your mind.  If you don’t, you’re simply ducking your responsibilities.”

Ann Richards

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