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It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.

— Henry David Thoreau

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It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that’s pretty important.

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

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The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.

— John Ruskin

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I am as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best.

— Walt Whitman

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Thoreau

Walt Whitman

Whitman

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The 1973 film “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kidwas a major hit, and so was Bob Dylan’s soundtrack. The album became a best-seller.

Most of the songs are instrumentals and supportive of the plot, but the exception was “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” which turned out to be a significant hit single in its day.

The song is slow, simple, and emotional. It consists of the last words (I assume) of a mortally wounded (I assume) deputy sheriff to his wife. One music critic called the song “an exercise in splendid simplicity.”

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Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door

By Bob Dylan, 1973
Written by Bob Dylan

Mama, take this badge off of me.
I can’t use it anymore.
It’s gettin’ dark, too dark to see.
I feel I’m knockin’ on Heaven’s door.

Knock, knock, knockin’ on Heaven’s door.
Knock, knock, knockin’ on Heaven’s door.
Knock, knock, knockin’ on Heaven’s door.
Knock, knock, knockin’ on Heaven’s door.

Mama, put my guns in the ground.
I can’t shoot them anymore.
That long black cloud is comin’ down.
I feel I’m knockin’ on Heaven’s door.

Knock, knock, knockin’ on Heaven’s door.
Knock, knock, knockin’ on Heaven’s door.
Knock, knock, knockin’ on Heaven’s door.
Knock, knock, knockin’ on Heaven’s door.

 

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EAST PALESTINE, OHIO — While his parents slept, an eight-year-old boy learned to drive a car by watching an online video, then took the family van to a nearby McDonald’s to get a cheeseburger.

Police said the boy got a hankering for a cheeseburger at about 8 PM, after both parents had fallen asleep. The boy watched an instructional video on YouTube, put his four-year-old sister in his father’s van, and drove almost two miles through several intersections to the drive-through window at a McDonald’s.

When the boy ordered two cheeseburgers, the employees at first thought they were being pranked, assuming the parents were in the back seat. When they realized the children were alone, they quickly called police.

The boy broke down in tears, but he and his sister were allowed to eat their cheeseburgers while waiting to be picked up.

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CLEVELAND, OHIO — Cleveland police say an attempted carjacking by two teenagers failed because neither carjacker could operate a stick shift, even with coaching from the victim.

Police said the perpetrators, ages 18 and 17, had committed two armed carjackings successfully, but were foiled because the third vehicle had a manual transmission.

The older teen pointed a gun at the victim and ordered him to explain how to shift gears. The driver complied, but eventually, the teens gave up. They ran away, taking the driver’s cellphone with them.

Police promptly traced the cellphone and arrested them.

Stick shift

TUCSON, ARIZONA — A man prowling around a Tucson elementary school ended up hanging from a gate, upside-down and helpless, when he tried to flee.

According to police, the man was spotted on the fenced campus of Miles Elementary School by a locksmith. School was not in session at the time.

When confronted, the intruder ran, slipped while climbing over a locked gate, and was trapped by his own pants.

Tucson police freed the man and took him into custody.

Trapped

 

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No-Fly list

Bridge

Roll me over

Don't look

 

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Tune o’ the Day

I’m a big fan of Concrete Blonde, the alt-rock band from California in the 80s and 90s. They released some of the best and most intelligent music of the time.

Moreover, their lead singer was the incomparable Johnette Napolitano, whose magnificent voice is as captivating today (she still writes and records) as ever.

The band’s self-titled debut album in 1986 was a solid hit. Among its many great tunes: “Dance Along the Edge,” a thinking person’s love song.

Concrete Blonde

Dance Along The Edge

By Concrete Blonde, 1986
Written by Johnette Napolitano and James Mankey

Sometimes, we laugh like children.
Go running hand in hand.
I never felt like this before,
I never will again.

Sometimes, we cry like babies.
And I hold you to my heart.
I just can’t stand to see you sad,
It tears me all apart.

And we’re so afraid, and it’s such a shame.
There is no reason we should doubt it.
And the things we want to say, we’ve never said.
And we look away, and it’s all okay,
And never really talk about it.
It’s a shame the way we dance along the edge.

Dance along the edge.
Dance along the edge.

We always seem so careful.
We’re always so unsure.
Our past mistakes, they make us shake, eyes on the door.

When do we stop searching
For what we’re searching for?
Then when it comes, we question love, and try for more.

And we’re happy here, but we live in fear.
We’ve seen a lot of temples crumble.
Some of flesh and blood, and love is under glass.
Will we come undone? Will we turn and run?
And will we know it when we find it?
It’s a game the way we dance along the edge.

Dance along the edge.
Dance along the edge.

And we’ll walk the line, and we’ll do our time
For just as long as we’ve been given,
And pretend that we don’t hear the things they’ve said.

Can we promise love? Is it all too much?
And do our old souls still believe it?
It’s insane the way we dance along the edge.

Dance along the edge.
Dance along the edge.

Dance along the edge.
Dance along the edge.

Dance along the edge.
Dance along the edge.

Dance along the edge.
Dance along the edge.

Dance along the edge.
Dance along the edge.

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The Questions…

1. What is the fastest speed a human has ever traveled, and who set the record?

2. What common flavoring, mostly used in baking, is derived from an orchid?

3. The South American nation of Ecuador and the Central American nation of El Salvador both use the same currency? What is it?

4. The mighty Google empire was born in 1996. The first Google search engine was an array of ten 4-gig hard drives linked together in a cabinet. What did Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin use to construct the cabinet?

5. Greyhounds, the fastest dogs on earth, were brought to the United States in the mid-1800s for what specific reason?

The Answers…

1. The speed record is 24,791 miles per hour. It was set in May 1969 by astronauts Gene Cernan, Tom Stafford, and John Young when Apollo 10 reentered the Earth’s atmosphere after orbiting the Moon.

2. Vanilla. Both vanilla extract and natural vanilla flavoring come from the cured pods (incorrectly called beans) of Vanilla planifolia, an orchid native to Mexico.

3. The U.S. dollar.

4. Lego building blocks.

5. To catch jackrabbits that were eating crops and competing with livestock for food. This soon led to the sport of coursing, where greyhounds chased rabbits in an enclosed field, then later to regulated greyhound racing. Mechanical rabbits replaced the real thing in 1920.

Apollo 10

Greyhounds

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Baby on board

Kardashians

For the cah

You can dance

 

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