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Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

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“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” – William Arthur Ward While this has indeed been a very weird year we all have a lot to be grateful for, and this is a great opportunity to focus on and acknowledge all the positive things in our lives. I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday filled with lots of  love, appreciation, gratitude, laughter, a big-ass turkey with all the trimmings, and football (yes, we’ll be watching football as always) with family, friends, pets and loved-ones. Filed under: Odds & Sods Tagged: football , Thanksgiving , Thanksgiving holiday , turkey Original link Or...
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Happy Halloween!


I hope you all have a highly-festive, semi-spooky, candy-filled, rock-free Halloween today! Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Great Pumpkin , Halloween Original link Original author: Thomas Kelleher
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Let’s look at the bigger picture here.


Hey look, some sanity! I encourage you to watch these three minutes from Dallas sportscaster Dale Hansen talking about what Trump doesn’t understand about the national anthem and the right to protest, courtesy of Media Matters for America . Dallas sportscaster Dale Hansen talking about what Trump doesn’t understand about the national anthem and the right to protest. And by the way, just a little reminder: the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag says “…indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” That’s the whole point of Colin Kaepernick’s protest — as a country we’ve lost sight of those values, and we can’t look the other way among wrongdoings against African Americans and minoriti...
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Aloha and Aloha


Vacation. Twelve days of it with our annual family “retreat” to Maui. Some days seemed too long, some too short. Ups and downs, highs and lows. Typical family vacation stuff. Fun fact about me: I loath traveling for long periods of time (i.e. the act of physically getting to one place to the other, like airports and being stuck in a crowded, uncomfortable, back achingly, germ-filled airplane with clueless passengers, shitty food and vomit bags at the ready, for example,) but love being in a place that we all find to be so magical. A family vacation, especially when traveling with extended family and kids, can really only be so relaxing. But I think overall we did a pretty good job of  practi...
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Quote Of The Day – Dr. Seuss

Today’s quote comes from Theodor Seuss Geisel (March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991); an American writer and illustrator, better known under his pen name Dr. Seuss for his highly popular and weird children’s books, with over 600 million copies sold and translated into more than 20 languages.

Before earning fame and acclaim for such gems like If I Ran the Zoo, Horton Hears a Who!, The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Green Eggs and Ham, Geisel was an illustrator and cartoonist for Vanity and Life magazines, a political cartoonist and he worked as an illustrator for various advertising campaigns.

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Quote Of The Day – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Filed under: Quote Of The Day Tagged: day of service , Dr. Martin Luther King , Famous quotes , MLK , quote of the day , Writer quote Original link Original author: Thomas Kelleher
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Quote Of The Day – Jack London

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Today’s first Quote Of The Day of the New Year comes from San Francisco Bay Area native author, journalist, short story write and social activist Jack London, who was one of the first fiction writers to actually earn big bags of cash and obtain worldwide celebrity status from his writing efforts alone. He might be best known for The Call of the Wild, White Fang, To Build a Fire and The Sea Wolf. In 1906 he published an eye-witness report of the San Francisco earthquake in Collier’s magazine titled: “AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! SHIIIIIIIIIIIT!” (Okay I made up that last part. The actual headline was The Story Of An Eyewitness, but I think my version was far more engaging and probably more accurate.) He ...
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Happy New Year!

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Thank God that’s over. May this New Year bring you luck and prosperity and immense happiness in all you do in 2017. Happy New Year! Filed under: Odds & Sods Tagged: new year , New Year's Day Original link Original author: Thomas Kelleher
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Quote Of The Day – Jules Verne

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In light of the coming new year I thought today’s Quote of the Day was particularly relevant as we look ahead to 2017 with hopes and dreams of a kinder, gentler, less turbulent and tumultuous twelve months. You can’t call yourself a nerd and not be familiar with the works of Jules Verne  (1828 – 1905); a French novelist, poet and playwright who wrote a number of highly imaginative adventure novels for their time, and was often referred to as the “Father of Science Fiction” and one of the founders of the genre (along with H.G. Wells and Mary Shelley and a few others). He is best known for writing Journey to the Center of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and Around The World i...
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Get the biggest aluminum tree you can find, Charlie Brown, maybe painted pink.

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“What if Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!” – Dr. Seuss God bless us, everyone and Merry Christmas! Filed under: Odds & Sods Tagged: aluminum tree , charlie brown , Christmas , Dr. Seuss , Grinch , holidays , peanuts Original link Original author: Thomas Kelleher
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Merry Christmas Nerds!

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I’m kind of sort of more or less on vacation now for the holidays with too much time on my hands and so you get this. You may have already seen this as its been all over the Interwebs lately, but in case you haven’t, here you go – Chewbacca sings Silent Night . It was actually created in 1999 by a bloke named Scott Anderson as a joke for some his co-workers. Who knew it would become such a thing? Turn it up and don’t be afraid to sing along if you know the words. Filed under: Odds & Sods Tagged: Chewbacca sings Silent Night. , Christmas , Scott Anderson Original link Original author: Thomas Kelleher
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Stupid Mercury

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Because Mercury is the planet situated closest to the Sun, its orbit is much shorter than Earth’s. About three or four times a year for over a three week period , Mercury speeds past Earth and as a result we experience a Mercury retrograde period, which brings a whole lot of batshit crazy things along with it. This is an astronomical/astrological phenomenon makes it look as if Mercury is going backwards because of the relationship between both Earth’s and Mercury’s orbit around the Sun. But Mercury is not actually going backwards – everything just feels that way. I like to think I’m a reasonably intelligent man, but I do occasionally find myself doing stupid things. When I find myself doing ...
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Quote of the Day – Charlie Chaplin

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Today’s Quote of the Day comes from Sir Charles Spencer “Charlie” Chaplin, KBE (1889 – 1977); an English comic actor, filmmaker, writer and composer who rose to fame during the silent film era, with his onscreen character “the Tramp” considered one of the most important figures in the history of film. And yes, Sir Tramp was appointed a Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (it’s actually called that) in 1975. He was most worthy of the title. Chaplin wrote, directed, produced, edited, starred in, and composed the music for most of his films. Some of his best known movies were selected for preservation in the National film Registry, including: The Immigrant (1917),...
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Quote Of The Day – Ernest Hemingway

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Today’s much anticipated Quote Of The Day comes from Ernest Hemingway, an American novelist, short story writer and journalist. He wrote a little something called For Whom The Bell Tolls. (Not to be confused with the Metallica song, which is almost as good.) Also The Sun Also Rises and The Old Man and the Sea. He was awarded the Pulitzer Price for Fiction in 1953 and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. Not too shabby. Filed under: Quote Of The Day Tagged: authors , Ernest Hemingway , Famous quotes , For Whom The Bell Tolls , Metallica , novelist , quote of the day , quotes , The Old Man and the Sea , The Sun Also Rises , Writer quote , writers Original link Original author: Thomas Kellehe...
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Giving Thanksgiving Thanks


Today is certainly a good day to remind ourselves, between football games, how lucky we are for the family, friends and pets we have in our lives, our relative health, our freedom and overall happiness, as opposed to obsessing about all the things we don’t have every other day of the year. I’m especially grateful to everyone who has taken the time to read and follow my little blog, those who have liked and shared my posts, and for everyone who was kind enough to buy my online dating book and not return it. (Another one will be coming out next year about adoption in America.) So I just wanted to wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving and say “thank you” for your support. I feel truly blessed ...
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