Category Archives: Thought for the Day

Invocation

In a similar post to this one, Paula Reed posted the video of the minister at her church, Jefferson Unitarian Church in Golden, CO, delivering an invocation at a Barack Obama campaign event in her town.

From that prayer:

All the great traditions – Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism – teach that we are all connected to each other. They teach us that we best demonstrate our religious faith by showing compassion for one another. If we are to be faithful, we are to help one another, we will work for justice, we will work for peace.
When God works through us, we will marginalize no one.
When we are truly faithful we will see that religion is what ties us together. Any faith that divides us, that creates enemies, that preaches hatred, is false.

I don’t wear religion on my sleeve and don’t desire to preach, but this makes sense to me. Religion and faith are a part of the thread that connect all people.

It is my hope and prayer that the future leader of this nation (and of all nations), will lead us in this direction.  Away from hatred and disconnection.

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And More Quotes

Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.
— Nikita Khrushchev

Take everything you like seriously, except yourselves.
— Rudyard Kipling

This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer.
— Will Rogers

It’s so much easier to suggest solutions when you don’t know too much about the problem.
— Malcom Forbes

Making duplicate copies and computer printouts of things no one wanted even one of in the first place is giving America a new sense of purpose.
— Andy Rooney

One of the few good things about modern times: If you die horribly on television, you will not have died in vain. You will have entertained us.
— Kurt Vonnegut

Living Life Well

Randy Pausch, (October 23, 1960) is a Professor of Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction, and Design at Carnegie Mellon University, where my son Joshua proudly attends. Professor Pausch was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2006, and in August, 2007, told he only had a few months left.

Since that time, he has become well known for the insight and inspiration in his “Last Lecture” to his students at Carnegie Mellon. Since that talk in the fall of 2007, he has appeared on several TV shows and written a positive and inspirational book about his path.

Here is the link to his web site, where you will find videos and commentary.

Recently Professor Pausch gave a speech at the Carnegie Mellon commencement that brought tears to my eyes. No words are necessary; take the 6 minutes to watch and hear this amazingly positive man.

Time

Where has the time gone? It doesn’t seem so long since that chilly, rainy August day when we left our son, Josh, at Carnegie Mellon University for the first time. Five days from now, I’ll be bringing him home for the summer after a wonderful year.

Where has the time gone? My daughter, Sarah, is completing her Junior year of high school. At the high school academic awards breakfast, when she was on stage as one of the Top Ten students in her class, the speaker reminded us from that group of 10, will be the Valedictorian of the Class of 2009. Sarah will graduate and on to the rest of her life.

Where has the time gone? In 20 days, I’ll have been in business for 21 years, married for 28 in 6 months, and in August, taken 58 trips around the sun.

Where has the time gone?

Bumper Sticker

Seen on the rear bumper of some vehicle on the commute home this evening. Note: blogger rendition of actual image.

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The Gift

Even after all this time
The sun never says to the earth,
“You owe Me.”

Look what happens
with a love like that,
It lights the Whole Sky.

Hafiz
From: The Gift

Quotable

“His lack of education is more than compensated for by his keenly developed moral bankruptcy.”
–Woody Allen

“Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.”
–Will Rogers

“When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President. Now I’m beginning to believe it.”
–Clarence Darrow

“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”
–Mark Twain

“All generalizations are dangerous, even this one.”
–Alexander Dumas

“A person should want to live, if only out of curiosity.”
–Yiddish Proverb