Action Day begins with Positive Practises

I got an Action Day planner this year, and part of what it tries to help you with is goal setting.  It's the old saw, put in the big rocks and then the little ones to fill in the spaces.  One of my goals has been to consolidate various writings, including what I did on  Avventurato that …

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Teddy Roosevelt on the Working Life

“I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life.”—THEODORE ROOSEVELT, U.S. presidentHear hear, Mr President.In all hard work there is profit, but just talking about it, only brings poverty.                 --Proverbs xiv: 23#1.  Picture of President Roosevelt in the North Dakota, …

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Andy Kaufman, comic, dead or alive

Friend: Andy Kaufman is still aliveCould faking his own death be Andy Kaufman's biggest joke yet?Photo: Getty Images (2)In 1980, legendary comedian Andy Kaufman and his writing partner, Bob Zmuda, wrote a script for a film called “The Tony Clifton Story,” based on a character of Kaufman’s.On Page 124, there is a block of dialogue intended …

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Thos. Jefferson on Delays and Procrastination

  “Delay is preferable to error.” —THOMAS JEFFERSON, U.S. president Using a dull ax requires great strength, so sharpen the blade. That’s the value of wisdom; it helps you succeed. [but] 13  Fools base their thoughts on foolish assumptions, so their conclusions are madness [stupid folly]  14 they chatter on and on....and they 15  are so exhausted by a little work that they [delay] …

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Wondering about Typhoons & Tycoons

Tycoon, Typhoontycoon  The ty- prefix appears in tycoon & again in typhoon — both of them are from a Chinese word meaning “great.” A tycoon, before it tripped through Japanese on its way to the English, was a “great prince.”Today a tycoon is just a big shot, usually one with great wealth and power — …

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Beating Writer’s Block

Beat Writer’s Block NOW…Block Now!September 17, 2007By Daphne Gray-GrantYou know the feeling. You really, really, really don’t want to write. You’re blocked. You’ve hit the wall. The words just won’t come. You’re bereft of inspiration. But your writing project needs to be finished (or started!) So what can you do? Well, I have an idea. Twenty …

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Magician Harry Houdini, obit

Harry Houdini Dies after OperationsSpecial to The New York TimesDETROIT, Oct. 31.--Harry Houdini, world famous as a magician, a defier of locks and sealed chests and an exposer of spiritualist frauds, died here this afternoon after a week's struggle for life, in which he underwent two operations.Death was due to peritonitis, which followed the first …

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Church as Fortress: Cartagna

Founded by the Spanish in 1533, Cartagena, Colombia  is a   beautifully preserved colonial city that is housed  within 7 long  miles of massive stone fortifications— it has the honour of being the only walled city in South America. The city’s rich heritage draws from Spanish, African, and Indian roots, all on display in Old Cartagena, …

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