From Denny: My Bad! Thought I was deleting duplicate photos from Picasaphoto album only to find out, you guessed it, those duplicates were tied to this blog.... sigh... live and learn... I've restored the first four pages and am still checking the oldest posts. Apologies for your inconvenience and disappointment when you pulled up the page to only find words without beautiful photos.
Mantra to self: "I will not delete duplicates form Picasa. I will not delete duplicates from Picasa. I will not..."
From Denny: Shakespeare has this enduring quality! He was a faithful reader of the Bible and often commented upon how he retold the plot lines found in the Bible. Definitely he was a man who could tell a good story or we would not still be reading and studying his work all these hundreds of years after he was gone from this Earth. His words still ring Truth.
Of course, Shakespeare has been in the news lately. They found an early portrait of him to verify how he really looked. The guy is such a publicityhound! Even he would probably find today's cultural fascination with him to be most amusing!
From Denny: You would think this quote would be obvious to most people. But then it becomes painfully transparent that there are always some people who were raised by savage animals called abusive humans.
Perhaps it was a lack of good teaching. Perhaps it was a childhood spent just trying to survive one bad moment after another they didn't learn appropriate and beneficial people skills.
Maybe some people just become hard-hearted over time and set aside developing good character as a lame pursuit, not seeing the benefits of it over the long term. Here Carnagie addresses the very reason good character development is beneficial: it brings happiness!
"You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you." - Dale Carnagie
From Denny: FDR was one deep thinker. Repeatedly he was faced with difficult decisions about the fate of others, often agonizing over the possible outcomes. Quotes like this one only come from much soul-searching and the personal experience of putting into practice what he had figured out.
"Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds." - Franklin D. Roosevelt
Now I know why my feed counts have been going up and down wildly. Turns out Feedburner keeps deactivating them: on all 7 blogs! So, apologies, if you have found this maddening; join the club. Guess it's taking Google and Feedburner longer to merge and work out the gremlins than they are telling the public, oh, well... Meanwhile, rest assured I will be now manually monitoring these feeds twice a day to keep them activiated. Thank you for your patience everyone!
Don't you just love this photo of an ass? Such a good fit when things go wrong because that's how you feel and look to others! Might as well have some fun with screw-ups, right! ;)
Thanks go to the folks over at flickr who place their photos in the Creative Commons area for online writers and bloggers like me, much appreciated! They can be so funny.
'Mankind must not only seek Peace. We must pursue it with all the deeply felt sincerity of our hearts. We must pursue Peace with the diligent work of our hands every day in every relationship we know. Peace comes a little at a time, rippling outward until one day it touches and convinces all.'
Your chocolate quote today is attritubed to anonymous because I've heard it created on the spot from one woman or another over the years: "Chocolate is almost as good as sex and sometimes, well, it’s more readily available."
For the past twenty years or so the American brownie has grown to gargantuan proportions. One brownie really could serve four people! The trend has been to undercook the batter to a gooey center. Well, folks, read that as why Americans have gotten so fat."
From Denny: I'm particularly proud of this recipe I just developed so it's getting blogged to all my blogs besides Romancing The Chocolate blog where it obviously belongs. Besides, who wants to miss out on chocolate love? Enjoy!