June 2nd, 2002

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On Bath Tubs (and their contents.) -- Ezra Pound

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As a bathtub lined with white porcelain,
When the hot water gives out or goes tepid,
So is the slow cooling of our chivalrous passion,
O my much praised but-not-altogether-satisfactory lady.

                                                  ~ Ezra Pound, (1885–1972), U.S. poet, critic, reporter

In
Collected Shorter Poems (1984). "The Bath Tub", Lustra (1916).  The poem is thought to be addressed to Pound's fiancée Dorothy Shakespear, whom he married in April, 1914.

(Removed from "La Bañera, Español" 8/13/04.)
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On Becoming Men -- Frank Pittman

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We become male automatically because of the Y chromosome and the little magic peanut, but if we are to become men, we need the help of other men; we need our fathers to model for us and then to anoint us; we need our buddies to share the coming-of-age rituals with us and to let us join the team of men, and we need myths of heroes to inspire us and to show us the way.
                                                ~ Frank Pittman (20th century), U.S. psychiatrist and family therapist.
                                                   Man Enough, ch. 9 (1993).
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On Being -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

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We must combine the toughness of the serpent with the softness of the dove, a tough mind with a tender heart.
                                                                                                                        ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
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On Being the Best that You Can Be -- Janet Erskine Stuart

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To aim at the best and to remain essentially ourselves is one and the same thing.
                                                                                                    ~ Janet Erskine Stuart
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On Being a Gentleman or Lady -- Thomas H. Huxley

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Thoughtfulness for others, generosity, modesty and self-respect are the qualities which make a real gentleman or lady.
                                                                                              ~ Thomas H. Huxley
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On Being Good Parents -- Benjamin Spock

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The more people have studied different methods of bringing up children the more they have come to the conclusion that what good mothers and fathers instinctively feel like doing for their babies is best after all.
                                                                                                                          ~ Benjamin Spock
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On Being Half a Writer -- Ray Bradbury

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Only this: if you are writing without zest, without gusto, without love, without fun, you are only half a writer.
                                                                                                                      ~ Ray Bradbury
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On Being a Hero - Lise Hand

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That's what it takes to be a hero, a little gem of innocence inside you that makes you want to believe that there still exists a right and wrong, that decency will somehow triumph in the end.
                                                  ~ Lise Hand, describing Irish journalist Veronica Guerin,
                                                     who was killed as a result of her investigations of Irish organized crime.
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On Being Honest -- Thomas Carlyle

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Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure that there is one less scoundrel in the world.
                                                                      ~ Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), Scottish historian and essayist


Repeated in On Honesty
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On Being Human -- E. M. Forester

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To make us feel small in the right way is a function of art.  Men can only make us feel small in the wrong way.
                                                                                                                        ~ E. M. Forester
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On Being Idle -- Thomas Jefferson

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Determine never to be idle.  No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any.  It is wonderful how much can be done if we are always doing.
                                                                ~ Thomas Jefferson advising his daughter Martha, 1787.
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On Being in the Right Place -- Swain Wolfe

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Jack happened to look up from the bottom of Lacuna Canyon at the moment the red car flew off the east rim.
                                                                                    ~ Swain Wolfe, opening sentence from The Parrot Trainer
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On Being Normal -- R. D. Laing

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Society highly values its normal man.  It educates children to lose themselves and to become absurd, and thus to be normal.  Normal men have killed perhaps 100,000,000 of their fellow normal men in the last fifty years.
                                                                                                                            ~ R. D. Laing
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On Being a Reader -- Jim Trelease

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You become a reader because you saw and heard someone you admired enjoying the experience, someone led you to the world of books even before you could read, let you taste the magic of stories, took you to the library, and allowed you to stay up later at night to read in bed.
                                 ~ Jim Trelease (20th century). The New Read-Aloud Handbook, Ch. 1 (1985).
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On Being Sensible -- Epictetus

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He is a man of sense who does not grieve for what he has not, but rejoices in what he has.
                                                                                                           ~ Epictetus
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On Being Serious -- Margot Fonteyn

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The most important thing I have learned over the years is the difference between taking one's work seriously and taking one's self seriously.  The first is imperative, and the second disastrous.
                                                                                                            ~ Margot Fonteyn
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On Being Strong -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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It is only as a man puts off from himself all external support, and stands alone, that I see him to be strong and to prevail.
                                                                                                      ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
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On Being a Teacher -- Unknown

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After being interviewed by the school administration, the eager teaching prospect said, "Let me see if I've got this right.  You want me to go into that room with all those kids and fill their every waking moment with a love for learning.  And I'm supposed to instill a sense of pride in their ethnicity, modify their disruptive behavior, observe them for signs of abuse and even censor their T-shirt messages and dress habits.

"You want me to wage a war on drugs and sexually transmitted diseases, check their backpacks for weapons of mass destruction, and raise their self esteem.  You want me to teach them patriotism, good citizenship, sportsmanship, fair play, how to register to vote, how to balance a checkbook, and how to apply for a job.

"I am to check their heads for lice, maintain a safe environment, recognize signs of antisocial behavior, offer advice, write letters of recommendation for student employment and scholarships, encourage respect for the cultural diversity of others, and make sure that I give the girls in my class fifty percent of my attention.

"My contract requires me to work on my own time after school, evenings and weekends grading papers.  Also, I must spend my summer vacation at my own expense working toward advance certification and a Masters degree.  And on my own time you want me to attend committee and faculty meetings, PTA meetings and participate in staff development training.

"I am to be a paragon of virtue, larger than life, such that my very presence will awe my students into being obedient and respectful of authority.  And I am to pledge allegiance to family values and this current administration.  You want me to incorporate technology into the learning experience, monitor web sites, and relate personally with each student.  That includes deciding who might be potentially dangerous and/or liable to commit a crime in school.

"I am to make sure all students pass the mandatory state exams, even those who don't come to school regularly or complete any of their assignments.  Plus, I am to make sure that all of the students with handicaps get an equal education regardless of the extent of their mental or physical handicap.  And I am to communicate regularly with the parents by letter, telephone, newsletter and report card.

"All of this I am to do with just a piece of chalk, a computer, a few books, a bulletin board, a big smile AND on a starting salary that qualifies my family for food stamps!  You want me to do all of this and yet you expect me...

...NOT TO PRAY?"
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On Being What You Want to Be -- Abraham Lincoln

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You can have anything you want -- if you want it badly enough.  You can be anything you want to be, do anything you set out to accomplish if you hold to that desire with singleness of purpose.
                                                                                                                      ~ Abraham Lincoln
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On Being Yourself -- Seuss

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Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind, don't matter, and those who matter, don't mind.
                                                                                                          ~ Dr.Seuss
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On the Benefits of Employment -- Daniel Webster

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Employment gives health, sobriety, and morals.  Constant employment and well-paid labor produce general prosperity, content, and cheerfulness.
                                                                                                          ~ Daniel Webster



*Snarl, snarl*
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On Blame -- George Bernard Shaw

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People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are.  I don't believe in circumstances.  The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them.
                                                                                                      ~ George Bernard Shaw
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On Blessings -- Charles Dickens

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Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many  --  not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
                                                                                                            ~ Charles Dickens
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On Boredom -- Arnold Bennett

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It is not a sin to be bored by what interests others, or to be interested in what bores others.
                                                                                                                          ~ Arnold Bennett
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On Bravery -- James A. Garfield

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If there is one thing upon this earth that mankind love and admire better than another, it is a brave man, -- it is the man who dares to look the devil in the face and tell him he is a devil.
                                                                                              ~ James A. Garfield
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On Being One's Best -- Harold E. Stassen

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...have the courage and the wisdom and the vision to raise a definite standard that will appeal to the best that is in man, and then strive mightily toward that goal.
                                                                                                ~ Harold E. Stassen
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