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February 2014

Six Kinds of A Liar

six kinds of liar

He may be six kinds of a liar,
He may be ten kinds of a fool,
He may be a wicked highflyer
Beyond any reason or rule;

There may be a shadow above him
Of ruin and woes to impend,
And I may not respect, but I love him,
Because-well, because he’s my friend.

I know he has faults by the billion,
But his faults are a portion of him;
I know that his record’s vermillion,
And he’s far from the sweet Seraphim;
But he’s always been square with yours truly,
Ready to give or to lend,
And if he is wild and unruly,
I like him-because he’s my friend.

I criticize him but I do it
In just a frank, comradely key,
And back-biting gossips will rue it
If ever they knock him to me!
I never make diagrams of him,
No maps of his soul have I penned;
I don’t analyze-I just love him,
Because-well, because he’s my friend.

Loyalty by Berton Bailey

On Friendship and Love for Trying Days


The Days grow shorter, the nights grow longer
The headstones thicken along the way
And life grows sadder, but love grows stronger
For those who walk with us day by day…

But all true things in the world seem truer
And the better things of earth seem best,
And friends are dearer, as friends are fewer,
And love is all as our sun dips west.

Then let us clasp hands as we walk together
And let us speak softly in low, sweet tone,
For no man knows on the morrow whether
We two pass on-or, but one alone.

-Growing Old by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

…We have careful thought for the stranger
And smiles for the sometimes guest;
But oft for “our own” the bitter tone,
Though we love our own the best,
Ah! Lips with curve impatient,
Ah! brow with the shade of scorn
‘Twere a cruel fate, were the night too late
To undo the work of the morn!

-Our Own by Margaret E. Sangster


Alas, how easily things go wrong!
A sigh too much, or a kiss too long.
And there follows a mist and a weeping rain,
And life is never the same again.

Alas, how hardly things go right!
‘Tis hard to watch in a summer night,
For the sigh will come and the kiss will stay,
And the summer night is a wintry day,

And yet how easily things go right,
If the sigh and a kiss of a summer’s night
Come deep from the soul in the stronger ray
That is born in the light of the winter’s day.

And things can never go badly wrong
If the heart be true and the love be strong
For the mist, if it come, and the weeping rain
Will be changed by the love into sunshine again.

-Sweet Peril by George MacDonald

Thoughts from Defining Deviancy Down by Daniel Patrick Moynihan

“…we have been re-defining deviancy so as to exempt much conduct previously stigmatized, and also quietly raising the “normal” level in categories where behavior is now abnormal by any earlier standard.”

“The way of life associated with such social pathologies as the breakdown of the family lead to medical pathologies…We talk about the drug crisis, the education crisis, and the problems of teen pregnancy and juvenile crime. But all these ills trace back predominantly to one source: broken families.”

“From the wild Irish slums for the 19th century Eastern seaboard to the riot-torn suburbs of Los Angeles, there is one unmistakable lesson in American history: a community that allows a large number of young men to grow up in broken families, dominated by woman, never acquiring any stable relationship to male authority, never acquiring any set of rational expectation about the future-that community asks for and get chaos. Crime violence, unrest, unrestrained lashing out at the whole social structure-that is not only to be expected, it is very near to inevitable.”

“A society that loses its sense of outrage is doomed to extinction.”


Skepticism’s Limits in Daily Life

“Skepticism can be thought but not lived”-David Hume


Fullfillment in Small Things

“Life is made up not of great sacrifices or duties, but of little things in which smiles and kindness and small obligations given habitually are what win and preserve the heart and secure comfort.”-David O. McKay


Contradictions in Nothingness

“Scientist animated by the purpose of proving themselves purposeless make an interesting subject for study.”–A.N.Whitehead

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