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Initial post: May 23, 2013, 10:00:15 PM PDT
Lyn says:
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My soul honors your soul. I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides. I honor the light, love, truth,beauty & peace within you, because it is also within me. In sharing these things we are united, we are the same,we are one.


I have so many places to go for one day trips and today is not one of them. Details later. Business first.


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Posted on May 23, 2013, 10:00:56 PM PDT
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Posted on May 23, 2013, 10:02:32 PM PDT
Lyn says:
. . . . . .╰☆╮ Ponder of the Day╰☆╮ . . . . . .

"Nobody likes me!"

"I wish I could like you, Charlie Brown, but I can't... If I were to like you, it would be admitting that I was lowering my standards! You wouldn't want me to do that, would you? Be reasonable! I have standards that I have set up for liking people, and you just don't meet those standards! It wouldn't be reasonable for me to like you!"

"I hate myself for being so unreasonable!"
― Charles M. Schulz,

Posted on May 23, 2013, 10:02:58 PM PDT
Lyn says:
I had a totally different start in mind a few hours ago and it seemed a good one. One of my more esoteric ones. Maybe later for that one, the time didn't seem right any more. Now I am glad I switched.

Posted on May 23, 2013, 10:05:01 PM PDT
Lyn says:
You've Been Saying It Wrong (11 Famous Quotes That Have Changed Over Time)

Anyone who's ever played telephone at camp knows how easy it is for your mind to twist, tweak or completely change what you've just heard when you repeat it to someone else. Common throughout history, sometimes when this happens, the adapted quote frequently becomes more popular than the original. Here are just a few examples:

Money is the root of all evil.

Derived from a line found in one of Saint Paul's letters to Timothy, this misquote significantly omits three important words which changes the meaning of the passage completely. Paul's original admonition was "For the love of money is the root of all evil." (1 Timothy 6:10) As you can see, in the original version it is coveting money or greed, not the money itself, that is the root of all evil according to Paul.

Theirs but to do or die!

In his 1854 poem The Charge of the Light Brigade, Alfred, Lord Tennyson penned the famous lines "theirs not to reason why, theirs but to do and die." Again we see the common misquote completely changes the meaning of the passage. In the original, the charging cavalry know they are likely on a suicide mission into the "valley of Death,"- "to do and die"- but with the misquote, it sounds as if the soldiers believe they can survive the mission, if they only try hard enough- "to do or die".

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

This frequently quoted adaptation of a line from William Congreve's The Mourning Bride (1697) is, to my mind at least, an improvement on the original - both in terms of clarity and brevity. Congreve's original line was "Heav'n has no rage, like love to hatred turn'd/Nor hell a fury, like a woman scorn'd." The shortened version focuses on the basic theme of the line - beware betrayed women (see Fatal Attraction, et. al).

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?

In the 1937 Disney classic, Snow White's evil stepmother, the Queen, is a self-absorbed psychopath- also a witch. She keeps a magic mirror handy. In asking the famous question, what she really said was "Magic Mirror, on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?" Truly a slight modification. It is notable that in the adapted version, the mirror is just a mirror, but in the original, he is more like a person.

Houston, we have a problem.

On Saturday, April 11, 1970, astronauts Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert and Fred Haise were shot out of Earth's orbit during the Apollo 13 mission. Two days later, catastrophe struck, and they lost their normal sources of light, water and electricity. Having the right stuff, master of understatement Swigert calmly noted after the explosion and alarms went off, "Houston, we've had a problem" (listen here). Of course, with a lot of help from the team in Houston, the crew safely splashed down in the South Pacific on April 17th, though the mission itself was technically a failure in terms of not accomplishing the original goals.

Music soothes the savage beast.

This second adulteration of a line from Congreve's The Mourning Bride changes the meaning significantly. In the original version, when he wrote "Musick has charms to sooth a savage breast," Congreve was discussing the power of music to help people manage emotional turmoil. However with the revision and taken out of context, only animals are affected by music, such as when Bugs Bunny plays the violin to stop a feral gorilla from tearing him to pieces.

Greed is good.

In Oliver Stone's classic movie Wall Street (1987), the unscrupulous stockbroker, Gordon Gekko, actually tells the roomful of Teldar Paper stockholders, "The point is ladies and gentlemen that greed, for lack of a better word, is good." Regardless of how the line was remembered, Michael Douglas' performance certainly was; he won the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Gecko.

Elementary, my dear Watson.

Although Holmes said "elementary" and "my dear Watson," he never said them together in any of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories. One clever academic verified this by creating a word cloud out of the most significant words used in all of Holmes stories with some surprising results: the word "elementary" only appeared twice in his cloud. As hard as it is to believe, "whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth."

Play it again, Sam.

Released in 1942 and starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, Casablanca still rates as the second best movie of all time (behind Citizen Kane) according to the American Film Institute. Regardless, the oft-repeated line was never uttered in the film. Furthermore, although many attribute the adapted version to Bogart, the closest thing to it comes from Bergman's character, Ilsa, who says, "play it once Sam. . . play it, Sam."

There's a wino down the road.

The only misquoted song on this list is Led Zepplin's Stairway to Heaven (1971) because before today, I actually thought the mangled version was the correct lyric. The actual lyric is "and as we wind on down the road," which reminds the listener that this song is about a journey; the misquoted version makes the song seem more like Aqualung. In any event, Stairway is consistently ranked in the top 100 songs of the 20th century, along with classics like Over the Rainbow, Imagine and Smells Like Teen Spirit. It is also at the top of many "most overplayed songs" lists, as well.

Nice guys finish last.

Leo Durocher managed the Brooklyn Dodgers (1939-1948), New York Giants (1948-1955), Chicago Cubs (1966-1972) and Houston Astros (1972-1973). Leo's famous one liner came while he was coaching the Dodgers. The original quote was actually "Why, they're the nicest guys in the world! And where are they? In seventh place!" Were the line never changed, it likely would have soon been lost to history. By shortening it down to its essence, newsmen and baseball fans converted a simple comment on the 1946 Giants into a transcendent statement about the nature of all humankind.

Posted on May 23, 2013, 10:05:23 PM PDT
Lyn says:

In reply to an earlier post on May 23, 2013, 10:20:33 PM PDT
Very interesting info... Thanks for your time putting that together for us..

Posted on May 23, 2013, 10:28:26 PM PDT
Lyn says:
You are welcome. I knew some of them were not what we quote. I wonder what else we quote that is wrong.

Posted on May 23, 2013, 10:43:10 PM PDT
I know that i say all the time... That is not what was said...

Posted on May 23, 2013, 10:54:09 PM PDT
redandwhite says:
Morning Robb
Thanks for the start, reading it makes me think........ does the ponder of the day have anything to do with you being made to eat worms ?
I didn't know whether to click the yes or no button on that post because after pondering I actually think it is rather sad

In reply to an earlier post on May 23, 2013, 10:54:49 PM PDT
Thank you for the start Robb. It was nice to find out that money itself is not actually the root of all evil :)

Posted on May 23, 2013, 10:56:26 PM PDT
redandwhite says:
Morning Sandy
Glad the weekend duty got sorted out. You handled it well, but have to agree that you must remember to call in the favour from your colleague and get yourself a day off later on.
Hope you have a good day♥

Posted on May 23, 2013, 10:57:55 PM PDT
Lyn says:
I am off to SeaTac. Will check back in when we get home, then bed.

Posted on May 23, 2013, 11:07:53 PM PDT
redandwhite says:
I am - as usual at the moment - running late - will check in from work if possible.

In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2013, 12:11:27 AM PDT
Lyn says:
running? I thought you biked.

In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2013, 1:07:38 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
I do bike
but was hoping I could get a star if I wrote running <g>

Posted on May 24, 2013, 1:15:09 AM PDT
Riding a bike counts... or at least it should..

Posted on May 24, 2013, 1:15:58 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 24, 2013, 1:19:06 AM PDT
from my wish list...
WARNING: This book is not recommended for people with heart conditions, those taking anti-anxiety medications, or people easily repulsed by ghastly levels of (purely necessary) violence and mayhem. Read at your own risk. The author takes no responsibility for nightmares, mental anxieties or phobias resulting from this book.

For everyone else, buckle-up because:

THOUSANDS are dying inside.

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CAPTAIN Alexander Coleman is just minutes away, and he's not coming alone. He commands a full platoon of Special Forces Marines. His estranged wife, Vanessa, and eight year old son, David, might still be alive in the besieged underground complex. The chance they both survived is slim, but that's more than enough.

PURE HORROR awaits him, and a frantic race to control the most devastating weapons of mass-destruction ever created: Living weapons.

BUT ABOVE ALL, more important than anything else, Captain Alexander Coleman must save his family.

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Our David wrote a 5 star review for it...
I sure wish he would pop in.. I would like to know that he is ok after this past Sunday and Monday...

Posted on May 24, 2013, 1:24:55 AM PDT
Good morning ⚫ afternoon ⚫ evening everyone! A Free book to begin the day . . .

Noble Beginnings: A Jack Noble Thriller (Jack Noble #1)

In March of 2002, while the eyes of the world focused on Afghanistan, Jack Noble finds himself on the outskirts of Baghdad, Iraq. A Marine in name only, Jack is on-loan to the CIA. Normally an integral part of the team, he finds that he is nothing more than a security detail in Iraq.

Jack and his partner Bear have a run-in with four CIA special agents over the treatment of an Iraqi family. Within hours Jack and Bear are detained.

All Jack wanted was to finish his enlistment and move on with his life. All he did was intervene and save a family from unwarranted violence at the hands of four CIA agents. But he soon discovers that he did far more than intervene. He has placed himself dead square in the middle of a conspiracy that reaches the highest levels of the U.S. government.

Posted on May 24, 2013, 1:45:05 AM PDT
Hi Wendy.... How ya doing?

Posted on May 24, 2013, 3:31:09 AM PDT
Susan🌎 says:
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Posted on May 24, 2013, 3:34:57 AM PDT
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Posted on May 24, 2013, 3:42:30 AM PDT
Susan🌎 says:
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Posted on May 24, 2013, 3:44:26 AM PDT
Thanks for the start Robb!

I have to agree with redandwhite, the ponder of the day makes me sad as well...

Interesting facts about misquotes, I have enjoyed reading those.

Have a great day!

Posted on May 24, 2013, 3:48:11 AM PDT
KayKay says:
Thanks for the start and interesting info. I never knew the name of that game of passing info along was called the telephone game. :-)
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