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At Night Alone

At night alone, I lay in bed,
The sins of the day,  swirl through my head.
The things undone, the things unsaid,
Keep racing through my head.

At night alone, at dawn’s first light,
I’ve wondered, worried through the night.
That if I should die before I wake,
Would the Lord reject my soul to take?

-MJO 2010

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Today’s Quote:

Many people, other than the authors, contribute to the making of a book, from the first person who had the bright idea of alphabetic writing through the inventor of movable type to the lumberjacks who felled the trees that were pulped for its printing. It is not customary to acknowledge the trees themselves, though their commitment is total.

– Forsyth and Rada, Machine Learning

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Today’s Quote:

A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face.  It is one of the few havens remaining where a man’s mind can get both provocation and privacy. 

– Edward P. Morgan

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An Inspirational Prayer:

♦ The 23rd Psalm — The Lord is My Shepherd

The LORD is my shepherd;
I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul:
he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

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Today’s Quote:

Lord! when you sell a man a book you don’t sell just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue – you sell him a whole new life. Love and friendship and humour and ships at sea by night – there’s all heaven and earth in a book, a real book.

– Christopher Morley

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Today’s Quote:

My test of a good novel is dreading to begin the last chapter.

– Thomas Helm

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The critic leaves at curtain fall To find, in starting to review it, He scarcely saw the play at all For starting to review it.

– E. B. White

♦ Random Thoughts:

It has been my experience that most critics want to show us how much they know and how smart they are.  They delight in pointing to the errors of a created piece and have strong recommendations for the artist to do something different.

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