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Sunday, July 31, 2011


Every man can tell how many goats or sheep he possesses, but not how many friends. 
~ Marcus Tullius Cicero 

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When Elizabeth got her "pillow pet," she said, "Ooooh...  It's like sleeping on a lamb."

Now, I'm not an expert on sheep (or goats or car maintenance or much of anything else), but I would imagine that it is not a pleasant experience to sleep on a lamb.  However, I decided a long time ago that Elizabeth is probably wiser than I am.

And maybe that's where "counting sheep" comes from.  I don't really know how "counting" and "sleeping on" sheep equate, but maybe they do.  Or maybe the word "sleep" is derived from the word "sheep."  They have a lot of the same letters.

Saturday, July 30, 2011


The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
~ St. Augustine
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I think that if you go on a trip and the other people on the trip insist on calling you "The Queen" and giving you a throne and making you food and taking care of things for you, you should just go with it.  You don't want to offend them.  And also, they probably are particularly insightful and able to figure out your royal status and what is wrong with the rest of the world that they haven't figured out who you really are, anyway?!

Friday, July 29, 2011


Life is a pill which none of us can bear to swallow without gilding.
~ Samuel Johnson
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Maddie (while trying to take enormous vitamins and having problems swallowing them):  You know, we could just practice swallowing them using almonds.

Michelle:  Right...  or quarters.

Thursday, July 28, 2011


You will find something more in woods than in books. Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters.
~ Saint Bernard
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I think that it is good to have trees.  Without them, what would we cut down for paper?  And without paper, where would we draw pictures of trees?

I guess on doors.  Made of wood.  From trees.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011


If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary. 
~ Jim Rohn 
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My fear is not that I would receive something like this as a gift.  In fact, I am a brilliant re-gifter / re-purposer / prankster.  I could do a lot with it.

No, my fear is that my neighbor will receive something like this as a gift.  And display it.  For all of eternity.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


A person, who no matter how desperate the situation, gives others hope, is a true leader. 
~ Daisaku Ikeda 
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I see things and I get confused.  Now, this is not a difficult thing — to confuse me.  That, I will readily admit.  But can someone please help me understand for whom you would buy a wooden cut-out of the word, "Desperate?"

Monday, July 25, 2011


It is not good to cross the bridge before you get to it. 
~ Judi Dench 
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A bridge that lights up at night is better than one that doesn't.  "Why?" you ask?  Let me tell you why:

1. It looks cooler.
2. It is safer.
3. Need I remind you of the following proverbs:
     "A dark bridge means death or robbery to the weary traveler." ~ Romanian Proverb
     "Dark bridges and you might fall off ridges."  ~ Japanese Proverb
     "Bridges of light are better than those dark at night."  ~ Michelle Proverb

Sunday, July 24, 2011


Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky. 
~ Rabindranath Tagore 
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I think that if I could be in charge of designing anything in nature, I'd want to do sunsets.  You get to use all the crayons and you don't have to color inside of the lines.

Saturday, July 23, 2011


Greeting cards reflect the social fabric. And this is an unusual aspect of society.
~ Barbara Miller
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I like giving people cards.  I think doing so says, "I was thinking of you, but not so obsessively as when I made that collage of pictures I took of you while I was stalking you."

Friday, July 22, 2011


I won't be a rock star. I will be a legend. 
~ Freddie Mercury 
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Elizabeth:  Is this Queen?

Michelle:  No.  It's A-Ha.

Elizabeth:  It sounds like Queen.

Michelle:  No.  It's not.  Queen would not sing this song.

Thursday, July 21, 2011


One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.
~ Henry Miller
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Today I leave for Utah for a canoeing / kayaking trip.  It is with a bunch of student staff from Outdoor Recreation.  I am going to do my field research for my capstone.  You don't have to call me brilliant because I planned such a fun project.

No.  You can call me brilliant for a lot of reasons.  That is just one of them.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


Chaos in the world brings uneasiness, but it also allows the opportunity for creativity and growth.
~ Tom Barrett
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Elizabeth: (humming)

Maddie:  Elizabeth, STOP!

Elizabeth: (humming)

Chris:  Elizabeth, stop.

Elizabeth:  I stopped.

Michelle: Not the first time you were asked.  Not that you were asked.  Maddie, it would be nice if you said, "please."

Maddie:  I said, "Elizabeth, please stop."

Chris & Michelle:  No you didn't.

Chris:  You might have thought it in your head.  I do that sometimes.

Elizabeth:  I don't.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.
~ Hebbel
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I have a friend whose passion is bike riding. I have another friend whose passion is cooking. I have another friend whose passion is travel I have another friend whose passion is art.

I think my passion is my blog. And I think when I blog about other people's passions, I get to share them. That makes me passionate about everything.

Well, not everything. there are some things I don't blog about. I'm not so passionate about those things. I can't think of what those things are right now. But one of them is NOT biking. You know that because I have two bike-related photos in this blog which means I'm really passionate about blogging about biking.

Monday, July 18, 2011


A mountain is composed of tiny grains of earth. The ocean is made up of tiny drops of water. Even so, life is but an endless series of little details, actions, speeches, and thoughts. And the consequences whether good or bad of even the least of them are far-reaching. 
~ Sivananda 

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Elizabeth:  Why is the toilet water blue?

Michelle:  We had the old water replaced with ocean water.

Elizabeth:  MICHELLE!

Sunday, July 17, 2011


The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.
~ Leonardo da Vinci
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Once upon a time, Elizabeth suffered a tragic flip-flop / bicycle injury that resulted in a very damaged toe.  She had softball, and Chris "encouraged" her to go to the game and play.

Later that evening, the following exchange transpired...

Chris:  Elizabeth, I'm proud of you for trying this.

Elizabeth:  You kinda forced me.  Not kinda.  You did.  If it was up to me, I'd be at home with my foot elevated and an ice pack.  But, no, it's crammed in the smallest shoe ever.

Chris:  I hope it doesn't get infected and fall off.

Saturday, July 16, 2011


Let your mind start a journey thru a strange new world. Leave all thoughts of the world you knew before. Let your soul take you where you long to be...  Close your eyes let your spirit start to soar, and you'll live as you've never lived before.
~ Erich Fromm
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I would have liked to have been an explorer.  I think if I was out exploring, though, I'd grab some other guy and say, "You walk in front, that way you can say you discovered whatever we find."  Then, when he fell off the edge or or got killed by something, I'd still be alive and I could say I discovered it.  I am pretty sure that's how Roald Amundsen, Jacob Roggeveen, and Neil Armstrong all did it.

Friday, July 15, 2011


I've been things and seen places.
~ Mae West
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I think it's simple enough to understand why people need vacations.  Just break down the word "vacation..."

Vay — as in short for "vaya" which in Spanish means "go."  Also, a variation of "Vey" as in "Oy, Vey" which in Yiddish means "Oh no, I need to get away" or, more literally, "Oh, woe."

Cay - short for "Okay" as in - "It's okay to take a break every now and then."  Also a sandy reef around coral.  Who wouldn't want to visit a cay?  Everyone would.  Who lives there?  No one.  That's why it's part of vaCAtion.

and finally

Tion — or "shun": to avoid people whom you have to be around in your regular life but whom you cannot stand.

English is a super-simple language.

Thursday, July 14, 2011


Ideas can be life-changing. Sometimes all you need to open the door is just one more good idea. 
~ Jim Rohn 
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So, I have this thing where children are drawn to me.  I'm not sure why.  I tend to tease them and ask them ridiculous questions.  

Anyway, last weekend at Elizabeth's softball tournament, three little girls came up to Julie and I with a little black pug puppy.  I don't much care for little dogs and I don't much care for pugs.  I was nice though, and when they asked if I wanted to hold the puppy, I said, "Sure."

The little dog licked my chin and was sort of cute in a bug-eyed sort of way.

"One of her eyes popped out," said one of the girls.

I held the puppy away from me so I could see it's face.  Both eyes seemed to be in the puppy's head.  "What do you mean?  How did that happen?" I asked.

"It happened when she got squashed in a door and her eye popped out," said another of the girls.

Julie then asked, "Well, did it go back in?!"

"Yes," said the third girl.  When we opened the door and she blinked, her eye went back in."

I then asked Julie if she wanted to hold the puppy.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


All you have to do is to look like crap on film and everyone thinks you're a brilliant actress. Actually, all you've done is look like crap. 
~ Helen Mirren 

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Craptic:  A piece of crap which is mysterious and obscure.

Example:  Why someone would create a ceramic duck with braids and an apron is craptic.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


(photo by Chris Fowler)

Bear in mind that you should conduct yourself in life as at a feast.
~ Epictetus
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Michelle:   Elizabeth, what have you had for dinner?

Elizabeth:  Nothing.  I'll have cereal.

Michelle:  No, you need some protein.

Elizabeth:  Can I have cereal with meat in it?

Monday, July 11, 2011


Some days even my lucky rocketship underpants won't help.
~ Bill Watterson
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Rocketship underpants may not help, but I think superhero underpants probably do.  Because then it's like you're wearing your superhero costume under your regular clothes.  Like Superman does when he's Clark Kent.

I used to like Superman the most.  I don't anymore.  I don't have anything against Superman, but I like Batman more.  Batman is just a regular guy with no radioactive bugbites and he's not an alien who crashed on earth when his home planet was destroyed.

Batman is just super-smart and super-rich with all kinds of cool crime-fighting tools.

In fact, I'm pretty much just like Batman.  Except for not being super-rich and only partially super-smart and not having a lot of cool crime-fighting tools.

Sunday, July 10, 2011


People's dreams are made out of what they do all day.
The same way a dog that runs after rabbits will dream of rabbits.
It's what you do that makes your soul, not the other way around.
~ Barbara Kingsolver
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A Haiku for Ripley

Don't eat the garbage.
It gives you diarrhea.
Stupid, nasty dog.

Saturday, July 9, 2011


I am just too much.
~ Joan Crawford
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Michelle:  I hope if Elizabeth spawns, she spawns boys.

Chris:  Why?

Michelle:  I think it would be tough to have Elizabeth as a mom — especially for girls.

Chris:  Oh, I think you're right.  I'm crying just thinking about it right now.

Michelle:  I know.  It would be like, "NO MORE WIRE HANGERS!"

Friday, July 8, 2011


While there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see.  ~Dorothea Lange

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I am glad that both of the girls have an interest in photography. I think being able to take a good photo is a good skill to have. It can come in handy if you need to take pictures of corporate documents, or if you're a private investigator tracking someone's actions, or if you want to scrapbook family memories for future blackmailing purposes.  

Thursday, July 7, 2011


Where is the life we have lost in living? Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
~ T. S. Eliot

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So, I randomly check the history on our computer. I think it's a good thing to do to make sure I have some sense of what the girls are doing when they are on the computer.

Anyway, the other day I was looking at it and I found this in the history:
"18 Common Phrases to Avoid in Conversation."

But then I went to the link and couldn't find the 18 phrases.

My fear is that Elizabeth was looking them up and planning on incorporating them into her conversation

Wednesday, July 6, 2011


No man is rich enough to buy back his past.
~ Oscar Wilde
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Julie:  We have a picture of Madeline in her "Future Mrs. Bieber" t-shirt.

Pete:  We're gonna pull that out in the future.

Madeline:  Why?

Julie:  Let's just say we all have things we're embarrassed about in our past.

Michelle:  Vanilla Ice

Julie:  Milli Vanilla

Pete: Shaun Cassidy

Madeline:  Why would I be embarrassed to like Justin Bieber?!

(NOTE:  I couldn't stop laughing when Pete said, "Shaun Cassidy.")  

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes 
perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of soul, 
sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.
~ Confucius

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Really?  A minimum of FIVE chicks?  I think that's ridiculous.  You should be able to take 2-3 chicks and try them first.  Who can eat five chicks in a sitting?!

Monday, July 4, 2011


Europe will never be like America. Europe is a product of history. America is a product of philosophy.
~ Margaret Thatcher
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There is a ME and an I in America.  There are other letters, too.  But I see ME and I in America.  And here I am.  That's interesting, isn't it?

Sunday, July 3, 2011


We could hardly wait to get up in the morning.
~ Wilbur Wright
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Elizabeth to Maddie about Chris and I: "They had to do rock, paper, scissors to see who was going to wake you."

Saturday, July 2, 2011


Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex... 
It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction. 
~ Albert Einstein 
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Michelle:  There is too much to blog.  I can't keep up.

Chris:  You should blog that.

Elizabeth:  You should get a little recorder and tape it.

Michelle:  But I never know when it's going to be funny or just mean.

Friday, July 1, 2011


Boldness, without the rules of propriety, becomes insubordination.
~ Confucius
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You know how sometimes you know there is a perfect word for soemething and you just can't remember the word?  That happens to me sometimes, but it's usually random words.  However, I always have that problem with the word "insubordination."  I had to look it up three times just to finish this blog post.

That's probably not a good word to forget.