Thanks

Thanksgiving Day was a holiday when everybody in the country was expected to express gratitude to the Creator of the Universe, mainly for food.

Kurt Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions

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Such possibilities still exist

“When I was a boy, and when Dwayne Hoover was a boy, all the people of all the nations which had fought in the First World War were silent during the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of Armistice Day, which was the eleventh day of the eleventh month.It was during that minute in nineteen hundred and eighteen, that millions upon millions of human beings stopped butchering one another. I have talked to old men who were on battlefields during that minute. They have told me in one way or another that the sudden silence was the Voice of God. So we still have among us some men who can remember when God spoke clearly to mankind.”

Kurt Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions 

Vonnegut was a WWII vet and was present at the bombing of Dresden.

The key to everything

This is the key to everything:
Realize you’re alive.
Remember that it’s never too
Late to look at the sun.
One more time.

Sergio Bambarén [Via] & Edvard Munch, View from Nordstrand

Words with friends

I got to chatting with a fellow wallflower at a social the other day and, long story short, I’m in a book club! We’re reading The Boys In The Boat by Daniel James Brown.

Although I’ve just started reading the book, I’m already excited for a couple of reasons:

  1. We are reading a book that became a documentary;
  2. Produced by PBS;
  3. This is not a book I would have picked up on my own, so already I’m stepping outside my comfort zone, woo woo;
  4. Dispite an initial freakout about how I was going to actually obtain this book, I quickly found it through my library as a digital download, available immediately! and for FREE;
  5. This book club is held at a library;
  6. I need to talk to people.

With my dear husband off helping with the aftermath of all these recent storms, I’m sorely missing face time with actual human beings outside of work. I need to read more books, I need to meet more people, and generally these two statements don’t mesh. But hey – book club! That’s the whole point of them. Lets go make some friends!

(And seriously folks, support your local libraries.)