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Men and women – even man and wife are foreigners. Each has reserves that the other cannot enter into, nor understand. These have the effect of frontiers.

- Mark Twain, Notebook, 1904

The 1st amendment of the constitution: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

photo credit: Constitution Day Poster Contest 2013.


It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.

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- Mark Twain

I inherited that calm from my father, who was a farmer. You sow, you wait for good or bad weather, you harvest, but working is something you always need to do.

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- Miguel Indurain

Father’s Day Remembrance


My dad, on the right, with his cousin in 1925.

On Father’s Day my own father comes to mind. He was a tall, barrel chested man and strong as an ox.

As a farmer he had to use his wits. His generation was the last to use mules to plow and the first to use tractors. The beauty of using mules is that you could only work during daylight, from dawn to dusk. Tractors had lights, so my father could work incessantly.

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