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Chair dancing at my desk. It’s Friday! It’s a 3-day weekend!

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History of the world graphic from 1930. (via Slate)

History of the world graphic from 1930. (via Slate)

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Happiness IS full of sweet surprises.

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"I have no heirs
in the sense that I have nothing of substance
to leave behind.
Possibly time will revise this disappointment.
Those who know me well will find no news here;
I sympathize. Those to whom
I am bound by affection
will forgive, I hope, the distortions
compelled by the occasion."

"Approach of the Horizon", Louise Gl├╝ck

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I saw a preview for Lone Ranger again today, and it made me nervous again today. This piece from last year reminds me why.

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Revisiting some old favorites: “Desert Song” - Alice Smith.

My mama said life is for living / If you’re unhappy honey, go out and reinvent.

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CURSES! THE AMERICAN DREAM ELUDES ME STILL!

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"Sometimes, when we lose ourselves in fear and despair, in routine and constancy, in hopelessness and tragedy, we can thank God for Bavarian sugar cookies. And, fortunately, when there aren’t any cookies, we can still find reassurance in a familiar hand on our skin, or a kind and loving gesture, or subtle encouragement, or a loving embrace, or an offer of comfort, not to mention hospital gurneys and nose plugs, an uneaten Danish, soft-spoken secrets, and Fender Stratocasters, and maybe the occasional piece of fiction. And we must remember that all these things, the nuances, the anomalies, the subtleties, which we assume only accessorize our days, are effective for a much larger and nobler cause. They are here to save our lives."

— Kay Eiffel in Stranger Than Fiction

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This was never my favorite West Side Story song, but I feel like Tony today.

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"Reality is complicated, messy, and uncertain. We want it to be shrink-wrapped and labeled clearly," says Mark Carnes, general editor of "Past Imperfect: History According to the Movies" and a historian at Barnard College. "We prefer the crisp clarity of sound bites and slogans to the blaring cacophony of the world around us."