Saturday, March 17, 2018

Quote of the Day

Trump doesn't think in terms of morality or human rights, he thinks only in terms of power and dominance.  Might makes right.  Putin thinks the same way, albeit much more strategically.  And Trump appears to have fallen hard for Putin's macho "bare-chested autocrat" act.  He doesn't just like Putin -- he seems to want to be like Putin, a white authoritarian leader who could put down dissenters, repress minorities, disenfranchise voters, weaken the press, and amass untold billions for himself.  He dreams of Moscow on the Potomac.

-- Hillary Rodham Clinton, What Happened, p. 334

Friday, March 16, 2018

Quote of the Day

You always think that a bolt of lightning is going to strike and your parents will magically change into the people you wish they were, or back into the people they used to be.  But they're never going to.  And even though you know they're never going to, you still hope they will.

-- Nora Ephron, I Remember Nothing, p. 51

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Quote of the Day

What should be beyond doubt is that foreign interference in our elections is wrong, period.  And the threat we face, from without and within, is bigger than one campaign, one party, or one election.  The only way to heal our democracy and protect it for the future is to understand the threat and defeat it.

-- Hillary Rodham Clinton, What Happened, p. 327

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Quote of the Day

There are always challenges and there are always injustices to face up to.  Either bury your head in the sand or roll up your sleeves and do something about it.

-- Tom Morello, "Prophets of Rage's Tom Morello on Why 'Bad Presidents Make for Great Music'"

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Meeting Rebecca Traister

I had the pleasure of hearing New York Times best-selling author Rebecca Traister speak last night about her important book All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation at the Herrick District Library.  Additionally, on Feb. 1, I was fortunate to be able to hear poet Lauren Haldeman and poet/memoirist Randall Horton read at Hope College, as a part of the Jack Ridl Visiting Writers Series.

Quote of the Day

Some people are blessed with a strong immune system.  Others aren't as lucky.  Their defenses have been worn down by disease or injury, so they're susceptible to all kinds of infections that a healthy person would easily fight off.  When that happens to someone you love, it's terrible to watch.  The "body politic" works in much the same way.  Our democracy has built-in defenses that keep us strong and healthy, including the checks and balances written into our Constitution.  Our Founding Fathers believed that one of the most important defenses would be an informed citizenry that could make sound judgments based on facts and reason.  Losing that is like losing an immune system, leaving a democracy vulnerable to all manner of attack.  And a democracy, like a body, cannot stay strong through repeated injuries.

-- Hillary Rodham Clinton, What Happened, p. 325

Monday, March 12, 2018

Quote of the Day

I met this poet named Brendan Kennelly.  I have known him for years; he is an unbelievable poet.  And he said, "Bono, if you want to get to the place where the writing lives, imagine you're dead."  There is no ego, there is no vanity, no worrying about who you will offend.  That is great advice.  I just didn't want to have to find out outside of a mental excursion.  I didn't want to find out the hard way.

-- Bono, The Rolling Stone Interview