I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.
Each relationship you have with another person reflects the relationship you have with yourself.
- Alice Denille
We cannot become what we need to be, remaining what we are.
- Max Depree
I forgive myself for having believed for so long that... I was never good enough to have, get, be what I wanted.
- Ceanne DeRohan
No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else.
- Charles Dickens
Freedom is the right to be wrong, not the right to do wrong.
- John Diefenbaker
The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for.
- Maureen Dowd
Forget mistakes. Forget failure. Forget everything except what you're going to do now and do it. Today is your lucky day.
- Will Durant
He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.
Yesterday is ashes; tomorrow is wood. Only today does the fire burn brightly.
- Old Eskimo saying
Monday, August 29, 2011
Posted by Fireman John at 8:11 PM
Thursday, August 25, 2011
"Due to circumstances beyond your control, you are master of your fate and captain of your soul."
"If you are able to state a problem - any problem - then the problem can be solved."
-- Dr. Edwin S. Land
If you fill your heart with regrets of yesterday and the worries of tomorrow, you have no today to be thankful for
Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values
Sometimes, its what you dont do, that makes you who you are.
If you are too busy to laugh, you are too busy.
If you are willing to admit faults, you have one less fault to admit.
It's not what you've got, it's what you use that makes a difference.
To make mistakes is human; to stumble is commonplace; to be able to laugh at yourself is maturity.
The world of tomorrow belongs to the person who has the vision today.
Posted by Fireman John at 6:59 AM
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
news of the week of celebrity run-ins;
Amy Winehouse's Ex Plans to Write Book
Blake Fielder-Civil, former husband of deceased British singer Amy Winehouse, plans to write a book about their troubled marriage. Fielder-Civil is currently serving a 32-month sentence in prison for burglary and possession of a fake firearm. Winehouse died last month at age 27.
Actor Orlando Brown Arrested for DUI
Former star of the TV series "That's So Raven," Orlando Brown has been arrested for suspicion of drunker driving. The 23-year-old rapper was released on his own recognizance after spending a night in the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood station.
Jalen Rose Released From Jail
Former NBA player and ESPN analyst Jalen Rose has been released from a Detroit jail after serving time for a drunk driving conviction. Rose served 16 days of a 20-day sentence that his attorney said was excessive for a first time offender.
Broncos Kicker Matt Prater Arrested for DUI
Matt Prater, place kicker for the Denver Broncos is facing charges of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident. Police reports said that Prater backed his Chevy Trailblazer into an unoccupied sedan parked outside a motel.
Secret Service Agent Arrested for DUI
A Secret Service agent apparently assigned to President Barak Obama's bus trip to the Midwest, has been arrested in Iowa for driving under the influence. Police said Daniel L. Valencia, 40, was off duty when he was arrested.
Police Chief Arrested on DUI Charges
The Police Chief of Chillicothe, Illinois has been charged with driving under the influence in Peoria County. When police stopped Steve Maurer because the tail lights on the trailer he was pulling were not working, they smelled alcohol on his breath.
Posted by Fireman John at 8:06 AM
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
A tiny change today brings us to a dramatically different tomorrow. There are grand rewards for those who pick the high hard roads, but those rewards are hidden by years.
- Richard Bach
We look into mirrors but we only see the effects of our times on us - not our affects on others.
- Pearl Bailey
A safe but sometimes chilly way of recalling the past is to force open a crammed drawer. If you are searching for anything in particular you don't find it, but something falls out at the back that is often more interesting.
- James M. Barrie
You grow up the day you have your first real laugh at yourself.
- Ethel Barrymore
An error doesn't become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.
- Orlando A. Battista
What is the difference between an obstacle and an opportunity? Our attitude toward it. Every opportunity has a difficulty, and every difficulty has an opportunity.
- J. Sidlow Baxter
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
- Melody Beattie
Listening to your heart is not simple. Finding out who you are is not simple. It takes a lot of hard work and courage to get to know who you are and what you want.
- Sue Bender
You stand outside the circle and wonder why you feel left out, unaware that you need your own permission to join the others - not theirs.
- Rusty Berkus
Reason often makes mistakes, but conscience never does.
- Josh Billings, pen name of Henry Wheeler Shaw
Posted by Fireman John at 9:35 PM
Monday, August 15, 2011
this week's celebrity antics
Wire Actress Pearson Pleads Guilty in Drug Case
Caught on a telephone wiretap, actress Felicia "Snoop" Pearson has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin the day before her trial was scheduled to begin. She was sentenced to time served and three years probation. Pearson, 31, played a drug gang assassin on HBO's The Wire. The plea deal allows her to continue her acting career, her attorney said.
Rapper Big Boi Arrested on Drug Charges
Grammy award winning OutKast rapper Big Boi, whose real name is Antwan Patton, has been charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Miami-Dade police said the rapper was arrested for possession of ecstasy and Viagra.
Rapper "Kid" Reid Arrested for Skipping Court
Former Kid 'n Play rapper Christopher "Kid" Reid was arrested at his Los Angeles home after he failed to appear at a court hearing regarding his 2010 drunk driving conviction. He was supposed to show up in court July 25 at a hearing to show proof that he had completed all of his probation requirements.
Vikings Quarterback Rhett Bomar Arrested
Minnesota Viking quarterback Rhett Bomar has been arrested for drunk-driving by police in Mankato. Bomar was stopped following a Saturday night Vikings practice and was held in jail until Sunday evening.
Economy Forces Cutbacks in War on Meth
The economy is taking a toll on the war on meth in some cities. According to The Associated Press, law enforcement officials in states where most of the nation's methamphetamine is produced have drastically reduced their efforts to pursue the manufacturers simply because they cannot afford the cost of cleaning up the toxic waste created by the labs.
Posted by Fireman John at 11:52 AM
Monday, August 1, 2011
Imagination is the highest kite one can fly.
- Lauren Bacall
One must always maintain one's connection to the past and yet ceaselessly pull away from it.
- Gaston Bachelard
There is never time in the future in which we will work out our salvation. The challenge is in the moment; the time is always now.
- James Baldwin
Luck? I don't know anything about luck. I've never banked on it, and I'm not afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: hard work - and realizing what is opportunity and what isn't.
- Lucille Ball
You must learn day by day, year by year, to broaden your horizons. The more things you love, the more you are interested in, the more you enjoy, the more you are indignant about--the more you have left when anything happens.
- Ethel Barrymore
The plans differ; the planners are all alike...
- Frederic Bastiat
The finest kind of friendship is between people who expect a great deal of each other but never ask it.
- Sylvia Bremer
Let's dare to be ourselves, for we do that better than anyone else.
- Shirley Briggs
Always tell the truth, not only because it is the decent thing to do, but because it gives you such an advantage over the man who is trying to remember his lies!
- Sam Brookes
Posted by Fireman John at 8:32 AM