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Heart o' the North

 

And when I come to the dim trail-end,

  I who have been Life’s rover,

This is all I would ask, my friend,

  Over and over and over:

 

A little space on a stony hill

  With never another near me,

Sky o’ the North that’s vast and still,

  With a single star to cheer me;

 

Star that gleams on a moss-gray stone

  Graven by those who love me –

There would I lie alone, alone,

  With a single pine above me;

 

Pine that the north wind whinnies through –

  Oh, I have been Life’s rover!

But there I’d lie and listen to

  Eternity passing over.

 

 

Robert Service

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'that it's not just the people in your lives that matter, that you'd best be careful what you touch, what you use, what you make, because you leave a bit of yourself in everything you touch'

 

Joel Rosenberg (I think)

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There's a land where the mountains are nameless,

And the rivers all run God knows where;

There are lives that are erring and aimless,

And deaths that just hang by a hair;

There are hardships that nobody reckons;

There are valleys unpeopled and still,

There's a land-oh, it beckons and beckons,

And I want to go back-and I will.

 

 

Robert Service

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There's a land where the mountains are nameless,

And the rivers all run God knows where;

There are lives that are erring and aimless,

And deaths that just hang by a hair;

There are hardships that nobody reckons;

There are valleys unpeopled and still,

There's a land-oh, it beckons and beckons,

And I want to go back-and I will.

 

 

Robert Service

Swedie pie, you got a tear from my eye with this one.  Makes me think of Yellowstone.

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I was once, I declare, a Stone-Age man,

And I roamed in the cool of a cave;

I have known, I will swear, in a new life-span,

The fret and the sweat of a slave:

For far over all that folks hold worth,

There lives and there leaps in me

A love of the lowly things of earth,

And a passion to be free.

 

Robert Service

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The Quitter

 

When you're lost in the Wild, and you're scared as a child,

And Death looks you bang in the eye,

And you're sore as a boil, it's according to Hoyle

To cock your revolver and . . . die.

But the Code of a Man says: "Fight all you can,"

And self-dissolution is barred.

In hunger and woe, oh, it's easy to blow . . .

It's the hell-served-for-breakfast that's hard.

 

"You're sick of the game!" Well, now that's a shame.

You're young and you're brave and you're bright.

"You've had a raw deal!" I know — but don't squeal,

Buck up, do your damnedest, and fight.

It's the plugging away that will win you the day,

So don't be a piker, old pard!

Just draw on your grit, it's so easy to quit.

It's the keeping-your chin-up that's hard.

 

It's easy to cry that you're beaten — and die;

It's easy to crawfish and crawl;

But to fight and to fight when hope's out of sight —

Why that's the best game of them all!

And though you come out of each gruelling bout,

All broken and battered and scarred,

Just have one more try — it's dead easy to die,

It's the keeping-on-living that's hard.

 

 

Robert Service

 

 

 

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Robert Service never disappoints.  Nice pieces, Swede.

 

A heart-felt piece from of all things..."Buffy the Vampire Slayer".

 

The situation is not important, other than Buffy is going to die in place of her sister, Dawn.  There isn't any other option, other than one of the two have to die.

 

"Dawn, listen to me. Listen. I love you. I will always love you. But this is the work that I have to do. Tell Giles... tell Giles I figured it out. And, and I'm okay. And give my love to my friends. You have to take care of them now. You have to take care of each other. You have to be strong. Dawn, the hardest thing in this world... is to live in it. Be brave. Live. For me." - Buffy ”

 

 

 

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No stronger comment about knowing survival techniques.  If you want to find the song...Gentleman Jim Reeves did my favorite rendition.

 

There's a blizzard coming on, how I'm wishing I was home,

For my pony's lame, and he can hardly stand.

Listen to that norther sigh, if we don't get home we'll die.

But, it's only seven miles to Mary Ann's.

It's only seven miles to Mary Ann's.

 

You can bet we're on her mind, for it's nearly supertime

And I'll bet there's hot biscuits in the pan.

Lord, my hands feel like they're froze,

And there's a numbness in my toes.

But, it's only five more miles to Mary Ann's.

It's only five more miles to Mary Ann's.

 

That wind's howling and it seems

Mighty like a woman's scream.

And we'd best be moving faster if we can.

Dan just think about that barn,

With the hay so soft and warm.

For it's only three more miles to Mary Ann's,

It's only three more miles to Mary Ann's.

 

(Spoken with instrumental background)

Dan get up you ornery cuss, or you'll be the death of us.

I'm so weary, but I'll help you if I can.

Alright Dan, perhaps it's best, if we stop a while and rest.

For it's still a hundred yards to Mary Ann's.

 

(Sang)

It's still a hundred yards to Mary Ann's.

 

(Spoken with instrumental background)

Late that night the storm was gone,

They found him there at dawn.

He'd-a-made it but he just couldn't leave old Dan.

Yes, they found him there on the plains,

Hands froze to the reins.

He was just a hundred yards form Mary Ann's.

 

(Sang)

He was just a hundred yards from Mary Ann's...

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Only when the last tree has been felt,

the last fish caught,

the last river poisoned

will you know that man cannot eat money.

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What happens to the idea of the dignity of the human species if population growth continues at its present rate?

 

It will be completely destroyed. I will use what I call my bathroom metaphor. Two people live in an apartment and there are two bathrooms, then both have the freedom of the bathroom. You can go to the bathroom anytime you want, and stay as long as you want, for whatever you need. Everyone believes in the freedom of the bathroom. It should be right there in the Constitution. But if you have 20 people in the apartment and two bathrooms, no matter how much every person believes in the freedom of the bathroom, there is no such thing. You have to set up times for each person, you have to bang at the door, "Aren't you through yet?" and so on.

 

The same way democracy cannot survive overpopulation. Human dignity cannot survive it. Convenience and decency cannot survive it. As you put more and more people into the world, the value of life not only declines, it disappears. It doesn't matter if someone dies. The more people there are the less one individual matters.

 

Isaac Asimov

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HERE HERE  my friend. Thats why I live on the fringe and avoid as best I can the masses and where they live.

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Tax To Death (and Beyond)

 

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At first I thought this was funny...then I realized the awful truth of it. Be sure to read all the way to the end.

 

Tax his land,

Tax his bed,

Tax the table

At which he's fed.

 

Tax his tractor,

Tax his mule,

Teach him taxes

Are the rule.

 

Tax his work,

Tax his pay,

He works for peanuts

Anyway!

 

Tax his cow,

Tax his goat,

Tax his pants,

Tax his coat.

Tax his ties,

Tax his shirt,

Tax his work,

Tax his dirt.

 

Tax his tobacco,

Tax his drink,

Tax him if he

Tries to think.

 

Tax his cigars,

Tax his beers,

If he cries

Tax his tears.

 

Tax his car,

Tax his gas,

Find other ways

To tax his ass.

 

Tax all he has

Then let him know

That you won't be done

Till he has no dough.

 

When he screams and hollers;

Then tax him some more,

Tax him till

He's good and sore.

Then tax his coffin,

Tax his grave,

Tax the sod in

Which he's laid.

 

Put these words

Upon his tomb,

Taxes drove me

to my doom...'

 

When he's gone,

Do not relax,

Its time to apply

The inheritance tax.

 

Accounts Receivable Tax

Building Permit Tax

CDL license Tax

Cigarette Tax

Corporate Income Tax

Dog License Tax

Excise Taxes

Federal Income Tax

Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)

Fishing License Tax

Food License Tax

Fuel Permit Tax

Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon)

Gross Receipts Tax

Hunting License Tax

Inheritance Tax

Inventory Tax

IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)

Liquor Tax

Luxury Taxes

Marriage License Tax

Medicare Tax

Personal Property Tax

Property Tax

Real Estate Tax

Service Charge T ax

Social Security Tax

Road Usage Tax

Sales Tax

Recreational Vehicle Tax

School Tax

State Income Tax

State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)

Telephone Federal Excise Tax

Telephone Federal Universal Service FeeTax

Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes

Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax

Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax

Telephone State and Local Tax

Telephone Usage Charge Tax

Utility Taxes

Vehicle License Registration Tax

Vehicle Sales Tax

Watercraft Registration Tax

Well Permit Tax

Workers Compensation Tax

 

STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY?

 

Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, and our nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest

middleclass in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.

 

What in the hell happened? Can you spell 'politicians?'

 

 

 

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What in the hell happened? Can you spell 'politicians?'

 

 

 

 

POLITICS

 

Poli (or Poly) = many 

Tics (or Ticks) = blood sucking parasites

 

If Pro is the opposite of Con

 

What is the opposite of Progress?

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Ye who know the Lone Trail fain would follow it,

Though it lead to glory or the darkness of the pit.

Ye who take the Lone Trail, bid your love good-by;

The Lone Trail, the Lone Trail follow till you die.

 

Robert Service  "The Lone Trail"

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Heart o' the North

 

And when I come to the dim trail-end,

  I who have been Life’s rover,

This is all I would ask, my friend,

  Over and over and over:

 

A little space on a stony hill

  With never another near me,

Sky o’ the North that’s vast and still,

  With a single star to cheer me;

 

Star that gleams on a moss-gray stone

  Graven by those who love me –

There would I lie alone, alone,

  With a single pine above me;

 

Pine that the north wind whinnies through –

  Oh, I have been Life’s rover!

But there I’d lie and listen to

  Eternity passing over.

 

 

Robert Service my favorite poet can you guess.  :P

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Christina Rosetti

 

JEWELS

 

An emerald is as green as grass;

  A ruby red as blood;

A sapphire shines as blue as heaven;

  A flint lies in the mud.

 

A diamond is a brilliant stone,

  To catch the world's desire;

An opal holds a fiery spark;

  But a flint holds fire.

 

From Sing-Song (1893)

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By Ida Scott Taylor

 

Do not look back and grieve over the past, for it is gone;

and do not be troubled about the future,

for it has yet to come.

Live in the present,

and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering.

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