Monthly Archive: February 2005

A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8
year-olds, “What does love mean?” The answers they got were broader and
deeper than anyone could have imagined. See what you think:

“When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her
toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all even when his hands
got arthritis, too. That’s Love.
Rebecca – age 8

When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just
know that your name is safe in their mouth.”
Billy – age 4

“Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving
cologne and they go out and smell each other.”
Karl – age 5

“Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of
your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.”
Chrissy – age 6

“Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.”
Terri – age 4

“Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she
takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.”
Danny – age 7

“Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of
kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more. My
Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss.”
Emily – age 8

“Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop
opening presents and listen.”
Bobby – age 7

“If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a
friend who you hate.”
Nikka – age 6

“Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it
Noelle – age 7

“Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are
still friends even after they know each other so well.”
Tommy – age 6

“During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I
looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving
and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn’t scared anymore.”
Cindy – age 8

“My mommy loves me more than anybody. You don’t see anyone else kissing  me
to sleep at night.”
Clare – age 6

“Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.”
Elaine – age 5

“Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still
says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.”
Chris – age 7

“Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left
him alone all day.”
Mary Ann – age 4

“I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her
old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.”
Lauren – age 4

“When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and
little stars come out of you.”
Karen – age 7

“Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn’t
think it’s gross.”
Mark – age 6

“You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you  mean
it, you should say it a lot. People forget.”

Jessica – age 8

And the final one — Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once
talked about a contest he was asked to judge. The purpose of the contest
was  to find the most caring child. The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor
was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the
man  cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman’s
yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there. When his Mother asked him
what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said, “Nothing, I just
helped him cry.”

Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind.
– Henry Miller (1891-1980) American writer

Freedom of expression is the well-spring of our civilization… The history of civilization is in considerable measure the displacement of error which once held sway as official truth by beliefs which in turn have yielded to other truths. Therefore the liberty of man to search for truth ought not to be fettered, no matter what orthodoxies he may challenge.”
– Felix Frankfurter – (1882-1965) U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Source: Concurring Opinion, Dennis et al. v. U.S. (1951)


Freedom to differ is not limited to things that do not matter much. That would be a mere shadow of freedom. The test of its substance is the right to differ as to things that touch the heart of the existing order.
– Justice Robert H. Jackson – (1892-1954), U. S. Supreme Court Justice
Source: West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, 1943

Perhaps the most obvious political effect of controlled news is the
advantage it gives powerful people in getting their issues on
thepolitical agenda and defining those issues in ways likely to
influence their resolution.
– W. Lance Bennett – Author, professor at University of Washington
Source: News: The Politics of Illusion, 1983

Find out just what people will quietly submit to, and you have found
out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed on
them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words
or blows. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of
those whom they oppress.

– Frederick Douglass, African-American slave, and later abolitionist.

Life is wonderful.  I have a lovely, exciting, thoughtful young
woman who is madly in love with me (as I am with her), enough income
between us to do the things we like, and lots of friends to share times
with.  What else could I want? 

Well, a car would be nice.  Later.  Some contact with and
support from her family would be nice, but is not likely.  At
least all my family and friends have accepted Kayla into their hearts

Kayla just got us two cellphones.  We are on the Cingular Wireless
network, which means we can call any Cingular or AT&T phone for
free anytime.  If you have one of these and want our numbers,
ask.  Otherwise, we have 450 “Anytime Minutes” and 1500 “Night and
Weekend Minutes”… that may not be unlimited, but it is pretty good.

Anyhow, I haven’t woke up enough yet to get my morning coffee, I’d
better go do that.  I usually catch up on my email first, and
having done that, it’s coffee time.


Liberty, as it is conceived by current opinion, has nothing inherent about it; it is a sort of gift or trust bestowed on the individual by the state pending good behavior.
Mary McCarthy


As so often before, liberty has been wounded in the house of its friends. Liberty in the wild and freakish hands of fanatics has once more, as frequently in the past, proved the effective helpmate of autocracy and the twin-brother of tyranny.
Otto Hermann Kahn

Since I am closing my other blog, and rarely posting at either place,
I’ll start posting the stuff I would normally post over there, right

Such as:

I believe in only one thing: liberty; but I do not believe in liberty enough to want to force it upon anyone.
– H. L. Mencken


behoves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to
resist invasions of it in the case of others: or their case may, by
change of circumstances, become his own.
– Thomas Jefferson


Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.
– Benjamin Franklin


Liberty can not be preserved without a general knowledge among the people.
– John Adams


Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
– George Bernard Shaw



I don’t want to go into details, but wanted to mention that Monday
night, Kayla raised our relationship to the next level.  I had no
clue there WAS another level.  I can’t begin to tell you how much
I love this woman, and she has proven over and over again that she
loves me more than anyone ever has.

I should also mention that Kayla finished the second and third Harry
Potter books, and we’ve watched the movies.  She is working on the
4th book now.  Told you this stuff is infectious and
contagious.  If you haven’t read them, better do it now while
there are only 5 books; #6 gets published in July.


Sorry I haven’t been writing.  I haven’t been visiting all my
forums, or keeping up on all my email (though I try).  But I’ve
never been so happy in my life.  I’ve been married for 3 months
now to my wonderful Kayla, and it is just beyond description. 
We’re struggling through the usual problems, but we’re getting THROUGH
all of them and there is always that loving, smiling, beautiful woman
looking back at me.  I don’t think there is anything we can’t get
through together.  Of course, her family still isn’t talking to
me, other than in threats and insults, but as Dr. Low said, you can’t
control outer environment.

Getting ready for the Super Bowl.  I know New England is going to
win, but that won’t stop me from rooting for Donovan McNab and the
Eagles.  Gwenn is supposed to be coming over, and bringing the dip
and stuff.

John is taking us to breakfast in an hour or two.  Yes, it is mid-afternoon, but that isn’t unusual for us.

OK, not much else to say.  I wish the rest of the world was as happy as we are.