Dare to be Compassionate

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Dare to be Compassionate




Is a Verb

“Dare to Be”

When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully.

When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light.

When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it.

When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway.

When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back.

When there seems to be no hope, dare to find some.

When you’re feeling tired, dare to keep going.

When times are tough, dare to be tougher.

When love hurts you, dare to love again.

When someone is hurting, dare to help them heal.

When another is lost, dare to help them find the way.

When a friend falls, dare to be the first to extend a hand.

When you cross paths with another, dare to make them smile.

When you feel great, dare to help someone else feel great too.

When the day has ended, dare to feel as you’ve done your best.

Dare to be the best you can –

At all times, Dare to be!”

Steve Maraboli,

Life, the Truth, and Being Free

Dare to be Compassionate

Familial Puns #19

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Familial Puns #19



When a new baby comes into a family, many changes are necessary.

Poor blood circulation runs through the family.

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When I had my PlayStation stolen, my family were there to console me.

The family elders have relative importance.

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family joker is jest having fun with his “elations”.

A family went to watch a 007 movie at the theatre, it was a bonding experience.


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“You can choose your friends, but you cannot choose your family.

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Familial Puns



WABAC to Kon-Tiki and Ra

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"Where is the WABAC Machine going to take us this time, Mr. Peabody?

“Where is the WABAC Machine going to take us this time, Mr. Peabody?

“Have you ever heard of a man named Thor Heyerdahl?”
“Yeah, the Norse God.”
“Not that one Sherman. Re-calibrate WABAC for 1970 North Africa.”

May 17, 1970: Thor Heyerdahl’s Ra II Sails From Morocco To Cross The Atlantic

Thor Heyerdahl’s Ra II Sails From Morocco To Cross The Atlantic

Is He Crazy?

On May 17, 1970, Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl’s boat made of reeds in the ancient way set sail across the Atlantic Ocean to prove people from North Africa could have reached the New World by boat.

Let’s Set Sail……..

Heyerdahl, born in 1914, was already famous for his 1947 voyage from South America to Polynesia on his balsa wood raft, Kon-Tiki, proving Native South Americans could have traveled to Polynesia, thus being the source for the population there.

Thor Heyerdahl
Born October 6, 1914
Larvik, Norway
Died April 18, 2002 (aged 87)
Colla Micheri, Italy
Nationality Norwegian
Fields Ethnography
Alma mater University of Oslo
Doctoral advisor Kristine Bonnevie
Hjalmar Broch

Making the nearly 5000 mile trip in 101 days, the Kon-Tiki voyage prompted other adventurers to replicate the voyage, and several successfully did so, strengthening Heyerdahl’s thesis. The documentary film about the voyage won a 1951 Oscar (Academy Award) and the remake also won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film of 2012.

Unknown to scientists at the time of Kon-Tiki’s voyage, the DNA evidence available today indicated that Polynesian people had probably come from Southeast Asia and not South America. Even in the 1940’s through 1970’s critics of Heyerdahl disputed his theory about the settling of Polynesia.

Still, in 1970 Heyerdahl was a celebrity and a respected ethnologist when he attempted the Ra and Ra II expeditions. The Ra was made of papyrus reeds in the manner of the Middle East, and in 1969 made it to within 100 miles of Caribbean islands, before modifications made during the trip caused the boat to fall apart. The Ra II was made of a different variety of reed (totora) and made its voyage in 1970 to Barbados with comparative ease, proving travel from North Africa to the Western Hemisphere was possible even thousands of years ago.

A documentary of the Ra and Ra II voyages was made in 1972, and Heyerdahl showcased the multi-ethnic, multi-nationality nature of his crews. He also took many samples of marine pollution along the way, a valuable scientific contribution.

Always one to preach the message of peace and of people getting along, in 1978 Heyerdahl burned his third great adventure craft, the Tigris in Djibouti as a protest to the wars and military posturing going on in the Red Sea and Horn of Africa area at that time.

The Tigris was also a reed boat, this time made and launched from Iraq, demonstrating how Mesopotamians could have traveled to Pakistan and on to the Red Sea. Although seaworthy and successful, Tigris was stopped by military vessels from entering the Red Sea, prompting the public burning of the craft.

Heyerdahl continued to research his theories of how ancient people and civilizations spread, ranging from Central Asia to Scandinavia and islands in the oceans. He wrote numerous books and frequently spoke presenting his views and adventures. Along the way Heyerdahl earned many honors and awards (academic and otherwise) including having a Norwegian frigate (destroyer like warship) named after him.

Heyerdahl died of a brain tumor in 2002, and although many other scientists disagreed with his theories, he did inspire many researchers and adventurers to embark on a variety of expeditions in the manner of Heyerdahl’s. Truly a modern adventurer, few people in the past 70 years could match his exploits. Who would you consider his peers as modern adventurers?

WABAC to Kon-Tiki & Ra


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Katie Davis

“Adoption is wonderful and beautiful and the greatest blessing I have ever experienced. Adoption is also difficult and painful. Adoption is a beautiful picture of redemption.”

― Katie Davis,

Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption

Chris Crutcher

Big Deal; so was Superman”

― Chris CrutcherWhale Talk

John Irving

“No one but me ever put a hand on me to feel that baby. No one wanted to put his ear against it and listen…You shouldn’t have a baby if there’s no one who wants to feel it kick or listen to it move.”

― John IrvingThe Cider House Rules



Government, Freedom & Liberty

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Thomas Jefferson

“I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”
― Thomas Jefferson

Abraham Lincoln

“Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.”

― Abraham Lincoln

John Steinbeck

“But the Hebrew word, the word timshel—‘Thou mayest’— that gives a choice. It might be the most important word in the world. That says the way is open. That throws it right back on a man. For if ‘Thou mayest’—it is also true that ‘Thou mayest not.”

― John SteinbeckEast of Eden

Government, Freedom & Liberty

Railroads, Trains, People

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Blaise Cendrars

“Tell me, Blaise, are we very far from Montmartre?’WorriesForget your worries

All the stations full of cracks tilted along the way

The telegraph wires they hang from

The grimacing poles that gesticulate and strangle them

The world stretches lengthens and folds in like an accordion tormented by a sadistic hand

In the cracks of the sky the locomotives in anger


And in the holes,

The whirling wheels the mouths the voices

And the dogs of misfortune that bark at our heels

The demons are unleashed

Iron rails

Everything is off-key

The broun-roun-roun of the wheels



We are a storm under a deaf man’s skull…

‘Tell me, Blaise, are we very far from Montmartre?’

Hell yes, you’re getting on my nerves you know very well we’re far away

Overheated madness bellows in the locomotive

Plague, cholera rise up like burning embers on our way

We disappear in the war sucked into a tunnel

Hunger, the whore, clings to the stampeding clouds

And drops battle dung in piles of stinking corpses

Do like her, do your job

‘Tell me, Blaise, are we very far from Montmartre?

” ― Blaise CendrarsProse of the Trans-Siberian and of the Little Jeanne de France

Suicide by train is also popular in many developed countries. Without ready access to firearms, suicidal people often turn to trains. —Der Spiegel, July 27, 2011


Once it happens you can’t remember
how you started out: innocent,
barreling into the tunnel,
shooting out at each station
like a dolphin out of a dim green pool.
Pneumatic doors inhale open, puff shut,
lock with a solid thump.

Up and down the line, fifty times a day,
it’s a long slow song. You
feel the rumble as much as hear it.
In your dim green trance
the words retain wonder:
Vorsicht, Türe werden geschloßen.
Caution, the doors are closing.

Then the first time:
someone decides darkness will answer,
hides out in the tunnel,
steps out in front of the train
like he knows where he’s going,
steps out at you, dying at you,
knowing you can’t stop in time.

Now each time the doors close,
they seal you in. You are a human bullet
shot into the tunnels, hoping no one
will block the light far ahead,
each station one minute’s reprieve.”
― Karen Greenbaum-Maya

“Trains tap into some deep American collective memory.”

― Dana FrankLocal Girl Makes History: Exploring Northern California’s Kitsch Monuments

Ogden Nash

“At least when I get on the Boston train I have a good chance of landing in the South Station
And not in that part of the daily press which is reserved for victims of aviation.”
― Ogden NashHard Lines



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William S. Burroughs

“Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape. ”
― William S. Burroughs

D.H. Lawrence

“Men are free when they are obeying some deep, inward voice of religious belief. Obeying from within. Men are free when they belong to a living, organic, believing community, active in fulfilling some unfulfilled, perhaps unrealized purpose. Not when they are escaping to some wild west. The most unfree souls go west, and shout of freedom.”

― D.H. LawrenceStudies in Classic American Literature

Arthur Conan Doyle

“I must apologize for calling so late,” said he, “and I must further beg you to be so unconventional as to allow me to leave your house presently by scrambling over your back garden wall.”
― Arthur Conan DoyleSherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories, Volume I

L.M. Montgomery

“There is no such thing as freedom on earth,” he said. “Only different kinds of bondages. And comparative bondages. YOU think you are free now because you’ve escaped from a peculiarly unbreakable kind of bondage. But are you? You love me – THAT’S a bondage.”

― L.M. MontgomeryThe Blue Castle



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Robert A. Heinlein

“The trouble with conspiracies is that they rot internally.”
― Robert A. HeinleinThe Moon is a Harsh Mistress

“Why do we love the idea that people might be secretly working together to control and organise the world? Because we don’t like to face the fact that our world runs on a combination of chaos, incompetence and confusion.”
― Jonathan Cainer
Alan Moore

“The main thing that I learned about conspiracy theory, is that conspiracy theorists believe in a conspiracy because that is more comforting. The truth of the world is that it is actually chaotic. The truth is that it is not The Iluminati, or The Jewish Banking Conspiracy, or the Gray Alien Theory.The truth is far more frightening – Nobody is in control.

The world is rudderless.”

― Alan Moore

Thomas Pynchon

“What sort of an age is this where a man becomes one’s enemy only when his back is turned?”

― Thomas PynchonV.



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Mark Twain

“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”
― Mark Twain

George Carlin

“The reason I talk to myself is because I’m the only one whose answers I accept.”

― George Carlin

Mark Twain

“A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”
― Mark Twain
Mark Twain

“Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it.”
― Mark Twain
Oscar Wilde

“The truth is rarely pure and never simple.”

― Oscar Wilde