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Pithy thoughts

9d1d8-1pointsoflightWe value hindsight a great deal, but really isn’t foresight much more valuable, not to mention useful.


I have asked before but it bears repeating: Who is the enemy of the people? The demagogue or the one who brings bad actions to light? The job of the press and all news media is to uncover and cover facts. Aren’t lies the enemy of the people and the truth its friend.

Tweeting out lies appears to be a guilty pleasure of at least one rich and powerful person. Is that now infamously mischaracterized Swedish incident really more about Russian aggression. It seems that there is a problem in Sweden and it is that the Swedes are conscripting in order to ward off Putin’s armies and keep their little Baltic state safe.


He is most convincing when he tells you you’ve been lied to. Why? It is familiar territory to him, lying to the public. He can really feel the burn of it.


Advice to the job seeker: the highlight reel consists of players actually making contact with the ball. Consider your resume as your highlight reel. It’s all about your best plays.


You know that 80% of your business comes from 20% of your customers. The corollary: 20% of your customers require 80% of your attention.


You arrange for the copyright and I will do the research for this project called

LiteraTee (© Tamara Beck)

Author’s name and perhaps a short bio on front
Quote on back

A Zora Neale Hurston series (3-4 shirts)
”Trees and plants always look like the people they live with, somehow.”
Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. Seraph on the Suwanee, ch. 1, Scribners (1948).
”Sweat, sweat, sweat! Work and sweat, cry and sweat, pray and sweat!”
Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. Fire!! (1926). “Sweat.”
”She had brought love to the union and he had brought a longing after the flesh.”
Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. Fire!! (1926). “Sweat.”
”A thing is mighty big when time and distance cannot shrink it.”
Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. Tell My Horse, ch. 7, J.P. Lippincott (1938).
A John Steinbeck series (ditto–maybe 4 or 5)
A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.
Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.
No man really knows about other human beings. The best he can do is to suppose that they are like himself.
Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts… perhaps the fear of a loss of power.
It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.
The discipline of the written word punishes both stupidity and dishonesty.
A Hemingway (two to 5)
Courage is grace under pressure.
There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.
Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.
I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?
Never confuse movement with action.
A Jane Austen (6 and in pink or lilac)
I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal.
A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.
Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.
One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.
If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.
Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.
The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love.
A Stephen King series
Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.
Fiction is the truth inside the lie.
We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones.
Either get busy living or get busy dying
If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time or the tools to write.
The road to hell is paved with adverbs.
Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.
If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.
The trust of the innocent is the liar’s most useful tool.
God is cruel. Sometimes he makes you live.

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