Saturday, October 31, 2009

It's Nacho Cat: Halloween Costume

We can't get Nacho to keep her "costume" on very long, but she's always willing to pose for a couple of pictures. Hope you all have had a nice Halloween!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Perspicacity for the Day: Thomas Paine (1737-1809)

- Society in every state is a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.
- When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.
- A bad cause will ever be supported by bad means and bad men.
- These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserve the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed, if so celestial an article as Freedom should not be highly rated.
- A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Perspicacity for the Day: Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

- If destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen we must live through all time, or die by suicide.
- No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent.
- Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith let us to the end dare to do our duty as we under stand it.
- This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it.
- I feel somewhat like the boy in Kentucky who stubbed his toe while running to see his sweetheart. The boy said he was too big to cry, and far too badly hurt to laugh.
- Common-looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them.
- If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. It is true that you may fool all the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all the time; but you can't fool all of the people all the time.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Perspicacity for the Day: Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)

- And silence, like a poultice, comes to heal the blows of sound.
- A man has his will--but woman has her way!
- Put not your trust in money, but put your money in trust.
- Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle which fits them all.
- Science is a first-rate piece of furniture for a man's upper chamber, if he has common sense on the ground floor.
- I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: to reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it--but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.

Monday, October 05, 2009

It's Nacho Cat: Sleepy In Cold Weather

Nacho is very active in the summer, but when the weather cools down, she sleeps as much as she can. She was a little agitated that with the wet, cold weather yesterday, there was little for her to do outside. So while I laid there on my bed (you can see my red shorts), she curled up beside me to sleep. Carolina thought it was a Kodak--or in this case, iPhone camera--moment.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Perspicacity for the Day: John Heywood (1497-1580)

John Heywood printed Proverbs in 1546, which is the earliest collection of English colloquial sayings. Many of these quotes should not be contributed to him specifically, though he compiled them into one handy source.

- Haste maketh waste.
- Looke re ye leap.
- The loss of wealth is loss of dirt, as sages in all times assert; the happy man's without a shirt.
- A hard beginning maketh a good ending.
- All is well that ends well.
- All is fish that cometh to net.
- Rome was not built in one day.
- Beggars should be no choosers.
- Three may keep counsel, if two be away.
- Many hands make light work.
- This hitteth the nail on the head.
- I know on which side my bread is buttered.
- Enough is as good as a feast.