Friday, June 21, 2013

Never Let Zeal Outrun True Charity


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I've heard that John Lennon once said,  "I'm not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I've always been a freak. So I've been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know. I'm one of those people."

 You know what? I envy him for saying that, for believing that, and for living that way, for living as much as is possible according to his beliefs.


Do you give to charities? Which ones?

I discovered an online listing of really, really bad charities that should more properly be called agents for legal thievery.

It's titled, America’s Worst Charities

The 50 worst, ranked charities by money blown on soliciting costs.

Totals are from the latest 10 years of available federal tax filings. Even a rapid reading of this list will probably blow your mind.

America’s Worst Charities is the result of a yearlong collaboration between the Tampa Bay Times and the California-based Center for Investigative Reporting, the nation’s largest and longest serving nonprofit newsroom dedicated to watchdog journalism. CNN joined the partnership in March 2013.
Last updated 06/15/2013




Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.



On this day, June 21 in 1964 Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney were killed by a Ku Klux Klan lynch mob near Meridian, Mississippi. The three young civil rights workers were working to register black voters in Mississippi, thus inspiring the ire of the local Klan. The deaths of Schwerner and Goodman, white Northerners and members of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), caused a national outrage.
Ku Klux Klan

On the forty-first anniversary of the three murders, June 21, 2005, Edgar Ray Killen was found guilty of three counts of manslaughter. The 80 year old Killen, known as an outspoken white supremacist and part-time Baptist minister, was sentenced to 60 years in prison.

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-  pleasing or attractive to the eye, as by delicacy or gracefulness: a pretty face.
-  pleasing to the ear: a pretty tune.
-  pleasing to the mind or aesthetic taste: He writes pretty little stories.
-  fairly or moderately: Her work was pretty good.
-  quite; very: The wind blew pretty hard.

According to Grammarphobia --The word 'pretty' used as an adverb isn’t dialectal, regional, or confined to speech. It’s been standard English since the 1500s. It is common in informal speech and writing, but is neither rare nor wrong in serious discourse.



(born June 21, 1982)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, is the elder son of Diana, Princess of Wales, and Charles, Prince of Wales, and third-eldest grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He is second in the line of succession, behind his father, to the thrones of sixteen independent sovereign states known as the Commonwealth realms: the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Barbados, The Bahamas, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize, Antigua and Barbuda, and Saint Kitts and Nevis.

Prince William married his longtime girlfriend, Catherine Middleton, on 29 April 2011 at Westminster Abbey.

Mary Loretta "Mariette" Hartley
(born June 21, 1940)
Mariette Hartley is an American character actress. Hartley began her film career with Ride the High Country (1962), a western with actors Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea. In 1962, she appeared in an episode of CBS's Gunsmoke. She was cast in an episode of the Jack Lord adventure/drama series about the rodeo circuit, Stoney Burke, and had a supporting role in Alfred Hitchcock's Marnie in 1964.

In the 1963-64 television season, she appeared in an episode of ABC’s drama about college life, Channing and in two episodes of NBC's The Virginian. In 1963, she was cast as the character Hagar in "The Day of the Misfits" of the ABC western series, The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters, starring child actor Kurt Russell in the title role. and in 1966, she appeared as Polly Dockery in the series finale, "A Burying for Rosey", of ABC's The Legend of Jesse James. She also made three guest appearances on NBC's Bonanza, one in 1965 (“Right is the Fourth R”), another one in 1968 (“The Survivors”), and the last one in 1970 (“Is There any Man Here?”).

She appeared in way too many other films to list here.

Michael Gross
(born June 21, 1947)
Michael Gross is an American television, movie, and stage actor who plays both comedic and dramatic roles. His most notable roles are as the father Steven Keaton from Family Ties and the Graboid hunter Burt Gummer from the Tremors franchise.

Meredith Ann Baxter
(born June 21, 1947)
Meredith Baxter, also known for some years as Meredith Baxter-Birney, is an American actress and producer. She is best known for her acting roles including three television series: Family (1976 - 1980), an ABC television-network drama, Family Ties (1982–1989), an NBC television network situation comedy, and Dan Vs. (2011–present), a situation comedy on The Hub television-network.


If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.

--Lao Tzu



  1. very very interesting that the two from Family Ties had the same birthday

    1. I wondered if anyone else would notice that. I agree that it is an interesting coincidence. But I don't think it is very very interesting.