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A Curse Word Amendment

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

This is a blog about curse words… or it could also be called “Times have sure changed!’.

In 1897, the state of Maine enacted a statute that banned boxing from being shown in films. Then, in 1915, the U.S. Supreme Court decided a case that held that there could be censorship in films because they were considered commerce and not art; which meant that there were no free speech first amendment protection.

Wikipedia provides an interesting listing of the various content that was disallowed in early films. (here) Such censorship ranged from language and subject matter, to content that still would not be allowed today.

The Motion Picture Production Code was drawn up by a Republican lawyer/former Postmaster General by the name of Will H. Hays. He prepared guidelines for filmmakers to assist in what would become standards of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America. It was known as the Hays Code, which was enforced under the Hays Office or Board.

That brings me to the infamous  movie Gone With The Wind. Prior to that movie, curse words were not allowed.

On November 1, 1939, an amendment was passed that would effect the dialogue of that movie.  The amendment still recognized that using the words “hell” or “damn” were still not allowed unless their use “shall be essential and required for portrayal, in proper historical context, of any scene or dialogue based upon historical fact or folklore … or a quotation from a literary work, provided that no such use shall be permitted which is intrinsically objectionable or offends good taste.”

With that amendment, Scarlett O’Hara tearfully asked Rhett Butler (Clark Gable), “Where shall I go? What shall I do?”. With that, a nation was shocked when Butler uttered his last words to her, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn“. In 2005, that quotation was voted as the number one movie line of all time by the American Film Festival.

My how times have changed. I hope you have a great weekend!

And for our pic o’ day:


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Oh Those Motivating Quotes!

Monday, May 25th, 2015

Coming back after a long weekend can be a bit challenging. But here we go! Sometimes it’s good to grab a quote to stir up some motivation.

‘Fool me once, shame on … shame on you. Fool me… You can’t get fooled again!’
- George Bush

OK, maybe that’s not one I was thinking about. But, here’s a thought from the Our Daily Bread message boards that reminded me of another quote:

A doctor’s surgery suite had a notice hanging on the reception area. It invited patients who were in the check- in line, to pray for the doctor… and for each other as they waited their turn. That reminded me of Oswald Chamber’s statement that, ” ‘Prayer changes things’ is not as close to the truth as saying ‘Prayer changes me and then I change things’ “. A wonderful reminder of the power of prayer.

And on to pic o’ day. Because the “Deflatriots” and Tom Brady are still in the news, a look back at popular Tom Hanks’ classic movie…




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A Good Night’s Sleep

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

This is the my blog until Tuesday, as we head into the weekend and Memorial Day. I wanted to write something about relaxation. That led me to thinking about a bed.

In the time of Shakespeare, mattresses were held securely to bed frames by ropes. A person could pull on the rope to tighten the mattress. The more a person pulled on the rope, the more the bed felt firmer. That’s where we get the expression Goodnight… sleep tight!

I hope it’s a great weekend and that you do get some relaxation. And for Monday, a time to remember those who have died in the armed services, protecting us.

And for pic o’ day


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The Cheating Subway Ride

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

On April 21, 1980, Rosie Ruiz was credited as the winner of the Boston Marathon in the female category. Her finishing time of 2:31:56 was credited as the fastest female time in Boston Marathon history and at that time, was the third fastest female time ever recorded for a marathon. In fact, this photo shows how exhausted she was as she crossed the finish line.



After the race, the men’s winner Bill Rodgers became suspicious as he watched her being interviewed as the winner. He noticed that she was unable to recall specific things about the race that most runners know by heart such as intervals and splits which indicate her cardiovascular pacing from training. Other observers noted that she was not panting or coated in sweat, as expected after running such a race. In fact, they were very surprised that her thighs appeared strangely flabby and fatter than expected for a world class runner.

When Ruiz was asked at the finish line why she didn’t seem winded after such a run, she replied, “I got up with a lot of energy this morning”.

According to, in an article titled Rosie’s Run, an investigation into her “win” then began.  It led them to a woman on a bus who told this story:

Susan Morrow went to her first New York City Marathon in 1979 to watch a friend who was among the 8,000 entries. The Greenwich Village resident hopped a train at the West 4th Street station.

“I saw this woman in running clothes with her head down,” says Morrow, a free-lance photographer and designer. “The seat next to her was open. So I sat there.”

Morrow wanted to talk to the woman, but was afraid to because she appeared upset.

The woman said, “Do you know what time it is?” recalls Morrow.

Soon they made introductions.

“She said, ‘Hi, I’m Rosie Ruiz,’ ” says Morrow. “I’ll never forget that.”

Rosie Ruiz told Morrow she had hurt her ankle about the 10-mile mark.

Before long, the two women realized they were both headed to the same place: the marathon finish line at Tavern on the Green in Central Park.

They got off at Columbus Circle and made their way through a series of barricades manned by police officers and race volunteers.

“Every time we got to a barricade, she would put her arm on my shoulder, like she was leaning on me, and the police would let us through.”

At one barricade, the limping Ruiz stopped at a table, grabbed a can of juice, opened it and poured it over her head. “I remember thinking it was a little weird,” says Morrow. “But I figured that’s what all runners do.”

They reached the last barricade, 50 feet from the finish line. “Rosie said, ‘I’m an injured runner,’ and all of sudden, about 10 people surround her and start helping her out,” says Morrow. “They took her to the medical area and I got to go, too. It was right at the finish line.”

A few minutes later, Morrow says, Ruiz came back and asked for her telephone number.

“We’ll have lunch some time next week,” she said.

A week later, Morrow’s phone rang.

“Susan, hi, it’s Rosie,” the caller said.

“Rosie?” Morrow replied, caught off guard.

“And she said, “You forgot me already,”’ says Morrow.

The pair never got together for lunch.

Six months later, Morrow was home watching Boston Marathon highlights on TV.

“I saw this woman on the winner’s stand with the wreath on her head,” says Morrow. “And I almost fell out of my chair. That was the woman I sat with on the train.

Soon after, a full investigation commenced that included interviewing Mrs. Morrow; as well as searching through camera footage throughout the race which never showed Ruiz; and also talking to designated race spotters, who did not remember seeing her.

It was determined that she had actually left a pack of runners at the beginning of the race, taken a subway to a stop about a mile from the finish line, where she rejoined the race as part of the fastest pack, as reported by two Harvard students who were part of the crowd of spectators.

Predictably, Ruiz was disqualified and the second place finisher was flown back to Boston and recognized as the winner. The story is still told as the cheater who ran the Boston Marathon.

As I was reading a “look-back” at the Ruiz story, I glanced down and saw another story.

This week,  Bloomsberg News reports that Warren Buffett has told reporters that Geico is implementing premium rate increases because their pretax gain at Geico has fallen in the first quarter. As indicated by Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway counts on the profits of Geico in its porfolio, to generate funds so they can invest in stocks and takeovers. Those Geico ads are sure funny.


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Signs of the Times

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

One summer during college, I sold vacuum cleaners. Yes… vacuum cleaners. I remember during one sales training that the manager reminded us all that we needed to be enthusiastic because no one woke up in the morning and said to themselves, “Today, I am going to buy a vacuum cleaner”.

Sometimes I feel like that about a Friday blog. So, today I am enthusiastic!

I am using this blog to attach a couple of pictures that were sent to me. I hope that you see the humor in these altered signs.

First is a man’s stubbornness… I suspect that you can guess that this was not sent to me by a man.


Second is a bit of Shakespeare:


I hope you have a wonderful weekend!



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Setting Low Goals

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

I feel like I just need to post a happy pic o’ to get started. Just need it.


Which kinda leads me to my real topic.

If you ever drive through the parking of the Richmond Westin Hotel on Broad Street, this is what you will find:



It’s a basketball goal up against the curb. I round the corner for breakfast and see it. It’s an 8 foot goal. It probably serves to allow motel guests to dunk a basketball… and feel real tall. It certainly doesn’t increase your basketball skills.

It seems to me that the goal should be higher. Like Michelangelo said long ago, “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark”.

Yes, I’m probably thinking too deeply in the morning. Perhaps I should just ask myself, “where’s the basketball?”.

I didn’t  want to mention April 15 Tax Day,  in yesterday’s blog. Instead, for pic o’ day, today we celebrate April 16.


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The Law of Protection

Monday, April 6th, 2015

      This is a week filled with three mediations. That means that I must have patience and also deal with not sitting at my desk for most of those three days. (Reminder to self… must have patience)

     One virtue is that those days go very quickly. One difficulty is that those days go very quickly. I feel like I just recited one of those Palindromes. You know, the words like kayak, level and racecar which can be spelled backwards and forwards… or something like that.

     All said, my rambling it to lead to this. While I can’t think much about vacation this week, I still can post a reminder from on statistics about being in the sun. The article recites that retirees are seven times more likely to get skin cancer than in the 1970s, with people going on cheaper vacations.

     Cheaper travel and discount cruise ships are among the reasons that cancer research has shown that men aged 65 and over are shown to be 10 times more likely to be diagnosed with malignant melanoma, than those of their parents’ generation. Women of the same age bracket are five times more likely.

     According to the research, getting sunburned once every two years can triple a person’s risk of developing melanoma. And, these statistics will only rise as children grow older… as they spend more time in the sun in their youth.

     Vigilant about the skin and wearing sunblock. Not overdoing the constant exposure and swapping bad sun habits can save lives. I know that it sounds like a public service announcement, but this research is a good reminder.  Now bring on the warm weather!


 And for pic o’ day… yes, it is cheesy!


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April Fools on the 2nd

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

I’m not big on April Fool’s Day so I didn’t mention it yesterday for the blog. I think that it does bring out the two categories of people. Some love practical jokes and others are not as humored by them. I’m personally not big on pranks.

A newly signed Indianapolis Colts player tweeted that he had been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. Then he announced it was an April Fool’s joke. I received the tweet as a Colts fan. For his sake, I hope no one nationally will notice his choice of prank.

If you are a Colts Fan you might find this funny….The Indianapolis Colts uniform introduction:


They announced that the Colts would be wearing all white next year. That’s a funny April Fool’s joke at no one’s expense!

A couple of people had asked me why I didn’t write an April Fool’s Day blog. I guess I just did!

And for pic o’ day, a bit of (missing) leadership:


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An Apple to Court

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

Apple has announced that it will start delivering its Apple watch on April 24.


I know that Apple wants us to get all excitedIMG_1467

but my initial reaction was to simply ignore it. I’m a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to watches. I consider a watch as part of the outfit.

The watch’s sellling points include the ability to send messages, update such sites as Facebook, interact with the searching information Siri, and operate all the apps that become available. Plus, you can use it to exercise and it somewhat allows us to avoid carrying the phone in the purse or pocket.

Ok, I will stop sounding like I’m selling this watch for Apple  because I still am not sure if I will ever buy one. However, it does take me back a bit to what used to be allowed in the Courtroom.

There was a crossover time of technology. For the longest time you could not bring your cell phone to court. Some courts still have that sign. Then, phones became more than just phones. Lawyers carried their calendars on them. When the Judge would try to schedule a trial, most of us would have to say that we didn’t know if we had those dates available… because we could not bring our phone to the courtroom.

Moving forward, iPads became the item of planning choice including the ability to load trial presentations and depositions instead of bring huge boxes of files. Of course, the iPad is still in use and I skipped several technology steps including the introductory Blackberry that got us all started with emails. It became irritating to watch lawyers who couldn’t help themselves and just continually checked their emails.

The point of all this is that I wonder if that device on the wrist will be replacing all that. Will a judge be leaning over to ask someone to stop viewing their Facebook or pinning on Pinterist?

Life is changing and so is technology in the court! Calendars and quick legal research might be just a click away… on the wrist.

And for pic o’ day, just asking for friendliness between rock, paper and scissors!!!!


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Just Another Wednesday

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Here’s some trivia. Who was the highest ranking Union soldier to die during the Civil War? Answer: Major General John Sedgwick. IMG_0129

Unfortunately, his death was the result of false confidence, bad planning and bad leadership. Part of the reason for his confidence was probably because he had previously been wounded in the Battle of Glendale and then shot three times during the Battle of Antietam. I’m guessing he started to believe that he was untouchable. Unfortunately, here’s how history records his death.

      Major General Sedgwick chastised his men for acting scared of nearby Confederate sharpshooters. He had directed the soldiers in placing ammunition and artillery around them in preparation for what later would be known as the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse.  It irritated him that they were acting so squeamish.

With Confederate sharpshooters only about  1,000 yards away from them, the soldiers kept running for cover every time a bullet would be fired.

History tells us that Major General Sedgwick walked right out in the open and was quoted as saying, “What? Men dodging this way for single bullets? What will you do when they open fire along the whole line?” Apparently, his confidence did nothing to calm the soldiers, which only incensed him more.

He then hollered, “Why are you dodging like this? They couldn’t hit an elephant at this distance.” (From the book Who’s Who in the Civil War and historian Gordon Rhea)  Reports then say that he was shot moments later, under his left eye. There, he fell down dead from a sharpshooter’s bullet. Despite being on the opposing side, even General Robert E. Lee expressed sadness over losing his old friend.

And for pic o’ day, just taking it easy… or something like that:

summer day

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