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A Thought for Today

Life is worth living not so much for what it gives as what it suggests.


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notable birthdays Don Cherry o Jean Chretien o Ben Crenshaw o Joel Crothers o Hy Fujita o Bobby Goldsboro o Alexander Hamilton o William James o Naomi Judd o Sonja Kennedy o  Juanita Kreps o Eva Le Gallienne o Pierre Mendes-France o William Proxmire o Lee Ritenour o Mary Rodgers o Lionel Stander o Rod Taylor o Grant Tinker o Stanley Tucci o David Wolper
Rod's random thoughts Going it alone has hazards, but you meet a better breed of freaks.

Knowledge is akin to loving. The closer to reality you come, the deeper the mystery.

A pessimist shows ingratitude to his Maker.

(For Georgine Rose)

I'd put roots down if I could 
deeper than the plow could peel, 
down into the earth so far 
that they could not be flushed 
by floods or fed by any 
but the hardest, longest rain. 

To be sure that I had once belonged 
I'd grow tentacles so long 
that giants would look longingly 
upon my roots and me 
and my longevity. 

I may not get the chance again 
to help somebody build their life 
but if I do I'd like to try 
to help make their foundation 
and my own pilings too 
one and the same and strong. 

         - from January in the 1973 Rod McKuen Calendar & Datebook 
1973, 1980, 2000, 2001 by Stanyan Music Group & Rod McKuen. All Rights Reserved
Birthday research by Wade Alexander o Poetry from the collection of Jay Hagan o Coordinated by Melinda Smith
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