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A Thought for Today

It doesn't have to be a happy life, but it ought to be a full one.


Rod is in the studio today but be sure to join him tomorrow for "Pass It Along".

Details of Rod's next appearance can be obtained by following the link below.

"Tap Your Troubles Away" - the music of Jerry Herman

notable birthdays Jon Anderson o Billy Barty o John Berryman o Georges Bizet o Michael Boatman o Rosalyn Butt o Richard Byrd o Leo G. Carroll o James Carville o Henry Steele Commager o Barbara Cook o Anthony Franciosa o Sara Lumholdt o Tracy Nelson o Minnie Pearl o Pablo Picasso o Helen Reddy o Marion Ross o Russell Schweikart o Johann Strauss o Ransom Wilson
Rod's random thoughts Hate diminishes our capacity for love.

It's not the camera lying, only the friend who sees the picture.

Truth sometimes hurts, but seldom does it kill.


News Item: August, 1968, The New York Times
Catholic Church drops 31 saints from their official list

Despite St. Valentine's full quiver
his arrows make no mark.
He's been unmasked as Indian giver
in matters of the heart.

St. Nicholas is optional
you'll be pleased to know,
giving gifts is still permissible
as is plastic snow.

Could be we need a few new saints
to help us keep our place.
What about St.Stokely
for stirring up his race.

All Saint's Day would be amiss
with St. Hershey's letter.
Killing little boys I guess
will make the whole world better.

And now that good St. Chris is gone
who'll prevent the crashes ?
St. Nader with his pen in hand
makes Ford break out in rashes.

St. Syntex doth control the fate
of people everywhere.
The Church of Rome is prone to wait
to canonize or care.

St. Hoffa's now a monk they say.
To him the faithful seldom pray.
Don't forget St. Doctor Spock
and St. Joplin queen of rock.

St. Reagen's good at chopping trees.
St. Union oils our oceans.
St. Leary's literary teas
are tops in campus notions.

To crown this list of new-found saints
and make it everlasting,
St. Portnoy for our sex complaints,
St. Warhol for type casting.

                                -from "In Someone's Shadow", 1969

1969, 1984, 1988, 1999 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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