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A Thought for Today

Friends are angels in old clothes.


Rod is in the midst of a heavy studio session and hopefully will be back with you tomorrow.

notable birthdays Christina Applegate o Steve Brodie o Andrew Carnegie o Solanus Casey o Kathryn Grant Crosby o Bucky Dent o Joe DiMaggio o Helen Gahagan Douglas o Amy Grant o Haiken Hagegard o Jeffrey Hunter o Wilheim Kempf o John F. Kennedy, Jr. o Jessie Royce Landis o John Larroquette o Ricardo Montalban o Carry Nation o Murray Schisgal o Ben Stein o Virgil Thomson
Rod's random thoughts A kindness started flows forever.

Too much time is lost in sorting out the real from what we pass off as reality.

Be careful how you act up. Each day acted out and done is gone forever.


Now as kites fly overhead
on ends of children spooling threads,
bells in temples start to chime.
Once for the living, twice for the dead,
thrice for the ones long gone ahead.
Four more tolls for the tick of time.
Five at least for the sake of rhyme
and six for the signs unread.

Bells give voice to kites on high
that decorate otherwise empty sky.
Seven bells for the days of the week.
Eight for the mild, nine for the meek.
Ten bells apiece for you and me
and at least one more for the kite in the tree.

 - from "Valentines," 1986

1976, 1981, 1986, 1999 , 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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