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Films

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Like all Terrentio movies, this one was both great and terrible at the same time. I’ll take it though. Not many lively movies these days. And great music.

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Films

Parasite

I thought this movie was – at best – pretty good. At best. A great example of PC and rich guilt IMO.

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Poetry

If

by Emily Dickinson

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Exercise

RJ Clinic

Played tennis at the clinic. I really need to make some changes, but unfortunately, I don’t know what to change. I simply don’t try hard enough. Telling myself to try hard doesn’t work. So what do I do?

This might be something to think about.

6. You Settle for Less

Being content with what you have in life can be a good thing, but it can also lead to a lack of motivation. If you’re content and feel like you’ve settled in life, you aren’t going to be motivated to try new things. You believe you’ve gotten everything you can, so what would be the point of working for anything else?

If you want to improve your motivation, you need to realize you can have more in life. It’s good to be content with what you have, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be striving for something better.

link to article.

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Gardening

Planted Two Winterberries

I planted two Winterberry bushes in the backyard today. I really need to buy some dynamite to make holes back there. I literally have to get out an ax to cut through all the roots.

Winterberries are native to Minnesota but will grow here. They want partial shade, so they should be good in our backyard. The female is a Winter Red, the male a Southern Gentleman. Apparently these two are a good pair since the Gentleman blooms late.

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Films

1917

Went to see Sam Mendes’ 1917 today. Overall, I’d say it was rather gripping. The “one-shot” camera working seemed to really put the viewer inside the movie, and the first hour or so was pretty intense.

On the other hand. The whole thing seemed a bit far-fetched. Why would the British send only two men on such an important mission? I know they said they would travel faster than a larger group, but why would they send several groups? Why wouldn’t they use the airplanes? The whole thing seemed highly implausible to me.

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Quotes

Republicans are men of narrow vision, who are afraid of the future. – Jimmy Carter

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Quotes

Too many of us now tend to worship self indulgence and consumption. – Jimmy Carter

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Quotes

Unless both sides win, no agreement can be permanent. – Jimmy Carter

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Quotes

When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him. In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.

― Albert Camus

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Quotes

Sometimes you just have to bite your upper lip and put sunglasses on.
― Bob Dylan

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Quotes

Money doesn’t talk, it swears. – Bob Dylan

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Events

Went to Capitals Game

Dylan, Yavar, and I went to Capital One to see the Capitals play the Nashville Predators. Lost 5-4. The Caps goaltender accidentally passed the puck to the other team, which resulted in a goal. Whoops.

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Big crowd.

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Books

Portraits and Observations: The Essays of Truman Capote

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Gardening

Planted Winterberries in the Commons

Nancy and I went to Falls Church Merrifield and bought some Winterberries for the Commons (I also got a couple of our yard).

Joyce and I planted them in the Commons.

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Events

Steve Forbert Show

Went with Dylan to the Steve Forbert show at the City Winery in DC last night. He played the Jackrabbit Slim in its entirety, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of its release. His band was truly outstanding! City Winery is a fine place to see a show, more than decent food.

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Poetry

THE HEART

By Emily Dickinson

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Events

Shin Yun

Saw the Shin Yun troupe at the George Mason Concert Hall. A somewhat strange mixture of Chinese traditional dance and religious cult propaganda. The group is banned in China. Part of the show focused on the repression of free expression in China, religious expression in particular. The dancing was entertaining and the show was educational.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shen_Yun

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Poetry

Much Madness

by Emily Dickinson

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Poetry

WITHIN my reach!

by Emily Dickinson

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Books

THE WORLD According to MR. ROGERS

The book consists of a series of excerpts from various works by Fred Rogers. I suppose it’s fair to say that Mr. Rogers was a bit cornball and simplistic. It’s certainly understandable why have many people, including me, didn’t pay a lot of attention to him.

But after seeing the recent movie, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, doing some reading about his life, and reading this book, I can see the value of Mr. Rogers. Actually, his thoughts on love and kindness are profound.

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Quotes

I have always called talking about feelings “important talk”. Knowing that feelings are natural and normal for all of us can make it easier for us to share them with one another. – Fred Rogers

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The real issue in life is not how many blessings we have, but what we do with our blessings. Some people have many blessings and hoard them away. Some have few and give everything away. – Fred Rogers

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If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person. – Fred Rogers

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Quotes

When you combine your own intuition with a sensitivity to other people’s feelings and moods, you may be close to the origins of valuable human attributes such as generosity, altruism, compassion, sympathy, and empathy. – Fred Rogers