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Path to Success

"To laugh often and much,
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to earn the appreciation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends,
to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others,
to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch or a redeemed social condition,
to know that even one life has breathed easier because you lived,
this is to have succeeded."

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Disco lives... right!


Most people are averse to taking drastic action because they feel
insecure about the future.
So, they tiptoe into change.
But with the Wisdom of Resonance, you know that, if you want a
fundamental change to stick, you must ride the crest of the change.
Like a surfer in danger of being swallowed up if he moves too
cautiously, you must move swiftly and boldly.

Big, bold changes have a string of advantages...
Big changes are more likely to stick than small changes because
big changes capture everybody's imagination and enthusiasm.
Big changes often bring sweeping and swift results.
Big changes carry so much momentum that they pull the support of
those who'd otherwise remain on the fence.
Big changes also pull together everybody who has to wade through
the crisis.
Big changes trigger an avalanche so powerful that the momentum
carries you forward with gusto.

But big changes also have one important drawback: there's
no going back.
So, you must have the wisdom to see your future before it's too
late to go back.
And you can see your future through the Wisdoms of Ecology and

It's been on the back of my Mazda POS for a long time.

"I Miss My Friend"

(dedicated to Carol the buneeluvr)

I miss the look of surrender in your eyes.
The way your soft brown hair revolves.
I miss the power of your kiss when we made love.
Oh... but baby most of all I miss my friend.

The one my heart & soul confided in.
The one I felt the safest with.
The one who knew just what to say,
To make me laugh again. Let the light back in
I miss my friend.

I miss the colors that you brought into my life
Your golden hair, those big brown eyes.
I miss your gentle voice in lonely times like now
Saying it'll be alright... I miss my friend.

The one my heart and soul confided in.
The one I felt the safest with.
The one who knew just what to say,
To make me laugh again. Let the light back in
I miss my friend.

I miss those thoughts, I miss those nights,
I even miss our silly fights.
The making up, the morning talks
and those late afternoon walks.
I miss my friend.

The one my heart and soul confided in.
The one I felt the safest with.
The one who knew just what to say,
To make me laugh again. Let the light back in
I miss my friend.

I miss my friend... I miss my friend.

REMEMBER WHEN our grandparents, great-grandparents, and
such stated that they only had an 8th grade education?
Well check this out. Could any of us have passed the
8th grade in 1895? This is the eighth-grade final exam
from 1895 Salina, KS, USA. It was taken from the original
document on file at the Smokey Valley Genealogical Society
and Library in Salina, KS and reprinted by the Salina Journal.

8th Grade Final Exam: Salina, KS - 1895

Grammar (Time, 1 hour)
  1. Give nine rules for the use of Capital Letters.
  2. Name the Parts of Speech and define those that have no modifications.
  3. Define Verse, Stanza and Paragraph.
  4. What are the Principal Parts of a verb? Give Principal Parts of do, lie, lay and run.
  5. Define Case, Illustrate each Case.
  6. What is Punctuation? Give rules for principal marks of Punctuation.
  7. Write a composition of about 150 words and show therein that you understand the practical use of the rules of grammar.

Arithmetic (Time, 1.25 hours)

  1. Name and define the Fundamental Rules of Arithmetic.

  2. A wagon box is 2 ft. deep, 10 feet long, and 3 ft. wide. How many bushels of wheat will it hold?
  3. If a load of wheat weighs 3942 lbs., what is it worth at 50 cts. per bushel, deducting 1050 lbs. for tare?
  4. District No.33 has a valuation of $35,000. What is the necessary levy to carry on a school seven months at $50 per month, and have $104 for incidentals?
  5. Find cost of 6720 lbs. coal at $6.00 per ton.
  6. Find the interest of $512.60 for 8 months and 18 days at 7 percent.
  7. What is the cost of 40 boards 12 inches wide and 6 ft. long at $20 per metre?
  8. Find bank discount on $300 for 90 days (no grace) at 10 percent.
  9. What is the cost of a square farm at $15 per acre, the distance around which is 640 rods?
  10. Write a Bank Check, a Promissory Note, and a Receipt.

U.S. History (Time, 45 minutes)

  1. Give the epochs into which U.S. History is divided.
  2. Give an account of the discovery of America by Columbus.
  3. Relate the causes and results of the Revolutionary War.
  4. Show the territorial growth of the United States.
  5. Tell what you can of the history of Kansas.
  6. Describe three of the most prominent battles of the Rebellion.
  7. Who were the following:Morse, Whitney, Fulton, Bell, Lincoln, Penn, and Howe?
  8. Name events connected with the following dates: 1607, 1620, 1800,1849, & 1865

Orthography (Time, 1 hour)

  1. What is meant by the following: Alphabet, phonetic, orthography, etymology, syllabication?
  2. What are elementary sounds? How classified?
  3. What are the following, and give examples of each: Trigraph, subvocals, diphthong, cognate letters, linguals?
  4. Give four substitutes for caret 'u'.
  5. Give two rules for spelling words with final 'e'. Name two exceptions under each rule.
  6. Give two uses of silent letters in spelling. Illustrate each.
  7. Define the following prefixes and use in connection with a word: Bi, dis, mis, pre, semi, post, non, inter, mono, sup.
  8. Mark diacritically and divide into syllables the following, and name the sign that indicates the sound: Card, ball, mercy, sir, odd, cell, rise, blood, fare, last.
  9. Use the following correctly in sentences, cite, site, sight, fane, fain, feign, vane, vain, vein, raze, raise, rays.
  10. Write 10 words frequently mispronounced and indicate pronunciation by use of diacritical marks and by syllabication.

Geography (Time, 1 hour)

  1. What is climate? Upon what does climate depend?
  2. How do you account for the extremes of climate in Kansas?
  3. Of what use are rivers? Of what use is the ocean?
  4. Describe the mountains of North America.
  5. Name and describe the following: Monrovia, Odessa, Denver, Manitoba, Hecla, Yukon, St. Helena, Juan Fermandez, Aspinwall, and Orinoco.
  6. Name and locate the principal trade centers of the U.S.
  7. Name all the republics of Europe and give capital of each.
  8. Why is the Atlantic Coast colder than the Pacific in the same latitude?
  9. Describe the process by which the water of the ocean returns to the sources of rivers.
  10. Describe the movements of the earth. Give inclination of the earth.

Gives the saying of an early 20th century person that "she/he only had an 8th grade education" a whole new meaning huh?!?

I'm An Emotional Idiot
by Maggie Estep

I'm an Emotional Idiot
so get away from me.
I mean,

Wait, no,
that's too close,
give me some space
it's a big country,
there's plenty of room,
don't sit so close to me.

Hey, where are you?
I haven't seen you in days.
Whadya, having an affair?
Who is she?
Come on,
aren't I enough for you?

You're so cold.
I never know what you're thinking.
You're not very affectionate.

I mean,
you're clinging to me,
what am I, your fucking cat?
Don't rub me like that.

Don't you have anything better to do
than sit there fawning over me?

Don't you have any interests?
Sailing Fly fishing

There's an archeology expedition leaving tomorrow
why don't you go?
I'll loan you the money,
my money is your money.
my life is your life
my soul is yours
without you I'm nothing.

Move in with me
we'll get a studio apartment together, save on rent,
well, wait, I mean, a one bedroom,
so we don't get in each other's hair or anything
or, well,
maybe a two bedroom
I'll have my own bedroom,
it's nothing personal
I just need to be alone sometimes,
you do understand,
don't you?

Hey, why are you acting distant?

Where you goin',
was it something I said?
What did I do?

Marry me!!

I'm an emotional idiot
so get away from me
I mean,

The real cause of dinosaur extinction