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Involve

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You tell me, and I forget. You teach me, and I remember. You involve me, and I learn Benjamin Franklin

Born in Boston in 1706, Benjamin Franklin organized the United States’ first lending library and volunteer fire department. His scientific pursuits included investigations into electricity, mathematics and mapmaking. He helped draft the Declaration of Independence and the U.S Constitution, and negotiated the 1783 Treaty of Paris, which marked the end of the Revolutionary War. 

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Seperation

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I’m completely in favor of the separation of Church and State. My idea is that these two institutions screw us up enough on their own, so both of them together is certain death.   George Carlin

George Denis Patrick Carlin (May 12, 1937 – June 22, 2008) was an American comedian, writer, social critic, and actor who won five Grammy Awards for his comedy albums. Carlin was noted for his black comedy as well as his thoughts on politics, the English language, psychology, religion, and various taboo subjects. Carlin and his “Seven dirty words” comedy routine were central to the 1978 U.S. Supreme Court case F.C.C. v. Pacifica Foundation, in which a 5–4 decision by the justices affirmed the government’s power to regulate indecent material on the public airwaves.

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Posted in Movie Speeches

Baseball – Speech

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A great speech from James Earl Jones in the movie Field of Dreams.

Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella hears a voice in his corn field tell him, “If you build it, he will come.” He interprets this message as an instruction to build a baseball field on his farm, upon which appear the ghosts of Shoeless Joe Jackson and the other seven Chicago White Sox players banned from the game for throwing the 1919 World Series. When the voices continue, Ray seeks out a reclusive author to help him understand the meaning of the messages and the purpose for his field.

Terence Mann: Ray, people will come Ray. They’ll come to Iowa for reasons they can’t even fathom. They’ll turn up your driveway not knowing for sure why they’re doing it. They’ll arrive at your door as innocent as children, longing for the past. Of course, we won’t mind if you look around, you’ll say. It’s only $20 per person. They’ll pass over the money without even thinking about it: for it is money they have and peace they lack. And they’ll walk out to the bleachers; sit in shirtsleeves on a perfect afternoon. They’ll find they have reserved seats somewhere along one of the baselines, where they sat when they were children and cheered their heroes. And they’ll watch the game and it’ll be as if they dipped themselves in magic waters. The memories will be so thick they’ll have to brush them away from their faces. People will come Ray. The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it’s a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again. Oh… people will come Ray. People will most definitely come.

 

Trivia from IMDB:  Thousands of pallets of green grass were brought in to make the baseball field, but due to the haste in planting because of the shooting schedule, the grass was not able to grow appropriately and died. In order to keep the grass green, the production crew painted the grass.

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Friendship

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Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. True friendship is a plant of slow grow, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.    George Washington

George Washington was born on February 22, 1732, in Westmoreland County, Virginia. Washington served as a general and commander-in-chief of the colonial armies during the American Revolution, and later became the first president of the United States, serving from 1789 to 1797. He died on December 14, 1799, in Mount Vernon, Virginia.

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Life

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We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.   Winston Churchill

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill (1874-1965) described himself as “an English-Speaking Union,” being the son of Lord Randolph Churchill and the American heiress Jennie Jerome. He was educated at Harrow and the Royal Military College at Sandhurst, and was sent to India with a cavalry commission in 1895. He won early fame as a war correspondent, covering the Cuban revolt against Spain (1895), and British campaigns in the Northwest Frontier of India (1897), the Sudan (1898) and South Africa during the Boer War (1899). Churchill had authored five books by the age of 26. His daring escape from a Boer prison camp in 1899 made him a national hero and ushered him into the House of Commons, where his career spanned 60 years.

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Crying – Speech

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Not necessarily a whole speech but an often quoted line, by the constantly remarkable Tom Hanks in the movie, A League of Their Own.

Jimmy Dugan: Evelyn, could you come here, you got a second? Which team do you play for?
Evelyn Gardner: Well, I’m a Peach.
Jimmy Dugan: Well I was just wonderin’ why you would throw home when we got a two-run lead. You let the tying run get on second base and we lost the lead because of you. Start using your head. That’s the lump that’s three feet above your ass.
[Evelyn starts to cry]
Jimmy Dugan: Are you crying? Are you crying? ARE YOU CRYING? There’s no crying! THERE’S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL!
Doris Murphy: Why don’t you give her a break, Jimmy…
Jimmy Dugan: Oh, you zip it, Doris! Rogers Hornsby was my manager, and he called me a talking pile of pigshit. And that was when my parents drove all the way down from Michigan to see me play the game. And did I cry?
Evelyn Gardner: No, no, no.
Jimmy Dugan: Yeah! NO. And do you know why?
Evelyn Gardner: No…
Jimmy Dugan: Because there’s no crying in baseball. THERE’S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL! No crying!

During World War II when all the men are fighting the war, most of the jobs that were left vacant because of their absence were filled in by women. The owners of the baseball teams, not wanting baseball to be dormant indefinitely, decide to form teams with women. So scouts are sent all over the country to find women players. One of the scouts, passes through Oregon and finds a woman named Dottie Hinson, who is incredible. He approaches her and asks her to try out but she’s not interested. However, her sister, Kit who wants to get out of Oregon, offers to go. But he agrees only if she can get her sister to go. When they try out, they’re chosen and are on the same team. Jimmy Dugan (played by Tom Hanks), a former player, who’s now a drunk, is the team manager. But he doesn’t feel as if it’s a real job so he drinks and is not exactly doing his job.

 

 

The character Jimmy Dugan was based on real life baseball player/manager Jimmie Foxx.

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Interviews of Bloggers I Follow- Stressing Out Student

This is the interview questions I sent out to all the bloggers I read, the third is the series is Stressed Out Student at Stressing Out College.  So I hope you all like the questions, I  continue with the Even/Odd Methodology, one serious one not so much.  I will use Stressing’s Icon to denote her answers and the other Icons to denote my questions.  I hope you can figure out who is who.  


groundhog3 French fries: Shoestring, steak, curly, crinkle cut? What condiment(s) on them?

stressingoutstudentSmiley fries with ketchup, please and thank you. 

Groundhog5How long have you been blogging and why?

stressingoutstudentI started “Stressing Out College” just over three years ago to chronicle my college career and alleviate the stress of said college career. 

groundhog4What odor/smell/fragrance to you is the most pleasant?

stressingoutstudentTaiwanese night markets. The stinkier the better. 

groundhog6Favorite things to read? What genre? (you may expand on this if you so desire)

stressingoutstudentI enjoy a lot of different books from Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment to Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell. Sherlock Holmes was my idol during my teen years – and still kinda’ is – and the man from The Stranger is my shadow. And I’ve found certain business books, such as The Fifth Discipline, to be fascinating philosophical and insightful works on culture and society. 

groundhogA boat you are riding in is about to capsize what did you do to contribute to this?

stressingoutstudentBoat? I thought we were in a submarine. 

grounhog9What is the best thing about blogging?

stressingoutstudentRanting to the world wide Interwebs about useless stuff. And having people enjoy (or at the very least tolerate) this ranting. 

groundhog7How much ground can a ground hog, hog, if a ground hog could hog ground?

stressingoutstudentA.A., have you been taking the drugs again?

groundhog8What is the worst thing about blogging?

stressingoutstudentLosing motivation to blog, even though I still feel the urge to write. I simply don’t know what to write about sometimes. There’s only so many ways in which I can talk about how stressful college is or how fun college is or how much I love Monty Python. 

 groudhog7If you could force one famous person to read your blog who would you force, and how much would you force them to read?

stressingoutstudentEr, I would have to polish up a lot of stuff. I don’t think I’d invite anyone I respect to actually read my blog. It would just be embarrassing. 

groundhog3Where do you hope blogging will lead you too?

stressingoutstudentTo great minds near and far. I love reading all the different perspectives people bring to the table – some are wonderfully intelligent, others painfully stupid. But all are useful because the world really takes all kinds. 

Again, thanks for thinking of SOS 🙂
Cheers,
Stressed Out Student
She is a fun read, and from a different point of life than I am in so it is doubly fun,  some of my favorites have been Update: I’m Abandoning Y’all for the Mormons (just that title alone got me going, Huh?),  Meandering Thoughts on the Eve of My 21st Birthday (I really loved the video at the end),   and  For No One Can See Me and Live… Until YouTube (with a music video at the end).

Thanks and go read her blog for a nice chuckle and it makes me glad I am not in college.