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Cards

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Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.   Jack London

John Griffith London (born John Griffith Chaney; January 12, 1876 – November 22, 1916) was an American novelist, journalist, and social activist. A pioneer in the world of commercial magazine fiction, he was one of the first writers to become a worldwide celebrity and earn a large fortune from writing. He was also an innovator in the genre that would later become known as science fiction.

 

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Holding

London in 1903

Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.   Jack London

John Griffith London (born John Griffith Chaney;[1] January 12, 1876 – November 22, 1916)[2][3][4][5] was an American novelist, journalist, and social activist. A pioneer in the world of commercial magazine fiction, he was one of the first writers to become a worldwide celebrity and earn a large fortune from writing. He was also an innovator in the genre that would later become known as science fiction.

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Music


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Music is supposed to wash away the dust of everyday life.   Art Blakey

Arthur “Art” Blakey (October 11, 1919 – October 16, 1990) was an American jazz drummer and bandleader. He was briefly known as Abdullah Ibn Buhaina after he became a Muslim in the late 1940s.

Blakey made a name for himself in the 1940s in the big bands of Fletcher Henderson and Billy Eckstine. He worked with bebop musicians Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. In the mid-1950s Horace Silver and Blakey formed the Jazz Messengers, a group that the drummer was associated with for the next 35 years. The group was formed as a collective of contemporaries, but over the years the band became known as an incubator for young talent, including Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan, Benny Golson, and Wynton Marsalis. The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz calls the Jazz Messengers “the archetypal hard bop group of the late 50s”

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Contemplation

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The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival. Aristotle

Aristotle ( 384–322 BC)[A] was an ancient Greek philosopher and scientist born in the city of StagiraChalkidikiGreece. Along with Plato, he is considered the “Father of Western Philosophy”. Aristotle provided a complex and harmonious synthesis of the various existing philosophies prior to him, including those of Socrates and Plato, and it was above all from his teachings that the West inherited its fundamental intellectual lexicon, as well as problems and methods of inquiry. As a result, his philosophy has exerted a unique influence on almost every form of knowledge in the West and it continues to be central to the contemporary philosophical discussion.

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Thoughts

 

 

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The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.   Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius was Roman emperor from, ruling jointly with his adoptive brother, Lucius Verus, until Verus’ death in 169, and jointly with his son, Commodus, from 177 till Aurelius’ own death. He was the last of the so-called Five Good Emperors.

 

Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations – Bob Carr’s favourite book ...

 

 

 

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Life

Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.    Charles M. Schulz

Charles Schulz, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on November 26, 1922, launched his comic strip Peanuts in 1950. Featuring hero Charlie Brown, over the years the strip would run in more than 2,000 newspapers and in many languages. Peanuts also expanded into TV specials like the Emmy-winning A Charlie Brown Christmas, as well as books and a huge merchandise collection. Schulz died on February 12, 2000.

American cartoonist and illustrator Charles M. Schulz (1922 – 2000) draws at a drafting table in his home, Sabastopol, California, 1967. (Photo by Bill Ray/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

 

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Suitcase

I’ve learned that you don’t need a lot in life. If it can’t fit into a suitcase, you don’t really need it.     Joyce DiDonato

Joyce DiDonato (née Flaherty; born February 13, 1969) is an American operatic lyric-coloratura mezzo-soprano notable for her interpretations of the works of HandelMozart, and Rossini. She has performed with many of the world’s leading opera companies and orchestras, and in 2012 and 2016 won the Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo.

Joyce DiDonato sings during a video shoot for NPR Music’s Field Recordings series at the Stonewall Inn in New York City