Category Archives: Biographies and Selected Persons

It’s Real, and It’s Spectacular! The Donald’s Hair, That Is.

At a recent campaign appearance, the irrepressible Donald Trump, in response to rumors that he wears a toupee, called a woman onto the stage and asked her to authenticate his hair.

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Words of Wisdom About Our Beloved Republic

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Frank Capra

In a recent issue of Imprimis, Professor John Marini of the University of Nevada, Reno, wrote about filmmaker Frank Capra and “his” America. Marini’s article provides us with some pertinent words of wisdom:

. . . when they [U.S. citizens of 1858] look through the old Declaration of Independence they find that those old men [our Founding Fathers] say that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,” and then they feel that that moral sentiment taught in that day evidences their relation to those men, that it is the father of all moral principles in them, and that they have a right to claim it as though they were blood of the blood, and flesh of the flesh of the men who wrote that Declaration, and so they are. That is the electric cord in that Declaration that links the hearts of patriotic and liberty-loving men together, that will link those patriotic hearts as long as the love of freedom exists in the minds of men throughout the world.    Abraham Lincoln

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Maya Angelou’s Words?

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Beginning as early as 2001, according to my research, perhaps even before, this quote by writer/illustrator Joan Walsh Anglund began to be falsely attributed to Maya Angelou:

A bird doesn’t sing because he has an answer–he sings because he has a song.

Barack Obama himself famously and falsely attributed Ms. Anglund’s words to Maya Angelou.

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A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.

The above quote was posted on Maya Angelou’s facebook page without attribution on November 23, 2013. That same year, she was interviewed and she repeated the quote, without attribution, as if those were her own words. An op-ed in the New York Times was too cute by half to claim that this was not a case of plagiarism:

… it doesn’t seem that Ms. Angelou, who died last year, claimed the words as her own.

“It doesn’t seem?” Well, I beg to differ. Things are not always as some would wish them to seem to be.

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Happy Birthday to George Washington, Our First President

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Today is George Washington’s birthday.

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Happy Birthday, Pablo Picasso!

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Today would be the 133rd birthday of painter Pablo Picasso:

Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, also known as Pablo Picasso (25 October 1881 – 8 April 1973) was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright who spent most of his adult life in France. As one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, he is known for co-founding the Cubist movement, the invention of constructed sculpture, the co-invention of collage, and for the wide variety of styles that he helped develop and explore.

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Projection and Unconscious Confession

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There’s an interesting series of articles by Andrew G. Hodges, M.D., who is a forensic profiler. Hodges

works with words and analyzes the “see-all, tell-all unconscious mind” of people. He calls it the “super intelligence” and through psycholinguistics observes “how a person’s words reveal deeper unconscious messages.” …

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James Garner (April 7, 1928 – July 19, 2014); Rest in Peace

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We lost a beautiful man yesterday. Beautiful in every sense of the word. Screen legend James Garner has died at the age of 86.

Now cracks a noble heart.—Good night, sweet prince,

And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!

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