Day 1974: Real

Here’s a real definition of “real.”

1.actually existing as a thing or occurring in fact; not imagined or supposed.
“Julius Caesar was a real person”
synonyms: actual, nonfictional, factual, real-life
2. (of a substance or thing) not imitation or artificial; genuine.
“the earring was presumably real gold”
synonyms: genuine, authentic, bona fide
adverb NORTH AMERICAN informal
1. really; very.
“my head hurts real bad”

Here’s the real inspiration for today’s post:


What’s your real reaction to that?

My head hurts real bad when people

  • deny climate change and
  • otherwise deny what’s real to me.

It’s time for some real quotes:

Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing?  Did I let go of my resentment? Did I forgive?  Did I love? These are the real questions.  I must trust that the little bit of love I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.  — Henri Nouween

Character is like a tree and reputation is like a shadow.  The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.  — Abraham Lincoln

The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity.  Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office. — Dwight D. Eisenhower

It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.  — Mahatma Gandhi

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.  — Confucius

Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit.  —  Hosea Ballou

There is no real beauty without some slight imperfection.  — James Salter

The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.  — Buddha

Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.  — Albert Camus

Real magic in relationships means an absence of judgment of others.  — Wayne Dyer

Nothing ever becomes real til it is experienced.  — John Keats

The world is like a reverse  casino.  In a casino, if you gamble long enough, you’re certainly going to lose. But in the real world, where the only thing you’re gambling is, say, your time or your embarrassment, then the more stuff you do, the more you give luck a chance to find you. — Scott Adams

The truth is, as most of us know, that global warming is real and that humans are major contributors, mainly because we wastefully burn fossil fuels.  — David Suzuki

Monsters are real, and ghosts are real, too.  They live inside of us, and sometimes, they win. — Stephen King

People like to say that the conflict is between good and evil.  The real conflict is between truth and lies.  —  Don Miguel Ruiz

Well, real estate is always good, as far as I’m concerned.  — Donald Trump

To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.  — Douglas Adams

Nothing is so strong as gentleness;  nothing so gentle as real strength.  — Saint Frances de Sales

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.  — Marcel Proust

To keep it real, I try to have new eyes every day.  Here’s what I saw with new eyes yesterday:









Now I have a real dilemma: whether to share a real video of the Cookie Monster singing in the voice of the real Tom Waits

… or this real video of my real son Aaron and his real friend Cameron from years ago,  in which lasagna and Michael make real surprise appearances and Aaron keeps it real in the moment.

I’m looking forward to real comments about this real post.

Finally, here are some real thanks from me to all those who helped me create today’s real  post and — of course! — to YOU.




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21 thoughts on “Day 1974: Real

  1. Greetings from South Carolina. Regarding your headache, I hope it gets better soon. . . how do we know what the “optimum climate” is? Maybe, just maybe, we are moving towards what is optimum? Possibly, “mother nature” is much more resilient than we give her credit for and is able to continuously adapt to the changes and laugh at us for thinking we have the ability to impact her? I think that “climate change” is a political football and like most politics, it seems to have polarized our Country into opposing “realities” that create strong feelings. Unfortunately, most folks are not willing to consider a compromise. Therein lies the headaches. Like I often tell my wife when we discuss important topics, “If two people always agree, one of them is not necessary”. While your and my politics are probably (OK, definitely are) polar opposites, I still enjoy reading your blog each morning. Maybe we can both agree to say to each other, “I think you are sincere but I believe you are sincerely wrong?” Cheers.

    • Howdy, Ray. A friend of Ann’s is a friend of mine. Maybe the earth is trying to shrug us off because we’ve made such a mess of it all! Reading this blog is a great antidote to the trumpet machine. Nice to meet you. ✌️

    • I still enjoy reading everybody’s comments. Real thanks to you, Ray, and you, Sunny.

  2. You always keep it real to your heart, mind and soul, Ann.

  3. I’m with you re/ climate change, Ann. What if nature’s way to deal with what we’ve done to ruin our planet is simply to rid itself of us? Seems like a logical solution.

    • I really hope we and this planet all last a real long time. Thanks for being real!

      • Thanks, Ann. That’s what I love about the blogging world.. at least the part of it I’m part of. Everyone seems real.

  4. I really hope Aaron and Cameron have improved 🙂

  5. The Earth was here long before humans and will still be here long after. The very real damage we’re doing to the environment through pollution is real but really will only harm us in the end if we continue to ignore it. That makes the words of Camus all the more profound. If we want to benefit the future—our children, grandchildren, and beyond—we’ll take care of the present.

  6. It’s a real pleasure to read your blog today, Ann. Yes, climate change is real. Yellow hair is not true wealth. Just a few of my real thoughts on this real Memorial Day. 🇺🇸

  7. Oscar is real

  8. This has been a real interesting post.

  9. Headaches are a real pain
    Your blog is a real pleasure to read
    People are real
    Death is real
    Brain freeze is real
    The slenderman is not real
    Just saying………………………….

  10. Pingback: Day 2438: Magic is totally real | The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally

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