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Day 3127: Growing old

Last week in one of my Coping and Healing groups, the older people told the younger people that growing old was not as scary as they feared. The older people talked about the benefits of growing old, which seemed to surprise the younger members of the group.

There are so many negative messages out there about growing old. Let’s see if we can balance those, here and now, with some quotes and images.

Speaking of ending the conversation, let’s see what the Daily Bitch has to say about growing old today.

Here’s what I find on YouTube when I search for “growing old.”

What are your thoughts and feelings about growing old?

I am grateful to be growing old and I’m grateful for those who are growing older with me, including YOU.

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Day 3126: Gratitude

Gratitude is easy for me to feel and express. I have so much to be grateful for, including waking up to this new day.

I’m grateful for all these quotes about gratitude.


Do you see gratitude in my other images for today?

One way I could answer the question “How are you?” is “grateful.”

Here’s what I find when I search YouTube for “gratitude.”

I always end my blog posts with gratitude, so thanks to all who are joining me here on this precious day, including YOU.

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Day 2985: Confession Time!

Because it’s confession time, here are some quotes about confession:

The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works.

St. Augustine

People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Art is always and everywhere the secret confession, and at the same time the immortal movement of its time.

Karl Marx

Confessions of errors is like a broom which sweeps away the dirt and leaves the surface brighter and cleaner. I feel stronger for confession.

Mahatma Gandhi

A confession has to be part of your new life.

Ludwig Wittgenstein

Acting is a form of confession.

Tallulah Bankhead

Nobody likes to be found out, not even one who has made ruthless confession a part of his profession. Any autobiographer, therefore, at least between the lines, spars with his reader and potential judge.

Erik Erikson

Confession is good for the soul only in the sense that a tweed coat is good for dandruff — it is a palliative rather than a remedy.

Peter DeVries

Between lovers a little confession is a dangerous thing.

Helen Rowland

My whole act is a confession.

Shelly Berman

Psychoanalysis is the confession without without absolution.

Germaine Greer

The end of confession is to tell the truth to and for oneself.

J. M. Coetzee

I have a confession to make — I am very fond of junk food.

Siddharth Shukla

You know, I’ve got a confession to make myself. I’m not really a priest, I’ve just got my shirt on backwards.

Harry Styles

Confession Time! Whenever I present quotes, I arrange them by the birthdate of the person I’m quoting.

Yesterday I declared “Confession Time!” on Twitter:

Confession Time! Here and now, I can’t include any other images and I don’t know if I can publish this blog post. WordPress keeps confessing, “You are probably offline” although I don’t see how that is true. I confess that I can’t upload anything from my laptop or my phone and I confess this has never happened before in all my years of daily blogging.

Confession time! I wanted to write a quick blog post this morning so I could watch a special presentation about the musical “Rent.” Oh well.

Confession Time! No photos doesn’t prevent my from quoting the Daily Bitch Calendar for today: “Why is being alive so expensive? I’m not even having a good time!”

Since it is confession time, are there any confessions you’d like to make in the comments section, below?

It’s always gratitude time, so thanks to all the people I quoted, above, and thanks to YOU.

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Day 2915: Giving and getting

This year, we are neither giving nor getting any material gifts, which feels like a gift to me.

Here are some quotes about giving and getting:

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Now it’s time to be giving you my latest photos and I hope you’ll be getting them.


Now, on Christmas Eve 2020, I’ll be giving you a question and I hope to be getting some answers: Which of today’s photos best represent this year for you?

When I search YouTube for “giving and getting,” I’m getting this:

I’m also getting this:

If you’re giving the Olsen twins your attention, you’re getting that appreciation is love. As always, you’ll be getting both from me, here and now.

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Day 2913: Darkest days

Yesterday was the darkest day in a year of darkest days.

Do you see darkest days in these images ?

Every year, I’m relieved when the darkest day of the Winter Solstice is behind me, because there are brighter days ahead from then on.

Here is Black Water County with “Darkest Days.”

What are your thoughts and feelings about darkest days?

Gratitude brightens even my darkest days, so thanks to all who help me blog each and every day, including YOU.

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Day 2899: Insignificant

Is it insignificant that I did NOT call the Internal Revenue System yesterday about my significantly late tax refund, despite resolving to do so in my morning blog post?

Did I not call because I dislike how insignificant I feel whenever I deal with a huge bureaucracy? Or was it because the work I needed to do yesterday (remote psychotherapy and responding to crisis calls) made my contacting the IRS insignificant in comparison? Or did I have significant fear about what I might find out — that because my identity was stolen my tax refund was stolen too?

Sometimes, my confusion about the motives for my behavior is not insignificant.

Is the actual inspiration for today’s title insignificant?

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The Daily Bitch is never insignificant to me. Are today’s other images insignificant?

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I’ve done significant work to try to get to the point described in that last quote. Nevertheless, my mood shifted yesterday based on the insignificant actions of somebody else. Significantly, I communicated with that person and my mood shifted again. I believe that is not insignificant, although I clearly have more significant work to do.

Here is “Insignificant” by Spencer Elliott.

I hope you know your reactions to my posts are never insignificant to me.

My expressions of thanks here are insignificant in comparison with the gratitude I feel for all who help me blog every day, including YOU!

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Day 2890: Insights

Here are some insightful quotes about insights:

“When you want wisdom and insight as badly as you want to breathe, it is then you shall have it.” — Socrates

“Knowing many things doesn’t teach insight.” — Heraclitus

“A moment’s insight is sometimes worth a life’s experience.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

“We are surrounded by data, but starved for insights.” — Jay Baer

“To understand another human being you must gain some insight into the condition that made him what he is.” — Margaret Bourke-White

“Insight occurs when, and to the degree that, one knows oneself.” — Andrew Schneider

“Great insight comes from seeing something as odd and finding out why.” — Philip Kotler

“When you let go, you lose pain and gain insight.” — Alexandra Stoddard

“The best vision is insight.” — Malcolm Forbes

“You cannot transmit wisdom and insight to another person. The seed is already there. A good teacher touches the seed, allowing it to wake up, to sprout, and to grow.” — Thich Nhat Hahn

“Discovery is the journey; insight is the destination.” — Gary Hamel

“Do not let anyone, of any sex, tell you that your intuitions and insights, your wisdom and your understandings, are somehow second-rate and not to be trusted.” Neale Donald Walsch

Yesterday, I trusted my insights enough to share this on Twitter:

One person’s platitude might be another person’s revelation, and vice versa.

Are there insights in any of these images?

Here’s Julien Marchal (who has many insights on YouTube) with “Insight XX.”

Feel free to share any insights in a comment below.

Thanks to all whose insights help me create this daily blog, including YOU!

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Day 2877: Apathy

Here’s what Merriam-Webster says about apathy:


1: lack of feeling or emotion : IMPASSIVENESS
drug abuse leading to apathy and depression
2: lack of interest or concern : INDIFFERENCE
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How Apathy Differs From Impassivity and Indifference
Apathy, impassivity, and indifference all denote a lack of responsiveness to something that might normally excite interest or emotion. Apathy suggests a puzzling or deplorable inertness or lack of passion, as in “the problem of continued voter apathy.” Impassivity stresses the absence of any external sign of emotion in action or facial expression, as in “teachers frustrated by the impassivity of their students.” Indifference connotes a lack of interest in or concern about something, as in “the company’s apparent indifference to the needs of its employees.”

The Greek Origins of Apathy
There’s no reason to be uncaring about the origins of apathy—though there is a clue to the word’s beginnings in this sentence. Apathy was borrowed into English in the late 16th century from Greek apatheia, which itself comes from the adjective apathēs, meaning “without feeling.” Apathēs, in turn, was formed by combining the negating prefix a- with pathos, meaning “emotion.” Incidentally, if you’ve guessed that pathos is the source of the identically spelled noun in English (meaning either “an element in experience or in artistic representation evoking pity or compassion” or “an emotion of sympathetic pity”), you are correct. Pathos also gave us such words as antipathy, empathy, sympathy, pathetic, and even the archaic word pathematic (“emotional”).

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Here are some quotes about apathy:

“Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their backs on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their behinds.” — Abraham Lincoln

“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. the opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.” — Elie Wiesel

“If I didn’t care for fun and such,
I’d probably amount to much.
But I shall stay the way I am,
Because I do not give a damn.” — Dorothy Parker

“The refusal to take sides on great moral issues is itself a decision. It is a silent acquiescence to evil. The Tragedy of our time is that those who still believe in honesty lack fire and conviction, while those who believe in dishonesty are full of passionate conviction.” — Fulton Sheen

“I’m terrified at the moral apathy, the death of the heart, which is happening in my country. These people have deluded themselves for so long that they really don’t think I’m human. I base this on their conduct, not on what they say. And this means that they have become, in themselves, moral monsters.” — James Baldwin

“Scientists talk about dark matter, the invisible, mysterious substance that occupies the space between stars. Dark matter makes up 99.99 percent of the universe, and they don’t know what it is. Well I do. It’s apathy. That’s the truth of it; pile together everything we know and care about in the universe and it will still be nothing more than a tiny speck in the middle of a vast black ocean of Who Gives a Fuck.” — David Wong

“… the opposite of love is not hate — it’s apathy. It’s not giving a damn. If somebody hates me, they must “feel” something … or they couldn’t possibly hate. Therefore, there’s some way in which I can get to them.” — Leo Buscaglia

“Compassion is an unstable emotion. It needs to be translated into action, or it withers. The question of what to do with the feelings that have been aroused, the knowledge that has been communicated. If one feels that there is nothing ‘we’ can do — but who is that ‘we’? — and nothing ‘they’ can do either — and who are ‘they’ — then one starts to get bored, cynical, apathetic.” — Susan Sontag

Do you see apathy in any of today’s images?

I don’t know what I was feeling when I took that selfie five years ago, but I know it wasn’t apathy.

Here’s a song about apathy from the 1967 movie Bedazzled, performed by the devil (in the guise of the latest pop star).

I am filled with the opposite of apathy as I look forward to comments about this “Apathy” post, below.

Non-apathetic thanks to Abraham Lincoln, Elie Wiesel, James Baldwin, Fulton Sheen, Dorothy Parker, David Wong, Leo Buscaglia, Susan Sontag, Dan Rather, people on the front line of this pandemic, Merriam, Webster, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, and everyone else who helps me create these daily posts, including YOU.

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Day 2822: Great things

If you’re like me, you’ve been having trouble finding great things in the news lately.

Together, let’s look for great things in my photos from yesterday.

Did you find great things?  What great things did you find?

Did you notice great things here?

Sometimes we have to look close and hard for great things in order to find them. Sometimes those great things seem broken, but we need to keep looking, feeling, thinking, and acting.

The late great Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said many great things, including these:

“When a thoughtless or unkind word is spoken, best tune out. Reacting in anger or annoyance will not advance one’s ability to persuade.”
— From Ginsburg’s 2016 book “My Own Words”

“I went to law school when women were less than 3% of lawyers in the country; today, they are 50%. I never had a woman teacher in college or in law school. The changes have been enormous. And they’ve gone much too far (to be) going back.”
— From a 2019 NPR interview

“I pray that I may be all that (my mother) would have been had she lived in an age when women could aspire and achieve and daughters are cherished as much as sons.”
— From her 1993 Supreme Court acceptance speech, about her mother

“I see my advocacy as part of an effort to make the equality principle everything the founders would have wanted it to be if they weren’t held back by the society in which they lived and particularly the shame of slavery. I don’t think my efforts would have succeeded had it not been for the women’s movement that was reviving in the United States and more or less all over the world at the time.”
— From a 2013 WNYC interview

“Women will have achieved true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation.”
— From a 2001 interview with the New York City Bar Association

“One thing that I did feel in law school was that if I flubbed, that I would be bringing down my entire sex. That you weren’t just failing for yourself, but people would say, ‘Well, I did expect it of a woman.’ … I was determined not to leave that impression.”
— From a 2020 Slate interview

“Dissents speak to a future age. It’s not simply to say my colleagues are wrong and I would do it this way, but the greatest dissents do become court opinions.”
— From a 2002 NPR interview, on her Supreme Court dissents

“The number of women who have come forward as a result of the #MeToo movement has been astonishing. My hope is not just that it is here to stay, but that it is as effective for the woman who works as a maid in a hotel as it is for Hollywood stars.”
— From a 2018 interview at the National Constitution Center, on the impact of the #MeToo movement

“If there was one decision I would overrule, it would be Citizens United. I think the notion that we have all the democracy that money can buy strays so far from what our democracy is supposed to be.”
— From a 2014 New Republic interview, on Citizens United v. FEC, which ruled that corporations could fund political speech under the First Amendment

“Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”
— From a 2015 luncheon at Harvard

Who wants to join me in the fight for the things I care about, like the great legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg?

Here‘s a great 2017 interview with Ruth Bader Ginsburg:

Here‘s a great appearance by RBG on the Stephen Colbert show:

Here‘s Stephen Colbert last night about the great loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg:

I look forward to great things in the comments section, below.

As always, I have great gratitude for all the great things in my life, including YOU.

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Day 2769: Hope

Hope showed up in my Coping and Healing group yesterday.

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We all agreed that hope was very important, especially during times like these.

I hoped there would be great quotes about hope and I found many here and here.

“Hope is a waking dream.”  — Aristotle

“Everything that is done in this world is done by hope.”  — Martin Luther

“The miserable have no other medicine but only hope.” — William Shakespeare

Hope is passion for what is possible.”  — Søren Kierkegaard

“It is always something, to know you’ve done the most you could.  But don’t leave off hoping, or it’s of no use doing anything. Hope, hope to the last.” — Charles Dickens

“To live without hope is to cease to live.” — Fyodor Dostoesky

“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all.”  — Emily Dickinson

“Hope means expectancy when things are otherwise hopeless.” — G.K. Chesterton

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. Never stop questioning.”  — Albert Einstein

“Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into a reality.”  — Jonas Salk

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”  — Martin Luther King, Jr.

“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.” —Nelson Mandela

“A whole stack of memories never equal one little hope.”  — Charles M. Schulz

“Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.” — Thich Nhat Hahn

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” — Desmond Tutu

“Hope is the only thing stronger than fear.”  —Robert Ludlum

“Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.”  — Václev Havel

“Once you choose hope, anything is possible.”  — Christopher Reeve

“Remember. Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”  — Stephen King

“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and do the right thing, the dawn will come.”  — Anne Lamott

“The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.”  — Barbara Kingsolver

“You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.”  — Michelle Obama

“It is because of hope that you suffer. It is through hope that you’ll change things.” — Maxime Legacé

I hope you can believe that one of those quotes is from a player on my hometown hockey team.

I hope you enjoy my latest photos.

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I hope as I continue feeding Harley, he and I get to be better friends.

Here‘s “I Really Hope” by The Cranberries

… and “Hope is an Open Window” by Diana Ross:

I hope you share your thoughts and feelings about hope in a comment, below.

I hope to begin and end each day with gratitude, so thanks to all, including YOU.

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