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Day 2522: Success

One thousand, five hundred and seventeen days ago (but who’s counting?), I published Day 1005: What is success?  Because I’m feeling self-confident today, I think it’s time to revisit success.

Here’s a quote from Emerson about success:


Reading that, I believe I have succeeded.  My success would be complete if you could admit that you’ve succeeded, too.

I had success taking these other photos yesterday:










Even though Michael says he doesn’t like tilapia, he has great success in transforming it into delicious and nutritious meals.

Here‘s Squeeze launching MTV Unplugged with great success:

It’s love.

The day before Thanksgiving here, I now aim for success in expressing my  profound thanks to all who help me create this daily blog, including YOU!




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Day 1803: Common Sense

This is the first appearance of “Common Sense” here at The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally, as I approach the fifth anniversary of this daily blog.

It’s about time for common sense here and elsewhere, don’t you think?

Here are some uncommon quotes about common sense:

Common sense is not so common.  — Voltaire

Common Sense is that which judges the things given to it by other senses.  — Leonardo Da Vinci

I read, I study, I examine, I listen, I think, and out of all that I try to form an idea into which I put as much common sense as I can. — Marquis de Lafayette

Society is always taken by surprise at any new example of common sense.  — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Common sense is the most fairly distributed thing in the world, for each one thinks he is so well-endowed with it that even those who are hardest to satisfy in all other matters are not in the habit of desiring more of it than they already have.  — René Descartes

Philosophy is common sense with big words.  — James Madison

Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age 18. — Albert Einstein

Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.  — Gertrude Stein

It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency.  This makes me forever ineligible for public office.  — H. L. Mencken

Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.  — Clive James

There is nothing more uncommon than common sense. — Frank Lloyd Wright

Do you seen any common (or uncommon) sense in my photos from yesterday?







Was it common sense for me to invite people in a therapy group last night to express what makes them cry and what makes them laugh?  I didn’t have the common sense to photograph more things on my list of what makes me laugh.

Here‘s “Common Sense” by John Prine:

Common sense dictates that I thank all who helped me create this “Common Sense” post and you — of course! — for all your common and uncommon sense.


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Day 678: Consistent

Last week, at one of my therapy groups, somebody said to me,

You’re nothing if not consistent, Ann.

I guess I am consistent. That is, there are things I seem to do consistently, including:

  • I check definitions of words, to make sure we’re all on the same page (or screen):

[kuh n-sis-tuh nt]
1. agreeing or accordant; compatible; not self-contradictory:
His views and actions are consistent.
2. constantly adhering to the same principles, course, form, etc.:
a consistent opponent.
3. holding firmly together; cohering.
4. Archaic. fixed; firm.

  • I take a few tries to find a definition that seems good enough and translates easily into a post here.
  • I play around with formatting these posts, in order to make them easier to read and understand (despite my naturally meandering and consistently varied thoughts).
  • I hear what people say, and some things seem to stick more than others.

When something sticks, I wonder about it. For example, when somebody says:

You are nothing if not ____________

… does that mean that if you are NOT that thing, that you are …. NOTHING?

What do you think?

I think not.

Because, it’s impossible for any one of us to be NOTHING.  I mean, it’s just simple math.

1 ≠ 0

Mathematically, that reminds me of this: my faithful and amazing reader Maureen a/k/a Sitting on My Own Sofa a/k/a Mom Learns Math has started a new WordPress blog, which I highly recommend.

That paragraph demonstrates something else I do, consistently: link to the same place multiple times, for emphasis (although, not always).

More consistencies, from me, in my blog posts:

  • Quotes from famous people, like

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Photos I’ve taken recently (like yesterday).

IMG_1828 IMG_1840 IMG_1842 IMG_1843 IMG_1845 IMG_1847 IMG_1848 IMG_1851 IMG_1853 IMG_1854

I’m also consistent with this: trying to capture the moon (as in those last four photos).

Another consistency (foolish, hobgoblin, or otherwise)?  My love for music. And I hope I am consistent in posting music that fits my topics, well enough.

I forgot another consistency: inviting audience involvement, in an authentic way. What music (or image or anything else) might YOU choose, for today’s topic?

Here’s my musical choice:

(Johnny Hartman and John Coltrane perform, oh-so-beautifully, “My One and Only Love,” captured by this YouTube video for all time, I hope)

Thanks (and love) to one and all!

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