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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 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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