Those who cannot remember the past…

Wendell Willkie was the Republican– yes, Republican— nominee for president in 1940:

“In the money-mad period of the Twenties the heads of some of our corporations forgot their primary function– that of running a business enterprise in a way that would be sound for the worker, the consumer and the investor. Instead of attending to the duties of management they began playing with corporate structures as with a child’s building blocks, becoming promoters rather than business men. And some financiers in Wall Street and elsewhere, instead of serving as a link between the savings of the people and the enormous capital needs of industry, became jugglers of finance, concerned primarily with making money and securing power for themselves.”  ~Wendell Wilkie, as quoted in Toward One World: The Life of Wendell Willkie by Bill Severn, ©1967


Stephen Hawking

“My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn’t prevent you doing well, and don’t regret the things it interferes with. Don’t be disabled in spirit, as well as physically.” – Stephen Hawking, Interview, New York Times, May 2011 (via)

Even though he was arguably the most physically disabled person on the planet, I never felt pity for him.  His life was so fulfilled and complete that to feel sorry for him never even occurred to me.

What an amazing thing that is!

Last, First

There have been a lot of comedians who played characters with their same first name but a different last name- Bob Newhart played Bob Hartley, Lucille Ball played Lucy Ricardo, Andy Griffith played Andy Taylor, and so on- but only a handful of actors have played characters with their own first and last names.

This is my list so far, and I’m sure I missed a few.  Feel free to add your own in the comments:

  1. Jerry Seinfeld (Seinfeld)
  2. Drew Carey (The Drew Carey Show)
  3. Wil Wheaton (The Big Bang Theory)


This is a pretty esoteric list:  words that end with “sm,” excluding ones that end with the suffix “ism.”  If you include the ones with that suffix– ageism, sexism, dadaism– the list becomes too unmanageable.

So, with that caveat, I could only come up with three:

  1. chasm
  2. prism
  3. spasm

Hidden Folks

Hidden Folks is my favorite mobile game.

Calling it a “game” might be an overstatement.  There’s no scoring, there is no timer, there are no targets.  There is no way to win or lose.   Really, you just sort of wander around and explore stuff.

Kind of like my life.

You can visit their website HERE.