We become…

January 16, 2012

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Last week’s Monday  Motivator focused on the power of our thoughts to shape our lives. But actions matter, too. We write our own destiny; we become what we do. Soong May-ling, Chinese political leader This is so true. We demonstrate what matters to us by how we spend our time, the choices we make, the […]

Posted in: Self-Improvement

The Shirley Place

January 15, 2012

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The Shirley Place in Northport, Alabama is featured as this week’s Sunday Sign: Related Posts The Sunday Sign is a weekly feature of The Ben Franklin Follies.

Posted in: People, Travel

Crows go tubing….

January 15, 2012

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As previously noted, I find crows to be a fascinating species.* This is just too cool:     *I admit that I’m fascinated by just about every creature in the natural world (along with a lot of man-made stuff and ideas, as well).

Posted in: Birds, Nature

The Gravediggers

January 11, 2012

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The Gravediggers is the second episode of The Avengers that aired in the U.S. Although it features a number of quirky characters, a typical plot, and a classic scene that plays off the “damsel in distress” silent film classics, it’s not one of my favorite episodes. Whenever I’m perusing titles and trying to decide what […]

Posted in: Culture, Television

Make Miracles Happen

January 9, 2012

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I recently spent a good bit of time going through several boxes of papers and miscellaneous items that had accumulated and needed to be dealt with. One item I found was a small pamphlet containing an essay by Norman Vincent Peale. I recalled that my aunt had given this to me several years ago. I […]

The King Lives On

January 8, 2012

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This week’s Sunday Sign pays homage to Elvis: I bought this Speedway one-sheet on ebay back in 2000 and had it archive-mounted and framed. It cost me an arm-and-a-leg and it’s been a burden to move around the country, but I can’t bring myself to get rid of it. One of the first Sunday Sign […]

Posted in: Music

The Town of No Return

January 4, 2012

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The Town of No Return is the first episode of The Avengers to air in the U.S. The episode opens with a closeup shot of fisherman on a beach, fiddling with his basket and nets, then cuts to a long shot of a blob emerging from the sea. The camera pulls in closer and we […]

Posted in: Culture, Television