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Johnny Russell Almond's Blog – January 2015 Archive (5)

A Cold, Cruel World

“Every mile is two in winter.” (George Herbert, 1651)


“Winter changes into stone the water of heaven and the heart of man.” (Victor Hugo, 1862)


“Winter Storm Juno” (aka “Blizzard ‘15”) with its hurricane-force winds is dumping heavy snow, creating whiteout conditions, and causing coastal flooding across much of New England. More than 50 million people are hunkered down seeking warmth and shelter. Power outages are widespread.…


Added by Johnny Russell Almond on January 27, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

The World's Nervous Breakdown?

“As delegates get ready to assemble high up in the Swiss Alps, the world appears on the verge of a nervous breakdown.” (USA TODAY, January 19, 2015)


This week’s annual meeting of the World Economic Forum is drawing captains of industry and government from around the globe, to the alpine ski town of Davos, Switzerland—Europe’s highest town. Over 40 heads of state, 2,500 business leaders, cultural emissaries, and experts in many areas of human endeavor will…


Added by Johnny Russell Almond on January 19, 2015 at 11:09am — No Comments

Medal of Honor


“He has honor if he holds himself to an ideal of conduct though it is inconvenient, unprofitable, or dangerous to do so.” (Walter Lippmann, A Preface to Morals, 1929)


Character originates in our mind. Thoughts translate into words, words into actions, actions into habits, habits into character.


Garbage pollutes; truth ennobles. What we think, we become. Television, movies, magazines, and websites full of violence…


Added by Johnny Russell Almond on January 16, 2015 at 9:51am — No Comments

The Dream of Peace


"It is by making myself Catholic that I brought peace to Brittany and Vendée.

It is by making myself Italian that I won minds in Italy.

It is by making myself a Moslem that I established myself in Egypt.

If I governed a nation of Jews, I should reestablish the Temple of Solomon."  (Napoleon)


The Arc of Triomphe in Paris, the most monumental of all triumphal…


Added by Johnny Russell Almond on January 12, 2015 at 9:22pm — No Comments

Epiphany -- Past, Present and Future


“Jesus, a man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.” (Mohandas K. Gandhi)


Tomorrow, January 6th, is designated Epiphany (literally “shining upon”), a Christian festival commemorating the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles in the persons of the Magi. The word epiphany also refers to perception or insight…


Added by Johnny Russell Almond on January 5, 2015 at 12:40pm — No Comments


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