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27 January 2009: It seems quite appropriate to re-blog this entry, at the end of this first week of a new chapter in the American story…

“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly…who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who have never known neither victory nor defeat.”Teddy Roosevelt

“Citizenship in a Republic,” Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910

Originally posted September 2007…

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A beautiful sunny day in Dallas...On November 22, 1963, I was in my high school General Science class 16 miles south of the Texas School Book Depository. Today, I drive by Dealy Plaza on my home from work. There are always lots of tourists standing around, talking, pointing, taking pictures. As I pick my way through the intersection, I see the grassy knoll, the wooden fence, the railroad overpass, and the curb storm drain where the final shot was delivered, 44 years ago. Whew…it still seems like a bad dream, but it was just the beginning, and it goes on today. (more…)

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