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Made in reference to Governor Schwarzenegger's health care proposal for California.

"Taking each part separately, there's something for everyone to hate, but taken as a whole, there's a lot to like," Blue Shield of California Chief Executive Officer Bruce Bodaken said in a statement.

You can read more here.

I still have a lot of reading to do before forming an opinion about the plan. More coverage is available here and here, but so far doesn't offer much more information.
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From The Wee Free Men:

'Are you listening?'
'Yes,' said Tiffany.
'Good. Now... if you trust in yourself...'
'Yes?'
'... and believe in your dreams...'
'Yes?'
'... and follow your star...'
'Yes?'
'... you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy. Goodbye.'


I forced my coworker to listen to this passage when I got back from lunch. I cannot read Terry Pratchett's books without an overwhelming urge to share the good parts. This usually means that I'm reading aloud from every page. :-D
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From Tad Williams' "To Green Angel Tower Part 2"

"... any gift that cannot be thrown away is not a gift but a trap."

It is so easy to become attached to things, especially if they have sentimental value. I want to remind myself that while it's nice to have things I like, it is not essential to my happiness and it is okay to let them go.

13/150

Jan. 28th, 2004 02:08 pm
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Prophesy by Elizabeth Haydon. This is the second book in the trilogy that begins with Rhapsody. This is a fantasy novel with quite a lot of romance mixed in. I liked this book better than the first, mostly because the story line really picks up and some wonderful things start happening for the main characters. The first book was interesting to read, but I often felt that nothing good ever happened to Rhapsody. It was very satisfying to see some things resolve (well, sort of - there is another book in the series after all ;-) in this book.

As I was glancing through the book to see when it had been written, I noticed that the author is donating her portion of the book's royalties to a pediatric AIDS foundation. I think this is the first time I've seen a notice of this sort in a novel. I thought the dedication was nice, too:

To the peacemakers and the negotiators
The nightmare chasers and the kissers of knee scrapes
Those who build up the civilization of the world
one child at a time
The legacy creators, the history writers
Those who honor the Past by shaping the Future
To those for whom being a parent is a calling
Particularly the ones I know most intimately
With profound love

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