Friday, July 4, 2008

12 Rules to Live By - Robert Louis Stevenson

  1. Make up your mind to be happy. Learn to find pleasure in simple things. Make the best of circumstances. No one has everything and everyone has something of sorrow. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Don’t let criticism worry you. You can’t please everybody. Don’t let your neighbors set your standards; be yourself.
  2. Do things you enjoy doing but stay out of debt.
  3. Don’t borrow trouble. Imaginary things are harder to bear than actual ones. Since hate poisons the soul, do not cherish enmities and grudges. Avoid people who make you unhappy.
  4. Have many interests. If you can’t travel, read about places. Don’t hold post-mortems or spend time brooding over sorrows and mistakes. Do what you can for those less fortunate than yourself. Keep busy at something. A very busy person never has time to be unhappy.
About the picture:

Every year, for the last nine years, a talented artist, Ray (Bubba) Sorensen II, has done a Memorial Day tribute to our servicemen and servicewomen, both past and present, with a stirring tableau painted on a large granite boulder which stands next to Highway 25. The huge granite boulder came out of the nearby Schillberg Rock Quarry and it weighs approx. 56 ton (50.8Mg) and is 12 ft (3.7m) high.

For years this boulder was known as "the graffiti rock" and was decorated for high school rivalries, love interests, etc. Since the Memorial Day paintings began, the "rock" has remained with the annual tribute intact.

When Sorensen was 19, he saw 'Saving Private Ryan' and he felt that patriotism was at an all time low and was not being taught in our schools and this motivated him to paint the rock. People were always driving by to see what was painted on the rock. Sometimes there were bad things and other times is was good. He knew if he painted the rock a lot of people would see it. View more info on his "Freedom Rock" website:

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