Don's self-help L.t.d.

Don branaman ,president



Quality family counseling since 1980 (part time)..

Full time long distance runner.....

Coaching serious runners since 1976

Training was a rite of purification; from it came speed, strength. Racing was a rite of death; from it came knowledge. Such rites demand, if they are to be meaningful at all, a certain amount of time spent precisely on the Red Line, where you can lean over the manicured putting green at the edge of the precipice and see exactly nothing." john parker..."once a runner"

"reality has a well-known liberal bias."steven colbert 3/12

“Common sense, of course, is highly overrated.” 12/3/12

"WEIRD" — western, educated, industrialized, rich and democratic — societies.10/28/13

“Is there not one true coin for which all things ought to be exchanged?—and that is wisdom.”

!The Lord never said it would be easy. He only said it would be worth it. Joyce

Men at some time are masters of their fates: The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves.....

Watch Till End: Best job ever. [VIDEO] google it!

"FOOD: THE LAST THING TO GO"! Do whatever it takes to avoid fooling yourself into thinking something is true that is not, or that something is not true that is. If you are not hungry enough to eat an apple, then you are not hungry.

Philosopher and sociologist Theodor Adorno defined schadenfreude as “largely unanticipated delight in the suffering of another which is cognized as trivial and/or appropriate.”

We are blind, dumb, and deaf it would seem and like Pogo once said, "We have met the enemy and he is us."





the old joke about politics being show-business for ugly people....1/25/13

The only difference between our secrets is whether we allow them to evolve into tales of heroism or fear.

People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

a line from Arthur Miller's play, "After the Fall," which asked: "Why is betrayal the only truth that sticks?"

Nietzsche's critique of true believers. "Convictions," the great German philosopher wrote, "are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies."

"Never try to reason the prejudice out of a man. It was not reasoned into him, and cannot be reasoned out." 1/22/11

To paraphrase one of my favorite quotes: they’re using this chart like a drunken man uses lampposts – for support rather than for illumination.

If boring was illegal, we would all be career criminals.

"The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget." - Thomas Szasz

"To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts." - Henry David Thoreau

"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony." ~Mahatma Gandhi

Whims into Principles -- Some people are pragmatists, taking things as they come and making the best of the choices available. Some people are idealists, standing for principle and refusing to compromise. And some people just act on any whim that enters their heads. I pragmatically turn my whims into principles! -- Calvin

"You can take all the sincerity in Hollywood, place it in the navel of a fruit fly, and still have room enough for three caraway seeds and a producer's heart." —Fred Allen

"Our memories are card indexes - consulted, and then put back in disorder, by authorities whom we do not control." - Cyril Connolly

My friend Rob Watson, the head of EcoTech International, has a saying about Mother Nature that goes like this: “Mother Nature is just chemistry, biology and physics. That’s all she is.” And because of that, says Rob, you cannot spin Mother Nature. You cannot bribe Mother Nature. You cannot sweet talk her, and you cannot ignore her. She’s going to do with the climate whatever chemistry, biology and physics dictate. And Mother Nature always bats last, and she always bats a thousand.

"God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh." - Voltaire

Upton Sinclair theorem:

It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary
depends upon his not understanding it.

They deem me mad because I will not sell my days for gold; and I deem them mad because they think my days have a price." - Kahlil Gibran& DON

"Many wealthy people are little more than janitors of their possessions." - Frank Lloyd Wright

"A friend in power is a friend lost." - Henry Adams

a quote, attributed to Satchel Paige, that I’ve had on my wall for many years: “It’s not what you don’t know that hurts you. It’s what you know that just ain’t so.”


"the quality of preferring concepts or facts one wishes to be true, rather than concepts or facts known to be true" (American Dialect Society, January 2006)

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.7words to live by!

No man is an Island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.

"The dead carry with them to the grave in their clutched hands only that which they have given away." - DeWitt Wallace

"We take our bearings, daily, from others. To be sane is, to a great extent, to be sociable." - John Updike

  1. If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let each man march to his own rhythm, however measured, or far away

H. D. Thoreau

great line from Yeats: "The best lack all conviction, while the worst/Are full of passionate intensity."

"You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions." - Naguib Mahfouz

"Blighted Asset Relief Fund (B.A.R.F.) (700 millon bailout)10/13/08

When you’re strapped for cash, dignity is the first thing to go.2/20/13

"Never write a letter. Never destroy one." --Cardinal Richelieu

"There are some things that count that can't be counted. And some things that can be counted that don't count."

"A good conversationalist is not one who remembers what was said, but says what someone wants to remember." - John & DON

"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." - Arthur Schopenhauer

I do not know which makes a man more conservative — to know nothing but the present, or nothing but the past.J.M.KEYNES

It was the ancient Greeks who gave us a sense of what Republicans will be living with under this pact with rage. Many people are afraid of the dark, the saying goes. But the real tragedy is those who are afraid of the light.

Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone.KEYNES

As Senator Majority Whip Richard Durbin says, "the banks are still the most powerful lobby on Capitol Hill. And they frankly own the place."

This seems, however, like a good time to recall the words of H. L. Mencken: “There is always an easy solution to every human problem — neat, plausible and wrong.”

The space of play and the space of thought are the two theaters of freedom.” -- Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy

Rosenstock-Huessy was a German army officer in World War I, afterward a professor of medieval law in Breslau until the Nazis acquired the franchise in 1933. Signed for the next year’s season by Harvard University to teach undergraduates the rudiments of Western civilization, he soon noticed that few of them grasped what he was trying to say, couldn’t square the lines of thought with the circle of their emotions. To overcome the difficulties the professor recast his lectures in the idiom of sports and games, the only world, he said, “in which the American student really has confidence… this world encompasses all of his virtues and experiences, affections and interests.”

Pogo had it right: "We have met the enemy and he is us." As my compatriot Socrates told us all those centuries ago: "The unexamined life is not worth living."5/25/11

The New Colossus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame. "Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" EMMA LAZARUS 1883

keynes is said to have responded to a similar question by saying ‘when the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do sir?’3/3/15

Take it away, Maynard:

But this long run is a misleading guide to current affairs. In the long run we are all dead. Economists set themselves too easy, too useless a task if in tempestuous seasons they can only tell us that when the storm is long past the ocean is flat again.

We're Not Going to Let Our Campaign Be Dictated by Fact-Checkers'8/30/12

RUN BECAUSE by I ♥ to run

There are no tricks......Run because you have to... Run because you love it. Run because you want to be fast. Run because you want to be skinny. Run to find some quiet time. Run to sweat. Run to eat. Run to hear your heart pound in your ears. Run because you're a runner. Run because you gotta keep the streak. Run because you don't know why the hell you're running. 12/12/12

“Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.” willy brandt....11/22/13

As the old lawyer’s line says, if the facts are on your side, pound the facts; if the law is on your side, pound the law; if neither are on your side, pound the table. I’d add: and demand “civility.” 12/31/13

” Professor Monroe added. She recalled interviewing a Dutch woman who stood by and watched while Jews were thrown into a truck and taken away during World War II. But the woman later saved more than a dozen others.

Professor Monroe remembers what the woman told her: “We all have memories when we should have done something, and it gets in the way for the rest of your life.”

Years ago the delightfully-naughty movie star, Mae West, said: "I used to be Snow White, but I drifted."

INTERCEPT good site on u.s.goverment 8/22/14

Do whatever it takes to avoid fooling yourself into thinking something is true that is not, or that something is not true that is.

great schmoozers want to know what they can do for you, not what the you can do for them. If you understand this, the rest is just mechanics.

changed November 23, 2015