Author: Allan G. Smorra

In 2014 I retired after 46 years in the Electrical Trade. I spent my last 15 years working on the Golden Gate Bridge. Join me in this next phase of life as I write about, and photograph, the world around me.

The mellow sweetness of pumpkin pie off a prison spoon is something you will never forget.
—Mitchell Burgess, Northern Exposure, Thanksgiving, 1992

Most conversations are simply monologues delivered in the presence of witnesses.
—Margaret Millar

Criminal: A person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation.
—Howard Scott

Confidence is positive and empowering, but arrogance is deadly. Be confident, but not at the expense of your respect for others. Don’t burn up all your energy proving how great you are. Invest your time and energy being thoughtful and helpful. —Ralph Marston

Expecting life to treat you right because you are a good person, is like expecting an angry bull not to charge because you are a vegetarian.
—Shari R. Barr

There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less. —G.K. Chesterton

The great nonhuman world, which exists simultaneously within us and without, is governed by its own divine laws—laws which we are free to obey or disobey. Obedience leads to liberation; disobedience, to a deeper enslavement to misery and evil, to a prolongation of our existence in the likeness of angry apes. Human history is a record of the conflict between two forces—on the one hand, the silly and criminal presumption that makes man ignorant of his glassy essence; on the other, the recognition that, unless he lives in conformity with the greater cosmos, he himself is utterly evil and his world a nightmare.
—Aldous Huxley

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