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A village with heart
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Twitters from the past

From the Iowa corn fields to the cities, I'm inundated with alarm from the shell-shocked Hillary folks about what happened in the presidential election, and what to do about it. Rather than weigh in with my blather, how about we take a breath and reflect on what folks said so many years ago about the same kind of thing. Yes, such things have happened before.

What happened

"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed, and thus clamoring to be led to safety." – H.L. Mencken

"A great many people believe they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices." – William James

"Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." – John F. Kennedy

What happens next

"It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they've been fooled." – Mark Twain

"An empty man is full of himself." – Edward Abbey

"Those whom the gods would destroy they first make proud." – Sophocles

What to do

"When something bad happens, you have three choices. You can let it define you, let it destroy you, or let it strengthen you." – Unknown

"One man, with conviction, makes a majority." – Edmund Burke

"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any." – Alice Walker

"Help me to understand, rather than to be understood." – St. Francis

"Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain."– Unknown

"Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." – Abraham Lincoln

"Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out." – John Wooden

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I ate a lot of this. Yum.

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The ladies came over to say good night

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The country's breadbasket

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Effigy Mounds National Monument

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Mississippi floods marshes

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