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“I love you. As the same value, as the same expression, with the same pride and the same meaning as I love my work, my mills, my Metal, my hours at a desk, at a furnace, in a laboratory, in an ore mine, as I love my ability to work, as I love the act […]

“Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in […]

“Just remember, the same as a spectacular Vogue magazine, remember that no matter how close you follow the jumps: Continued on page whatever. No matter how careful you are, there’s going to be the sense you missed something, the collapsed feeling under your skin that you didn’t experience it all. There’s that fallen heart feeling […]

“Every father should remember that one day his son will follow his example instead of his advice” Happy Fathers Day. It’s days like today where I remember the wonderful examples and lessons that have been placed in my life through the memory of my father, Willem Lucas Plaat (5/31/57-7/29/07). Dad, thanks for everything you taught […]

“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.” In doing quite a bit of thinking, I’ve decided to elaborate on some thoughts that have been sliced, diced, and pureed between myself and my brother, Mark. Mark and I have had many discussions about the battle of life we […]

When the fight begins within himself, a man’s worth something.” – Robert Browning, 1855 – I must be worth quite a bit, these days. See, there has been a large fight and inner-struggling going on within me; my mind has been facing reality and beginning to sum up just what is required to embark on […]

Psalm 1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like […]

“Then I remembered. I remembered watching life from the outside. I remembered wanting to live, but being afraid. It was as if there was a person inside me waiting to be born. He looked like me, but I knew he was very different. He would not be invisible. He would be more than just a […]

“People are afraid of themselves, of their own reality; their feelings most of all. People talk about how great love is, but that’s crap. Love hurts. Feelings are disturbing. People are taught that pain is evil and dangerous. How can they deal with love if they’re afraid to feel? Pain is meant to wake us […]

“In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him.” Sacrifice is a concept that has been wildly romanticized in our culture; Leo’s dying, blue body floating in the Atlantic as he gives up his life for the woman he […]

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