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“Hard times don’t create heroes. It is during the hard times when the ‘hero’ within us is revealed.” -Bob Riley But we all have our heroes, for a myriad of reasons. Perhaps it will serve you to think of them as you listen to Dropkick Murphys singing about the Heroes From Our Past. But heroes exist…

“Catch on fire and people will come for miles to see you burn.” -John Wesley There’s nothing quite like a fire on a temperate summer’s night, as John Fahey will play for you in his rendition of a Mississippi Fred McDowell classic, Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning. But I bet you never thought of…

“I call myself the Amusement Park. That’s because I’m funny and scary at the same time.” -Terry Crews There’s something to be said for the power of unique talents, or for combining a set of rare skills in a unique way. This weekend, have a listen to Murder By Death‘s interesting song, You Are the Last…

“I guess I just prefer to see the dark side of things. The glass is always half-empty. And cracked. And I just cut my lip on it. And chipped a tooth.” -Janeane Garofalo During the week, it’s all about the natural wonders of the Universe here, about what we know and how we know it,…

“I saw for the first time the earth’s shape. I could easily see the shores of continents, islands, great rivers, folds of the terrain, large bodies of water. The horizon is dark blue, smoothly turning to black. . . the feelings which filled me I can express with one word—joy.” -Yuri Gagarin Most weekends, you…

“I call it like the domino theory of reality. If you can go one step at a time and it seems to make sense, you can then take your audience into an area that is relatively outlandish.” -Ivan Reitman There’s a special joy that I get when you start with something very simple, make slight…

“Some people think that the truth can be hidden with a little cover-up and decoration. But as time goes by, what is true is revealed, and what is fake fades away.” -Ismail Haniyeh You might have thought that it’s only human standards of beauty that are skewed by the rampant photoshopping of models and media…

“My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished 2 bags of M&M’s and a chocolate cake. I feel better already.” -Dave Barry They say that the milk chocolate melts in your mouth, not in your hand, but the colored candy…

“If there’s one thing that I love as an entertainer, it’s a spectacle.” -JC Chasez I know that about half of those of you who read Starts With A Bang regularly hail from outside the United States, but I was completely unprepared for the joyous spectacle that is the Eurovision song contest when I first…

“Every moment of light and dark is a miracle.” -Walt Whitman To those of you who regularly enjoy clear, dark skies and the wondrous sights they bring, you have not only my envy, but the envy of a great many of us who long to have the wonders of the Universe directly accessible to our…