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Grace Note for January 2, 2016

As we begin this new year there may be some of us who can identify with these thoughts:

“I've had laryngitis, tonsillitis, hepatitis, appendicitis, and tendinitis. I've also suffered from gastritis, bronchitis, gingivitis, and arthritis. I've been hung up, strung up, stood-up, bulldozed, squeezed, and mooched.
I've helped the Red Cross, and often been double-crossed. Helped children's hospitals, mental hospitals, VA hospitals, spoke out for civil rights, women's rights, animal rights, men's relief, and stomach relief.
I have worked for a dog, and worked like a dog. I've been set aside, pushed aside, hit broadside, and had to sit outside. Demoted and misquoted. Walked on, jumped on, dumped on, rained on, snowed on, stomped on, spit on, and ratted on.
I've been put off, ran off, and ripped off. Intimidated, interrogated, berated, separated, and violated. I've been cussed, and discussed, boycotted, stunned, shunned, and shocked. Criticized, despised, ostracized, victimized, brutalized, capsized, analyzed, and ill-advised. Slapped, trapped, and wire-tapped. I've been used, abused, bruised, refused, confused, but never excused. Talked about, lied about, lied to, bawled out, chewed out, kicked out, knocked out, but never bailed out.
I've been scammed, slammed, burned, stung, robbed, cheated, booed, and misconstrued. And the only reason I'm sticking around is…???
I just want to see what's gonna happen next!”

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