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Abram

Who was he? Where was he? When was he? These are very good questions for the patriarch of three of the worlds great religions. Unfortunately it is not clearly answered by the historical evidence. We have not found a cuneiform … Continue reading

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The First Author

I have never really thought about who the first author was. I suppose I’ve always known that it was knowable, I just didn’t know it. Hmm, knowable. That implies that there are things unknowable. That seems to be a fact. … Continue reading

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16 Great Lines in Music

1. My friends are gone, my hair is gray, I ache in the places where I used to play- Leonard Cohen, Tower of Song 2. I wanna be safe, safer than I am now- Ilya Anderson, Personal 3. Second floor … Continue reading

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We Can Create Falsely

Humans are remarkable. We have the ability to observe reality and document its existence by writing it down, freezing it for all time. This includes the things we see in the physical world, and also things in the emotional world. … Continue reading

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Hope

Such a simple word, and everything about it is complex. The most famous of the Greek myths is the story of Pandora’s Box, or more accurately, Pandora’s Jar. (Jar was mistranslated to box). Hesiod is credited with telling the story … Continue reading

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Challenges

I’d like to say that I’ve been thinking about challenges. I have not. I avoid the thought because I am completely overwhelmed, inundated, and surrounded by challenges. And the list grows by the minute. The list ranges from, “Will I … Continue reading

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Encouragement

I’ve been thinking about encouragement for a few days. Actually, not true, I’ve been thinking about it for several years. I’ve come to the conclusion that it is an incredible healer in most, if not all, circumstances. Weirdly, most of … Continue reading

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70 Quotes

I have done a little research in finding quotes for the list of articulate names, the names that I periodically drop. Some are famous, most are obscure. Several are very contradictory, but as Walt Whitman said, “ I am large, … Continue reading

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Dropping Names

Homer, Xenophon, Plato, Aristotle, Herodotus, Moses, Marcus Aurelius, Ovid, Josephus, the Bede, Mallory, Dante, Machiavelli, Marco Polo, Martin Luther, St. Francis, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Hugo Ball, Henry Miller, Frank Herbert, Ann Frank, Buckminster Fuller, Ivan Ilyich, Arnold Toynbee, Barbara Tuchman, Alexis … Continue reading

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Suddenly Eternal

We have the word “eternal”.. This led me to the word “perdurable”, which is defined as enduring continuously; imperishable…”a composer creates a perdurable aesthetic object”. This is a new word for me. I have not heard it said, nor have … Continue reading

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Judging by How You Know

This is a follow up to the previous blogpost. First, I want to think about how we know things in general. Are there things that we know instinctually? We certainly know we have to breathe, and we have “fear and … Continue reading

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Szukalski

Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski I watched a film on Netflix, produced by Leonardo de Caprio, about the Polish American sculptor Stanislaw Szukalski. Wow. First, I had never heard of him. Now that is not a terribly … Continue reading

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The Worst

Roid Rage For some this may be the worst, most disturbing subject that I’ve ever written about. Have you every had a physical reaction to watching YouTube skateboarders wipeout? It’s kinda like that. Small muscles tighten, stomach turns over slightly. … Continue reading

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Boustrophedon

So, I haven’t exactly been jumping back in the saddle, more like dipping my toe in the water. I have been subbing for a journalism class a couple of times in the last month. It’s a basic class in design, … Continue reading

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Life and Death

It’s all around us. News media keeps an ongoing record of accidents and mayhem that end in death. It is so dramatic and traumatic, particularly when there is a lot a mayhem. The death inside our bodies is even more … Continue reading

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What is a Song?

What is a song? It’s good to ask simple questions now and then, because we learn the edges of things sometimes. And sometimes that’s good. A song is a blend of lyrics and melody. What about instrumentals? Hmm, it is … Continue reading

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I Had a Sister

I had a sister once. Well, actually I never knew her, she had died five years before I was born. She was born on June 10, I was born on June 11. She died on June 7, she was three … Continue reading

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Vagus Nerve

Saw a film where the bad guy wanted children to stay young and play with him. A twisted sort of Peter Pan. His plan utilized a lobotomy with a Black & Decker. Gross film, don’t watch it. But it got … Continue reading

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One Hit Wonders

I lived in Point Richmond, California on and off for about five years. Some apartments were converted hallways, some were the leftover spaces of a remodel. One apartment was actually an apartment on the top of a hill, at the … Continue reading

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Intimacy

A friend used this word recently and I realized that I haven’t poked at the concept. I have used the word, and I believe I have been intimate, but I haven’t really defined the edges. The secret ingredient to any … Continue reading

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Numbers

We live by the numbers. We magically are able to drive when we get a certain age, we can imbibe alcohol at another age, and we can vote in our elections. There is no proof that we are truly qualified … Continue reading

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Trespass the Eyes?

I’ve been watching a few too many YouTube videos. I’ve been struck by how often a narrative is used to justify behaviors. It’s also as if their has been a secret script passed around. Everyone has read the script, and … Continue reading

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Prophecy and Prophets

I am not an expert here, but these are my thoughts. Almost every believer in God would agree that being in the center of God’s will is what they desire. This simple concept has played out in scripture and secular … Continue reading

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Died peacefully…

Blogs are often filled with common and uncommon rants. Perhaps how we end up in the wrong lanes at the toll booth. Or maybe the wrong line at the market. We got behind the gentleman with 19 items in the … Continue reading

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It’s All Relative

It’s New Year’s Eve, a time for reflection, and a time for plans. Let us first address whether this whole deal is simply a human construct. Certainly the ball dropping in NYC is a man made thing. Even the calendar … Continue reading

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Practice

Hmm, practice makes perfect? Gosh, if only that were true. Practice all you want but if there is markedly no improvement then perfection is still a long way off. Besides, my goal isn’t perfection. Ha! Not even possible! It should … Continue reading

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Want to hear God laugh?

Tell him your plans. i’ve been thinking about planning, which is our attempt to make sense of the world, and possibly change the future. In the most common usage, planning is really quite easy. We plan to get up in … Continue reading

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Colors

I found an amusing book that deals with some of the oddities of the English language. Here is a sample… 1. Every cloud has a——— lining. 2. ——- tape 3. He looks at the world through ——— colored glasses. 4. … Continue reading

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No Poetry Between

‘‘Twas the night before Christmas…”. Well, actually this is the morning after Christmas, but I was thinking about the poem. For many homes around the world it is a family tradition to read the poem to their children on Christmas … Continue reading

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Fifty Years Ago

Fifty years Ago this week I was Santa Claus at our local Macy’s. I did not volunteer. I was happy to find seasonal work on the college job board. I was hired to sell womens shoes. It was a lot … Continue reading

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Gut Life

I just watched a YouTube video, and I find myself again cursing the net, and adoring it at the same time. This video made the bold headline statement of “35,000 Different Bacteria Species Living in Your Gut!”. This is disturbing … Continue reading

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Helping?

I’ve been pondering the word “help”. At first it seemed so simple, then it got way too complicated. Helping is assisting. The perfect image definition is a man pushing a car to the gas station. You see this, you jump … Continue reading

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A Goal

Spontaneity, besides being difficult to spell, might be defined as action without a plan or purpose. That’s a rough concept. It includes an image of a room of mouse traps and ping pong balls. Or if I was a Beatles … Continue reading

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Attack!

77 years ago a foreign nation dropped bombs and strafed our

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What do you know?

What do you know, and when did you know it? This was the major question during the Watergate investigation. The question was asked of President Richard Nixon. If he didn’t know anything about the Watergate conspiracy until much later, then … Continue reading

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Dancing Alone

Particles react to being watched. If no one is looking they go one way, if someone is watching they go in an entirely different way. The observer effect is sometimes explained by Schrödinger’s cat: a cat, a flask of poison, … Continue reading

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Off the Grid

I willingly took part in “risky behavior”. Well, that might be a little strong. I took a path that was “risky”, but I did nothing to change it. In the first few minutes I thought, “I’m an independent guy, I … Continue reading

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Relaxing in the New Age

Sitting in front of the fireplace, reading a few pages, and checking the internet. Apparently the air quality index says that unhealthy air starts at about 60-70. At 3:50 pm it was 350. I have been known to prep for … Continue reading

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My Friend…

I had heard that the best writers did their best work in coffee houses, in hip neighborhoods of New York, or Paris. It was 1966, I was not in Paris, nor was I in New York. This might have been … Continue reading

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Tic Tac Toe

X’s and O’s I used to have very cool racing slicks on my front tires. They were custom tires made for trikes, and I liked them very much. I was sad to see the threads in the center of the … Continue reading

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