Category Archives: Personal

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Mona liked this fortune enough that she taped it to her desk.  🙂

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Half-Convinced

“When I saw the house again, after the death of my aunt Margaret in 1978, the silences of the vast rooms seemed to speak of boyhood pleasures. I am half-convinced that houses somehow soak up the psychic experience of their inhabitants; there are certain houses that have a mean-spirited or discouraged air, and there are …

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The vast majority of immigrants crossing our southern border are motivated by hunger and desperation. The debate should be over the best way to help these people, not the most cost-efficient way to keep them out.

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Fades to Black and White

From Harvard Medical School (Paywalled Link): To someone who is depressed, the world can seem flat or dull. This was long thought to be purely psychological. It turns out, though, that depression may affect how the eyes function—altering visual perception in a way that actually makes the world look gray, reports the November 2010 issue …

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Special Occasions

“Growing up, my mother taught me that lipstick should be reserved only for special occasions. Now, I wear it all the time. I am my own special occasion.”  ~Blythe Baird, from If My Body Could Speak I do the same thing. When I was growing up, my parents had a bottle of wine they were …

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Changes

Adolf Hitler wasn’t born evil, he became evil. He didn’t always want to be a dictator. When they left him alone, he wanted to be a painter. Then World War I happened. He was drafted and assigned the job of litter-bearer, and spent the next several years searching among anguished and mutilated bodies for the …

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One More Thing to Worry About

I was having a cup of coffee with my Dad at his apartment when the phone rang. He looked at the phone, then looked at me with a puzzled look on his face. The Caller ID showed the call originated from my house. A telemarketer had spoofed my number. It could have been done by …

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Well,

“Peace is a very complicated concept. When the lion gobbles up the lamb and wipes his lips, then there’s peace. Well, I ain’t for that peace at all.”  ~Abbie Hoffman The president called for unity last night.  When everybody marches in lockstep and does as he tells them, then there’s unity. Well, I ain’t for …

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Tears

“If you have to cry, do it in the shower where no one can hear you and no one can see you.”  That’s the advice that my mother gave me when I was a little boy. You should know, before passing judgement, that her own mother died when she was only three years old, and …

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“Why are all these idiots mad?”

“I don’t play colleges, but I hear a lot of people tell me, ‘Don’t go near colleges. They’re so PC.’” ~Jerry Seinfeld (source) There are a few things wrong with that statement. First, second-hand bigotry is the worst.  “I don’t know any of these people, but I hear they’re just awful,”  is not something a …

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An Aside

“Astronomers know what stars are, but astrologers know what stars are for.” I don’t really believe that, but it’s a fun thing to say just to judge people’s reactions.  I bet it’d get quite a rise out of Neil deGrasse Tyson.

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“We’re more popular than…”

I think I prefer John Lennon to Jesus Christ. Jesus was perfect right out of the box.  By definition, he could do wrong.  Everything he did was bathed in goodness and light. John, on the other hand, was a deeply flawed individual, but he worked really hard to overcome his demons.  He stumbled at times, …

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