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November 22nd, 2014

This is the first ever post in this blog with the title of "Practice what you teach?" and yet I have added the "continued," in case you didn't notice it already ;)Just to let you know that there was another place where I did--a decade ago, in September 2004, I authored

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November 21st, 2014

An old friend called after a couple of months.  Somehow or the other, every conversation has at least one piece about how I live my life without a god or a religion to guide me.I explained that it is really, really simple, the way I see it.  All I have to do is this: make sure that I do the right thing

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November 20th, 2014

Sometimes I simply want to stop reading anymore. I know it sounds strange.  But there are moments when I wonder if my life would have been a lot better and more enjoyable if I didn't care to engage in random reading.Why?Because, I feel all the more that I don't know a damn thing. &nb

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November 19th, 2014

I might have rebelled--well, ok, I did rebel--against traditions as I transitioned into the teenage years.  But, I was a good kid.  Didn't get into trouble at all. If I were a teenager during the iPhone era--as in now--I would have had wonderful outlets for my teen angsts of a gazillion kind.  I c

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November 17th, 2014

Relax, this post ain't about death! ;)The trigger for this post was simply an ending line in an essay that I read.  It was in the Economist.  One of the few magazines that I love to read, for the conte

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Here in the blog, I write about a range of topics.  It is nothing but a symptom of a problem that I have had throughout my life--while many classmates and friends identified whatever fascinated them and worked on that while excluding subjects and ideas that were of lesser interest to them,

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November 16th, 2014

If it is true that cooler heads will prevail, then, well, we are looking at one awesomely peaceful existence here in Oregon where summer and warm weather have become distant memories. The temperatures have dipped ten to twelve degrees below the normal for this time of the year.  It is so cold that, as an ol

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November 15th, 2014

Hey, I didn't have to compose that kind of harsh sounding phrases for the title of this post--they happen to be how two commentaries were titled or promoted; though, of course, I second those without any hesitation at all ;)It seems like it has been forever that I have been complaining about the intellectual ona

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November 14th, 2014

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats. A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called t

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November 12th, 2014

George Orwell wonderfully phrased it when he wrote, "'To see what is in front of one's nose needs a constant struggle."If I ever needed a reminder, well, it was a lesson that was wasted on me today because there I was driving behind a vehicle in which the letters in the spare-tire cover read "Life is Good." No s

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I had never, ever come across that idiom before today.  "like a cumin seed in a camel's mouth."  Interesting to imagine that!Even more fascinating was this: I was not the only one to whom that expression was new.  Because, when I googled for it, the first in the search results was a question at qu

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