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March 23rd, 2017

I might seem uninterested, but I observe.  It is very much a part of my approach to a Socratic examined life.  Well, how can one live an examined life without observing, right?To observe is immensely more than to merely see.  We laugh at the funny instances that are presented in observational come

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March 22nd, 2017

I would think that for most people the hormonal biology is the same, irrespective of the continents in which we live.  Language, religion, ethnicity, and any cultural marker has got nothing to do with the growth of male facial hair, pubic hair, hair under the armpits, and--most importantly, the sex hormones.

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March 21st, 2017

In the search for life outside planet earth, scientists always look out for water.  As this commentary author put it, "the Nasa mantra for looking for life in outer space is to “

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March 20th, 2017

A few years ago, a friend--I suspect that he voted for donald t. rump--challenged me with: "You have read about the world's major religions.  You are a learned man. Tell me whether anybody other than Jesus has ever come back from being dead?"I usually never take up such questions to debate.  Because, t

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March 19th, 2017

Sometimes, I joke (I find my jokes to be funny!) in my classes that the worst invention ever was one that goes back nearly 12,000 years--settled agriculture.  Until then, we humans were no different from other mammals in that we hunted and gathered to feed ourselves, and over the rest of the hours of the day, we played

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It is a good thing that here in the US elections are held mid-fall.  As depressing as the results were, the holidays, the new year, and now spring, all help ease the pain.  Imagine, on the other hand, if elections had been held in late summer, just as the days are getting shorter--it would have been as if we were

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March 18th, 2017

The first thing to surprise me during my only visit to Alaska was this: The driver who picked us up to take us to the airport spoke with an accent, and when I asked him he said he was from Bulgaria.  No, that's not the surprise--after all, lots of shuttle and taxi drivers here are from other countries.  What surpr

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March 17th, 2017

When I first arrived in this country, I knew nothing about trump nor about microwave ovens.  I had not even heard about microwave ovens when I was back in the old country.The apartment that I shared with roommates did not have a microwave oven.  But, life was fine and dandy--until I realized what a pai

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March 15th, 2017

What a fucking effluvia this is!

I am a very mild-mannered person, really.  But, every time I see the name trump, I fucking want to swear!  It is not me then, right?  The cause of my behavior is clearly this fucking president!If you have been a reader for long, then by now you know that those previous sentences were a set up to t

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March 14th, 2017

Two days ago, I referred to the blatantly racist post by a Republican member of the House of Representatives, steve king.  Guess what?  The party expelled him today--he crossed the Rubicon.Nah, of

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March 13th, 2017

It is not my responsibility! Or, is it?

After watching "I Am Not Your Negro" I told the friend that she has it easier than me--this atrocious history of my adopted country piles on top of the atrocious history from the old country.  Unbearable burden

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March 12th, 2017

I have been grazing James Baldwin's writings and speeches, since watching the documentary that I blogged about yesterday.  I had always wanted to read his works.  Especially because Ta-Nehisi Coates always

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It was heart-breaking for me to watch the archival footage of James Balwdin's comments, and to listen to his words, in the documentary "I am not your Negro," and think that many of those very words are applica

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March 11th, 2017

Seven weeks into the new presidency, it continues to be surreal ... it is like a bad dream that continues even if we force ourselves to wake up and go to the bathroom; we fall asleep and the nightmare continues from where it was paused!I can even understand the bluest of blue-collar workers who have not had a gr

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March 10th, 2017

When people meet with me for the first time (which often turns out to be last time too!) many ask me about this life of mine where my work and home are a 100 kilometers apart.  One hundred kilometers sounds way farther than 65 miles, or  frighteningly more than an hour of commute time, right?  After all, peop

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The way I live, which gets reflected in many of the posts here--like even this one--my life is about experiences and memories.  I live my own life, on my own terms--even if it means pissing quite a few people off and living a lonely life.  (which is why

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