Thich Nhat Hanh in 1997

Thích Nhất Hạnh’s first online chat, 1997

In 1997, I had been active online for several years and practicing for about two years. I had very little local community in Valdosta, Georgia, yet found some connections online in AOL chat rooms. I had been working on my anger issues and had found much guidance and perspective in  Thích Nhất Hạnh’s book  Peace […]

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Circle of Love -

A bit mean, yet right on point…

The question before us now is how we will move forward, how we will rebuild collectives for common good, to build a constructive form of American Patriotism.

 A history of our anthropology shows ever growing larger circles of cooperation. This will continue. The question is how fast and at what cost….

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Definition of a cigarette

From 1895: Definition of a cigarette

“An exchange gives the following definition of a cigarette: A cigarette is a roll of paper, tobacco and drugs, with a small fire at one end and a big fool at the other. Some of the chief enjoyments are condensed night-mares, fits, cancer of the lips and stomach, spinal meningitis, softening of the brain, funeral […]

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Social Isolation leading to “Cultural Malaise”

I do not always agree with David Brooks. In speaking of two non-political stories that stood out this week, he made a key point at the end of Friday’s NPR segment to which I add some emphasis: …And the second is the shocking release of a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

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De Veritate

The last two sentences from the book, De Veritate (“On Truth”), first published in 1624, written by Edward, Lord Herbert of Cherbury 1 (1582-1648) I have frequently pointed out that owing to the action of free will, or the infinite within us, we can, if we desire, shut our eyes, stop up our ears, and […]

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But Love Says…

But love says, “I see your worth. I see your value.” …you can’t love your country without loving your countrymen and women. When we manifest that kind of patriotism, that kind of civic love, that’s when we do things that light up the world, that light up the planet Earth. – Cory Booker, talking with […]

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“Science is not about being able to calculate things precisely. It’s about being able to know how wrong you might be.” – Harvard-Smithsonian’s Jonathan McDowell

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Not truly free…

I am not truly free if I am taking away someone else’s freedom, just as surely as I am not free when my freedom is taken away from me. The oppressed and the oppressor alike are robbed of their humanity. €” Nelson Mandela

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