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The S.W.E.A.T. Pledge by Mike Rowe is fantastic!

Mike Rowe's creed and philosophy is contained in The Sweat Pledge, which he has for sale as a poster on his Mike Rowe Works Foundation website. All proceeds go the foundation, which does a wonderful job (pun) promoting the dignity of work in general and work in the...

We are stardust…literally

Some think the seeds of life came from the Big Bang, but that misses a critical part of how the elements of life came to be.

Dragon statue in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Because I've been told I'm part Slovenian but know nothing about my homeland, any time I encounter a reference to Slovenia, I'm all over it. I recently found this picture of a Dragon statue in Ljubljana, Slovenia. I don't know where Ljubljana is, nor how to pronounce...

“The price of freedom is decision”

I'm reading a book by Edward de Bono titled, The Happiness Purpose. In it, he states something that I thought was counter-intuitive: [T]he price of freedom is decision. This didn't make sense to me. I can agree that without the ability to decide, there is no freedom,...

“That’s not the way you should think about it”

I took my car into a Toyota dealership some weeks ago for a repair I thought Toyota should pay for. After stating I knew my car trouble was not the service rep's fault, I noted that I did think Toyota should be asked to pay for the service. How the service rep....

12 fucking rules for success ~ image & text versions

It's like all the self-help bits of advice curated into one twelve item list...that repeats the f-word a lot. In case the title didn't give it away, NSFW due to language. I found this "12 fucking rules for success" image about a year ago and had forgotten about...

Can you prove anything in science?

Below is the text of a comment I left on this YouTube video. My comment focuses on how Bananiac (and others) use the words "proven" or "caused by" when referring to scientific hypotheses. Technically speaking, scientists never "prove" anything with their research....

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Unconcerned about your losing your right to privacy?

  Arguing that you don't care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don't care about freedom of speech because you have nothing to day. ~ Edward Snowden Add this quote, which is controversially attributed...

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Marcus Aurelius quote about the gods – misattributed

Though this quote appears to be misattributed to Marcus Aurelius, it offers a lot to think about. Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If...

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Listen and you might learn something new ~ Dalai Lama

Nice point by the Dalai Lama. Not that speaking can or should be avoided entirely. Asking questions and sharing your views has tremendous value and is absolutely necessary for the "market of ideas" to work. Indeed, I think you can learn a lot in the process of trying...

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Douglas MacArthur explains why I’m feeling old

I'm intrigued how often I find the quotes of military leaders so meaningful. This one from Douglas MacArthur struck a chord; it addresses why I'm feeling so old right now 🙂 Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years. People grow old by deserting their...

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The Only Child ~ Jackson Browne ~ Lyrics

The Only Child ~ Jackson Browne ~ Lyrics

The Only Child is one of my favorite Jackson Browne songs, though I can say that about almost every song off Browne's The Pretender album. A dear college friend introduced me to Jackson Browne's music and lyrics. I can never thank him enough....

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I was born for more than just paying bills

There's no way I was born to just pay bills and die. Indeed...So true for us all. I sometimes find it exceedingly difficult to take my attention away from the ordinary demands of life--bills, meetings, deadlines--that I miss the "ordinary" miracles of every day life...

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