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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,...

“Trump is a low-information voter who got elected president”

I was watching the May 12th edition of Real Time with Bill Maher, and Obama's former speech writer Jon Favreau was on and said this about Trump: Trump is a low-information voter who got elected president. ~ Jon Favreau, Former Barack Obama speechwriter Exactly right!...

What journalism really is…

This quote, misattributed to George Orwell, gets at the "nut" of the civic role and responsibility of real journalism.   Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed. everything else is public relations. ~ George Orwell (misattributed) The quote...

“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...

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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When one door of happiness closes…

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us. ~ Helen Keller "Ramen" to that!  This Helen Keller quote points to a common seed of  depression. When I'm depressed,...

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Is the King James bible the word of God? Seriously?

After reading the history-based critique below, it's hard to believe the King James version of the bible could possibly be the word of God. It's this kind of historical tracing (which I first learned about in a Hellenistic Religions class in college) that began the...

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