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Dalla Dalla, Or Different Just Like Everybody Else

In life there are at least two kinds of difference.  There are differences we choose for ourselves and those differences that are forced on us by others.  And, as might be imagined, we tend to feel very differently about those … Continue reading

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Arrogance Up And Down

The noted popularizer Nassim Nicholas Taleb made a comment about the English language that I thought was worthy of unpackaging a bit, and that was a complaint in his collection of aphorisms The Bed Of Procrustes that there was no … Continue reading

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And She Likes Everyone

There are many ways in which someone can be a cultural innovator or trendsetter, and strangely enough I often find myself puzzled by the way that Justin Bieber serves in that role as a musician despite the fact that at … Continue reading

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Who Is Responsible For Bullying Anyway?

It is not uncommon to hear stories of somewhat fragile young people who commit suicide because of the bullying and ridicule and abuse they receive from their savage peers.  We live in a world where such savagery is all too … Continue reading

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You Can Talk To Me

One of the benefits of listening to an obscure Pandora station is that it introduces one to other obscure music from the same time period of the same kind.  As someone who is a fan of the music of Christine … Continue reading

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On The Morality Of The Critical Arts

Why should you care about criticism?  As is often the case, I speak mainly from my own experience, but at least in my own observation and personal experience I think that most if not all of us care about criticism.  … Continue reading

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We Don’t Talk Anymore

It is perhaps unsurprising that I have spent a great deal of my life as an observer or a participant in places where people found it impossible to communicate.  This is not to say that I consider myself a great … Continue reading

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Look What You Made Me Do

From time to time I have commented on the career of Taylor Swift [1] and on the fact that I tend to view myself as being somewhat like her in writing personally and even confessionally as she has throughout her … Continue reading

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Distorting Reality By Despising Others

Yesterday at services in Portland, the gentleman who gave the sermonette had a thoughtful subject to discuss [1] and he went about his message in a very intriguing way.  First, he began with an object illustration that I found highly … Continue reading

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We Can’t Make You Believe, But We Can Make You Behave

As I have frequently noted, among the chief problems of our age is bad behavior, in acts of protests and what-not [1].  Often one hears people justify their bad behavior by their beliefs about people and places.  This is a … Continue reading

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