What’s Going On? – Marvin Gaye – 1971

 3:51 – Motown Records – 1971 Mother, mother There’s too many of you crying Brother, brother, brother There’s far too many of you dying You know we’ve got to find a way To bring some loving here today, hey hey Father, father We don’t need to escalate You see, war is not the answer …

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Civil Society – Following the Amenities

An impromptu post to spacebook last week, copied here. Not particularly deep, just food for thought… There was a saying years ago that if you were not important enough to miss a phone call then you were really not very important. I have thought of this every time the last twenty years that I have …

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Unfriended in the Name of Tolerance

Unfriended; chalk up one more for “tolerance”…. A friend screamed at me one night over the phone two or three years ago that she belonged to “the party that cares about people!” It has been no secret for a long time that I disdain both political parties as two wings of the same bird, and …

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Size Doesn’t Matter

Did you know that Scarlett Johansson is only 5′-3″ tall? About the same as Robert De Niro. That was a joke, kind of. A reminder though from Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan that even a Chihuahua is sometimes the leader of the pack. Size doesn’t matter. It’s what’s in your heart that counts. +1

Delibes: Lakme – Duo des Fleurs

The “Flower Duet” is a famous duet for soprano and mezzo-soprano from Leo Delibes’ opera Lakmé, first performed in Paris in 1883. The duet takes place in Act 1 of the three-act opera, between characters Lakmé, the daughter of a Brahmin priest, and her servant Mallika, as they go to gather flowers by a river. …

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Hugs and Vanilla…

I picked up one of my nieces a few nights ago at the airport. She had flown in from Ft. Lauderdale, escaping Hurricane Irma. I got my first real hug in a long time. It was one of those hugs that leaves you feeling loved and quietly energized instead of strangely bereft and alone. I …

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The Call Girl Principle

Sharing a more personal post this evening. I hope you enjoy… The Call Girl Principle states that the value of services diminishes rapidly once those services have been rendered. This principle may take many forms. There is a story about a banquet that was thrown after Columbus returned to Spain, having ‘discovered’ the New World. …

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Social Networking Finally Working on Site

The Social Networking software is now up and running on the site. After reviewing many options the last month or so I chose to use BuddyPress which I have used before. It is free and open-source software (FOSS). There are some other really cool open-source options on the horizon, but this should do anything needed …

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Musings, and Future Postings

A friend commented to me that the site (this site) “looks kind of random but seems like currently relevant material.” It may seem random, and in some ways it is, but I want to take a moment to give some perspective. My intentions here are multifaceted. For one, I want to post current stuff in …

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thoughts on mindful anonymity…

When I first started thinking about this site I assumed it would be mostly anonymous. Not so that people could hide behind some facade (people including myself), but so that we might speak freely without fear of repercussions by some real-life whack-job. Using pseudonyms has been done throughout the ages. That being said, I have …

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a time when humor was actually funny

A liberal-leaning friend chastised me recently for something I said on spacebook. I joked in passing (in the comments of one of my own posts) that I had had a friend in the early 1990’s who had made a real nuisance of himself, calling every night and talking at length about how bad his life …

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Making Oneself a Disagreeable Companion

RULES, by the Observation of which a Man of Wit and Learning may nonetheless make himself a disagreeable Companion. Your Business is to shine, therefore you must by all means prevent the shining of others, for their Brightness may make yours the less distinguished. To this End: If possible engross the whole Discourse; and when other Matter fails, talk much …

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