The Uphill Slide

There is always something.

07/04/2017
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Call Me Stupid

I was scanning one of those silly Internet pop-ups for celebrity IQ’s. Undoubtedly the guesses of some fake theorist. Trump had a score of 158. Genius and far superior to mine. So what? IQ is not the measure of anyone. … Continue reading

06/21/2017
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Can You Believe Anything?

I was in my teens sitting in the kitchen watching the coverage of the war in Vietnam (also known as the Second Indochina War or the Resistance War Against America or the American War [Depends whose news you’re reading what … Continue reading

06/08/2017
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“Well,” said Candide to Martin, “I hope you will own that this man is the happiest of all mortals, for he is above everything he possesses.” “But don’t you see,” answered Martin, “that he dislikes everything he possesses? Plato said a long time ago that the best stomachs are not those which refuse all food.” “True,” said Candide, “but still there must certainly be pleasure in criticising everything, and in seeing faults where others think they see beauties.” “That is,”replied Martin, “there is a pleasure in having no pleasure.” (Voltaire, 1992, p. 111)

 

Voltaire. (1922)  Candide (Henry Morley, Trans.). New York, NY:  Barnes and Nobles Books. (Original work published 1759)

04/22/2017
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Did He Realize How Sexist or ist That Statement Was?

Maryam Zaringhalam and Kelly Fleming, both 28, came with poster board signs they’d made at an event Friday night with the group 500 Women Scientists. Zaringhalam, a molecular biologist, and Fleming, a chemical engineer, had been concerned about the way … Continue reading

04/08/2017
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Getting to Know You

While searching the shelves of donations to Book ‘Em, I found The Psychopath Test A Journey Through The Madness Industry written by Jon Ronson. I borrowed it. I already had Without Conscience The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us by Robert … Continue reading

02/02/2017
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Microcosms

My life is a microcosm of our country. My big problems in my small world intersecting with the bigger problems in the bigger world. I shouldn’t whine; I’m worried about my little world and my big world. Me, who seldom … Continue reading