Vertical Vision

If I have seen it once, I have seen it a thousand times – for heaven’s sake [actually, very much for their own sake] my own children have done it. I used to do it. You probably once did it. And I am sure, in somewhat different ways now, we

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A Casual Conversation

It was a number of years ago [too many to remember], but I can still remember vividly the conversation and the physical context, and I can even now recollect what went through my mind the moment I heard it. I was stunned, caught short, wondering if I had actually heard

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The Whacker Man

  I once lived on an acreage where there were a lot of weeds that seemed to grow radically fast [I suppose there are just as many growing just as quickly elsewhere but frankly when I drove by them elsewhere they did not seem to catch my attention nearly as

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Choices

Choices. Life is all about choices. Often, when we make one choice we do so at the expense of all those very wonderful possibilities afforded by alternative choices [that were simply considered not as wonderful as the wonderful possibilities afforded by the choice we made]. To choose is to pick

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The Thumperian Principle

Sometimes someone[thing] says something that just simply registers, registers with such impact that you are never able to forget what was said. It doesn’t matter how young or old you are at the time, your mind wraps around the saying like an octopus wraps its tentacles around well, whatever an

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The Second Step of Peter

I can think of a lot of very good reasons for not getting out of a boat [I can think of many very fine reasons for not getting into a boat as well]. Among those of first order I would list the following; it is not sinking and therefore unlikely

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Out of Deep Hurt

The horrible reality of death embraces every single one of us in a myriad of different ways: it may be as simple (yet no less devastating) as the loss of hope or of a dream that has evaporated, the apparently senseless slaughter of innocents we (all too often) read about

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An Apology

This week (and no, I never thought it would come to this, but obviously it has) it is necessary for me to offer you an apology. This week, because of circumstances beyond my control (or circumstances that I probably allowed to get beyond my control) there will be no “Rector’s

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Just Be Patient

I would be a whole lot happier if, when watching television and finally getting myself into that no-thinking zone, I was not bothered by interruptive commercials. Actually there are some programs that are only redeemed because of the commercials. Good commercials, commercials that actually had intelligent life forms behind their

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Transformation is a Good Thing

I really like Google Earth, the free internet program that allows you to zoom in on any location on this planet. Its default setting is somewhere in space where you get an overview of the planet but once you enter an address or place name it initiates a focusing that

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