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Several news sites have recently interviewed Ben Bernanke,  Federal Reserve chairmen during the 2008 financial crisis.   One article in USA Today said

“Bernanke has been interested in the Great Depression since his grandmother told him stories about it from her front porch in Charlotte, N.C., during quiet summer evenings. Her family had been living in Norwich, Conn., where some children went to school in worn-out shoes or even barefoot because their fathers lost their jobs when the shoe factories closed. That meant their families didn’t have enough money to buy shoes — which presumably would have kept the factories in business and their fathers employed.”

All financial policy since the Great Depression has been based on a historical study and modeling of that time period.   I keep thinking about the modern equivalent.   Now, the story is that the shoes are made in a very low wage overseas factory.   Domestically, the only jobs created by buying a shoe is the retail person (a low wage job), a distribution worker (a low wage job), the marketing people (a high wage job), and the CEO of the marketing and distribution companies (very high wage job).  Domestically, the example Bernanke describes above creates two levels of income, the very low wage retail/distribution jobs and the high wage marketing and CEO jobs.   No jobs get created in the middle.

I then listen to the politicians.  One side say the poor need to work more hours.  The other side say we need to send everyone to college.  Neither approach makes any sense to me.  The poor already work much more than 40 hours, more low wage hours won’t help.   For the other approach, we can’t just send everyone to college and make everyone in the U.S. a marketing or business major.   We will just have a bunch of college graduates working retail.  The fundamental labor imbalance will still exist.   I haven’t heard anyone describe a workable solution.
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We are told to live in the present.  We must be a good parent today, we must manage money well today, we are to exercise today, we are to enjoy today, we are to enjoy this meal at this moment. But, we are so much more than today.  We are past, present, and future.  We consist of those who have gone before us.  We consist of all that has happened in our lives.  We consist of hopes and dreams yet to be experienced.

In our relationships, we often try to experience them in the moment.  We are told to forget the past and only focus on today.   Relationships are not built in the moment.  They are built on experiences past, experiences of the moment, and the hopes of experiences in the future.  Relationships are built on trust, built on experiences in our lifetime as well as experiences passed down from generations before us.  We so often try to build relationships based on the present, but they are only a shadow what might be.
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Due to a gracious gift from a friend, Penny and I attended Huntsville Symphony’s Orchestra’s “The Science Of Music” concert.  It was a fun depiction of the relationship between science and music.  It included three panelists, a scientist, an engineer, and a philosopher.  The best part was the conclusion of the panelists, that the best part of classical music was not its relation to science, but rather the joy of listening to gifted musicians playing a wonderful selection of music.

This is my place in the Christian life.  It is not about applying Christianity to my daily life, but rather experiencing the journey as the Father, the Son, and the Spirit do their wonderful work.
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Dear Facebook, we have always had an awkward relationship.   After you expanded beyond colleges, I was an early adopter.   I loved renewing acquaintances with long lost friends and classmates.   But, our relationship started to sour.   My first frustration was your confusing mess of ever changing privacy settings and new feeds displays.  Then, I found out that you were using psychological devices in the news feed to manipulate my emotions.

I often found my emotions being manipulated by you.  Over time,  your feed disintegrated into two types of posts.  First were the ‘perfect family’ posts where a small subset of the posters showcased their ‘perfect’ lives and ‘perfect’ families.  Second were those who have chosen to use Facebook to spout their political and social opinions.  I found myself saddened and disgusted by both.

With all the controversies of same sex marriage and the confederate flag, this summer has continued the degradation of our relationship.    One of your best and worse particularities was that you merged my “Work Friends”, my “Childhood Friends”, my “Church Friends”, and my family into one feed.  In the past, when social disagreement in society arose, etiquette and manners provided barriers between those worlds.  Now, when a polarizing topic such as same sex marriage gets discussed, all those worlds collide.  Your feed has now disintegrated into a hateful and ugly mess, showcasing the ugliness of humanity.

Our relationship has mostly run its course.   First, I deleted you from my cell phone to save space.  Now, my check ins continue to decline, I will be at once a week soon.      Like old friends, I may occasionally check in to see how you are doing.  But, over time the status checks will become fewer and farther apart.  In Internet years, our relationship lasted a long time, but all things must come to an end.    So long, and thanks for all the memories
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Wonderful business class hotel. Its location near Silicon Valley is perfect, the rooms are comfortable, and the staff is great. I slept like a rock.
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Very nice Comfort Inn. Same or better furnishings or conditions as much higher priced high end business hotels. Only draw back is that one side is a bit close to the railroad and the train runs several times a night. The side away from the railway is fine.
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