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Richard DeWald
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I am in that awkward phase between birth and death.
I am in that awkward phase between birth and death.

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The Vanishing American Adult by Ben Sasse
Senator Sasse regularly reminds people that he has among the most conservative voting records in the US Senate.  I take his word for it.  Before coming to the Senate, he turned around a young Liberal Arts college in Nebraska (Midland) as it's President.  It...

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Forgiveness at Kripalu with Byron Katie - Day 5
I wrote down eighteen things that Byron Katie said.  I did this whenever something rang particularly true or insightful for me.  As I review this list back in my apartment and far from the wonderland that is Kripalu I find a few of them I want to share with...

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Forgiveness at Kripalu with Byron Katie - Day 4
Sorry for the poor quality of the edited photo, but I was moved to give of a glimpse of what this all looks like.  We are in a hall that resembles a church chapel, Byron Katie is on the stage in a chair, wearing a microphone, and there's a live CC camera on...

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Forgiveness at Kripalu with Byron Katie - Day 3
I've been writing down snippets of what Byron Katie says when something hits me in a particular way.  As I look over the list, I realize context is going to be important with some of these, like a joke, some of them you just had to be there. Others need the...

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My Asian thing.
If you know me personally, you probably know that I like Asian stuff, particularly from Japan. You may wonder about why, and let me assure you, so do I. I have never been anywhere in Asia, so what I know of Asia is completely limited to the Asian things and...

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Music review: SCAR LIGHT EP by Yuma Asami
This review is from a fan in the United States who does not read or speak Japanese, so there won't be any comment on lyrics or the liner notes, I have not yet asked my Japanese friends to help me understand them.  This review is about how her music speaks t...

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This is my entry in @Science_Hooker's one-minute thesis challenge. I am not a doctoral student, but I am working on something with a kind of a thesis.

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at the gun show.
I availed myself of the opportunity to attend a gun show in Dallas today.  I did so because it has been almost twenty years since I attended my last one and I was curious how I would feel being there, what has changed, and what hasn't.  I was particularly c...

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My inner Trump voter
In 2004 I published an essay entitled "My inner Bush voter" which cost me some friendships.  It wasn't Kerry voters I lost, it was Bush voters.  They saw my essay as explaining support for G W Bush as a kind of mental illness.  That's not what I meant, but ...

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Trumped
Even though everyone keeps claiming nothing like this has ever happened before, Donald Trump's presumptive nomination takes me back to 1999.  I am from Texas, I worked in opposition research in two prior state office campaigns for which George W. Bush was t...
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