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If I say nothing, it's because I have nothing to say. -- Try http://jaezz.org/
If I say nothing, it's because I have nothing to say. -- Try http://jaezz.org/

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When they have finally gone too far, you draw the line and say "No more," and "No" to all you have put up with so far. Then you have defined who you are and left behind who you had been told to be. Now you speak for all, in chains and free of chains. This…

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Do you remember when writers knew what their words meant and could use them in a way that produced clarity, even precision? Of course you don’t. Probably because such a time never really existed. Perhaps I should say—Because such a time probably never…

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2,500 years ago, Aristotle had it right. There are several ways to make a point and move opinion. At one end of the list is reason. At the other end is passion. And this has been how it has been all this time. Reason tries to get at the truth, because…

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The goldfinches gather at the feeders by our kitchen window. They cling to the metal netting surrounding the nyjer seed, Pecking and eating, pecking and eating. They must eat nearly their weight in the diminishing seed To provide the heat to endure the…

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I sort of always felt this way, but this writer puts a little substance to this feeling. So if you never write things down for no other reason than writing, it's like leaving part of your brain in the garage all the time. Put together with grammarian authors, such as Mary Norris, writing well on paper, even if no one reads it, is your conscious mind firing on all cylinders. After all, thought is language is thought; not math, not even biology.
Humanities Rule!
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For a couple of years I have observed the reliance of disparate positions founded on singe study research and plain old opinion that are cited as factual evidence. Form has overwhelmed content. It comes with the slow death of critical thinking, the demise of healthy skepticism. No one has access to the truth. Think for yourself.

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and this makes more if a bad thing, uses more polluting materials, reduces production work forces and increases the number of energy consuming cars on the roads, but does nothing to improve the wasteful, polluting, mindless structure of the lifestyle of Americans. Tech genius at work.

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We may not like it, and we may not understand where it is leading us as human beings, but this is what is happening.
I sit here at a computer screen and I feel nothing for it, for it is a soulless and uncaring thing. I had teachers I loved and teachers I hated. With more maturity, of the thousands of students who passed through my classrooms, I had hundreds I truly loved as if they were my children--and some I was glad were someone else's children, and I made a personal effort to do something good for even those. I never wanted to be rich or famous, but I wanted to be appreciated, and even loved a little. And I think maybe I was loved, a little. I am a human being, after all.
What is this brave new world we live in? And how is it that, in creating this new world, those I once cherished, now sitting on the other side of a computer screen, will blindly abandon their own children to the sterility and isolation of such an education? I at least lament their loss.
I retired with tears. And society may leave me beside the road to die at some point. Still, I am so thankful to have gotten out when I did. I did my teaching with passion and dignity. And I am rich beyond the wildest dreams of any plutocrat or their science and technology minions.

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And it makes it harder to get kids to bed at night and up in the morning. Tell me again what's good about it.

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Evidence of fish oil's benefits have come from the fish oil industry, but there is no conclusive evidence that fish oil supplements reduce the incidence of heart attack or other heart disease.
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