The Difference Between Like and Love

The Difference Between Like and Love What is the difference between I like you and I love you? When you like a flower, you pluck it. But when you love a flower you water it daily. One who understands this, understands life. N.B. – This quote has been falsely attributed […]

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The False Freedom of Flippancy

Conformity Comes in Many Costumes It is a common conception, especially among young people, that having an “attitude” of flippancy expresses independence and freedom. By “attitude” I mean a conscious opposition to social norms about appearance and conduct. What society says they should do, they do not do. I call […]

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Chuck Close on Inspiration

Chuck Close on Inspiration “Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.” – Chuck Close Chuck Close is an American artist. He is a portrait painter, but that description is too pedestrian to describe his innovative work. Close takes portrait photographs of people […]

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Debt Shaming in the Corporate Media

One trend I have noticed on the Internet is “news” stories about people who pay down debt of massive amounts. This one is typical, claiming a teacher paid off $40,000 in student debt on only 1.5 years. Or how about this whopper? How a Journalist Paid Off $111,000 of Debt […]

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Facebook Fake Activism

Years ago I ran across an interesting article online entitled “Out with the Community Group, In with the Facebook Fan Group.” The blog is now defunct, so I cannot link to it. I can only write from the couple of notes I made and the one quote I saved from […]

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At the Gorge of Lu

At the Gorge of Lu, the great waterfall plunges for hundreds of meters, its spray visible for miles. In the churning waters below, no living creature can be seen. One day, Confucius was standing at a distance from the pool’s edge when he saw an old man being tossed about […]

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When Journalism Becomes Pseudo-Science

The BBC article based on a paper in Lancet screams the headline “No alcohol safe to drink, global study confirms.” Like so much in the corporate media today, the details under the headline refute the headline written to make people click. Classic BS sensationalist journalism, though looks like the scientists […]

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