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Category: Mind and Spirit

Spirituality, moods, feelings, and thinking free to live free.

Contemplating my mortality

Oy. That sounds melodramatic. But there’s no way around it. For the last week I’ve been contemplating my mortality. I’m not quite well. I’m not quite sick, either, but I haven’t been quite well for nearly two years. It’s taken me this long to add all the little things up and start to speculate (and finally, to take up that dangerous instrument, the keyboard, to learn what I could learn). Damn, it pains and irritates me to say that. I’ve always had an iron immune system and robust health. But there comes a time … Anyhow, about 18 months ago…

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I will be back

Possibly tomorrow if all goes well. I’ve been offline, ignoring most email, personal messages, and news. I haven’t meant to be rude, but I’ve been sunk in a funk, and a deep dark one at that. Wintery temps and record-setting rains haven’t helped matters. This morning I received a feast of spiritual sustenance from my friend Alexander. I’d sent him a selfish and whiny missive. He must have spent his entire evening responding to it. He sent humor, love, scholarship, and entertainingly unconventional theology. It reset my perspective. It cheered me as no standard attempt at cheer could have done.…

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Post-book blues

Back in the olden days — five or six years ago — a writer would polish up a book manuscript, ship it off to a publisher, then have six months basically to recuperate. During that six months, somebody else would edit, copy-edit (different thing), lay everything out, proofread, design a cover, draw any charts or illustrations, write blurbs, and take care of all those necessities. Then the wonderful somebody else would contract with a printer, send out press releases and review copies, get the thing distributed, and all would be done. Sure, sometime during the six months the well-rested author…

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That most revolutionary act

This was one of rockchucker’s many good submissions to the Practical Freedomista meme contest. I love it both because of its message (whose source is unknown, though people attribute it to Orwell) and because I admire Edward Snowden. Kit and I included Snowden as an example in Basics of Resistance, but only after strong urging from one of our reality checkers, followed by much verbal tippy-toeing around each other. Because Kit loathes Snowden as thoroughly as I admire him. I knew she’d dislike the meme, too, so I got her permission before posting it here. After all, it has the…

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Wednesday links

  • Panera Bread becomes the latest to give away data on millions of customers. Yet another unencrypted database. Yet another company that ignored warnings. Do these big corps hire actual IT professionals?
  • Jim Bovard on yet another round of FBI fails and the trial of Noor Salman.
  • Leave it to Not-So-Great Britain: 78-year-old man is arrested FOR MURDER after stabbing one of two home invaders to death with a screwdriver. Ban screwdrivers! 6 Comments
  • Tuesday links

  • Doesn’t it just figure? One of the entertainers from Saturday’s anti-gun rally in DC has a recent firearm conviction on his record. It’s one of those “offenses” that shouldn’t be. But still. Hypocrisy, thy name is gun control.
  • Here’s another rapper who’s no hypocrite; he’s adamantly pro-gun and wonders why so-called progressives want to turn black people back into slaves.
  • Do you really expect men to take this new birth-control pill? 13 Comments