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Category Archive: The Human Condition

Jun 05 2013

Why Can’t You Just Meet Me Halfway?

I love to start fires; it’s just what I do— I’ve started them all over town— But recently, folks have begun to complain, And they’re working on shutting me down. I’m just having fun, but they say that it’s wrong; I’m a danger, or that’s what they say I want lots of fires; they’re screaming …

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May 24 2013

Call Me Crazy, But…

It’s difficult, looking for just the right word, So it’s tempting to get a bit lazy; And critics of someone’s behavior might claim The behavior they’re seeing is crazy. Unless there is reason (most often, there’s not) To suspect that the cause is insanity, You’re dissing the mentally ill with your slight, But the group …

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Apr 17 2013

A Rare And Beautiful Thing

I know, I know. I’m not really here–but you know what happens; as soon as you say “I’m taking a break“, something shows up you just have to respond to. In this case, it’s NPR’s 13.7 blog, asking the big questions about “defining our place in the universe“: A widespread critique of science is that …

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Apr 17 2013

That Time Of Year

…. You may have noticed my posting has slowed a bit. I’m making it official, so that I don’t feel the pressure to try to put something up every day; this is the time of year when my grading all starts coming in at once, and won’t stop until mid-May. So I need extra time …

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Mar 04 2013

Positive Story On Atheism In Rwanda

I prayed to God to help me But He didn’t lift a hand; The bible holds the answers, though, And now I understand: I shouldn’t look to God for help To save my son or daughter… Cos God, if He exists at all Is on the side of slaughter. I think maybe I have simply …

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Feb 23 2013

Composing, Decomposing, Recomposing.

I was walking the cuttledog this evening when a refrain passed through what passes for my consciousness. I instantly recognized it—it was something I wrote maybe ten or fifteen (maybe 20!) years ago, part of an unfinished song. At one point, I had written maybe 8-10 verses to this song (it’s kind of a ballad, …

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Feb 22 2013

We’re All Gonna Die!

We’re all gonna die! We’re all gonna die! And it’s only a matter of time. We’ll live on in memory, and then not at all (and it’s not any better in rhyme) The meek and the mighty, the great and the small Will be gone. So the message is clear: Since you won’t be immortal, …

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Jan 16 2013

It’s A Cuttlefish Thing

It may seem outrageous; it may seem bizarre, But sometimes that’s just how things are. We can’t really question the things that we see Or make a suggestion to change ‘em The things that we note are the way things must be We’re not gods, so we can’t re-arrange ‘em. We each have our interests, …

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Jan 16 2013

On Coping With Tragedy

Just pointing you to another in NPR’s series “Losing Our Religion”–today’s story centers on dealing with tragedy, without religion. The series–and this story–focuses on just a handful of individuals’ stories, which is both nice (in that it allows for a richness of detail) and frustrating (in that a small sample will necessarily not represent the …

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Jan 12 2013

If you ever get the chance…

… So, today, I spent some time at a tidal estuary, just at the turning of the high tide, in winter. My goodness, what a wonderful thing. Ice and snow covered everything, but (this being an estuary) none of it was what you might think of as solid. You could hear the water draining through …

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