Time for Thorns

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There are days for sunny morning walks in the garden, where dew-bejeweled roses release their fragrance on the light breeze.
These are not those days. These are days of harsh realities demanding sharp answers. This is now … time for thorns.

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October 17, 2008 at 4:58 am

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One tough canine…

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What can you say about a stray dog who attaches himself to a Swedish extreme sports team and  stays with them  on the grueling trek through the Amazon rain forest?   You don’t need to say anything  – you adopt him and take him home with you.

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November 24, 2014 at 10:17 am

Midnight in Siberia…

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National Public Radio host David Greene uses the Siberian Express as a literal and figurative vehicle to explore Russia’s heart in the  above-entitled  book.   If you want what appears to be a rather accurate portrait of a totally screwed-up country,  this is probably a good place to start.   Greene reveals a lot of cultural warts,  but he is rather more optimistic about the possibilities in Russia’s future than I am.

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November 23, 2014 at 11:58 pm

Britain in the mist…

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These photographs  of the fog-shrouded countryside almost make me expect to see King Arthur come riding out of the mists.   England is indeed a green and lovely place,  isn’t it?

 

 

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November 23, 2014 at 10:11 am

A new clue…

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If you love puzzles,  the Jim Sanborn  sculpture installed  24 years ago in a courtyard at C.I.A. headquarters in Langley, Virginia is a brain buster.   Cryptographers at the National Security Agency cracked the four messages contained in Kryptos in 1993,  but haven’t shared their success with the public,  which managed to solve the first three by 1999,  but has had no luck since then.

The dry spell has prompted Sanborn to issue a clue,  which will doubtless insure renewed interest.

 

 

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November 23, 2014 at 4:05 am

Do elephants have souls?

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Caitrin Nicol Keiper has published a rather lengthy,  but quite  fascinating  article with that lede.   We humans factor in a certain degree of anthropomorphism when pondering this question.  Many animal lovers will insist that all animals have souls.   Some claim only mammals do. At the other extreme are those who claim there is no such thing as a soul.

I suspect most of us fall somewhere in between.   I have observed many domesticated animals displaying emotions and attitudes identifiable to humans.   Is that because dogs and cats and horses are often able to bond with humans more successfully than other mammals?   I honestly don’t know.   Am I biased towards my genus?   You bet I am.   Those who don’t have a marked preference for their own kind rather quickly become known as  “the former,  now-extinct”  clan.

Read,  enjoy,  and ponder.

 

 

 

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November 22, 2014 at 11:48 pm

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Leno plays hero…

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Comedian Jay Leno took a wounded warrior for  a ride  in a muscle car,  then gave it to him.

That makes up for his  wimping out  of speaking at the SHOT show in Las Vegas after drawing fire from gun control activists.

 

 

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November 22, 2014 at 10:17 am

The Paper Effect…

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A study  has shown  that taking notes doesn’t help you remember things.   I agree to the extent that you don’t engage your memory if you believe you will have the notes available when you need them.   My experience is that you can engage your memory while taking notes so that you can perform efficiently without the paper or iPad or smartphone next to you.   I have found this to be true in my own case.  What is your experience?

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November 21, 2014 at 11:26 pm

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