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Teaching with sand…

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I have been privileged to see monks  building a  sand painting, then destroying it,  I would never have the patience to work on such a masterpiece for half an hour,  much less the 20 plus hours most of the designs require.  If you ever have the opportunity to see one,  take it.  It will be worth your while to study the beauty of the design,  then watch as they calmly destroy the fruits of their labors.

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April 30, 2014 at 11:57 pm

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Sour ending…

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His Oneness’ tour of Asia has ended in the Philippines   with riots  against him and the USA in Manila.   Way to go,  Mr. Heal The World!   Having yourself  burned in effigy  is not the trip ending the White House hoped for.

It’s only fitting that his  approval numbers  have declined further.

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April 29, 2014 at 11:57 pm

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Internet Explorer users alert…

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If you’re using Internet Explorer as your browser,  stop  —  at least until the  security hole  gets patched  by Microsoft.   I still think Google Chrome is your best bet as far as security is concerned.

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April 29, 2014 at 10:13 am

Lost cities unveiled…

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Satellite images from the Cold War  have revealed  hundreds of previously unknown ancient sites in the Middle East.  I found it fascinating to look at side-by-side images of a site with its modern appearance.   I can’t wait until another team uses the same process on CORONA images  covering other  areas,  such as Africa and China.

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April 28, 2014 at 11:54 pm

Day of four popes…

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The  canonization  went off perfectly  with two living popes presiding over the elevation of two dead ones.   The current Pope,  Pope Francis,  invited retired Pope Benedict XVI to join him on the altar of St. Peter’s Square,  the first time a reigning and retired pope have celebrated Mass together in public in the 2,000-year history of the church.   The overarching message of unity  within the church is overwhelming.

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April 28, 2014 at 10:17 am

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Printed houses…

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One can’t believe everything put out by China,  of course,  but if they can  actually do this,  it might be an answer to the housing shortage in various parts of the world.

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April 27, 2014 at 11:55 pm

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Beezin’…

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Why should it be necessary to tell anyone that it’s stupid to  put lip balm  on your eyelids?

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April 27, 2014 at 10:27 am

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Two popes step to sainthood…

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Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II will be elevated  to sainthood  tomorrow,  and you need not be a Catholic to appreciate the importance of the ceremony,  especially since this will be the  first double  canonization ever.   Both of these men made  a mark in the world.

Assuming you haven’t already decamped to Rome,  you can  watch it here.f

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April 26, 2014 at 11:57 pm

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Kerry fails again…

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Secretary of State John Kerry is married to a wealthy woman who could surely afford a decent dog trainer,  since her husband clearly  hasn’t worked  with his own dog.   Ben appears to be a happy,  excited yellow Lab,  ready to play.   I have had two yellow Labs,  and I could have taken them both into a strange auditorium and told them to sit or lie down,  and they would have done so without objection.

Even Big Girl,  who was a major league wild child at a year old,  would have behaved better than poor Ben.  In fact,  jumping up on people for attention was the first thing I trained her not to do by kneeing her in the chest,  making the dreaded “aah” sound and then ignoring her.  She quickly unlearned that behavior,  and substituted a big grin and a furiously wagging tail,  and even a play bow if necessary.  If she wants to inspect you now,  she simply stands up on her hind legs and balances, looking most people in the face as she does so.   It seems to impress the heck out of strangers,  since she performs the movement easily and holds it for more than a minute when she wishes, no mean feet for a 100-pound dog.

Ben’s behavior isn’t his fault,  but that of Mr. Kerry,  who obviously has no hope of controlling anyone else if he can’t do the basics with his own canine,  especially since,  unlike BG and Putin, Labs are notoriously eager to please.   Poor Ben’s master is obviously no better at dog diplomacy than he is at the human sort.

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April 26, 2014 at 10:17 am

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Hagel’s fail…

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Russia  won’t talk  to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.   The Pentagon has used its channels to the Russian military to try and facility communication between Hagel and his Russian counterpart,  but thus far to no avail.   How much clearer can it be that Russia has decided it can simply ignore the entire Obama Administration and dismiss anything it does?

Pro-Russian toughs,  undoubtedly directed by Russia, have now seized a busload of international  military monitors,  and what do we hear from Hi Oneness?   Crickets chirping have more to say

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April 25, 2014 at 11:56 pm