give a man a fish

Somewhere in the late 1990s, I ran a across an age-old maxim that had been updated for the computer age: “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; teach a man how to use the internet, and he won’t bother you for weeks.” Ah, I wish that were so. I have […]

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disconnect

It has been awhile since my last blog entry. I’ve not been deliberately avoiding ‘thoughts from the spiral’; rather, I had an unexpected hard drive failure (as though anyone ever really expects the computer to just die one day). The good news is that I had recently performed a full-system back-up, and my laptop was […]

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what’s your bottom line?

I read an article earlier today about the financial impact on productivity of cigarette smoking: “Early deaths caused by smoking cost the nation about $92 billion in lost productivity between 1997 and 2001, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday” (source: CNN.com). I probably shouldn’t have been surprised that this loss of life […]

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practice makes…. something

A couple of days ago, a friend of mine posted to our circle of friends about feeling painfully shy. After sending my reply — most of which appears below — to her (and cc’ed to the rest of our group), I was surprised to hear how many of us also engage in “practice conversations,” whether […]

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Nickel and Dimed (Barbara Ehrenreich)

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America Barbara Ehrenreich Owl Books (May 1, 2002) ISBN: 0805063897 Not quite a week ago, I caught an episode of Morgan Spurlock’s new “30 Days” television series on FX. In this particular episode, Spurlock and his fianc?e attempted to live on minimum wage for a month. I […]

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genuine intent

Year ago, as my first novel, “Rhythm,” was in the hands of first draft readers, I went to work on a new book project about forgiveness. It was conceived as a series of letters between two fictional characters: a convicted murderer on death-row and the young daughter of the police officer he had killed. At […]

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medical marijuana

The Supreme Court has ruled that individual state laws allowing the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes do not supercede federal marijuana laws, as detailed in this article from CNN.com: Supreme Court allows prosecution of medical marijuanaMonday, June 6, 2005 Posted: 10:40 AM EDT (1440 GMT) WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities may prosecute sick people […]

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