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    Quote Originally Posted by Razorfeld View Post
    You better be careful if you get a spiritual message that says, "Read this!"
    Downloaded to Kobo and have received your message to, "Read this!" - looks good - thanks!

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    Agatha Christie lives!!

    Agatha Christie Ltd commissioned Sophie Hannah, a notable writer in her own right, to keep Hercule Poirot alive and persnickety. Right from the first words issued by Poirot your mind immediately adds the image of the incomparable portrayal by David Suchet on PBS. And only gets better from there. He is "on vacation" (as you will read) and staying where a young Scotland Yard detective also lives. In true Christie fashion the Scotland Yard detective is getting educated by Poirot and his "little grey cells" on how to solve a mystery/crime/murder(s). Half way through and the young detective's little grey cells are starting to come alive to the fact that all is needed to be known to know the little. Read with great delight and see if you can keep up with Poirot and his reasoning.
    "The sharpening stones from time to time provide officers with gasoline."

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    Albert Camus, "A Happy Death".

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    Do you have balls? Try Kant's "Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals".

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    Does anyone that has read "Joe Steele" by Turtledove see any similarities between the fictional character and Donald Trump and his latest blatherings?
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    Hornadys book on the demise of the American Bison.
    around the turn of the 18th century, were an estimated 30 million in the U.S,80 yrs later there were 12 left,not 12 million, just 12 wild animals.
    so called hunters would kill up to 1000 perday,Skin them for $3.00 per skin,cut out the tounge for 75 cents ea.
    than leave the animal to rot, very sad story(:
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    Quote Originally Posted by pixelfixed View Post
    Hornadys book on the demise of the American Bison.
    around the turn of the 18th century, were an estimated 30 million in the U.S,80 yrs later there were 12 left,not 12 million, just 12 wild animals.
    so called hunters would kill up to 1000 perday,Skin them for $3.00 per skin,cut out the tounge for 75 cents ea.
    than leave the animal to rot, very sad story(:
    What was it that agent Smith said... oh yes:
    "a virus Mr Anderson."
    How about this book by Joseph Conrad:
    "Heart of Darkness"
    "Always strive to invent, yet never forget that a good idea removes the shame from replication.." - Dr L. C. Wilde

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    Hard to believe this was written almost 2000 years ago, brilliant private diary, written to himself as he went through the years of his life, advice, wisdom and guidance to remind himself to stay true to the things he held most important.

    His meditations are incredibly insightful, and have just as much meaning today as they did so many oceans of time ago.

    Many of you are familiar with, The Meditations , by Marcus Aurelius, 167 AD.

    Here's one of the passages that drew me to re-read this after so many years:

    "Independence and unvarying reliability … to be the same in all circumstances—intense pain, the loss of a child, chronic illness … a man can show both strength and flexibility … accept favors from friends without losing your self-respect or appearing ungrateful.

    … fatherly authority in the home … Gravity without airs. To show intuitive sympathy to friends, tolerance to amateurs and sloppy thinkers … ability to get along with everyone … To investigate and analyze, with understanding and logic … Not to display anger or other emotions. To be free of passion and yet full of love. To praise without bombast, to display expertise without pretension.

    Not to be constantly correcting people, and in particular not to jump on them whenever they make an error of usage or a grammatical mistake or mispronounce something, but just answer their question or add another example, or debate the issues itself (not their phrasing), or make some other contribution to the discussion—and insert the right expression, unobtrusively.

    Never under compulsion, out of selfishness, without forethought, without misgivings … No surplus words or unnecessary actions. Let the spirit in you represent a man … Taking up his post like a soldier and patiently awaiting his recall from life. Needing no oath or witness. Cheerfulness. Without requiring other people’s help. Or serenity supplied by others. To stand up straight—not straightened."

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    A thoughtful statement, made without ego, on what it takes to be a man, a human, an entity to see clearly and straightforward through all the, in simple terms, the crap that inundates us daily on all levels of society and endeavor. Ancient words, yet contemporary in meaning. In other words, truth is truth at all times, in all ages, and doesn't seek to be known by blatantly claimed falsehood as reality as we have seen through the ages.
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