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The tragic actor departs: a poem paired with oil paintings

And they are right, I think.
We all hate home
And having to be there.

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Carl Sagan on the dumbing down of America and how science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking

I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time.

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Temptations while rich

Don’t brag about morals until you have money to fund your temptations.

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Billy Collins on how no man is lonely while eating spaghetti

This time, I was at a corner table at Pasta Vivace!
on that side street next to the old music store.

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To be a scientist is to be naive

What is the cost of lies?

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Optimism is a political act.

Those who benefit from the status quo are perfectly happy for us to think nothing is going to get any better. In fact, these days, cynicism is obedience. Alex Steffen, The Bright Green City

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Once you strip away the platitudes, a life of passion and purpose will always cost, as T.S. Eliot reminds us, ‘Not less than everything.’”

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Alan watts on the length of life

“Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent in a miserable way,” Alan Watts (a philosopher) says.

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Sail away from the safe harbor

Catch the trade winds in your sails.

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The same man who wrote “… I want to be with those who know secret things or else alone.”

Seek out some simple and true feeling.

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Wise Living

Whatever and whoever.