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Wordless Wednesday: Floating to the Wedding

Due to flooding, this couple floated to the temple in a large cooking pot. Alappuzha, Kerala, India @Shilpa1308/Twitter  
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We Now Interrupt this Blog For a Funeral

  The perfect gentle man  dog Last week, I received a terrifying phone call.  My son's dog, Kareem was hit by a car.  The entire situation does not bear repeating, because it was an unfortunate accident.  There was no way anyone without the ability to see the future could have prevented it. All Wednesday, we sat around on pins and needles as the status reports came in.  Kareem seemed to be okay; his front left leg wasn't working but didn't look broken.  Probably nerve damage that may or may not heal on its own.  His right eye was swollen - would he lose his eye? Kareem lasted for over 10 hours.  Then the call came in.  Kareem went into cardiac arrest. He died. Waiting for his daddy (my son) to come home Wednesday night was one of those times that demark a before and after time - an event that makes a lasting impression, creating an internal division in your personal history.  Before I had a grandpuppy named Kareem who loved it when I sang to him.  After ... well, after my f

Monday Morning Blues: Why Do We Still Celebrate Christopher Columbus???

A map of trade routes used from 1300 to 1600  I'm serious.  I mean, the man was completely mistaken about where he was, and he refused to believe otherwise.  Columbus' travels resulted in the enslavement of several groups of people, and the extinction of more than one civilization.  Plus, he was not the first person to discover the "New World"; the Vikings landed here centuries earlier.  And the Vikings were not the first people over here either. A modern replica of a Viking ship. This ship is of the  snekkja longship type. Attribution: archiwum własne wikingów, Jarmeryk But the alternative of calling today "Indigenous Peoples' Day"? That feels... like not enough.  Hundreds of thousands of people died because of the arrival of the European invaders.  The number is too large to truly comprehend.  So semi-dedicating a single day to recognize them feels like a token, a gesture offered to history that still rejects any hint of responsibility. Now I realize

Wordless Wednesday: Which one is a Coronavirus?

 A)   B)   C)  D)  Answer tomorrow.

Could You Really Not Just Put This in an Email?

  

Boxes - A Piece of Philosophical Poetry

  Life is all about the boxes. People physically live in boxes.   Actually, people live in boxes that are organized into boxes. They also use boxes to... drive hang pictures hold their stuff store food  wash dishes and clothes and themselves   Sometimes people even eat out of boxes. People also figuratively live in boxes.  Everyone has an Individual Box of Morality a Societal Box of Morality a Government Defined Box of Laws a School/Work Defined Box of Rules Some people have even more boxes, based on religious or spiritual beliefs Stress is when an individual wants something outside of their boxes. Happiness can only happen when living comfortably inside the boxes. And when all is said and done, a person dies.  When they are then put into a box and buried in the ground.