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Don’t be that guy

Don’t be that guy

Don’t be that guy who walks into a church and kills people who walks into a school and kills people who takes a walk of any kind and at the end people die. Take a walk, sure, but not that kind of walk. Don’t be a stranger Don’t be so strange that you start to think...

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Literary

Poems, Essays, et al.

Cat Love

Cat Love

Nobody loves you and nobody can love you. It’s simply not the case that somebody else can slather love on and around you like butter, and you are incased in it. However, you can love and feel love about another and they can feel the same around the topic of you. So...

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Message to poets

Message to poets

I have nothing to say to you But know that  I don’t have to say it because you are already in touch with nothing. Since it seems that nothing is the message in almost every poem —the deep, silent, full nothing that is at the basis of everything— You are not my...

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Christian Q and A

Christian Q and A

The questions and answers at the far end of the 50th high school reunion dinner table with the missionary’s missionary and his wife my schoolmate. Were you an early Christian or did you find it later? Early, both early don’t you remember we were in 8th grade Bible...

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The Lab School, 1968

The Lab School, 1968

Gathered to guidance by Hutcheson, Helff, Holmberg, Happ, Harper, Hale, Riechmann, Butzier, Struble, Aldrich, Vanderbeek, Mazula and Mahon, all the names, of teachers, looking out at little faces wondering, what can these children become? All of us, side by side, year...

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Perspective

Perspective

Just take a moment and remember the day when it was beneath the dignity of the President of the US to use belittling language and name calling about anyone. There’s a book called “The No Asshole Rule” about difficult bosses in the workplace, and it clarifies that no...

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The Secret Names of the New Zealand Dead

The Secret Names of the New Zealand Dead

Allaahummaghfir li (New Zealand deaths) warfa' darajatahu fil-mahdiyyeena, wakhlufhu fee 'aqibihi fil-ghaabireena , waghfir-lanaa wa lahu yaa Rabbal-'aalameena, wafsah lahu fee qabrihi wa nawwir lahu feehi Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy...

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Michael W. Barnard

Michael W. Barnard

One of the fascinating things about working at MUM.edu is the occasional arrival of someone (faculty, staff, students) with an extensive professional background. A good example on the student side was a woman who was so famous (in South Africa) from modeling and TV...

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Freedom

Freedom

What our friends on the right call “freedom” is really, at its core, “me-dom.” Yes, that American pride in rugged individuality has, entwined around it’s roots, a quality of “and you are on your own, sucker.” Why else is it that socialism is such a dirty word? The...

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Long overdue

Long overdue

While I don’t advocate marijuana use as a recipe for mental clarity, the indulgent “everybody drinks” attitude toward alcohol versus the draconian policies in the marijuana area continue to institutionalize the inequity and hypocrisy of a flawed majority versus a...

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