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I think it’s impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves. —Orson Scott Card (Ender's Game)

He looked back at his mountain house, nodded to his cats and stepped out into the morning, seeking the three essentials of happiness: someone to love, something to do and something to look forward to.

democracy - three wolves and a sheep voting on what's for dinner
republic - the sheep pick which wolves vote on dinner
constitutional republic - voting on dinner is strictly prohibited and the sheep are armed

The fourth amendment and all those things, because of a bad kiss-ass newspaper, have been turned into "protection for thieves." They're not. It's to protect the executive branch from becoming thieves. Because what happens, is that without judicial superintendence, in other words, if the executive branch can make any inquiry at all without a judge signing it, then he can go to the whorehouse every night. —Lenny Bruce (The Berkeley Concert)

The study is the room appointed for study and writing.
 

Relationships study

Spiritual Participant Notebook
This material was part of a workshop on healthy love led by Virginia G. Clemente MA, LMFT in October, 2000 at the First Methodist Church of Dallas, Texas.
Hidden Victims: Children of Domestic Violence
A few notes from the television documentary of that name, aired on Lifetime on November 6, 2000. These were very meaningful to me because of what they brought up.
Love Avoidants, Love Addicts
This material is based on notes taken at the 2/01 Meadows lecture at the Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, Dallas, Texas.
Finding Balance in Recovery
Partial transcript of a televised program hosted by Dr. Patrick Carnes. Dr. Carnes relates his view of addiction as systems out of balance, and discusses what is involved in bringing these systems back into balance. These systems include: the body, the emotions, the personality, the family, and society—and their interactions, such as psychosomatic effects.

Songwriting

Success
An article about the purpose of songwriting (and maybe life) by Andrew Calhoun.
Song Shop #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 (external site)
Investigations into the art of songwriting by Andrew Calhoun.

Take One 'Zine

Take One V2000 #1

Other articles, notes and scribblings

Science and the supernatural
What is the kernel?
Vegetarianism
#uujoint

Man's Worst Enemy, His Birthrate - An essay on birthrate by my mom that was accepted for publication in the state newspaper.

Need a laugh? This only takes 10 seconds. Call National Discount Brokers toll-free at (800) 888-3999. Listen carefully to all the options. Then select option 7. Every company should have an option 7. (Thanks, Bob.) 

Separated At Birth?

doggerel

Tips for Proper English

Quotations

Wings of the Balrogs

“…very fond we were of Argument, and very desirous of confuting each other. Which disputacious Turn, by the way, is apt to become a very bad Habit, making People often extreamly disagreeable in Company…and thence, besides souring and spoiling the Conversation, is productive of Disgusts and perhaps Enmities where you may have occasion for Friendship.” —Benjamin Franklin

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