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Quotes about Parenting

January 15, 2019 | By | Reply More
Quotes about Parenting

My two daughters are now living far away, attending college. I thought it might be a good time to reflect on what it means to be a parent. I looked hard for some quotes that reflected my experiences:

“Before I got married I had six theories about raising children; now, I have six children and no theories. ”? John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester (1647-1680)?

“One thing I had learned from watching chimpanzees with their infants is that having a child should be fun.”  Jane Goodall 

“Parenting without a sense of humor is like being an accountant who sucks at math.” —Amber Dusick, blogger

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Giving Space to a Romantic Relationship

December 28, 2018 | By | Reply More

From “Brain Pickings,” a blog by Maria Popova – first, Popova quotes Rilke:

“I hold this to be the highest task of a bond between two people: that each should stand guard over the solitude of the other.”

Then Popova begins her blog post:

““Love one another but make not a bond of love: let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls,” the great Lebanese-American poet, philosopher, and painter Kahlil Gibran counseled in what remains the finest advice on the secret to a loving and lasting relationship.

Our paradoxical longing for intimacy and independence is a diamagnetic force — it pulls us toward togetherness and simultaneously repels us from it with a mighty magnet that, if unskillfully handled, can rupture a relationship and break a heart. Under this unforgiving magnetism, it becomes an act of superhuman strength and self-transcendence to give space to the other when all one wants is closeness. And yet this difficult act may be the very thing — perhaps the only thing — that saves the relationship over and over.”

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Ellis Haizlip: Soft-Spoken Art Activist

November 12, 2018 | By | Reply More

A friend and I attended a session of three films at the St. Louis Film Festival Friday evening, at Washington University. All three films were wonderful, but we were enthralled by the main feature, “Mr. Soul,” featuring one of the most amazing people I had never before heard of, Ellis Haizlip. The film was directed by his niece, Melissa Haizlip, who attended, explaining that this film was a labor of love for ten years of her life. If you ever have a chance to view this (which you will, in coming months), don’t hesitate. Here’s a link to the film’s description.

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The age at which a woman has her first baby – consequences

November 12, 2018 | By | Reply More

Fascinating article in the New York Times. The age at which a woman has her first baby has dramatic ramifications.

First-time mothers are older in big cities and on the coasts, and younger in rural areas and in the Great Plains and the South. In New York and San Francisco, their average age is 31 and 32. In Todd County, S.D., and Zapata County, Tex., it’s half a generation earlier, at 20 and 21, according to the analysis, which was of all birth certificates in the United States since 1985 and nearly all for the five years prior.

Many graphs in this article. Well worth a review.

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John Oliver Exposes Fake Abortion Clinics

April 9, 2018 | By | Reply More

Back in 2005, I took a look at fake abortion clinics–organizations that are set up to look like abortion clinics, but which are set up to actively discourage abortions. Thousands of these deceptive “clinics” are still operating and many of them are funded by tax dollars.

John Oliver has dedicated this recent video to exposing many ways that theses “clinics” are fraudulent.

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What have American soldiers been dying for in the Middle East?

September 26, 2017 | By | Reply More

At The Nation, Danny Sjursen, examining the track record for U.S. military intervention in the Middle East for the past couple of decades, asks whether the U.S. is a force for good, as U.S. politicians commonly assert.? There is no happy answer forthcoming:

If ever you have the urge to do just that, ask yourself the following question: Would I be able to confidently explain to someone’s mother what (besides his mates) her child actually died for?

What would you tell her? That he (or she) died to ensure Saudi hegemony in the Persian Gulf, or to facilitate the rise of ISIS, or an eternal Guantanamo, or the spread of terror groups, or the creation of yet more refugees for us to fear, or the further bombing of Yemen to ensure a famine of epic proportions?

Maybe you could do that, but I couldn’t and can’t. Not anymore, anyway. There have already been too many mothers, too many widows, for whom those explanations couldn’t be lamer. And so many dead—American, Afghan, Iraqi, and all the rest—that eventually I find myself sitting on a bar stool staring at the six names on those bracelets of mine, the wreckage of two wars reflecting back at me, knowing I’ll never be able to articulate a coherent explanation for their loved ones, should I ever have the courage to try.

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Atlas of Risk of Death and Causes of Death

June 5, 2017 | By | Reply More

According to this website, the British National Health Service developed two excellent graphics to illustrate the causes and risk of death.

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About Donald Trump’s Intelligence

December 18, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More

It’s not a pretty picture, as described in this article in Salon:

Donald has followed in his father’s corrupt footsteps. Trump’s career is littered with bogus businesses (like Trump University); repeated ripoffs of suppliers, contractors and employees whom he failed to pay for services rendered; and the misuse of the Trump Foundation to feather his own nest while trying to look like a philanthropist. Six of Trump’s businesses have gone bankrupt. Despite this, on April 18, 2015, Trump tweeted this falsehood: ”For all of the haters and losers out there sorry, I never went Bankrupt.”

Trump has also lied about the size of his wealth, as various business publications have pointed out. Many observers suggest that one reason Trump has refused to release his tax returns is that they will show that he has repeatedly and wildly exaggerated his wealth and thus his success.

Given this background — his lackluster academic record, his dependence on his family’s connections and wealth to get into college and to succeed in business, and his troublesome and abusive business practices — it shouldn’t be surprising that Trump is so insecure about his intellect and so thin-skinned about his accomplishments.

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Better Hosting for DI

April 4, 2016 | By | Reply More

For many months,It’s been as difficult to write posts as it has been to read posts at Dangerous Intersection. The problem has been with the hosting. I was at two different hosts over the past few years, struggling to get a combination of good speed and good price.

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