Perspective

“I have good news, and I have bad news. Which do you want first?” How many times has someone said this to you? And which do you choose to hear first? We almost all have a default choice that we have rationalized in our mind. We think, “It’s not just one or the other; I’m...
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When I was young and complained that things weren’t “fair” my father would tell me that the fair is in September (which is true if you live in Oklahoma City.) Of course, my claims of inequity only rose when I felt I had been cheated. If I had less, I wanted more. If I had...
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I’m sick. I don’t have the flu thank goodness, but I do have sinus stuff that has now led to my throat being sore and a lot of coughing and nose blowing (I think the “sickness and health” part is in the wedding thing because if you can stay married when one of you is...
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We are approaching my favorite holiday—Thanksgiving. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a National Thanksgiving Day to be held each November. However, the first Thanksgiving celebration happened 242 years earlier. One hundred and two passengers left Plymouth, England, in 1620 on a small ship named the Mayflower. Their destination was the New World, where they hoped...
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“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” —Albert Einstein We are approaching my favorite holiday—Thanksgiving. I’ll most certainly write more relating to it in the coming weeks, but I was thinking about this lately and felt like sharing… Reality is flexible. It is not fixed. I can hear several of you asking...
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Actually, Jack Webb’s ‘Joe Friday’ character (in the popular 50’s TV series “Dragnet”) typically used the phrase “All we want are the facts, ma’am” (and sometimes “All we know are the facts ma’am”) when questioning women in the course of police investigations. Dragnet was acclaimed for its attention to detail and realistic portrayal of the...
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I recently read The Mystic In The Machine (The Tao of computation.) I have always been interested in the concept of polarity or duality and the reality that we cannot experience good without the existence of bad, or pleasure without the experience of pain. Our perception of any present reality is the result of previous...
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In 1890, a pathogen called Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense wiped out the banana plantations across Latin America. This was because unlike in a natural environment where there is diversity, the banana plantations had been reproducing and planting clones of the Gros Michel banana. Basically, every banana plant in Latin America was an identical twin of...
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I find it sadly interesting that most of the futures we imagine are dystopian. Really, I challenge you to think of a movie or a book about a distant future where the general sense is that things are better, people are more fulfilled, and overall we are happier. Many of these dystopian futures involve a...
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I have been reading things lately that upset me. I’m doing it on purpose. If I only listen to the people who think like me, act like me, and look like me, I will not be challenged. It’s not that people unlike me are right or wrong; they just have different perspectives. Perspective. Mine is...
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