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Thoreau begins by explaining how he wants his life simplified and brought down to its “lowest terms” (19). He recognizes how overly complicated our culture is and thinks it is detrimental to us truly living a fulfilled and spiritual life. 131 more words


#blogElul 2017 - Day 12: Count

Too many times
My child couldn’t count on me
To hold my temper
To count to ten.

Too many times
My spouse couldn’t count on me… 148 more words


Back Yard Haiku Number 154

One thing civilized

people must always work for:

basic compassion.

© 2017 John Christian Hager

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Respect, Obedience and Civilized Society

Ever get into a debate with someone and then come up with the perfect response later and never get the opportunity to use it? That is why I am writing today…. 691 more words



Savage is a term that was both good and bad.  “You’re not dressed for church. You don’t have your “Sunday go to meeting” clothes on.  Neither do you have on your shoes. 519 more words

Quote of the day, July 1

Ambrose Bierce, on becoming civilized

“Men become civilized, not in proportion to their willingness to believe, but in proportion to their readiness to doubt.”


When I was your age ...

Dear Love Bug,

The weather these past few days has been phenomenal. Yesterday, after a day that went like this–blueberry pancakes, Nonna and Opa’s pool, three-hour nap, Rita’s, PerSmart (one of your favorite places)–we cleaned off the deck table and hauled up the market umbrella and had an incredibly civilized dinner on the deck. 324 more words