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“No domestic animal can be as still as a wild animal.  The civilized people have lost the aptitude of stillness, and must take lessons in silence from the wild…” – Isak Dinesen (pen name for Karen Blixen)

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Barley Darts

2017, September 5 - 2775 - appearances 3

all kinds of strange looks (5)
when my hair is very wild, (7)
but who really cares. (5)



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