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Verbal Judo

Verbal Judo, Updated Edition: The Gentle Art of Persuasion, by George J. Thompson, PhD

The late George J. Thompson (died 2011) trained in judo and aikido before becoming a police officer in his early 30s. 354 more words

Flashback Fridays: Starts Here

In 2009 the earth received a blessing in the form of the ‘critically acclaimed’ “Jennifer’s Body“…well critically acclaimed in my heart. Back in 09′ I loved the movie so much I took it upon myself to create fan art for the pivotal role of NEEDY (played by Amanda Seyfried) . 173 more words


Freedom in Congo Square


As slaves relentlessly toiled in an unjust system in 19th century Louisiana, they all counted down the days until Sunday, when at least for half a day they were briefly able to congregate in Congo Square in New Orleans. 169 more words

Children's Books

Ernest Hemingway: a brief rant-quote about people

I came across this quote in A Moveable Feast and smiled at the curmudgeonness of it. I can’t say that I don’t feel the same way at times though. 62 more words


The Art of X-Ray Reading by Roy Peter Clark

If your book club is boring, if you weary of your writing students saying only they did or did not like an assigned text, if you need better feedback from your critique group, then this book may help. 356 more words


Busy Body

There is a constant buzz of activity beneath our skin. We are perpetually flowing, pumping, sucking, squeezing, bursting, repairing, and rebuilding. A whole crew of ingenious organs works so perfectly and efficiently together that, in an adult human being, they require no more energy than a 100-watt light bulb.

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Renaissance Soul Randomness

Upstream by Mary Oliver

Yea or nay: Humans, with all their mighty know-how, should alter the world and fix all that ails it. Yea or nay: Humans should sit back, only observe, and do their best to not interfere with natural processes, like National Geographic wildlife photographers. 288 more words