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We need to trust the world before we can see

I have become interested in virtue and perception.It began when I read  a little Aristotle about virtue being a habit.That was quite recent.Before that for many years I believed virtuous acts would follow from being able to perceive well.But when … Continue reading

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Honest to goodness: Finding virtue in ‘Happy-Go-Lucky’

Originally posted on susanna nelson:
This article appeared in Screen Education Issue 65 (Autumn 2012). A seam of oddball characters and misfits runs through much of Mike Leigh’s body of work – from the jittery chain-smoker Nicola (Jane Horrocks) in…

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Living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – a survival strategy

Living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – a survival strategy. A very good post and person.Do read it as it is  heartening

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You can learn

    “It is so shocking to find out how many people do not believe that they can learn, and how many more believe learning to be difficult.” ― Frank Herbert, Dune    

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Those words I’ve never yet understood

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synecdoche/ Synecdoche is a word I never knew.Metaphors and similes we were taught in school but metonym was not and synecdoche is related to that.An example is calling workmen on your farm “hired hands” and so would calling a woman … Continue reading

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Reading Lawrence Le Shan

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_LeShan For many years I have enjoyed the writings of Le shan.Recently I discovered that he had written a book about Evil.He also treated people with cancer for many years.I admire him I am reading it slowly.I recommend,Alternate Realities from … Continue reading

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Embracing the ‘cloud of unknowing’: An artist’s journey from ultra Orthodox to Jewish mystic

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A tin of sardines

Ond day the evil, wicked witch caught a great s hoal of sardines in her net.The silvery little fish were taken away to a big factory.They were washed free from saltwater and packed tightly into little tins .I expect you … Continue reading

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Hard-Core Literature Course

Originally posted on Clarissa's Blog:
I can’t wait for students to start registering for the next semester because I have developed this really hardcore literature course and I’m worried that not enough people will want to take it. We…

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The importance of learning to distinguish anger from violence

Originally posted on Hopebuilding:
Anger makes me uncomfortable, I must admit. And last month, I finally realized exactly why that is. It is because for me anger has often seemed indistinguishable from violence, whether it is direct or indirect. Anger…

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