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  1. Here is my August submission to Poetry to POETRY!  (a community on Goodreads) any member to goodreads or the POETRY! group can participate

    Title:2B
     
    Walking outside, I ponder, where is wisdom,
    when the Sun can not wake me to see it,
    and...
    what can be seen from apartment 2B?
    concrete sequoia, surround every pane,
    even the baby thrush, needing parental sustenance,
    can't be known, and...
    we all ask, where with all is hope?...
    can I know in 9C?
    can enlightenment be, where no butterfly roam,
    even if I live or write every poem?...
    may I live near 2B... only down the hall,
    where you live in 4U, and maybe you can see or know,
    if you own, a pane or more from hope...
    will it sing, to my craft, as I walk...
    apartmentless, in the public dark

    https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/17040170-please-post-your-poem-for-the-september-2015-goodreads-newsletter-contes#comment_138383030

     

  2. Based on the actions Darren Wilson said Michael Brown took, Michael Brown committed suicide by cop. If Wilson's story is truthful, why did Michael Brown commit suicide by cop? Was Michael Brown suicidal? Did Michael Brown have a history of mental illness? Was Michael Brown suffering from depression?

    I ask these questions because they would explain Brown's actions on that tragic day. I just can't imagine a young black man attacking a cop, attempting to disarm him, telling the cop that he's too vagina (my word) to shoot him, and then charging toward the cop after already being shot by the cop. These actions are not actions of a sane person. Was Brown insane? These actions sound like the actions of a person who is suicidal. Was Brown suicidal? These actions sound like the actions of a person that just committed a serious crime. What serious crime did Brown commit?

    These actions sound like the actions of a person on hard narcotics. What narcotics did Brown have in his system?

    Brown's actions, according to Wilson, were completely irrational and violent. Some people would like to point to the store robbery as proof that Brown was acting irrationally and violently that day. But when we observe the tape, we see Brown restraining himself from pummeling the clerk: the clerk attempted to stop Brown from leaving the store, on the clerk's second attempt, Brown walked toward the clerk in an intimidating manner and then exited the store. Indeed, Brown was acting irrationally, but clearly he wasn't acting extremely violent. According to WIlson, Brown's actions were contrary to what we see on the store's surveillance tape. According to Wilson, why did Brown's actions go from irrational to completely irrational, violent, and suicidal? Did Brown have a history of violence? These are questions that could have been asked in a trial.

    What are your thoughts?

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    The Master's Legacy. A slave Novel and civil war novel. Are people still interested in reading of the antebellum days in Georgia? How does one educated slaves against Georgian laws? I started the research. I had to ask the following questions as I began. Did the Georgian planters free their slaves? What if one of their sons/kin intermarried into the slave race unknowingly? What if fate or destiny led one to help the slaves despite their social convictions to society? Can you write a slave novel using some realistic characters and facts and then use fictional characters as well? how do you make such a story flow? My first attempt at writing a historical fiction will be a challenge.

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    By tlcurtis,

    This week, I've been hearing on the radio quite a bit about some comments that President Obama made regarding people who have started businesses. As someone with a fondness for language and its role in social interactions, I was fascinated by how, what seems like a simple set of sentences, can come to incite such passions in so many people.

    What I've heard thus far from one side is that Obama was stating that entrepreneurs (like many of you) were not responsible for their own success. In essence, they owe something to somebody, somewhere, because they didn't do it alone.

    On the other / another side, Obama's comments have been noted as pretty straightforward: he just meant that a business-owner didn't literally have a hand in every single thing that it took to make their business successful.

    Before I go any further, feel free to read the comments in question:

    "Look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.

    If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. " Source: wnyc.org

    So, let's take a look at some key parts of this excerpt.

    ...if you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own.

    Well, I can agree with this to a certain extent. How many times have people cut ribbons at opening ceremonies, written books, or taken orders and thanked someone before, while, or after doing so? People thank their fans, their customers, their supportive parents, their tolerant school, or their psychotic basketball coach for their success pretty regularly, so I don't think there's too much to argue about here except the use of the word "didn't". For those of you who didn't realize it (and I only do now because of the agency I currently work for) there are certain words that tend to trigger some very negative emotions in people. We call them "absolutes". For future, public-speaking reference, it might have been less incendiary for Obama to have stated that "you probably didn't get there completely on your own". This leaves room for "exceptions to the rule", if you will, and psychologically tends to be less likely to give people the idea that you think you're opinion or interpreted observation is fact.

    If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help.

    Here we are again with the absolutes. My suggestion would be "somebody along the lineprobably gave you some help," simply because this may be true in a very technical sense (your high-school teacher sparked your interest in sales and marketing; your college professor filled you up with theories on managing a business; your mentor decided to take you on as an apprentice and gave you practical skills and knowledge about running a business; the bank gave you a loan to help you start your own business; your customers decided to give your business a try when it was brand new; etc.), but I'm not confident that very many people listening to that speech were necessarily thinking so technically. In a very general since, some people don't have certain definitions of "help" when starting a business. People are especially likely not to see a lot of the technical help as "real" help if it was something that they had to fight for very hard. These fights could come in the form of jumping through bureaucratic hoops to get various permits and licenses; struggling for weeks to make a deal with a bank to get a loan; having to learn about their trade via websites and books, versus having a mentor of some kind; and so on.

    If you've got a business--you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen.

    I'd suggest: "If you've got a business--I don't believe you built that literally by yourself. I'm confident that somebody else helped you make that happen." Again, in a very technical sense, the original statement could be correct. I'd be pretty upset if the CEO of a company I worked for said that they didn't need anybody else on the planet to help them build or maintain their company. If that were the case, it would seem like they'd be the only person getting a paycheck. As an employee / contractor / consultant, if I'm not helping you build, run, or maintain your business, why am I there? More importantly, why are you PAYING me to be there?

    Then again, similar to what I stated earlier, an employee doing what they're paid to do doesn't necessarily seem like 'help' to most executives because they're having to pay for the service. 'Help', to some, is--by definition--obtained sans remuneration.

    Also, once again, in a very technical sense, most businesses were probably not actually built by the hands of the owner. They hired someone to help them do that, or to do it for them completely.

    I can't imagine how difficult it must be to have people merely react to your words and not be open to any other interpretation of them. At the same time, knowing that this happens to me on a regular basis (depending upon my history of being in the spotlight) it might be helpful for me to take more care with the words that I choose to use, and to whom I choose to say them. That is, if I don't want to run into these issues any longer.

    Then again, that's just my take. What's yours?

    NOTE: I am aware that I tend to use absolutes myself, but I'm not a public authority figure of any kind, so I like to take advantage of that fact. :D

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    Peace, what is it? Peace, where is it?

    Found sitting on the corner block of yesterday's memories. Ocean water rapid moves of thoughts that say much of nothing. The sun can only shine when the sky is blue, really? So it goes to say that underneath the stones of faces marked with dispare, marked with the etchings of time lost. Peace, found it in the middle of the rain soaked filters of urban bliss. Inside that passion is the peace twisted with north winds blowing south. Stretching upward, reaching open and as wide as the horizons. There is peace, there is oh yes peace, inside you.

    And So It Goes

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    Speculative Fiction, Nonprofit Management and Fundraising, Healthcare Policy advocacy and analysis, Film Studies and Literary Review, English Literature, Particle Physics, Medicine & Psychiatry, Detective Fiction-Hardboiled

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    Jazz, Rythm N Blues, Classical

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    24, Mad Men, Entourage, Californication, Dr. Who, Saving Grace, Burn Notice, Masterpiece Theatre, Cnn Reliable Sources, 60 Minutes, The Universe, Frontline, Pardon The Interruption, At the Movies, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Pov, StarTrek, MASH, Married With Children, The Four Seasons

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    Saving Private Ryan, Dr. Strangelove, Failsafe, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Lawrence Of Arabia, Butterfield 8, Long Hot Summer, Citizen Kane, Double Indemnity, Silence Of The Lambs, Evil Dead, The Exorcist, The Godfather Trilogy, The Quiet Earth, Solaris, Seven, The Last Emperor, Out of Africa, Out of Sight, Chinatown, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Clock Work Orange, Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead, Blood Simple, No Country For Old Men, There Will Be Blood, Aliens Trilogy, Starship Troopers, Star Trek, Tales From A Parallell Universe, I Worship His Shadow, Deconstructing Harry, Mighty Aphrodite

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    2010 Odyssey Two, 3001, The Stand, The Drawing of the Three, The Gunslinger, Foundation Series Isaac Asimov, The Lensman, Dean Koontz,

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