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The ART of IRRELEVANCE

Bing Limousin

There is a saying…actually, it could be considered a riddle; a riddle of life…perhaps The Riddle of Life. The riddle’s components suggest that to decipher its meaning defines the meaning of all things. Hence, it turns out to be kinda like a big-time cosmic truth. But it only works if individuals posses an open mind. The kind of open mind too often discouraged in an open society. The Riddle/Saying goes:...

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The Ideal First Cruise for Seniors

Wayne and Judy Bayliff

On our last cruise we were delighted to meet a number of first-time cruisers in their seventies and eighties. When they heard we were travel photojournalists, they were more than willing to offer opinions and comments that helped form the foundation for this article, which we dedicate to them. The perfect first cruise We had not planned to write about senior cruising when we signed up for a 7-day cruise to the Western...

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The Advenchews (Adventures) of Wobin Bwown and Lewnin' (LEARNING) TWUTH (TRUTH) (pawt 5) we-wite

Robin Brown

This is a story about integrity. I will take you back in time to 1961 to a small town in south Texas. The main character in this story is a young boy at the age of five years old and his name is Robin Brown. I am telling you his name because this story of truth revolves around his name. Robin was a good boy and followed his mothers' instructions every time she asked something of him. This young boy also loved his step-father..

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Can You Go Home Again?

Fran Larson

As my sister Jeanne and I approached the little town that we were born in, Cross City, Fl., my curiosity started to waken. Jeanne, being a few years older than I, excitedly told me she would point out where our house was, the depot where Daddy worked and even where we used to go swimming. My mind wandered to times when Grandma Neff would sit still while I combed her long grayish hair. Then she would sometimes ask me to play on the...

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Winkle Pickers and Pioneers

Jennifer Stewart

Ever heard of a winkle picker? It's a kind of shoe. With a pointy toe. Named after the pointy thing you use to pick out the winkle from its shell. So you can eat it. Pretty tenuous connection, I'd say. It originated in England of course. The land where Cockneys say whistle and flute when they mean suit, or Hampstead Heath instead of teeth, Scotch eggs for legs, mince pies instead of eyes, chalk farms meaning arms. So if you..

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THE GREAT EQUALIZER

Ella Camp

I've seen you- lurking round the dark distant corners of time, the stealthy staccato of your footsteps drawing ever closer to my ear. Turning away- I am unwilling to behold the familiar features of your face. Your greed astounds me! Never sated, ever yawning jaws grinning in mockery of my fear. I know you- for I have watched you many times draw close- to breathe your foul and searing breath upon my soul. Your lingering..

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A Haunting at Jamaica Inn

Jack H. Schick

Jamaica Inn, a world famous stone-block 18th century carriage-stop, is half way between Launceston and Bodmin in Cornwall. It's near the center of Bodmin Moor, about a mile west of Dozmary Pool (where Excaliber was allegedly thrown after King Arthur's death). It's a few miles east of Brown Willy (the sacred, highest point in Cornwall). There has been an inn there since 1547, but the current building is from 1750. It was...

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ANDRO-ARMODIOSITY, OR HUMAN ACTIVITY

IvanPetryshyn

ANDRO-ARMODIOSITY OR HUMAN ACTIVITY ENERGO-PHYSIO-PNEUMO-NEURO-EMOTO-INTEL-PLATONIA The seeminly eternal project of human race regeneration appears to be a complex whole of the Three Core Elements: 1. •Σ•εν?ργεια•energy; 2. •Φ•φυσικ?ς•physique; 3....

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HEROES, VETERANS and WARS

James Taylor

I have absolute and immense respect for living and fallen veterans. I have no doubt they were and are heroic in their fortitude and efforts. But (and this is a very big "but") we must acknowledge something lying underneath these heroes' endeavors. It is time we peeled back the war onion to fully understand. We speak of freedom and justice. We speak of heroes and courage. We are told stories by Presidents of the...

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Last Order Last Ride

Hilda Cang

SATURDAY had always been an exciting day for me during my teenage years although I was uncertain whom would I be dating that evening or would my so-called dream boy happen to dial my number to ask me out for a drink or a movie or even a last-minute reminder of a party of some sort and if he didn't then I would be lonely and my Saturday would be wasted. Back then. Looking out of the window to expect a car slowly appearing in the...

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Changing Our Thought Process

Susan Thom

Some of us don't believe we can change certain aspects of our thought process and behavior. However, for some who want to improve on their thinking and reacting, they are changing. For whatever reason, we can learn new ways of handling stress and anger. We can change many things concerning our personality and the way we think. Instead of believing we need to raise our voices, we can make a plan to change that course of living. We...

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The Benefits of Growing Wild Chicory

Arlene Wright-Correll

The Benefits of Growing Wild Chicory© By Arlene Wright-Correll Wild Chicory is a bushy perennial herb with blue, purple, or occasionally white flowers. Wild Chicory is grown and cultivated for their leaves or for the roots which are baked, ground, and used as a coffee substitute and additive. The Wild Chicory leaves are used in salads, often times preferred over the Dandelion. The Wild Chicory leaves are...

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