Dave:

“I don’t believe that the big men, the politicians and the capitalists alone are guilty of the war.”

Originally posted on Dover Beach:

Anne Frank

“I don’t believe that the big men, the politicians and the capitalists alone are guilty of the war. Oh, no, the little man is just as keen, otherwise the people of the world would have risen in revolt long ago! There is an urge and rage in people to destroy, to kill, to murder, and until all mankind, without exception, undergoes a great change, wars will be waged, everything that has been built up, cultivated and grown, will be destroyed and disfigured, after which mankind will have to begin all over again.”
– Anne Frank

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…I was a father with a wet shoulder. My shoulder was rained on by Jordan as she surrendered FlynnIMG_0489 to his new family. Before the couple had him in their car, I was already holding my tearing up daughter. Before Flynn’s new owners were in their car, I was gently suggesting that we head back to her apartment. Before we were through the front entrance Flynn was looking at us through the back window of an unfamiliar car.

Then later last evening I received an email embedded with this video:

There he is playing with his new “roommate” in a large backyard. You are missed “little” boy and we’re happy for you!

 

Yesterday, I undertook the task of finding someone ready willing and truly able to shoulder my daughter’s puppy, Flynn, an 80 plus pound Lab.

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Flynn

Well that not so small 9 month old gained a new home last evening. It took us less than 6 hours after posting the need on Craigslist.com to find a couple with their own 80 plus pound year old dog wanting to take him home. As of this morning all but their taking him home is accomplished.

Last evening, all that stood in the way of Flynn eagerly playing with his new friend was a necessary urge to find that proper place to take a dump. Once he’d accomplished that goal he took up that secondary urgent need to bark, nip at and wrestle with a new friend.

Sometime this afternoon Jordan’s puppy whose appearance puts him much closer to a 2 year old will be leaving. Flynn won’t be much further than 6 or so miles away and open to those occasional meetings.

…we should ignore the explanations that people give for their actions because such explanations can be self-serving or simply wrong.  ~  Richard Tokumei (pseudonym)

Richard Tokumei (pseudonum)

Richard Tokumei (pseudonum)

In my past profession it was discovering the self-serving explanations which best defined the intervention the city, county and state wanted in the psychiatric case.

 

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… sexual projection, ask yourself, “What image would that artist have created if it were about me?”

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W.H. Auden   “We would rather be ruined than changed. We would rather die in our dread than climb the cross of the moment and let our illusions die.”  ~ W. H. Auden

 

Before this, I had never come across Ellen Langer. She is now someone from whom I must begin drawing out thoughts. It is her critique of meditation that I see both as on and off target. Core meditation is meant to accomplish recognizing that there is nothing we must be awaiting. It is being in the moment and not those desired end products such as creativity, accomplishment or even relationships which I have learned to work toward.

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Ellen Langer

Ellen’s encouragement to move awareness away from obsessing on the minutia to seeing and feeling the whole is powerful. Such does not keep one from dealing with the parts. Rather, it keeps everyone’s potential OCD from kicking into overdrive.

Now that you’ve found your way through my trivialities hop, skip and of course, jump over to ONBEING.ORG and watch her nearly hour long talk.

Have you ever wondered why some people always gather around those you don’t want to be in any part of your life?

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Well, Morticia answered the question.

Originally posted on National Post | News:

SEATTLE — People have donated nearly $22,000 in less than a day through an online fundraiser for the student who thwarted a shooting at a small Seattle university.

Jon Meis and other students stopped the gunman Thursday at Seattle Pacific University. Soon after Meis was identified, praise began to pour on social media sites. Someone found Meis’ wedding registry, and people quickly bought out the gifts listed.

Sports radio producer Jessamyn McIntyre then got the idea to begin a GoFundMe site for Meis and his fiancé’s honeymoon and future. The site quickly went viral.

The 22-year-old Meis is a dean’s list electrical engineering student and is planning to marry his girlfriend later this month. A post on the Seattle Reddit page says: “This is the wedding registry for the man who subdued the SPU gunman. You know what to do.”

A voice message at a phone listing for his parents’…

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