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thank you for arguing

The Death of Socrates - Jacques Louis David, 1787 Insults are the arguments
employed by those  who are in the wrong.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau The lack of civility in public space nowadays is appalling. There is so much abuse on social media, that it is almost impossible to make a statement or discuss anything intelligently anymore without being insulted by those who disagree with you. Once the barrier of civility is broken, there is no stop to the flow of epithets derived from human anatomy and physiology or from the animal kingdom.

An intelligent, knowledgeable person is in full command of the language he or she uses and does not have to resort to insults, cursing, vulgarities, and such. Intelligent arguments are based in grammar, logic, and rhetoric and are backed by knowledge, imagination, and experience. Unfortunately modern students are not taught the art of rhetoric anymore. The arguments are won in verbal fistfights whereas everybody must agree or else. Any divergent thou…
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christmas magic

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. - Norman Vincent Peale
~ Merry Christmas ~
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science and religion

Science and religion are not competitors.  They are two different languages trying to tell the same story.  There is room in this world for both. Scientists and spiritualists
often use different vocabularies to describe the exact same
mysteries of the universe. The conflicts are frequently over
semantics, not substance.
Quoted after Dan Brown "Origin"
Image: Crystal And Ball by Dominique Allmon ©2017

a profound act of kindness

Generosity is the most natural outward expression  of an inner attitude of compassion and loving-kindness. 
The Dalai Lama XIV
Image: Offerings at a Thai temple

silence

Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from. - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
Image: Silent Buddha And The Hydrangea by Dominique Allmon@2017

spring

By Anton Chekhov
The snow has not yet left the earth, but spring is already asking to enter your heart. If you have ever recovered from a serious illness, you will be familiar with the blessed state when you are in a delicious state of anticipation, and are liable to smile without any obvious reason. Evidently that is what nature is experiencing just now.

The ground is cold, mud and snow squelches under foot, but how cheerful, gentle and inviting everything is! The air is so clear and transparent that if you were to climb to the top of the pigeon loft or the bell tower, you feel you might actually see the whole universe from end to end.

The sun is shining brightly, and its playful, beaming rays are bathing in the puddles along with the sparrows. The river is swelling and darkening; it has already woken up and very soon will begin to roar. The trees are bare, but they are already living and breathing.

Literary quote from Anton Chekhov "The Exclamation Mark"

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the wolf moon

Today, January 12th, is the first full moon in the New Year. The Algonquin tribes who lived in regions extending from New England to Lake Superior called it the Wolf Moon because of the howling wolves that would come close to their villages in search of food. By the time the moon was full in January the harsh weather conditions made it very difficult for the wolves to find food in the wild.

"Amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Indian villages. Thus, the name for January’s full moon. Sometimes it was also referred to as the Old Moon, or the Moon After Yule. Some called it the Full Snow Moon, but most tribes applied that name to the next moon." - Farmer's Almanac Many ancient civilizations, reaching as far back in time as the Neolithic Age, portrayed wolves with the moon in their legends, art, and literature. Hecate, the Greek goddess of the moon, was depicted wearing three wolf heads and was sometimes called She-Wolf. A…