blaming God for the bad but not crediting Him for the good

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IT’S QUORA QUESTION TIME AGAIN. This time the ques­tion was about the Cre­ator: “Why do people tend to blame God for the bad but never give him credit for the good?” Even though my ex­pe­ri­ence with my fellow human be­ings who are be­lievers is the exact op­po­site of that, I couldn’t re­sist livening up Quora with an an­swer:

God drops by my house once a month to play Cinch with me and a couple of my neigh­bors from Penn­syl­vania. READ MORE

the newsstand’s “house hippie” heads for woodstock

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I WORKED ON THIS PIECE FOR A WEEK! I in­tended to pub­lish it on Au­gust 15, 2019, the first day of the 50th an­niver­sary of Wood­stock. But no matter what I wrote or how I wrote it, ei­ther I came out sounding far more con­ceited than I was in 1969 (ah, but I was so much older then) or the whole thing came out sounding like a sappy Hall­mark movie. READ MORE

trump and forbes and the one that got away

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I’M NOT FEELING WELL. It could be some late-Summer thing or an ad­vance taste of what the up­coming flu season has in store for us. But it’s a low-grade headache and fever, sore and swollen throat (that makes me squeak when I try to talk, so I don’t) (which some con­sider a blessing), and Grate Grom­mett in Heaven do my mus­cles ache! READ MORE

two men standing in a field, then there was one (on being a left behind)

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MANY PEOPLE with a pro­nounced right-leaning po­lit­ical per­sua­sion have had the ex­pe­ri­ence of meeting me and, perish forbid, en­gaging me in an­i­mated dis­course. Many come away thinking me a li­brull ar­se­hole. So, does that make me a left be­hind?

I found the lovely photo of the teddy bear in the woods at the top of this page on the Reigning Life site ac­com­pa­nying the ar­ticle “Who Gets Left Be­hind” by Jordan Hard­grave. READ MORE

three days after the burial of the beethoven

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ON APRIL 1, 1827, three days after the burial of the great Ludwig van Beethoven in the ceme­tery at Währing (in north­western Vi­enna, on the edge of the Vi­enna Woods), an ar­dent ad­mirer of the mae­stro’s glo­rious music ven­tured to his gravesite to pay his re­spects. He was quite shocked when he heard what sounded like gar­bled music coming from within the grave. READ MORE

how do you know the neighbors are having sex?

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FRIENDS OF OURS and former neigh­bors—let’s call them Bill and Pam—have a pre­co­cious 8-year-old son named Shaun who loves root beer Pop­si­cles. He takes his time eating them to make the flavor last as long as pos­sible. At first, Bill and Pam found this a little an­noying, be­cause Pop­si­cle’s melt and get messy.

But they found a way to use their son’s eating habit to their ad­van­tage: when they wanted to have an af­ter­noon quickie but Shaun was in the apart­ment, they gave him a root beer Pop­sicle and told him to go out on the bal­cony and re­port on all the neigh­bor­hood ac­tiv­i­ties.

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it’s an urban myth that husbands never listen to their wives

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I DON’T SPEND MUCH TIME on Face­book or the other so­cial media plat­forms. I use them to call at­ten­tion to my three web­sites (and soon to be four). Since I spend most of my time writing thises and thats for those sites, I rarely visit the Face­book pages of my Face­book friends.

Some­times I feel guilty about this—you know, being so goram self-absorbed, seeming like I never pay at­ten­tion or never listen to anyone—so oc­ca­sion­ally I take time and visit a friend’s page and make a bunch of com­ments. READ MORE

turning 66 and meeting the trans new me

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DARE I WRITE THIS? I sup­pose I’d best: yes­terday was my 66th birthday—I’ve made it this far! This is no big deal to those who have known the West Coast ver­sion of me: staid and rather pre­dictably un­ad­ven­turous. Boring, in fact. (But con­sid­erate, no matter what my ex says!)

But to those who know only the old East Coast ver­sion of me, and re­member the wild and woolly ’70s when I was over-busy sewing my wild odes, may be sur­prised that I have made it to this stage. READ MORE

and here I thought I had a person of interest look

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IT WAS NICE DAY, if a bit brisk. Most folks were wearing sweaters or jackets. Not me: I was standing in Half-Price Books in a black long-sleeve shirt. Looking idly ahead. I had stepped aside in the aisle to allow a few cus­tomers who were en­tering the store to move past me.

The last cus­tomer in line was a pretty blonde. She saw me standing there, un­moving, unsmiling—and the latter is so normal for the store em­ployees that I some­times think that smiling is reason for termination—that she made a normal as­sump­tion. READ MORE