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[18 Oct 2009 | 5 Comments | ]

Not long ago I was speaking to someone about the poetry I grew up with, and how much it meant to me – how it evoked such imagery in my head, and how some of it would go on to adhere to my personality, if not shape it.  Coupled with  my desire for this site, the two are matched well.  Here’s the first poet I thought of.

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[16 Oct 2009 | 14 Comments | ]

So, here’s a thing.  Today, one of the people I follow on Facebook posted the following update:
“Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.” – Charles Darwin
One of his other followers posted this (almost eerily) prescient followup:
“…to argue with a man who has renounced his reason is like giving medicine to the dead.”  – Thomas Paine, The Crisis
Then, as if by plan, a theist …

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[20 Dec 2008 | Comments Off on america reigns without a rival | ]

What you come across when you surf a lot…..
Map of slave states (red) from WGBH’s “A Biography of America:”

Approximate map of the modern Bible Belt from Wikipedia:

Wow.

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[17 Dec 2008 | Comments Off on world tour | ]

I was recently checking a weather map of Central Tennessee, and I started noticing the names of the towns; some I knew were there, some I didn’t.  By the time I had adjusted the map somewhat, in view between the towns of Lebanon (ironic in its own right, if it weren’t for the additional linguistic miracle that it is pronounced more like the region in Tolkien’s Middle Earth called Lebennin) and Cookeville are the towns of Alexandria, Sparta, Mt. Ararat, Macedonia, Antioch, Phillipi, Carthage, and Rome.  The further irony is …