Doctor’s Prescription

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Just recently saw my doctor for a follow-up and a referral to a specialist. All is fairly ideal and/or needing minor tweaks to optimal. Health is one of those things we kinda take for granted till some thing gnaws at us as acute or chronic. Then, it really does effect EVERYTHING: the day, the week, the month, the World we live in. So appreciative to have my health and limbs and sight and… I’ve known him for over 10 years and just now heard an in-depth personal history he shared. In our conversation about my book reading he casually shared how his mom had committed suicide when he was 10. His father was a never-around alcoholic womanizer so my doctor … Read More

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THIS Book

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It has been a long time since I’ve been so engrossed, fascinated, and consistently anxious to sit down and read a non-fiction book as I am Debt, The First 5,000 Years. It is written by an economist-anthropologist, if that gives you any indication of how thorough the writing is. It completely flips the conceptions on bartering, trade, purpose of original coinage and enterprise from as far back as original civilization. It has more than history; it is insight into prostitution, slavery, war, and religion, and how all of these things are tied to our concept of debt: the value of people, the value of sacrifice. I can not recommend this book enough. It is necessary to have the hard copy … Read More

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The Backside of History

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In the United States, in 1894, the Greenbackers, a party wanting to detach the dollar from gold entirely, to allow the government to spend freely on job creation campaigns, invented the idea of March on Washington.  L.Frank Baum’s book, The Wizard of Oz , appeared in 1900 and is said to be a parable for the Populist campaign of William Jennings Bryan, whom had run for president twice on the notion of replacing the gold standard with a bimetallic system, adding silver. As with the Greenbackers, one of the main constituencies for the movement was debtors: particularly, Midwestern farm families such as Dorothy’s, who’d been facing a massive wave of foreclosures since the recession of the 1890’s. According to the … Read More

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Sensory Overload

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I rarely go to the movies, and every time I do, I wonder why I don’t go more often. I enjoy getting wrapped up and all-consumed by something, while simultaneously resting my exhausting personal thoughts. I have heard nothing about the movie Killer Joe; it seems to have no marketing. Both Angelika theaters (art house) in Dallas are playing it. It has some A and B list actors, main one being Mathew Mcconaughey, 2nd being Thomas Hayden Church. They are both so perfect here. Roles of their career…that no one will see. It is sick, twisted, intense, disgusting, brilliantly shot, perfectly cast and hard to digest. The setting: trailer park white trash outskirts of ‘Dallas’ (I didn’t recognize anything) The … Read More

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Dennis Prager Speaks at Socrates in the City Event

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The unexamined life is not worth living –Socrates A bit over a decade ago, a group of intellectuals in Manhattan decided to form a group for delving into philosophical thought. These meetings would invite various intellectuals from all over the world in order to broach topics deeper than the cocktail conversations that were/are most pervasive in New York liberal society; questions and answers about God, ethics, morals, values, and the counterpoints that go with them. Eventually a book was born highlighting  these lectures: Life, God and Other Small Topics. get the book Dennis Prager, a man I highly revere and have grown to know as one of our greatest living intellectuals, spoke on his latest book. If you are unfamiliar … Read More

BrockaDennis Prager Speaks at Socrates in the City Event