Tidbits: Handwritten notes a pleasure
It's a hurry-up world, and some of the niceties and good manners we learned years ago sometimes fall by the wayside. One of the things that appear to be on the way out is the handwritten thank you note, tossed aside in favor of quicker, cheaper and easier electronic notes, either by email, a thanks on a Facebook wall or, heaven help us, a text message.
Stumptalk: Governing by poll results
Are you qualified to respond to questions on the economy, the climate, gun control, gay marriage or any of the myriads of subjects of current polling? Do the pollsters select the people who answer the questions? Do any of those people have any special knowledge of the subject matter? What is the purpose of all these polls? What are the political leanings of the polling organizations?
GARY'S WORLD: May we all be there for one another
Once again an unthinkable, devastating, horrific tragedy and act of terrorism has rocked our country and the simple, everyday freedoms we all take for granted.
RANDOM THOUGHTS: Quick Henry, the Flit
“Quick Henry, the Flit” was a popular saying especially during the days of the Great Depression. Flit was a pesticide used against flies and mosquitoes that came on the market in 1923. It wasn’t until 1928 that the saying started and lasted for a good 17 years.
LION & THE LAMB: Random acts of kindness
A recent front page article in USA TODAY was built around “Be Kind.” The paper noted, “Some people are listening to their hearts—while others are listening to social media while reflecting on the subject, ‘people-helping-people.’”
WE THE PEOPLE: The season of hope
It’s officially spring, but most of us don’t set out tender plants until after Mother’s Day. That is, not unless we’re prepared to replace them after a hard frost! Even so, early spring is always a season of hope.
TIDBITS: See what your library can offer
I've always appreciated a library. As a person who loves to read, who wouldn't love a building filled with books? But recently, I've been making more and more use of our fabulous Art Circle Library at 3 East St. in Crossville.
STUMPTALK: Separation of church and state
Secular fundamentalists, secular humanists, moral relativists, and cultural nihilists often rail against an imaginary theocratic threat from sincere Christians, who they say want to impose their beliefs on everyone. First, as to the imposition of beliefs: everyone who petitions the legislature to pass laws about anything is trying to impose his beliefs on all citizens. At this point in the nation’s history, many people struggle under imposed beliefs that violate their religious faith, and also under imposed beliefs about taxes, environmentalism, marriage, and sexuality.
Gary's World: Unexpected stings can be positive influence
It's funny how the little things in life can bring about big revelations.
Random Thoughts: The art of Oldenburg
Last week I wrote about my book of letters but there was one handwritten one I didn’t include. It was written to me by Claes Oldenburg on December 8, 1972 when he was only 43.
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