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Where I come from. Part Three: My friend Newell or Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone (1)

Posted 04-Apr-2015 at 11:11 PM (23:11) by BluePoppy (A Wild Patience)
Updated 08-Apr-2015 at 02:15 AM (02:15) by BluePoppy




In memoriam W. Newell Hendricks (1943-2015)



Where I come from has many aspects. Family, social and racial background, beliefs of all sorts, education, thoughts and books I have been exposed to, travel and last but not least the people I have met along the way. I have no particular order in which I write about those influences. I’d rather like to follow my daily
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Where I come from. Part Two: Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980) or Bridging the Gap

Posted 22-Mar-2015 at 09:59 PM (21:59) by BluePoppy (A Wild Patience)
Updated 22-Mar-2015 at 11:19 PM (23:19) by BluePoppy




Muriel Rukeyser, undated

Without her environments realizing it, a poet’s education starts early in life. For a white child growing in to her power of language within white discourse this will naturally be very different from a Black child fending for herself in the projects.

Most of the poetry the white child will read for many years, when poetry is both sustenance
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Where I come from. Part One: Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980) or The Interconnectedness of Everything

Posted 15-Mar-2015 at 03:32 AM (03:32) by BluePoppy (A Wild Patience)
Updated 22-Mar-2015 at 09:25 PM (21:25) by BluePoppy



Muriel Rukeyser: I remember distinctly the first time I heard her name – at graduate school in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts in 1993. The Five Colleges were the best place for me to get an education in liberal arts and American thought. The consortium Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith College as well as the University of Massachusetts to this day offers the best in higher education and identity formation for young adults.

I was lucky enough to
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Say hello to Al Stefanelli

Posted 28-Feb-2013 at 12:15 AM (00:15) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 28-Feb-2013 at 01:48 AM (01:48) by Gurdur

Al Stefanelli is someone I do not know well at all. I never heard of him at all till the huge teacup-storms caused by the FTB/atheism+ emo narcissists started happening. But Al Stefanelli (@Stefanelli) is quite ill, and on his way out, slowly but surely. He's winding down his social-media presence because of increasing illness and disability, and the end is pretty obvious and nearish. He's got Parkison's, diabetes and more, but it's COPD doing him in right now.

I mention him here...
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Fear of death, fear of life

Posted 04-Apr-2012 at 02:09 PM (14:09) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 04-Apr-2012 at 02:29 PM (14:29) by Gurdur

Sometimes I have no idea why so many think they fear death, when it's fairly clear they fear life more. Given I think that of others, then it's time to criticise myself to see how much I share that. Perhaps I have it too a tad more than desirable. Given the fact I was at death's door last week, earnestly, and not exactly over it yet, then an unspoken question from many is how scared do I get of death? I feel it being asked from others silently. And does it change the way I view things? Well, not...
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Funerals are not all beer & skittles: Hearse joyrider had meat cleaver down trousers

Posted 18-Oct-2011 at 03:27 PM (15:27) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)

With thanks for the heads-up to @newsmary; headline of the day, "Hearse joyrider had meat cleaver down trousers".

No, really. Seriously
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This one really needs entering in some new version of Dancing On The Grave or something.


        


              

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So is the peak of human achievement being a hermit then?

Posted 26-Sep-2011 at 07:57 PM (19:57) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 26-Sep-2011 at 08:08 PM (20:08) by Gurdur

Every time I look again at cases like that of Mark Rife, I come up with different views. I blogged on how I disagreed in part with Pastabagel over that case; now Pastabagel's fellow blogger on the Partial Objects site, The Last Psychiatrist (TLP), has weighed in with a comment under Pastabagel's post. TLP makes one obvious criticism, leastaways obvious to those who know the Partial Objects and TLP's own original blog well, that being that: "The essence of Mark Rife’s problem is that he tried to...
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Frito-Lay Doritos tortilla-chip maven cashes in his chips, gets buried in them too

Posted 26-Sep-2011 at 05:45 PM (17:45) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)

In Dallas, Texas, Arch West, "a retired Frito-Lay marketing executive credited with creating Doritos as the first national tortilla chip brand", cashed in his chips and will be buried in them.

He died aged 97, and his family plan on "tossing Doritos chips in before they put the dirt over the urn" at the graveside funeral service.



        


              

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So what do you want Mark Rife's suicide to mean to you?

Posted 24-Sep-2011 at 03:54 AM (03:54) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 24-Sep-2011 at 09:35 AM (09:35) by Gurdur

You may not have heard of Mark Rife yet, but even if you close down this screen and never come back, you will hear of him. And you can either decide what it should mean for you, or have it decided for you by mere accident of personal history. Mark Rife recently committed suicide just shortly after one thousand days — 1,000 days, which is two and three-quarter years — after the death of his wife, Sarah Ann Rife née Testa, who died August 25, 2008. He waited so long because of a remark his wife had...
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You CAN take it with you: funeral Apple iPads (paper ones) in China

Posted 17-Apr-2011 at 05:33 PM (17:33) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 15-Mar-2012 at 09:09 PM (21:09) by Gurdur

For a fair while in Sydney, there was a fantastic large Chinese shop in the Chinatown district of the inner city. Chinatown is not just named so for advertising; the Chinese community in Australia is well over 150 years old in continuance, and in Chinatown, you see old-age nursing homes for disabled Chinese Australians. In the nearby public library, Haymarket Library if I recall correctly, you would often see aged Chinese men reading the Chinese newspapers in there; and that was decades ago. There...
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More on dying and funerals

Posted 19-Nov-2010 at 04:31 PM (16:31) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)

When it comes to be time for my own funeral, what I want played at my funeral is "Death Of A Clown", by the Kinks. Just soooooo apt. I blogged about funeral rites and so on in my last blog post; now for some random remarks.

One of the best movies I have ever seen and loved is The Big Chill (USA DVD edition, British DVD edition). The opening scenes show a man being dressed by a woman's hands; only...
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On Humanism and secular humanist funerals; oh, and other such grave matters

Posted 19-Nov-2010 at 03:25 PM (15:25) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 19-Nov-2010 at 03:54 PM (15:54) by Gurdur

Humanism is one of those subjects which is quite difficult to debate, since everyone has their own idea what Humanism is, but there isn't much of a common definition. Overall, I would define it simply as a complex extension of trying to be decent to others simply and only because they are fellow humans. But some Humanists would criticize that as mere humanitarianism, not Humanism, and then the debate really begins about what big-"H" Humanism actually is.

In many contexts, it's taken...
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Is it always wrong to die for an idea? And: is atheism too middle-class at the moment?

Posted 13-Oct-2010 at 03:51 PM (15:51) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)

The tree of liberty is watered by the blood of those defending freedom, etc. Freedom in all the cases of those dying for it as a cause is pretty much a set of ideas. If people had not being willing to die for abstract ideas, it's pretty certain we actually wouldn't have too much freedom in reality, freedom of conscience, freedom of belief, voting, free movement, etc..

It seems to me that some - a few, if you prefer - atheists can't really handle that thought, or examine it deeply....
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A requiem for Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse

Posted 12-Mar-2010 at 03:06 AM (03:06) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)

Mark Linkous, the lead of the band Sparklehorse, committed suicide on March 06, at the age of forty-seven. He was a very talented musician who had collaborated on projects with other musical artists such as Tom Waits, PJ Harvey, Daniel Johnston, Radiohead, Nina Persson, David Lynch, and Danger Mouse.

He was obviously very depressed; it is always extremely sad when someone can no longer see any way out except through self-destruction, since there...
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Dialogue, respect, contempt, semaphore signals from all along the watchtower

Posted 04-Mar-2010 at 09:58 AM (09:58) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 04-Aug-2010 at 12:38 PM (12:38) by Gurdur

Dialogue is rather a difficult area. In my more cynical moments, sometimes I espouse one theory of mine that the less communication is actually understood between humans, the better they get along with each other. For example, if Urrr-urrrghh the caveman meets Zonka while out hunting berries and caribou, and Zonka says, "Whacka guacamole zonk zonkitty zonk Zonka grrzuzzzhack! Ghishka waska zappo ghrrsisshzzk!" to Urrr-urrrghh, and of course Urrr-urrrghh does not understand Zonka's language, then...
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Down among the dead men -- not just a board, never just a board

Posted 02-Mar-2010 at 04:37 AM (04:37) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 24-Oct-2010 at 10:06 PM (22:06) by Gurdur

I am not very good with death. When I have to bear news of a death to someone, which has happened quite a few times, I tend to blurt it out. On the other hand, I am very good at avoiding death for myself and for anyone in my responsibility in any way. I learn, I take responsibility, I train, I act, I intervene wherever I halfway can. There are always limits to intervention, there are always limits to what you or I can do, and death is the final limit that will come for each of us, but we never know...
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A homage to William Tenn, alias Philip Klass, noted science-fiction author, recently deceased

Posted 16-Feb-2010 at 06:04 PM (18:04) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 30-Mar-2010 at 03:07 PM (15:07) by Gurdur

I only by chance yesterday learnt that Wikipedia link for William Tenn William Tenn recently died, on February 07, 2010, at the age of eighty-nine. Tenn was the nom de plume of Philip Klass (May 09, 1920 –– February 07, 2010), who taught English/comparative literature at Penn State University for twenty-four years. He was an extremely good SF writer and satirist, even if most of of his output was in short stories.

Tenn's SF novel, Wikipedia link for Of Men And Monsters Of Men And Monsters, available...
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