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Where I come from. Part Three: My friend Newell or Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone (3)

Posted 15-Apr-2015 at 12:06 AM (00:06) by BluePoppy (A Wild Patience)
Updated 15-Apr-2015 at 12:13 AM (00:13) by BluePoppy

In memoriam W. Newell Hendricks (1943-2015)

Newell at the piano with his wife Barbara on the violin.

Yesterday the Boston Globe ran the obituary for my friend Newell. You can read it here. Since it includes only a couple of lines from a poem he wrote last November which I found quite remarkable, let me share it with you:
Little Things I can still do

I can sit.
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Where I come from. Part Three: My friend Newell or Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone (2)

Posted 08-Apr-2015 at 02:07 AM (02:07) by BluePoppy (A Wild Patience)
Updated 14-Apr-2015 at 11:48 PM (23:48) by BluePoppy

In memoriam W. Newell Hendricks (1943-2015)

The group from Nicaragua arrived in Boston in early September of 2001 and was with us during the September 11 terror attacks. For most, if not all of them it had been the first trip on an airplane. While everybody tried to keep calm, you could tell how scared they were the first couple of days post 9/11. No planes were flying and many wondered, if they would be able to return home as planned. Others were scared of the destructive
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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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Russell Blackford and Ophelia Benson go into hysterics about Chris Mooney

Posted 06-Feb-2010 at 02:05 AM (02:05) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 22-Apr-2010 at 02:28 PM (14:28) by Gurdur

Ophelia Benson is a semi-famous atheist blogger, and Russell Blackford is much the same. Both are presently going off into hysterics about a somewhat more famous science blogger who is an atheist, Chris Mooney, being chosen for one of three new hosts of the "Point of Inquiry" podcast run by the Center for Inquiry (the other two hosts being Karen Stollznow and Robert M. Price).

The Center for Inquiry's mission is "to foster a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of...
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Values, ethics, art, 9/11, Polanski and Brooke Shields: justice delayed is still justice; justice trumps exploitation posing as art and free speech

Posted 05-Oct-2009 at 01:30 PM (13:30) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 27-Mar-2010 at 10:58 PM (22:58) by Gurdur

I'm really pissed off. The apologetics I've seen around the net for Polanski are disgusting. The man drugged and committed statutory rape on a thirteen-year-old, fer crissakes, and on reading her testimony, implicit coercion seems to have been there as well (though Polanski plea-bargained the charge down to "unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor"). Polanski became a fugitive from justice, and now some are whining that he should be free from extradition and prosecution merely because he was so...
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