To Have and To Hold Part I

Danny didn’t want to do his army stint. He wanted to go abroad and study art.

But there he was, stuck on a farm unit, at an out-of-the-way border settlement, where the thought of spending his days picking apples in the orchard and sorting them in the warehouse only got him down. Night duty was just as bad: revving up the jeeps, riding out to the border — except there was no border, just roving patrols from opposite sides of a makeshift line hoping not to run into each other — then sitting there for hours in the dark with nothing to do but slap mosquitoes ‘til it got light enough to call it quits and head back to the settlement.

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The Departure Artist by Ali Nazifpour

I watched her as she packed. She was constantly on the move; packing and unpacking was an art to her. Her hands moved swiftly and confidently as she arranged her books in her black simple suitcase; the way they moved was final and absolute.

She was off to somewhere else again – I have forgotten where. She had already moved twice this week.

“When will I see you?” I asked her again.

“Friday night. I’m here for the weekend.”

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‘We the People’ Need to Circle the Wagons: The Government Is on the Warpath

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“The government is merely a servant―merely a temporary servant; it cannot be its prerogative to determine what is right and what is wrong, and decide who is a patriot and who isn’t. Its function is to obey orders, not originate them.” ― Mark Twain How many Americans have actually bothered to read the Constitution, let alone the first ten amendments to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights (a quick read …continue…

The Bletchley Circle

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The Bletchley Circle is an enormously popular British miniseries about four women who worked as codebreakers in World War II in Bletchley Park outside London and who are able to put their skills and training to good use after the war to track down criminals outside police channels. In the first season, which premiered in the U.S. in 2013, the four women went after a serial killer after picking up what the police had missed – the hidden pattern of the killings. Like many popular films, its interest is sociological as much as dramatic, for such films are popular precisely because they strike a responsive chord in the viewing audience.

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Get to Know the Artist: Midnight Pilot

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Midnight Pilot is the type of band you want to play loudly, with the windows down and sun on your skin. Their music is full of energy and emotion, and it demands to be heard. The band is comprised of four members who have been making music together since high school. With influences such as Tom Petty and Coldplay, these four guys are producing a blend of acoustic pop rock. It’s mellow and lively all at once, and sure to get you up on your feet. You can check out their single Elizabeth for a sneak peek of their upcoming album, and get to know a bit more about Midnight Pilot in the interview below.

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TV Blues and Other Poems

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Life is hard with twenty shows to watch.

You can’t keep up when things get rough.

Forever on your guard, a writer might botch

favourite characters, write them weak instead of tough,

or ruin a scene that’s meant to be tender

between two characters that truly love each other

and make it violent because selling out the gender

is more important than love between brother and sister.

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Mickey’s Big Rumble

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A gangland adventure utilizing the title of every movie I went to between the years 1999 and 2001, in roughly the order that I saw them.

Mickey Blue Eyes and his gang, the Cockney Crooners, had already eliminated the Fight Club, The Crew and the Wings of Desire, three of the biggest mobs in Brooklyn. If they won their rumble with the Kings of Comedy, they’d rule the borough.

As Mickey was leaving his apartment to stock up on bandanas and brass knuckles, his girlfriend Lola came around the corner. A Cadillac pulled up beside her, and Mickey shouted, “Run Lola Run!”

It was too late. A couple Kings in jester caps jumped out and threw Lola in the trunk.

“Just some insurance to make sure you show tomorrow,” said The Messenger.

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Tenets Are One Thing, Class Requirements Quite the Other

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The problems you are all creating from misunderstanding the few lessons you’ve learned about Daoism, have become so great that I decided it best to address them collectively, here, on the class blog. As all of your daily comments on the blog have been so completely off base – and, frankly, in some cases, idiotic – I find myself forced to temporarily suspend your comment privileges.

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Book Review: Fifteen Digits

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They were out. He thought they were out. All cards on the table except one, Spade now staring daggers at them. But they were a unified front, formidable in decision and determination. They all got what they wanted. Freedom. Love. Disney World. They were riding high from the rising tide below, basement level. Nothing was going to bring them down. But Suicide Kings are wild, and the Vegas high crashed and burned.

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TV Blues, Zeitgest, and Life

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Life is hard with twenty shows to watch.
You can’t keep up when things get rough.
Forever on your guard, a writer might botch
favourite characters, write them weak instead of tough,
or ruin a scene that’s meant to be tender
between two characters that truly love each other
and make it violent because selling out the gender
is more important than love between brother and sister.

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