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Attractive Power

Let your light so shine.

Let us re-dedicate ourselves today to faith in the attractive power of practical, hopeful principles.

True disciples of the Lie will never be persuaded, but many a confused heart and mind needs only have Truth and Right presented positively, for murky ignorance to be replaced by the clear light of understanding.

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Ten-Spot from the Past

It arrived from the middle of the last century!

Mrs had a dresser which belonged to her mother, and was giving it to our daughter, so, naturally, I get The Dirty Job, to vacuum up the cobwebs underneath it.

Stuck under the very bottom, rolled up, was a 1950 $10 bill.

Damaged parts of bill

It wasn't under a drawer, it was stuck in a groove in the wood "skirt" around the bottom.

If you look at the back of the bill, you can see the patch of varnish stain on what was the outside of the rolled-up bill. Was it in there when (if) the dresser was refinished, or did the varnish just transfer over the years?

We've got it flattening out in a book. Mrs hopes to find a two-sided frame to display it. Nothing special about it. Just an old Federal Reserve Note.

But how did it get there? Did her mother put it there? Was it some kind of reserve emergency money? Not easy to stash or to get to, but sure wouldn't be found by an intruder.

This mystery!




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Conflicting Comfort and Discomfort Zones

"A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject." - Winston Churchill

Back in the day, on CompuServe religion forum, there were characters who seemed out of place, too enthusiastic, pushy, insistent about a particular belief - shrilly interjecting their doctrine into all exchanges, insisting their beliefs are divine (which was fine) and everyone else's are demonic (which was not) — disruptive to the point of banning.

Then I'd see the same person in some technical forum and they behaved perfectly sociably.

Religion had no monopoly. Fanatical True Believers exist in ... every? ... category. (Fanatical quilters? Probably.) With some folks, there's topics you can talk about, and topics you can't. When you got to know someone in one context where they were fanatical and you can just ignore them, then you meet them being more normal in other circumstances, you have to see them a little more sympathetically.

I suppose we can all be like that, given the right circumstances.

Beatles fans



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Updated Tao

Digital existentialism

Statue of Radd Tzu

Those who lurk
Do not post

Those who post
Do not lurk

-Radd Dadd Upanishadd,
the digital Lao Tzu




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Jesus Among the AmerIndians

Just always seemed t'me just like something Jesus might do.

Mormonism's idea that the risen Jesus appeared to people in the Western Hemisphere has always tickled me. Just always seemed t'me just like something Jesus might do.

I believe sometimes the Spirit tries to coalesce a concept in the mortal mind, and all kinds of imaginary thoughts are generated in consequence. One great truth may be accompanied by much dross. Not saying this about Smith or Mormon, specifically.

I have no idea when or how or why anyone thinks he may have done it, but I always figured it would be easiest during his time as the Risen Jesus. He hung around for nearly six weeks, and he reportedly was materially free to travel.

Maybe it's just that I so like thinking the Master would have reached out, just as he taught, to all the world. And since no other disciple of his at the time could possibly get there....




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