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The Future of Jobs, Work, Contribution...

2017-10-15 Thinking of jobs... Michigan is a rust-belt state. People have been moving out ever since the factories closed. But people also move in because opportunities have changed. And work has globalized, anyway…

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Truth & Reconciliation: Uniting Science and Religion

2017-04-28 A very old problem is gaining momentum and attention these days: the conflict between religion and science. It relates to fake news and to modern religion and the alt-right. It seems to come to a head in examples of scientists who are also religious creationists…

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Does the Artist Matter in the Art? -- Folk Theory

2016-12-13 Does the artist matter in how we view their art? I've heard it suggested that it doesn't matter. But it seems that a lesson of modernity is that it does. This is an aspect of relativity, perhaps…

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Mankind's Best Inventions

2016-12-13 list of best inventions (i'm prolly missing a few) language art / religion / philosophy fire agriculture plumbing shelter wheel lever Roberts Rules map magnetism compass lens / optics electricity antibiotics vaccines computer transistor / solid state / circuit radio / TV / phone / radar battery Periodic Table of Elements — chemistry! : ) ICE motor flight boat train bike ski (now adding a bunch more, some from friends…

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Politics Ain't Bad -- It's the Art of Goodwill!

2016-07-06 Some like to say that politics are too painful to get involved with. And that may be true as regards those who aren't actually working in it. So we don't discuss it around friends and family. But it COULD be done…

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An Outdoor Culture Org? Trade Group?

2016-02-29 Could such a thing be possible? A group dedicated to keeping friendly sociable accessible values in outdoor activities. Ha. I'm not sure what those would be or what they'd look like. Maybe there's a lot of that out there already…

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Life List

2016-02-16 time money food shelter clothing transport recreation insurance taxes savings & investment work property (physical -- maintenance, repair, improvement) property (royalty, patents -- promotion, accounting) record-keeping (financial and historic) exercise health recovery (sickness, injury) volunteering creativity (in all things, but also in particular) dance/singing/music travel/exploration learning friends family neighborhood citizenship religion (To me it's interesting to ponder these things and see where they might combine and overlap or which are more important, which to emphasize, which to minimize…

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A Mission for OYB? Teaching Bikes, Boats, Skis

2015-09-23 I need to find a place where I can teach people about bikes, boats, skis, outdoor skills. ...Where people are willing to pay to learn these things. Wouldn't it be neat if one of the several OC's that used to exist in Michigan could be re-opened? One is still functioning: MUCC's Cedar Lake Outdoor Center…

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Pain, Pain -- Go Away ...Or?

2015-08-31 My friend John and I were laughing in the gallows style the other day about this one. John works physically harder than I do but I have a feel for the subject. We were reflecting about how when one visits a doctor's office they might be asked what kind of pain they're feeling at the moment on a scale of 1 to 10…

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Careful out there! ...Who gets busted

2015-04-16 I don't want to be conspiratorial, but it's worth considering how the bureaucratic mind works as regards Normal Citizens as we try to live in creative and DIY ways. A sustainable culture functions to support those who contribute…

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