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From the Bookshelf: The Hermits of Big Sur, by Paula Huston

Here in the States (USA), we like to observe milestones: 50, 100, 150, 200 year on. The recorded history of European settlement is a relatively short period compared to the development of cultures in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, … Continue reading

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Theatre Review: Things I Know to Be True

For years, I have pitched the idea that knowledge and beliefs are two different thought processes. The former deals with facts and data. The later with assumptions. Each leads to a different type of truth. Knowledge is about truths that … Continue reading

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Dept. of Alternative Facts: Howz Rulz

house (n): a dwelling, in suburban USA usual consider the residence of a nuclear family; in an urban area more often a shared residence of several unrelated adults who are reducing housing expenses. howz (n): made up spelling of house, … Continue reading

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Dept. of Alternative Facts: Empathy, part 7, Comprehend

To comprehend: (v) to listen to, consider, and understand the position of another person If you thought that I was done talking about empathy, forgiveness, and the “Left Behind” movies, indulge me a little longer in order to comprehend what … Continue reading

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Dept. of Alternative Facts: Empathy, part 6, Mercy

mercy: (n) to show compassion, and offer forgiveness, to someone who has offended or wronged you I started this series on empathy, with an assertion that for God to become human in the person of Jesus, they would experience life … Continue reading

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Dept. of Alternative Facts: Empathy, part 5, Synergy

synergy: (n) the interaction between two or more factors such that each works more efficiently that the individual parts alone To review, we now have three elements for empathy: emotions, knowledge, and beliefs. While I have split these off for … Continue reading

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Dept. of Alternative Facts: Empathy, part 4, Belief

belief: (n) a strongly held set of conclusions about some phenomenon which can neither be proven nor refuted based on information; assumptions which provide meaning and purpose to someone Beliefs, faith and values, are our course of meaning, purpose, and … Continue reading

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Dept. of Alternative Facts: Empathy, part 3, Knowledge

knowledge: (n) acquired information Knowledge is the realm of facts and data. Information. Learning. Researching. Studying. With this knowledge we can develop theories and hypothesis. We can set up experiments. Look at results. Validate or negate conclusions. In the Judeo-Christian … Continue reading

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Dept. of Alternative Facts: Empathy, part 2, Emotion

emotion: (n) a subjective experience in response to other people or events; feelings; neural activity in the limbic system Emotions are highly personal experiences for which we give words that congregate around ideas of energizing and calming, desirable and undesirable … Continue reading

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Dept. of Alternative Facts: Value

value: (n) the importance that someone assigns to some object, person, or idea; often expressed, in our culture, in monetary denomination, or as my father-in-law used to say, “Something is worth what someone is willing to pay you for it” … Continue reading

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