Tao - The Path
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Jul 29, 2014 - 9:30pm
Tao - The Path

Because the sage always confronts difficulties,He never experiences them.~ Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching, 63 In the past few days there have been a number of interesting articles posted on Writer Beat that have reminded me of some work I did a few years ago during a class I took on Taoism. In that class the group was required to read the Tao Te Ching and to write a number of short papers to share with the group. With minor edits, this is what I wrote back then and it was something conceived to serve as an invitation to myself to explore a softer way of life. The article is not an invitation to inertia, but an invitation to use the universal energies to make life more gentle. Wu-Wei is an important concept in Taoism that literally means non-action or non-doing. In the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tsu explains that beings that …

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Eid Mubarak

NOTE: I realize there are some people who have entrenched feelings, varying levels of knowledge, and some extreme views on the subject of Islam. Certainly, it is the right of each to have their own views, regardless of knowledge, experience, or purpose. HOWEVER,  this article is written with a …

Jul 28, 2014 - 10:56pm
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LOVE

“Well, when are we going to the Bahamas?” screeched the creature of indeterminate age who had occupied almost all the berths in the compartment on the train that was rushing us to the one and only reasonable Soviet Union holiday resort of Sochi. Her name was LOVE.LOVE, as the classic sto…

Jul 29, 2014 - 2:47pm
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Why Do We Accept Bad Software?

Software can never be bug free by the very nature of how it is created, however it could be a lot better than it is. Does this sound strange to you?Imagine the same quality standards as for regular software applied to aircraft, cars...After an accident an update may be offered or maybe it is just co…

Jul 30, 2014 - 5:46am
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Entrepreneurship Revolution

Becoming an entrepreneur for many Americans is a scary thing in challenging economic times.  Despite the fact that the survival rate of entrepreneurs is lower than ever many people are still willing to take the risk at the lowest possible costs.  According to Legal Zoom businesses startup …

Jul 30, 2014 - 3:33pm
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Please stop blaming Obama

One of the most interesting things about politics is the spending of political capital.  When a president is popular or has recently been elected (69% approval rating in January of 2009), there is a ton of it.  For example, less than a month after he was elected, Obama got access to the la…

Jul 29, 2014 - 5:42am
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Ten thousand voices

Since we're all talking about the Middle East and other unfriendly places, here my opinion on it. Some might say it's a bit idealistic - and that's ok, Where do we end when we lose idealism ?I hear the music from the bazaarpeople debatingabout the warnobody wants itit m…

Jul 28, 2014 - 2:53pm
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Surviving the 40-hour Work Week

A few weeks ago an old friend invited me to enjoy an afternoon in the sun with a couple of her friends. We ended up going to the nearby lake, and after wading into the water for a bit, we returned to our towels and were all feeling very talkative. I began to discuss work with one of the women, whom …

Jul 25, 2014 - 9:36pm
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Yeah, the title is inspired by a line I remember from Garrison Keillor, A Prairie Home Companion, on the radio. The great thing about Garrison is he tells stories about the people who live in his mind. He brings them to life in our minds via the radio. He is such a good storyteller that these people…

Jul 27, 2014 - 12:48am
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Healing Your Reality

Simplified, the key factors within your reality are you, the people you interact with, and your physical world. This reality is of course governed by your specific perception of what is as well as what isn’t.But what are the threats to your reality; do you worry or even care about the total he…

Sep 19, 2013 - 12:57pm
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GOP hates Obama more than it loves America

In the latest ridiculousness in Washington, the GOP has pursued a lawsuit against Obama's executive order to delay the Employer Mandate in Obamacare.  This strikes me as absurd.  The GOP should be thrilled with the delay as they strongly oppose this mandate and it buys them more time in le…

Jul 29, 2014 - 10:35am
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If you do not deal with pain, only bitterness will…

I read a Facebook status days ago from one of my Facebook friends and she stated how her mom had called her to inform her that someone’s father had passed away and she had said ok, my father also passed away and in one of her comments she stated that yes its other people’s turn to feel w…

Jul 29, 2014 - 3:21am
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What is a

I've always thought I knew what a "good person" was but over the last 20 years I've learned that many Muslim people I liked and thought were "good people", have traits that I despise and as a result, I'm rethinking my definition.Most specifically I know that many Muslim people I like con…

Jul 26, 2014 - 3:35pm
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Waterboard'em

If you want to find out where the missing Nigerian school girls are simply nab members Boko Haram and waterboard them until someone provides the necessary information.  I’d love to hear from anyone that thinks my suggestion would constitute undue punishment in light of the fact over 270 y…

Jun 2, 2014 - 8:48am
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The Autonomous Economist

It is a fixture of conventional wisdom that nations must be part of the global economy and a great deal of money and time is spent in trying to open markets. The wisdom of this cannot be denied given an infinite amount of time and resources. Put in the context of one human life the theory is not so …

Jul 28, 2014 - 5:03am
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PASSING BY

Passing by a tree, I caught the subtle aroma of blossoming apricot. The aroma thrilled my sense of smell and I didn’t notice I had passed by a stall selling fresh bread. The bread was straight out of the oven, with a crunchy crust, and I really wanted to break off a piece and grind it thorough…

Jul 30, 2014 - 7:59am
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The Middle East; a Boiling Cauldron of Hate and Ve…

Syria, caught up in a bloody state of civil war, Iraq being torn apart by internal strife, Israel devastating the city of Gaza; a large portion of the Middle has become a boiling cauldron of extreme hate and violence. And, so far Hezbollah, the Lebanese militant force and fierce arch enemy of Israel…

Jul 25, 2014 - 10:57am
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Making you 'feel special'....

Recently, I sat down and ordered a traditional pasta meal. But what I really needed was a 'freshly squeezed' orange juice. I had had a craving all day long for this particular drink - not to slake my thirst but perhaps for medicinal reasons.The waitress was clear - there was no 'freshly squeezed ora…

Jul 23, 2014 - 1:01pm
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zero (0) unemployment

Zero unemployment is not only possible it is the natural state of an economyThere are a lot of contradictions in this world a lot of anomalies a lot of things that do not make sense but by long association we have become used to them and inured to their jarring juxtaposition. It hardly raises an eye…

Jul 28, 2014 - 5:05am
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THE CLOCK OF LIFE

Something had happened to the clock – it had stopped.LIFE examined it for a long time, trying to understand why.SHE had to do something, and she turned to the MASTER.The MASTER was busy – HE was creating another Adam and Eve somewhere in some unknown BACKOFBEYOND. HE was so absorbed in h…

Jul 28, 2014 - 11:05am
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A Disgruntled User Leaves Writer Beat

The following is the email dialogue between me and a former user of Writer Beat.  As you read the exchange there are three questions I’d appreciate feedback on. Knowing I cherish all participants, was there a better way to handle the situation?Do you agree with Sandy (not her real na…

Jul 17, 2014 - 10:12am
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Senators and the 17th Amendment

BRYCE ON POLITICS- No Virginia, senators were not always elected "by the people."(Click for AUDIO VERSION)To use this segment in a Radio broadcast or Podcast, send TIM a request. Most Americans today are unaware U.S. Senators were not always elected by the people. Accord…

Jul 28, 2014 - 6:07am
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Does Catholic Money really cause a Catholic impact…

Let me begin by stating that I respect the ‘handful’ Catholic investors out there, who successfully help Catholic causes! Thank you for them, and may God bless them richly…but there are not enough!I want to focus here on those Catholic investors who are engaged in diversified inves…

Jul 29, 2014 - 6:53am
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