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In praise of an American Original Performer, Willy DeVille 1950-2009

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willy_DeVille#In_New_Orleans This year marks the 30th anniversary of  eclectic entertainer Willy De Ville’s embrace of New Orleans, Louisiana, where he says he found his spiritual home. “I was stunned”, he said in a 1993 interview. “I had the feeling that I was … Continue reading

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In memoriam Robert Paul Hickcox 1948-2017, & in praise of Julio Tomas, Sr. born 1932 & Donald W. Amaral

* Bob Hickcox look-alike age 35 circa 1983 * Bob Hickcox is my alltime positive role model and inspiration for his contemplative/reflective   countenance/personality and his overall empathy and love for everyone.  A Navy veteran, Bob worked at JC Penney after … Continue reading

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Music: A bridge from abandonment and brokenness to freedom and wholeness

Yes, do it right, rocker!       In praise of Taz Vegas    — * https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TKvYioCo5g * * Thanks, Native FM, among media resources, f0r featuring our local vocalists   http://nativefm.com/page.php?page_id=67 * * And have a good day! * https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIee2iChvaY * * * … Continue reading

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Depressive symptoms: Crisis of meaning and self-absorption

https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2015/02/24/modern-societys-devolution-and-self-absorption-we-need-symbols-which-participate-in-the-things-they-represent/ * * * * *   I stand incredulous before the sheer number of people reporting/experiencing symptoms of depression. I say again, I don’t believe our ancestors experienced the same proportion of depressive symptoms. Possible explanations for this phenomenon: … Continue reading

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Love — what it requires, how to value it, how it calls us to pay attention — to celebrate and be grateful. Because we simply never know. Human beings have no rights or claims on the ever-so brief moments they are given to be together.

http://www.reviewjournal.com/columns-blogs/steven-kalas/love-the-simple-measure-life *     “When someone you love walks through the door, even if it happens five times a day, you should go totally insane with joy.” — Denali Denali isn’t famous enough to need a last name. He has … Continue reading

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Irony is a way of transcending and ultimately extending the limited resources of everyday language — irony uses words to point beyond language.

http://www.bu.edu/wcp/Papers/Lite/LiteBred.htm https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2013/05/10/irony-can-include-paradox-and-paradox-can-include-irony/ * * Irony entails endless reflection and violent reversals, and ensures incomprehensibility at the moment it compels speech.     Essentially, irony swallows its own stomach. * https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irony#Irony_as_infinite.2C_absolute_negativity * * Jonah in the belly of the whale as irony swallows … Continue reading

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Irony, reversal, and frustration of expectations are characteristic of Jesus. Does a periscope (short saying — “turn the other cheek”) present opposites or impossibilities? If it does, it’s more likely to be authentic. For example, “love your enemies.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesus_Seminar#Criteria_for_authenticity * “Hi everyone! The one we worship was crucified by the Romans. Come follow us.” This opening line did not fit among Greco-Roman religions. Claiming that a divine figure was helplessly beaten, tortured, and gruesomely–shamefully executed, would have been … Continue reading

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