No Fainting
This Thing Called the Church

Tidbits that Somehow Fit


I suspect that no thinking is entirely random. Given that comforting suspicion, I will piece together these tidbits with high expectations.

If you are a high profile person, every flaw, mistake, misstep, unguarded moment, poor decision, or hasty word originating with you is public property and open to public scrutiny and exaggeration.

How would your story read in tomorrow's New York Times?

The remarkable thing is how some people come out looking pretty good in the balance.

In a world of instant information, it is so easy to miscommunicate or misunderstand.

Gold rush

A bit off-topic, but, important to note:

September 9, 1850 – California is admitted as the thirty-first U.S. state.

It is not incidental that gold had been discovered the year before.

As the Ferengi Rules of Acquisition say (#102),

"Nature decays, but latinum lasts forever."

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Some things may sound alike, but they are not alike. Other things may look alike, but are also, not alike. Alikeness and likeness are actually more alike that many things.

Homophones are not a sexual orientation and proteins are not advocates for young people.

But we do need booth.

Speaking of misunderstanding basic communication:

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Good communication and great understanding begin in the silence of our souls where the wisest voices can be heard uninterrupted.

"Learn to get in touch with the silence within and know that everything in this life has a purpose."-Elisabeth Kübler Ross

Good name

Proverbs 22:1 - "A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold."
We have no control over what people think or say about us, but we do have control of the honest information they receive from our own behaviors and words.
We have control over our own decisions and choices.
We control our motivation.
If gold and silver are what ultimately control and motivate our choices, that will also ultimately be our reputation.
If integrity drives us, that will also show forth.
Tolstory - 17 rules
Tolstoy, like any writer, strove to be understood, at least on some level. He found out it was hard work being a creative mind. He required discipline and imposed it upon himself.
There are his 17 rules. Guess which one raises an eyebrow? I am not sure how he found the reconciliation with 7,15, and 16.
  • Wake at five o’clock
  • Go to bed no later than ten o’clock
  • Two hours permissible for sleeping during the day
  • Eat moderately
  • Avoid sweet foods
  • Walk for an hour every day
  • Carry out everything he prescribed for himself
  • Visit a brothel only twice a month
  • Love those to whom he could be of service
  • Disregard all public opinion not based on reason
  • Love those to whom he could be of service
  • Only do one thing at a time
  • Disallow flights of imagination unless necessary
  • Never to show emotion
  • Stop caring about other people’s opinion of himself
  • Do good things inconspicuously
  • Keep away from women
  • Suppress lust by working hard
  • Help those less fortunate

"The two most powerful warriors are patience and time." - Leo Tolstoy

Did you ever wonder how we got some of our most common communication tools? I mean words.

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Is this true?

Pathology - The study of trails.


On this day in the year 1000 AD, King Olaf of Norway died. You needed to know that