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Retired government economist, recent widower after 43 years of marriage — a work in progress, figuring out what life is supposed to look like.

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  1. 14 days ago on Pickles

    Fem logic, son. ;) Part, if not all, of what she’s angry about is your lack of sensitivity to her inner feelings, which is why you don’t know without asking. If you seriously can’t imagine why she’s angry, about all you can do is to apologize, humbly and sincerely, for being such a clueless clod (which you actually are) until she explains the issue.

    And for the love of God, don’t tell her that she has no reason to be angry, or that she’s being unreasonable…her feelings are as real and as valid as yours. If you’re really that stupid, you don’t deserve a woman; go get a chia pet.

    Wisdom from 49 years of marriage, little buddy!

  2. 16 days ago on Non Sequitur

    You know, I’ve always thought that the most important verse in the Bible is right up front: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” It’s not a suggestion or a hypothesis; you either accept it or not, no middle ground and no third choice. Everything that follows flows from that, and if you can’t take it as an axiom, no amount of logic or reasoning will make up for it…you’ve walked out of the theater, and the rest of the play is reasonably not yours to critique.

    The “conditions” on God’s love are not His, but rather are imposed by human beings who want a piece of His action. Way back when, that was called the sin of “simony”, but nowadays it’s just too darn profitable to call a sin… Seriously, what could He possibly need that you or I could give him? Even faith is presented as a gift to us that we’re free to accept or not; if we choose to subjugate ourselves to other human beings because we’re greedy for more, whose fault is that?

    God, a socialist? He wants us to take care of each other and the world we live in, and to be happy. Sounds okay to me, whatever (human) label you want to put to it.

    Now, Santa Claus is something else again. The historical Saint Nicholas, a third-century bishop in Asia Minor, would be pretty appalled by what our commercial society has done with his name.

  3. 29 days ago on Pickles

    Quoting Ben Franklin.

  4. about 2 months ago on Pickles

    That “somewhere” must be the place where those “I’ve heard people say” live, from whom our Stable Genius President gets his “facts”.

  5. 3 months ago on Pearls Before Swine

    I would nuance that to “Be merciful.” But really, not bad at all. Truly too bad, though, that most people focus on the differences between the cultural details of their faith traditions, instead of their universal core values.

  6. 7 months ago on Doonesbury

    And would you care to bet on how many of the domestics and groundskeepers at Mar-a-Lago are legal resident aliens? No? I thought not.

  7. over 1 year ago on Non Sequitur

    Religion is sometimes wack, yes. (God: SMH.) And sometimes it’s selfless and noble. Which way it breaks is on humanity.

  8. over 3 years ago on Non Sequitur

    No matter what your religion, if any, a few simple principles should be universal:.~ Be kind…~ First do no harm…~ With malice toward none, with charity toward all…~ Do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God….It doesn’t sound hard, does it? But our inborn human pride and arrogance can trump even the best influences on us.

  9. almost 4 years ago on Non Sequitur

    I think Robert A. Heinlein once remarked that there’s no such thing as an original storyline —only a handful of ideas that go back to the ancient Greeks if not further.

  10. almost 4 years ago on Doonesbury

    “Ethnic cleansing” goes back to ancient history, if not prehistory. (Remember the Neanderthals?) It seems to be one of the sadder natural aspects of humanity — or Original Sin, which is as good an explanation.