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  1. 3 days ago on Rip Haywire

    Now I’m going to have that song stuck in my head all day.

  2. 17 days ago on Breaking Cat News

    Onomatopoeia at its finest.

  3. 17 days ago on Big Nate: First Class

    I can relate. In youth, I often had to hide that I was actually happy somebody I had a crush on broke up, in the irrational hope they’d become interested in me instead. :)

  4. 17 days ago on Pearls Before Swine

    Thank you for a thoughtful response. We could probably arrive at some kind of synthesis through dialogue eventually, in a serious discussion of comparative religion, but probably a comics comment section isn’t a good place for that. :)

  5. 18 days ago on Working Daze

    :singing: “Rita DeVil, Rita DeVil, if that doesn’t scare you, no other name will!”

  6. 19 days ago on Pearls Before Swine

    Not necessarily. Buddhism has a specialized, philosophical meaning to the Sanskrit word that gets translated “desire”. It’s a philosophical concept of being wrongly or inappropriately attached to a thing, such as making yourself miserable over something you can’t possibly control, such as the fact that your family (and your own finite self) will someday grow old or sick and die. The concept is also applied broadly to things like wanting more material possessions or a higher status in life. Working within your abilities and with things you can control to make a comfortable life for yourself is fine, but when you find yourself constantly thinking “If only I had this, I’d be happy”, or “If only this thing were this instead of that, I’d be happy”, that’s a clue that wrong thinking is causing you to suffer needlessly.

  7. 19 days ago on Pearls Before Swine

    I applaud your post with one hand.

  8. 19 days ago on Pearls Before Swine

    That would be a misunderstanding of the religion. It starts from a foundation of having basic needs met. You’re supposed to be filled with compassion for anyone who is hungry or sick. The Buddha started out with everything, being from a royal family, and noticed that he still suffered and was unhappy. He went through many trials to arrive at his Truths, including renouncing his family’s wealth and taking the equivalent of a vow of poverty. You can’t really convince anybody who’s not ready to search for Enlightenment, though, and Buddhists generally don’t try to do that. They will try to teach anyone who comes to them, but they don’t actively try to convert or convince anyone. The teacher is there when the student is ready.

  9. 19 days ago on Doonesbury

    It’s one of those words one only sees on vocabulary tests, and only uses to show off vocabulary (understood by no one else). I used to do that sometimes as a young college student, and then later in life I realized that I should pick words that are in common usage. What’s the point of speaking or writing in a way where almost no one understands you without going for a dictionary? You’ll hardly win friends and influence people that way. Use common words to say what you mean.

  10. 25 days ago on Off the Mark

    Susan Storm is there with Mr. Fantastic. You just can’t see her.