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Diary    H1'ed 12/29/21

New Year Thoughts and Gasping for the Oxygen of Good News

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We're in the midst of holiday week, a usually bustling time when mall lots overflow with people returning and exchanging Christmas gifts, stocking up for holiday parties with champagne and the trimmings. Here the traffic on the worst roads is still heavy--I'm in a suburb verging on northeast Philadelphia--and the three wheelers are lumbering along in surprising quantities, considering problems with loading and unloading shipping docks at our major ports. The Coca Cola, Pampers, Nature's Promise products, and etc. are still faithfully on their way, to my knowledge. I don't mean to be glib. I have a 10-month-old granddaughter.

I'm trying to find reasons for joy as I read predictions of catastrophe from melting glaciers in five years and terrifying numbers of COVID cases every day: yesterday 267,000, according to the New York Times. There are immigration crises and the aftermaths of any number of climate change-induced disasters. There are so many totally worthy charities around and I can donate to only so many out of my academic freelancer's earnings.

How is the economy? My weak point, as always. The Biden administration has released figures indicating that unemployment has gone down by two percent, but that's only measuring certain parametersso many people are working multiple part-time jobs lacking benefits, looking for that beloved fossil, the full-time job with perks that cares about your family life and need to breath between shifts. Read: 9-5 five days a week. The middle class is melting away while three billionaires possess as much wealth as half of the population here in the USA.

It will take a catastrophe for them to notice how we the rabble are faring. Have they built bunkers to escape the flooding that many experts say is inevitable? Is the flooding God's will, to hasten the predictions in Revelation? The Rapture? The elimination of those who won't espouse the principles of one religion? Nature's revenge?

Shall I do a dance macabre and spend all of my savings in the next five years? I have received some comforting news, believe it or not: Amsterdam is well below sea level and kept from catastrophic ruin by dikes, which our Corps of Engineers can erect in no time flat if necessary. They haven't started work yet but don't need to until crunch time.

Is that accurate reason to breathe easier? To choose another poison than the Second Flood? Other forms of climate change are flourishing. Can we learn to control the weather? The tectonic plates? Pandemics? At 267,000 a day, we'll all get sick in, let's see, 300 million or so divided by that number: 1,123.5 days. Again, that's in the USA. 1,123.5 days equals 3.8 years. I don't know how many out of the 267,000 victims are breakthrough events. I don't know if the rate of infection will decrease when the weather warms up. But if we survive there's still the Second Flood to look forward to, barring a miracle.

We need to fight back against greed quickly. We need to eliminate racism and lack of compassion for those without bunkers to retreat to in the event of catastrophe. There are so many super-wealthy estates built on the ocean. Farewell to them. Will that budge the plutocrats?

This isn't a prophecy. It's just a reiteration of what I've read in the mainstream media lately, which can't even deny us some doomsday prognostications, now that Britney Spears's estate issues have been settled. Ghislaine Maxwell has been found guilty. The Elizabeth Holmes issues are still pending. And all those obscene pederasts and perverts are still crawling out of the woodwork to be slapped on their gilded wrists. Oh, how long those trials take.

Our world is starting to take sexist abuse in work settings more seriously. That's some good news but the issue is far from resolved. Oh the other issues spill over: the fate of Julian Asssange and whistle blowing altogether. Investigative journalism altogether.

Happy New Year! Election corruption is spreading like lava all over the country in red states and purple ones if not even a few blues. What positive thought can I end with? Russia reducing troops along the Ukrainian border by 10,000 on Christmas Day? That's something toward Peace on Earth! Dikes to stave off the Second Flood? Don't tell me my friend was wrong. The joy I take in the younger generations of my family even as I marvel that we boomers are now that font of wisdom, a would-be great generation marred so completely by Trump and his MAGA troops.

Happy New Year. Look for joy at the family level, where it exists in lieu of tragedy. Marvel at each day that dawns. Immortality in the face of catastrophe is a joke. Don't look for that. Not even Einstein or Shakespeare or Homer will survive, let alone icons of other cultures. Pardon my jingoism: add Buddha, the Dalai Lama, and so many more. The farthest East I've been is Turkey and Israel.

Shall I recommend antidepressants?

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yes we need to fight back against greed. In the ten years since I started writing about the need to make it illegal to be a billionaire, more and more people are seeing the light. These freaks of nature are dangerous, no matter how well intentioned. Perhaps 2022 will be the year that turns the corner on people coming out and embracing the idea that billionaires are abominations who should, by law, be made illegal to exist. Cut them down to millionaires and take away some of their power-- because today, they have too much.

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Agreed! How to accomplish that? Their power equals their money!

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I'm happy to let people make as much money as they want as long as we go back to a 77 percent tax rate like we had in 1918, if we did that for those worth more than a couple million it should enhance the economy and social services... ;-)

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I got rid of my TV decades ago so I do not have fears of this hyped cold. I have been hearing "five years to climate disaster" for about forty years. Pollution, glyphosate, neonicitinoids, GMOs and billionaires are far bigger problems and I can see their impacts on the creatures around me. Scary.

We live in insane times. Science is dead. The Ministry of Truth controls the media, education, science, medicine, finance and justice. It delivers non-stop fear porn, most blatantly false, all twisted. I am glad OEN still allows us to question the MoT.

Things are so crazy, it is like we've been hit by the Chinese curse, "May you live in interesting times." However, I have always looked to the blessing in that thought; my remaining years will not be boring. I have not worn a mask, I have friends, local and travelers, who hug; and I see hope for a food supply in the future. This is exciting. You can see my good health in my smile.

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Hi and thank you for attempting to reassure me and OEN readers who share my concern. I can relate to your escapism but not to your refusing to mask! Happy New Year.

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Masks are burkas of compliance. They harm the wearer and the society around, both physically and mentally. Silly virtue signaling. They do nothing for stopping viruses. Read the peer reviewed science. I have.

I refuse to buy into the sickness line that the maskers follow. I just cleared three tress from across the lane that connects me to a plowed road. Two masker neighbors who have been holed up for two years in front of a TV were having anxiety problems about the ability to get out or for emergency vehicles to get in. They are getting unhealthier and less able to deal with this environment. I am not. I smile at the postcard beauty around me.

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Chuck,

You're giving an extreme example. I go out for walks most days and enjoy the scenery near where I live. I mask up when I'm in public in an indoors venue. And I've stayed COVID-free and will continue to take precautions because a lot of peer-reviewed information also confirms that this is advisable.

I'm sorry for those people who've overreacted. They can certainly enjoy the wilderness without getting sick.

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Has it occurred to you that you, in fact, might be the one who is "virtue signaling" in this context? And might there be at least a touch of going mucho macho by boasting of a healthy, manly lifestyle in contrast to what you describe or at least imply are fearful weaklings elsewhere?

That's your right to think and act like that, of course. But to extent that your activities and those like them by others create dire economic and health hazards for others -- especially for the elderly and ill who are very vulnerable many of us are losing patience. As a result, there is increasing sentiment -- known to those who do follow the news -- for appropriate public health measures desired by most people, except in certain enclaves. These measures logically include restricting the unmasked and unvaxxed to their own spaces, thereby preventing disruptions at schools, workplaces, stores, public transit, medical offices, etc. Surely insurance companies will adjust also so that the unmasked and unvaxxed will pay higher rates commensurate with known risks, but otherwise remain free to roam free unmasked and unvaxxed so long as they live.

Fortunately, we've seen this pattern many times in the United States and elsewhere. I'm old enough to recall tobacco chewers freely spitting on streets and even indoors (sometimes missing the spittoon). They asserted their freedom even when more genteel folks turned up their nose as their disgusting habit. The turning point was when even remote areas came to understand that the spitting helped spread tuberculous. It was the same thing with smallpox vaccine and smoking, the latter transforming from a "cool" and sexy habit to a repulsive one continued mainly by the uneducated as awareness of cancer and second-hand smoke arose.

All of which is to say the outdoors can be lovely as is one's home. True freedom lovers shouldn't want much more.

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A lot of words saying nothing. Forcing into reluctant people, an experimental drug that prevents nothing for a disease similar to the common cold that kills few is illegal. Quite sick actually. My news and observations show the vaxxed are dropping. Any of your old friends suddenly drop over lately? This a eugenics program and you are pushing it on yourself--and me.

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In response to your question, yes, I do know at least two people who keeled over from disease, Robert David Steele and Herman Cain, both world class grifters and con men who made money in significant part by opposing public health measures.

The death of Cain, whom I met when he was the leading GOP presidential candidate for a time during the 2012 campaign when he visited the National Press Club for a talk, was well-chronicled because it came just after he attended mask-free the Trump Tulsa campaign rally in 2020 that attracted 6,600 when more than a million had been expected.

Steele made and spent $1.2 million on his nationwide tour earlier this year in which he rallied opposition to masks and vaccinations. He was still fund-raising (and grifting) in his hospital bed with his anti-mask, anti-vaxx nonsense, where he was dying of Covid last August. He had had to interrupt his 50-state anti-mask tour after 39 states because he had spent all the money and gotten sick. He was well-known in alternative circles in the DC area for various nonsensical and dangerous claims bordering on lunacy, such as that Democrats were kidnapping children to be sex slaves on Mars. He did have his followers, of course because so many are looking for alternatives to the mainstream.

Regarding the topic at hand, here are two columns I endorse after having studied disease causation and proof of disease causation professionally, including with nationally respected faculty who had earned M.D. degrees:

Lima News (Ohio), Opinion: Goodbye, and good riddance, Leonard Pitts Jr. This is for those of you who've chosen to quit your jobs rather than submit to a vaccine mandate.

Well, on behalf of the rest of us, the ones who miss concerts, restaurants and other people's faces, the ones who are sick and tired of living in pandemic times, here's a word of response to you quitters: Goodbye.

Not to minimize any of this. A few weeks ago, a hospital in upstate New York announced it would have to "pause" delivering babies because of resignations among its maternity staff. So the threat of difficult ramifications is certainly real. But on the plus side, your quitting goes a long way toward purging us of the gullible, the conspiracy-addled, the logic-impaired and the stubbornly ignorant. And that's not nothing.

Like you're not already required to get vaccinated to start school or travel to other countries. So you're mad at government and your job for doing what they've always done.

But the rest of us, we're mad at you. Because this thing could have been over by now, and you're the reason it isn't. That's why we were glad President Biden stopped asking nicely, started requiring vaccinations everywhere he had power to do so. We were also glad when employers followed suit. And if that's a problem for you, then, yes, goodbye. We'll miss you, to be sure. But you're asking us to choose between your petulance and our lives.

And that's really no choice at all.

Democracy Now! via Truthout, Chomsky: Rising Anti-Science Rhetoric Feeds the Pandemic and Climate Crisis, Amy Goodman & Nermeen Shaikh, Dec. 30, 2021. Today, a special broadcast: an hour with Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author, who just turned 93 years old. Chomsky spoke to Democracy Now! prior to the discovery of the Omicron coronavirus variant, but he predicted new variants would emerge.

"If you let the virus run rampant in poor countries, everyone understands that mutation is likely, the kind of mutation that led to the Delta variant, now the Delta Plus variant in India, and who knows what will develop," Chomsky said.

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I am concerned with long term mask wearing. Evolution over the long term changes things and I am worried about the cant of our ears.

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I am concerned with long term mask wearing. Evolution over the long term changes things and I am worried about the cant of our ears.

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Happy New Year to you and others.

GOOD NEWS do not come to us by accidents. They need our voices and support to happen.

WHY no one is discussing refugee problems during these cold months under COVID disaster which was brought upon the world by mean and greedy individuals?

The humanity has lost its dignity by ignoring illegal sanctions that have violated international norms and brought misery to one third of world population, roughly 34 countries.

Illegal sanctions on helpless people must end.

Have you wondered Why CODEPINK, Dalai Lama, and Pope, and many more have not spoken against illegal Western sanctions which have violated international accords?

It will be GOOD news when sanctions are lifted and the likes of Julian Assange are freed.

It will be GOOD news when some countries STOP bombing helpless people, killing millions of innocent people among them children, ill, and elderly.

It will be GOOD news when criminal Saudi Arabia supported by Western countries halt bombing Yemenis people.

We should follow Saadi (an Iranian poet) who wrote:
" Human beings are members of a whole
In creation of one essence and soul
If one member is afflicted with pain
Other members uneasy will remain
If you have no sympathy for human pain

The name of human you cannot retain "

This poem is displayed in the entrance of the UN in New York City.

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Mohammad,

Thank you for this wonderful post. Happy New Year to you too.

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Marta, - don't lament.....America is doing great in comparison to France in regards to new covid cases. Last week, we were at 100,000 new cases a day - this week, we're at 200,000 and authorities claim the numbers are doubling every three days.

Which means at the end of January, France will attain 200,000,000 cases a day for a population of 67 million!

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Helen,

Danse macabre time certainly. At least it's not the plague, the original venue for it (as far as I know anyway). Happy New Year!

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The tests are pure fraud and the "cases" meaningless. It is extremely well done theatrics to lead the population in terror to even sicker, more harmful places. May you rise above the nonsense in this world of Con.

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Millions of people throughout the world have died of COVID. And though there are breakthrough infections, they are lots milder for vaccinated people. Evidently we have access to conflicting sources.

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Actually, I do know about the tests, Chuck - I should have included a disclaimer that I was parroting what mass medical & media put out ad nauseam.

Marta - thanks for your New Year's greetings and likewise!. About covid being a killer: numbers are inflated. In fact, there is a substantial percentage of those who died of other causes and because of faulty testing, were labeled covid...a profit incentive for hospitals.

If NYC had the same proportion of covid deaths as Tokyo, it wouldn't be at 58,000. it would be at 1,500. Look it up - Google's numbers.

Japan never locked down, Japan gives early treatments. Japan uses other methods to deliver oxygen to avoid destroying lungs on a ventilator.

Immune systems take a hit with every shot:

click here

Israel just began administering the fourth dose, but rolled back the program almost immediately. From the French financial paper, Les Echos - put in Google Translate:

click here

96% Of Germans With Omicron Were 'Fully Vaccinated,' 28% Triple Vaxxed, Only 4% Unvaxxed, Government Says

Click Here

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Helen,

Your materials are compelling. But perhaps omicron is so mild because the people who catch it are vaccinated? I've played the mainstream game so far and have remained COVID-free so far, isolating a lot of the time, resurfacing when it seems safer, missing life but preferring that state to death.

Many thanks for taking the trouble of supplying all that information. If you have more, I'll read it.

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Part of the con has been to create a horror of getting covid. The way pandemics go through is for the healthy to get the virus and get immunities until herd immunity is reached. As a very healthy old fart, I have not shied away from this cold or my duty to get it. From the way I see the numbers, about five out of 100 old farts like me who get this cold croak. Show me a representative hundred people around my age, be sure to include granny in her wheelchair and the crazy uncle on O2. I would have a pretty good guess as to the five who get nailed, it is no time to be in a hospital or an old folks home, especially since this country has been killing patients with asinine medical protocols. Remember when the media was wetting its pants over Test Kits, Masks and Ventilators? It was obvious theater to con people into wanting things that have been used to control them--masks and test kits; and things to kill them--masks and ventilators. My risk is more like 1 in 100,000 or a million. It is much riskier for me to pick up my chainsaw. Healthy people did not die from covid before the vaxx. Now they do. Don't drag me down that rabbit hole of madness with its fear porn, masks, distancing, passports, and vaxxes after vaxxes. What a sinister, creepy world, the miracle phantom inflated by TV and mass media. The real miracle is how you can know what I am saying is true, yet religiously put your mask back on for Fauci.

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I like your diary, Marta. It got me thinking about what I have to be grateful for amidst so much to lament. The good news for me (and anyone else who chooses) is the wonderful guidance I have found in the new translation of the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius by Gregory Hays. Born in 121 AD, Marcus still gives us guidance, through his writing, on how to live a good life in times of great tragedy and uncertainty. It's astonishing that his words perfectly prefigure the Serenity Prayer, now recited in every meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. And that is just a glimpse of all he has to offer. His spirituality seems akin to that of indigenous people from time immemorial, seeing the entire Cosmos, including the human people, the animal people, and the plant people as sacred. What a gift that such a spirit lives on through his philosophical meditations on how best to conduct one's life in all circumstances!

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Meredith,

Thanks for the comment and I'm so glad you have found reason for joy. Happy New Year and don't ever stop looking for more, wherever you find it. I am escaping into novels and fiction, which I haven't willingly done in years. Now, WTH, why not? There is much joy in successful escapism until you have to snap out of it!

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I like your diary, Marta. It got me thinking about what I have to be grateful for amidst so much to lament. The good news for me (and anyone else who chooses) is the wonderful guidance I have found in the new translation of the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius by Gregory Hays. Born in 121 AD, Marcus still gives us guidance, through his writing, on how to live a good life in times of great tragedy and uncertainty. It's astonishing that his words perfectly prefigure the Serenity Prayer, now recited in every meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. And that is just a glimpse of all he has to offer. His spirituality seems akin to that of indigenous people from time immemorial, seeing the entire Cosmos, including the human people, the animal people, and the plant people as sacred. What a gift that such a spirit lives on through his philosophical meditations on how best to conduct one's life in all circumstances!

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For a practical way to make your life more joyful (despite what is going on in the world) practice smiling more.

Try it now, smile. How does that make you feel?

My experience - 2 years ago, New Year's Day 2020 I had a thought, I want to smile more. I decided to make a New Year's resolution to smile more and to do that I decided that every morning when I got up and went into the bathroom I would look into the mirror and smile. After about a week of doing this, it felt silly, and I would make funny faces in the mirror. After about 2 weeks I was thinking about quitting this resolution. I sat in meditation and asked myself should I quit doing this practice. Immediately I had a thought - add saying the phrase "being here now in loving awareness" as I smiled at myself in the mirror. The result is that I have kept this practice and it has changed me and my world view.

How it works - first, it is a truth that one does not perceive reality as it is, but as one is. If you feel angry at others your perception is the world is a hostile place. If you feel love of others your perception is the world is a blissful place. Second, when you are smiling you feel happy. The feeling and the body response are connected. Third, the act of smiling when you greet someone is a learned response and so, with practice, tying the phrase "being here now in loving awareness" automatically brings that loving feeling into your awareness whenever you greet someone.

If you feel your perception of the world is troubling and want to change that to be more loving, consider making this practice your New Year's resolution. It worked for me.

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Philip,

I am so happy that you were able to find such an uncomplicated solution! Thanks for sharing. I guess I'll try it but I'm skeptical. Happy New Year

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I suspect that adding the thought "I'm skeptical" would make the practice feel fake. About a week into just looking into the mirror and smiling I had the feeling that my smiling was fake, and it seemed silly, and I was thinking of ending my New Year's resolution. The idea to add the phrase "being here now in loving awareness" when i smiled is what changed the practice of smiling at myself in the mirror; it did not feel fake or silly but was making a meaningful change in myself.

This is a mindfulness practice of experiencing being in the now in a state of consciousness/awareness that is unconditional love. This practice works for me because I want it to. Now, whenever I come into contact with someone I remember to smile and with that act of smiling I am being here now is a state of unconditional love with that person. It is by making this practice routine (doing it every morning) it has become an integral part of who I am (unconditional love).

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Thank you again. I'll try it.

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Love this, Philip! Thanks for the reminder!

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Yes, the act of smiling reminds me to be here now in unconditional love, and the practice of consciously smiling at myself in the mirror and repeating that phrase reminds me to smile often. This simple practice has changed me and the change in myself has transformed my perception of the world. Jesus said, "the kingdom of heaven is within you", and I know this to be true.

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"Boy I'm glad I got those 4 jabs because it would have been worse".

Stats in last 7 days from Denmark where 81.5% of the population are fully vaccinated and 21,5% have received a booster -

the numbers for positive tests the last 7 days are:

72,913 fully vaccinated, 2,195 partially vaccinated,10,095 unvaccinated

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I'm with you MAB. MOST HAPPY of all new years.

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marta,chuck, helen, rob - it;s so great to follow yourcomments/

discussions, incl andrew's. you make my day.

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Nels, a special Happy New Year to you!

I don't see much sense in putting on a happy face with all that is currently happening in the world right now (Australians interned in covid camps, vaccines mandated for every citizen in Austria and now Galicia, Spain). One thing that stands out is people with integrity, like you, Nels.....a profound thank you because it is people like yourself who will shine the light through this dark moment - that's what I am grateful for:

youtube.com/watch?v=Df5S14LLFaM

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The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

by The Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu

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"[An] exquisite book...An intimate glimpse into the minds of two of the world's spiritual guides, and their foundation for an attainable and practical approach to experiencing a more enriching and sustainable life of abundant joy."

"This sparkling, wise, and immediately useful gift to readers from two remarkable spiritual masters."

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Thank you for this, Blair. These are two of my all-time favorite spiritual teachers. I will certainly have a look at The Book of Joy!

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Thanks, Meredith. Two truly wise men; my pleasure to share their work.

BTW - two other great books: The Joy of Living and Dying in Peace by H.H. the Dalai Lama and Walking Each Other Home by Ram Dass. Death is a challenge we obviously will all have to face, and we need as much wisdom as possible to do so.

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Thanks, Meredith. Two truly wise men; my pleasure to share their work.

BTW - two other great books: The Joy of Living and Dying in Peace by H.H. the Dalai Lama and Walking Each Other Home by Ram Dass. Death is a challenge we obviously will all have to face, and we need as much wisdom as possible to do so.

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