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significance_of_2 commented on: indirect direction by significance_of_2 3 days 2 hours ago
I live : Thank you for the information, I was living a completely separate set of statistics and so my eyes don't see any of what you described (then or now, - hope that you're well by the way). You look up, but i look around. You read on it, i live it (whati speak on or of) and it is nothing like what they've told you... but it is shifting a bit...    continuing to pray and move
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crypticbard commented on: Over by crypticbard 3 days 3 hours ago
Helps the learning curve and: Helps the learning curve and make things fun as well! Thanks again.
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J9thxciv commented on: ENORMOUS ORB by georgeschaefer 3 days 11 hours ago
This reminds me of a very: This reminds me of a very cherished memory I have of viewing Saturn, and its spectacular rings, throughmy college's observatory telescope; which, though built in the 19th century, had been maintained for supervised use of Physics majors, or of those of us who took Astronomy 101.  I felt the same overwhelming feeling which you describe so well as "stoned / in the presence of its magnitude."  Because of that memory, this poem touched me very deeply and profoundly.  
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J9thxciv commented on: SPLATTERED by georgeschaefer 3 days 11 hours ago
This is a very astute: This is a very astute observation.  In the spring of 1980, as my senior undergrad year was drawing to its end. I took an independent study course in my major, History, with an emphasis on my interest in ancient Rome.  Ten different histories of Rome of the first century A.D. were assigned to me, and I was required to read one each week and report on it on Friday mornings.  Each book had been deliberately, not randomly, selected by my instructor.  One of the aspects to which he wanted me to pay close attention was the attitude of each historian, or writer, toward the subject matter.  None of the historians were actually contemporary; spanning from late 18th century Europe to 1920's America.  I was amazed at how the same subject matter could be presented, so differently, by those historians.  The one I found most fascinating was a Russian historian, descended from aristocracy, whose family had been mostly wiped out by the Bolshevik Party during the Revolution.  His vision of ancient Rome was far different than that of an American historian who wrote in the early 19th century, with the American Revolution well in mind.  Same ancient Rome---same early Christians, same emperors, same Republic being raped into an Empire---and yet, very different interpretations.    So what you have stated, in this poem, is not some imaginary assertion:  it is a very real---sometimes subtle, sometimes glaring---aspect of at least the academic and scholarly study of History.  
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Stephen commented on: SPLATTERED by georgeschaefer 3 days 13 hours ago
History: So you would get a different history of the U.S. in a California high school than in a Texas high school. Correct? 
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Wordman commented on: England’s Best. (simple pleasures) by sweetwater 4 days 1 hour ago
Mini portraits of beauty,: Mini portraits of beauty, vignettes to be cradled in a smile. As always, thanks so much for sharing. 
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Wordman commented on: A Silent Song by Wordman 4 days 1 hour ago
Glad you enjoyed this, thanks: Glad you enjoyed this, thanks for the visit. 
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J9thxciv commented on: Precedents by J9thxciv 4 days 5 hours ago
Thank you, sir.: Thank you, sir.
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sweetwater commented on: England’s Best. (simple pleasures) by sweetwater 4 days 6 hours ago
Thank you so much for reading: Thank you so much for reading and also leaving your very kind comment. :-) Sue.
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Callis.at.the.Palace commented on: Dead on the Vine by Callis.at.the.Palace 4 days 7 hours ago
Thanks! : Really appreciate you saying that! I Was trying to capture that weird fleeting feeling of awkward one night connections that went no where. Had a few too many of those!       
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crypticbard commented on: England’s Best. (simple pleasures) by sweetwater 4 days 7 hours ago
A pure and beautiful: A pure and beautiful celebration of Spring and the joy it brings. Thanks for sharing. /Rik.
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crypticbard commented on: BENEATH AN UNLIT LAMPPOST by Stephen 4 days 7 hours ago
Interesting! The latest: Interesting! The latest Sherlock rendition (Cumberbatch) can lead one to believe that Holmes would solved without a doubt, the Ripper murders. Thanks for sharing.
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crypticbard commented on: Precedents by J9thxciv 4 days 7 hours ago
a worthwhile observation: We can't pontificate our writing nor can we guide our Muse. In a very real way, it is our writing that defines the contours of our life journey, and the periods of travel, its stopovers, sojourns, and stretches. Thanks for sharing.
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PUSHKVA commented on: BETWEEN THE BEADS by PUSHKVA 4 days 8 hours ago
AMEN!: AMEN!
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J9thxciv commented on: BETWEEN THE BEADS by PUSHKVA 4 days 8 hours ago
This beautiful---and I: This beautiful---and I mean, BEAUTIFUL!!!!!---poem not only expresses some very deep truths of the meaning of such sacramentals, it also reminded me (to add a personal response to this comment) to appreciate my prayer rope, and the prayers prayed upon it, far more than I presently have done.
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