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• • • The Once-a-Day • • •
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Lyrics That Remind You of Someone
- oldviolin - Jul 5, 2020 - 11:53am
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Name My Band
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Things You Thought Today
- KarmaKarma - Jul 5, 2020 - 10:29am
- oldviolin - Jul 5, 2020 - 9:56am
Looting & vandalism isn't protest
- Steely_D - Jul 5, 2020 - 9:18am
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The List of Reasons Why Schlabby Hates People
- Red_Dragon - Jul 5, 2020 - 8:55am
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Pernicious Pious Proclivities Particularized Prodigiously
- Red_Dragon - Jul 5, 2020 - 8:50am
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Today in History
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What Are You Going To Do Today?
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Strips, cartoons, illustrations
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Ask the Libertarian
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All Dogs Go To Heaven - Dog Pix
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Why are 2 of the best albums of the last decade completel...
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Race in America
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Mixtape Culture Club
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Counting with Pictures
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In My Room
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Radio Paradise Comments
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RP Daily Trivia Challenge
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RP stops playing after a few minutes on iPod (iOS)
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Country Up The Bumpkin
- Antigone - Jul 3, 2020 - 2:39pm
how do you feel right now?
- miamizsun - Jul 3, 2020 - 1:54pm
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• • • PUZZLES • • •
- BlueHeronDruid - Jul 3, 2020 - 10:02am
• • • Things Magicians Exclaim • • •
- oldviolin - Jul 3, 2020 - 8:20am
Bluos App and Vault 2 Streamer. Is it playing in Flac?
- BillG - Jul 3, 2020 - 8:05am
BRING OUT YOUR DEAD
- oldviolin - Jul 3, 2020 - 8:04am
::odd but intriguing::
- oldviolin - Jul 3, 2020 - 8:01am
• • • Things Musicians Exclaim • • • -
- oldviolin - Jul 3, 2020 - 7:46am
What the hell OV?
- oldviolin - Jul 3, 2020 - 7:43am
How are you coping/dealing with the crisis?
- kurtster - Jul 3, 2020 - 2:44am
Oh, The Stupidity
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The Obituary Page
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NASA & other news from space
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What are you listening to now?
- black321 - Jul 2, 2020 - 7:14pm
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Vinyl for old timer
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Tech & Science
- R_P - Jul 2, 2020 - 5:03pm
Now that is a great story!
- miamizsun - Jul 2, 2020 - 4:14pm
260,000 Posts in one thread?
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Watch Now !
- miamizsun - Jul 2, 2020 - 4:06pm
- Red_Dragon - Jul 2, 2020 - 1:53pm
Less Tori and more anything else ;p
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Supreme Court Rulings
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Derplahoma Questions and Points of Interest
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Hey Baby, It's The 4th O' July
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Amazon Echo/Alexa stream not working
- rochesimpson - Jul 1, 2020 - 3:31pm
Official date for our 20th Anniversary?
- Windspirit - Jul 1, 2020 - 3:16pm
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Can't add RP service to Sonos
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Vinyl Only Spin List
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Those Lovable Policemen
- R_P - Jun 30, 2020 - 8:44pm
Capitalism and Consumerism... now what?
- haresfur - Jun 30, 2020 - 6:56pm
Talk Behind Their Backs Forum
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More detailed album version tag?
- anonym - Jun 30, 2020 - 11:24am
Nederland / The Netherlands
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What is "Sonos" tracking in web browser
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Oliver Sacks on Learning He Has Terminal Cancer
Location: i believe, i believe, it's silly, but I believe
Feb 23, 2015 - 5:02am
A most amazing man.
Feb 21, 2015 - 1:04pm
Location: Half inch above the K/T boundary
Feb 21, 2015 - 11:07am
I too learned of Sacks' condition a few days ago. Sad. Yet...
This man who was such a fine example of the the richness of living may now be an exemplar of the dignity of one's dying. Nevertheless: sad, very sad.
Feb 21, 2015 - 10:46am
from one of my favourite authors...
(...) It is up to me now to choose how to live out the months that remain to me. I have to live in the richest, deepest, most productive way I can. In this I am encouraged by the words of one of my favorite philosophers, David Hume, who, upon learning that he was mortally ill at age 65, wrote a short autobiography in a single day in April of 1776. He titled it “My Own Life.”
“I now reckon upon a speedy dissolution,” he wrote. “I have suffered very little pain from my disorder; and what is more strange, have, notwithstanding the great decline of my person, never suffered a moment’s abatement of my spirits. I possess the same ardour as ever in study, and the same gaiety in company.”
I have been lucky enough to live past 80, and the 15 years allotted to me beyond Hume’s three score and five have been equally rich in work and love. In that time, I have published five books and completed an autobiography (rather longer than Hume’s few pages) to be published this spring; I have several other books nearly finished.
Hume continued, “I am ... a man of mild dispositions, of command of temper, of an open, social, and cheerful humour, capable of attachment, but little susceptible of enmity, and of great moderation in all my passions.”
Here I depart from Hume. While I have enjoyed loving relationships and friendships and have no real enmities, I cannot say (nor would anyone who knows me say) that I am a man of mild dispositions. On the contrary, I am a man of vehement disposition, with violent enthusiasms, and extreme immoderation in all my passions.
And yet, one line from Hume’s essay strikes me as especially true: “It is difficult,” he wrote, “to be more detached from life than I am at present.”
Over the last few days, I have been able to see my life as from a great altitude, as a sort of landscape, and with a deepening sense of the connection of all its parts. This does not mean I am finished with life.
On the contrary, I feel intensely alive, and I want and hope in the time that remains to deepen my friendships, to say farewell to those I love, to write more, to travel if I have the strength, to achieve new levels of understanding and insight.
This will involve audacity, clarity and plain speaking; trying to straighten my accounts with the world. But there will be time, too, for some fun (and even some silliness, as well).
I feel a sudden clear focus and perspective. There is no time for anything inessential. I must focus on myself, my work and my friends. I shall no longer look at “NewsHour” every night. I shall no longer pay any attention to politics or arguments about global warming.
This is not indifference but detachment — I still care deeply about the Middle East, about global warming, about growing inequality, but these are no longer my business; they belong to the future. I rejoice when I meet gifted young people — even the one who biopsied and diagnosed my metastases. I feel the future is in good hands. (...)