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    a rose is a rose

    i did read this before. i felt something rip inside of me the first time and i felt another piece of me rip when i read it again.

    i have so much to say but i don't want to say any of it.

    i want to keep on believing we as humans ARE for the most part good.

    i want to.......


    It reads as good the second time as it did the first time I read it. It's a beautifully written piece and you made me cry, again. It's my favorite of all your blogs. You have a way with words, you should be a writer. ;)

    Success Warrior

    I used to play Connect 4 with my dad when I was a kid. I should have played for money. I was pretty good at it.

    And you really should be a writer.

    CV Rick

    If I took the advice of all these people in my life, I'd be a damned writer . . .

    Good thing I'm too pig-headed for that.


    Brilliant Rick. I loved it.


    Beautifully written. I like the way the smallest details tell most about the big picture you are painting. Well done.

    I wonder what happened to Emily.

    CV Rick

    I don't know what happened to Emily. When the volcanic eruption (Pinatubo) happened, it buried the town where I met her, 2 years later.

    It's really hard to say where she went or what she did. Living in a country with a very weak government means that all people without money are thrown on the tracks of capitalism and corruption. There is very little in the form of record-keeping, and many births, deaths, and marriages aren't recorded. The government has no idea who, or how many, live there, and little concern either way.


    Excellent, excellent essay, Rick. I am always amazed by the shortsightedness of Libertarians with their most egregious blindspot: the basic concept that the very function of centralized concentration of power is to prevent the tyranny of private concentrations of power, subject to no consistent constraints.

    Of course, then, the issue is working out the question of for whom that centralized government works -- a very real problem -- but the alternative is tribalism, feudalism and petty tyrants and raubritters.

    Cheers to you!


    Yes ...I wish the people who need to see that ad do ! There is a bglgoer I know who lost her young husband to a drink driver, leaving her newly pregnant & with 10 month old twins.She started an anti drink driving campaign.Speeding too x thanks for sharing.


    If I took the advice of all these people in my life, I'd be a damned writer. Good thing I'm too pig-headed for that...

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