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June 14, 2015 Vol. 8 No. 38
TO THE CLASS OF 2015
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. June in America is known for several things and the most important of them to me is not the start of summer or all the weddings. It is graduation from high school and from university. It is to the latter Class of 2015 that I wish to address these remarks.
Hi, guys and guy-ettes and congratulations. Sixteen years on the job is a fair stretch of the road, is it not? And now, according to all you have been told, it is time to get out there in the “real world” and use what you have all been learning since the first grade. Here is what I hope for you.
I pray, first of all, that you be patient with the advice-givers of the world. We are a well-meaning lot, for the most part, but we deal with fallacious premises, the chief of which is that the way we experience and deal with life should be a “one size fits all” proposition. It is not. How could it be when you are not us and we are not you?
We are all blind people touching an elephant and describing what we experience, all several billion of us. There is no single individual among us who sees life and the human experience in total. Having said that, intrinsic in all of us is a sense of right and wrong or, as the late Twentieth Century philosopher and motorcycle devotee Arthur Fonzarelli was wont to put it, “what’s cool and what is definitely un-cool, yanno?”
Whatever decisions you make, let them be guided by the voice of this internal moral compass. Use not only what your mind has taught you about life and the human experience, but your heart as well. Respect history but do not feel obligated to it. Almost everything which precipitated both the good and the bad we face today started a very long time ago. You do not own it so do not pay for it. And if you do not like it, at the very least, do not emulate it.
I will tell you the most important thing that I, Mikhail Sean Patric McGuire aka Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller have learned so far. Dying for something is easy. Living for something is a lot harder but in the end, it is usually a lot more productive than a cross in a field of crosses. Go forth daring to dream big and dedicated to becoming all you were meant to be.
Thanks for the ear, then, gang. Have a good week. And remember this magazine is ~ in large part ~ supported by small contributions from folks like you. To drop a dollar in the sugar can, please go here
Here’s a question we all need to probably ask ourselves at some point in time or another. Could one of these robots save you in a climate disaster?
This is refreshing. (pun intended) This is crazy, but we actually have good news about climate change
This will probably explain a great deal. DNA Deciphers Roots of Modern Europeans
ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM
WEATHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE
FROM THE UKRAINE
Very busy week here so just these few short lines. The little girl in the photograph was enjoying is Julia, whom we had met on Children’s Day in Sviatogorsk. Her name is Julia and she is confident that peace now will be always.
Stay cool, Mishka
How could we not be glad to hear this? Some Big, Important Countries Are Promising To Cut Out Fossil Fuels By 2100
Good for her. She is articulate and she knows what she is talking about. Michelle Obama Talks About Race and Success, and Makes It Personal
This is very encouraging. What’s Next For The World’s Largest Federation Of Worker-Owned Co-Ops?
At least this was acted upon. Police officer on leave after video shows him pushing teen, pulling out gun
We need to do something about this. And not tomorrow. World Oceans Day: 10 Endangered And At-Risk Marine Animals
Stupid, irreverent, boorish and possibly a national disgrace. Canadians Who Allegedly Posed Naked On ‘Sacred Mountain’ Barred From Leaving Malaysia
OUR WORLD AND BEYOND
We knew you guys could not live without knowing this. The 12 smelliest animals
This is a step in the right direction. U.S. Will Call All Chimps ‘Endangered’
Sometimes the things done in the quest of knowledge totally stagger the mind. Scientists Emerge From ‘Martian’ Dome On Hawaiian Volcano
HERE ON EARTH
FROM JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE
The Earth Observatory’s mission is to share with the public the images, stories, and discoveries about climate and the environment that emerge from NASA research, including its satellite missions, in-the-field research, and climate models.
THE GREEN AGENDA
How This Library Paid $1 to Install Its Solar Panels – In West Virginia, Solar Holler helps nonprofits install solar panels for less than the price of a cup of coffee. Read More
HEALTH & LIFESTYLE
We’ve collected what we consider the most wholesome, family-oriented and genuinely humorous comic strips we could find on the Net. They include: Adam@Home, Calvin & Hobbes, Emmylou, For Better or For Worse, Foxtrot Classics, Garfield, Get Fuzzy, and Peanuts. Either click the banner or this link.
BEST OF THE NET
WRATH OF THE USS TESTAMENT
A tale of insurrection and war in an America of a dark and distant future
THE BACK COUNTRY GALLERY’S new free monthly nature wallpaper is available here. Lens jockey Steve Perry also has a newsletter offering a great deal of cool stuff for wildlife photographers, amateur and professional, alike.
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Political, Classified and Commercial Writing, Editing & Proofing
Jokes and Monologues
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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
This is incredible. Superpowers Of The Deepest Divers
So is this. The Loneliest Whale In The World
I do not care if this is true. It still sounds like Bella Lugosi and Forks, Washington. Vampire plants are a good thing
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