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Goosebumps — vanbytheriver

If you react to certain kinds of music with goosebumps, you have a unique brain. You may have a wider, richer range of emotions. Those who get chills from music have structural differences in the brain, namely “a higher volume of fibers that connect their auditory cortex to the areas associated with emotional processing, which […] …

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Fighting Fascism: We Need War Veterans Voices

I read a Wall Street Journal article today about  Fascist and radical nationalists marching in Polands’ Independence Day Celebrations yesterday. Tens of thousands attended the march. On the same day here in America, we celebrated Veterans Day. In ceremonies, words and pictures, and silent thoughts and prayers, we considered the sacrifices of our Veterans. I wonder …

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Gratitude, Greeting Cards and the Biography of Our Lives

Two weeks after my father passed away I opened his closet to start sorting through his clothes. The shelf above the closet rod where his clothes hung was crowded with numerous heavy, bulging plastic bags. I pulled one down and looked inside. It was packed full of greeting cards. I pulled another one down. Same …

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Anthony Bourdain on Paying Taxes reblogged from Live and Learn

Nobody likes paying high taxes, but I don’t mind. Maybe that’s a luxury, but I don’t need to hire some hotshot to spend 12 hours a day figuring out how to chisel the government out of an extra few thousand dollars. If getting that extra money means a lot of phone calls and talking to […] …

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In the Event of Nuclear War, I’ll Be at the Beach

I don’t know why it’s so hard to write witty little blog posts anymore. I mean geez, it’s not like any of those North Korean missiles Kim Jong Un is hurling at the Pacific can actually reach the west coast…yet. Of course I haven’t lost my sense of humor completely. My husband and I have …

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Americans are Better Than This: The Struggle for Political Civility

It wasn’t that many decades ago that athletes living behind the iron curtain would risk their lives to defect to the U.S. in order to find the freedom of expression that is the right of every American.  And now the movement in this country seems to be moving towards stifling the voices of our own athletes legitimate protests. How did we get here?

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A Tequila Sunrise And The Burning of Multnomah Falls

The sun resembled a slice of molten pink grapefruit this morning, partially obscured by the green lace of fir and cedar branches on the eastern edge of the yard. It made for an interesting composition framed by the wide expanse of clerestory windows over the bed. Sunrise in Western Washington isn’t usually such a spectacle. Sunsets …

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Things I Don’t Know But Think I Might

The longer I live the more I realize how much I don’t know.  For people like me who are always trying to understand things, not knowing that I know something but thinking that I might is frustrating. I like knowing stuff. Which is hard, because I forget so much. That’s where it get’s dangerous, because …

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Re-blog courtesy of William Pearse of Pink Light Sabre

In the morning the street lamps are still on past 6 with their long, dinosaur necks and pink/peach, lit-up heads. I set my alarm for 3 AM but got up before it went off, sailed past Tacoma and Olympia around 4, and it never was so easy on the 5. Got to the ranger station […] …

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On Being a Snowflake

A while back, someone on a conservative friends FB page made a comment about Left Coast snowflakes that made me realize, I qualify as a snowflake. Awesome! Snowflakes are COOL! Snowflakes are beautiful. Snowflakes are unique. Snowflakes are complex structures. Snowflakes are symmetrical and asymmetrical formations, so no, they are not all the same. Snowflakes …

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