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To the Children: Different Realms

Yesterday, I watched a streaming broadcast – this particular broadcast I watch everyday. Over the years of viewing, I have come to appreciate the views and information and occasional bits of wisdom. However, recently, the duo who speak on a variety of subjects, have become morose — negative, doom-saying, and exaggerated. Yesterday’s broadcast was particularly dark and “doomy.” Afterward the…

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Phreddie Spider’s Web: “Dance” – 2.001

Phreddie, submerged within the Iktoo vision, had gracefully moved through the night. He knew nothing and everything. He moved with an individualistic unity that spiders know. With the light, Phreddie paused — let go. He was only himself, and he was alone. They looked through the lens onto the world. The lenses appeared as antenna or as the dot of…

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Phreddie Spider’s Web: “The Edge of Circles” – 1.003

Guardians. George had observed their patterns. Guardians, like spiders, make webs. “Not webs, they don’t make webs,” George reminded himself. “They are the web.” Guardians are web-like. They are the strands of silk that catch. George continued to remind himself of this detail. As he walked the path to the edge of the circle. He tried to counter the Induction…

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” Director: Michel Gondry Released: 2004 Writers: Michel Gondry & Charlie Kaufman Featured Actors: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Tom Wilkinson         Notes Love imperfect because human love is imperfect Note all love relationships incomplete/unhappy review the other parallel relationships to avoid the feelings from unhappiness → erase from memory Motifs Water Drowning…

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Imperial China: Sui & T’ang

                    Imperial China Dynasties Sui (589 – 618) T’ang (624 – 755) Sung (960 – 1279) Yuan (1279 – 1368) Second Empire – Sui Dynasty & T’ang Dynasty Sui – unified the north, then conquered the south to unify the country – re-established the central government – restored the tax base,…

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To the Children: Fading Recollections

In the summer of 2017, we drove west. Chicago faded slowly because we drove slowly. I didn’t have time or space to double-down my focus or attention on the magnitude of the moment. Whatever attention I could muster was used to keep us safe, sense the car’s performance, and navigate traffic. I wanted to live, to bear witness to the…

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Niccolo Machiavelli

                    Niccolo Machiavelli – political unity is justified by any means – student of ancient Rome – admired virtu (heroic acts by Roman Rulers) – his understanding of their acts was exaggerated (opinion) – Italy was under pressure from German, French, Spanish armies – Ideals were in the way of defending…

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Hundred Years War: Stage Two

                    HUNDRED YEARS WAR Stage Two – Taking advantage of even more division within France (Duchy of Burgundy) Henry V could easily take France – 1420 treaty of Troyes – proclaimed Henry V successor to French Throne – Henry V & French King Charles VI both died in 1422 – infant…

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Black Death: The Bubonic Plague

                    Black Death — Causes & Conditions – 90% of the people worked the land – due to growth in cities & in food production, the population doubled between 1000 – 1300 – more people to feed than food available or jobs to employ them – crop failures 1315 – 1317…

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