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About pbwilder

Over halfway to 100 years old. Finally have enough perspective on life to start pontificating, mostly for my own amusement. If folks find ideas of interest, send money. No, seriously, join in. Life without ideas is like milk without Toll House cookies. - PBW

Rules to Live By

The challenge for so many of those committed to religious fundamentalism is that they have a difficult time recognizing that they have knowingly locked themselves into what is really a closed room of intellectual fascism. I observe that this plays … Continue reading

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The Ongoing Relationship between Ignorance and Despair

The title of this blog is what creates everything from gang violence to economic upheaval.  The solution is more complicated than extracting a higher percentage of wealth from the rich.  The only solution is education, but there is a hurdle … Continue reading

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Live in the Now

A preposterously silly film, “Wayne’s World” created years ago by comedians Mike Meyers and Dana Carvey (SNL alums and more) still has many moments of pithy salience, perhaps my favorite being “Live in the now!” This is hardly a new … Continue reading

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The Awesome Power (and disregard for) the Disclaimer

This is an article based solely on disclaimers, which I personally find akin to bald-ass  lying—but legally.  With a disclaimer, you can CLAIM anything, and then refute the claims, or at the very least, adjust them downward to the point … Continue reading

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The Insincere Shield

This is a simple musing, and I am certainly not the first person nor the last to voice an observation that simmers just below the surface of my interpretation of human behavior now, then and seemingly way too far in … Continue reading

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Unfaith Based Faith and the Idea Mill

            This past weekend I was privileged to catch a National Public Radio interview in Krista Tippet’s OnBeing program. The interview was with Poetry Foundation director (and poet) Chris Wiman, a wayward fellow who was … Continue reading

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The Impossibility of Learnin’ the Whole Day Through

“Respect the Classics, Man!” – Fillmore (George Carlin) from the Pixar/Disney Movie Cars. Full disclosure: my parents are both teachers, and I am the eldest of five children. I am old enough to have been tested, prodded and tracked through … Continue reading

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