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Kruschchev then and now.

Some thoughts on how things change. When I was a teenager in the late 1950’s, there was the pervasive fear of nuclear war with the then Soviet Union. All across our nation, cities and villages designated public places as fallout shelters and stockpiled them with water and food. Civil Defense directors were appointed to oversee and plan for survival after a nuclear war. Individuals prepared for the worst by constructing home shelters and conducting family drills in what to do in case of a nuclear…

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Rumors of a woman Pope

Pope John the VIII or was it Pope Joan? Nobody knows if it’s a true story, but during the later part of the 13th century it was believed to be fact. It all happened hundreds of years before that, so its hard to tell truth from fiction. There was a person who became Pope John VIII and supposedly ruled the Church for over two years from 855 to 858. It was a relatively short papacy and was first mention by Mariano Scoto, a Benedictine monk…

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Federal Spending

What is it about being an employee of the federal government that let’s some people think they can use their Government credit card for personal purchases? It’s a big story in the news today. Billions of dollars worth of purchases using Uncle Sam’s credit cards did not follow proper procedures. Millions of those dollars went to expensive dinners, lingerie, tailor-made clothing, computers and even a breast implant. The Government Accountability Office conducted the report. You know what? I’m appalled. I’m angry. That’s my money and…

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Meditation

Meditation© 2008 Rolland G. Smith Beware the black of fear and seizures nightWhen earthly reason cannot see light’s bright.For now’s the time to bide your mind and soulAs reason swallows all illusions whole. Now move your thoughts to where it’s empty spaceTo thus acknowledge true the wholesome graceOf joy and wisdom coming from the SourceWhere sadness and old pain hold no remorse. Love holds us in the brace of lasting peaceThat comes to all as if it’s a releaseTo see the life that you have…

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