Author Archive: Devi

My life's goal is to make a difference; to help those stuck in the mire of poverty and ignorance. I am an advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves, whether from ignorance, from lack of eloquence or simple lack of opportunity.

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Prairie Home Companion and “all the kids are a little above average”

| January 17, 2007 | 7 Replies
Prairie Home Companion and “all the kids are a little above average”

I think I’ve seen one of the top ten stupidest headlines ever created (although I probably should reserve judgment, no doubt humans have not yet reached the zenith of stupidity). It is authored by someone named Charles Murray and in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal. The headline that caught my eye: Intelligence in the Classroom:  Half […]

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It’s not my fault.

| January 8, 2007 | 16 Replies
It’s not my fault.

Friday evening, I did something I rarely do: I watched one of those pseudo-news shows, the kind that generally focus on soft news that everybody but me seems to be interested in.  Generally it is some kind of pop culture junk like Brittany’s latest antic (WHO is Brittany anyway and why does everyone but me know her […]

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Church Advertising

| December 21, 2006 | 2 Replies
Church Advertising

Sometimes I see signs in front of churches and wish I could change the message.  Here’s a location where you can make your own sign.  The site includes many actual signs, at least that is the claim, because some are just too ironic (or honest) to be real signs.  For example:   Is it any wonder, with […]

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The Appearance of Good Works

| December 10, 2006 | 5 Replies
The Appearance of Good Works

As I have mentioned a time or two before, I used to be Christian.  I wasn’t just Christian, I was a fundamentalist.  I spoke in tongues (“praying in the spirit” we called it), I attended services 4-5 times a week and sometimes entire weekends were spent in services.  I’ve helped paint the church, I’ve joined […]

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Surrounding yourself with the not-so-bright does not make you look smarter.

| November 27, 2006 | 4 Replies
Surrounding yourself with the not-so-bright does not make you look smarter.

When we were teenagers, my sister and I used to discuss how the people around you affect how you look. She was very short, and a little ‘plump’ and seemed to have girlfriends that were tall and skinny.  I pointed out (just being argumentative, I was the older sister by a couple of years), that instead […]

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semantics, schemantics

| November 22, 2006 | 2 Replies
semantics, schemantics

I have a friend that is sometimes frustrating to converse with, because he always wants me to define the terms I use.  Our conversation is filled with his requests to explain just what I mean.  He says, with justification, that people may use the same word but often have different meanings for it and he […]

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Heavenly Bodies

| October 8, 2006 | 6 Replies
Heavenly Bodies

For a short time, I watched a few of the “forensic science” shows like CSI, mostly for a laugh at the junk science.  I was particularly amused at the tool used to analyze metal.  The actor put a hub cap in a plexiglass box, the box was filled with smoke or mist, and the printer […]

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“Faith-based” homeless shelter gets into debt collection.

| August 28, 2006 | 2 Replies
“Faith-based” homeless shelter gets into debt collection.

Providing jobs for homeless people.  We’d pretty much all agree that it is a fine thing to do. It hadn’t occurred to me before to complain about the jobs that might be offered, although I have complained that pay and benefits for many jobs are inadequate.  A recent “news story” made me take notice.  The story […]

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The love of money may be the root of all evil.

| August 22, 2006 | 4 Replies
The love of money may be the root of all evil.

I like money.  With money I can clothe myself, pay for my grandchildren’s piano lessons, drive a reliable car, eat some great food, and visit friends in faraway places.  I don‘t want a barter economy, especially since I have nothing physical to barter for necessities, unless you count the endless reams of paper I can […]

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