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 Life Without A Filter

by Angela Ragosa

living life without a filter
a filter
for many…
provides a semblance of
self protection

protects them
like a suit of armor

armor
seemingly necessary
in order to breathe easier

a filter
to
calm one’s fear
of
life lived
within a silent scream

living life without a filter
inevitably
leads one to
question

question
what lies behind the curtain
when will the
other shoe drop

what lies down
winding roads
crippled
by
dangerous intersections
and
skewed curves
iconic
near misses
if
turned a blind eye
to
never traveled

life lived without a filter
a
confounding psyche
few possess
and
even
fewer understand

a state of being
for those
if
given a choice
would
cease
to exist

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Poem: So Much Happiness



it is difficult to know what to do with so much happiness. 

with sadness there is something to rub against, 

a wound to tend with lotion and cloth. 
when the world falls in around you, 
you have pieces to pick up, 
something to hold in your hands, 
like ticket stubs or change. 
but happiness floats. 
it doesn’t need you to hold it down. 
it doesn’t need anything. 
happiness lands on the roof of the next house, singing, and disappears when it wants to. 
you are happy either way. 
 
 
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Moral Dilemma of Self-Driving Cars: Which Lives to Save in a Crash

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Would you ride in a self-driving car that has been programmed to sacrifice its passengers to save the lives of others, in the event of a serious accident?

New research has found that people generally approve of autonomous vehicles (AV) governed by so-called utilitarian ethics, which would seek to minimize the total number of deaths in a crash, even if it means harming people in the vehicle. But it gets more complicated than that. The study, based on surveys of U.S. residents, found that most respondents would not want to ride in these vehicles themselves, and were not in favor of regulations enforcing utilitarian algorithms on driverless cars. Continue reading

Free Money!

In a prior post I mentioned my recent addiction to Reddit. I have enjoyed reading and making comments on posts (mainly in the personal finance subreddit). I have been impressed with the quality of …

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Free Money!

Enjoyed this article & thought it contains practical advice many of us could use & put to use.

IMG_4229In a prior post I mentioned my recent addiction to Reddit. I have enjoyed reading and making comments on posts (mainly in the personal finance subreddit). I have been impressed with the quality of many (but not all) of the responses that people provide to folks that are truly searching for needed information.

The personal finance subreddit is always filled with questions about debt, credit cards, and car loans. There are many questions regarding which credit card provides the most benefits (X% back on purchases, X points free if you spend $X,XXX amount in the first 3 months). People post how they use these cards to pay for everything and get $1,000 or $2,000, or more in credits or used the mileage they earned to get a free airline ticket for their vacation. They say it is “free money”. I also see some posts about 0% financing for vehicles. It is “free money”…

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Your One Big Thing

by Chris Baréz-Brown

Most people’s lives are busy. It’s so easy for us to get up and plough straight on with the things that need to be done – and the next time we take a breath, the day is over.
 
Being busy is addictive. It is another strategy we use to numb our emotions. Author and researcher Brené Brown explains: ‘We are a culture of people who’ve bought into the idea that if we stay busy enough, the truth of our lives won’t catch up with us.’ Being carried along on a whirlwind of tasks makes us feel as if we are needed and achieving something but, more often than not, we are using our energy on the stuffthat doesn’t count, but that shouts the loudest.

Before getting drawn into your to-do list, think of one big thing you need to achieve today. Take your time to get perspective on what’s most important to you. Take a deep breath, smile, and just see what comes to you. You’ll know when you’ve got it right, because you’ll feel excited about delivering it and you’ll know it will create real impact for you and/or those around you. Once you’ve identified it, spend as long as you need to make it happen before getting distracted by the world calling for your attention. What’s your one big thing today?

 
 

Are you Taking Time out to Reflect?

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Do you take time out of your life to reflect?

Yes, I realise you may be busy, however reflection is important. What I mean by reflect – is taking the time out to review a situation or activity, your week, day, month or year. It is a great tool that allows you to take notice and become more mindful of what is happening in our lives.For example, have you ever noticed when you start a new activity, you are often enthusiastic and dedicated at first and then things change? Why does that happen? To be honest, I am not sure why it happens for you as we are all different and unique, however this is one of the reasons why it is important to take time out and reflect. Continue reading

“Dislocation












Dislocation

by Marge Piercy


It’s  that moment when your life
is suddenly strange to you
as someone else’s coat

you have slipped on at a party
by accident, and it is far
too big or too tight for you.

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7 Ways to Spark Your Creativity

Instant inspiration, courtesy of designer Anna Rabinowicz


1. Read Not a Box, by Antoinette Portis

A rabbit sits in a cardboard box and uses his imagination to transform it into a racecar, a mountain, a robot. The lesson? “Anything can be anything,” Anna says.

2. Go outside

Nature informs most of Anna’s designs: “A pinecone, a caterpillar, some gnarled gourds from a pumpkin patch—the natural world is full of bizarre, beautiful stuff.”

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