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When it comes to Chinese food I have always operated under the policy that the less known about the preparation the better. A wise diner who is invited to visit the kitchen replies by saying, as politely as possible, that he has a pressing engagement elsewhere.

Posted 5 months ago

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I wish you would tell me your secret. To get back my youth I would do anyth

I wish you would tell me your secret. To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable.
Posted 5 months, 1 week ago

Few of us have seen the stars as folk saw them then - our cities and towns

Few of us have seen the stars as folk saw them then - our cities and towns cast too much light into the night - but, from the village of Wall, the stars were laid out like worlds or like ideas, uncountable as the trees in a forest or the leaves on a tree.
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Expectations are at war, if good feeling and discomfort clash. When we are

Expectations are at war, if good feeling and discomfort clash. When we are expecting zest and joy, our good karma may be ousted by distress and frustration, if negative downbeat waves are emitted. Just with a feel of realism, without prejudice, should we
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Commerce is greedy. Ideology is blood-thirsty.

Commerce is greedy. Ideology is blood-thirsty.
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What if you have all the pieces and the puzzle still doesn't fit?

What if you have all the pieces and the puzzle still doesn't fit?
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Science, however, is not just a matter of making mistakes, but of making mi

Science, however, is not just a matter of making mistakes, but of making mistakes in public. Making mistakes for all to see, in the hopes of getting the others to help with the corrections.
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To be playful is not to be trivial or frivolous, or to act as if nothing of

To be playful is not to be trivial or frivolous, or to act as if nothing of consequence will happen. On the contrary, when we are playful… everything that happens is of consequence, for seriousness is a dread of the unpredictable outcome of open possibili
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Life didn’t go how I had planned, but I couldn’t have planned a better life

Life didn’t go how I had planned, but I couldn’t have planned a better life. Somewhere in between the beginning and eternity, I fought the war that we all must fight–the journey that in taking, forces us to come face to face with our own realities.
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I can hear the tick tick tick in my head: A tripwire ready to explode in fu

I can hear the tick tick tick in my head: A tripwire ready to explode in fury. And then, in my mind, I start to count down from ten…any moment now.
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A world in which deliberate practice is a normal part of life would be one

A world in which deliberate practice is a normal part of life would be one in which people had more volition and satisfaction.
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You can read minds, and you didn't tell me?” Link stared at me like he just

You can read minds, and you didn't tell me?” Link stared at me like he just found out I was the Silver Surfer. He rubbed his head nervously. “Hey, man, all that stuff about Lena? I was yankin’ your chain.” He looked away. “Are you doin’ it now? You're doi
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Sin is the monster we love to deny. It can stalk us, bite a slice out of ou

Sin is the monster we love to deny. It can stalk us, bite a slice out of our lives, return again and again, and even as we bleed and hobble, we prefer to believe nothing has happened. In Jesus Christ we are forgiven and empowered to overcome sin...but toy
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