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Category Archives: Obscurum

SHALL WE EVER FIND THAT LOVELY LAND THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN?

For what it’s worth Understanding Compassion Knowledge – There is no answer to find Here and there you look, of course I think it’s just hubris So let’s agree to this: Somehow, Here in this world of sin and sorrow (apologies to Mencken) Is a place That is free from worry, and other troublesome delights.

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STOP IT

“We’ll deal with that tomorrow…” Or the Next Day Or the next.  Sigh.  Time slips away. OK…a recap: According to our most recent correspondent – dinner guests show up: They criticized the size of our house, saying it was too small.  They didn’t like our dog, they called the china kitschy, and said how nice […]

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IT’S ALL OR NOTHING NOW

Etiquette v Apathy “For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk: the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up.”  Hosea 8:7 I think it can be demonstrated that the greatest adversary to etiquette, to polite behavior in any […]

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LAUNDRY DAY

I totally kicked Apathy’s ass.  But I have to do laundry.

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SERVIEEEEWWWW…

An understated and understood undoing: I can not believe I am writing this.  I went to dinner at the home of a new aquaintance (sic) who is a rather eccentric artist.  The food was good but wierdly (sic) prepared.  Things like sweet potatoes stuffed with poached fish and salad made out of raw beets.  Anyway, […]

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GALATEO

Here’s a little slice of advice from a man who knew a thing or two: Il Galateo Di da Vinci He should not place his head upon his plate to eat. Neither should he sit beneath the table for any length of time. He should not place unpleasing or half-chewed pieces of his own food […]

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SURSTRÖMMING

A black and white suggestion: While I generally agree that you should just be placid and grateful when invited for dinner, I think it’s also the host’s responsibility to make sure the food is generally pleasing.  Expecting people to eat disgusting food is cruel, and further, expecting people to not freak out if you don’t […]

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MORALLY BANKRUPT, ETHICALLY DUBIOUS

But perfectly polite.  Is etiquette a sociopath? On one hand you have family, school, community and religion instilling a series and system of values and critical thinking skills to evaluate said values.  Combined with other societal influences – the age old question of Nature vs. Nurture seems to have settled at A Little of Both […]

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SHARING IS SCARING

A cry in the wilderness begs to know: What do you think about a relatively famous social networking website? LISTEN: What am I supposed to think? On one hand, it appears to be a thoughtless jumble of unctuous platitudes, nauseating motivational slogans, shrill screeds on morality, pop psychology, desperate misunderstanding of religion and bumper sticker […]

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