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  • The Art of Giving – I defined the key emotional verbs that underlie gifting[1] as a part of one’s life: sacrifice, sharing and compassion. The Art of Giving – II identified how difficult it is to deploy gifti […]

  • The last post, The Art of Giving, introduced the key elements of giving: sacrifice, sharing and compassion. It is not enough to understand the definition of the three words; the words must be integrated into […]

  • Giving is indeed an art. Few of us cover the art form in its entirety. Each art form, however, provides a different gift to those who give and to those who receive. More often than not, our greatest gift goes […]

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  • What follows is the very first post to The Blog of the Ancient Mariner. It was posted on April 5, 2013 at 2:AM. He could write the same post today. These thoughts seem more urgent, more dire than when this post […]

  • Mariner has been pondering the health care issue. As someone once said, it is complex. It is complex because there are many facets to health care. For example, today health is managed as a marketplace rather than […]

  • The mariner deliberately has avoided most of the televised Donald show. One cannot avoid all of it, of course. It has given mariner time to reflect on causes and entropy – the unavoidable erosion of all things a […]

  • skipper wrote a new post, Notices 3 weeks, 5 days ago

    Mariner is a noticer. While watching poor broadcasting content on television, he is prone to dissecting the tiniest elements of advertisements looking for irrelevant but irregular details. The most common error is […]

    • You truly are becoming a grumpy old man. New language, like technology, is passing us by. Legible handwriting and grammar are not important to this generation. While I too am prudish regarding grammar, spelling is my pet peeve. I always tell youngsters ( anyone under the age of 40) that if they can’t spell a word, they can’t use it.

    • Stu and I notice that on TV – both scripted and unscripted – people use incorrect pronouns ALL THE TIME. Things like, “It’s a great opportunity for Ed and I” instead of “Ed and me” and vice versa.

      As for text shorthand, “nmu” took me a minute to decipher the first time I saw it.
      A: What’s up?
      B: nmu

      … Not much. You?

    • Wonderful post! Yes, language rolls on like an unstoppable juggernaut, and we can only look helplessly as sounds change or disappear, treasured idioms disappear and words lose their meanings. I could fill a page with changes that sadden me. One I really dislike is the constant use of “awesome” for trivial things like a new dress or a Big Mac. These are not awesome, Krakatoa blowing up was awesome. The Big Bang was awesome. I also despair when I watch as a final D disappears or becomes T. I head DITN’T all the file for DIDN’T. So, all I can do is try to use words as correctly as I know how and try to add a few good old words like “vouchsafe” and “whom.” The Book of Common prayer and the King James Bible are great places to see the beauties of the English language.

  • Maybe too often mariner addresses circumstances about the future of mankind. Typically, the circumstances are beyond the focus of contemporary politics and culture. Nevertheless, the future presents dilemmas about […]

  • skipper wrote a new post, WAR 1 month, 1 week ago

    So very slowly, so very, very slowly, notable numbers of H. Sapiens realize that war is horrifically expensive in every measurable way. War kills people and makes hard core enemies that can last for many […]

  • Many years ago, when mariner was learning about world religions, he learned that the land called Turkey today in another time was the origin of virtually every political and religious principal in the western […]

  • Dear Mr. Trump:

    It is hard to steer a boat in stormy seas. The nations of the world, each and every one, are sailing in extraordinarily stormy seas – each and every one including the United States.

    It is e […]

    • No sense sending him a letter. He doesn’t read. Needs to get his security briefing in comic book form.

      We are so screwed. I never thought I would miss W.

  • Ancient has arrived at an intellectual state not unlike running out of gas in the middle of nowhere; or it may be similar to arriving where one intended but there is nothing to be found; or it may be like […]

    • Gird thy loins, Ancient One. Let us be like Sir Andrew Barton;

      “Fight on, my men,” says Sir Andrew Barton,
      “I am hurt, but I am not slain;
      I’ll lay me down and bleed a while,
      And then I’ll rise and fight again.

      Fight on my men,” says Sir Andrew Barton,
      “These English dogs they bite so low;
      Fight on for Scotland and Saint Andrew
      Till you hear my whistle blow!”

      Barton was killed, but he fought a good fight. We have a lot of names to substitute for “English dogs.” I’m not giving up without a fight.

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