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    And the bottled water manufacturers have done...

    And the bottled water manufacturers have done such a great job of branding water. It drives me nuts that I have a water filter in my refrigerator, but BIL will bring home 12 oz bottles of Dasani for...
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    Hey, come to my NJ neighborhood. We have an old...

    Hey, come to my NJ neighborhood. We have an old movie theatre that caters to the off-beat, art and indy film. It hasn't been renovated in years. And, the seats are filled with old folk like me. But...
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    Well, at least now I know why I pay such...

    Well, at least now I know why I pay such outrageous taxes in NJ. We're #2. https://wallethub.com/edu/states-with-the-best-schools/5335/
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    Thanks for the update. So sorry about your DD,...

    Thanks for the update. So sorry about your DD, but sounds like she's being aggressively treated, which is great. What a blessing that you are there to help with childcare.

    Congratulations on...
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    Here is a great quote from a comment in the NYT...

    Here is a great quote from a comment in the NYT following an article about hubris (such a great word).

    "Yes, the planet got destroyed. But for a beautiful moment in time, we created a lot of value...
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    Yes, you were in your comfort zone, as...

    Yes, you were in your comfort zone, as UNcomfortable as it was. You will need to accept the process of grief, acceptance, and moving on. It will happen. Embrace the good things.
  7. Given what you've said, I agree that something...

    Given what you've said, I agree that something like this would be best for you. ...
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    +1 And thanks for the Derrick Jensen reference....

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    And thanks for the Derrick Jensen reference. This, and Vol I, were great books.
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    Yeah, I wish she wasn't going this far. I'm in...

    Yeah, I wish she wasn't going this far. I'm in favor of breaking up or reining in the oligarchy we have now, but even though she's targeting only those corporations with 1B or above, this is...
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    Taking IL's cue, then, I am a mother of 4, big...

    Taking IL's cue, then, I am a mother of 4, big interest in permaculture, the environment, and simple spirituality as defined by writers such as Thich Naht Hanh, Richard Foster, Thoreau, Joanna Macy,...
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    Unfortunately, that's probably true. Most places...

    Unfortunately, that's probably true. Most places I've worked in I've genuinely liked the people I was working with, so it wasn't a matter of faking it or working to be part of the culture--although I...
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    OK. I hear ya. But I'm still not ready to answer...

    OK. I hear ya. But I'm still not ready to answer the question. So, for starters, here's my About Me. https://silententry.wordpress.com/about-me/
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    Because people aren't food or beverages. And...

    Because people aren't food or beverages.

    And not all people recoil from labels. Many people do find meaning in "branding" themselves. Maybe you have the wrong audience in a bunch of simple livers...
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    I think Williamsmith is saying just the opposite,...

    I think Williamsmith is saying just the opposite, as am I. Publishers have a point of view--of course they do. That's why I used the twin examples of Mother Jones and The National Review. And...
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    I also am in the camp of trying to dissolve...

    I also am in the camp of trying to dissolve labels, or markers. Interesting topic because on the plane today I was reading (for the 2nd time) a great book by Richard Rohr, S.J. called Falling Upward,...
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    That is the interesting question. We have always...

    That is the interesting question. We have always assumed the internet to be completely open and democratic, and people like Zuckerberg have figured out a way to provide a common platform for everyone...
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    That's so pretty!!

    That's so pretty!!
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    I am seriously considering replacing my new couch...

    I am seriously considering replacing my new couch with two chairs, so I went on HOUZZ to check out pictures. ...
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    Yeah, I just looked them up and they stopped...

    Yeah, I just looked them up and they stopped publishing in 1997. But I was reading the ones that came out late 50s, early 60s.
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    As a sidebar, dry cleaning is definitely a bone...

    As a sidebar, dry cleaning is definitely a bone of contention between me and DH. He'll go around the house and scoop up anything and then he'll say,

    "Oh, by the way, I brought your sweater to the...
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    I don't know why you would need to dry clean...

    I don't know why you would need to dry clean business casual clothes. If you get 100% cotton shirts, you will have to spend time ironing, but you can definitely wash them (just not in hot water). ...
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    (I think Alan is kidding--I think he's the...

    (I think Alan is kidding--I think he's the "friend")

    That's my strategy with self-help books. This site has over 500 book summaries available by 2-page pdf, 10 minute video or 20-minute podcast. I...
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    I live by my yoga pants--I find the ones that...

    I live by my yoga pants--I find the ones that aren't skin tight all the way to the ankles. Something like this:
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    Soups: Lentil soup and bone broth are my...

    Soups: Lentil soup and bone broth are my standards.
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    Nice video! I have been given the...

    Nice video!

    I have been given the opportunity to practice comfortable minimalism in my house in VT. I'll go from being an "intern" to a "pro" as soon as I can purge the contents of the house in...
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