Top five reasons I used DXM as an adult

Disclaimer: Those considering DXM use for anything other than a cough suppressant should proceed with caution. This page is not suitable for minors. If this subject makes you uncomfortable or if you’re experiencing contempt despite a refusal to conduct your own objective research, I suggest you bail out now. (I’m just sayin’.) It is 2am on Wednesday morning as I begin what is guaranteed to be a fairly unique post in the contemporary blogosphere based on recent Googling.

Here are the five remedies/ reasons I’ve used/ experimented with DXM as an adult:

  1. Cough suppressant
  2. Dissociative/ hallucinogenic/ psychedelic drug[1]
  3. Mood enhancer
  4. Appetite suppressant[2]
  5. Entheogenic/ spiritual experimentation[1]

It is now 2:20am and I am going back to bed (perhaps not to sleep; we shall soon see). This is a framework for a lengthy post which will take some time to write, and it probably will not have my name attached to it for various reasons (still contemplating that one).

Notes

[1] Particularly effective (stronger, longer, or both) when combined with Wellbutrin/buproprion [2] Particularly effective when used in with Guaifenesin

Resources: Top five reasons to use DXM

Terence McKenna – Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terence_McKenna An American philosopher, psychonaut, ethnobotanist, lecturer, and author; spoke & wrote about… psychedelic drugs, plant-based entheogens, shamanism, metaphysics, alchemy, language, culture, technology, and the theoretical origins of human consciousness… Mushrooms, Mycology and Psychedelics >> The Psychedelic Experience – The Shroomery http://www.shroomery.org/forums/showflat.php/Number/16649908 Welcome to the Shroomery Message Board! You are experiencing a small sample of what the site has to offer. Please login or register … You’ll gain access to additional forums, file attachments, board customizations, encrypted private messages, and much more… The Application of Islamic Scripture in Entheogenic Exploration – NeuroSoup http://www.neurosoup.com/the-application-of-islamic-scripture-in-entheogenic-exploration/ NeuroSoup is based upon principles of harm reduction and strives to educate people around the world on responsible drug use. We hope to educate people about the positive and negative aspects of all drugs, whether they are legal, available by prescription, or illegal. Moreover, NeuroSoup aids in addicted individuals’ recovery by providing online self help drug and alcohol rehab resources…

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Dominic Mnemonic Memory System: Building Your Initial List

Saturday, January 22, 2011
There are some very helpful resources available online to assist in the creation of the list required by those who have decided to use the mnemonic memory technique known as the Dominic system. Let me back up here…

Many years ago, I rode the bus for a few weeks and spent that time reading a book about memory (The Memory Book by Harry Lorayne), in which the author described his technique for memorizing a deck of cards. I decided to take the plunge; I practiced daily as I rode the bus. Like many other people, I surprised myself by succeeding at this; I could repeatedly memorize the order of a shuffled deck of cards after viewing them once. However, I have completely forgotten everything about it at this point.

Having decided to learn a mnemonic memory system once again, I’ve spent a great deal of time in the last few days researching the most famous mnemonic memory systems, including Roman Room, Pegs, Links, Major, SEM Cubed, Loci, etc., and the pros and cons of each method. No doubt there are some relatively new, lesser-known, or proprietary methods I did not find, but my research was more than sufficiently thorough for its purpose. I finally decided to employ the Dominic system, which is similar to the major system (a very popular and ancient mnemonic method) and also includes elements of the peg system, link system, journey method, and sometimes the number-shape system.

I figured the ideal solution would be a mnemonic memory system allowing the memorization of numbers, lists (short and long), a deck of playing cards, the periodic table, etc. – not because I want to memorize all these things now, but because of flexibility and potential.

I chose the Dominic method rather hesitantly at first, due to the initial time investment and also because it is first and foremost a system for memorizing numbers (I wanted a relatively speedy way to learn more than just numbers). On the other hand, I learned that most world record memorization experts eventually started using the Dominic system, or a variant thereof.

Dominic O’Brien, a British mnemonist and author of memory books, created the technique, which he used to memorize the order of 54 shuffled packs of cards (a world record)! That’s fifty-four separate packs of playing cards — shuffled and viewed only once: absolutely astonishing. Perhaps just as astonishing is the fact that any person of near-average mental capacity can learn a mnemonic system and work apparent wonders, too.

At the root of the Dominic system lurks a steep learning curve, and getting over this hump requires a healthy serving of dedication, time, and effort (which is one reason I kept searching for a simpler and easier mnemonic memory technique to learn). A student of the Dominic system must compile and completely memorize 100 sets of initials (each representing the first and last name of a person) along with a specific action associated with each person. For example, the first set of initials is OO: the alphabetic representation of zero (0). The most commonly used characters with the initials OO (at least, that I have found) are Olive Oyle and Ozzy Osbourne. I decided to use the easy-to-remember mental image (which is the key to it all, really) of Ozzy biting the head off of a live bat — one of Ozzy’s better-known feats; after all, the more outrageous, humorous, unusual, frightening, or even vulgar and obscene the image is, the easier it is for our minds to remember that image.

It is quite possible to find all the names needed for your Dominic list through repeated Internet searches using your favorite search engine (for me, it’s Google). When searching for initials, most of the search results will point you to wikis (Wikipedia, WikiHow), comprehensive sites like About.com or eHow, and popular Q&A sites (Answers.com, Yahoo Answers) where other people – probably in the process of creating their own initial Dominic lists – have asked for assistance. There is also some software to assist in learning the Dominic and major systems, but I have not yet looked into that.

As I am in the process of creating my initial list for the Dominic technique, I thought I would share some of the better resources found during recent and prolific Googling on the matter. I hope this list ends up saving someone else a little time and/or effort. (I might even post my initials list when completed; I’ll decide that later.)

If you share this interest, are experienced in using the Dominic method, or know of some good online resources to help build the initial list, I’d love to hear from you — please leave a comment (not too obvious in this WordPress theme; just click on the small “Leave a comment” link at the very end of this post, near the tags).

NOTE: Deciding on a specific technique is probably one of the harder parts of the entire process; there are several factors to consider. One relatively new approach calls for learning not just a person plus an action (an object and a verb), but rather an object, verb, and adjective. A similar system requires the memorization of a person, an action, and an object associated with that person (Adolph Hitler, doing the heil Hitler salute with his arm, and his mustache, for instance).

Good luck!

Resources – Creating the List of 100 Names for the Dominic Mnemonic System

Resources – Dominic System

Resources – Mnemonic Memory Techniques, General

Resources – Other

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Pushing Through Social Media Burnout

social media burnout - fatigue

Spending vast quantities of time staring at a screen can easily lead to fatigue, or even temporary burnout – and I’m probably about as susceptible as anyone when it comes to various strains of techno-weariness. Not only did I grow tired of tools like Facebook and Twitter; I almost entirely quit using these increasingly ubiquitous social networking implements in early 2010.

Given the ever-increasing importance of social media in contemporary marketing, I realize it’s high time to push through any connectivity-related weariness and become an active Facebook user and Tweeter once again. This time, however, I’ll engage in a quest for smarter, more effective, and more efficient use of social networking apps.

phone fatigue, phone burnout

In a search for practical advice about writing and getting published, I recently met with a semi-retired writer who specifically stressed the importance of using Twitter “religiously.” My lukewarm attitude regarding that suggestion in no way lessens the reality of it; she’s probably right.

I’m definitely not alone in my social media burnout; a quick Googling revealed blog posts aplenty on this very subject. (Nowadays, one might be hard pressed to find a subject not covered.) Most of the suggestions are intuitive and right in line with everyday common sense. Here are a few of the more helpful tips:

1. Take weekends off.
2. Take frequent breaks from connectedness throughout the day.
3. Do not eat meals at your computer.
4. Sign off at a reasonable hour.
5. Eliminate some of the relatively trivial updates (trim some of the BS).
6. Increase your selectivity threshold for adding friends, following others, etc.
7. Respond and update less often; comment only on the more important, significant, or noteworthy posts.
8. Start new accounts or profiles and be more discriminating when adding or following others.

Resources: Social Media Burnout

Non-Profit Tech 2.0 on Social Media Burnout (PDF)
Online PR on Social Media Burnout
How to Avoid Social Network Burnout
BitRebels on Social Media Burnout

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Sea Monkeys, Sea People, and the Fate of Mankind

sea monkeys pop culture

Remember the old advertisements for Sea Monkeys? (Thanks to pop culture, you may now know them as Sea People.) If you’re a part of Generation X or the Baby Boomers, then you probably remember those alluring Sea Monkey ads that were prevalent in comic books throughout the 1960s and 70s. The humorous promotional images, portraying the crowned creatures as the pinnacle of low-maintenance pets, often depicted a tight-knit, sociable family of grinning Sea Monkeys posing in front of their underwater castle. What critter-loving kid could resist? Of course, these diminutive creatures turned out to be nothing more than brine shrimp: no grins, no intelligence, and mostly, no fun (although some disagree).

sea monkeys in pop culture - South Park episode The Simpsons Did It

In one episode (watch it now) of a popular animated show, a group of boys decides to chip in on a batch of Sea People. They receive their packet of eggs in the mail and successfully raise their very own community of Sea People. Thanks to the addition of a peculiar, uncalled-for ingredient to the Sea People habitat, the small creatures quickly evolve into intelligent, miniature humanoids which build underwater cities, statues, and even adopt polarizing religions. One group of Sea People worships Cartman (the chubby instigator who often claims authority), while the other group enshrines Tweek (the jittery, ADD, nine-year old boy who’s addicted to caffeine). Soon thereafter, the two opposing camps of Sea People turn on each other; they go to war, intent on destroying their adversaries on account of their religious differences. Both factions quickly develop nukes. Since they were living within a confined space in Cartman’s bedroom, the Sea People destroyed their aquarium — and thus destroyed themselves.

sea monkeys pop culture

This humorous South Park scenario is a satirical snapshot of what is presently taking place within the confines of our own spherical, planetary “aquarium.”

A positive attitude is one thing; however, the presumption that all is well — with all the ongoing environmental desecration, with religious and political partisanship, with the spread of nuclear weapons, with our fickle and impatient nature, with business as usual – is a dated and decreasingly relevant view. Our dispassionate allowing of harmful human activities in the name of “progress” – whether with resigned acceptance or sheer obtuseness — is tantamount to ignoring a raging, global pandemic.

Change begins when a single individual takes a small step in the right direction. Any action which encourages the application of basic, universal spiritual principles (above the fray of organized religion, of course) in national or global policy is a meaningful step in the right direction. Despite appearances to the contrary, there is no law barring good will, right action, or ethical choices from the American political process.

sea monkeys pop culture

Deep down, everyone surely knows it: what we do to the world — and what we do to others — we ultimately do to ourselves. As inhabitants of this amazing planet, we will share its fate.

Resources: Sea Monkeys

Wikipedia on Sea Monkeys
Official Sea Monkey Site
The Best Sea Monkey Blog

Resources: South Park

South Park Studios
Wikipedia on South Park
South Park – Sea People Episode (About)
Watch the Sea People Episode of South Park
More about Eric Cartman
More about Tweek

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Resume Best Practices: Should Objective Be Included?

job search - resume best practices

Ten years ago, the inclusion of an objective statement on one’s resume was a forgone conclusion; nowadays, however, this is one of the more disputed issues regarding resume best practices.

The purpose of an objective statement on a resume is to tell the reader in succinct fashion what you are trying to achieve – a concise declaration answering the question, “Why are you submitting this resume?” Some experts maintain that this question is best answered in the cover letter (which should always accompany a resume, with no exceptions). Given the very limited space available on the page of a resume, this makes a lot of sense.

Lack of Consensus

job search - resume best practices

The hiring community appears to be split on the objective statement. In one survey, 40% of responders prefer to see an objectives section on resumes they review. This could be interpreted as a reason to include an objective statement on one’s resume, since most of the other 60% would probably not automatically discard or summarily reject any resume including an objective. However, the aforementioned survey result could just as easily be seen as evidence to omit the objective; it really depends on one’s assumptions and interpretations.

Modern Trend: The Resume Profile

job search - resume best practices

Numerous experts currently recommend replacing “Objective” with “Resume Profile” (a.k.a. Career Summary, Resume Opening Statement), perhaps because the objective statement is more applicant-oriented (which could be seen as self-serving) and the resume profile is oriented toward the employer. In other words, the objective statement could be seen as “what I want” while the resume profile states “what I have to offer.” (It seems to this author that virtually all facets of a resume are, in a sense, self-serving by its very nature.)

Some experts go so far as to say that the inclusion of an Objective Statement is a red flag for inexperience.

Examples of an Objective Statement

A. To obtain a position in your company that utilizes the achievements, skills, and leadership abilities that enable me to consistently exceed earnings goals under less than ideal economic conditions.

B. Desire technical writing position with increasing responsibilities in an accounting firm.

Examples of a Resume Profile or Career Summary

A. Master of Business Administration with substantial experience as Operation Manager; proven ability to provide the highest level of corporate services while consistently reducing expenditures; fully knowledgeable in all aspects of warehousing, purchasing, security, facilities planning, staff management and cost control; bilingual English and Spanish; established competitive bidding for maintenance contracts reducing 30% overhead costs and increasing service quality.

B. Highly skilled technical writer with four years of publishing experience; knowledgeable in modern web design and development; experienced team player and communicator.

Advice from a Nashville CPA & Lipscomb Accounting Professor

I am not a big fan of objectives – it is just another opportunity to “say something wrong.” There seems to be less risk by excluding it. If included… it might say something like, “To work in public accounting utilizing the knowledge and skills I have acquired through education and experience, preferably in a tax-related field.” Amend it to fit the particular employer reading it. If [the resume is] being sent to several different employers or to a general recruiting agency, then [it may be preferable to] omit the objective. – C.F.

Conclusion

Despite the apparent lack of consensus on this issue, one thing seems obvious: the Objective Statement appears to be on its way out. The answer for this author is to omit the Objective Summary and follow the newer trend by including a Resume Profile. A well-written Resume Profile appears to have greater value and a more powerful impact than an “old-school” Objective Statement.

Resources: Should Objective Be Included on Resume?

QuintCareers.com – Should You Use a Career Objective on Your Resume?
EasyJob – Resume Objective or Summary of Qualifications?
Resume Outline: Resume Profile vs. Resume Objective
Resume Objective Statement Examples
Resume Resource – Resume Tips
Resume Samples (PDF)
Helium – Should you put your objective on your resume?

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MLM & Network Marketing: Still Around

pyramid scheme - MLM

Until this November, I had not been approached by a single network marketing or multi-level marketing (MLM) pusher in a great while; I had not seen or heard as much as a whisper on the subject in print, online, or from acquaintances in many years. As it turns out, this too-good-to-be-true “business opportunity” (cough) hasn’t gone extinct. Indeed, MLM is still alive and attempting to kick.

I have a good friend by the name of Carlos in the Atlanta area who, like me, has made a part-time vocation out of creating websites for a few clients over the years. In mid-November 2010, Carlos received a call from someone introducing himself as “Super John” (name slightly changed) who apparently wanted to inquire about the specifics of the website services Carlos offers; however, the conversation abruptly swerved from web design to MLM (a.k.a., multi-level marketing, or network marketing). The moment this happened, Carlos decided he could not help Super John and, for some reason, thought I might be willing to speak to him in his stead.

losing money in MLM

Don’t get me wrong, Carlos; I am very appreciative that you think of me regarding opportunities to provide website services for potential clients. I thank you once again!

After dodging calls from Super John until such time as I could learn what Carlos knew of the enterprising fellow, I finally broke the ice. Super John turned out to be a real talker; our first phone conversation lasted almost an hour. He provided an unsolicited account of his rise and fall from millionaire status, his substantial connections in Georgia politics (he worked on the campaign of Georgia governor Nathan Deal), his Georgia business community dealings, real estate adventures, and much more. Naturally, I supposed that Super John would be willing to pay a nominal fee for some legitimate website services – that is, until he launched into a sales tirade designed to lure me into an “enviable, sure-fire” position in his MLM downline, just under Super John himself in this new flavor of an old network marketing recipe. I was forced to endure such cheesy sales come-ons as this:

not listening to any more MLM sales talk

Super John: Let me tell you, buddy, I’m a four (4) and you’re a six (6), and together we make…

Me: Yeah… (pausing, knowing he was waiting for me to enthusiastically shout, “Ten!”)

Super John: Together, we’re a ten! Get it?

Super John also attempted to galvanize me with his abilities as an intuitive: he asked for my birthday, then gave me my very own free cold reading! (His “psychic” reading revealed that I am a talented enough writer to get by without an eraser. Didn’t I already mention that writing was my specialty? Hmm….) Did Super John actually believe he was impressing me with his clairvoyance, or was the psychic chicanery merely in jest? Although I still don’t know for certain, I’d be willing to bet the cold reading is a well-established part — perhaps even a practiced segment — of Super John’s sales repertoire.

untruth, misrepresentations of MLM

What kind of ego does it take to refer to oneself as “Super” anything, anyway? Quite a stout one, I would venture to say – and perhaps one with which I’d be wiser to refrain from involving myself in any manner.

Finally, I told Super John that a small, very reasonable down payment would be required before I spent any additional time discussing his program or working on his projects. I am still confused about the precise reason he is unable or unwilling to provide a $150 down payment; although he mentioned that his girlfriend will not allow this exchange, he also pointedly informed me that it is he who “wears the pants” in their relationship. Super John continues to call and text me about the “amazing opportunities,” apparently convinced I will see the light and thus willingly perform the web work without a down payment.

losing money in MLM

I finally made a decision with regard to joining Super John’s MLM downline in such a way as to avoid turning him down outright, while ensuring that I spend or invest nothing (I could ill-afford to throw funds into this now, even if I wanted to). My answer comes in the form of a counter-offer.

“Because your MLM program represents such an incredible opportunity to earn money, is so pregnant with potential, and as you say, is a virtual guarantee — and because I do not have the extra money to invest right now — I have a wonderful win-win solution for us:

a bunch of talk about nothing

“As long as you will invest any funds in my place, and as long as I do not have to spend anything later, I will give you at least 10% of all the profit I earn.”

If the program were legitimate and not a thinly-veiled scam (or an intricate, unfortunate self-deception on the part of the promoters), then my offer would be a potentially lucrative and honest deal for both of us — one of those genuine win-win scenarios.

Problems with MLM

In the course of my research, I located a frank, objective, and highly detailed analysis of MLM resulting from a lengthy, in-depth study of over 350 MLM programs. The website — called The Truth About Multi-Level Marketing: Research-Based Answers to Your Questions — is packed with interesting information; it’s an absolute must-read for anyone considering investing in any type of network marketing. Here is a quote from mlm-thetruth.com:

not listening to any more MLM sales talk

The appeal in MLM promotions and the typical MLM reports of earnings of participants are dependent on a host of misrepresentations and deceptive sales practices. To be successful in MLM, one must not only work hard, but one must also –

1. Be deceived
2. Maintain a high level of self-deception
3. Go about deceiving others
4. Maintain denial of the harm done to those recruited into the chain or pyramid of participants

MLM Fun Facts (All Based on Substantial Research)

One of the most revealing pages on the site lists 41 separate misrepresentations typically used by promoters in MLM recruitment. Here are a few highlights:

The vast majority of commissions paid by MLM companies go to a minuscule fraction (less than 1%) of TOPPs (Top-of-Pyramid Promoters) at the expense of numerous revolving door recruits, over 99% of whom lose money.

untruth, misrepresentations of MLM

The popular MLM proposal that participants often work for part-time or seasonal income is not a reasonable claim: without full-time, long-sustained effort, MLM participants cannot possibly build and maintain a downline sizable enough to cover expenses. In reality, part-timers and seasonal participants are not profiting; they are merely contributing to the coffers of the company, the founders, and a very small number of TOPPs (Top-of-Pyramid Promoters).

Failure rates for MLMs are not comparable with proper small businesses, 39% of which are profitable for over their lifetime. Compare to MLM where less than 1% of participants ever make a profit. MLM makes even gambling look like a safe bet in comparison.

Consider the top 200 Amway distributors of a certain state: though these were supposedly the top distributors (average gross profit of about $12,500), the average net income after subtracting operating expenses was a loss of around $900. Of 20,000 total distributors, approximately two (2) who operated profitably results in a one-in-10,000 ratio: definitely uneconomic.

a bunch of talk about nothing

The Direct Selling Association (DSA)/MLM lobbyists argued that handing out a company-prepared, one-page disclosure of average earnings, criminal background of leaders, references, etc. would be an “intolerable burden” if foisted upon them. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) personnel perhaps should have viewed this as an obvious effort to avoid transparency for the sake of consumer protection. This is a ridiculous argument; franchisors are required to provide a disclosure document – sometimes hundreds of pages long — to their prospective investors. If franchisors must do this, why not MLMs?

MLM compensation plans assume an infinite, virgin market — neither of which exists in reality. This fact alone could be seen to make MLM inherently flawed, unfair, and deceptive.

The practice of comparing only currently “active” participants (instead of the true number of often-temporary members) with “successful” participants, who have been there for many years, greatly skews the numbers in the MLM’s favor; this is another major MLM deception.

a bunch of talk about nothing

Research into Nu Skin’s MLM program revealed that only one (1) of every 3,922 participants actually profited, producing the following odds of making a dime: 0.000255 (.025%), or just over two hundredths of a percentage point! Therefore, it is more appropriate to call the Nu Skin program and similar MLMs loss certainties than income opportunities.

In another popular MLM program, 54.3% of the payout went to only 114 out of 75,710 distributors, and this did not even include over one million (1,000,000) participants who dropped out during the last ten years of the study.

These conclusions revealing factual and atrocious MLM loss rates apply to all recruitment-driven MLMs for which data could be obtained for the study.

This research – and that of other non-MLM analysts – leads to the conclusion that MLM does not qualify as a legitimate business. If less than 1% profit and 95% or more quit in ten years across the entire MLM industry, it’s rather apparent that something is fundamentally wrong with MLM as a business model.

MLM participants do not legally qualify for SBA loans, SCORE assistance, or other small business funding and assistance programs.

(Source: mlm-thetruth.com )

P.S. A few days later, I made the decision I should have made the very moment I realized this exploit was multi-level marketing: to refrain from performing any website services designed to sell (or even advertise) MLM-related ventures. After learning the troubling facts about MLM, I have decided it would be unethical of me to play any part in this — especially such a potentially persuasive role as building a website to promote a specific MLM program.

Resources: Lowdown on MLM

mlm-thetruth.com
mlm-thetruth.com: The Case for and Against Multi-Level Marketing: MLM’s Abysmal Numbers
mlm-thetruth.com: Typical Misrepresentations Used in MLM Recruitment
Wikipedia on Cold Reading

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Friday Night at Davis-Kidd

Hovering at the Non-Fiction Paperback Table

For the first time in months, I engaged in the ever-so enjoyable activity of hitting the local bookstore – which for me is Davis-Kidd Booksellers, within easy walking distance — for over an hour of perusing and exploring the nonfiction paperbacks I find most interesting. Davis-Kidd in Green Hills (South Nashville) has a special table set aside for paperback nonfiction near the registers, which is where I spend most of my time at the bookstore. As usual, the most compelling titles – those that I picked up and scanned – were those detailing the reasoning and evidence behind the authors’ journeys of religious belief, religious disbelief, and spiritual practice.

As usual, I found myself drawn most to the arguments and reasoning toward mysticism and Deism. I was somewhat repelled by a couple of books attempting to make the case for fundamentalist-style, literalist-leaning religious interpretations.

I zeroed in on a most interesting book called There Is a God: How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind with which a famous U.K. atheist named Antony Flew has recently made waves (not without controversy) with his startling change of mind in favor of something like Deism. Even more surprising for someone who has spent almost six (6) decades promoting and defending atheism is his inclusion of Appendix B — a scholar’s argument for Christ entitled The Self-Revelation of God in Human History: A Dialogue on Jesus with N.T. Wright — which certainly ventures beyond Deism toward Christianity. It’s very interesting. I read the entire appendix, though it was a rather quick read since the bookstore was closing.

(And speaking of closing… along with my family, I was extremely disappointed to read the bad news in the Tennessean: due to bankruptcy, Davis-Kidd in Nashville is closing in December… THIS December! Wow, what short notice. Gail Kerr, I wholeheartedly join you in holding out hope for a rescuer in the form of a well-off, book-loving, big-hearted, nostalgic Nashvillian! Won’t somebody step up to the plate, acquire Davis-Kidd Nashville, and turn it around? Hunger strike, anyone?)

I experienced some different feelings and attitudes about my recent writings on religious subjects. More than anything, however, I resolved to continue my own personal quest for the truth, including ongoing study of those fascinating areas where empirical evidence, such as history and science, intersect with religion, Christianity in particular — but also to make a fresh effort to abstain from being critical, negative, or derisive about the religious views of others.

Of course, virtually everyone includes religion in the category of notoriously touchy subjects for discussion, and this particular quality has seriously dampened my designs toward publishing some related material. However, according to Wayne Dyer, one of my favorite modern spiritual teachers, this type of avoidance makes for a poor excuse for the stalling of one’s aspirations. On a positive note, this circumvention is definitely contributing to increasingly prolific writing in other subjects that are the focus of my intense passions, such as hiking and other experiences and conditions relating to our natural environment. And there’s always politics…

I shall further contemplate the precise themes and purposes of my religious writings in progress, and make the emendations necessary to maintain the alignment of that material with the basic purposes of those writings. In writing about religion, the most significant challenge remains: refraining from criticism in favor of a positive, uplifting, unifying message!

Resources for Friday Night at Davis-Kidd Bookstore

Davis-Kidd Bookstore
Wikipedia on Antony Flew
Wikipedia on Roy Abraham Varghese
Amazon.com – There Is a God: How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind
New York Times Book Review – There Is a God: How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind
The Tennessean – Gail Kerr: Davis-Kidd needs rescuer so book doesn’t close on store

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