Be a Thankful Southerner, Not a Bitter One

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Martin Luther King, Jr. said “never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.” Martin Luther King, Jr. said “never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.” This constitutes sage advice from a peace-loving man. If I am not thankful when I have lots to be thankful for, then I sure as hell will not be thankful when […]

A Prayer for a Friend

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Prayerful Remonstrations in the Rain [youtube width=”600″ height=”350″]http://youtu.be/BBB9n-lbdts[/youtube] By Poor William RADIOLAND VIDEO A Prayer for a Friend Friend, I am ashamed to say I hardly know you for I’m ‘sposed to know you well. I call you friend but you are much closer than a friend, even closer than a brother.

Delta Design

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Evidence Surrounds Us By POOR WILLIAM “But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand […]

JIGGERS

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And Other Sacrifices By POOR WILLIAM RADIOLAND VIDEO Though not a Greek god, I have been compared to Buddha and I am willing to devour my fair share of any copious bounty set before me! I fear not quantities designed to rattle smaller beings! However, the time draws nigh when a

Mornings with Tolstoy – Day Thirteen

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Judgment, Intentions and Actions By WILLIAM PRENTISS “Judge not that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.” — Matthew 7:1-2 I often heard in childhood that we are prone to judge others by their actions but […]

I Hate Damning God

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Who says, Buddha damn it, Mohammed damn it, or some such foolishness? By PONTIFICUS MINIMUS “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.” — The Third Commandment given to Moses by God Having spent many a year […]

Mornings with Tolstoy – Day Twelve

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Civilization and the Inner Self By WILLIAM PRENTISS I lie here mortally disconnected to humanity, only God! Sis, not sure if I can hear while I lie in abeyance, a dormant state, cognition unknown but to God and me, still talks to me and shares God’s words and the thoughts of those far brighter than […]

Mornings with Tolstoy – Day Eleven

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Where? By WILLIAM PRENTISS My world is obsidian; it was formerly gray splintered by veiny shafts of ochre spasmodically penetrating the unseen with countenance warming spumes of hope, now curtained in blackness, muzzled by stygian lassitude. Rhythms of life disrupted, surface bobbing on an ocean of unreality, unsure where I am or where I am […]

Mornings with Tolstoy – Day Ten

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Wealth By WILLIAM PRENTISS I no longer have use for money, material possessions, or tangibles associated with not being in a presumed coma. It costs to keep me wherever Sis is keeping me and I am thankful resources exist for my care. I have not always wanted to live, not since the assault that reshaped my […]

Mornings with Tolstoy – Day Nine

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Conscience, God, Others, and Self By WILLIAM PRENTISS Prior to being in a suspended state due to a brutal attack, I thought I possessed a highly developed, acute conscience. Now I lie here, day after day, frozen, conscience growing richer—more aware—possessing tenderness not evidenced prior to my unexpected change in circumstances. I cannot communicate with others, […]

Clarksdale Garden Club and an Old Nun Prayer

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Poor William was the only dude at the meeting By POOR WILLIAM Clarksdale, Mississippi I did it! I attended a meeting of the Clarksdale Garden Club! My lovely wife, Magical Madge Marley Howell, invited me to tag along and help her film a holiday presentation by our good friend, Marilyn Trainor Storey, Mississippi Design Maven. Don’t […]

Mornings with Tolstoy – Day Eight

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Religion and Intellect By WILLIAM PRENTISS “Real religion cannot be opposed to intellect.” — Leo Tolstoy A perennial question plaguing thinkers, believers and thinking believers concerns the relationship of faith, reason and intellect. Does faith in the unseen require blind trust, or can it be predicated on things understood in the natural? Are faith, reason, […]

Mornings with Tolstoy – Day Seven

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Empathy, Compassion and the Root of Both By WILLIAM PRENTISS I lie here only able to hear, and that unknown to others, thinking about empathy and compassion, wondering about the root of both. What compels us to feel the plight of others, to desire to alleviate their suffering? What is the source of empathy and […]

Mornings with Tolstoy – Day Six

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Limitations of Pride and Selfishness By WILLIAM PRENTISS Hours on end, thinking yet not seeing, hearing but not feeling, feeling but never expressing, this is my wakened state, unknown to none but me, and God of course, and maybe my sister. Sis read again from Tolstoy. She assumes I can hear but she doesn’t know for […]