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    • Memorial day: a personal story (Last post by Cyan Sarden)
    • When I was a kid, my grandfather worked as a truck driver for a tiny local construction company. I was always mighty impressed when he parked his truck on the driveway during his lunch breaks. Sometimes he'd let me ride along in his truck when he took it back to the yard in the evening - he was my hero in those moments. Later, as I grew up, I inevtiably lost interest in his truck and his work. I always felt a strong connection with my grandfather, however, and was devastated when he died of cancer when I was about 15. A few months ago, as I was driving through a small stretch of forest on my way to work, I suddenly felt overcome by nostalgia and saddness as I, out of the blue, started reminiscing about my grandfather and his truck. The feeling would linger on. As I emerged from the forest road, I saw a large vehicle coming my way - it was my grandfather's old truck, driven by his former boss's son. I thought I'd share this with you on this Memorial Day. At that moment, just outside that stretch of forest, I was one with the Force.
    • Insight Timer app for meditation (Last post by Cyan Sarden)
    • Quote: Quote: Why do you all like this? For myself - Probably for all the wrong reasons....! I've typically just free-timed my meditation or used the timer on my watch or phone. However, I've not "journal-ed" my meditations. I'm curious if this will give me an impetus to track and provide a basis for journal-ing my meditation. Same reason for me - just like my fitness tracker gives me an incentive to do sports, I find using an app that keeps track of my practice to be an incentive to continue once my old habits try to re-establish themselves
    • Critical Thinking! (Last post by Rosalyn J)
    • Its funny you should mention this topic because as a University faculty member, many of the students I teach are not prepared to be critical thinkers once they get to university, so the first year is sort of a boot camp of sorts and inevitably people fall through the cracks because they don't have the foundation. Current public education systems, at least in America, are places of indoctrination. Follow the rules, say the correct answer, get the reinforcement (good grades). This is an unfortunate reality and part and parcel why a world class university education still is by and large an elite endevour. Can't have the "masses" thinking critically.
    • Yoga (Last post by Dessel761)
    • I would like to start doing some yoga at home. That being said, does anyone know of any good apps or videos to help with this?
    • Tattoos and Jedi? (Last post by Learn_To_Know)
    • Quote: Quote: I would never want my wife or kids to gauge their ears! Looks nasty in my opinion, haha. But to each their own. If the kids want to do that someday, it's their ears! lol... "Gauge up" doesn't just mean those huge earring, lol.... Standard earrings are 16 or 14 gauge... Those are like the size you would pierce an ear with a starter stud... I think I'm at a 12 gauge right now... Just a little bigger.... eyeballing a 10...;) Picture a guy wearing little dainty gold hoops, and then one wearing a set a little bit thicker, lol.... Shows what I know, haha. When someone says "gauge their ears" I picture this: [attachment] [attachment] That just don't do it for me! haha.. To each their own!
    • Holy Place (Last post by Learn_To_Know)
    • This is an interesting topic to me. I fall along the "some things are holy". Being on the mountain, being in a library, being in the dark and quiet while staring at the stars, those are all holy places to me. I feel like going to the library now, haha.
    • Historical Discoveries (Last post by Edan)
    • Ancient Egyptian temple discovered after illegal digging Full article here:
    • Favourite words (Last post by steamboat28)
    • My three submissions to this thread are: * saudade * the dreaded "c-word" * "cellar door"

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