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Patience, Friend

Inside you,
maybe deep,
is a person you want to keep.
The trick is
not to perish
before you learn to cherish
the you
you maybe never knew.

Copyright © 2017 by John Arthur Robinson

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To the Men Who Have Been Disgraced and Have Lost Your Position Due to Allegations of Sexual Harassment Following the Harvey Weinstein Scandal

Some of you are men I have admired, but your reputations have been destroyed, and you went from having positions of prestige, power, and influence to dropping completely out of the public eye. Your prospects for a happy, purpose-filled future are bleak.

But it doesn’t have to end this way. You could reach out to each other in a brotherhood of support and decide to bring something positive out of the debris of your careers.

THE REDEMPTION FOUNDATION

As a Christian, I believe that NO ONE is beyond redemption. Combined, you have a second chance to devote yourselves to a life of service.

1. Form an organization dedicated to supporting causes of the oppressed, especially focusing on women’s causes, such as combating sexual harassment, domestic violence, homelessness, workplace inequality, etc.

2. Combine your fortunes to fund this effort.

3. Hire people to run the organization so that you are NOT in the public eye.

4. Do not expect this effort to help you get your former prestige, power, and influence back.

You will be doing this to regain your self-esteem and the esteem of those you love. You will be doing this for the friendship of your fallen brothers. You will be doing this for a sense of purpose. You will be doing this for personal redemption.

I am proposing this out of compassion for your fallen state. I wish you the best.

–John A. Robinson

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Pause before “Send”

Words on lined paper are underlined;
words on blank paper are not;
words electronically etched,
once sent,
are irretrievably got.

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No Wonder!

I used to be an incurable wonderer, but I’ve found the cure.

A couple of days ago, I was watching the Weather Channel when they mentioned that a storm surge is always worse when a high tide coincides with a full moon.  I had never been taught the reason for this in school, so I wondered, “Why?  Why does the amount of light coming from the moon change how much it pulls on the tides?”

I have wondered this for years.  When I was young, the only solution to such wonder-ment would have been to look up the subject in a multi-volume encyclopedia (or ask an expert).

Now, no one needs to wonder about anything, at least not for long.  Whenever I think, “I wonder what happened to ________?”; “I wonder how old _______ is?”; or “I wonder what the connection is between ________ and ________?”; all I have to do is Google the question (or Bing the question, or use any other search engine).

The Internet is the ultimate multi-volume encyclopedia in which all the world’s knowledge is stored.  For my current question, all I had to do was type in the question “Why does a full moon have a stronger effect on the tides?”  Using Google, I got this page of search results.

Choosing the link Tides, and the pull of the moon and sun, I learned that a full moon meant that the sun, moon, and Earth were in a straight line, and that it is the position  of the moon (and not the light from it) that causes the stronger pull on the tides.  I am now en-light-ened.

Now when someone in a conversation says, “I wonder (something),” my standard response is, “Just Google it.”  Assuming that the searcher uses the right search terminology, an answer will almost always be found.  Of course, one needs discernment about the reliability of sources on the Internet, because false knowledge cures wonder with deception.

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