So much of what we assume to be true is bullshit, and the percentage is higher when it comes to politicized issues.

Here’s a good example: “Ford, GM don’t make the most ‘American-made’ car. Here’s who does” on Apple News.  

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Our Last Best Chance: The Pursuit of Peace in a Time of Peril by King Abdullah II of Jordan

From the book jacket: “King Abdullah II was schooled in America and at Sandhurst and heading for a life as a successful career soldier, when his father fell ill and he was unexpectedly named King of Jordan. Fiercely loyal to his country but also possessing an outsider’s perspective on the political difficulties of the region, King Abdullah has since spent every effort to better Jordan – improving its economy, education standards, and rights for women – and find security for his people and their neighbors. In this seminal work by a man at the very heart of the complex Middle East situation, King Abdullah puts forward what may be our best chance yet for Israeli-Palestinian Peace.”

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The latest issue of AWAI’s Barefoot Writer

Click HERE to read:

* “This Opportunity Treasure Trove for Writers Makes Other Solopreneurs Green With Envy”

* “Never Again Hang Your Head in Shame After Hitting ‘Send’”

* “Scoring Big in the Niche You’ve Never Heard Of”

* “The Hidden Value in People Who Don’t Need Your Writing and Will Never Hire You”

* And much more!

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The latest issue of Independent Healing

“Calorie Counting Is Fake News”

Studies show you’re more likely to gain weight than to lose it on low-cal diets. Here’s why they don’t work – and here’s what does.

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Madwomen: The “Locas Mujeres” Poems of Gabriela Mistral

I discovered Gabriella Mistral through Pablo Neruda. Like her famous countryman, Mistral won the Nobel prize. Also like Neruda, her poems were lyrical and personal. But in this collection (I have a bilingual edition), written later in her life, she displays a hard and complex view of life that I find appealing. It’s too early to tell but for me she might be the better Chilean poet.

Here are the first three stanzas of the opening poem, “The Other”:

I killed a woman in me:
one I did not love.

She was the blazing flower
of the mountain cactus;
she was drought and fire
never cooling her body.

She had stone and sky
at her feet, at her shoulders,
and she never came down
to seek the water’s eye.

 

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The I Hate to Cook Book by Peg Bracken

Bracken made her living as a copywriter. She wrote this, her first book, in 1960 when she was 70 years old. I’m reading it for the maturity of her wit, not the recipes.

Examples:

* “Add flour, salt, paprika, and mushrooms, stir, and let it cook five minutes while you light a cigarette and stare sullenly at the sink.”

* “A mutual dislike can be quite as sound a basis for friendship as a mutual devotion.”

* “What most of us are after, when we have a picture taken, is a good natural-looking picture that doesn’t resemble us.”

* “It is important to remember that these are your Declining Years, in which you can jolly well decline to do what you don’t feel like doing.”

* “It isn’t true… that nothing is as bad as you think it’s going to be. Some things are exactly as bad as you thought they were going to be, and some things are worse.”

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“The Land Where the Internet Ends” in The New York Times

The range of the Internet is fast expanding. Very soon it will cover just about every square inch of the world. But some people would like the government to preserve areas where cell phones cannot operate. The only hope may be areas where huge audio observatories operate. You can read the article here.

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