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Ben Sen commented on Ron Powell's blog post An Intriguing Question for a Friday
"I think she got out while the gettin' was good for lots of reasons, that will probably not be fully known unless our friend in the White House wasn't her and is still at large.  One thing for sure: she's a smooth operator. …"
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Ben Sen commented on Ron Powell's blog post A Question About The Ivy League and The Seven Sisters
"I find it amusing, but not worth researching.  I've known kids today who never have a personal conversation with a teacher.  No wonder so many are dummies. I went to a third rate school because I couldn't afford anything better,…"
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Ben Sen commented on Ben Sen's blog post To An Old Friend
"I live blocks from the "Five Points."  They've finally cleaned up the blood, and the O'Rourke's have moved to Massapequa."
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Ben Sen commented on Ron Powell's blog post A Question About The Ivy League and The Seven Sisters
"You might not want to tell them at Sarah Lawrence they aren't one of the oldest, established women's school, whether a "seventh sister," according to wikipedia or not.  It's long been known as the "artists"…"
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Maui Surfer commented on Ben Sen's blog post To An Old Friend
"Blunt; Crass; Candid - to lose the East Side for tumbleweeds is more than a loss, it is a disaster. But the Irish formed the Five Points, and in five weeks perhaps an O'Rourke will begin the tilling of the Prairies ... The IRT, how I miss her"
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Ben Sen commented on Ron Powell's blog post A Question About The Ivy League and The Seven Sisters
"Ron:  It's all a crock of shit anyway.  How people can pay anywhere near what they pay to go to a school where they're part of herd is beyond my comprehension.  If all you're buying is the prestige of the school, or a…"
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Ben Sen commented on Ron Powell's blog post A Question About The Ivy League and The Seven Sisters
"Oh come on.  You have no idea what you're talking about.  If you're going to live in a world of stereotypes, shame on you.  These schools are mostly bastions of liberalism.  They all have "legacy" programs to…"
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Ben Sen commented on Ron Powell's blog post A Question About The Ivy League and The Seven Sisters
"My daughter went to Sarah Lawrence, which is usually considered one of the "seven" sisters.  It had a faculty/student ration of 1to13.  Her largest class was 17.  All the classes were seminars.  At first, I was…"
Oct 9
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Rodney Roe commented on Ben Sen's blog post Laughter Isn't Always the Best Medicene
"The challenge of communicating across large divides is particularly interesting to me and others here. There have been a number of TED talks on the subject.  https://www.npr.org/programs/ted-radio-hour/558307433 In this series I particularly…"
Oct 1
Ben Sen commented on Ben Sen's blog post Laughter Isn't Always the Best Medicene
"Rodney:  It isn't my idea, but there's no doubt we're in the age of ideology.  It like a cheap form of secular religion.  You're either left or right and that is supposed to determine who's side your on and…"
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Ben Sen commented on Ben Sen's blog post Laughter Isn't Always the Best Medicene
"Moki Icom:  Though my father started a fraternity, in those days it was more a pathway to meeting the right people and a sign of status.  By the time I went to school, during Vietnam, it was something the dummies did to get drunk and…"
Oct 1
Rodney Roe commented on Ben Sen's blog post Laughter Isn't Always the Best Medicene
"Odd,  that “you ate one,too” defense. It is an informal fallacy, but only elites know that. "
Oct 1
Ben Sen commented on Ben Sen's blog post Laughter Isn't Always the Best Medicene
"Thanks for the comments.  It's nice to see the site is still running and some of the "old timers" are still here.  I've now seen some posts defending Kavanaugh on the grounds that so many Democrats have been charged…"
Oct 1
marshall bjohnson commented on Ben Sen's blog post Laughter Isn't Always the Best Medicene
"best understanding of mob behavior- no privilege required!"
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To An Old Friend

Posted on October 9, 2018 at 6:30am 3 Comments

In your Facebook photo

you look like you lost something

but don't know what it is.

I don't remember you

looking like that.…

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Laughter Isn't Always the Best Medicene

Posted on September 30, 2018 at 1:00pm 14 Comments

     Homer described laughter as "the celestial joy of the gods after their daily banquet." Darwin said of laughter, "It seems primarily to be the expression of mere joy or happiness. We clearly see this in children at play who are almost incessantly laughing."  More recently, Freud thought it's a "cathartic" response to emotional tension.  Readers Digest had a column titled: Laughter Is the Best Medicine.

     I don't think any of those definitions apply to Dr.…

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Dreaming at My Age

Posted on July 20, 2018 at 7:00pm 1 Comment

When you've reached my age,

and know you're a dot,

like the sands of the Ganges,

indistinguishable from innumberable other dots,…

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Dreaming

Posted on July 20, 2018 at 11:14am 2 Comments

DREAMING

When you know you're a dot,

indistinguishable from trillions of other dots,

tiny, insignificant dots,

it can be hard to …

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At 5:05am on May 12, 2017, J.P. Hart said…

" . . .the answer my friend . . ."

At 7:08am on October 9, 2016, Ned Netterville said…

Is a pleasure to be invited.  Who knows, may even be the nudge toward writing again I've needed.  The call of the blank page seems to have reactivated.  Thank you.

At 8:49pm on November 17, 2015, SeventhSister said…

Thanks, Ben!

At 2:12pm on November 4, 2015, mary gravitt said…

Thank you for becoming my friend.  I don't always answer right away because I don't have internet at home.

Mary

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