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Ben Sen commented on Ben Sen's blog post My Immortal Soul: A Moldy Piece of Cheese
"Thanks Older and Exasperated, and Phyllis for your reflections:  What more powerful concept is there than "the soul."  I got it in a super dose at a very young age and that is what happened.  I think they've lightened…"
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Phyllis liked Ben Sen's blog post My Immortal Soul: A Moldy Piece of Cheese
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Phyllis commented on Ben Sen's blog post My Immortal Soul: A Moldy Piece of Cheese
"Luckily I was raised Methodist and they don't preach sin and hell to children. I probably went to 8 different churches just growing up because of all of the moving we did, and Dad would always rant about the greedy upper crust when we were at…"
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older/exasperated liked Ben Sen's blog post My Immortal Soul: A Moldy Piece of Cheese
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older/exasperated commented on Ben Sen's blog post My Immortal Soul: A Moldy Piece of Cheese
"That's how my doctors describe my pancreas and why my Mom said evil lying thoughts will eat your insides out. Your thoughts did bring to mind my experiences in Vietnam and the lesson to forget what you did and live with what you forgot. It is…"
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Ben Sen commented on Ben Sen's blog post My Immortal Soul: A Moldy Piece of Cheese
"Thanks for commenting.  My dad liked Roquefort.  So do I."
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Jonathan Wolfman commented on Ben Sen's blog post My Immortal Soul: A Moldy Piece of Cheese
"Extraordinary metaphor, Ben."
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Foolish Monkey commented on Ben Sen's blog post My Immortal Soul: A Moldy Piece of Cheese
"Well thats a thought. I like cheese. I like stinky cheese. I suppose that might suggest I'm preparing for my stinking descent. Sigh.  I tend to see the soul as my purest self. I cant soil it. I think if I'm particularly bad it will…"
Feb 12
Ben Sen commented on Rodney Roe's blog post Memoir; The Exceptional Effect of an Unconventional Teacher
"Who else bothers to spend so much time writing to an audience that hardly exists but chronic underachievers or frustrated artists who won't quit?"
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Ben Sen commented on Rodney Roe's blog post Memoir; The Exceptional Effect of an Unconventional Teacher
"I also got lucky in college.  I had to go to a third rate school, mostly for financial reasons since I wouldn't go to a Catholic college.  The teachers were so delighted to have a smart kid in class two of them let me study whatever I…"
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Ben Sen commented on Rodney Roe's blog post Memoir; The Exceptional Effect of an Unconventional Teacher
"A lovely tribute.  This is what I've come to expect of "our" educational system.  It is a testament to mediocrity. If it wasn't for the Buchanan's of the world we'd all be as ignorant as the poor deluded…"
Jan 20
Ben Sen commented on Ben Sen's blog post My Super Duper All American View of Immigration
"Tom:  Thanks for commenting.  I was starting to think posting here is a useless exercise.  I now grade racists and A B and C.  A's still admit it, B's don't know any better, and C's are brain dead."
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Tom Cordle liked Ben Sen's blog post My Super Duper All American View of Immigration
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Tom Cordle commented on Ben Sen's blog post My Super Duper All American View of Immigration
""'Merika got all high and mighty when a darkie snuck inter the White House, talkin' 'bout how we wuz post-racial. Well, I'm here to tell you, this country ain't never gonna be post-racial, not as long as me and my…"
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Ben Sen commented on Ben Sen's blog post My Super Duper All American View of Immigration
"There is so little reasoning going on, especially since the facts are so badly distorted due to the exploitation by the tabloid news, that it's almost impossible to have a civil conversation.  So, I figured, why not just goof on it. …"
Jan 18
Ben Sen commented on Ben Sen's blog post My Super Duper All American View of Immigration
"Thanks alsoknownas.  It isn't often my style, but it came in rush.  I just wrote it down.  It was easier that way."
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My Immortal Soul: A Moldy Piece of Cheese

Posted on February 12, 2018 at 9:00am 6 Comments

(The following is from my book, GROWING UP TOGETHER.  It isn't in the sample copy currently circulating.  I look forward to comments how you envision your soul.  Maybe nobody believes they have a soul any longer.)

     In my childhood imagination, I envisioned the soul as a piece of cheese, like my father ate with lunch on Saturday.  When I broke the commandments in "thought, word, or deed," my soul became covered in a thick, dark mold that was only alleviated when I…

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My Super Duper All American View of Immigration

Posted on January 17, 2018 at 9:00am 7 Comments

My father was a dirty mic, my mother was a whop, though you didn't want to mess with her, my wife when she was alive was a kraut, but I don't know what she is now.  My girl friend looks like a chocolate bunny, but she's really a spic.  The frogs never won a war cause they eat snails and drink wine instead of Budweiser. I've known a lot of Jews and camel jockey's going way back, but don't know how they got here. We never had any camels and we could have just imported the bagels.  You…

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Book Review: The Letters of Alan Watts

Posted on January 6, 2018 at 7:07pm 1 Comment

     Alan Watts thought he'd be totally forgotten in fifty years.  Until his death at age 58 in 1973 he was the most widely known exponent of Eastern religion and thought in the US.  He was among the few public intellectuals the country had at the time, who didn't come from academia, which is saying something since we have even fewer now.

     He was born and raised a Christian in a small town in England and for a time was an ordained Episcopalian minister serving as Chaplin at…

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Book Review: The Collected Letters of Alan Watts

Posted on January 6, 2018 at 10:57am 31 Comments

     Alan Watts thought he'd be totally forgotten in fifty years.  Until his death at age 59 in 1973 he was the most widely known exponent of Eastern religion and thought in the US.  He was among the few public intellectuals the country had at the time who didn't come from academia, which is saying something since we have so few.

     He was born and raised a Christian in the small town of Chislehurst, Kent in England and for a time was an ordained Episcopalian minister serving as…

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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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