Charles Clanton Rogers

Reflections based on poetry, music, visual art, book reviews, history of science, first-person history, philosophical essays and International Blogging

Jazz – Icon of The Twentieth Century America I was born in The Thirties: Everything was seen through the lens of the Great Depression.                       Full and healthy employment in 1929 at 3.2% abruptly shifted with the crash on Wall Street and ensuing global depression. Unemployment During the …

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Divide and Conquer!: I don’t perceive myself as eighty-one but as two sets of forty. Divide 81 into two sets = 40 X 2 + 1 left over. [Very old joke: Classified Ad: “Have wife, Forty; will trade for two  Twenties.] All one requires is someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.” …

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Six blind men were asked to determine what an elephant looked like by feeling different parts of the elephant’s body. The blind man who feels a leg says the elephant is like a pillar; the one who feels the tail says the elephant is like a rope; the one who feels the trunk says the …

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 Earlier, we introduced a discussion about animals in our lives. The entries were mostly about pets. Here is a magnum opus on the mind of animals, I have copied it from NYT. The Amazing Inner Lives of Animals Tim Flannery OCTOBER 8, 2015 ISSUE Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel by The Amazing Inner Lives …

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[Real cowboys never run, they just ride away.~ Cowboy Proverb, 2015©www.PhyllisBurchettPhoto.net] “No Man is an Island”(1)  John Donne 1572 – 1631 “No man is an island, Entire of itself, Every man is a piece of the continent, A part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less. …

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                  bbnewsab and I have been discussing evidence and characterization of persons, their thoughts,  their beliefs. And their rationalizations. My Swedish college brings us this TED Talk by Robert Sapolsky, Professor Neuroscience of Standford. I have been reading A Primate’s Memoir, by Professor Sapolsky. You must view …

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  Let’s Keep the “birdie-in-the-air” with “Let’s Play Geography”! 2015/09/22/  from bbnews@gmail.com:2015/09/22 https://bbnewsblog.wordpress.com/2015/07/02/the-two-information-processing-systems-ipss-in-your-brain-one-is-woo-ish-the-other-is-rational/ . It’s about how our brains process sensory information. There are two separate processing systems in our brains. In the best of worlds they complement each other. But in religious contexts there is too much emphasis on information processing system #1 (= …

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The great psychiatrists have been European: e.g.: Reil, Feud, Kraepelinian. Frankl. With the miracle of the “cyber couch”, I have a  Swedish psychiatrist! [PV]     I received his analysis of me today which I’m going  to “Share” [social media influence] PV: “Sometimes I almost suspect that you, in an earlier life must have been an …

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The importance of the Torah in The Literature of Western Culture     with  bbnewsab (PV) To read the Western Canon one must know at least the vocabulary of  The Tyndal Bible which starts with The Christian “Old Testament”, which is The Hebrew Bible. The Tyndale Bible (Coverdale, ed.) was the Bible of Shakespeare and Elizabethan period; not …

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  We continue to invite contemporary poets to submit their work here. We have featured three guest poets:        Paul F. Lenzi  poesypluspolemics.wordpress.com       Laura Grace Weldon     lauragraceweldon.com                          Laurel Holmes of REALITY SANDWICHES   For today we are …

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  Although bbnewsab conceded that my review of Never Let Me Go was my best effort thus far, my Swedish critic  required some “more blood out of the stone”.     ; o)> [An aside: Although I don’t recall that Ishiguro has mentioned it, it can’t be insignificant that he was born in Nagasaki only fifteen years …

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“I want to be in your arms, where you hold me tight and Never let me go.” ― Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go I am retired. I only write reviews of books that have moved into and are camped out in my mind along with books by Thoreau, Russell, Doctorow. Dostoevsky, Dickens, Hemingway and Frost.  There …

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Epiphany: You can only see the human mind and The Meaning of Life by its Shadow!                                                                                       Dawkins, Hoffman …

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Dear Readers of Blogger’s GPS, I have a treat for you. I have invited a guest poet and artist: Laurel Holmes of REALITY SANDWICHES to be our Guest. I found her site to be uncommonly beautiful. The art work is her own. THE LAYERS SEPTEMBER 7, 2015 | REALITY SANDWICHES “I was listening to a …

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[/audio]S Saxophone by Steven Rogers – with Kim Reynolds’ Quartet “bbnewsab” and I have respondents World-wide. I count twenty countries with a minimum of 5 respondents and at least thirty, with at least one Follow. Easy to identify are.  Russia, Israel, Singapore, Guam, UK, and Sweden [“I can see Russia from my house!” – ha …

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My blogosphere partner [bbnewsab] and I started a symposium recently (Global Position Symposium) and issued invitations on thread topics, one of which was Writing.  Georginia, by way of “Mostly Blogging”. http://wp.me/p6x6vQ-1n4 has submitted an excellent contribution to this thread. I am posting the original,  verbatim. Now Bloggers,  GPS has at least two essays on writing. I am clairvoyant enough …

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The challenge of a Geisha, like all artIsts, is to distil Truth into a gift, with which to distract the rest of us from the grind of life. ccr Book review: Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha My first awareness of Japan and the people of Japan was when I was seven years old, on the …

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My cyber friend, bbnewsab, asked me to relate something about my favorite authors. I decided that I would start with Mary Doria Russell, a recent (to me) author discovery and one who rapidly leaped to close to the top of my favorite list of writers. Also, I chose her, today, because I had previously written these reviews. I …

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http://ideas.ted.com/why-we-shouldnt-judge-a-country-by-its-gdp/?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_content=ideas-blog&utm_term=global-social%20issues This very interesting article came by. I would like to offer it up for discussion by The GPS readers. Comments, please. ccr

I think I might have been born in a library or a bookstore!  From the first moment I can remember, I was surrounded by books. Dead tree, hardcover decorated books. My security blanket was a book. Decades before Sesame Street, my”Swiss-Army-knife” of a teacher was my grandmother.  I was her project for six years. Grandmother read to me, as …

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