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50 words – love

Once upon a time a heroic washerwoman found a beautiful stableboy and their love soared to heights previously unknown to humankind. Throughout the centuries that followed, word of their perfect love exceeded imagination for what could be. And just as the couple were… * Consult your data provider to continue reading * And now you could read... Cold Kingdom Enterprise The 100% Perfect Girl I definitely should have said something Two Boys and a Girl The Trees Still Life With Woodpecker Tags: centuries, couple, creative writing, fifty, fifty words, heroic, love, once upon a time, perfection, stableboy,...

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Moonglow

“What was it for?” I said. “What did you do with the snake poop?” “There was a professor at Miami. In the biology department. A herpetologist. He agreed to take a look at it.” “And?” “He felt confident it was not the fecal matter of a boa constrictor.” “So it was an alligator?” “It was a python.” “A python? Don’t pythons get really big?” My grandfather shrugged. The shrug said, Define big. It said, Compared to an ankylosaurus? Not so big. “Can they get big enough to eat a cat?” He stuck out his tongue once, twice. I handed...

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Naive. Super

A human being weighing 70 kilograms contains among other things: – 45 litres of water – Enough chalk to whiten a chicken pen – Enough phosphorus for 2,200 matches – Enough fat to make approximately 70 bars of soap – Enough iron to make a two inch nail – Enough carbon for 9,000 pencil points – A spoonful of magnesium I weigh more than 70 kilograms. And I remember a TV series called Cosmos. Carl Sagan would walk around on a set that was meant to look like space, speaking in large numbers. On one of the shows he...

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In Persuasion Nation: My Amendment

Mr Terence Rackman Leadtown Courier-Examiner Leadtown, PA, 13245 Re: “Not in This Town, Friend,” June 15 issue, “My Turn” Lifestyle Section Dear Mr. Rackman, Very much enjoyed your recent article and wish to weigh in with some of my thoughts on this troubling matter. I agree with all you had to say. Like any sane person, I am against Same-Sex Marriage, and in favor of a constitutional amendment to ban it. To tell the truth, I feel that, in the interest of true moral rigor, it is necessary for us to go a step further, which is why I...

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The Better Angels of Our Nature

Six Trends. To give some coherence to the many developments that make up our species’ retreat from violence, I group them into six major trends. The first, which took place on the scale of millennia, was the transition from the anarchy of the hunting, gathering, and horticultural societies in which our species spent most of its evolutionary history to the first agricultural civilizations with cities and governments, beginning around five thousand years ago. With that change came a reduction in the chronic raiding and feuding that characterized life in a state of nature and a more or less fivefold...

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