The Improvement of the Mind By Isaac Watts 1821 (Free)

December 14, 2012
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Seneca, Letters and Philosophy – The Pasquini Family

December 14, 2012

I am reading Seneca: Letters From a Stoic. This was written in the year 64. What is amazing is the wisdom that he imparted as he neared death. How pertinent it was then, how pertinent it is today. I have decided to go back and read some of the “self-help” books of ancient times. And […]

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The Right to Work for Lower Wages and Poorer Working Conditions

December 13, 2012

I can’t believe the Republicans.  They just lost an election and I guess they think that since they still control the House and the Governorship of a few key states, they can try to take away what some people gave their lives for.  Yes, gave their lives for. Anyone who has ever read Steinbeck’s  Grapes […]

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Success Verses Failure

December 13, 2012

I was in bed this morning thinking about my life and all the trials and tribulations that seemed to hold me back from my true potential.  Then I realized that while it may have seemed so, it wasn’t. I remember some years ago before Marilyn and I were separated thinking I hadn’t suffered enough.  I […]

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Rainy Days in California

November 30, 2012

Oooh the weather outside is frightful, but inside it’s so delightful. As long as it doesn’t snow, let it rain , let it rain, let it rain. How appropriate that’s it raining today. Finally I can relax from the sunshine and have an excuse to sit and watch TV all day and knit. On any […]

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Precious and Small

October 28, 2012

I was going through some old pictures this morning when I found this one of Lucca in 2010. A reminder of how time passes, of how we need to enjoy those moments while they happen. Looking back I am so glad I remember the smell of that day, the texture of the pumpkins. How much […]

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Weathering the Storm – Hurricane Sandy, Santo Domingo, Saying Goodbye!

October 27, 2012

Today – October 26, 2012 – Hurricane Sandy – Dominican Republic It is amazing how quickly things can change from vacation mode to survival mode. I wish I could have taken pictures but out of fear of ruining my iPhone (from the rain) I am going to be left explaining through words alone. I did […]

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Warning – Reflections In This Mirror May Be Distorted!

October 24, 2012
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About 1.5 months ago I had a surfing accident that left a scar on my face. It is about 1 inch long on my cheek. It didn’t heel as I would have liked, it left an indentation on my face that is quite noticeable. I have been doing a lot of work to overcome this.  Facial […]

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Santo Domingo and Las Tarrenas – Thoughts on the Road

October 23, 2012
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Today I woke up before the roosters. I decided to open my windows and let in the fresh air. There is a ton of stuff to do here in La Terrenas but my inclination is to do none of them. This morning I am brewing a cup of coffee and I just downloaded a new […]

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Great Week

October 4, 2012

Left for St. Helena last Sunday to visit with Ethel Ramos for a few days.  Her youngest son, Jeff, and I had some great talks.  We disagreed at times, but I’d say we agree on more than we disagree on.  Our greatest agreement was on the teachings of Jesus.  He’s one of the few men […]

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The deception…

October 4, 2012

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. ~ Henry David Thoreau

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Medical Inequality – the Definition of Inhumane

September 21, 2012

“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”  – Speaking before the Second National Convention of the Medical Committee for Human Rights in Chicago, Illinois, on March 25, 1966, Dr. King

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College Cost Projector – What Today’s Kindergartner Will Pay for College

September 7, 2012

Based on the average 6% inflation rate for college tuition and 12 years until college. The average Kindergartner can expect to pay $150,000 for an undergraduate education. Click on image to enlarge:  

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The Best and Cheapest Time to Buy Everything

September 3, 2012

I am copying and pasting this from Get Rich Slowly because I always look for it and can never find it when I need it so here it is: Thank you get rich slowly! House and home Real estate—March through August are active months for buying and selling, so a buyer looking for a deal will […]

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All Things Change

August 24, 2012

As we prepare to leave the Oregon coast and head back home I am sad. This time more than others I am aware of the change that time brings. How our children have grown, how our parents take on years, and the finality of life. It it not a sad realization but a gentle reminder […]

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It’s a Wonderful Life

August 14, 2012

I can’t say that sleeping outside on my futon overnight is life changing, but it made me think how fortunate I was to have my swallows. They’ve been returning to my place for the last 5 or 6 years and because they eat 100 times their body weight in mosquitos, I don’t have any, or […]

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One More Blog

July 22, 2012

Stephen motivated me to write more in one of his posts.  So this is my third post in 3 days. Just wanted to talk about the joy of having the futon I got free at Santa Cruz out on my back porch.  I sit out there in the morning, look at the view, read, and […]

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A Visit with Old Friends

July 21, 2012

I wrote this entry some time ago but couldn’t log into the Pasquini Family site and by time I could was sidetracked and then when I went to find what I’d written, it wasn’t anywhere to be found. So I’m writing an abbreviated version. I had David Ramos in my class my first year of […]

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Guardian Angels

July 21, 2012

I was at cardiac rehab last Wednesday and we talked about guardian angels.  But before that, one lady said that her mother contacted her after she died.  I said, “It might be an evil spirit because if you believe there’s a heaven and everyone is perfectly happy, why would they take the time to talk […]

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Slowing Down

July 7, 2012

I have been joking a lot recently about my journey towards a more Zen state of mind. I started blogging more seriously Feb 11, 2011. This initiated a transformation in my life. One that saw a progression towards more screen time. More time pounding at keys late into the evening. Eventually the purchase of an iPhone […]

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Karma’s Law

May 19, 2012

On Thursday when I wen’t to pick Layla up from preschool a very nice older woman approached me looking for the food bank. We chatted for a while and then she asked me for some spare change. All I had was 10 dollar bill, so I gave it to her. I couldn’t believe how happy […]

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The Not One Percent: Tell us something we don’t know

May 18, 2012

Tell us about something about we don’t know.  From the documentary movie “Our Time“.

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The Not One Percent: Role Models

May 18, 2012

If you can’t get past the profanity then you shouldn’t have a right to vote! From the documentary movie “Our Time“.

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The Not One Percent: Education

May 18, 2012

From the documentary movie “Our Time“. It is available for streaming on Netflix. I recorded several clips because I think they show the true difficulties people face when trying to affect chance. Social problems effect every part of the fabric of America. The one percent have a different view of America because they don’t live […]

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Lucca and Layla

May 18, 2012

The Kids, a photo by stephenpasquini on Flickr. One of my favorite pictures of all time.

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A Good Friend Has Moved On

April 22, 2012

Ida Shiplet died on Easter Sunday, the day before I returned home.  She managed to beat bone cancer a number of times before it suddenly, after being in remission, came back with a vengeance, killing her in just over a week. I met Ida and her family when I was a new teacher.  She came […]

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What happens when computers become philosophers?

April 15, 2012
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Christ in Hiding

April 6, 2012

I watched my grandchildren for a couple hours and when I left, stopped at Foster’s Freeze to buy a strawberry shake for my cheat day.  I used to stop at the Foster’s Freeze when I walked the three miles from elementary school to my home.  I had a paper route at the time and had […]

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Baby Feet

March 27, 2012

I woke up today and brewed some coffee. Behind me I heard the quite pitter patter of baby feet. And in a moment a gentle hug on my leg, reassurance that the simple things in life hold the greatest meaning. Now in the morning I wish for baby feet. When I get older this will […]

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Real Time with Bill Maher New Rules Episode 239 March 2012

March 9, 2012

Bill Maher New Rules Episode 239:  IQ versus BBQ [audio:https://www.pasquinifamily.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Bill-Maher-Real-Time-New-Rules-Episode-239.mp3|titles=Bill Maher Real Time New Rules Episode 239] Download Link (plays on iPhone & iPad) Bill Maher Real Time New Rules Episode 239

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