Posts made in January, 2008

Original Sin

An Introduction to “Original Sin” With an essay titled “Original Sin”, I thought it might be appropriate to provide some background on my latest piece. Some of you are aware that I have bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness). To the rest of you, here’s a quick run-down on how and when the first episode happened. In the spring of 2002, while getting married I had a nervous breakdown (mania) leading up to the big event, as a result of, experiencing great stress and pressures. At the time, I had been sober for thirteen years and the lack of any alcohol or other drugs in my system gave me no wiggle room to temporary escape that house of mirrors. During my bachelor weekend I experienced brief, but unfamiliar sharp piercing pains in my head and the following week,...

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Freedom and Slavery – A Cycle of Life

January 10, 2008 Freedom and Slavery – A Cycle of Life By Ted Burnett A Man’s Journey to Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach and friends is a collection of some fifty short stories written by men covering wide-ranging themes “on what it means to live authentically.” The topics range from relationships with their mothers, fathers on vulnerability, balls, simplicity, work, failure and humor among many others. Sarah writes in her introduction of one music legend’s story that he was the first person that came to mind when she developed the idea for this sequel. Sarah states that American novelist Willa Cather insisted that there are only two human stories, “and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they have never happened before.” This is “why every...

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Part II — Are We Destroying Mother Earth?

January 4, 2008 The attached document is a copy of a letter that I received last week from United States Senator Richard Shelby’s office (AL-R) in response to my brief statement on man’s undeniably negative impact on the environment and on the world’s oceans. In early December, my reply was originally sent to The Wall Street Journal after reading an editorial questioning the science behind climate change and Al Gore’s Nobel Prize. My comments pointed to man’s current destruction to our oceans through runoff pollution, erosion, over-harvesting of fish, and dead and dying coral reefs as proof to man’s ability to harm our world. My words can be read in their entirety by clicking on the following link:...

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