(Departed) soul mates???

This is one of the more unusual relationship breakup stories to pop up. An Irish Jack Sparrow impersonator who married the ghost of a pirate has revealed she has split from her 300-year-old hubby. Earlier this year Amanda Sparrow Large, 46, said she’d found her “soulmate” in a Haitian pirate from the 1700s who was executed for thieving on the high seas. The loved-up couple were legally married by a shaman priest in a boat off the Irish coast in international waters. But now the mum from Drogheda, Co Louth, has revealed the unlikely union is over. Posting on social media

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A rose by any other name . . .

. . . would smell as sweet, according to William Shakespeare.  Clearly, he wasn’t thinking of Star Wars when he said that – unlike the parents of a hapless felon in Tennessee. The Force was not with Luke Sky Walker when he was arrested this week by Tennessee police, according to a report. Walker, 21, of Johnson City, Tenn., was arrested Thursday on a charge of violating probation, WJHL-TV reports … He was arrested in 2017 on charges of stealing 46 road signs with three cohorts, the Elizabethton Star reported at the time. There’s more at the link. Actor Mark Hamill played the character Luke Skywalker in

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Cult nation?

I’m very familiar with religious cults, from a professional perspective (as a former pastor and chaplain) and from counseling those trapped in them, trying to help them break free.  I’ve seen signs of cult-like behavior on the extremes of the American political spectrum, but I’ve never consciously equated the two fields.  Now the Federalist makes the resemblance clear. Consider for a moment today’s culture, which is saturated with the constant agitation of political correctness. It rarely allows for any real discussion or debate without automatic vilification of those deemed politically incorrect. Sadly, this is especially true in the very place where there

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News and views you can use

There have been so many weird and wonderful news reports and blog articles over the past couple of days that I can’t keep up with them all.  I figured I’d post links to some of them here, and let you explore those that interest you.  In no particular order: Clint Smith, of Thunder Ranch (under whom I’ve trained multiple times), talks about ammunition and gunfights.  Money quote:  “I’ve never heard anyone complain about having too much ammunition in a fight.” I had to laugh at the Conservative Treehouse’s glee over President Trump’s most recent burst of activity.  They seem to be enjoying themselves

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Truth in (modern) relationships?

This cartoon from Stephan Pastis made me both laugh and think over the weekend.  Click it to be taken to a larger version at the comic’s Web site. It’s amusing, yes . . . but it’s also sadly true of what a lot of people look for in a relationship these days.  People seem to have lost sight of the fact that a romantic or courtship relationship (the latter not necessarily romantic) is for two people to come together to make one family;  two parts of a whole;  two faces of a single coin.  It’s not just about feelings, or

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Quote of the day

From an article at the Kakistocracy blog: So a functioning brain is one that forms accurate models about what it will actually see next. Such as a bushman on the Serengetiwhose brain predicts he will soon see the inside of a lion’s intestinal tract upon realizing one is in full sprint for his neck. This model is one likely to incentivize enthusiastic flight, and thus result in a bushman who lives to model another day. In contrast, inaccurate models about lion behavior tend to have a suppressive effect on bushman longevity. Having been in the company of Bushmen for extended periods, and having

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That’s one way to do it

This isn’t the first time I’ve heard of farm animals being used to further a romance.  No, it’s not what you think. Chris Gospel of Strichen, Aberdeenshire, got down on one knee in a field to ask for Eilidh Fraser’s hand in marriage. But the 30-year-old did not need to pop the question, as he enlisted the help of Curlytop the cow by writing “will you marry me?” on the animal’s body. Mr Gospel said: “She was a star. The writing was on the side and as were were walking up she was facing us. “Eilidh could see something written on

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A doctor speaks bluntly about untimely death

Dr. Louis M. Profeta (his website is here) penned an angry, yet thought-provoking article earlier this month, titled “I’ll Look at Your Facebook Profile Before I Tell Your Mother You’re Dead“. It kind of keeps me human. You see, I’m about to change their lives — your mom and dad, that is. In about five minutes, they will never be the same, they will never be happy again. Right now, to be honest, you’re just a nameless dead body that feels like a wet bag of newspapers that we have been pounding on, sticking IV lines and tubes and needles in,

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