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Think the unexamined life is not worth living?  Into self discovery?  Just plain Narcissistic?   Take a look at Emode, a website dedicated to self-revealing tests such as:


  • What's your romantic pattern?

  • What's your party style?

  • What breed of dog are you?

  • Are you a healthy eater?

  • What's your theme song?


    Knots on the Web

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Over  the last few years I've become very interested in knots.    A properly tied knot is generally distinguished by its functionality, simplicity and the ease with which it can be untied.


One of my favorites is the "Monkey's Fist."  You remember that parable...about how the entrapping quality of greed.



Urban Legends Reference Page

The film Fargo opens with the statement: "This is a true story. The events depicted in this film took place in Minnesota in 1987. At the request of the survivors, the names have been changed. Out of respect for the dead, the rest has been told exactly as it occurred."

But it's not true.  

Did you know that?  Did you know that the nursery rhyme "Sing a Song of Sixpence" is actually a coded message for recruiting pirates?

Check out the facts on such wide-ranging topics as the Titanic, Films, War, Sex, and Business at the Urban Legends Reference Page.  And thanks to my high school classmate Sarabeth Rothfeld for telling me about this site.


The Girl in the Picture

For those who came of age during the Viet Nam war, one of the defining images of our maturity is a black-and-white photo of a little Asian girl running down a dirt road.  She is naked, screaming, her arms held away from her body, her skin burning from napalm. 

Click here to find out what became of that girl.  It is a very heartening story, a tribute to the quirkiness of fate, the generosity of her spirit, and the way of forgiveness.

Kim Phuc:  The Power of an Image.  




About thirty years ago, I bought a Yamaha nylon-string classical guitar and learned a few folk songs.  I've carried that guitar and those few songs with me ever since.  

For my birthday this year, my wife bought me a beautiful Fender steel-stringed accoustic.  

I get it out most every night to play while watching the 10 o'clock local news.  Mostly songs from long ago...the words and guitar chords found on a couple of websites.

Guitar Resources Tablature catalogues songs by performing artist.  

Happy strumming.