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Spirituality of Imperfection through Personal Storytelling Thrives in both AA and Toastmasters - A Storied Career

Spirituality of Imperfection through Personal Storytelling Thrives in both AA and Toastmasters - A Storied Career | Human Condition | Scoop.it

The following is the text of a speech I gave last week in Toastmasters. My assignment was to explain an abstract concept. I chose “the spirituality of imperfection,” which I’ve written about here a number of times. I wove a bit of my personal story into it, something I’ve also written about here. A new addition had to do with Toastmasters itself and how it is a safe place to tell personal stories.


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Just How

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After the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture cracked down on a community seed library, hundreds of seed libraries in the U.S. are suddenly wondering if they are breaking the law.
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Regulating non-commercial seed use and distribution seems like some pretty dark sh*t.

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The end of neighbours

The end of neighbours | Human Condition | Scoop.it
How our increasingly closed-off lives are poisoning our politics and endangering our health
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Critics Raise Concerns About Sovaldi

Critics Raise Concerns About Sovaldi | Human Condition | Scoop.it
Critics have raised an outcry over Sovaldi, a hepatitis C drug heralded as a breakthrough but costing $84,000 for a typical person’s total treatment.
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Turn Your Old Cell Phones into DIY Environmental Listening Devices to Stop Illegal Logging

Turn Your Old Cell Phones into DIY Environmental Listening Devices to Stop Illegal Logging | Human Condition | Scoop.it
A kit to turn old cell phones into a rainforest monitoring system that tracks illegal logging.
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What's the scariest thing in the world? Ask your teenage daughter

What's the scariest thing in the world? Ask your teenage daughter | Human Condition | Scoop.it
I’m driving my eldest daughter Alia home from kung fu lessons. She’s telling me crazy stories about her job as a pizza delivery girl.
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How to hack your body language for better interviews

How to hack your body language for better interviews | Human Condition | Scoop.it
Research interviews go best when participants feel comfortable and confident — they’re more verbal, more willing to explore, and more willing to play along. So when an interview isn’t going well, I check for signs…
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The Critical Importance of Kindness

The Critical Importance of Kindness | Human Condition | Scoop.it
Science says lasting relationships come down to—you guessed it—kindness and generosity.
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hugelkultur: the ultimate raised garden beds

hugelkultur: the ultimate raised garden beds | Human Condition | Scoop.it
Soil on wood makes a raised garden bed that can support your favorite garden plants all summer without irrigation
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The Legend of The Blind MC

The Legend of The Blind MC | Human Condition | Scoop.it
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Dear America, I Saw You Naked

Dear America, I Saw You Naked | Human Condition | Scoop.it
On Jan. 4, 2010, when my boss saw my letter to the editor in the New York Times, we had a little chat. It was rare for the federal security director at Chicago O’Hare to sit down with her floor-level Transportation Security Administration officers—it usually presaged a termination—and so I was nervous as I settled in across the desk...
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KKK Member Walks up to Black Musician in Bar-but It’s Not a Joke, and What Happens Next Will Astound You

KKK Member Walks up to Black Musician in Bar-but It’s Not a Joke, and What Happens Next Will Astound You | Human Condition | Scoop.it
Daryl Davis is no ordinary musician. He’s played with President Clinton and tours the country playing “burnin’ boogie woogie piano” and sharing musical stylings inspired by greats like Fats Domino,...
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Go Ahead, Mess With Texas Instruments

Go Ahead, Mess With Texas Instruments | Human Condition | Scoop.it
Why educational technologies should be more like graphing calculators and less like iPads. An Object Lesson.
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Letters of Note: People simply empty out

Letters of Note: People simply empty out | Human Condition | Scoop.it

They call it "9 to 5." It's never 9 to 5, there's no free lunch break at those places, in fact, at many of them in order to keep your job you don't take lunch. Then there's OVERTIME and the books never seem to get the overtime right and if you complain about that, there's another sucker to take your place.

You know my old saying, "Slavery was never abolished, it was only extended to include all the colors."

And what hurts is the steadily diminishing humanity of those fighting to hold jobs they don't want but fear the alternative worse. People simply empty out. They are bodies with fearful and obedient minds. The color leaves the eye. The voice becomes ugly. And the body. The hair. The fingernails. The shoes. Everything does.

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The Last Psychiatrist: The Dove Sketches Beauty Scam

The Last Psychiatrist: The Dove Sketches Beauty Scam | Human Condition | Scoop.it
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I think I posted this before but it's worth re-reading.

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4.12: Mother Earth Mother Board

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Neal Stephenson on laying fiber from 1996.

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Last Call - The New Yorker

Last Call - The New Yorker | Human Condition | Scoop.it
From time to time, Ittetsu Nemoto gets a group of suicidal people together to visit popular suicide spots, of which there are many in Japan. The best known is Aokigahara forest, the Sea of Trees, at the foot of Mt. Fuji. The forest became associated with suicide in the nineteen-sixties, after the publication of two novels by Seicho Matsumoto, and even more so after Wataru Tsurumi’s 1993 “Complete Manual of Suicide” declared it the perfect place to die. Because its trees grow so closely together that they block the wind, and because there are few animals or birds, the forest is unusually quiet. The Sea of Trees is large, fourteen square miles, so bodies can lie undiscovered for months; tourists photograph corpses and scavenge for abandoned possessions. Another common suicide destination is Tojinbo cliff, which overlooks the Sea of Japan. Visiting such a place turns out to be very different from picturing it. The sight of the sea from a cliff top can be a terrible thing.
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Seth Mnookin: Fighting a One-of-a-Kind Disease

Seth Mnookin: Fighting a One-of-a-Kind Disease | Human Condition | Scoop.it
What do you do if your child has a condition that is new to science? Until recently, Bertrand Might was the only known patient with a certain genetic disorder. His parents began searching for others.
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https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8050106

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Is that whole gamification thing really over? | Information Age

Is that whole gamification thing really over? | Information Age | Human Condition | Scoop.it
The enterprise gamification industry is in dire need of some tough love
James Burns's insight:

Quite good comments on Hacker News: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8009702

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Massachusetts SWAT teams claim they’re private corporations, immune from open records laws

Massachusetts SWAT teams claim they’re private corporations, immune from open records laws | Human Condition | Scoop.it
Unusual law enforcement counsels that operate the SWAT teams say they aren't public entities.
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A SWAT team blew a hole in my 2-year-old son (UPDATE)

A SWAT team blew a hole in my 2-year-old son (UPDATE) | Human Condition | Scoop.it
That's right: Officers threw a flashbang grenade in my son's crib -- and left a hole in his chest. It gets worse
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We collectively must bring these people to justice. Doing violence as part of a government job is no excuse.

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The slow death of purposeless walking

The slow death of purposeless walking | Human Condition | Scoop.it

A number of recent books have lauded the connection between walking - just for its own sake - and thinking. But are people losing their love of the purposeless walk?

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That “Distressed Baby” Who Tim Armstrong Blamed for AOL Benefit Cuts? She’s My Daughter.

That “Distressed Baby” Who Tim Armstrong Blamed for AOL Benefit Cuts? She’s My Daughter. | Human Condition | Scoop.it
Late last week, Tim Armstrong, the chief executive officer of AOL, landed himself in a media firestorm when he held a town hall with employees to explain why he was paring their retirement benefits. After initially blaming Obamacare for driving up the company’s health care costs, he pointed the finger...
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Will the Growing Militarization of Our Police Doom Community Policing?

Will the Growing Militarization of Our Police Doom Community Policing? | Human Condition | Scoop.it
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A Few Thoughts on Cryptographic Engineering: RSA warns developers not to use RSA products

A Few Thoughts on Cryptographic Engineering: RSA warns developers not to use RSA products | Human Condition | Scoop.it
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The real answer why it was default? The NSA said it should be...

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Groklaw - Forced Exposure ~pj

Groklaw - Forced Exposure ~pj | Human Condition | Scoop.it

"I can't tell how deeply disturbing it is to know that someone, some stranger, has gone through and touched all your underwear, looked at all your photographs of your family, and taken some small piece of jewelry that's been in your family for generations."


"I feel like that now, knowing that persons I don't know can paw through all my thoughts and hopes and plans in my emails with you."

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