Comments for Fragments Against Ruin http://tonywoodlief.com Sat, 07 Apr 2018 03:01:03 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Comment on Plumbers and Priests by Things Glen Found Interesting, Volume 146 - Glen Davis http://tonywoodlief.com/2018/04/06/plumbers-and-priests/#comment-15676 Sat, 07 Apr 2018 03:01:03 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=5601#comment-15676 […] Plumbers and Priests (Tony Woodlief, personal blog): “I don’t know how I got to the point where I’m inclined to disbelieve anything an academic claims. I’m not anti-intellectual. I read stuff. I even hold a PhD, and a Master of Fine Arts on top of that. I can show you mathematically why a single-member plurality voting system tends to yield two major parties, and for the chaser I can hit you with an explication of the roots of literary modernism.… [and yet] the fact is I don’t have any confidence in those N.C. State findings.” The author has a Ph.D. in political science. I almost didn’t include this one, but I can’t stop thinking about it. […]

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Comment on Plumbers and Priests by Emily Gibson http://tonywoodlief.com/2018/04/06/plumbers-and-priests/#comment-15675 Fri, 06 Apr 2018 17:51:44 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=5601#comment-15675 …imagine being a physician (as I am) trying to make a reasonable decision with a patient about a treatment plan when there is conflicting evidence about “best practice”, or maybe what used to be “best practice” no longer is, or it is simply our “best guess”.

That’s why it is and always has been the “art” of medicine. Kind of like the “art” of septic tank health-keeping.

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Comment on Reading round-up by Tony Woodlief http://tonywoodlief.com/2018/03/30/reading-round-up/#comment-15674 Mon, 02 Apr 2018 14:00:49 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=5591#comment-15674 Glad to hear that, Chris. It gets me every time.

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Comment on Reading round-up by Chris Lovie-Tyler http://tonywoodlief.com/2018/03/30/reading-round-up/#comment-15672 Sat, 31 Mar 2018 02:42:00 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=5591#comment-15672 Thanks for sharing the Richard Spilman poem. I love it.

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Comment on Shepherds and wolves by Woodlief http://tonywoodlief.com/2018/03/16/shepherds-and-wolves/#comment-15663 Fri, 16 Mar 2018 22:22:50 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=5576#comment-15663 That’s kind of you to say, Nancy. Thank you for reading.

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Comment on Shepherds and wolves by Nancy Colbaugh http://tonywoodlief.com/2018/03/16/shepherds-and-wolves/#comment-15662 Fri, 16 Mar 2018 20:44:08 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=5576#comment-15662 I’m thankful you don’t mind writing about the hard issues — not just sexual exploitation of girls in England and other countries but other issues also. I’m either educationed, enjoyed or have indulge in introspect after reading your essays.

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Comment on Guide to Managing Your Internet Provider by John R http://tonywoodlief.com/2018/03/08/guide-managing-internet-provider/#comment-15658 Thu, 08 Mar 2018 20:18:22 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=5568#comment-15658 You must have service from Spectrum.

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Comment on Guide to Managing Your Internet Provider by Gray Brendle http://tonywoodlief.com/2018/03/08/guide-managing-internet-provider/#comment-15657 Thu, 08 Mar 2018 19:02:59 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=5568#comment-15657 Nice post but I enjoyed the twitter thread better, not sure why.

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Comment on On the barricade by John R http://tonywoodlief.com/2018/03/02/on-the-barricade/#comment-15655 Fri, 02 Mar 2018 17:08:40 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=5557#comment-15655 This is marvelous. It should be required reading in freshman English everywhere. But of course it won’t be.

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Comment on Those responsible by R http://tonywoodlief.com/2018/02/20/those-responsible/#comment-15654 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 06:00:34 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=5553#comment-15654 Tony,
FML but the demon are flying the bird. The name c/should be recognizable to you. You know, Run Nicky Run, The Cross and the Switchblade. As if it were acknowledgement that a battle was lost in the 6/70s, but nominally won for evil recently. It’s a sad fallen world full of sinful people under native impulse. We are wired for destruction. And maybe the miracle is that we don’t see more of this particular grief that we have seen too much of already, as if all the myriad other griefs were not quite enough, too many lost track/to count. All the abdications of love along the way. Thomas McGuane in 92 in the Shade framed a youth named Starkweather – is what happens when you get laughed at too many times. How different/if only, each life day moment, each one, and the want of/for kindness love forgiveness. Hope came out of the(Pandora’s) box last. The first and maybe only prayer(Prachett) – help me, … and please God the rest will follow.

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