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Nov. 11, 2009 Happy 75th Birthday Carl Sagan!

Two days ago marked the 75th birthday of my childhood hero: Carl Sagan.

And today I found a few extraordinary YouTube videos that have been put together! They are amazing and feature a lot of Sagan's COSMOS series and some great music and...well, I'll let you watch and enjoy them yourself....

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Oct. 11, 2009 Father, You Will Always Be With Me

As a young child I remember sitting in a lonely, darkened and smokey Elks Lodge in Washington State with my father. I was curious about the many trophy animal heads looking down at me from the walls. There were elks heads, bear heads, deer heads, many fish, and others all statuesque still-lives plaquered to the walls with golden plates on the boards they were fastened to with their engraved names, places, and times of hunts. ...

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June 05, 2009 We'll Miss You David Carridine

Long live the Young Grasshopper.
After hearing the news today of David Carridine's apparent suicide I was shocked and deeply saddened. I miss him already!
David Carridine played Kwai Chang Caine in the '70's hit series "Kung Fu" and was known by the playful title "Grasshopper".
The series takes place in the 1870's American Southwest. Kwai Chang Caine, who was half-American, half-Chinese, was raised and trained in a Shaolin temple in China since he was a young boy. His masters: Po and Kan instill ancient Buddhist wisdom to the "Young Grasshopper". After leaving the temple as a Shaolin priest Caine must avoid the bounty on his head raised by China and sought after by bounty hunters and assassins.
It was these bits of wisdom and philosophy that had given me, as a young boy myself, a great respect for Asian cultures, philosophies and martial arts. They have stayed close to my heart ever since.

We'll miss you David Carridine (December 8, 1936 – June 3, 2009)......

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