William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway

The Writer's Almanac for November 27, 2015 William Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway on November 27,1582. We don't know too much about Anne Hathaway, nor much about any aspect of Shakespeare's private life. We do know that she was eight years older than the playwright, and that she lived in Shottery, a small hamlet a mile … Continue reading William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway

To take all things as they are

Homo est Machina


To take all things as they are
and adjust my life to what must be.
Then in this world I’ll go far
beyond what any eyes can see.

To say not one dishonest word
and avoid all sham and deceit.
Then my mind’s eye won’t be blurred
and life will seem more upbeat.

To make the most of my lonely hours
and quit day dreaming about the past.
Then I’ll tap into my hidden powers
and live my life with joy at last.

To do what no one has done before
but know that I’m like the rest.
Then I’ll find a cause to fight for
and live my life with zeal and zest.

But I take all things as they are not
and try to sink my inner ship.
Thus my efforts come to nought –
what a splendid ego trip!

*Painting “Small Girl Presenting Cherries” by John Russell,

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Larval Subjects .

zero-tokyoPassages from Sartre’s Being and Nothingness always reverberate through my mind:  “Consciousness is what is not and is not what it is”.  “Consciousness is a being such that in its being its being is in question insofar as its being always implies a being other than itself”.  I remember the happy days reading this tom(e)(b) when I was young; diagraming these sentences, trying to decipher them like Zen koans.  I remember later reading Frege’s Foundations of Arithmetic.  “Zero is the number non-identical to itself”.  How many zeroes are there?  Many!  But that can’t be right.  By Leibniz’s principle of indiscernibles, two things must always be distinguished by something.  Yet zero is nothing.  There can only be one zero.  All zeroes must be the same.  But if there were one zero, then zero would be something.  A paradox.  No wonder zero was received as a heresy in…

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Anne Frank Was a Refugee

http://www.snopes.com/anne-frank-refugee/ by Kim LaCapri, Nov 19, 2015 Documents uncovered in 2007 revealed that Anne Frank's father, Otto Frank, desperately attempted to secure asylum in the United States. TRUE EXAMPLE: [Collected via e-mail, October 2015] I just saw a posting on facebook that Anne Frank was denied access to the US, I can't find any info execept what was posted today … Continue reading Anne Frank Was a Refugee

In which I tell you how your religion works

Welcome to infinitefreetime dot com

christianity_versus_other_religions_blog-horngsawI am not a Christian.  That fact has probably been perfectly clear for a very long time; it doesn’t take a whole lot of reading around here to figure it out.

What may be less clear to non long-time visitors: Chances are I know way more about Christianity than you do.  Is that a guarantee?  No, not at all.  But most of you don’t have a Master’s degree in Biblical studies.  I do.  And I got it from one of the best divinity schools in the country.  So chances are I know more about Christianity and Western religion in general than you do.

I’ve been thinking about Jesus a lot in the last few days.  Maybe I should go full wanker here and call him Yeshua, or something, to rid him of some of the cruft that’s accumulated over the past 2000 years, but the point is I’ve spent a…

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What is meant by the Virgin Mary?

https://www.facebook.com/FountainOfLifeHealing/ “Ancient moon priestesses were called virgins. ‘Virgin’ meant not married, not belonging to a man - a woman who was ‘one-in-herself’. The very word derives from a Latin root meaning strength, force, skill; and was later applied to men: virle. Ishtar, Diana, Astarte, Isis were all called virgin, which did not refer to sexual … Continue reading What is meant by the Virgin Mary?