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MEMOIRS OF A STRESS DAMAGED THINKER I am addicted to adrenaline highs and the despair of adrenaline lows. Stress-damaged thinking and the reactions which stem from it have damaged my body. My spine is disintegrating. My rotator cup flares up regularly. I have a hiated hernia and a prostrate that tends to enlarge. The allergies …
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Yesterday (March 6th) when I turned 75, I began meditating on my age all week while I wait for my wife to swim at Royal Military College. Our city pool is closed for renovation. We love RMC’s co-facility. I especially love all the soldiers and the young people who use the gym for athletic events. …
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THE WHOLE AND THE PART

September 1st, 2012 | Posted by Dick in Biographical | Comment - (1 Comments)

I didn’t write last week as I was working on my graphic essay, ‘What Is God And How Does It Operate?’   Energy (God) gave me a gift in thinking the essay this week.   My sister and her husband were flown from Idaho to Atlantic City by their daughter and her husband. They are …
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How to Play Life – Reason Inside Prison

Bud the Brain Explores Existence: A Graphic Essay on Spinoza

3 CONCEPTUAL FUNCTIONS OF THE BRAIN: A CRITIQUE OF DANIEL KAHNEMAN’S ‘THINKING, FAST & SLOW.’                                     Being critical of Daniel Kahneman, “widely regarded as the world’s most influential living psychologist,’ (according to Ted.Com), is like being critical of a favorite uncle.  When I was in the incipient stage of adolescence, such an uncle took …
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PHILOSOPHICAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY

August 6th, 2011 | Posted by Dick in Biographical | Philosophy | prison - (1 Comments)

SCOTT’S GIFT: A PHILOSOPICAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY By Dick DeShaw               Thoughts on substance. Here’s how I describe the substance of my life: The lives of human beings are like the fractals of a rocky shoreline (see Benoit Mandelbrot). The symmetrical patterns we seldom see, define the whole of what we are. Carl Jung called these patterns, …
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(Orginally published as ‘Tilting At Windmills’ in Globe & Mail, June ’97) I met him way before he was stabbed, teaching Sunday school in a rundown church in a poor rural neighbourhood. There were a lot of kids around whose futures didn’t include reform school because of him. Big ears, skinny but sincere and always …
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THREE OLD PRISON GUARDS RETIRED

December 9th, 2010 | Posted by Dick in Biographical - (0 Comments)

ON THE DEATH OF MY SON – Nov 7, 2010

November 20th, 2010 | Posted by Dick in Biographical - (0 Comments)

(From left to right: Gord Bishop, my son’s best friend & support, me and Louis) About 2 weeks ago, my youngest son, Louis died of natural causes. He was 41. We are of course sad but after the past 26 years, our tears were already mostly shed. There is also great relief for him. He …
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