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CAMBRIDGE, Md.- He's a man with many names, and the books he has written have raised the concerns of the Dorchester County Board of Education and the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office.Early last week the school board was alerted that one of its eighth grade language arts teachers at Mace's Lane Middle School had several aliases.  Police said that under those names, he wrote two fictional books about the largest school shooting in the country's history set in the future.  Now, Patrick McLaw is…See More
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Michael McDonald And Steely Dan - Do It Again

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"I just saw Steely Dan live in a huge performing arts theater in Appleton, WI last week. It was fricken awesome!!! It was the best show I've ever seen live!"
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Michael McDonald And Steely Dan - Do It Again

"Michael MacDonald!  That VOICE! (I'd give my left ball to have a set of pipes like that!) And Steely Dan! (In spite of these guys all being very accomplished musicians......It's the vocals that draw and capture the attention! …"

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I am a lover of truth and what is right. Though at times I have fallen short of my aspirations and lost my way on the path towards freedom, I am not alone. I seek shelter knowing that there are others who share my experiences and understand that we all bleed the same, smile the same, weep the same and laugh the same.

We all need to lean on one another in times like these. Without reaching out to connect to our fellow brothers and sisters, we are alone and our own personal and universal power ceases to exist. Positive energy breeds the same and freedom flourishes, negative energy breeds fire and destroys. The more of us that come together in the truth, the less evil has a way with us.




BY Khalil Gibran

And an orator said, "Speak to us of Freedom."

And he answered:

At the city gate and by your fireside I have seen you prostrate yourself and worship your own freedom,

Even as slaves humble themselves before a tyrant and praise him though he slays them.

Ay, in the grove of the temple and in the shadow of the citadel I have seen the freest among you wear their freedom as a yoke and a handcuff.

And my heart bled within me; for you can only be free when even the desire of seeking freedom becomes a harness to you, and when you cease to speak of freedom as a goal and a fulfillment.

You shall be free indeed when your days are not without a care nor your nights without a want and a grief,

But rather when these things girdle your life and yet you rise above them naked and unbound.

And how shall you rise beyond your days and nights unless you break the chains which you at the dawn of your understanding have fastened around your noon hour?

In truth that which you call freedom is the strongest of these chains, though its links glitter in the sun and dazzle the eyes.

And what is it but fragments of your own self you would discard that you may become free?

If it is an unjust law you would abolish, that law was written with your own hand upon your own forehead.

You cannot erase it by burning your law books nor by washing the foreheads of your judges, though you pour the sea upon them.

And if it is a despot you would dethrone, see first that his throne erected within you is destroyed.

For how can a tyrant rule the free and the proud, but for a tyranny in their own freedom and a shame in their won pride?

And if it is a care you would cast off, that care has been chosen by you rather than imposed upon you.

And if it is a fear you would dispel, the seat of that fear is in your heart and not in the hand of the feared.

Verily all things move within your being in constant half embrace, the desired and the dreaded, the repugnant and the cherished, the pursued and that which you would escape.

These things move within you as lights and shadows in pairs that cling.

And when the shadow fades and is no more, the light that lingers becomes a shadow to another light.

And thus your freedom when it loses its fetters becomes itself the fetter of a greater freedom.

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At 6:34pm on August 26, 2014, linda dagosta said…

thank you.. i forgot what i sign up here for,, LOL

At 1:23pm on August 25, 2014, David Campbell said…

Hello Tara,

Thank you so much for inviting me!(I gotta tell YOU where I am coming from:  back in highschool, we got given a 'reading comprenhensive test'= I done that.  They concluded that I was reading at 600 words per minute- there must be some mistake- they gave me the test again, and it come up the same way!?!(This was way before computers- I was getting my info from the public library back then.)

I have read an average of one book per day, for something like 30 years.  I go for the new releases- I don't care what they are- I take em home and READ THEM- if they are someing that I am into- I buy a copy- and add it to my........uh.......personal archivals?

       Why am I doing this:  I got no idea.  I am just doing it.  (Give me a topic- I will tell you what I got.)

K?  Throw it at me. (I will get back to youse on that.)

Get back to me!


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At 12:01pm on August 16, 2014, Exposure said…
Hi Tara, no even if I hit the share tab it's not doing anything my end. Perhaps it's an isolated incident?
At 3:58am on August 16, 2014, Deelite said…
Thank you Tara I know I will learn a lot and meet new and interesting people.
At 2:51am on August 16, 2014, Verdell Duhart Jr said…

Glad to meet you, I will be interacting significantly with you all soon. In the meantime, continue the knowledge-base build up.

At 4:32am on August 12, 2014, Shady Returned said…

Thanks Tara glad to be here

At 11:29pm on August 9, 2014, Tony Boyer said…

Thanks for the friend request!  

At 5:07pm on August 6, 2014, John Ryan said…

Thanks Tara! Good to be here!!!

At 4:46pm on August 6, 2014, Liz Dillard said…

Thanks Tara....great being back !!!

At 6:31pm on August 5, 2014, ScubaSurferChick said…

nice to here from you



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