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paraphrasing something i said to a relative quite some years ago when she was complaining that she felt lonely and wanted a BF.

you can be lonely with anyone, you can be lonely with a husband or wife, you can be lonely in the middle of one of the best parties in your lifetime. finding someone else to "fix" lonely won't work. first you have to like your own company and be comfortable, even happy, being alone. *then* it's okay to find someone else, or better yet, let them find you--and make sure they fit.

too bad i forgot my own advice about "fit"--that's okay, life doesn't come with an instruction manual so all detours and wrong turns eventually get corrected if we are paying attention.

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September 2015 edition of Awakenings Magazine (the free mag) page 23: I love this magazine it's heavily geared toward holistic living and yoga. I found the following interesting: "Look Inward Instead of to Others" ......."Happiness is an inside job. Joy, love and inspired living are ours for the taking --all we must do is choose." Lisa Cypers Kamen, Los Angeles happiness expert and Positive Psychology Coach.

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After watching the PBS documentary on Althea Gibson, her biography is on my list of books to read and I hope to have it before I go on vacation.

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Wikipedia says "The Republic of Liberia, formerly a colony of the American Colonization Society (ACS) declared its independence on July 26, 1847. The United States finally accepted and recognized Liberia's Independence on February 5, 1862."

It's feasible the people enslaved in the land that called itself Liberia for 15 years before the U.S. recognized it, might have truly remembered it if they were old enough and not removed from it before July 26, 1847. By the time the U.S. Civil War ended, the Republic of Liberia had been in existence only about 18 years.

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I'm sure they couldn't recall Liberia, since it didn't exist when they lived there.

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"Distracted " by Maggie Jackson. It is about the effects of technology on human behaviors and our future. It is a re-read for me. Every been on an elevator or train and observe how everyone's face is stuck in some kind of device. People don'teven speak in passing anymore.

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@VA: Sounds like something from The Book of Negroes.

@Fun: That slave owner's dying request is no big deal. He should have given them 40 acres and a mule. After so many years in the Americas, they probably had no recollection of Liberia and the family they left behind even if they were from there.

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I visited a Louisiana plantation some time ago. One of the items on display was the inventory of slaves.

It listed their names; where they were from, age, gender, book value, and special talents/skills.

At the top: Charles. 52 years old from west Africa. $5,000.

He is devoted, friendly and loyal.

He can read and write, and speak English, French, and Haitian Creole.

He understands architectural drawings and can direct construction projects. He is highly knowledgable with respect to agriculture and food storage. He has a keen intuition with respect to short term weather forecasting.

Basically, your perfect slave. Talented while having no risk of causing you trouble.

Then, at the bottom. Two female - each worth $100. One an 18 year old. "She is a lunatic" was the only comment. Ok.

Another made me sad. 2 years old and it said "She has no redeeming qualities whatsoever." Already making that determination?

It was weird to see but an interesting slice of history circa 1850.

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Dr.Ben Carson book One Nation ,I will past judgement on it once I'm done So far so good

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I've been reading the daily log kept by a Louisiana sugar cane plantation overseer in 1861. There is a daily account of the weather, the tasks being performed, the number of slaves assigned to each task, etc. It's not exactly riveting stuff, but it does give some insight into the way things were. "40 slaves sick," is an entry on the day the Civil War started. Two days later: "some slaves better, some not."

Over 200 slaves worked on this 1,500 acre plantation. In the owner's will, he specified that upon his death the slaves should be freed and given passage to Liberia and $50 cash. That provision was successfully challenged in court by his heirs.

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