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Sunday, October 5,2014
Wise Up!

Homosexuals

By David Bruce
On Oct. 11, 2008 (Coming-Out Day), a Daily Kos reader who is a PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) Mother and who posted using the name "1864 House," wrote about how she acquired two gay sons.
Sunday, September 28,2014
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Competition

By David Bruce
The 1,049-mile-long Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Alaska is taken seriously. During and after the race the urine of the sled dogs used in the race is tested to make sure the dogs have not been given any performance-enhancing drugs.
Sunday, September 21,2014
Wise Up!

Music

By David Bruce
• Country music star Taylor Swift believes in hugging: “I’ve always been a hugger. If we all hugged more, the world would be a better place.”
Sunday, September 14,2014
Wise Up!

Baseball/Softball

By David Bruce
Willie Mays was a great, but often modest, baseball player. When he was called up from the minor leagues to the major leagues, he protested that he wasn't ready yet. When the baseball official asked what he was batting, Mr. Mays replied, ".477."
Friday, September 5,2014
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Names

By David Bruce
Gore Vidal's name is a Russian phrase that, literally translated, means, "He has seen grief." However, author/critic Jonathan Raban asked his Russian housekeeper about it and discovered that it has a stronger meaning than you may suppose.
Monday, September 1,2014
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Death

By David Bruce
Comedian Jackie Gleason grew up poor. When his mother died, it looked as if she would be buried in a potter's field due to lack of money for a proper funeral. Fortunately, her fellow workers at the BMT - she worked in the subway as a token clerk - took up a collection and came up with enough money so that she could receive a proper funeral.
Sunday, August 24,2014
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Violence against women

By David Bruce
In the summer of 2014, Jasmine Jafferali was busy with her cell phone as she walked west along Van Buren Street in the West Loop of Chicago, Illinois, going to a workout when a man - who she thought looked deranged - accosted her.
Sunday, August 10,2014
Wise Up!

Theater

By David Bruce
Actor Douglas Fairbanks enjoyed telling this story about a chaplain taking part in an amateur theatrical production in England.
Sunday, August 3,2014
Wise Up!

Work

Sidney Weinberg, who was born in 1891, started at Goldman Sachs as an assistant to the janitor, then worked his way up to senior partner. He sat on the boards of directors of many companies, and he attended many, many meetings.
Sunday, July 27,2014
Wise Up!

Clothing

By David Bruce
When Zen master Seisetsu was a boy studying at a temple, he was asked to rub the back of a samurai warrior who had traveled a long way.
 
 
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