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Remain true to yourself, but move ever upward toward greater consciousness and greater love! At the summit you will find yourselves united with all those who, from every direction, have made the same ascent. For everything that rises must converge.

- Pierre Teilhard De Chardin
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I suppose for most people, Thursdays are tinged with relief. They're so close to the weekend. At casa e_d_young, Thursdays carry extra oomph because the manga I follow is distributed on Thursday. I and the rest of the English-reading fandom can only look at the drawings, though; we have no Japanese language skills. The language barrier does not hamper excited shrieks and screencaps on Tumblr though, as we wait for the distribution of a reliable English translation.

Yes, I am middle-aged and I still read manga. Very selectively. It's hard to find a series I like. After all, young people are the intended audience for most manga.

I wish manga had been obtainable when I was a child. I wish the online manga community existed when I was in high school. Manga has given me many incredible reading experiences as an adult, I wish the benefit of such experiences were had by my younger self.

Somehow this entry has turned into a confession of sorts. Because of the age factor, I kept my manga-reading a secret for the past four years or so. Now here I am shamelessly writing about it. Heh ... I have opened up more in 2015. A result of being more at ease in life and in the world.

My guess is, manga is here to stay (among English speakers). And I expect I'll always support it as a medium. Manga has, at least the ones I've read, so much heart.
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I don't quite understand how people had the ability to marry in their twenties. Even though I had a special encounter in my early twenties, there were other things I wanted and needed to do. Plus, I knew I wasn't in a place mentally to be in a real relationship.

It almost boggles my mind that people had children when they were 25, or even 27. For me, parenthood didn't even appear on the radar during that time.

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I took a long nap today, yesterday a medium-sized one. I slept deeply both times. Not sure why I slept so much. Last week was fuller than usual but I made sure to care for myself and slept decently every night. I'll chalk it up to my body clock making adjustments. It's that time of year when the days are long and I tend to rise earlier than usual and sleep earlier than usual.

I don't care if getting older has something to do with it. For me, life has gotten better as I've aged. And I feel better in general. So taking naps, falling asleep with relative ease at night, and waking when I've slept enough are appreciated. It's like I'm finally able to relax. That's something I couldn't really do when I was younger.

Time feels sweet. I can feel time. I'm here, right now.

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WBUR has been my go-to radio station as of late and I happened to be tuned in when the verdict for the Boston bomber trial was announced. I admit I was shocked.

I didn't follow the details of the proceedings and didn't have any expectations, but nineteen year-olds are not adults in my eyes. The jury's just sentenced a child to death. I can understand their decision, but it feels very wrong to me. I can't help but think that with time, education, and exposure to the world, the bomber could have been reformed. As for justice for the injured and deceased, I don't know what the answer is. It's helpful, I think, that the older bomber lost his life as a consequence of his actions, but that still leaves the question of what to do with the younger one.

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I knew Pinterest was fairly popular but I was very surprised to see it valued at $11 billion.  The site is only 5 years old.  When I visited it very briefly a few years ago, I got the impression it was like an online photo album.  $11 billion for that.

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I seem to process emotional stuff faster when I ventilate here, so once again I'm writing about my mother. She might not have much time left on earth, but who knows, she might hang in there a few more years.

I thought I was okay with not seeing her before she passes but I've been having doubts since May 3rd, a mere six days ago. It's psychologically complicated for me. As it is or was for many others, I imagine.

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Well ... I guess I'll just go for it ... even though it'll probably make me look bad.

I don't know what I expect of the situation.  The person is horribly self-centered and I'm unable to be happy for their recent success.  Do I want the person to be unhappy?  No, that's not it.  It's just, it's difficult for me to see such a terribly selfish, inconsistent person get on.

I'm going to have to get used to this, though.  I can't shelter myself forever.

Do I just avert my eyes?  Do I busy myself so I forget about such people?

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I pretty much don't watch television. There was a time when nothing on the tube interested me so I stopped turning on the TV. I could have purchased one of those cable packages with lots of channels but I doubted I'd find anything worthwhile to watch on a regular basis. Time was a factor, too. There were so many other ways to spend time.

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Last week I read Joshua Green's article in Bloomberg Businessweek (April 20th issue), wherein he says Clinton's lack of executive leadership skills was the main reason behind her defeat in 2008. She did not get control over the infighting among her advisers and staffers, and eventually, chaos tore apart her campaign. I'm not exactly challenging Green's interpretation of events, and I must say I was unaware that Team Clinton was a mess in '08, but that's not how I remember what happened.

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