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Tom Jackson answered Yin And Yang's question

From various internet sites:

Q: Does the idea of “middle age” really mean anything or is it just an artificial construction?

A: Middle age is “cultural fiction,” a story that we tell about ourselves. But the point is not that it has no meaning. In fact, just the opposite. The term has very powerful connotations in our … Read more

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Tom Jackson answered Yin And Yang's question

Sound is the movement of energy through substances in longitudinal (compression/rarefaction) waves. Sound is produced when a force causes an object or substance to vibrate — the energy is transferred through the substance in a wave.

Sound energy is a form of energy related with the vibration of matter. The SI unit of sound energy isRead more

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Tom Jackson thanked Don Barzini's answer

This is the old “money can’t buy happiness” cliche. It can, however, bankroll our own choice of misery. Put me down for billionaire.

A billionaire can afford the necessary counseling and meds  to mitigate depression, assuming he wants to. He can also ensure his family’s prosperity long term, that, by itself makes me happy.

Nothing … Read more

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Tom Jackson answered Megan goodgirl's question

Because it's the celebration of Christ's birth---What Christian wouldn't be happy?

Gift-giving has its roots in pagan rituals held during the winter. When Christianity folded these rituals into Christmas, the justification for bearing gifts was redirected to the Three Wise Men, the Magi, who gave gifts to the infant Jesus.

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Tom Jackson answered Yin And Yang's question

Concentrate on it being a commemoration of another milestone on her growth to fulfillment and self-reliance.

Your job as a parent was to produce a fully functioning adult.  This is just another confirmation of your success.

My youngest (36) boy once asked if I was proud of him.  I responded, "Proud of you?---Hell, I'm in awe of … Read more

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Tom Jackson answered LighterMan Down's question

Actually, I did---once.

I was at a 7-11 convenience store about 40 years ago when a woman tried to cash a personal $5 check.

The clerk would not do it for some reason---the store had its policies--- and I guess she didn't meet one of it's criteria.

At any rate, her distress was both great and---I thought---genuine; … Read more

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Tom Jackson answered PJ Stein's question

Some 25 or so years ago, I found a 100 dollar bill in a large parking lot of a mall whose patrons probably carried at least 15 of those same bills in their purses or wallets.

There would have been no practical way to assure that if someone claimed it they had in fact been the … Read more