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WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • Who was Stephen Paddock really? • Alarming suicide and gun statistics in USA. • A lesson from Australia. • A lesson from the Las Vegas shooter.

Woops! Part 3 of the climate change series is still coming (sorry for the delay). The next series is on Inspiration and Hope, although this blog doesn’t seem like hope until you read down further.

I will also write a future blog about the magnificent scenery of the Oregon coast – the photo below is just a teaser I took last week.

LAST WEEK WHILE STROLLING ALONG AN EMPTY BEACH ON THE OREGON COAST, I talked with a friend about gun statistics and death statistics. In this peaceful setting, with gentle waves rolling in from the Pacific ocean, we were about as far away from gun violence as we could be.… More

I watched a movie called “Pollock”, which was the life story of the famous American painter who began his career after WW2. It revealed how he discovered a new technique: to paint on a canvas laid out on the ground by dripping paint from a stick and swirling the stick around (without touching the canvas) to form an abstract design, which was embellished in different colors.

Although his wife offered continuous support, it was a long struggle before Time-Life magazine wrote a story on him, and his paintings took off. Because of the movie, I have to admit that I gained an appreciation for this form of “modern art”.… More

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