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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

A metaphor for the times

The train went careening around corners, crashing through crossings with people in them, speeding along crumbling cliff-side rails, throwing hot sparks into dry prairies while always just staying ahead of the wildfires it started... Suddenly the movie has gone into slo-mo, as the ultimate,... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Time does what only Time can do...

Patience is a casualty of this age of immediate information and too-ready opinionating. On Wednesday, as all the mayhem played out, conjecture and personal interpretation flew in all directions. The Media did its thing of milking the drama, inflaming and alarming to increase its audience-share.... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, January 7, 2021


Trump has no comprehension of how the American government works. He doesn't know the Constitution or the laws or the history of this country. Neither do his followers. So they flail about making grandiose, inept and impotent gestures, and end up shooting themselves in their collective feet.... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, January 1, 2021

Nothing is quite over yet.

In the course of collecting my monthly prescription at Kaiser, I spoke briefly with the woman at the front desk and said something about looking forward to Inauguration Day. She gave me that flat look, and said, "Why?" Apparently she does not look forward to the coming administration. I was taken by... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, December 28, 2020

Is it better to be right, or happy?

I had a card the other day from a woman who has been a member of the family ever since her son made my daughter pregnant, and then after a brief time, left her for someone he liked better. My daughter, however, remained loved and appreciated by this woman, and when her son callously 'disinvited' my... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Life and Time

This Christmas will not be like last Christmas, before the pandemic swung into town. It won't be like next Christmas, either, though that one won't be like last year's either, because things have changed, but not back to 'normal.'This is good: It was not, in point of fact, a good 'normal,' it was... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

measure by measure

I've been watching a lot of Curiosity Stream shows, many nature documentaries, and many of those are from the UK, and that means that measurements are in metric. I keep thinking, yeah, going metric is not the worst idea every, seeing as in most of the world that's the standard.But my brain, as with... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

"Deep roots are not touched by the frost..."

Around the world, as European explorers roved out beyond their own boundaries, they treated every land that did not already have a European flag planted on it--and sometimes even if they did--as theirs for the claiming. They met the indigenous peoples who had, in fact, long ago discovered the lands... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, December 6, 2020

When I say, Republicans with a sneer...

It's noticeable reading comments of Facebook posts that the blindly dedicated trumplings have no rational arguments to make, they tend to dive in with emotionally provocative attacks, as if that's what being a Republican Tea Party Conservative is all about. Maybe it is. And their idea of 'rational'... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Immunization won't be a quick fix

It is essential that we all understand that the first shot of covid vaccine will not mean we can run right out and dance in the streets. It will take time to do its work in each body. It will require a time of further isolation, and a booster to reach actual, functional immunity. It will take six... Sign in to see full entry.

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