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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

It used to be illegal...

...to spit in public. That was back when tuberculosis was incurable. But now it is a Manly Thing To Do, apparently. I have never seen a gentleman spit in public. They just don't. They know better than to inflict their precious bodily fluids on the world around them. The men I have seen spit in... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, July 29, 2017


Those who have read me here over some time are aware of my experience with CPTSD, and I have also written about how I hear silence--that it means someone is angry with me or disapproving or simply indifferent. Until recently, I never connected the two issues, but it turns out, they are, in fact,... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Being wealthy is not a crime

I don't begrudge people making high salaries: accumulated wealth is a special resource, but it is squandered when those who control it use it only for their own interests. Huge money can solve so many little problems, it can open up possibilities for people overburdened by debt, overwhelmed by... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

LAMENT a little updated

Lament When the night goes dark, all glowing wild eyes dimmed and dead; When the forest goes silent of song and cry and roar and there is only the creaking of trees moved by the rush of wind; When flowers no longer hum with the dancing bee; When the sky is empty of wings that glitter and crackle or... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Clouds and the Power Elite

Clouds are glorious, I love clouds seen from the ground, from a plane window, And look, here are all these new clouds to learn Latin names of!... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, June 23, 2017

When politics gets me down...

I am able to chuckle over the thing I posted about before, about how 'Millennials' are to blame for huge companies like certain fast-food chains and department stores feeling the pinch, for home-buying to be declining... All those markets are shifting because many of us, not just the so-called... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Shadow-side vs The Golden Age

In these horrendous times when human misery and violence and venality seem to be overwhelming forces in so many lives, I look back through time seeking that elusive Golden Age that has been dreamed of, beieved in, sought a return to... Yet, when in history has there ever really been a time like... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Action Figures

Kids used to play with Star Wars action figures, all sorts of other fantasy/sci fi/comic book characters. Now, you can get Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren action figures, I think I have seen a Trump doll, too... Imagine the whole Congress Collection of action figures... Imagine kids playing... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

The struggle continues...

This week, a NY Court of Appeals denied habeus corpus relief to a pair of chimpanzees that have been kept for years in facilities for medical research, deprived of anything like a natural chimpanzee life of social companionship and a more natural environment. Suits of this nature are currently being... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Mating up

How do men and women ever get together? I've been thinking about it for years, maybe since my Dad read aloud to us after dinner from the writings of James Thurber who had a great deal to say in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, about the War Between the Sexes. Every culture has its undercurrents of social... Sign in to see full entry.

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