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Saturday, July 1, 2023

My Son on Being a Patriot

Charles Redding J u n e 3 0, 2 0 2 2 · Just a reminder, that fireworks are unnecessary, harmful in a variety of horrible ways, downright obnoxious, but most significantly a terrible way to show "patriotism" given the veteran I met a few 4ths ago. He was standing in a minefield in the middle of a 7-11 parking lot, and had been breaking car windows to steal a ride to get home to his family. He was flipping in and out between lucid awareness that he was having an episode, and being in a minefield... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

another Trump dump

Trump is not a normal human being. He shows all the signs of being a profoundly damaged child, incapable of adult thinking, feeling, reasoning, or communicating... Why does anyone still expect him to behave rationally? He has held this whole nation hostage to his moods and whims, and victimized us all, and from resentment and anger, we want to punish him. But he needs to be disabled from continuing to hurt everyone around him, while his enablers should be held legally accountable for making war... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Politics is sometimes not all bad.

As of yesterday, after all the votes came in and were counted, Yemi Mobolade has won the run-off mayoral election by something like 15 percentage points. He is Nigerian by birth, American by naturalization, and a successful businessman locally with a talent for bringing people together. Full Bio — Yemi Mobolade He is not my most ideal candidate or mayor, but he does represent the possibility of real change, even progress away from Same Old Games and Players in the local political scene. He is an... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Dreaming shaping reality

This morning I woke up from one of those magical one sometimes has, loses the details or coherency of, and yet will always remember it. It was about being in a psychiatric therapy place, both a house and a process. Sometimes I was the therapist, sometimes the client. The dream wasn't about the therapy or topics raised in it, so much as the relationship between the two people. It went through the well-known stages of dependency and projection, when the subject relates to the therapist as to the... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, March 30, 2023

Review: HENRY V

Started today with the second half of HENRY V, the version starring and directed by Kenneth Branagh. I went to bed last night after the first half. It's one of my most favorite of Shakespeare's plays, and such a fine production! Highly, highly recommended to anyone who loves English history, Shakespeare, and/or excellence in theater. The first time I saw this most powerful of Shakespearean histories, I was moved to research The Bard's historical accuracy. It's no secret or surprise that he wrote... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, March 4, 2023


No one comes to mediation as long as they believe they can win. Another thing that is true on the international scale, and also on the personal, individual scale: When someone realizes they can lose everything, they become much more willing to sit down with their conflict's other side and seek a solution in which they don't. They have to accept that the other also will not lose everything. You can't enter into mediation with a vengeful agenda. It works when the conflicting parties sit down in... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, February 11, 2023

a new movie recommendation

Yesterday I watched THE OUTFIT. It stars Mark Rylance, a British actor who has never disappointed me, and he didn't again. It's about a meek and mild 'cutter'--never to be confused with a mere 'tailor' who is not the craftsman that a trained 'cutter' is! He's an Englishman who now lives in Chicago in his own small business and makes 'bespoke' outfits for 'his gentlemen.' He works fastidiously and quietly while a local shady crime family uses his premises a drop for--whatever is in those... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Moon Time

Today's edition of The Space Advocate is about the current, world-wide interest in what we can do on the moon, and how, and who will control what, and all those naggy questions about normalizing our regular actual presence there. Timekeeping is one of those issues. But that one's been solved already... NEW TIME SYSTEM FOR MOON DEVISED - The New York Times (nytimes.com) That was my dad, by the way, who considered the problem and amused himself with creating a solution. Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Kabu got me started...

Our predecessors in the Americas and Australia, and around the globe, really, were the European Supremacists pushing everyone off their own lands with the notion that people of other cultures and colors were not quite as human as the colonizers, and didn't deserve the land or rights as much as the invaders did. But more and more, that attitude is seen for what it is, and we who benefitted from past inhumanities are facing the horrid facts of history, and finally acknowledging that egregious... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, January 2, 2023

"What is a 'weekend'?"

Charlie said yesterday evening that he'd thought it was Monday all day. I told him to wait a bit, and it would be. But as it's a federal holiday, in fact this week 'Monday' will not really be happening until Tuesday. So many things we take for granted, we forget they are not, in fact, absolute and immutable. The week, for instance. Seven day chunks define our sense of a full course of days before the pattern of work and relaxation repeats. In current times, in Western society, it begins and ends... Sign in to see full entry.

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