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Monday, January 25, 2016


PART TWO The wizard awoke in the early dawn light And was instantly certain something was not right For the hobbit, it seemed, stole his hat as he dreamed A deed that hobbit quite soon would be ruing! He reached for his hat with his old gnarled hand-- but the hand was a hobbit’s--he could not... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

From my middle-earthian writings...

confustication PART ONE A wizard and a hobbit met in a little pub in Bree And drank together for a while, though neither one, you see, Was in a very cheerful mood, as life had lately not been good For either nor the other, in fact! Between their complaints and their fair pints a-flowing, Trust and... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Preparing a Place in the Valhalla of Chariot-Makers

So, there are these industries--long established industries--that have supported the world as we knew it. But what we know about the world has changed. Everyone ate butter, lots of delicious butter, until it was realized that all that cholesterol was actually really bad for our health, that it... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Nimoy, Bowie, Rickman... et al

It begins to seem like a Thing... but could be it is just that at our ages, it's the icons of our lifetimes being lost to the normal attrition of time? We notice because we cared, admired, and loved how they made us feel... Especially in our times, the speed and frequency of hearing about events and... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Vegans... phhttt!

Vegans are pissing me off. A poster states: You don't have to love animals to be vegan, but you do have to be a vegan to say you love animals. No, you don't. What a cheap, self-righteous, pseudo-clever one-liner! Plenty of us love animals without giving over the eating of meat. In my opinion, it is... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

It's just how I am...

Times have changed with technology and the pace with which we lead our lives: People wander off from online conversations without a farewell to let you know the conversation is over. People have meals with other people and never make eye contact because they are immersed in their electronic world.... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Refugees streaming over the border...

...is NOT how it happens. Seems a lot of people visualize it as people pouring out of Syria and other profoundly troubled regions, and pouring into other countries. Maybe it is that way in some European countries, but that isn't how it happens in the US. If you want to know what the gateway into... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

What Charlie wrote

Charlie wrote this in response to a report/image on Facebook of a burning mosque: They wanted a war of fire and attrition. By answering their acts of mindless, inhuman horror with more of the same, we are giving them exactly what they want. We are surrendering to the madness that possesses them...... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, December 7, 2015

The Roosevelts

There are a few Great People in the world in every century, every generation. I recently watched Ken Burns' documentary mini-series, THE ROOSEVELTS, and was struck by the enormous differences the three most historic Roosevelts-- Teddy, Franklin D, and Eleanor-- made in this country, and in the... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The Greatest Nation in the World

First this, if you haven't seen it or want a reminder: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyzDRc34l2g Then this: America could be the greatest country in the world again by overturning a few centuries' of bad habits of thought, assumption, lack of national introspection. Here is one issue that... Sign in to see full entry.

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