Loosely Speaking

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Verbalizing Snow

It snows. It is snowing It snew. It has snown. Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Made in America

When I was a kid in the 1960s, it was the early years of the race to space, and there was such a push on for American students to excel, especially in the sciences! Education was considered vital to American interests, to the supremacy of America socially and politically, back when we really were... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

I dreamed a dream... that I made my way through a dark and dismal surrounding and found a place lit by dark fires and filled with discordant sounds and rhythms and the metallic buzz and whine of flies... In the center, savages in suits hung about with emblems of power and mystery, of devices of... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, December 15, 2016


Aleppo has become a word of horror, it will be a curse against the perpetrators and their kind for generations to come, right alongside the names of Hitler and Auschwitz, My Lai, the Field of Jars, Tienamen Square, Standing Rock... where the authorities went far beyond the bounds of humanity and... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, November 19, 2016


I went to a show last night: ONE SIXTEENTH OF AN INCH. It is an opening of hearts and voices, the shining of light on the darkness of depression and suicide, about how very narrow can be the margin between living and ending a life. The audience was large and interested, and I suspect no one there... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, November 11, 2016


Social media hatred, real-world taunts and assaults, mayhem on all sides from the gloating and the despairing... The level of mean-spiritedness and reactionary acting-out is appalling, now it has permission and encouragement, and the fury of disappointed, terrified response to this insane election... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

So, here's a thing... "Faithless Electors"

In most states, it's legal, the rest may exact a fine for doing it, but the fact is, the Electors in the Electoral College can vote as they see fit, regardless of the outcome of the election. It is allowed for in the Constitution, from the beginning, against such a time as this, such an election as... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Last thoughts before the Vote Is In

My son-in-law, the English one, has wondered why so many people seem to so dislike, even hate one of the best-qualified Presidential candidates in history. He is, himself, pretty astute and informed as he works in a global job and has a wider outlook on politics than most. This is what I told him:... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Cultural Appropriation

It's a thing these days: people protesting the casual adoption of things of deep significance to certain other cultures, for fashions, for hair styles. But it is right in there with calling a sports team The Red Skins, Indians, Braves, etc. which are just about all based on non-Indian popular... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Civility vs Barbarism

Civility is the art of diverse peoples living close together, thriving through tolerance and appreciation of difference, comprehension and respect of personal boundaries, basic courtesies that are held in common. Patience, the ability to listen, the ability to expand one's limits and point of view... Sign in to see full entry.

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