Freedom
Feb09

Freedom

What our friends on the right call “freedom” is really, at its core, “me-dom.” Yes, that American pride in rugged individuality has, entwined around it’s roots, a quality of “and you are on your own, sucker.” Why else is it that socialism is such a dirty word? The “dang” to communism’s damn. After all, Marxism/Communism/Socialism are not, in essence, ideas with bad intent, anymore than religions are, in principle, licenses to...

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Message to poets
Feb08

Message to poets

I have nothing to say to you But know that  I don’t have to say it because you are already in touch with nothing. Since it seems that nothing is the message in almost every poem —the deep, silent, full nothing that is at the basis of everything— You are not my audience (what can I tell you?) It’s for others who think they can’t write a poem but can read and be reminded of nothing, in the middle of a busy day, and in that silence,...

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Today’s alternative news – from the future
Jan24

Today’s alternative news – from the future

The Rainbow Coalition documents 307 rainbow sightings this weekend in the Continental US. Observers note the increased adoption of the cultural practice of kissing whoever is closest to you in case of rainbows, regardless of race, nationality, height, weight, nationality, sexual orientation or college football team loyalties. The final dissolution of all state boundaries within the former United States has been completed, just in time...

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Long overdue
Jan11

Long overdue

While I don’t advocate marijuana use as a recipe for mental clarity, the indulgent “everybody drinks” attitude toward alcohol versus the draconian policies in the marijuana area continue to institutionalize the inequity and hypocrisy of a flawed majority versus a “let-us-alone” minority. Prohibition of alcohol clearly didn’t work, in that it criminalized a common behavior and drove delivery and production into the hands of shady...

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Christian Q and A
Jun26

Christian Q and A

The questions and answers at the far end of the 50th high school reunion dinner table with the missionary’s missionary and his wife my schoolmate. Were you an early Christian or did you find it later? Early, both early don’t you remember we were in 8th grade Bible study and I carried my Bible on top of my books? Are you still a believer (some people turn their backs on God)? I don’t know how you can undo that deal with it’s special...

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