Pots Clanging in a Dark Drawer

Pots Clanging in a Dark Drawer

I’m unapologetically liberal – well, moderate, actually, but in today’s political climate, that’s what passes for liberal. I was reading Peter Wright’s post, “Why you should worry about Bernard Eich’s persecution,” this morning, and it seems as good a springboard as any for some of the things that have been bothering me, lately.

My lack of sympathy for Mr. Eich’s career problems stems not from my…

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Chag Sameach

Wishing all who are celebrating Passover peace, prosperity, and good health.

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Literacy and Liquor?

A man of character, indeed. The following “mini-movie” (an ad, but as someone pointed out in comments, better than many full-length movies at storytelling) shows the lengths one father will go for his son.

A whiskey ad, promoting adult literacy.

An ad that leaves you feeling there’s hope for the world. Grab the Kleenex and watch.

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HoneLife

HoneLife, if you haven’t yet discovered it for yourself, is a unique, “topic-centered platform” where members are given just one word, each week, and encouraged to share their creative perspective on it. Their goal is to inspire and enable members to “develop a deeper connection to reality, to the world, and to their unique self.” To that end, the sharing is simple and straightforward.

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Epiphany

I was driving to work, one morning, feeling all caffeinated go-getter and ready to get on with it, when another driver who must’ve been feeling even more deadline driven and eager to get to work cut me off. Tempted to show off my perfectly manicured middle finger, I settled, instead, for muttering, “Asshole!” under my breath. I immediately remembered the day, many years earlier, when I’d done the…

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Done, Distracted, Defined

April, as T.S. Eliot wrote, is the cruelest month. It leaves its cobwebs on everything. Sweep them away, or get swept away by them. April doesn’t care. This post started out as something else, but left me drained.

April brings jumbled, dusty thoughts. But April showers wash them away.

I crumpled it up, which is harder to do with a blog post, but not impossible. It was far too long for a post, too…

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newyorker:

On Friday, an Afghan policeman opened fire on a car carrying the journalists Anja Niedringhaus and Kathy Gannon, of the Associated Press, in Khost province. Niedringhaus, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, was killed in the attack. These pictures, all taken in the past few weeks, showcase some of her work from Afghanistan: http://nyr.kr/1i8EQWk
Above: An Afghan girl helps her brother down from a security barrier set up outside the Independent Election Commission office in Khost.

newyorker:

On Friday, an Afghan policeman opened fire on a car carrying the journalists Anja Niedringhaus and Kathy Gannon, of the Associated Press, in Khost province. Niedringhaus, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, was killed in the attack. These pictures, all taken in the past few weeks, showcase some of her work from Afghanistan: http://nyr.kr/1i8EQWk

Above: An Afghan girl helps her brother down from a security barrier set up outside the Independent Election Commission office in Khost.

Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda

I wrote and delivered my first speech, many years ago, for a contest run by The Optimist Club. The topic was, “Together We Will.” I don’t remember, now, what I wrote. I do remember that I lost out to Mom, God, and apple pie. The lesson learned? Never go up against Mom, God, or apple pie.

I don’t remember what the other speeches were about, just that they invoked God, motherhood, and country. The…

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Bicycle Built for Two

Bicycle Built for Two

I heard the song, growing up, and even rode a tandem bicycle a time or two. For some reason, it never even occurred to me to wonder why it popped up in science fiction; I think I just assumed that it was about the strangest, most incongruous little ditty a computer could sing.

You’ve probably seen the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, and if so, you’ll recognize the sad, creepy demise of the on-board…

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A is for Activist

A is for Activist

Action is the Opposite of Apathy

To be activist is to be, and to demonstrate, the opposite of apathetic. I’m not talking about being an activist for a particular cause, although it’s hard not to be, sometimes. I’m simply talking about standing up for what you believe is right, and speaking out against what you believe is wrong.

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do…

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