Author Archives: Alan

About Alan

The editor is a former systems manager for a large California-based HMO, and a former senior systems manager for Northrop, Hughes-Raytheon, Computer Sciences Corporation, Perot Systems and other such organizations. One position was managing the financial and payroll systems for a large hospital chain. And somewhere in there was a two-year stint in Canada running the systems shop at a General Motors locomotive factory - in London, Ontario. That explains Canadian matters scattered through these pages. Otherwise, think large-scale HR, payroll, financial and manufacturing systems. A résumé is available if you wish. The editor has a graduate degree in Eighteenth-Century British Literature from Duke University where he was a National Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and taught English and music in upstate New York in the seventies, and then in the early eighties moved to California and left teaching. The editor currently resides in Hollywood California, a block north of the Sunset Strip.

Made for War

Jesus may be the Prince of Peace, but the lion isn’t going to lie down with the lamb, ever, and no one is beating their swords into ploughshares. The world is too dangerous a place for that – it always … Continue reading

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Miscalculation and Adjustments

Something always goes wrong. Plans don’t work out. What you said was a brilliant idea turns out to be obvious nonsense. You miscalculated. You made a mistake, a fundamental mistake, a mistake from which there is no recovery. This is … Continue reading

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The Consequences of Work

Donald Trump seems to be perpetually surprised, and a bit angry, that every man, every real man, doesn’t want to be just like him. He is, after all, the most respected and admired man in America. Don’t tell him otherwise. … Continue reading

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The Kind of Country We Want

Rude awakenings are useful. That is how we really learn. Nothing is what your thought it would be. Life slaps you in the face. What were you thinking? Snap out of it! You’re not going to be a famous jazz … Continue reading

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Without Permission and Without Apology

They called her Amazing Grace. That would be the late Grace Murray Hopper – Rear Admiral Grace Hopper. The Navy named a guided-missile destroyer after her – because she really was amazing. She dragged our military, kicking and screaming, into … Continue reading

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The Good War This Time

No one is the same person they were a dozen years ago. Or they’re depressingly the same person, having learned nothing from all that can happen and will happen as the years roll by. Sure, personalities don’t change – the … Continue reading

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What We Think We Know Now

People hate Mondays. It’s back to the real world, of work and obligations and general unpleasantness. It’s a shock, and the shock this time was reading The Washington Post and The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times accounts of the … Continue reading

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