Monthly Archives: April 2013

When the Music Stops

Retirement’s fine, particularly if, when the music stops, you find yourself in Hollywood. That was pure chance, but there’s much to be said for palm trees and sunshine and silliness, and it’s a short drive down to Venice Beach and … Continue reading

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Waking Up and Moving On

Rising from a bed where I dreamt Of long rides past castles and hot coals The sun lies happily on my knees. I have suffered and survived the night Bathed in dark water like any blade of grass. That’s a … Continue reading

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Those Red Line Blues

John McCain lost to Barack Obama, and then Mitt Romney did too, because the Republicans had their way in the first decade of this century and messed up – big time. George Bush, the second one, was a disaster. The … Continue reading

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Economics as a Morality Play

Everyone knows that old Shaker song: ‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free ‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be, And when we find ourselves in the place just right, ‘Twill … Continue reading

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Public Pleasantries

There’s no need to be afraid of public speaking. No one is listening to you anyway. Think about it. Someone spoke at your high school graduation, but admit it – you don’t remember who that was, much less what they … Continue reading

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That Killer App

Yes, baby boomers are an insufferable lot, always going on about how they were right there when everything changed in America, and sometimes claiming they were the ones who changed everything. That’s nonsense. Most of us were just along for … Continue reading

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Gloriously Empty Serenity

Those ten years down in San Pedro, at the harbor, were fine – the massive Port of Los Angeles is fascinating, there’s a small fishing fleet too, and there are all those long docks and shadowy warehouses that show up … Continue reading

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