Monthly Archives: January 2018

Trash in the Air

In the late seventies, at that prep school in upstate New York, part of the job was to teach an elective in creative writing – which can’t be taught. There’s no set of rules on how to be creative. Creativity … Continue reading

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The Make-Believe Nice Man

Hollywood depends on the willing suspension of disbelief. That’s a bargain the audience makes with the director. The audience knows those are actors on the screen, not the purported real people, and they’re probably on a sound-stage in front of … Continue reading

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Capturing the Flag

Kids used to play “Capture the Flag” – two teams each have a flag and the idea is to capture the other team’s flag. Make your way into the opposing team’s territory, grab their flag, and return with it to … Continue reading

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Without Mutual Toleration or Forbearance

“Self-command is the main elegance.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson “The first attribute that characterizes the greater man from the moron is his thicker layer of inhibition.” ~ Martin H. Fischer Donald Trump is not an elegant man, he only wishes … Continue reading

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Malevolence Tempered By Incompetence

It happened again. Things moved too fast. There was no time to consider the implications of anything. By Friday, no one remembered that, on Monday, the three-day government shutdown ended – a serious crisis that confirmed that our political system … Continue reading

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Unbalanced Power

Some things are inevitable. Donald Trump was inevitable, after Barack Obama. Obama was warm and personable, gracious and calm and smart as a whip, and careful. Perhaps he “led from behind” a bit too much, but he kept the nation … Continue reading

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Defiance Disorder in the Emotionally Needy

Robert Mueller is closing in. There’s news of that every hour. The press scrambles to explain each new “blockbuster” development and put it in perspective. Fox News scrambles to do the same, to show that the whole thing is a … Continue reading

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