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Gloria, a Life

Posted by in Politics, Ponderings

We went to see the play Gloria, a Life last night.   The play was almost too good. It made me a bit sad and perhaps a little to too introspective for my own good.   I think a lot about how self-destructive it is for the human race to have spent so  many years refusing to to take advantage of the abilities of over half the population.   I wonder if the world might not be a whole lot better place if women had been allowed more easily contribute to its advancements in culture,…read more

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Not everything (or everyone) belongs in a bucket

Posted by in Politics, Ponderings

Most people  are compelled to put everyone and everything they encounter into a specific category or “bucket”.   Admittedly, this habit is very useful, when navigating an array of objects, or experiences.  It allows us to sort things, and deal with them one group at a time, so that we can use common strategies for dealing with things which are similar to one another.   We put all the “big” books on the shelves that are spaced further apart,  we avoid putting all the “metal” objects in the microwave, we wash all the…read more

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Custom License Plates and the Balance Between Compassion and Self-Interest

Posted by in Ponderings

I just did something I never thought I would do:  ordered custom license plates.   For years I’ve cringed every time time I saw someone proclaiming their name, profession, favorite sports team, or credo on their automobile.   Advertising yourself to strangers in this way has  always seemed too self-indulgent to me.   I can’t imagine that  strangers are interested in who I am, what I do for a living, my hobbies, or who I root for, and frankly, I am not that  interested in telling them. I’m pretty extreme about things likes…read more

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Wishful thinking about Donald Trump

Posted by in Politics

“Give him a chance to lead”, we are being told by Hillary.  “It was a good meeting”, Obama said, after spending time with our infamous President Elect.   And then I’ve heard over and over again from my my friends,  shattered by the election results and trying to put themselves back together emotionally.  “He won’t do all those horrible things he ran on, its just not possible in four years.” In my mind, those of us thinking along these lines are delusional.  They are participating in an exercise in wishful  thinking…read more

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Election Lessons

Posted by in Politics, Uncategorized

What I learned  from election day: Many American men seem to  fear strong women and the loss of male privilege more  than they fear nuclear war, or want their children to survive. Some women aid and abet them in this view. Although number one is not totally unexpected, it’s still depressing, and no matter how hard I try, I will never understand number two. Too many  people find it easier to let their views be formed by television and social media, than to make the effort to process what they…read more

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Why start now?

Posted by in Intro

I’ve spent most of my life thinking a little differently about basics than many of the people around me, and, keeping a lot of it to myself.  That’s a life time of introspection, pretty much wasted on myself.  Recently I’ve been feeling on odd compulsion to  putting some of these thoughts out there, for anyone who is interested to sharing them with me.   There just seems to be so much going on that begs to be commenting on. I warn potential readers (if there turn out to be any) …read more

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