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Twenty years ago, twenty years from now…

At 5:45 am (west coast time) I was jolted out of my sleep, startled by an image in that dream of a plane crashing into a building. It was the first official “homeschooling” day for us, and I was eager and excited to get everything pulled together for the beginning of our grand adventure as […]


Hopeful in Hard Times

Like the author of this post on Resilient Resistance (The Race…), I am continually surprised at how surprised I am when even “simple” civil rights decisions take a turn toward unfettered authoritarianism or even full-on fascism. I am devastated at the media frenzy in the oncoming election cycle (the next federal elections are now 16 […]


Prophesies

Dark times, dark of intellect, dark of hope, dark of prosperity, dark of joy, dark of freedom, dark of life. Current events. Cautionary tales a half century old (and more), based on suppositions and “if this, then that,” Toffler may have been right, Roddenberry designed it…  the ancient hermits in the desert railed against it.  […]


Lest we forget

Many of the people in the photographs in this collection died as the direct result of Nazi oppression (restricting movement, access to employment, access to healthcare, etc — based on “race”). Others would have died a natural death by now anyway even without a war. Some people may still live who experienced these times first-hand. […]


Trying to stay upbeat, (however…)

Climate change. I worry about the future, not that I would likely live to see the worst effects in my lifetime, but my children might — and if they have children, my grandchildren will. Already, I believe that our climate has irrevocably altered. Things I enjoy like chocolate, coffee, vanilla… those may disappear in a […]


NaPoWriMo Eighth Post

It came from the south advancing in waves crashing against the mountains, retreating, and moving on. It buffeted the trees and the grasses and the birds flying high or low could not escape the crush of the moment. It moved alongside the traffic, now pummeling against, now swiping left or right, and the cars dodged […]


Where there is life, there is hope.

I do not know where this post’s title comes from — it’s so old that it has entered the public domain. According to some websites it is from Cicero, translated into English in the 1500s. Is this true? [small digression: I distinguish between “truth” which is a useful and generalizable sensibility that perhaps not everyone […]


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