Archive for the 'Life, The Universe & Everything' Category

ROLDO RIGHTS ON BOBBY, JIMMY AND JAMES NEFF…

August 31st, 2015

Former Plain Dealer columnist James Neff has written a thriller-like book—Vendetta: Bobby Kennedy Versus Jimmy Hoffa—of the long smoldering battle between Bobby Kennedy and Jimmy Hoffa, two giants on the national scene in the 1950s and 1960s. The book is stacked with inside info about how Bob Kennedy, as a staffer of the 1950s Senate […]

WILL WHAT I CHOOSE ENLARGE OR DIMINISH ME..?

August 23rd, 2015

Why do we tell people to do what makes them happy? Is there a utility in happiness? How do we know that we are happy? How long must we exist in a state of happiness before we can consider ourselves happy? One of the more important ideas I acquired in college came from a Political […]

I SOOO HATE LIVING IN A COFFEE DESERT…

August 22nd, 2015

Living in North Royalton, Ohio, has many pluses. We have a Metro Park in my back yard. We have a mini-pack of dogs who romp and play in our insanely large front yard and who are always so happy to see me when I come home. We can sit on our back deck and watch […]

CONNECTION AND CARING FOR OUR ONLY HOME…

August 18th, 2015

Louis C.K. takes us to task for hyperbole, but there are moments in our lives that are amazing and awesome. For me, one of those moments came on Christmas Eve, 1968 when astronaut William Anders snapped the photo above of the first Earthrise witnessed by humans. Years later, another space photo of Earth, taken from […]

THE HEIR TO RACHEL CARSON’S SILENT SPRING

August 12th, 2015

I first wrote about Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything: Capitalism Vs. The Climate on 14 March, at the beginning of my consideration of The Guardian’s Keep Carbon In The Ground campaign. I ordered a copy of Klein’s book from the library and waited nearly five months for my request to be filled. That was a […]

VIVA LE DECROISSANCE…!

August 12th, 2015

I have a new favorite word this morning: decroissance. The word appears in a footnote on page 93 of Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything: Capitalism Vs. The Climate. Klein writes: In French, decroissance has the double meaning of challenging both growth, croissance, and croire, to believe—invoking the idea of choosing not to believe the fiction […]

THE SPECIAL PART IS THAT YOU GET TO CHOOSE…!

August 9th, 2015

I tend to make most choices—the kind bounded by factors such as red-or-blue, thousand island or french—rather quickly. I really hate discussing the merits of banal decisions such as which movie to see or which restaurant to eat at. Make a choice and move on, damn it! Options are, apparently, important to some people as […]

LOVE, AFFECTION AND MY INTERNAL CUSTOMERS…

July 13th, 2015

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IS THIS A THING OR ARE PEOPLE MENTAL…?

July 9th, 2015

Three years ago I wrote about the inconsiderate dolts who collect their dog poop in plastic bags and then leave the bags for someone else to collect. This summer I’ve noticed another kind of eejit prowling the Metroparks: people who make a habit of sticking their garbage on the branches of trees along the paths.

EXCESSIVE SPANKING IS WHAT PRECISELY…?

July 8th, 2015

I was spanked as a child a half dozen times or so—usually for not owning up to my crime—and received perhaps three or four swats. I survived. As an adult, however, I have to seriously question whether the spankings did more harm than good and what corporal punishment says about our society. That is why […]

WE ARE WHO AND WHAT WE PUT INTO OUR LIVES…

July 6th, 2015

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I LEFT HOME TO MAKE MY ADVENTURES REAL…

June 10th, 2015

I WAS BLESSED WITH A VERY INTERESTING DAD…

May 23rd, 2015

THE NEW PIRATES OF THE ARCTIC OCEAN…

May 18th, 2015

I never gained entrance to the Order of The Blue Nose, but some of my shipmates on board the USS Bainbridge did after I was discharged. The arctic is hostile place and sailors venture there at their peril. Drilling for oil that we cannot use without risking environmental collapse is madness. Corporations, like Royal Dutch […]

THRIVING ON, AND RELISHING, CHAOS…

May 4th, 2015

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THIS… IS… BATSHIT… CRAZY…

April 14th, 2015

The world is not a more dangerous place and anyone who makes that claim is just as batshit crazy as the authorities in this story. Authorities in Maryland say two children taken into custody while walking home without an adult last year have been picked up by police again. Maryland’s child protective services took in […]

WHAT CAN YOU ACCOMPLISH IN 10 MINUTES…?

April 13th, 2015

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MAXIMIZE RELATIONSHIPS; MAXIMIZE PROFIT…

April 6th, 2015

WILLY WONKA WOULD BE PROUD…

March 15th, 2015

Last weekend my bank went offline to upgrade its online systems. When I logged on following the upgrade I was greeted with a 47-page, 23,060-word behemoth of an End User License Agreement to which I was required to check that I had indeed read and accepted the Terms and Conditions. To my own peril, like […]

MUCH LESS PITHY, BUT WHAT WORTHWHILE IS…?

March 14th, 2015

As much as we might wish the contrary, life is not a bumper sticker or coffee mug, We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a […]

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