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

TOM PETERS’ THE WORKS

February 10th, 2016

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WE’RE ALL FAKES AND WE’LL ALWAYS FALL SHORT…

February 7th, 2016

My government once trusted me around nuclear weapons. Granted, they were small, only a few kilotons, not the city busters we really worry about, but still, they were fully functional nuclear missiles. The U.S. Navy did so because of an interlocking web of safeguards any reasonable intelligent individual could have circumvented. Those safeguards ultimately depended […]

MAKING TO LIVE DEEP MY LIFE’S DEFAULT…

January 31st, 2016

So, Henry David Thoreau was my first non-familial, hero. I have tried to emulate him in many ways and, for the most part, fallen short. Like many before me, I became obsessed with the 16th paragraph of Walden’s second chapter: I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the […]

HUSSY, MADAM, COURTESAN, SPINSTER, WENCH…

January 28th, 2016

George Carlin famously gave us the seven dirty words that you can’t say on television: shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker, and tits. The Oxford University Press, in an exercise of collocation, went Carlin one better and gives us eight words that indicate English (or for we secessionists on the other side of the pond, […]

NO NEWS IS EMPOWERING NEWS…

January 20th, 2016

Long before the Internet and Cable Television amplified the problem, I understood how news could become a debilitating burden. I learned the principle in my sophomore English class when I first read Henry David Thoreau’s Walden (the first hardback book I ever purchased). There Thoreau wrote: I am sure that I never read any memorable […]

THE KEY TO CHANGE IS FINDING OUR WHYS

December 25th, 2015

The why we must seek, however, is not why we want to change, but rather why we do what we want to change. Oliver Burkeman’s column The truth about inefficiency reminded me of Thomas Moore’s Dark Eros: The Imagination of Sadism. While Moore focused specifically on Sadism, the principle involved is that we take actions—that […]

SEVENTY-FOUR YEARS LATER, FEWER REMEMBER…

December 7th, 2015

I met a traveller from an antique land Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert . . . Near them, on the sand, Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command, Tell that its sculptor well those passions read Which yet […]

WHO IS A MEMBER OF YOUR ORGANIZATION…?

December 7th, 2015

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ONE DAMN THING AFTER THE OTHER…!

November 16th, 2015

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HOW CAN I LISTEN BETTER…?

November 1st, 2015

One of the actions I occasionally take is to walk the halls with a student. I tell my students that what happens in the hallway stays in the hallway (with the caveat that if I think they’re in danger I will take steps to protect them). I ask questions, they talk, I listen. The process […]

ME THINKS THAT TOM PETERS IS FAR TOO KIND…

October 27th, 2015

One of my heroes, Admiral Hyman Rickover, was more emphatic: Good ideas are not adopted automatically. They must be driven into practice with courageous impatience. Previously…

GAWD, THE BRITS DO FETISHIZE THEIR TEA…

October 7th, 2015

I’m a coffee person (see blog-flag above) but I enjoy a good cuppa now and then whether the working-man’s mug preferred by Orwell and Hitchens or meditative green. This morning Mary Berry goes to the posh side in How to make the perfect cup of tea. She begins: My mother was fussy about making tea… […]

HOW TO CURE EMBRACE BOREDOM…

September 29th, 2015

I can’t remember a time in my life when I was bored. Boredom is simply not a concept I emotionally understand. Yet, hardly a school day passes when I do not hear one of my students lament some permutation of the phrase: I’m so bored. Gayatri Devi, writing in Boredom is not a problem to […]

MAKE ABNORMAL THE NEW NORMAL

September 28th, 2015

I’M THINKING A LOT ABOUT FEAR THIS MORNING…

September 27th, 2015

SERVING IN COMBAT DOESN’T TAKE BALLS…

September 23rd, 2015

My time in the Navy predated women on combat ships, but there was nothing in my job–NEC 0986—that required any physical or mental skill that would have prohibited a woman from doing the same work. I did serve in a non-combat unit—platform instructor for the Ohio Military Academy—for three years where women were part of […]

WHAT GOOD IDEAS CAN I (YOU) LAUNCH…?

September 21st, 2015

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SHAPING A BEAUTIFUL ARGUMENT ON INNOCENCE…

September 21st, 2015

On 2 June, 1964, Robert Penn Warren sat down to talk with Malcolm X about Black Muslims leader’s thoughts on the civil rights movement and the oppression and racism imposed on blacks by the white race for his book: Who Speaks For The Negro? For the boy who grew up in semi-rural southeastern Ohio in […]

FICTION IS AN EXPLORATION OF THE POSSIBLES…

September 14th, 2015

WORDS, WORDS, WORDS AND MORE WORDS…

September 7th, 2015

Words are the raw material I sculpt with my life experiences to create fantasy castles and wisdom institutes. My vocabulary is better than some, but not a day passes that I don’t discover a word not in my brick yard. Here a few I’ve come across this past week. Yahudihane: the Turkish word for tenement […]

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