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An Introductory Note to Readers:           This current corona-virus pandemic, though it will eventually pass, will also completely transform our world.  That change could be very positive—if we choose to make it so.             A long or severe illness can often result in a serious re-evaluation of our personal life and values. There is a... Continue Reading →

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Trump’s Tulsa Travesty

It seems like a lifetime, but it was only two weeks ago that Trump conducted his travesty in Tulsa. In a recent post about “America’s Great Evasion” I pointed out that America’s “frontier experience” had helped create in our nation a tendency to: “view groups of people that we deemed ‘others’ as fair game for... Continue Reading →

History, Heritage, and the Holocaust

Currently there is a debate raging in the country about what to do with old monuments erected to celebrate the feats of the “heroes” of the Confederacy during the Civil War. I believe there is a civil solution. First, I find racism abhorrent, and I think the prominent display of these symbols of a regime... Continue Reading →

Africa

African Tapestry At first lightAfrica is like our soulsLong dark green hillsLoping into a distanceWhich can't be measured.Alive like nothing we have met beforeAnd longed to meet.The pounding of small delicate hoovesEchoing the pounding of the heart We travel never reaching thereThose colors dependent on a distanceWe never find ourselves insideThe singular color that lies... Continue Reading →

Observations on Racism (part 2)

Reverse Racism, Affirmative Action and “Partisanship”   During the last week, an episode occurred that should help clarify some things I said about racism in part one of these “Observations on Racism.”  That sad but revealing event was the noose found hanging in the garage of the only prominent black NASCAR driver, Bubba Wallace. It... Continue Reading →

“The Great Evasion,” Building Community, and Masking

Frontier Con-Man In a previous post (On Radicalism, “Civil Disobedience”, and the “Anti-Lockdown” Protesters), I mentioned my old history professor, William Appleman Williams. Williams was a member of “antifa” (that is, a decorated executive officer in the US Pacific fleet during WWII). I believe he also marched with MLK and was targeted by Senator Joe... Continue Reading →

Wicked: A Poem on the Demonization of Others

Wicked is from an unpublished collection entitled “Nursery Rhymes for the New World” What a lot of wicked peopleDreaming wicked, wicked dreamsPitch a missile in their midstHear their wicked, wicked screams There see the wicked widow keeningFor the fragments of her wicked manAnd a wicked son, a wicked daughterIn silence holding wicked hands Nearby a... Continue Reading →

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