Category Archives: Michael R. Patton

ride on!

Derivative trading, doing business in Siberia, and using bitcoin have all been dubbed “a new Wild West”. We stick that label on many risky endeavors these days.  Endeavors free of the usual restrictions–and so, frequently of dubious legality.  Nonetheless, the … Continue reading

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confessions of a blind mouse

In the last few years, I’ve often heard this statement: “we need to have a national conversation”… Well, we also need to act…but yes, we should have that conversation.  A national conversation composed of many conversations.  Conversations about our internal … Continue reading

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the symbol lives again

In the late 1960s, my generation suddenly “discovered” the yin-yang symbol… Many of us were looking East, because those religions and philosophies seemed to jibe with who we truly were, with who we wanted to be… We liked the Eastern … Continue reading

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Same Ol’ Ever-Changing Circle

I’m going in circles. …according to my dreams. In my dreams, I often circle through an area and arrive back at the place where I began. But usually, I don’t stop there—I keep on circling. So what do these dreams … Continue reading

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our age of enlightenment

“This is an age of enlightenment… …but this is not an enlightened age.”                      — John Locke Those words from the 18th-century English philosopher have helped me through some difficult times… …times when I’ve become so discouraged by what I see … Continue reading

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the ultimate recycler

  This week, as often happens in the Autumn season… …my thoughts turn to recycling. After all, when I step outside my door, I can see a prime example of recycling… …as leaves return to the very earth that nourishes … Continue reading

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foolproof systems are for fools

  I do not trust ideologues… …though their ideologies can be so tempting… It’s so tempting to believe that a solution has been found…a way out of this mess we’ve made for ourselves… …a perfect system that can answer all … Continue reading

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