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freedom fighter

As most children do, I dreamed of being free… Finally (a century later, it seemed), I got my freedom.  At the age of eighteen, I left home and over the years, moved here and there, to one city after another, … Continue reading

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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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we’ll throw him off our backs

Disgust… disillusion… a desire for national stability. According to historian Paul Johnson in Napoleon: A Life, a populace sinks down into such feelings after a time of revolutionary upheaval. From the people there then arises “an overwhelming demand for a … Continue reading

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can do attitude

“Shakespeare reminds us that though we may not do what we want, we are responsible for our lives… “It does not matter what has been made of us; what matters is what we ourselves make of what has been done … 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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listening to the wound…

  How do we cope when our sense of justice is wounded? How do we deal with our confusion and anger, as we watch another criminal go unpunished? Maybe we see him grinning at us from the pages of a … Continue reading

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Broken Open: a Story

¬† The experience of reading To a Young Jazz Musician, by Wynton Marsalis… …strengthens my conviction that our new mythology needs stories. The book’s 144 pages are filled with philosophic insight and deep feeling for the cultural life of an … Continue reading

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