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purple people

Political analysts talk about blue states, red states, and purple states… But by definition, their purple states aren’t actually purple. Blue must mix with red in order to create purple… And in so-called purple states, blue remains on its side … Continue reading

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grieve for the horse, grieve for ourselves

I say: take the general, but leave the horse. I’m referring to the horse beneath Robert E. Lee on the controversial statue in Charlottesville, Virginia. I believe Lee himself would agree to having his likeness removed.  In the years following … Continue reading

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working on the reverse domino effect

Hound dog howlin’ bullfrog croakin’ everything is broken         — Bob Dylan Sounds pessimistic…Is everything really broken? I don’t know, but from what I’ve seen, I can say for certain: when one thing breaks, another thing will follow. Consider: Broken people … Continue reading

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the past is present

When Barack Obama arrives in Laos on September 6, he’ll be the first sitting U.S. president to visit that country… I hope the trip brings light to another dark corner of our history—the bombing of Laos by the U.S. during … Continue reading

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listening to the pig

“I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig.  You get muddy, and besides, the pig likes it.”               — George Bernard Shaw Ever so often, I remind myself of Shaw’s advice. Unfortunately, more often, I forget it.  I engage … Continue reading

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honest effort

  When we see the above design, we see a full circle… …due to a little trick of the human mind—a trick known as “closure”.  Mentally, we fill in the gap. Of course, we usually use the word “closure” in … Continue reading

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Uplifted by Bad News

  One recent morning, tired of all the disappointing news on the radio… …I decided to distract myself with some music… …with the songs of Lead Belly and Woody Guthrie*. But halfway through the album, I suddenly realized I was … Continue reading

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