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fable of the new old well

All seemed alright in our village… …until… …the well in the square went dry. We couldn’t believe the well had failed us.  But the empty bucket could not be denied. We tried praying for rain.  But only briefly.  We didn’t … Continue reading

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the un-thief: a Christmas story

After being robbed himself, the thief finally saw how he’d caused so many people so much pain… Thus, from that moment forward, he decided to be the un-thief. As the un-thief, he returned to all those houses he’d burglarized.  Entering … Continue reading

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extraordinary ordinary people

I say Martin Luther King, Jr. blessed all us ordinary folk… …when he chose not to join the Freedom Riders on their trip. In 1961, that multi-racial, multi-generational group boarded buses and traveled throughout the South to protest segregation. Leaving … Continue reading

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confessions of a projectionist

Who among us has not been terrorized? Who among us has not also been a terrorist? I’m talking about minor acts of terror.  Under my definition, even a petty snipe can be a terrorist act.  Even a petty snipe is … Continue reading

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in favor of the braveheart chicken

In 1959, Allen Ginsberg said America was having a nervous breakdown… Maybe he was exaggerating for effect. However, it’s no exaggeration to say, that in 2017, we’re a very very nervous nation… No breakdown yet, but our condition is indeed … Continue reading

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fun & games

I try to learn from everyone… …including assistant coaches of pro football teams. Here’s the story… Many years ago, while hitchhiking along Middlefield Road in Palo Alto, California, I was given a lift by a gracious gentleman driving a luxury … Continue reading

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no burden of happiness upon me

I’m happy I’m happy I’m happy I’m happy I’m happy I’m happy and I’ll punch the man who says I’m not!         — from the song “I’m Happy” by Ivor Cutler I define “happiness”, very generally, as a sense of well-being… … Continue reading

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