Category Archive: Personal

Jul 16

Being Under Government Covert Surveillance

In Brief — The author’s experiences with government surveillance while he was involved with draft and military counseling during the Vietnam War. [Written in mid-April 2017.] Peek-a-boo, We’re Spying on You — Spying. It’s as old as when our human ancestors came down out of the trees. Humans and governments have always sought to protect …

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Jul 09

Chronicle from the Old Folks’ Home — Part 13

In Brief— A look at one of the departments and the old folks who live in this area of the warehouse. [Written in February 2017.] ————————————————————————————————————————————————– Old Folks “R” Us— Like everybody, we’re all different…except we’re older. We may be getting grayer and more wrinkled in a comfortable warehouse instead of grousing and giving sage …

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Jul 02

How I Became a Lawyer

  In Brief — The author retraces his path to becoming a lawyer. [Written in March 2017.] Making Lemonade When Life Gives You Lemons— It’s said that if life gives you lemons, make lemonade. While a few lemons have come my way, I’ve made my fair share of lemonade. How I became a lawyer is …

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Jun 25

The Day I Killed Our Cat

In Brief— A reflection on the author’s youth, a pet’s death, the damage and the lessons learned from a turbulent time in his life. [Written in March 2017.] Nine Lives Versus The Car— She was a three-legged cat. The vet who amputated her badly infected front leg said it was a scorpion sting. Plenty of …

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May 21

Sex for Fun and Profit—Part 2

In Brief— The author reaches back in memory to reveal a few of his adventures with sexuality during his tossed salad life. Sex Is Popular Because It’s Centrally Located— Once a long, long time ago I was a child who was, like most kids, curious about lots of things, not least sexuality and, more specifically, …

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May 07

Further Thoughts on Free Will

In Brief— In an effort to expand on the author’s views on the mythology of free will, this piece looks at the issue from a different angle. [Written in February 2017.] ——————————————————————————————————————————————- Nature and Nurture Shape Us, But… Okay! This article is a bit of a pause from the turmoil swirling around us, but it’ll …

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Apr 30

Capitalism Plus Human Nature Equal Extinction

  In Brief— An explanation of how capitalism coupled with human nature is leading inexorably toward the extinction of humanity. [Written in January 2017.] Eat, Drink, Be Merry for Tomorrow We Die— Imagine we are on an eastward-bound train from Chicago to New York. Now substitute “Life’s Goals” for Chicago and “Death” for New York. …

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Apr 09

Chronicle from the Old Folks’ Home—Part 12

In Brief— The author’s experiences in the warehouse we call home. Sometimes there are surprises from the gray-haired residents. And then, there are other more serious matters. ——————————————————————————————————————————————— Everybody Dies One Day— It seems a trivial thing to fight over, but that’s what happened recently. “I’m going to kill that S.O.B.,” preceded the fisticuffs between …

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Apr 02

Creatures Large and Small—Part 2

In Brief— With apologies to James Herriot, the author rambles through some of his experiences with the beloved dogs who enrich our lives and are a part of the animal kingdom that shares the planet with us. ————————————————————————————————————————————————– Man’s Best Friend— “Oh, you shouldn’t do that, Nikko,” she said in a simpering voice. Her dim-witted …

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Mar 26

Creatures Large and Small—Part 1

In Brief— With apologies to James Herriot, the author rambles through some of his experiences with a few of the furry and feathered creatures that share this planet with us. —————————————————————————————————————————————————– Anyone Who Loves Animals Can’t Be All Bad— The little lady squirrel sat on my knee eating sunflower seeds out of my hand. Bold …

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