Category Archive: Personal

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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Mar 12

The Horror of Apartheid

In Brief— A review of memories of the author’s experiences in South Africa in the early ‘80s when apartheid was in force. ——————————————————————————————————————————————– Apartheid is Abhorrent Wherever it Occurs— It was 1982 and we were on our way to an experience that was South Africa then…but exists today in another part of the world. We …

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Mar 05

Once Upon a Time

In Brief— With apologies to the Brothers Grimm, the author spins a fantasy that may look like reality except it takes place in a parallel universe we might easily mistake for our own. ———————————————————————————————————————————————– We Aren’t in Kansas Anymore— Once upon a time in a universe much like our own there was a rotund little …

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Feb 26

Chronicle from the Old Folks’ Home—Part 11

In Brief— The author’s experiences after the private elder care company took over management from the kommun. Privatization European-style. ———————————————————————————————————————————————– “I’m Mad As Hell…”— Though there is now another vacancy, one empty room in our warehouse has now been filled. One of our number got off the train at her destination. The new occupant—I’ll call …

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