Category Archive: Personal

Sep 24

The Subversive Illusion of “I Can’t…”

In Brief — Some reasons why an old but eminently worthwhile book can improve your life. First, you must read it. [Written in May 2017.] Negative Attitudes are Quicksand — Last week it was an intriguing fantasy circus with its characters that we wish were real; this week a book that should be on every …

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Sep 17

The Best Fantasy Book I’ve Read

In Brief — A review of “The Night Circus” that reflects the author’s tastes. Will it reflect yours? [Written in May 2017.] ——————————————————————————————————————————————— Dreams of a Circus of Fantasy — “The Night Circus.” My story about a story that stumbled out of the starting gate but crossed the finish line in first place. It is …

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Sep 10

Love, Angels and Devils

In Brief — A passing flirtation with theology allows the author to explore the relationship between love in our hearts, those we feel are our angels and the bad things that can make life miserable. [Written in April-May 2017.] ——————————————————————————————————————————————— Life is Like a Box of Chocolates (Forrest Gump) Your life is like a roller-coaster …

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Aug 27

Chronicle from the Old Folks’ Home — Part 14

In Brief — The author gives readers a glimpse of the hard-working personnel who care for all of the oldsters in his department. [Written in June 2017.] Hard-Working, With Uncaring Management — The new management of this warehouse apparently believes the personnel are endowed with super powers: They don’t get tired from the long, mind-numbing …

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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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