Category Archive: Personal

Dec 18

‘Tis the Season to Donate

In Brief—Bay points out the necessity for ignoring the commerciality that smothers the real meaning of the season and spending your money on the worthy causes that can really make a difference. “Ho, Ho, Ho!” Donations That Have Real Impact— We all need another tie or toy like we need water in our shoes. How …

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Nov 20

Chronicle from the Old Folks’ Home—Part 10

In Brief—Bay reflects on the past weeks in the warehouse where he lives. This time it’s different. Cranial Pinball Machine and Random Thoughts— The fog of depression over the election results lifted to reveal the trees standing naked, with sparkling snow having nudged autumn’s oranges and golds aside. By the time this column makes its …

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Oct 16

Live With It or Deal With It

In Brief—Problems come into our lives, so we have a choice to either accept what has come our way or we can change it. The choice is ours. Not Choosing is a Choice— “Illusions” by Richard Bach contains a wise bit of advice: “There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for …

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Oct 02

Being “The Other”

In Brief— The author wanders through his memories of the New Mexico boarding school and his experience as one of the few Anglos in a predominantly Hispanic school. Prejudice is the child of ignorance. (William Hazlitt)— They called me “Whitey.” They called me crude names. I was a scrawny, blond, fifth grader, one of very …

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Sep 11

Dupes Are Born Every Minute

In Brief—With apologies to P.T. Barnum (sorta), the author points out how humans will believe what they want to believe despite solid evidence that they are wrong, whether it’s politics, religion or science. “There’s a sucker born every minute.” (falsely attributed to P.T. Barnum)— You can dress it up and put lipstick on a pig, …

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Aug 21

Men Crying—Personal or Cultural?

In Brief—The author looks at his own history and whether his tears represent just one man or whether the display of emotion is imposed by culture or environment. Tears are the silent language of grief. (Voltaire)— ”Oh, God! That’s the last news I ever wanted to hear!” As I write this, it’s been four months …

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Aug 14

Chronicle from the Old Folks’ Home—Part 9

In Brief—Change comes to the warehouse where the author lives. The One Unchanging Thing in the Universe is Change— Bengt may never run away again. He looks shrunken. He sleeps a lot. The vigor and sense of humor seems to be gone. The man I saw as active and alert now sits sleeping while lunch …

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Aug 07

Cannon Fodder: Draftee or Volunteer

In Brief—A discussion of the author’s experiences and views on whether a mandatory draft of men and women is preferable over an all-volunteer military. Frying Pan or Fire— I sat there in my suit and tie talking to a young man who had just received his draft notice. I might as well have been speaking …

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Jul 31

Books, Movies and More—Part 3

In Brief— A further continuation of the author’s lists of some of the books, movies and even music that have helped shape the person he is. Has this series put your mind into high gear and kept you awake at night yet? It might. You Are the Sum Total of All Your Experiences— I have …

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Jul 24

Books, Movies and More—Part 2

In Brief— A continuation of the author’s listing of some of the books, movies and more that have helped shape the person s/he is. This is guaranteed to put your mind into high gear and keep you awake at night. You Are the Sum Total of All Your Experiences— It is said that that a …

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