Category Archive: Personal

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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Jul 17

Books, Movies and More—Part 1

In Brief—The author lists some of the books, movies, music and more that have helped shape the person he is today. If this doesn’t put your mind into high gear and disturb your sleep, nothing will. We Are the Sum Total of All Our Experiences— “Wait a minute,” you say. “I hated that movie when …

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Jul 03

Chronicle from the Old Folks’ Home—Part 8

In Brief—The author describes another ripple in the usually calm waters of the Old Folks’ Home. An Old Woman Helpless on the Ground— “Help! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” It sounds like a hackneyed line from an old television commercial. We used to laugh at the line. It became a joke. But this …

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May 29

Chronicle from the Old Folks’ Home—Part 7

In Brief—Not every day is the same. Some days are a little different. The author discusses some of those “different” days. Over the Wall— A death occurred in this department recently. The escapee was a sturdy ninety-two-year-old man who sat silently at the table in the day room a few days before he escaped the …

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