The American Dream

April 12, 2012

Here in the United States we have a sub culture of poor kids who grow up knowing that school won’t offer them their best hope for the big kahuna. Their best hope is to play on the NFL or NBA — and in a way, they’re right; less right, maybe, than they were before the […]

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Are We Born Violent?

March 24, 2012

I recently posted a video of Bob Costas explaining that he would like football better if it could be non-violent, more like baseball. I don’t care about football one way or another and I never heard of Bob Costas. What got my attention is the rationality of his argument and wondering whether people who love […]

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March 17, 2012

I just posted an article from my daughter Sarah’s  Facebook page about a little girl who died in the Texas Department of Human Services office in the Rio Grande city of Laredoa. If you didn’t hear about it, please read the following very short news story. And notice your reaction to it.   Did you […]

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Law of Diminishing Returns

January 14, 2012

Sometime during 1996, an anthropology professor named Chuck Hulse explained the law of diminishing returns to me. It occurred to me that if I had not heard of the law of diminishing returns till age forty-six, others might find a basic understanding of it useful in these times of transition since it lies at the […]

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Christmas Eve, 2011

December 24, 2011

 A Pretty Simple Question for 2012: Why don’t we teach our children to recognize that manipulating emotional buttons in order to capitalize on human vulnerability (formerly known as illegitimate advertising) often and easily crosses the line between legitimate service to society and unethical predatory behavior? If we taught children from a very early age to approach advertising […]

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Attention and Awareness

December 18, 2011

I’m kind of in a hurry so I wanted to do this before showering. I didn’t sleep well and I have a gig from 1:00 to 4:00 and want to change strings on my Taylor guitar. I like playing with new strings. Fresh strings sound clear and brilliant which makes playing more fun. Like me, […]

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Phone Service

December 17, 2011

When I moved and switched from Sprint to Verizon, they said I could keep my old number—“how cool,” I thought.  “No problem!” the girl said. “We’ll just switch your service and you can keep you old numbers.” But then they couldn’t do it. It turns out Verizon doesn’t get along with Sprint—so, I guess you […]

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Seeing You Seeing Me Seeing You Seeing Me Seeing You

September 14, 2011

I often refer to Ralph Waldo Emerson, one of my great heroes in literature, philosophy and in the mystery surrounding things like ethics, altruism and morality. Since high school, when my curiosity expanded enough to question the assertion, “I am”, thinkers and writers like Emerson have helped me interpret my experiences and apply some sort […]

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My 9/11 Post: The Truthers

September 14, 2011

I like to read and refer to writers, researchers and authorities who have, not only the evidence of authority that validates their opinions, like credentials, documentation, objectivity, long experience with the subject or idea and the respect of others with equal or greater standing, but also a sincere and empathic courtesy towards the world—in other […]

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Retail Sales

September 12, 2011

I start a new job this week. I’ll be working for the WV State Dept. of Corrections as a Corrections Counselor II, which, I am told, is more or less a teaching position but I suspect a lot of it more resembles case management, which means lots of paperwork. I look forward to it. For […]

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