Archive | September, 2014

The Politics of the Irrational

September 30, 2014

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I was raised to understand that politeness was a way of getting what you wanted. A cheery “good morning” had the effect of eliciting a similar response. Almost every morning I write a page in my journal in which the first part of the entry describes all of the things that I feel grateful for […]

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More Brewed Awakenings

September 25, 2014

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Yesterday was my seventy-fourth birthday, a not particularly auspicious or momentous event. My wife was away on business and my best and closest friend, Jack, ( he claims that I am his favorite American author, bless his heart) took me down to Portland where we feasted on turkey and steak pies at a British Pub […]

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Welcome to Chaos, Poetry, Religion, and Science

September 23, 2014

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I was a child. My first encounter with the idea of chaos sent me spinning headlong into a panicky contemplation of emptiness. I retreated from this awful, mistaken vision of chaos to the human nature of natural laws. I committed the error of logical positivism by retreating from a subjective understanding of science to the […]

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Transparency

September 22, 2014

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I built my first telescope in 1953. It was an affair of left-over optics from the local eyeglass shop. The lenses were glued into a cardboard tube left from Christmas wrapping paper. It turned out to be good enough to watch a neighborhood girl kissing a boyfriend in their tree house on the next hill. However, […]

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MONOCULES

September 21, 2014

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One dictionary defines a Monocule as: A small crustacean with one median eye. My coinage of Monocule is completely different. On Twitter©, monocules are, well, plainly silly and are apparently related to a misapprehension of monocular as an optical instrument that lacks stereoscopic vision qualities. Here’s what I think. I think I have a grand theory which will lead to a complete […]

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Rachel Maddow

September 21, 2014

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I have been a fan of Bill Moyers for many years. I may not always have agreed with him, but I have watched him grow from his days with President Johnson and believe that he is one of the most dedicated defenders of the American people. He chooses people with wisdom and debates their answers […]

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Brewed Awakenings

September 20, 2014

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There’s a charming little coffee house called Brewed Awakenings near where we live in Vancouver,  Washington. Lydia and I come to write here most mornings. I sit by the window and see Mt. Hood in the distance. Snow still covers its peak. Fall is creeping in at our lower altitude, and the leaves on the trees are beginning […]

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Walfer Falls on Hard Times

September 15, 2014

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Walfer Falls, a medium sized town west of Fort Worth, sat on top of the largest gas field ever discovered. A couple of engineers and one drilling superintendent were privy to this information, and they were sworn to secrecy with hints of the kinds of unfortunate things that would happen to them and their family […]

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