Author Archives: Morgan Mussell

Notes from 2017 – Infrastructure

Infrastructure: in·fra·struc·ture – ˈinfrəˌstrək(t)SHər/ French noun the basic physical and organizational structures and facilities (e.g., buildings, roads, and power supplies) needed for the operation of a society or enterprise. This phrase comes dramatically to mind with the spillway failure at the Oroville dam, … Continue reading

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Notes from 2017 – The Day of the Dove

A 1968 Star Trek episode, “The Day of the Dove,” is an apt metaphor for one of the perils confronting our nation 22 days into the new administration. The episode aired in November, 1968. An alien entity traps Klingons and the … Continue reading

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Notes from 2017 – The dreams of our ancestors

My paternal great great grandfather Gustav, a farmer, was born in the Alsace-Lorraine, a region on the French/German border that had been fought over since the time of Louis XIV. As a young man, grandfather Gustav, his two brothers, and … Continue reading

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Notes from 2017 – #TheResistance, one week in

Today I set a photo of Lady Liberty as header for this blog, which is entirely consistent with its six year old title, “The First Gate.” She guards the gate through which many of our ancestors of non-native descent came … Continue reading

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Notes from 2017 – What is your innermost truth?

Knowing our truths is an anchor, a center, a “know thyself” tactic at a time when the new president and his minions are trying to normalize lies as “alternate facts.” Continue reading

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Notes from 2017 – Our Democracy

“Our democracy is under siege by a moron.” – Bruce Springsteen

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Notes from 2017: Who doesn’t love a hero?

On January 16, The Times of London posed a question to Donald Trump:  “Do you have any models – are there heroes that you steer by – people you look up to from the past.” In reply Mr. Trump said,: “Well, I … Continue reading

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Notes from 2017 – An American hero

From his last speech, the day before he was assassinated…

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