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The Day of the Locust at Walmart

USA Today reported that Friday, in a Detroit area Walmart, a woman with a concealed carry permit pulled a gun after two other women started pulling her 20 year old daughter’s hair in scuffle over the last available notebook in … Continue reading

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Happy Fourth of July

In a recent NPR/PBS/Marist poll, only 77% of Americans correctly identified Great Britain as the country we declared independence from on July 4. Fewer (70%) knew that we did so in 1776. Aside from what that says about our “informed … Continue reading

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No Is Not Enough

James Hillman (1926-2011), who I regard as a mentor, always sought the fantasy, the imagination that underlies the literalism of what we take as facts. Quoting Jung, he said, “The psyche creates reality,” (Revisioning Psychology). The Buddhist teachers I’ve met … Continue reading

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Presidents acting presidential

Our Public Broadcasting System is re-running a series on recent American presidents, first aired in 2013. I missed it then, but caught the second episode of “Kennedy” last night (you can watch the entire program here). The show was excellent. It … Continue reading

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Happy 100th Anniversary to the Schwarzschild Radius

There aren’t many things to celebrate about 1916, which set a new record as the bloodiest year in the history of human warfare, but an exception to that rule was discussed on a fascinating segment on Science Friday today, Tracing … Continue reading

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Drinking in America: Our Secret History by Susan Cheever

The Pilgrims who came to America on the Mayflower were headed toward Virginia, where they had a land grant from King James.  Instead, they landed illegally in Massachusetts because they were running out of beer.  So says historian, Susan Cheever … Continue reading

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Happy 90th Anniversary to…

…the Sacramento Branch of the California Writer’s Club, founded October 31, 1925. Here’s some info from the brochure at the celebration lunch last Saturday: “Club history lore is that the founding of the California Writer’s Club emerged in part from … Continue reading

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Her Poison Pen

The Guinness Book of World Records lists Agatha Christie as the best selling novelist of all time. Over the years, I’ve done my part in helping to make her so. Christie’s preferred fictional murder weapon was poison. Of the more … Continue reading

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