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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 – #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: 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 – Predictions and Prophecies

I’ve never been big on New Year’s predictions. Even if accurate, they’re like signs on a mountain road saying, “Watch out for falling rocks.” What do you do if you see one barreling at you? Prophecies are even worse! In … Continue reading

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Back / Bart to the Future

Homer is beginning to see what even those who voted for him will learn – probably sooner than later – that we’ve all been screwed by a con man and pathological liar, who cares no more for us than he cared for the students he bilked at Trump University. Continue reading

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I want to apologize to someone, but I don’t know who

“I cross the Green Mountain I sit by the stream Heaven blazing in my head I dreamed a monstrous dream Something came up Out of the sea Swept through the land of The rich and the free” – Bob Dylan

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Hungry Ghosts

In traditional Buddhist cosmology, there are six major realms of existence. Only two of these, the human and animal realms, are visible. The other four, which include both heavens and hells, are not manifest to our physical senses. Unlike Christian … Continue reading

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