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Those Who Were Here Before Us

When spring finally hit New England, it was like being raised from the dead. Shoots and sprouts exploded out of the ground so fast that when I went to school, the world was gray and when I got off the bus that afternoon it had turned sap green. One Saturday while enjoying an acute case … Continue reading

Confessions of a Recovering Workaholic

How is your week going? Good, I hope. Have you ever started a big project and half-way through realized you were doing it wrong and had to start all over? I’ve been working on a five-story comic book and three days in decided it wasn’t good enough. Start over?  Or leave it not-good-enough? Agony. I … Continue reading

Detroit Democide and Basic Human Needs: Air, Water, Food

Yesterday the water was off for six hours due to a problem at the community well and I thought about Detroit. Humans must have water. We are juicy critters, about 65% water and water is necessary to filter bad stuff from our bodies or we get real sick, real fast. Detroit is cutting off the … Continue reading

Hypnotized by Waterspouts

I watched a waterspout once, as it formed in the Gulf of Mexico; it waved and approached the shore like a charmed cobra. It was beautiful and fascinating and my inner smart person suggested that maybe it was dangerous? But this time, like so many times, I ignored my inner smart person, hypnotized by the … Continue reading

Skin Color, Religion and Sexual Orientation-Oh My!

My daughter Mica is a manager at a local nationwide retailer. They have told her she is an excellent worker. Tomorrow they may tell her something very different. Another young woman quit today and left the store in tears. Mica followed her out to the parking lot. This young woman has been harassed by other … Continue reading

Who told US leaders: You are lying when you claim to be Christian?

Here’s a riddle: Who wrote this letter to the U.S. government? 1.)  Mahatma Gandhi 2.)  Martin Luther King 3.)  Mother Teresa 4.)  Mahmoud Ahmadinejad 5.)  None of the above, Je’, you made it up. “The leaders of arrogance are lying, too. Some of them pretend to be Christian and at times even go to church. … Continue reading

Mother Nature Sends Her Love

Today’s wonderful thing in my garden was so tiny-it was a heart-shaped loop of cucumber tendrils. But it was wonderful just the same, and here is why: I once had lunch with a handsome atheist. “I don’t believe in God,” he told me. “Yes, you told me.” “I believe in Father Time and Mother Nature. … Continue reading

Unasked Questions: Is what we are doing moral? Is it right?

We have to ask ourselves when studying history: 1) Who wrote it? 2) Why did they write it? 3) Whose voice is not being heard? For example, in Latin III we translated Julius Caesar’s Gallic Wars. As a straightforward military-type, his language was considered simple enough for stumbling third year Latin students. Few would question … Continue reading

In the Garden: Cucumbers and lo, the white cockroach!

In my quest to find something wonderful everyday in a 10 X 25 foot garden plot, you might say that finding cucumbers is not wonderful. I mean, it’s a garden, right? You should expect to find vegetables growing in a garden.   Well, I certainly did on my Pop’s farm in Connecticut, with its rich … Continue reading

Are emotions contagious?

A privacy group has sued Facebook for manipulating news feeds to test for emotional contagion. Emotional contagion is simply the spreading of emotional states from person to person and we don’t have to have a PhD to know that that happens. But why would somebody want to have research on how to do it? Well, … Continue reading