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Update: The Daisy Staring in My Window

My daughter hung a big metal daisy over the front door window. She didn’t tell me. Me: (Shriek!) …”Oh, it’s a daisy. Why is a freaking daisy hanging in the window?” Daughter: “Hahaha. So nobody can stand on the porch and stare inside.” Me: “But I thought it WAS somebody standing on the porch staring … Continue reading

Revenge of the Abandoned Author

Little Smarties Comics: Critical Thinking for Beginning Readers Three months to complete two comic books with three stories each. That may not seem like a long time, but keep in mind that most of the stories have a 50-word vocabulary. About a month of that time has been proofing, changing, fixing screw-ups. The terrible part … Continue reading

There are only two kinds of people in the world…and other lies

How is your week going? Good, I hope. We have not only heard “There are only two kinds of people,” we have probably said it our selves. Not only have we heard it and said it, but this false dichotomy has so infested our society that it’s like living among rat fleas during the plague … Continue reading

Take a Break…

We live in an unnaturally stressful world. We hear news of disasters from all over the planet, something our distant ancestors never had to contend with. They only had local and infrequent disasters to contend with-and even then they could work off their stress by dealing physically with the disaster at hand, as Dr. Robert … Continue reading

Can Ethics and Morality be Taught?

My 23 year-old daughter was interviewed today for a special company program that entails a huge raise and six months intensive training. All five of her managers and many of her co-workers wrote glowing letters of recommendation. Did I mention that she is 23?! Since she was 10 years-old I took her to classes on … Continue reading

Nothing I could do…not my business…serves her right.

From the Truth about Kitty Genovese: “Of course I heard the screams,” one woman told the Long Island Star-Journal. “But there was nothing I could do. I was afraid…” “That was none of my business. I attend to my own affairs.” “At one point I thought maybe a girl was being raped – but if … Continue reading

Hey-We Found You a Boyfriend

“Hey, we found you a boyfriend,” my daughter announced brightly. I’ve heard this one before. “Uh huh, and who is it, some local Duck Dynasty-type?” “No, the electrician!” Now the electrician had just left and I enjoyed talking with him as I enjoy talking with almost everyone. “He’s married.” “He is?” “Yes, please upgrade your … Continue reading

Painting Light

I am a fan of Alison Jardine, who paints light. Of course, there are objects in the light, because we humans cannot detect anything but white brightness if there are no objects involved. Mystics and people who have near-death experiences often describe God as Light. John, the most mystical writer of the Bible, wrote: “This … Continue reading

Thoughts on a Toothache

How is your week going? Good, I hope. Have you ever had a toothache? I never did…until three days ago. “What? Do I have a toothache?” Of course, I had to  poke at the offending tooth, which made it ache even more. Being a do-it-yourselfer, I thought, “You know that tooth is really achy and … Continue reading

The Revolutionary Herb Farmers: “We have enough.”

While studying political philosophies, my mind often wanders back to O’Toole’s Herb Farm. They do not consciously espouse any political philosophy, they are too busy working for that. Political theoreticians do not work; not a single one of the original Bolsheviks, claiming to be doing it all for The Workers, ever set foot in a … Continue reading