Author Archives: Dave Pollard

Blogging Without Facebook

Cartoon from the New Yorker by Lee Lorenz Five years ago I summarized why I still blog this way: I keep blogging because I owe just about everything about my current situation to my blog. My writing and my readers’ … Continue reading

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Writing Grey Words

In my last post, I played with using a grey colour (#999999) for all words that represent things that aren’t real — that is, they exist only as constructs of the mind, and in the absence of anyone, they simply … Continue reading

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It’s Not That

image from pixabay/pexels CC0 it’s not that we’re ungrateful or unappreciative — we’ve just forgotten; the veil of our selves prevents us from ever seeing, from remembering this. it’s not that we’re hateful, wilfully destructive, violent or intentionally hurtful — we … Continue reading

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Links of the Quarter: December 2018

Na Pali coast, Kaua’i — photo by me, taken two weeks ago Although it isn’t real, doesn’t really exist, my self is giving me a hard time these days. It doesn’t like the cold, and wet, and slippery roads. (It yearns … Continue reading

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Conversation and Silence, Part Two

This is the second part of a two-part post; part one is here. (photo of Killarney Lake by fellow Bowen Islander Jason Wilde) If I stay here long enough I will learn the art of silence. When I have given … Continue reading

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Conversation and Silence, Part One

This is the first part of a two-part article. photo by Maren Yumi on flickr CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 It’s been a few years since I last wrote about conversation. I don’t see nearly the value in conversation that I used to. I … Continue reading

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The Death of Truth: A World Where Lying Pays

The character that is not me lies in the sun on the warm tropical beach, listening to the roar of the surf. It has no choice in this — it is conditioned to prefer warmth and sun and surf over … Continue reading

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The Language of our Eyes

image from pixabay CC0 I’ve written about body language before. It’s fascinating to study the unspoken messages we send with our eyes, our faces, our tone of voice, our hands, and our whole bodies. But it can be dangerous (and … Continue reading

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The Technologies I’ll Miss

photo from the good folks at pixabay As our civilization slowly falls apart over the coming decades, there are some technologies I will miss a lot more than others. Some of these are obvious — it’s now hard to imagine living … Continue reading

Posted in How the World Really Works | 5 Comments

The Fortune-Teller

This is a work of fiction. Image from Max Pixel, cc0. Photoshopped with ‘watercolour’ effect. I had noticed the lemonade stand each time I had passed, but I hadn’t had time to stop before. It was an impressive stand, by … Continue reading

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