Category Archives: Our Culture / Ourselves

We Have No Choice

 New Yorker cartoon by the late Charles Barsotti “Rejoice, rejoice, we have no choice but to carry on!” – Stephen Stills My friend Nancy White just wrote an article lamenting the loss of thoughtful asynchronous communication — the modern equivalent of … Continue reading

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The Hanged Man

When I was younger, two Tarot Cards turned up repeatedly in readings done for me: The Hanged Man, and the Fool. The Hanged Man was interpreted at the time as a sign that I was destined for a life of … Continue reading

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Limbo Pt. 2

So this is what it’s all come down to: a hopeless realization that this apparent person has no free will, no control or choice, no responsibility or agency — doesn’t exist at all in fact. That what we call ‘real life’ … Continue reading

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Limbo

Some things that used to be important no longer seem to matter. image above from Gustave Doré’s illustration of Dante’s Inferno, in the public domain per wikimedia The word limbo has a (convoluted) religious meaning, but I mean it here … Continue reading

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Ten Things I Wish I’d Learned Earlier

 New Yorker cartoon by the late Charles Barsotti I‘m such a slow learner. I am capable of learning, but it seems I need to be hit over the head before I recognize a truth, and to work twice as hard … Continue reading

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Several Short Sentences About the Welsh Language

This information is based solely on somewhat unsubstantiated internet research and as such may not be entirely true, but it is certainly interesting. I explored the subject because I’m planning a trip to Cymru (Wales) this summer and wanted to be … Continue reading

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Nutrition Facts

Image CC0 from Pixabay I‘ve recently spent a fair bit of time reviewing the vast number of reviews of clinical research done on the connection between nutrition and health, that have been reported on Michael Greger’s nutritionfacts.org site. Michael is a … Continue reading

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The Jellyfish, the Silverfish, and Me

photo by Mitchell Kaneshkevich About 650 million years ago, jellyfish evolved with, most likely, the first eyes of any creature on the planet. At first, apparently, these were only capable of  distinguishing shades of light and dark. It is not … Continue reading

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The Illusion of Community

graphic of four types of community and the qualities that make each cohere, by Aaron Williamson (my suggested additions are in red) Much is being written these days, in political, social, business and collapsnik circles, among others, about community. Most … Continue reading

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Being, Differently

(larger PDF version) Last month, I wrote two articles on my endeavour to be more attentive, appreciative, playful and full of wonder in everything I do. It’s the kind of post I haven’t written in a long time, since I’ve … Continue reading

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