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Responses to Neither Rhyme nor Reason

How can we possibly respond to those who neither rhyme or reason. What do we do with a spoiled child, who throws a temper tantrum, screaming and twittering while wrecking anything that comes to hand, the more important the better to trash? … Continue reading

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On Being Right when Nothing Else is Left

(There’s a yellow streak in Texas, that you’ve got to see, and nothing else can cure her, but guns for you and me…) The media once again have astonishing news from Texas. Apparently a curious hysteria has taken over more … Continue reading

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The Importance of What is Even Worse

While Oscar Wilde happily explored “The Importance of Being Earnest,” an even more poignant topic is the importance of “worse.” Whether we are talking about what our friends, family, lovers and colleagues have done to us or about our own … Continue reading

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Prickly

Some people suffer from illusions of being so desirable, in the midst of barren landscapes, that they surround themselves with endless arrays of nasty defenses. Like the prickly pear cactus, they end up being consumed by packrats and skunk pigs, who couldn’t … Continue reading

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Self Organizing Reverberations

When I was three years old, our chauffeur looked at my once again bandaged knees and remarked that he had heard from our doctor that I am tough. Upon which he said: “I show you what tough is really like,” took … Continue reading

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A Con-Descending

There is a certain pleasure in playing with people who insist on being condescending. Every good con is based on convincing others that the perpetrator is something he or she is not. Some sort of superiority is usually part of … Continue reading

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Full of Hollow

To be really real, emotions should be like bubbles, straight out of the bottle: all outside and nothing but hot air on the inside. As a psychologist friend of mine used to say to me: you need to learn to feel … Continue reading

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Good Intentions

One of the oldest myths of the human race surely must be the story that having good intentions in our soul, wherever and whatever that may be, will radiate goodness and peace, love and harmony all around us. At least … Continue reading

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The Tragedy of Beauty

Fanaticism, religion, greed, fear, hate, and boredom as sources of human destructiveness and wars are said to be far beyond what a comfortable, educated fellow human being would ever aspire to. Not in our suburban neighborhood or our trendy downtown … Continue reading

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Excellencies

There is an Allium bulb that grows into a flower called “His Excellency.” It belongs to the onion family, thus there are layers upon layers, all making us cry. Nothing else at the core. The emerging blooms are, of course, … Continue reading

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Innocent Bystander

On December 3rd, the Military Times reported that the “International Security Assistance Force” in Kabul announced that it may have “accidentally killed three innocent Afghan civilians,” for the sake of international security, of course. The three “individuals” hit were 12, … Continue reading

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Anticipatory Nostalgia

We can look forward to no longer being where we have not even arrived. A good reason not to go there.       If the Greeks imagined the underworld river Lethe as washing us clean of all memories, we … Continue reading

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