Monthly Archives: November 2011

You Have the Right to Remain Silent

Some rights seem liberating, until we consider what the implications are of being told, officially, that we have this right. Why would an authority figure of The System be obligated to read me such strange phrases? The only possible reason … Continue reading

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Political Prostitutes

(If one is firmly married to the idea that politicians should be the paid “leaders” of our lusts, then the following sketch may offend.) If we consider our current malaise, we may feel let down by our expectations that Obama … Continue reading

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Inner Demons

Even fear seems to thrive at a certain range of closeness. Perhaps that is why it is easier to scare children with what is behind the curtain over there than with a god behind the stars. At a distance we … Continue reading

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Tracing – Strokes of Genius

To languidly trace the outline of the cheek or nose, the contours of the beloved, to cup the head of a young child in our hand and feel its vibrant curve: retracing in our feeling motion what is near to us, … Continue reading

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Natural Congress

The history of human follies does make good reading, entertaining us with endless stories of how often the survival of the silliest seems to be part of the intelligent design. We also relish tales about how nature can be ruthless … Continue reading

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Learned Logic

During a recent presentation of a much admired anthropologist, it became all too clear, once again, how the obvious, stated somewhat obscurely, can laboriously turn into an intrigue against all logic. “I am an archeological anthropologist,” was the opening gambit, … Continue reading

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Lightly

A bee, an ant, a humming bird, approach the flower with the tenderness of a new-found love that might break contact if stormy greetings were in the offing. Delicate meets delicate and gentle mutual liveliness nurtures touch, as if there … Continue reading

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Service-Learning: Academics Against Education

Ever since President George Bush’s “Thousand Points of Light,” the country has been swept by a rising tide of dictated voluntarism and internships for the young. At a recent meeting of directors of the Colorado Leadership Alliance (CLA), I was … Continue reading

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Memento Mori

Vegetarians’ Thanksgiving: He’d brought home the turkey, where he got it was murky. She did some carving, left the family starving. He claimed he was hunting. Killing is good, like a good father would. She said he was punting in … Continue reading

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What Tense and How

Seeking to establish and maintain just the right amount of tension, with gears and levers, with love and longing, present tense and past. Very tense. Soon crises, one hopes, then suspense: slack or limp will find us only still now … Continue reading

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Your Reverence

I did not mean to say that it would be easier now, having shared relief, somewhere off-stage, while the costumes continue the ragged fight: in a fleeting smile, which was waiting like a devoted fan to lighten the load of the … Continue reading

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Un-Happy Hunting

There is a controversy brewing, among academics well-armed against happiness, about a new project to make the soldiers of the United States Army happy. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, Gen. George W. Casey Jr., was getting high on the … Continue reading

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