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Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.
Oscar Wilde

To Bloom Where You’re Planted—or Not?

My old friend the acclaimed ecstatic poet Paul Goldman and I often debate differing points of view on where today the world is headed. While he believes we’re transitioning into a golden, harmonious state for humanity, I, on the other hand, am of the persuasion that, although humankind may get to “collective heaven” eventually, there […]

The Extinction of the 21st Century Optimist

For a good many years now, I’ve seen myself as someone nurturing hope personally and optimism generally. Pessimism, to me, just seemed to be a dog that wouldn’t hunt, an inaccurate reflection of all reality, and not a prescription for a satisfying life. When things went awry, one could always—like Annie’s classic song “Tomorrow” expresses—look […]

In the Eye (or Mind) of the Beholder

Construal: “…[A] social psychological term that refers to the way in which (or the process of) people perceive, comprehend, and interpret the world around them.”

—AlleyDog.com Psychology Glossary

 

As a psychology student at the University of Kansas many years ago, I remember becoming particularly intrigued with that branch of the science known as social […]

“Gimmie Shelter” – 1969

Haunting Song – Rolling Stones, Repressed Thoughts – Make no Bones. I was Drafted – Did not Run, Hell for Some – Just Begun.

Love this Tune – Don’t know Why, Times I Listen – Want to Cry. Was no Hero – Conscious Try, But I Served – Did not Die.

Genius Intro – […]

WikiLeaks Guess Who?

Now with WikiLeaks dumping over eight thousand highly classified documents into the public forum, the CIA, the FBI and the Mass Hysteria have all gone into overdrive. Well actually the Mass Hysteria is always in overdrive but the big question for all of them is… Who done it? Who? Who could possibly have stolen all […]

Ellen’s Accessories: An Immigrant’s Story

The year was 1952, and the “forgotten” war had morphed into a stalemate, concentrated in and around the Korean 38th parallel. Names designating battles like White Horse, Old Baldy, Triangle Hill and Mig Alley were becoming inked into the history books in blood as the casualties on both sides mounted. Intransigent military commanders, government leaders […]

The Melting of the ice in the Artic: What Does it Really Mean?

The melting of the Arctic ice has been in the news in recent weeks but few understand what it really means. Questions need to be asked and answered whether it is something created by global warming as enthusiasts try to get individuals to support their agenda or whether the facts support the prognosis. Our planet […]

United States Energy Reserves

We constantly hear about the need for energy independence for our country yet we are fully utilizing the resources available to make this happen. I agree that we must be cognizant of any environmental impact that may occur when we tap the various types of reserves we have available. The two major sources of energy […]

The Politics of Personal Destruction on Steroids

“The principal object [of the Federalists is] the political, and even the personal, destruction of John Quincy Adams.”

—Governor James Sullivan of Massachusetts, 1808

“I think that these were obviously personal and private moments that unfortunately were made public for partisan, political purposes—a part of the ongoing politics of personal destruction that was so much […]

A Shell Game, Changes and Feet of Clay

How politicians and the powerful scam the trusting and unwary.

When my wife, Dee, was a little girl growing up in the Philippines, one day her mother gave her ten pesos and instructed her to proceed to the town market and purchase food for the family. On the way, Dee encountered a group of men […]