Conservatives and Liberals and Soccer and Religion

We live in societies that have lost the ability to clearly communicate across the divides we have created for ourselves. Or so I thought yesterday. Today, laid up with a bum back, I got to watch the American soccer team’s celebration in my home town, and I heard one of its captains, Megan Rapinoe, sayContinue reading “Conservatives and Liberals and Soccer and Religion”

Veteran’s Day – More than fighting

This Veteran’s Day I am thinking about the legacy of veterans that goes beyond wars and weapons, to the ideas that compel people to take up arms, and to the wisdom that is gained through experience, especially such transforming experience as war. Germany, in the early 1930s, was a shithole country. Not that our currentContinue reading “Veteran’s Day – More than fighting”

Alexander Solzhenitsyn stopped by to see you…

Alexander Solzhenitsyn stopped by to see you today while you were out. We talked for a while about Russian soldiers and all the women they raped in the waning days of the second world war and thereafter. Estimates run into the millions. Girls and women younger than eight and older than eighty, gang-raped, some untilContinue reading “Alexander Solzhenitsyn stopped by to see you…”

Woody Sez – Fascism

This machine kills fascists Woody Guthrie hated fascism. We all like to think we hate fascism but with Woody it was in his bones. Reading some of his unpublished journal entries and letters included in the book Pastures of Plenty gives a good idea of how often and deeply he thought about fascism and theContinue reading “Woody Sez – Fascism”

Don’t Let The Door Hit You On The Ass, 2017

Disasters, both natural and the man-made kind, dominated the year that is ending today, but there were other things too, good things that should be remembered and celebrated because it is important to recognize beauty and progress. It’s also more fun that bitching about this awful year. Great new music was released by Jay-Z, RandyContinue reading “Don’t Let The Door Hit You On The Ass, 2017”