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Brutalizing Greece

Near the top of the list of horrible things I’ve witnessed in my life are the beatings of small weak defenseless people at the hands of big strong brutal people.…

Cherry Tree Myth

The Fourth of July has always been a mixed bag for me. As a boy, I loved the barbecue and fireworks party in our neighbors’ backyard. My friends and I…

Bubbles & Blobs

Bubbles & Blobs

As I was walking home from town today, it occurred to me that nothing can prepare us for what is going to happen very soon in California, because nothing like…

We’re In It

Those thousands of articles about the coming consequences of global warming, over-population, and environmental pollution? Those consequences are here. Yes, things are going to get worse, but unprecedented climatic events…

Trust

Trust is a tricky thing. Long ago, I held writing workshops for groups of eight people meeting for two hours once a week in my living room, each course lasting…

Just Old

A friend suggested that the reason I find contemporary American movies and books and plays and music to be largely junk is that I am just old. Bob Dylan, Paul Simon,…

Late Spring

Nature brought us a treat two weeks ago, a young doe, resident to these woods we own a small part of, sauntered by the north-facing windows followed by two tiny…

LA Jewish Money

LA Jewish Money

The Mendocino Film Festival took place these past two weekends and the little town was jumping with out-of-towners, some in the movie business, some wanting to be in the movie…

Lost to Time

We just watched the movie Wild based on a memoir by a woman, played in the movie by Reese Witherspoon, who hiked the Pacific Crest Trail through California and Oregon…

Worth

I have my piano tuned once a year. I used to have the beauty tuned twice a year, but that was when a good tuning cost sixty dollars and I…

Stripes

A friend recently sent me a link to a short movie about a high school art teacher in St. Paul Minnesota whose students are recent arrivals from other countries, refugees…

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