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Mirror, Mirror

I find it interesting (ironic?) how—as the saying goes, things change and yet remain the same. Walt Kelly summed up the situation concerning pollution very well on Earth Day in 1971 with the now famous comic strip. Indeed, the enemy is us.  It’s all too easy to objectify things and […]

Shocked, Shocked

I am shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here.Your winnings, sir.Oh, thank you very much. The ironically humorous exchange with Rick and Captain Renault in the movie Casablanca came to mind as I witnessed the events of today. I am shocked, shocked… Truthfully, the modicum of […]

Thanksgiving 2020

Twenty-20 has been quite a year. A pandemic. Economic upheaval. Political unrest. Social, cultural and racial disharmony. Indeed, 20-twenty has been quite the year. It can be easy to fall prey to seeing the year as one to just survive and quickly forget. Still, with 365 sunrises and sunsets of opportunity, and in spite […]

Like Your Life Depends on It

Today is Monday, November 2, 2020. It’s the day before an election in the United States of America. In my six score (plus) years of life, I don’t recall a similar time of speculation, anxiety and fear associated with an election. As the headline of an article today read, “The […]

Sunshine

I woke this morning at my usual time, 5am. It seems my body didn’t get the memo that Sacramento County has restricted all but necessary travel. A bit more sleep in exchange for a physical commute just didn’t happen. What to do with the extra time? (1) Stay in bed and hope I’ll […]

Who You Gonna Call?

In the summer of 1984, a campy comedy was released and quickly became a a box-office hit. Ghostbusters was a sci-fi movie that pitted the forces of good and evil in a light-hearted way. Seriously, who can really fear the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, even if he’s 10-stories tall and crushing everything […]

In Purell We Trust

In God We Trust. It’s the ubiquitous phrase on our currency. We see it. We spend it. Life goes on. The phrase “In God We Trust” first appeared on a two-cent piece in 1864. Ironically, it was at a time of incredible national turmoil and civil war: the Battle of […]