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OLD PORTSOCIAL-SELFHOME

Bruised and battered but still in one piece I have made my move to the city.  My hands are so rough from packing and unpacking cardboard boxes I could use them to sand the dining room table, and my nails are down to the quick, but I’m here,

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dandy

The Mask, Style, Presentation,

   “I am Dandy: The return of the Elegant Gentleman.” Being a dandy isn’t just about wearing beautiful clothes, it touches every part of your life. Everything you do must be elegant.

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Screamers, Gloaters, Players

News Sites, Dailies, Edgy,

In Lakota tradition, the ghost is the shadow of a human, caught between the physical and Spirit world, unable to act effectively in either realm. 


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Queen No Clothes

Meditation, Identity, Control,

      Packing, packing, the little routines cast asunder and one becomes present to life.  Nothing stands in the way of the awful anxiety of it, of the frail individual standing against the mysterious and dark forces of the universe. 

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The Heart Turns

Alienation, Father, Family,

Someone recommended Annie Ernaux to me; she is considered one of the most important writers in contemporary France.


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Manhattan Seeress

Publishing, Saint Pierre, Manhattan,

Above is the cover of the forthcoming memoir of my experiences in NYC.  It’s not out yet, but will be within a month.

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Pharma Bro

Vainglorious, Stud Muffin, Martin Shkreli,

The favorite essay this past month has been The Poster Child of Capitalism, Martin Shkreli.  The essay has been hovering near the top for months. 

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The Twilight Zone

Metaphysical, Mystery, Illusion,

 The old TV program Twilight Zone once aired a show in which the protagonist wakes up one morning and, for some inexplicable reason, finds he has difficulty communicating.

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Both Sides Now

Creativity, Analysis, Synthesis,

Any system that is based on one winner and one loser produces only losers.  The problem is so serious now that there is no longer any way of fixing it. The U. S. government is so far from responsibly governing the country . . .

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Well-being

Love, fulfillment, Adulthood,

Dinner cooked to perfection, companions should be talented, amusing, the table conversation to be witty and a bit ribald. Well marbled steak, rare with marchand de vin sauce, a good Bordeaux . . .

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it starts at the five and dime

Thrift, Economy. Iran,

We like dinner cooked to perfection, companions should be talented, amusing, the table conversation to be witty and a bit ribald, well marbled steak, rare, with marchand de vin sauce, a good Bordeaux . . .

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the scotus play

Politics, Cavanaugh, Ford,

The play has been staged, the characters have played their competing parts and the votes have been cast. Kavanaugh played a better victim.

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the whole picture

9/11AFTERMATHPOINTILLISMSTORIES

Another 9/11 anniversary this week, lest we forget the effect this had and continues to have, I thought I would post an essay written one month after the event:

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the laborer’s contributions

LABOR DAY, CREATIVITY, ENERGY,

Life  is a series of challenges that one must resolve in order to  survive.  Courage is required.  Courage, persistence and personal power. 

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THE SIXTIES, ROCK & ROLL, DRUGS, LIBERTY,

In the midst of reading “Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine” by Joe Hagan,

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zombie woman terrorizes

TERROR, FLAKKA, CHAOS,

Residents at an apartment complex in Florida filmed a terrifying encounter with a woman who was acting strangely and aggressively. It’s unclear what caused the behavior,

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flagellation

CHRISTIANITYTHE BODYILLNESS

 Feeling a little spacy today. The system is under attack, my lungs are being occupied by a foreign body . . .

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stats 101

Squarespace, Blog Page, Index,

I have found the reasons why my stats are so low on the Squarespace site. Squarespace have what they call blog pages . . .

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Omen

Cat, Good Spirit, A familiar,

     I found her at the ASPCA Adoption Center annual event at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan.  Tons of cats to choose from and I am ambivalent about making such a commitment.

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Big City

Moving, Anxiety, Portland ME,

    First post of the year and the news, let us pause a moment for blaring of trumpets, I’m moving to the big city!  Well, not exactly a big city, but Maine’s biggest and hippest city, Portland. 

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Hurling stones

Sexuality, Politics, Personhood,

The New York Review of Books published an essay by Jian Ghomeshi in October entitled, Reflections from a Hashtag.  Ghomeshi is a Canadian celeb who has been tried for violent sexual assaults, (there is no rape law in Canada) and he was found not guilty. 

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Cookie Cutter World

Websites, Squarespace, Podcasting,

I’ve placed a new podcast on the page.  It’s taken me a while to get another one up, not because I didn’t have one in mind, but . .

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The Ika People

One River, Rain Forest, Ethnobotany,

     I’m reading a wonderful book entitled, One River: Explorations and Discoveries in the Amazon Rain Forest by Wade Davis

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Gore Vidal's Bon Mots

Intellectual, Acerbic, Patrician

I'm exactly as I appear. There is no warm, lovable person inside. Beneath my cold exterior, once you break the ice, you find cold water.

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Alive!

NPC, depressed, In a Rut,

The rut.  That which one slips into without choosing or being aware of, where the world comes in three colors only, red when you become agitated, angry, gray when depressed, or beige, the spiritless life of going through the motions,

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support the Cave

Podcasting, Donations, Paypal.me,

We like dinner cooked to perfection, companions should be talented, amusing, the table conversation to be witty and a bit ribald. Well marbled steak, rare with marchand de vin sauce, a good Bordeaux . . .

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support the cave

Podcasting, Donations, Paypal.ME,

If you’ll notice this week, I’ve added another podcast, Luhrenloup’s Path.  Much easier to create this time, took a couple of hours, most of it searching the web for intro and outro music. 

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podcasting 101

PODCASTING, GARAGEBANDAUPHONICLIBSYN,

There it is, at the bottom of the page, my first podcast.  When I initially mentioned that I would make recordings, I envisioned sitting down of a afternoon reading off the page, packaging it in an mp3 and that would be it.

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Karpman Drama Triangle

INDOCTRINATION, VICTIM,  PERPETRATORRESCUER,

I’ve just finished the Rolling Stone/Jann Wenner biography and what I come away with in the near 50 year period that has followed the inception of the 60’s magazine with its celebration of rock and roll, psychedelics,

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UBI V AI

BASIC INCOME, ROBOTS, AUTOMATION,

In the waning days of summer I ponder the question of universal basic income, or UBI as it is currently labeled, and seriously debated.

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beebo’s last ride

SUICIDE, JOY RIDE, BARREL ROLL,

His last wish was for a joy ride, “I think I’m gonna try to do a barrel roll and if that goes good, I’m just gonna nose down and call it a night.” 

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JEFFERSON BEAUREGARD SESSIONS

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BADUISMS, AG, JEFF SESSIONS

I went hunting on Google to find AG Sessions speech to high school conservatives, the one in which he reacts to the kids calling out “Lock her up!”

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ELECTRONIC DERANGEMENT SYNDROME

MIC, HEADSET, GARAGEBAND

My EDS started this morning when the computer refused to speak or make any sound.  What’s up?  In an effort to add podcasting to my site, this week I started making test runs . . .

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objection to the objective

ROBOTS, AI’S, CYBORGS,

Ruminations on the ethics of AI’s and concerns, fears, of AI unbounded possibilities.

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ON THE POSITIVE SIDE

BLINDERS, FANTASY, MIDDLE CLASS,

Political correctness and the waning middle class.

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we are handily maneuvered

AMAZON, GLOBALISM, CORPORADOES,

Among my stash of recycled library magazines and periodicals, this week was a copy of the NYT Weekly Magazine.  Looking through it is like taking a journey in time to a world no longer valid, an America long gone.