Heroes & Heroines

Chelsea Manning has been taken into custody for refusing to testify at a grand jury hearing on her knowledge of Julian Assange and Wikileaks.  There is a sudden interest in Mr. Assange . . .

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Oy, oy, oy!

     Today is one of those days.  The snow is melting in the yard for which every centimeter brings me closer to life, warm sun, growing things, and the great outdoors. 

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The Frosting

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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Flagellation

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

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DANDY

“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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Stats 101

      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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Screamers, Gloaters, Players

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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Omen

     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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Queen No Clothes

      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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Big City

    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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The Heart Turns

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

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Hurling Stones

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 . . .

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Manhattan Seeress

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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Cookie Cutter World

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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Pharma Bro

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 Ika People

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

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The Twilight Zone

 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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Gore Vidal's Bon Mots

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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Both Sides Now

   As you can see there have been some changes made to the Journal page.  My site is a Squarespace product, which is in essence a grid.  Everything is packaged, and it looks, how shall I put it . . . correct. 

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ALIVE!

The rut.  That which one slips into without choosing or being aware of, where the world comes in three colors only,

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