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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Well-Being

I want dinner cooked to perfection, my companions should be talented, amusing, I want 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 & Dime

I had a dream last night in which I find myself in a town walking down its main street with its row of stores.  None of it interests me. 

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Support the Cave

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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The SCOTUS Play

      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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Podcasting 101

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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The Whole Picture

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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Karpman Drama Triangle

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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The Laborer's Contributions

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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