Category Archives: Human Condition: Variations

The Nice America

Sure: that beautiful American word —Delmore Schwartz I had thought about leaving America for a few weeks-maybe hiding out in Belize until the nastiness surrounding the election dies down. What stopped me was reading and re-reading Roger Cohen’s recent column in the Times: “Delmore … Continue reading

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On Being A Half-Assed Racist

It will all go back to normal if we put our nation first… The trouble with normal is it always gets worse —Bruce Cockburn, The Trouble With Normal (1981) It’s 1952 and I’m an impressionable 13 year-old suddenly in Texas. I was happy living in Uruguay, … Continue reading

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Life In An Echo Chamber

Frail grasp of the big picture —The Eagles Sunday is the national day of worship in America. The faithful gather at noon, genuflect before 72 inch flat screens and settle into favorite pews to receive communion (nachos) before kickoff in the National Football League. Of late, some of … Continue reading

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The Election

Good night, and good luck —Edward R. Murrow I’m getting used to the idea that Trump will be the next President of the United States. For a year now, every rational person I know, including myself, and every reasonable pundit I … Continue reading

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Longing For A New America-or the Old One

One convention down, one more to go. There is agreement between the two political parties that the nation is in a mess. We’ve just heard how one party sees things and what it proposes to do. A  few days from … Continue reading

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How Do We Respond To Hate?

More suffering comes into the world by people taking offense than by people intending to give offense –Ken Keyes The offended ones feel the need to offend back those who they think have offended them, creating defensiveness on the part … Continue reading

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A Dilemma Of Sorts

No wise person ever wanted to be younger –Native American Aphorism It was astonishing to hear the man say, “I’m concerned that the direction of the presidential campaign will disrupt the status quo.” Really? Oh, but of course. This is a fellow … Continue reading

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Not So Divine Comedy

Boldness: the Power to speak or do what we intend, before others, without fear or disorder —John Locke, Essay on Human Understanding, 1695 We studied Mark in Bible class today. Jesus was asked to tell the folks what the greatest of the … Continue reading

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American Pie

 Having reached the beginning, starting toward a new ignorance –Jack Gilbert Tony  likes Barbara. Tony is a bartender at Mazzaletti’s at 80 Pine St. in Lower Manhattan. Barbara and her husband have  a restaurant in Florida. Tony comes down to Florida one … Continue reading

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Gazing At My Navel

We call upon the Author to explain –Nick Cave She was seated at the end of a table with nine other people. She could not make up her mind what to order. The waitress came back to her three times before she … Continue reading

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