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The Truth Would Be Good

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 “Great truths come from self-understanding.” Sometimes it takes a visitor from a foreign country to notice that a revered national monument is disintegrating. That happened earlier this month at a lecture sponsored by the C.G. Jung Institute of Santa Fe.

The Election Choice

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“How can you be a Democrat? You sound bottom-line-oriented.” Your choice has never been clearer.” Groan.

What Will It Take?

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 It’s coming. We know it’s coming. We just don’t know when. Another massacre has been committed by a man with an automatic weapon. The nation’s sympathy has been officially expressed. An investigation is underway. We are intensely engaged with the news. What’s it going to take to get us to do something about this?

NRA Crisis

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 Just how useful is your little Glocky-Wock going to be against a lunatic with an AK-whatever? Another massacre, this time in Aurora, Colorado. Not by a foreign terrorist. By one of us. By one of the most fortunate among us. As we go distractedly about our business, three questions come up:

Retire the Rescuer

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“A born caretaker, I could probably develop a codependent relationship with a pet turtle.” Interesting how a click of the mouse can change your perspective. While composing my last post on the Odyssey, I searched for a figure for the 2012 defense budget ($683.7 billion). My underlying conviction is that the more we invest in… Read more »

The Odyssey Revisited

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“So how long will it take us to get home?” Due to a series of coincidences, the Odyssey attributed to Homer has come up recently, and I decided to read it for the first time. A couple of days after beginning, I realized how appropriate the timing of my project was. The Odyssey is the story of… Read more »

Let’s Have a Chat

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“After commiting to moderate, I was allowed to go back to sleep.” The wind was howling out at my sister’s country place south of Santa Fe where I spent the weekend, and I heard it battering the wall behind my headboard when I woke up in the middle of the night. It wasn’t the wind that… Read more »

Political Cannibalism

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“According to the dictionary, a fluke is a ‘stroke of luck.’” Really, it’s kind of fun watching the Republican Party devour itself. By allowing rabid outliers to lead, it seems committed to its own extinction. I speak, of course, of the firestorm Rush Limbaugh ignited by calling a Georgetown University law student a “slut” for testifying in Congress… Read more »