The Uphill Slide

There is always something.

12/03/2017
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Ordinary People

My life rebooted this year. It happened slowly and abruptly. I say that I had no chance to prepare though I know I should have always been prepared. Only some people ever get the chance I did. How stupid we … Continue reading

10/31/2017
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Below the Surface

I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time … Continue reading

10/13/2017
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Stop Watching the Game Show

The great distracter. Those were not Bob Schieffer’s words on Charlie Rose from an interview broadcast on October 11, 2017. Just my interpretation of what Schieffer said about the race of Trump against other candidates who fell for his distractions. Trump made … Continue reading

10/11/2017
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Who Are They And What Do They Want?

I get mail on my blog that dumps immediately into spam. Selling things and ugly rants about groups all rolled into a big ball. Conspiracy theorists. Last week an email about the holocaust lie. Now that’s a huge hoax to … Continue reading

09/28/2017
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Wipe the Slate and Rethink

An accusation of greed and selfishness. We all have our moments. So how many moments make your selfishness or greed ingrained? An integral part of your personality. How can you tell? Do you ask yourself if you could have acted … Continue reading

07/04/2017
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Call Me Stupid

I was scanning one of those silly Internet pop-ups for celebrity IQ’s. Undoubtedly the guesses of some fake theorist. Trump had a score of 158. Genius and far superior to mine. So what? IQ is not the measure of anyone. … Continue reading

06/21/2017
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Can You Believe Anything?

I was in my teens sitting in the kitchen watching the coverage of the war in Vietnam (also known as the Second Indochina War or the Resistance War Against America or the American War [Depends whose news you’re reading what … Continue reading

06/08/2017
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“Well,” said Candide to Martin, “I hope you will own that this man is the happiest of all mortals, for he is above everything he possesses.” “But don’t you see,” answered Martin, “that he dislikes everything he possesses? Plato said a long time ago that the best stomachs are not those which refuse all food.” “True,” said Candide, “but still there must certainly be pleasure in criticising everything, and in seeing faults where others think they see beauties.” “That is,”replied Martin, “there is a pleasure in having no pleasure.” (Voltaire, 1992, p. 111)

 

Voltaire. (1922)  Candide (Henry Morley, Trans.). New York, NY:  Barnes and Nobles Books. (Original work published 1759)