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Rise of the grunting symbolists

Posted on March 28, 2017
Rise of the grunting symbolists

What we call communication – the words and symbols we employ both orally and in written form – strikes me as too primitive... Continue

Sonoma’s choice: community or cash cow

Posted on March 22, 2017
Sonoma's choice: community or cash cow

Sonoma Valley’s close proximity to eight-million people is a physical reality. That our valley happens to be exceptionally beautiful,... Continue

In praise of elites

Posted on March 15, 2017
In praise of elites

The Trump administration’s dissing of opponents reminds me of comments made by Richard Nixon’s Vice-President, Spiro Agnew,... Continue

The rise of the underground

Posted on March 8, 2017
The rise of the underground

Authoritarian regimes use threats of force, coercion and intimidation to cow the populace and force it into submission to that regime’s... Continue

America’s mean streak

Posted on March 2, 2017
America's mean streak

The Statue of Liberty famously beckons “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free”,... Continue

Beyond Orwell, way beyond

Posted on February 27, 2017
Beyond Orwell, way beyond

America’s political flirtation with a temperamental, impulsive, emotionally undeveloped political leader has blossomed into... Continue

Gaia’s Garden

Posted on February 22, 2017
Gaia's Garden

I live amid an urban oasis, a collection of very tall trees, timber bamboo and Japanese maples. Some of the trees are quite old, and... Continue

A return to the Byzantine

Posted on February 12, 2017
A return to the Byzantine

When the Greek city states of Athens and Sparta found themselves allied against the massive armies of the Persian king Darius and... Continue

Want to know your fortune?

Posted on February 8, 2017
Want to know your fortune?

Living with uncertainty is our natural human condition. Moment to moment we don’t really know what’s coming next. For... Continue

Call Me Spanky

Posted on February 1, 2017
Call Me Spanky

Like many, I find myself thinking about how best to resist the powerful emergence of reactionary, right-wing politics in America,... Continue