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One hundred and fifteen degrees

Posted on June 21, 2017
One hundred and fifteen degrees

In 1972 I lived in the foothills of St. Helena in the Napa Valley. It was a modest little house with a swimming pool built in the... Continue

Why it’s so hard to relax

Posted on June 15, 2017
Why it's so hard to relax

The earliest Greek myths recount the emergence of the cosmos through a violent act of separation. The unity of all things was broken... Continue

The search for autonomy

Posted on June 7, 2017
The search for autonomy

Our experience of the continuity of self, the sense of personal autonomy with which we awaken each day, is very persuasive. “I”... Continue

When life throws you a curve

Posted on May 31, 2017
When life throws you a curve

At our human scale it’s easy believe in straight lines. High School geometry made things worse; Euclid’s imaginary geometric... Continue

Disfavoring moral complexity

Posted on May 25, 2017
Disfavoring moral complexity

One of the dilemmas of modern times is effectively coming to grips with morality. The word itself is derived from Latin, meaning “proper... Continue

Sonoma’s examples of real, true and beautiful

Posted on May 17, 2017
Sonoma's examples of real, true and beautiful

Retailing has never been an easy business. Changing tastes, new technologies, capricious landlords and finding loyal employees alone... Continue

Predictably predictable

Posted on May 10, 2017
Predictably predictable

When a major new commercial building project is proposedĀ in Sonoma, its appearance is scrutinized, poked, prodded, and otherwise... Continue

Sonoma’s new oligarchy

Posted on May 3, 2017
Sonoma's new oligarchy

The City of Sonoma has always had oligarchs, powerful people of great wealth and the inclination to use it. First among these was... Continue

Paranoid leader, paranoid state

Posted on April 25, 2017
Paranoid leader, paranoid state

America was founded from within a state of paranoia, the persecution experience of the Puritans and other Christian sects in England.... Continue

Modern man in search of a smart phone

Posted on April 19, 2017
Modern man in search of a smart phone

Along with Sigmund Freud’s “Civilization and Its Discontents”, Carl Jung’s “Modern Man in Search of... Continue