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Getting a grip on suffering

Posted on November 8, 2017
Getting a grip on suffering

Are we doomed to suffer? There seems to be widespread belief that suffering is the nature of human experience; (a) we are all born... Continue

Sonoma Valley’s fires and The Black Swan

Posted on October 25, 2017
Sonoma Valley's fires and The Black Swan

My wife and I moved to Sonoma in April of 1990 after purchasing a six-room bed and breakfast inn on West Spain Street. It was later... Continue

The fire of compassion

Posted on October 16, 2017
The fire of compassion

The color of Mars, the color of blood, the color of sunlight through a sky filled with smoke, red on the Cal Fire map means the land... Continue

The Dark Side

Posted on October 4, 2017
The Dark Side

For all the attempts to cast humanity in the brightest way possible — religious positivism, new-age soul-making, liberal visions... Continue

From “Themsies” to “Selfies”

Posted on September 27, 2017
From "Themsies" to "Selfies"

Documenting our lives through photographs went mainstream with the introduction of Kodak’s “Brownie” camera, introduced... Continue

Confessions of a cactus and succulent nerd

Posted on September 20, 2017
Confessions of a cactus and succulent nerd

I recently returned from a five-day convention of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America, held in Tempe, Arizona. That’s... Continue

Virtual Reality is dead; long live Augmented Reality

Posted on September 14, 2017
Virtual Reality is dead; long live Augmented Reality

Things move so quickly in digital technology that yesterday’s fad is old hat before it’s even reached maturity. Such is... Continue

Three-brained beings

Posted on September 6, 2017
Three-brained beings

The mystic teacher G.I. Gurdjieff wrote of “three-brained beings” and their difficulties. Though his teachings were given... Continue

Our 21st Century, post-modernist mess

Posted on August 31, 2017
Our 21st Century, post-modernist mess

The world has been in trouble before. Every century has had its share of discord, warfare, violence and mayhem, punctuated by periods... Continue

When Fascism arrives at the ballot box

Posted on August 24, 2017
When Fascism arrives at the ballot box

I once wondered how a modern, 20th century country like Germany morphed into an amoral, industrial-style genocide factory during Adolph... Continue