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The pathology of happiness

Posted on July 12, 2017
The pathology of happiness

When an idea, an object, a substance or an emotion preoccupies consciousness to the near exclusion of anything else, we call it an... Continue

Sonoma’s Touristary-Industrial Complex

Posted on July 5, 2017
Sonoma's Touristary-Industrial Complex

When President Dwight Eisenhower famously warned Americans about the Military-Industrial Complex he added a new metaphor into our... Continue

Hit and myth

Posted on June 28, 2017
Hit and myth

Our human experience is fundamentally emotional, and emotions are fundamentally confusing. The stuff of imagination and subconscious... Continue

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