Lessons From The Garden

I am continually amazed that a culture who values inspirational quotes so highly could have created something so vile and intolerant as a twitter mob. That social bubble seems to force us all to retreat into bubbles having been forced out of one, or sucked into another.  These bubbles are like the Garden of Eden.  Inside […]

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Half and Half

My parents met at a race riot. On opposite sides. My mom, the Hispanic beauty queen, was on the side trying to get the LaRaza flag raised on her campus in East LA. My dad, the Vietnam vet (recently returned), was on the side of the MP’s, trying to keep order. He asked her to […]

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Experience makes you sweeter

The sweetest juice doesn’t come from the youngest or the freshest fruit, it doesn’t come from fruit that refuses to fall off the tree; it comes from the fruit that has fallen to the ground, been tumbled about and looks like it’s about to explode with age. Remember that. — swampfaye (@swampfaye) May 16, 2018 […]

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A Bard’s Privilege

A man can lie, cheat and steal, He can do everything wrong. He can wound every friend he has, As long as he does it with a song. A woman can sin and fall, For all the worst things can long, She can be as lustful as a man, As long as she does it […]

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Surviving Abuse

Please ignore this post if you want to avoid political issues: Once upon a time, not so long ago as it now seems, I was in an abusive relationship.  What I saw then, I see now in Washington. Before I had committed to this relationship, I thought, quite naively that with nothing but hard work […]

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Losing the Language

Why are we so apathetic?  We hear the media constantly shouting out doom !Danger! Danger! Danger, Will Robinson! that we turn off the moment anyone says anything that should be preceded or followed with an exclamation mark.  When a political debate about who should pay for birth control is ‘a war on women,’ but stoning […]

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