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Learning to Uproot Social Ills From the Ground Up

July 9th, 2016 2 Comments

I spent an hour this morning weeding. Of course, I couldn’t do something boring like that without thinking about things. My first thought was how boring weeding can be — boring, but necessary. Well, only necessary if the weeds are not compatible with nearby plants, or people’s expectations, or my own pleasure as I pass […]


Teach Your Parents Well (Fathers Day Reflection)

June 19th, 2016 No Comments

The sins of the fathers are visited on the children. But it can also work in the opposite direction, and I am the beneficiary. The courage of the sons emboldens the father.


Eugene’s Diversity Shines at Yard Sales

June 3rd, 2016 No Comments

In Eugene, we love diversity more than we experience it. So when we encounter any spectrum of human identity or endeavor that’s wider than the norm, it’s worth noting. As we glide toward our spectacularly non-diverse summer weather, a curbside activity emerges that shows Eugene at its diversest. A broad spectrum of yard sales fill […]


I Have a Problem With “No Problem”

April 22nd, 2016 14 Comments

“You’re welcome” or “my pleasure” returns the kindness with another kindness. If the opportunity repeated itself, the outcome would be the same. Even when the world seems cold, hospitality is available — “well, come in.”


Fifty Shades of Evil (x2)

February 12th, 2016 12 Comments

We find ourselves speculating that they were working out some personal issue. Against trees? Who hates trees? There may be shades of evil, but there is no evil in shade.


Paean to Rose’s Luxury

January 29th, 2016 5 Comments

There’s almost always a line outside Rose’s Luxury because the gourmet comfort food restaurant doesn’t take reservations. It is in this way similar to Sally’s Pizza in New Haven. As an Italian immigrant state legislator in Connecticut once quipped, “There’s only two foods I stand in line for: Sal’s pizza and Communion.” I’m not much […]


fight them there or here?

December 13th, 2015 No Comments

David Brooks wrote this week about the powerful role played by disaffection and perceived powerlessness in recruitment for a nihilistic radical movement that relies on adherents’ self-immolation to accomplish its utopian ideals. He directed his argument toward ISIS or the so-called Islamic State, but every point he made explains as well or better why undereducated […]


missing my picker-upper Boston

December 6th, 2015 No Comments

Missing someone involves relearning basic lessons — like gravity. For more than the last dozen years, I never had to worry about anything spilled on my kitchen floor. I had my own magic word — not “Abracadabra,” though maybe that might have worked. Mine was “Boston,” beckoning my always-hungry mutt to clean up whatever I […]


When the Fix Went In

July 24th, 2015 1 Comment

Suddenly, ordinary people had access to the stock market at low cost. Until this shift occurred, there were two savings economies.

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Fireworks Flight Gives Great Overview

July 9th, 2015 4 Comments

Like God answering prayers or Google performing searches, each expression was its own. But from above, the parts gathered into a surprisingly satisfying whole.

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