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Well, this could be the last time.

I didn’t buy a guitar yesterday.  I was going to.  I had, the day before, arranged to visit the seller, and then I realized something and didn’t go.  But I almost did… The story starts around 40 years ago in … Continue reading

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Game of Phones

(aka “A Screed of Depression and Hatred”) This morning I’m feeling depressed.  The United States of America, the country I was born into and love, is in the hands of an idiot.  Puerto Rico, part of that country, has been … Continue reading

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Why do I do This to Myself?

A few days ago, I discovered that Amazon was selling their Fire7 tablet (“New!  Improved!”) for about $35. So, of course, I ordered one. It arrived today, and at 7:00 I took it out of its wrappings and turned it … Continue reading

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The Invisibility of White Privilege

(Parts of this post were published on groupthink.kinja.com some weeks ago.) I was in New Haven a month or so ago and it was 87F and humid. I had to dress up because I was going to an event in … Continue reading

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I Sing the Body Electric

In 1980, I saw the movie Fame with a friend of mine.  It was a rainy fall evening in downtown Minneapolis, somewhere in one of the huge old theaters on Hennepin Avenue.  My friend, a Romanian émigré I had met … Continue reading

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A “Good” Education

Before reading this, I urge you to take a little while and listen to this. OK, you’re back. I want to start out by saying that, as an undergraduate, there was never any question that I was among the best … Continue reading

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Lessons from Squirrels I: Mortality

“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory … Continue reading

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