2013

CALIFORNIA SHOOK, RATTLED, AND ROLLED (…leaving Napa with ninety-nine thousand bottles of wine…on the floor) Two nights ago Napa got hit with a 6.0 seismic jolt, right at the peak of its tourist and grape harvesting season. Compared to other

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THIS MAY NOT BE BROOKLYN… (…but that tree has now grown tall enough to peek into our 4th story window) Each morning at breakfast, I’ve made it a habit of looking out of our apartment window overlooking the inner courtyard

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A LAST BLOWOUT AT THE CANDLESTICK CORRAL (…between their stars of yesteryear…) Nostalgia hung as heavily as the usual fog for the occasion as the Niners and the Dolphins went at it for a last blowout at the Candlestick Corral…between

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A PARTING BROADSIDE … (…at the end of another disheveled year…) We’re closing things out with a parting broadside…at the end of another disheveled year. We say…disheveled…because as we look back on the track of it…it has that appearance from

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PEACE ON EARTH AND GOODWILL FOR ALL… (…depends a lot upon who really wants it) It’s that time of the year when most of us, Christian or otherwise, consider setting aside the frazzles and hassles of daily life as a

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MANDELA…HAS NOW PARADED INTO HISTORY (…as a giant among the giants of our times) There have been great men, and well known to fame, but few have ever matched him. Not so much for great military victories, or, any number

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TWITTER TWITS…AND THEIR STORMIN’ TWEETS IN A TEACUP (…the inanities of their sounds and furies signifying nothing) Our world is aflame with a thousand fires, each one inching it along the road to hell-in-a-hand basket, but in the social media

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THROUGH THEIR DISTORTED LENS… (…there can never be any clear perspectives) The recent UN conference on the subject of global warming, in Warsaw, Poland, and what to do about it, ended with the usual disarray of conclusions and no effective

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WITH ONLY CASUAL GESTURES TO TRADITION… (…we now celebrate Christmas by mostly fake symbolisms) It was probably inevitable. As our American society became ever more diverse, emphasizing –pluribus- over – unum-, the religious foundations of our Christmas festivities eroded from

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FOR  A FEW DOLLARS MORE… (…Obamacare will get you the good, with the bad, and the ugly) As more details about the “Affordable” Care Act emerge, it’s becoming obvious that it was conceived and designed to mainly benefit the medical

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