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What Game Are You Playing?

Just Open a Vein

When’s Your Train?

When’s Your Time?

When’s Your Tide?

When’s Your Turn?

When’s Your Truck?

Say It Again, Sam

Say the Change

If Memory Serves

Without a Whisper

Breakfast Prayer with Daddy


Bone on Bone

If on a Summer’s Eve a Writer

Leapin’ Leopards!


The Laughing Man Who Fell Off His Chair and Other Indirections

No If And Or But

His 50-Year Goals

Orson Ball’s a Friend of Mine

Performing ‘on Broadway’

Wounded Are the Meek

The Kindness of Strangers

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No If And Or But

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A longer-than-average post about shorter-than-average words and the subliminal messages they breathe into our mind’s ear.

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Irrational Will

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The proper aim of life, even at its least creative, is handwritten on a secret card placed face down on the table before we draw our first breath. Our mothers, by some undiscoverable trick of love and light, seem always to know each word on the underside of not just their own card but of ours as well. 

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Five for a Dollar

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Your love is such a thrill. But your love won’t pay my bills. —Janie Bradford & Berry Gordy, Money

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Silver Water

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Being and Change is a U-tube. But what is a U-tube when it’s at home?

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Consider the Chatbot

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This post was mostly written by a computer scientist/physicist friend of mine, Ken Ritley, and his favorite AI. It took me all of two minutes to sprinkle about my contribution to Ken’s dialog with a machine. Judge for yourself which of its three authors speaks to you.

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Beauty for Ashes

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In which I pose the question to anyone who stopped (or started) something because of the Pandemic: Have you now restarted (or stopped) it? 

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Performing ‘on Broadway’

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Or How I Inadvertently—and Then Intentionally—Impersonated a Secret Service Agent at a Special Preview of The Phantom of the Opera.

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Falling Objects

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Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world. W.B. Yeats, The Second Coming

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Transformatives: An Introduction

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Indeed, the attempt to live according to the notion that the fragments are really separate is, in essence, what has led to the growing series of extremely urgent crises that is confronting us today.  David Bohm Author’s Preface I began this post as a placeholder for the introduction to five articles on the topic of what I have come to call in my work, Transformatives. What happened instead is worth summarizing before proceeding to the […]

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Mark’s Bookshelf

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(For Mark Magleby) I knew who I was this morning, but I’ve changed a few times since then. Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland This post owes its title to a short story in Adventures in Contentment in which David Grayson, the pseudonymous author and principal hero of Ray Stannard Baker’s early 20th-century tales about pastoral life in western Massachusetts, meets and flips the fortunes of a door-to-door book ageng. The agent, after his meek […]

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Why do I write? I write to remember. I write to understand. I write to change. Scott Knell This morning, as I waited for my head to clear to the sight and sound of running water in my bathroom sink, I found myself staring at a familiar object posing as the favorite faucet of my youth. I had just run a finger across the top of a mirage reflected in its polished nickel–a water spot? […]

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Time’s Gravity

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[This post was originally published in three parts: First Person Metacognitive; Then, Now, & Yet; and Nowland. All three parts have been re-consolidated into this post.] Part I. First Person Metacognitive I have a full-scale map of the United States. One mile equals one mile. Last summer I folded it. Steven Wright Before he retired to minister to people’s hearts in a more figurative way, world-renown cardiovascular surgeon and medical pioneer Dr. Russell M. Nelson […]