Monthly Archives: July 2020

What We Want Doesn’t Always Make Us Happy


Most of modern economic theory is based on the premise that we, as human beings, maximize utility. To an economist, utility means how much people want something. If an economist sees someone working hard and sacrificing to buy a house, … Continue reading

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Humor for Viral Times


Dear Abby was a syndicated advice columnist in the States fro many years. I hope you enjoy the following letters sent to her. Stay healthy! Dear Abby Stumpers.   The following are actual letters that Abigail Van Buren (Dear Abby) … Continue reading

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A Better Question


It’s Poetry Monday, so here is another offering from one of my personal favorites, Peter Ferenczi. Since the years he wrote his poetry, Peter has found happiness, which is great for him and his family, but drove away, at least … Continue reading

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Honor Is Not Just A Word


I had a lot of time for contemplation yesterday during the four hour drive to and from San Diego, and in the many hours waiting for my step-brother to get out of his long surgery. (Happily, it went well.) He … Continue reading

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Postcard From Latvia And Copenhagen


I have to temporarily suspend my daily posting on this site for the next several weeks due to other immediate demands on my time, but will still attempt to sporadically offer something for your consideration, so please check back at … Continue reading

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Small Talk Is A Waste Of Time


For a long time now I’ve held the belief that life is too short for small talk. Small talk is a topic which caters to the lowest common denominator of discourse: the weather, sports, TV shows, celebrities, etc.  You are … Continue reading

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Book Recommendations


Since many of us are in social isolation mode, I have found myself doing a lot more reading recently than I usually do, and wanted to share with my readers a couple of my recent favorites. If you enjoy non-fiction, … Continue reading

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Traveler


Here is the next installment for Poetry on Monday from Peter Ferenczi. traveler   the city feels different today, changed since I’ve been gone.   I walk my old ways, head up, eyes sweeping.   a steeple pokes like new … Continue reading

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Religion Lite


I have family visiting with me, so I haven’t had much chance to write these days. This post was sent to me by a minister friend some time ago, so I’ll share it with you now to hopefully lighten the … Continue reading

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Bias or Ignorance?


The following signs were posted in the park we walk in English and Spanish. If you don’t speak Spanish, the translation of the Spanish is “Fines & Jail Sentences WILL BE imposed!”        

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