Category Archives: News and politics

Labor Day


This Monday’s Poem of the Week is taking a pause to celebrate Labor Day, being replaced with the following thoughts. This is Labor Day, so I would like to offer kudos to all my Readers who are currently holding jobs … Continue reading

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SHAME ON US


SHAME ON US! I am angry, and I’m deeply ashamed. I just turned off the news (which I watch with decreasing frequency, as it seems designed to make me fearful, angry or both) showing scenes of the fall of Kabul, … Continue reading

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The Price of Beauty


My VIP visitors continue to take up a lot of my time, so here is a piece from my archives many of you who started following my blog recently will not have read. It remains as relevant as the day … Continue reading

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Memorial Day Poems


Today is Memorial Day. Having attended an all-boys school during the Vietnam era, I lost a significant number of friends and classmates during that war. Many years later, after the Vietnam Memorial wall was built in Washington D.C., I still … Continue reading

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Progress


It’s Monday morning. The recent storms have left the Southern California mountains vested with a magnificent mantle of white without burdening the inhabitants of the lower elevations with snow shoveling duties. Grateful for our geography, here is another offering for … Continue reading

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Keeping a Moral Compass


When I was in business school getting my MBA, the only course in which I received less than the top grade was one called “Negotiation and Conflict Resolution” because I took a position that there are some issues of principle … Continue reading

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The Age of Robots


I confess to being a sci-fi addict ever since as a young boy I first read Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Since then, much of the fantasy has become reality, along with other science fiction themes we now … Continue reading

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Memento Mori


There was a time, no more than a few generations ago, when the concept of death was not as far removed from American lives as it has become today. It was a time when family members died at home instead … Continue reading

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A is for Anxiety, B is for Boredom…


A is for Anxiety, B is for Boredom… Are there any of us in 2020 who are not dealing with these emotions?  One of my benefits of the lock-down is the increased time I’ve had to read. Despite having over … Continue reading

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Don’t Call Me A Hero!


There recently appeared an article by Dike Drummond, M.D. in Medscape Magazine, in which he objected to the current vogue of calling doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals “heroes” and “saints”. Any profession in which the practitioner places his or … Continue reading

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