I like to read. I like to write. I like to write about reading and writing. Short stories, essays, opinions, and ideas will show up here. Anything that can be expressed in words is fair game. Random thoughts and spontaneous remarks may be posted on Twitter or Facebook and from time to time expanded here. William Blake claimed that his poetry was not necessarily a work that he created, but something channeled through him. I’m no William Blake and I make no such claim. J. M. Keynes aptly described the source of my ideas: “Madmen in authority, who hear voices in the air, are distilling their frenzy from some academic scribbler of a few years back.”

A Chicken is a Chicken is a Chicken

  As a financial adviser I always told my clients diversification was a wise policy.  In the spirit of diversification I’ve teamed up with my good friend Gil Gevins from Puerto Vallarta to provide some spice to my enchiladas.  I’ll be posting a few of... read more

Jesus Mezcal and the Easter Bunny

  [Click on BLUE links for more information}       Capitalism and Christianity make strange bedfellows.  To anyone, especially any Christian, who doubts this I would say:  read some of Tolstoy’s essays such as My Religion.  Tolstoy had many faults... read more

Ethical Optimism and Integrity: Richard Henry Dana Jr.

[Click on BLUE links for further information]     Ever since I was left somewhat alone, without gods, I have been a ferocious believer in the power of small coincidences. That is how chance works, at least for those of us who do not have the certainty of... read more

The Minute Particulars

  Think in the Morning thanks Lindell Stacy-Horton for her contribution to this post.   He who would do good to another must do it in Minute Particulars. General Good is the plea of the scoundrel, hypocrite, and flatterer; William Blake, Jerusalem The... read more

The Man in the Zocalo — Oaxaca 2012

  The mind is restless. It never sleeps. Thoughts skip across the surface Like flat rocks on a lake Sink to the bottom Into darkness and mud.   A man traipsed the square leaning on his walker Straw hat.  Wide brim.  Khaki pants.  Plaid shirt Covered with... read more

The Complexity of Hypocrisy in the Age of Donald Trump

Dante and Virgil, on the right, watch the hypocrites, wearing lead-lined cloaks, filing past the high priest Caiaphas, who is nailed to a cross on the ground.  Caiaphas was the priest who said that Christ should die.  Each hypocrite steps on Caiaphas as he passes.... read more

Short Fiction: The Last Time

  “Do we have to keep this up?  I’m so tired of it, Bert, and feeling guilty too.  It didn’t used to bother me, but I haven’t been able to sleep.” “Don’t go soft on me, Leesha.  Not now.  One more, that’s all I want.  This will be the last time.  Then, we’re off,... read more

Calm Down and Shut Up: The Politics of Lao Tzu

  [click on blue links for further information] NOTE:  All translations of Lao Tzu are from Ursula Le Guin or Witter Bynner unless otherwise noted.   You might say that I’ve been a mess of emotions since the November election.  The candidate that I least... read more

El Chapo

  Today’s News:   Drug lord ‘El Chapo’ extradited to the U.S. I wrote this one year ago while in Puerto Vallarta. Gotta Do It “Listen Guzman, we gotta do it.  We gotta build a wall.  Those Americans are flocking down here, drunks, fat people,... read more

Martin Luther King Day 2017

  Today we celebrate the life of an American hero.  One day is not enough.  I suggest you contemplate Dr. King’s life and accomplishments throughout each year at moments that arise spontaneously whenever you are confronted with racism, sexism, or any other... read more

President’s Day Thoughts

  [click on blue links for further information]     As my friends and family know, I’m a bookhound.  I’m also an unabashed political freak/nerd/addict.  I’m no authority but I have watched every presidential election since Eisenhower versus Stevenson. ... read more