Marriage of Convenience

Donald Trump won.  I’m not talking about the election.  I think it will be closer than the polls...

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Some Personal Thoughts On Ali Smith’s Seasonal Quartet

Some Personal Thoughts On Ali Smith’s Seasonal Quartet

 “Cruelty to animals will get you punished, but cruelty to humans will get you promoted.”  (as one of Brit's friends said to her at the immigrant detention center where she worked in Ali Smith's SPRING) In a previous blog I explored Ali Smith’s Autumn, the first of...

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Here We Go Again

Here We Go Again

 One of the first blogs I wrote concerned a philosophical conundrum that is also a political conundrum: The Trolley Problem and the Winter of our Discontent.  The problem addressed is simple in theory but oh so difficult in practice.  How should we deal with a policy...

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The Evolution of a Book Cover

The Evolution of a Book Cover

 About a dozen years ago I took a picture of one of the many abandoned buildings in Oaxaca.  I walked past this building nearly every day.  It can still be seen (although transformed) on the corner of Reforma and Constitution Streets just across from the famous...

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Have We Outgrown Democracy?

Have We Outgrown Democracy?

 NOTE: To get the most out of this blog please click on the BLUE links for references and further information Previous Blogs with a similar theme:When To CompromiseCivility I’m not the first to notice that the political divide has been growing in America.  Surveys by...

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4 Reviews for Behind The Locked Door

4 Reviews for Behind The Locked Door

 Behind the Locked Door by David Herstle JonesBuy now:  Behind The Locked Door is available in Mendocino from Gallery Books, Moore Books, and the Mendocino Public Library; in Fort Bragg from The Bookstore and the Fort Bragg Public Library; from my Think in the Morning...

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The Upside of the Coronavirus

The Upside of the Coronavirus

 Hundreds of thousands, maybe millions will likely get the coronavirus and tens of thousands, maybe many more, will die from it.  How could there be any upside to this crisis?  There may not be.  Yet, the incurable optimism built into the human psyche shows that we...

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Author Interview:  Behind The Locked Door

Author Interview: Behind The Locked Door

  Author Interview:  David Herstle Jones Today, Feathered Quill reviewer Amy Lignor is talking with David Herstle Jones, author of Behind the Locked Door. FQ: How difficult was this book to write, since it was based on your own family’s situation? Did you find this to...

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New Book Review for Behind The Locked Door

New Book Review for Behind The Locked Door

 We are delighted to have received a new book review from Feathered Quill Book Reviews.  Read below. Behind the Locked DoorBy: David Herstle JonesPublisher: Think in the MorningPublication Date: December 2019ISBN: 978-0-578-58955-8Reviewed by: Amy LignorReview Date:...

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Autarky

Autarky

 Autarky is the characteristic of self-sufficiency; the term usually applies to political states, societies or to their economic systems. Autarky exists whenever an entity survives or continues its activities without external assistance or international trade. ...

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PANIC

PANIC

 Here we are again in a panic.  The financial markets are reeling in response to the coronavirus, oil market disruptions and not least because stock prices were historically high relative to fundamentals.  Near zero interest rates give the FED little room to...

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Mezcalifornia

Mezcalifornia

  The State of California used to be the state of Alta California as part of Nueva España and later Mexico. Many Mexicans stayed here – as the saying goes, ‘the border moved, not me’ – and as we’re all very aware it’s a space of intersecting and overlapping,...

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