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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.”

Short Fiction – Ménage à Trois

Donald sat in the back seat of the car wrapped in a blanket to keep warm.  The blanket was dark brown with red stripes that made little squares.  He heard his father and George talking in the front seat but couldn’t see them.   Ida, George’s wife, sat next to Donald....

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The Tragedy of Maxim Gorky: What It Means For Us Today

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and more information]   For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?   Mark 8:36   "The aim of literature is to help man to understand himself, to strengthen the trust in himself, and to...

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Laughter

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and more information]   I hate scarce smiles, I love laughing. William Blake annotations to Aphorisms on Man by Johann Caspar Lavater   Several have defined man as "an animal which laughs." Henri Bergson, Laughter   In 1971 a golden...

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Character

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and more information]   You have character.  You can be a character.  You can create a character, build character or engage in character assassination.  There are characters in real life, characters in novels.  They can be believable...

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The Art of Empty Spaces

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and more information]   On the Paseo de la Reforma, that grand avenue simulating the entrance to an imperial Mexico City that of course no longer exists, there’s a quadrangle of tiny absences, small plazas, where once there were...

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Easter Thoughts

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and more information]     If economists could manage to get themselves thought of as humble, competent people on a level with dentists, that would be splendid. John Maynard Keynes   Keynes, the famous economist, had too exalted a...

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Art Science Business

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and more information]   The business of America is business  Calvin Coolidge   “We didn’t elect a saint.”  I’m so tired of the religious right dragging out this sorry explanation for their unwavering support of our embarrassing...

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Guest Post: The Magic Clock by Mitchell Zucker @ 1990

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and more information]   Mitchell Zucker has contributed several stories to Think in the Morning.  Here are the links. The Diamond's Sutra The Swan and the Sculptor The Parolee Once Upon A Time In The Pigmy Forest Raven Man A Janitor...

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Why Does “The Bad” Drive Out “The Good”?

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and more information]   Have you ever wondered why the date you found on that online dating service wasn’t what you expected?  Or why the used car you bought turned out to be an old junker?  Or why the stock market crashed just after...

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William Blake Today

  For sources and more information click on the BLUE links.   You may have noticed that Think in the Morning has not posted since January 21st.  Sometimes the mind needs a period of silence to clear.  We've been reading and pondering, thinking and resting, hoping for...

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Bigfoot, God, and Santa Claus

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and information]   In this Era of Political Incorrectness where snowflakes are disparaged and whiners are told to “Buck up Buttercup,” I don’t feel compelled to warn you that you may be offended by what I have to say.  However,...

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