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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.”

The Tree by John Fowles

[Click on BLUE links for sources and further information]   For Arbor Day I suggest reading The Tree by John Fowles.  I was introduced to John Fowles by way of The Collector assigned by my college freshman English teacher (Mr. Wexler) many (too many) years ago....

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The Real National Emergency In America

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and information]   For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?  Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?   Mark 8:36-38 King James Version (KJV)   The best and...

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My Zany Valentine

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and information]   On the night of the festival of Lupercalia, in the second year of the reign of Claudius Gothicus, in the 1022nd year since the founding of the city, at the order of Quintus Mimmius, procurator of games,...

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The Super Bowl Indicator and Other Nonsense

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and information.]   The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable.  John Kenneth Galbraith Prediction is very difficult, especially if it's about the future.   Niels Bohr Caveat emptor :...

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A Bit Of An Itch

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and information]   And he struck Job with a grievous burning rash from the soles of his feet to the crown of his head. Job: 2-7 [The Wisdom Books: Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes: A Translation with Commentary, Robert...

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Global Warming: Deniers, Doomers, Dreamers, Doers

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and information]   Deniers don’t believe it’s happening, Doomers think it’s too late to do anything about it, Dreamers think a miraculous fix will come along automatically, Doers roll up their sleeves and get to work....

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A Simpleton’s Guide to Stock Prices

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and more information]   Cassandra: Beware of Hootie Pie. Sonia: Who? Cassandra: I don’t know. Just beware. Vanya: Hootie Pie. We need to keep a small notebook nearby and write all these things down, for your sanity hearing...

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Poems – 15

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and more information]   This is our 15th page of poems and napkin art.  The other page links are listed below.  At TITM we believe that poetry is more important than ever given The Way We Live Now.  Poetry and art go...

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A Dog in the Fight

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and information]   Every nation gets the government it deserves.  Joseph de Maistre In a democracy, the people get the government they deserve.  Alexis de Tocqueville The government you elect is the government you deserve. ...

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Poems – 14

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and more information.]   The painting at the top of this post by Hermann Orduña was discussed in this recent post by TITM:  The Argument   Does poetry still matter in this era of social media where the attention span...

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Honey, We’re Eating The Kids

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and more information] If you lower the price enough, consumers will buy more of the product.  There are exceptions such as Giffen goods or Veblen goods but they are rare.  It’s known as the law of demand.  This is certainly the...

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Poems – 13

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and information]     Think in the Morning is returning to our poems and art series, specifically poems and Sea Gull Cellar Bar Napkin Art.  This is our 13th page of poems paired with napkin art.  Let us know if you...

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