Monthly Archives: October 2017

Talent

Is there such a thing as talent? And if so what is it? What does it mean to be talented at something? What does it mean if you are not that talented? This topic came up the other night in … Continue reading

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Disenfranchised

What would a choice by the people look like in a political context? Would it mean that the people, each individually, gather together in rooms, in their own communities, hash out what they would like to vote for, and then … Continue reading

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The Monarch Butterfly and the Thistle Flower

For years, I have been seeking in vain for a clear view of the elusive Monarch butterfly.  Only this year, with the milkweed on the the decline and the thistle on the ascendancy, did I get a good, close look … Continue reading

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The Meaning of The Comforters by Rudyard Kipling

Last night, on my “Fans of Rudyard Kipling” fan page on Facebook, I had a message from  a fan of Kipling’s poetry who lives in India. “Sir, Can you please explain the poem ‘The Comforters’ of our dear Rudyard Kipling?I … Continue reading

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Can I get a toy and a senior discount on my Happy Meal?

Freedom and slavery are but illusions. Freedom is just an illusion where order is arrived through informed consent and slavery is simply order where consent is irrelevant. We like order, but we implicity understand that it is not perfect. We … Continue reading

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Belly Lying

When you were born, there were no rules about how a baby was supposed to be positioned in the crib. Sometimes you slept on your belly. Sometimes you slept on your back. There was usually a blanket covering you. There … Continue reading

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The Ghost Mask Maker of Jiufen

When I was a professor in Tamsui Oxford University College in Taiwan, my students liked to invite me on outings to see other parts of the island. One time a whole group of us, students and professors, traveled together to … Continue reading

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Taking a Hiatus

Recently I talked about dropping out of the rat race, and why some young people who were doing this had my sympathy. One comment that kept recurring was that they had better not try to drop back in, once they … Continue reading

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Modeling the Audible Vacuum County Shirt

I am not really comfortable modeling clothes. Julia Hanna did a much better job showing the Vacuum County T-shirt to full advantage. But this is the Audible Vacuum County T-shirt. So far, I think I am the only person on … Continue reading

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Archiving Artwork Online

Sometimes we have drawings or paintings we are not particularly proud of, but they have sentimental value. As amateur artists, should we keep everything but our best work away from the public? Will it detract from our “reputation” if we … Continue reading

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