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Apr19

Who is the Greatest Narcissist…

In TC Boyle’s  The Women? Narcissism is not in short supply in this book.  The Great Architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, of course, was adept at both preoccupation with and promotion of self.  And the three women who sacrificed their respectability...
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Apr15

Three documentaries to gladden the anti-war environmentalist’s heart…

1.  The Gatekeepers.  The retired leaders of Shin Bet (the Israeli FBI/CIA) agree–it’s time to craft peace with the Palestinians.  Old men who have made war tend to have regrets.  Too late, of course.  But this film could affect the present...
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Apr12

Two novels about crazy death

The World Without You, by Joshua Henkin, examines the aftermath for the family of a young journalist kidnapped and killed a la Daniel Pearl.  Prose and dialogue are both lively, so this is a good read.  (Ah yes, the “good read” — a...
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Mar04

LARGEST CLIMATE CHANGE DEMONSTRATION IN AMERICAN HISTORY…

I WAS AT THE LARGEST CLIMATE CHANGE DEMO IN HISTORY, THE WEATHER ISSUE ROILING ABOUT IN MY MIND… …and, wouldn’t you know it, February 17 2013 in DC was also the coldest day of the winter.  Brrr! I know, I get it—we no longer call it global warming, ...
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Feb25

LARGEST CLIMATE CHANGE DEMONSTRATION IN AMERICAN HISTORY…

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Jan21

LINCOLN AND DJANGO UNCHAINED

  are both fine movies. Two distinct commentaries on slavery.  Each enormously entertaining.  Each, due to the prominence of its director, slated for the mass American audience. Lincoln dissects the political process by which the institution was finally...
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Jan21

Seventeen Books For and About the Mature Woman

LOOKING FOR OLDER WELL-DRAWN WOMEN IN LITERATURE? A COUPLE OF CLASSICS: 1.  Passage to India, by E.M. Forster.   I read this book when I was young, yet I never forgot the middle-aged Mrs. Moore.  She understood the subtleties, and she did not approve...
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Dec03

Climate change on my mind…

Do we call preoccupation with the over-arching issue of the day–the one that may well send humanity back to the middle-ages in a conflict over resources–do we call that obsession?  Is it unhealthy?  Is there an OCD component?  Read this,...
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Dec03

The Beauty of Wild Places …

…can be captured in words. As I wound my way up Tioga Pass toward Tuolomne Meadows, the landscape enticed me to stop the car and hike down a slope to a mountain lake.  The day was crisp and fair.  I set my phone on the app for meditation chimes,...
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Dec03

What is Up with these Republicans, anyhow?

On November 6, 2012, I was driving back from Las Vegas after doing my bit for Obama (and by the way, Microsoft 2010 still defaults to “Osama” every time I write the President’s name.  Now I am no conspiracy nut, but…)   By that...
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