Author Archives: Octogenarian

TABOO

Congress shall pass no law that abridges the freedom of speech. By and large our legislators adhere to that mandate as stated in the first amendment. At present the biggest threat to that freedom is not posed by Congress. It … Continue reading

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COMPLEX COMPLEXES

In a previous blog I suggested that Freud and Jung were the great myth makers of the twentieth century. Yet, their works have permeated our contemporary culture and infiltrated our vocabulary. Both Freud and Jung have left us with a … Continue reading

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COME HOME

Allow me to expose you to a bit of Americana. Most evangelical protestants have participated in the religious experience called the altar call. After preaching about the prodigal son, the clergyman implores his congregation to come forward to the altar … Continue reading

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KILLER APES?

My wife and I frequently receive invitations to large gatherings such as fund raisers for charities or celebrations of special events. Generally speaking I have little fondness for such galas. A relatively short time after the onset of such festivities … Continue reading

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WRITER’S BLOCK

Was I too harsh in my comments about the muse that abandoned me? At times words gush from my keyboard as water from an open hydrant. The experience having a drought of ideas or productivity gnaws upon my sense of … Continue reading

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CAN’ T WE ALL GET ALONG?

My wife raises chickens. She orders them from a mail order catalogue. The catalogue illustrates the large variety of different breeds that are available. Within less than twenty four hours of placing an order the baby chicks arrive in a … Continue reading

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WHEN MY MUSE HAS FORSAKEN ME

My muse has cruelly abandoned me. It almost seems that she has become my enemy, a green eyed, fanged monster who blocks my intent. What does Erato want from me? It is not that I lack ideas. Dozens flit through … Continue reading

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INTEGRITY VERSUS DESPAIR

I have often quipped that Freud and Jung were the great myth makers of the twentieth century. Both proposed broad theories of human behavior that were highly speculative and rife with conjecture. Yet, myths often convey powerful allegorical truths. The … Continue reading

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A TRIBUTE TO DEAD WHITE MALES

A phrase that is often bandied about is, “dead white males”. Usually the term is used to disparage the contributions made by caucasian males in the past. In reality there is much to criticize about the masculine gender of humans. … Continue reading

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THE ANOINTED

I often encounter well meaning, politically correct people, who pride themselves on their liberal views. Almost all of them are college graduates and a surprising number have advanced degrees. Often their comments reflect a subtle disdain for the unwashed proletariat, … Continue reading

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