My next collection

My writings about freedom and tyranny are, according to the analytics, not my most popular stuff. Should I turn from that theme, or should I keep writing in hopes I finally jar people into waking up? Screw the analytics. It’s not a theme I can abandon. There’s too much at stake in these tyrannical times.Continue reading “My next collection”

A flock of squirrels

Our attention has been redirected so many times in the last few years that a whiplash pandemic is the next national crisis. As soon as we start sniffing the ground for a whiff of what really ails us, the Powers That Be shout “Squirrel!” and send us scampering in another direction — until we holdContinue reading “A flock of squirrels”

The only free dog on this train

When Summer the 9-month-old puppy goes outside, either she is tethered to a leash or the area where she roams is surrounded by fencing, for her protection. She loves foraging for sticks and leaves. We are still fearful because eight years ago her older sister, Dejah, needed emergency surgery at age 2 months because sheContinue reading “The only free dog on this train”

Where have you gone, Henry L. Mencken … ?

A dear friend of ours celebrates his birthday today, and in his card I told him how grand it is that we have lived to see H.L. Mencken’s prophecy fulfilled — the first quote below. Then I thought I would mark the occasion here by sharing some of Mencken’s timeless observations. I had 10 withinContinue reading “Where have you gone, Henry L. Mencken … ?”

Our scary science-fiction present-day

Do androids dream of electric sheep, as Philip K. Dick asked? Do smartphones dream at all? How do they know what we’ve been talking about so they can show us relevant ads? Oh, we know the answer to that, but we don’t face the implications. We’re entertained by the pretty FBI agents on TV stalkingContinue reading “Our scary science-fiction present-day”

I’ve got a bell and a song to sing

“In the folk classic ‘If I Had A Hammer,’ the hammer represents justice, one of these freedom.” The answer to the Jeopardy! question was a no-brainer. “Bell,” I said to the air. “The bell of freedom.” Next question.  But wait, the three contestants — none of whom looked old enough to have been alive inContinue reading “I’ve got a bell and a song to sing”

Who died now?

I saw that flags were flying a half-staff again the other day and confess my reaction was a somewhat exasperated, “Who died now?” It feels like, of late, the flags have been at half staff more often than they have been allowed to rise to their rightful place against the sky. A flag becomes aContinue reading “Who died now?”

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