Patriotism

For a person interested in gaining a measure of the wisdom in the world, it seems a natural thing to start with a close reckoning of familiar details and people.  This tendency to contemplate the familiar in part explains the attention I paid as a scholar to Native and African-American experiences in the Early American…

Writ

Wholly aware of the irony as I record my thoughts within this highly public yet technically faceless sphere of the internets, I frequently muse upon the dangers of words written from a place of physical remove.  Communications undertook apart from the presence of ears also connotates an absence of psychic frequencies, and from there little…

Tasked

I was thinking about how it takes so much effort to deescalate the intense emotional power of remembered images that recall the darkest regrets in life.  My own struggles are indelibly linked to my mother’s passing. I was thinking how I’ve labored mightily to not let those mental flashes ignite the insistent burn of guilt,…

Crowds

  Regarding an encounter with drunken aggressive disorderlies in a public venue and everyone just wishes they’d go away: “ssssshhhhh, you’re too loud. We can’t hear him” (point out performer) Is likely a better strategy than actually saying anything like “shut up,” as that can ignite further annoyances of aggression. Of course, the very drunk…

recollect

I sent in, meaning electronically submitted, another application packet this evening.  Despite my ambitions to approach all such employment-related activity with lighthearted detachment, my brain’s well-honed worry centers took little time to mightily rear up and question question question various details of my submission. Luckily, instead of folding the laundry that has been patiently waiting…

Links

    A recent New Yorker (October 30 issue) had an investigative article which provided exhaustive account of the extensive marketing behind the proliferation of OxyContin .  I do mean exhaustive on several levels: the reporter devoted many hours and commendable effort to the piece.  (One disgusting aspect of indiscriminately attacking the press is how…

Basically

In what I admit and intend to be a wholly off-the-wall and perhaps utterly inappropriate approach to writing my most current cover letter, I make the following effort to keep it real: In addition to the indigenous speeches and texts of my specialization, I focus on this country’s founding documents as critical tools for unpacking…

Pep

How is it that my incessantly worrying mind, unable to desist obsessing over the many tragedies of our current era, can still unfailingly manage to formulate a sense of hopeful optimism? The life of peace and meaning I wish upon the people of the world makes it impossible to ignore the impediments preventing those lives…

Birthday blue

Today is my birthday.  I still am enamored with the date being November 3, as distinctively auspicious and special, which thankfully seems to indicate an intact sense of  wonderment sought and sowed.

public

I have failed repeatedly in my intentions to avoid the comments sections in my online newspaper readings, and perusing of videos.  Particularly in the latter case, the frequent vitriol is disheartening to say the least.  And while news sources often draw more measured, thoughtful commentary, there is an undeniable rabbit hole element which encourages the…

Halloween USA

Relieved to witness and support the intermingling of all neighborhood people wholly willing and able to smile at each other and offer a friendly “Happy Halloween.” As long as we meet all eyes possible, and trust to the showing of good will, we can hold this country together.

Devil’s night

The time of year set aside for recognition of death as transformative necessity.  Celebrate the rot as return.  Shudder and delight over the passing of life’s sap, leaving us to the cold trust of regeneration. Happy halloween