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home : columns May 21, 2018


Silence is consent
Any reader of this space is free to despise my thoughts, my writing, or even me personally. The difference between my worldview and theirs is that I would never attempt to silence their voice, or demand that they live the way I do.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Which pet is right for you?
Sharing your life with a pet has great benefits and can bring you great joy. As well as the unconditional love, affection and friendship that pets provide, there are also therapeutic benefits that go along with being a pet parent, such as improved general health and well-being.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
The Stormy Daniels upper
I didn't watch the Stormy Daniels interview. For one thing I was busy cleaning my AR-15s - which are, in fact, an excellent choice for target shooting, hunting, and home defense - and for another thing I just assume that she is telling the truth and that her skillset really is worth $130k a pop, if not much, much, more.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
The Greenhouse Mouse
I have been at war with rodents for most of my life. I am presently doing battle with a particularly clever mouse in the greenhouse, who has, in full disclosure, managed to outwit my considerable efforts to end his life early and with extreme prejudice.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Taking in a stray or semi-feral cat
That stray cat showing up in your neighborhood or on your doorstep may be a feral cat.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
The Barbary Coast
On February 24 Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, no stranger to the lava beds of Oakland politics, released a message warning illegal immigrants of deportation action by ICE in the City of Oakland, California, and elsewhere around the Bay Area.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Our predator problem
The common denominator underlying school killings isn't what you think it is. It isn't guns, and it isn't mental illness. The only common denominator underlying mass school killings is long-term, dissociative exposure to violent media.

Whether it's violence in films, violent lyrics, violent television shows, violent novels, violence depicted across social media, or the endless flood of violent imagery in first-person-shooter video games, those countless hours steeped in images of interpersonal violence are damaging the minds of our nation's children.

That is particularly true in violent video games, which encourage a child to kill using the same methods employed by the U.S. military to increase lethality on the battlefield.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
The eagles are baaaaaak!
In the entire US of A there is only one golden eagle nest being monitored by web cam at this time, and it's right here in Sisters Country. And thanks to the East Cascades Audubon Society (ECAS) - who is paying to have the images streamed around the world, land-owner Leslie Lawrence, who watches over the camera equipment, and Sisters Astronomy Club technician Jim Hammond, who keeps the equipment going, all you have to do is wiggle your mouse and go to: goldeneaglecam.com and the live image is there for you to see.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Making sense of 'Common Sense'
Not long ago I was reading the late Christopher Hitchens book "Hitch-22," which was a fond look back at the life of a brilliant writer who was suffering from late-stage esophageal cancer.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
An unexpected gift
My artist residency at PLAYA is done. I drove home from Summer Lake, through 100 miles of volcanic vistas and tiny towns. The Oregon Outback is a special place; sparse and rich with beauty. It's still hard to believe what opened up in those two weeks. I stared down fears and visited long-forgotten memories. Now, the first section of my book is complete, and I'm working on a second draft.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
The agony of defeat
And just like that, the collusion narrative imploded.

Which doesn't mean there is a political winner in the United States. Far from it.

What emerges from the indictment produced by Mueller et al, in addition to some truly laugh-out-loud funny capers pulled on dimwitted, blinded-by-rage Trump rally stooges, is the picture of a magnificently coordinated, extremely well-financed, and brilliantly conducted psy-op campaign whose principle aim was to discredit the results of an election, sow instability, and thus to destabilize the nation and weaken its ability to act cohesively.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
On with the show
When I was a kid, I couldn't wait to wake up on Saturday mornings. Mom and dad were usually still in bed, as was my little sister. But when it was time, I'd quietly get out of bed, head to the kitchen, make my toast and peanut butter, a cold glass of Nestle's Quik, and get ready for another hour of fun and frolic with my pals from Warner Bros. cartoons.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
















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