Stating internal truths is a necessary first step to externalizing influence.

What is writing good for?  At the very least, the articulation of one’s free-floating inner moral compass. To translate the feeling sense into a comprehended form. Opportunity abounds to do so.  For example, @ regulations.gov, there is opportunity to leave public comment on various proposed matters of legislative oversight.  I recently left my following two…

I’d rather tell someone a joke than tell them my name.

I am at my ease arriving places solo.  Not only are there usually employees willing enough to let me engage them in conversation and thus shave a few minutes off their workday, but I also quite enjoy striking up interactions with strangers.  This is usually unexpected, as my purposeful determination to interrupt their solitude and/or…

scape

Throughout my life, falling asleep has shown me to be a prolific dreamer.  I consider this one of the great fortunes of my existence, and am grateful that the vast majority of my dreams are fascinating, enjoyable, and perhaps I should just say fascinating again. When bad dreams do come, I mostly meet them with…

Wealth

What would it be like if the corporate giants of campaign financing focused on environmental deregulation used all that money to actually pay resident peoples to clean up the poisonous messes?  I suspect it’d be fantastic.  Looking at you, Koch brothers. If people can find it in their hearts to be moved by the plight…

Entrance

I’m consistently intrigued by the somewhat telepathic energies of intermingled human psyches – an often unmarked or unspoken phenomenon that is nevertheless wholly present and influential. Crowds of strangers in particular present a conglomerate of social masks; unspoken welcomes or rebuffs; acts and actualities. As a chronic dresser-upper willing to be the only one dancing,…

cold turkey

I’ve reached day two of a self-imposed moratorium on reading any news feeds.  It seems necessary to cut off totally, as is often the case when determined to admit to and deal with an addiction. For one, it is too frustrating to continually be made aware of the many tragedies of now, in that the…

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…

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…

enrichment

I often joke about my useless degree, appreciative of how a bit of irreverence can ease the disappointment of aPhD not in fact equating to gainful employment.  But of late, I have been focusing on the benefits of speaking from the convictions of the heart, unattached to any prospects of gain aside from strengthening said…