Category Archives: Musings

Days Gone By

Yesterday night, a friend of mine posted on my Facebook page a photograph of a mildly embarrassing poem I had written as a teenager.  Despite the fact that I found the poem to be slightly cringy, I had to admit … Continue reading

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A Long Chain Of Influence

From time to time I ponder the long and indirect way that influence spreads from one person to another.  This is especially worthwhile to trace in the world of thought, since people to read books are often influenced by those … Continue reading

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Shall I Compare Thee To A Winter’s Night?

I am often deeply amused by what I see around me, and a great deal of that relates to what we are used to.  Shakespeare, for example, in one of his sonnets, compared someone to a summer’s day in the … Continue reading

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They Know Better

I often ponder my obstinance when it comes to performing tasks I set out to do.  As it happens, when I woke up this morning and went off to work there was some snow falling from the sky, but it … Continue reading

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Observers Of The Breakdown

For a variety of reasons I tend to find myself around broken things a lot [1].  I have often wondered if the experience of brokenness and the recognition of it are related to the experience of seeing oneself as surrounded … Continue reading

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Made It Through The Snow

There is something rather intriguing about driving into the snow.  As I stopped for gasoline in Napaville, one of my very frequent but seemingly random places to stop on the way to or from Tacoma, I chatted with a fellow … Continue reading

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You Will Go Out With Joy

So, how has this Tacoma Weekend compared so far with times past, which have prompted some interesting posts [1]? Well, right now I feel pretty exhausted like I want to sleep as soon as possible, and I am also listening … Continue reading

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On The Ideal Size Of An Assembly

Most of us are at least somewhat familiar with the institutions of assembly, whether they are student councils in school, political organizations, churches, or even supranational organizations like the United Nations general assembly or security council.  Many of us may … Continue reading

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On The Morality Of The Critical Arts

Why should you care about criticism?  As is often the case, I speak mainly from my own experience, but at least in my own observation and personal experience I think that most if not all of us care about criticism.  … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: Barry Manilow

Barry Manilow may not be the coolest musician ever, and his coming out as gay was about the least surprising admission since Nathan Lane came out, but when it comes to influence and sustained success as a musician, one cannot … Continue reading

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