These are cautionary tales in that they suggest that we should “awake, awake, take heed,” as the Buddhist evening mantra goes, and confront the destruction before it swells to flood stage. Failing that, these stories are also an affirmation that all is never lost. There is gold to be woven from the dross of persecution; we’ve seen it over and over again. Look inward to find it.
Moss’s finesse turns this blood-soaked tale into comedy, or comedia. Life is happy and sad at the same time, or, more accurately, hilarious and heart-breaking.
Dear Parkland…and all the others: There’s a peculiar notion afoot that only survivors and experts can write about important issues, but I take exception to that. I was not present in Parkland or in Sandy Hook and have never seen up close a child bleeding to death with a gaping wound from a paramilitary firearm,Continue reading “DEAR PARKLAND”
The protesters of my generation (we came of age in the 60s and early 70s) have two lessons for the powerful generation standing up for all of us these days: 1) by uniting around solid ideas, you can be effective, and 2) the forces against you are powerful, militant, and may overcome you. We marched,Continue reading “Some advice from an older generation”
I was invited to be part of the new Jim Johnson commercial to be filmed in his house. Jim is running for governor in New Jersey and is building up a head of steam against Phil Murphy who is papering the state with his Goldman Sachs money in an effort to buy the governorship. ButContinue reading “Filming a Jim Johnson commercial”
This is an unethical practice, but the business world is full of unethical practices. It is up to me to figure out a way to circumvent them.
Out in the middle of the desert – what was that? We drove closer and saw it was a prison. Wow. That’s a lot of prisoners. Building after long white building. This complex is run by the Corrections Corporation of America. It looks all spanky white and clean on the outside, like an outpost on Mars which contains its whole life inside its bubble.
When you put your adventures out there, other people will learn about them and tell you about their own; then you’ll wonder why you thought you were so special.
The blurb on the book’s front cover is by Alice Munro, “To read this book is to enter a state of enchantment.” Read it and become enchanted.