Monthly Archives: November 2015


Far from the madding crowd’s ignoble strife, Their sober wishes never learn’d to stray; Along the cool sequester’d vale of life They kept the noiseless tenor of their way. (Thomas Gray, from Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard) The Holiday … Continue reading

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Thanks (for) Giving

In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln declared the fourth Thursday in November to be a day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.” ‘Thanksgiving’ was first celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621 after their successful … Continue reading

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American Darkness

Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me . . . The Paris terrorist attacks of a week ago — Friday, … Continue reading

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The A Thru Z of the G.O.P.

O wad some Power the giftie gie us To see oursels as ithers see us! It wad frae monie a blunder free us, an’ foolish notion What airs in dress an’ gait wad lea’e us, an’ ev’n devotion! (Robert Burns … Continue reading

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The “Bully and Cheat” Party

Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you. (Pericles; 430 B.C.E.) I didn’t watch the Republican “debate” Tuesday night. I waited for the Wednesday morning abridged version (that’s the … Continue reading

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Protect America’s Public Lands!

“Nature makes only dumb animals. We owe the fools to society.” (Honore de Balzac) In the United States, Public Lands are, simply stated, all lands which are not privately held or owned. They consist of designated Wilderness and Primitive areas, … Continue reading

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