Monthly Archives: February 2016

Nothing is Written Beforehand

“Hey man, give me some coins so I can get the f&*# out of here.” I’d stopped to get gas in Gallup. Big mistake. While there are places in America that are magical, there are also others that remind us … Continue reading

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Something Old, Something Familiar

Why do we go somewhere new to marvel in the old? I’m on a road trip across the American southwest. The desert – my desert. I guess I’m looking for a place to rest my spirit, to soothe a troubled … Continue reading

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Hunger: A Venezuela Story

Hunger. Not the kind when people say “man I’m famished” after pulling an all-nighter, or adolescent boys who say “I’m starved” as they rifle through the refrigerator in the afternoon. But real hunger, like the kind that Yeonmi Park describes … Continue reading

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Iran, Ketman and the Bomb

As I was reading through Czeslaw Milosz’s book “The Captive Mind” I came across a curious concept. In describing the state of mind of Polish intellectuals forced to live and work under communist totalitarianism, Milosz borrowed an arcane principle from Persian/Islamic/Shiite tradition – namely … Continue reading

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The Captive Mind – by Czeslaw Milosz: A Book Review

“All over the world people are now sleeping in their beds, or perhaps they are engaged in some idiotic pastime; and one might easily believe that each in his own way is doing his best to deserve destruction. But that … Continue reading

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