Category Archives: Social Commentary

Waking and the Imagination

I’m not a fan of human physiology. Given a Cartesian outlook toward life, I’d rather not think about or acknowledge my physicality even exists. Yet there it is, influencing my daily affairs in ways I don’t comprehend. The physicality of … Continue reading

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It’s Not The Women, It’s The Men

Some of my friends and acquaintances are women who carry handguns. I’m not worried about getting shot by my lunch partner. I also don’t feel more secure knowing she has a handgun in her purse. It used to be a … Continue reading

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Providers Turning to Protectors and Buying Guns

Financial inequality is impacting society by making men protectors of what limited resources each family has. I know few people who are increasing their wealth in the post-Reagan era. The rich get richer and the rest of us pay for … Continue reading

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‘I’ve got mine’ is not enough

Our town has a bustling Main Street thanks to smart investments by the city council and willing businessmen and women. Shops serve basic needs: hair styling, hardware, groceries, fuel and insurance. There are plenty of restaurants. The newspaper is located … Continue reading

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Low Wage Grind

A co-worker asked if I needed to borrow another water bath canner to survive the season. This year’s abundance of vegetables has been stunning. There is a lot to preserve including apples, pears, celery, peppers and a couple dozen pints … Continue reading

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Connections to Virginia

I was stationed at Robert E. Lee Barracks in Mainz-Gonsenheim, Germany during my military service as an infantry officer. It seemed odd at first — that the American kaserne would be named for the commanding general of the Confederate Army … Continue reading

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Summer Weekend

Dan and I visited the Ciha Fen Preserve across the Cedar River in Johnson County on Saturday. “The Ciha Fen Preserve is a sand prairie/savanna complex on a wind-deposited sand ridge,” according to mycountyparks.com. “It contains the Ciha Fen, which … Continue reading

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