Category Archives: History

Thinking About Democracy

My dayplanner notes that today is the “International Day of Democracy”. I wonder if it will be celebrated by the people in power. If it is mentioned by them, what will they say and do? People who love the democratic … Continue reading

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Septem

Julius Caesar really missed the boat when he reformed the calendar in 45 BCE. The same can be said about Pope Gregory XIII in 1582 CE when he reformed the Julian calendar. I think of the two missed opportunities each … Continue reading

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Pondering Violence

“All beings tremble before violence. All fear death. All love life.” –The Dhammapada (The Sayings of the Buddha) There have been many people who seek satisfaction by harming people seeking happiness. Of course the violence will never bring authentic joy … Continue reading

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Contemplating Legacy Yet Again

While waiting in a row of cars at the traffic signal earlier this week, I glanced at the older Subaru station wagon in front of me. It was a “Legacy”. It seems like whenever I’m stopped behind one of those … Continue reading

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Is Is

On this day in 1998, then President of the United States, Bill Clinton made his infamous grammatical reply. He had been asked whether or not the statement by his attorney Robert Bennett to Judge Susan Wright, “there is absolutely no … Continue reading

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Social Injustice And Me

The desire for fairness and justice appear to be an inborn quality of human beings and many other animals. We want benefits and punishments to be meted out fairly. When a small child is reprimanded for an action he did … Continue reading

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Happy Lammas Day

The bread wrapper declared that the item was “Sweet Beet Bread”. The variety was one of about a dozen loaves of frozen bread which also included “Spinach and Kale Bread”. They were displayed in a roll-away freezer that the supermarket … Continue reading

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