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MOST OF THE THIRTEEN VIRTUES

When Benjamin Franklin was 20, he drew up a list of 13 Virtues, attributes he believed were worth striving for in order the live a righteous life. Ben Franklin was a genius, but at 20 years old, he was perhaps … Continue reading

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QUOTES FOR THE WEEK–MARCH 12, 2018

It’s been one heck of a week in our world, what with deaths of some good people, firings of others, and a wealth of quotes that range from the sublime to the ridiculous. Here are a few that characterized the … Continue reading

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CAT VIDEOS

This isn’t a shameless bid for more subscribers, only a notice that whatever I post about cats gets gazillions more “opens” than any other blog/essay, no matter how well reasoned, thoughtful and incisive. I would love to dish about last … Continue reading

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CLEARING OUT, continued…

Readers of this blog know that I have been cleaning out my in-laws’ house. It is a bittersweet experience. The “bitter” part is the reams of paper and items that haven’t been touched for thirty years but never thrown away. … Continue reading

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APOLOGIES FROM ANOTHER PLANET

Well, it has been another big week for revelations of sexual harassment. What caught my interest this week was the Apologies From Another Sexual Planet that the men involved offered up. Apology #1: Harvey Weinstein: “I came of age in … Continue reading

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AT HOME LEFT AND RIGHT

If you are a regular follower of this blog, you will know that I am changing home base from the Right Coast in New England to Left Coast of California. You will also be aware that this is not easy-peasy. … Continue reading

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MINDFULNESS AND CREATIVITY

NOTE: This post was first published in February 2015. “Mindfulness” is everywhere these days, sometimes in unexpected places. My friend and photography teacher, James Martin, forwarded two excellent, short video conversations with Jay Maisel, the acclaimed photographer. What Maisel said … Continue reading

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LABOR AND LEMONS

Happy Labor Day On this day it is useful to take a few moments to think about those Americans whose labor make our lives better. Though membership in unions has been in the decline, the effects of the unions’ nearly … Continue reading

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BACK TO WHERE I ONCE BELONGED

I used to belong in the San Francisco Bay Area. I’ve gone to college here, given birth to three children, rented, bought and sold houses in a large swath of the East Bay: Berkeley, Oakland, Kensington and Alameda. And now, … Continue reading

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MOTELS, MOOSE AND MOON SHADOWS

Last Friday I embarked on a real adventure—viewing the total eclipse–with part of my family: Bill, my daughter Sara and the fabulous Kamiko, our granddaughter. Here are a few impressions. THE SURPRISES OF ELKO We spent the first night in … Continue reading

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