More proverbs, mantras, aphorisms and precepts; because that’s what we need!

Huxley College president, Professor Quincy Adams Wagstaff in “Horse Feathers” (Paramount, 1932)

Boredom is a luxury.

We are experiencing technical difficulties. We appreciate your patience. That always works, right?

Drama feeds on itself while everyone else starves.

You cannot be the solution to other people’s problems.


Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) salutes the MAGA mob on his way into the Capitol on January 6, 2021, to vote against the certification of Electoral College vote count for the election of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. “I don’t know who came into the Capitol or not,” Hawley explained after the insurrection. (Photo by E&E News and Politico via AP)

“The left is attacking America,” Republican US Senator from Missouri Josh Hawley recently explained in an interview with Axios on HBO. “They’re saying that America is systemically oppressive and men are systemically responsible.”

Something to keep in mind when right-wing fake patriots and cynical centrists denigrate *the left* is that…

The Oasis Casino in Jericho, Palestine, has been shuttered since the turn of the century (Photo by David Silverman/Newsmakers)

If you were around, in the United States of America back then, remember the war in Vietnam.

I grew up watching the Vietnam War and its protests and conflicts that tore Americans apart on television; and hearing the big kids in the neighborhood stressing over draft lotteries; and the statements…

2014 shareholders meeting of the Green Bay Packers, Inc., Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by the author)

I am not just a fan of the Green Bay Packers; I am a shareholder. The Packers are the only American publicly owned major league sports franchise. This is why, whenever the NFL Players Union seeks better terms from the National Football League, it is an act of bad faith…

The Dance of Death scene from Michal Waszynski’s 1937 Yiddish language film version of S. Ansky’s “The Dybbuk.” (Photo: N.Y. Jewish Film Festival)

Halloween has traditionally been the only holiday that the serious grown-ups hadn’t ruined yet. Not only the ubiquitous horror movies on TV and heightened weirdness in the music on the radio but in the encouragement allowing us to freak freely through the onset of the autumnal season.

From All Hallows…

Still frame from filmed version of President Franklin Roosevelt’s 1944 State of the Union Address (Open Culture)

Cold night last night. Thinking about the slow collapse of my circle of friends: one out in the street; another stuck in assisted living for the rest of their life; a few more stuck in their cycles of underemployment, spite and judgementalism. And me, too useless to be of any…

Washington, DC, Jan. 6, 2021 (Photo by Elaine Godfrey, The Atlantic)

About halfway through his term in office, in 2018, the Trump administration announced the establishment of a Religious Liberty Task Force. As a campaigner and as president, Trump was outspoken (as if he really cared) about how much he hates it when Americans wish each other “Happy Holidays” at Christmastime…

Radio dial, circa 1970s (Photo by the author)

Cross country drives and lodging in strange cities have always been about so much more than tourist traps and continental breakfasts in hotel lobbies. They are also opportunities to immerse oneself in the many flavors of culture through what Marshall McLuhan identified as the hot medium of radio.

I rediscovered…

Barry Dredze

Just another mortal, tweaking my cognitive map on the fly.

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