Relief day

Relief day, Wednesday 25 March, 2020. Even the Magpies know it! It's been exactly two weeks (Wednesday, 11 March, 2020) since doomsday. That was the day "When The World Stops", according to Time magazine's "Special Report: COVID-19" (vol.195.no 11.2020). Errg. My mood has never been this high (8.5 on my mood scale), since I can't remember … Continue reading Relief day

The Magpie Cafe

The Magpie Cafe is a dream. Ever since I began working in the restaurant industry some fifty years ago - I've imagined having a cafe that integrated where I lived with that which I love. Mostly, of all things - I love people and conversation, good food and spirits, music, wood and wild country. So … Continue reading The Magpie Cafe

2020 Democratic Candidate Quiz

The Washington Post has devised a quiz to see who you most agree with regarding policy positions amongst the Democratic candidates. I took it, and so did my friend Max. (Max is a fictional composite of real people I know who first appears in Election 2016: The Great Divide, The Great Debate.) Max and I debated … Continue reading 2020 Democratic Candidate Quiz

My Year-end Inventory

My Year-end Inventory is something I've been doing ever since I began journaling daily twenty years ago, in 1999. My journal began with a Christmas present from my father: Morning Pages Journal. I'll tell ya - neither he nor I had any idea the wildfire that simple gift would ignite. Twenty years ago today A … Continue reading My Year-end Inventory

Christmas comforts me

"It's coming on Christmas, They're cuttin' down trees, They're putting up reindeer, And singing songs of joy and peace", are lyrics from 1971, Joni Mitchell's famous song "River". It's the third track on the second side of her even more famous album Blue. The picture above shows my record, an original and constant companion, as well … Continue reading Christmas comforts me

Words are manipulated to misrepresent reality

A recent study by researchers at Northwestern University (NWUS) demonstrates how data and words are manipulated to misrepresent reality (what is true) to fit a preconceived notion and agenda. That agenda serves a political and social prejudice (feminist, progressive, postmodern liberalism). This is also known as confirmation bias. Unfortunately, today, this is a common practice … Continue reading Words are manipulated to misrepresent reality

The truth will set you free, or weaponized lying?

What is the truth? My Psych-girl (a third wave behaviorist, clinical Psychologist) is skeptical, not only of "the truth", but especially of my assertion that I've a handle on it. Who decides You sure can't trust the old standard bearers, if you ever could? And now, there's the new media (of which WordPress.com is part) … Continue reading The truth will set you free, or weaponized lying?

Thinking of drinking, part II

My History Briefly, some personal history with regard to me and my relationship with drinking. It wasn't my idea, my parents were only social drinkers, not even everyday drinkers - it was my next-door neighbor and friend's idea (shout out to Joey D). It was right about the time of President Kennedy's assassination, 1963, and … Continue reading Thinking of drinking, part II