It's true! Or a David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest 100 years 'prior to'. I was introduced to Shaw's play Pygmalion (1914) sixty some years ago. When my mother took me by the hand and made me accompany her to My Fair Lady, a modern version of the theater performance, staring Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison. I can't recall … Continue reading George Bernard Shaw: “a Tolstoy with jokes”
If you've a mind to understand human nature? non-fiction may not be the best way to understand it. Or, for that matter, human behavior in general. Fiction might be more accurate. However, there is some value in science and history; and reading. Non-fiction books just might be (in some cases) more fiction, fantasy, or delusion … Continue reading Set Yourself Free: Twelve Books to Read on Human Nature
is the ultimate question the trial of Derek Chauvin is attempting to answer. However, the trial won't even come close. I've been watching (via CSPAN 2, i.e.sans commentary). He Was Murdered is the State's argument. In essence that case is: We (= the Minneapolis Police Department) are good, and the individual (= Officer Derek Chauvin) … Continue reading Crisis Intervention: Why George Floyd Died?
is a fascinating question. I have a prediction. My prediction is based upon what I learned from reading Jerry Spence's book Win Your Case. The Backstory I first read the book when it was published and remember I really liked it. I became aware of Spence during the OJ Trial (1995); when he would often comment … Continue reading Derek Chauvin / George Floyd Murder Trial: Who wins?
In 1974 James Michener published an epic, historical novel, Centennial. Subsequently (1978) it was made into a twenty-hour TV "miniseries". The book was typical Michener (over 1000 pages), taking us from prehistoric, earth forming days, up until the present. The Story was about Colorado, my home for (mostly) the last forty-five years. I was twenty-five … Continue reading Commitment To Loneliness, Freedom, Or Money?
The concept of the minimum wage (mw) was originally conceived as a hedge against slavery and child labor. The argument follows. Because there is law that labor must be compensated for in currency, people (non related adults and children) cannot be forced to work in servitude. That was the thinking. Concept Creep is what happens … Continue reading Minimum Wage: The Concept
The best gift ever would be the much promised but never realized, peace on earth. Towards that goal I offer, as a gift for family or friends, or to yourself, Election 2016: The Great Divide, The Great Debate. If you're on the Red Team, give it to those you love who are Blue. Be you Blue, … Continue reading Best Gift Ever
Waylon Jennings (1937 - 2002) was at his best when he was Lonesome, On'ry, And Mean. Which was a song he recorded in 1974, about the time I first heard him and his band. It was sometime in the early Seventies. I was a bartender at the Warehouse, a night club in Denver, Colorado, where he … Continue reading Waylon: Outlaw Hero
Mental health, what is it? I define it here. Briefly, it's only one element of your overall health. There are five other components. In short, mental health is how your brain functions. Or, how is your brain at problem solving? Dr. Melfi (Tony Soprano's psychiatrist) in the scene above, says out loud to her own, … Continue reading Mental Health
Lauren Slater has been on Prozac since it burst on the scene in 1988. PROZAC diary (1998) is her book recounting the first ten years of the drug and how it affected and saved her life. That's not an exaggeration. She was twenty-five and suffering debilitating OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder). Slater had been hospitalized five times beginning … Continue reading PROZAC diary